First of all, buy a mobile cover and protective screen before the mobile, and as soon as you un-box it, box it again into the cover, the material of the back is, as usual, more fragile than a newborns skin.
The mobile is good looking, not as good looking as the Sony Experia Z, but still good.
The screen is nice, full HD, can be viewed from indirect angles, although when looked at it directly, I like the HTC One screen more. But the HTC One looked like a gadget for a 16 year old teen, with those big speakers on front. The sound is very good, it is fast, I am a very heavy user, browsing, YouTube, gaming and GPS, till now it only hanged once.
The additional features are ... meh ... The eye detection thing is not that practical, I'm reading an article, want to look at the time on the mobile, or raise my head to talk to some one, and suddenly the screen scrolls up to the beginning, sometimes it detects every single movement that I feel forced to stay silent still, and sometimes my neck hurts from all the movement and the thing does not move. The thing where you turn your face and it stops a video works fine, but you need to accommodate to its speed sometimes, or maybe my face is too fat and ugly for the sensor to understand it.
As for S Health, there are 10 applications better than it on the free store.
I do not know who thought of the phone log and keypad screens, my 3 year old HTC Desire is easier to use! if you have a contact with 2 numbers, and you want to get to the other number, it sometimes feels like a maze. it could be much easier and better. But the nice thing about android is that you can change everything, including this, which I will do when I have some free time to check better options.
The camera takes a lot of time to load, especially after a restart, so if a child is doing something funny and you want to open the camera fast before he stops, chances are he will reach puberty before the camera is on, although when it is on, the different modes are fun and the camera is quick, and with appropriate lighting you will get very good pictures.
I changed the keyboard and installed the swift-key one, it is easier when you get the hang of it. plus my fingers are too big for the small keys on the keyboard. The Arabic font is terrible, especially compared to the beautiful Arabic font used in the Xperia Z but it can be changed, so you have options.
No real heating problems, and the mobile is very very very fast with it's 8 core processor, battery life is as bad as all big screened smartphones, for me I charge twice a day, or 3 times in 2 days.
And since the Galaxy S5 (or what ever they will call it) will not be released until 2014, you can still have the newest Samsung for at least another 6 months, before you are outdated, and not cool anymore
Morphy, 23 Jun 2013Where is Adobe flash?????? It is not needed as the default browser supports HTML5. This new version of HTML seeks to replace the need for Flash as it requires frequent updates for it's complicated software.
When is the firmware update for the S4 releasing in dubai...The only issue that i am facing is 'lag' at certain times....other than that ...this phone is awesome.... or should is say Legendaryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.......
[deleted post]Come on... they are caused by misuse of the phone.
And the solutions were also stated.
If you know how to use the features of the smartphone properly, you will not encounter those problems.
Better not buy S4 if don't know how to use it PROPERLY.
Anything used improperly will sure cause you a problem.
fockyourdodder, 24 Jun 2013if i bought the 16gb s4 how many space are available??50%
Hey Everyone... The new firmware update for the Galaxy S4 was recently released in India. Does anyone know when it will be released in the Middle East.. I am from Saudi Arabia. I checked OTA & on Kies. Still no update. Does anyone have any idea ?
Tanvir_S4, 23 Jun 2013I own an octa core variant of S4... Problem is,after installing the recent firmware update,my ... moreit will drain as after installing a recent firmware the cpu has to do a lot of tasks like setting up apps and optimizing them. open and use every application once and you will feel that the battery will be better in one week(even better than previous firmware).
trust me. this is my personal experience. and you can do a factory reset if the problem persists.
Morphy, 23 Jun 2013Where is Adobe flash?????? Download Adobe Flash Player at Google Play lol.
Tanvir_S4, 23 Jun 2013I own an octa core variant of S4... Problem is,after installing the recent firmware update,my ... moreYou can try to "factory reset" your handset. it would save you a lot of battery.
If you send it to the service centres, all they do is factory reset too.
If factory reset doesn't work, then it's time for you to change your battery.
Have a nice day :)
jzac, 23 Jun 2013OK, We just imagine according to your conclusion that Galaxy S4 camera has better details. But... morealso let me go into technical details, they both have the same sensor size that is 1/3 inches. HTC tried to fit only 4 mp into it and hence each pixel is bigger by almost 3x than s4. ask any professional photographer that s4 will take better photos in daylight and htc one at night as smaller pixels can't capture enough light when the scene is dim and hence s4 images are darker in low light. in low light, even htc one has a noise and its image is also ok quality vs unacceptable shit quality by s4.
in the daylight, there is more light available to every pixel and s4 gets clear lead as every pixel can have its desired light and 13mp take lead over 4mp. its not over 3x better and per-pixel detail of htc one is better due to large pixels.
hence, you have to choose, daylight vs low light.
also s4's HDR photo is clearly superior to htc one and panoramas are also much better(60mp vs 10mp).
so we can end this discussion here.
jzac, 23 Jun 2013OK, We just imagine according to your conclusion that Galaxy S4 camera has better details. But... morei already own a high end compact and i know these are like a shit in front of it. but you can't carry them everywhere whereas carrying a phone adds no extra luggage.
anyway, lets forget the fight and please note that there are two versions of galaxy s4 and the octa core variant takes significantly better photos in low light than snapdragon version due to exmor RS sensor in it rather than exmor R in quad core. so after enabling night mode, my octa core almost comes close to htc one in low light. also its flash is much stronger than htc one and i use flash when its too dark. i have taken some great photos at night under artificial lightening. and s4 camera has one more advantage(octa), it can shoot upto 8x slow-mo videos at 720p( surprised at its processing power) and that equals 240 fps. plus it offers live previews(you can see the object before applying effect and s4 camera offers a better field of depth(you may know it as you use a DSLR).
please take a photo with your brothers s4 and try to zoom in. and his phone is likely i9505 if it takes comparable photos to one in daylight.
shubham yadav, 23 Jun 2013i said you a troll as you don't have the phone and you were saying that we s4 users are fools.... moreWow you make things up to suit your 1 sided view I said the s4 is a good ph and why I chose the HTC one over it. I didn't say anything negative about S4 users. I said I have friends with a variety of phones and have done my own experiments with the camera. There are may indetpendant reviewers with different opinions I simply stated for people to make up there own mind. You then called me a troll and made various accusations. I'm probably in a silly debate with a tenager. I've had various smartphones over many years I'm intitled to my own opinion the first being the Nokia N8. Give you some advice if you want to be taken seriously don't tell lies about people give your opinion and don't expect everyone to be sheep and follow you. We are all different which is a good thing.
Tanvir_S4, 23 Jun 2013I own an octa core variant of S4... Problem is,after installing the recent firmware update,my ... moreWhich makes the phone not a smartphone or even a phone if you have to switch all its features off whats the point in that? Throw it in bin and get a decent non Android phone.
jzac, 23 Jun 2013OK, We just imagine according to your conclusion that Galaxy S4 camera has better details. But... moreMost folk tweek photos on computer anyway so all you need is good basic photo.
The whole point of having a camphone is its with you all the time..For special events you take something decent or pay a pro to do it i.e. a wedding..Most of todays camphones smart or not will take a good snap in good day light for most folks uses , Its when light drops things fall apart,,i use for nightclubs the Nokia N8 which has xenon for low light and the MEMS microphone means i can video record and bass does not come out garbled plus its got phone for ringing taxi at end of night.
There is still in 2013 no converged do it all device thats perfect,,once they do it will be boring nowt to look forward too.
shubham yadav, 23 Jun 2013dear jzak
i read this article erlier and i think s4 has done a good job. moving to the det... moreOK, We just imagine according to your conclusion that Galaxy S4 camera has better details. But remember your S4 can only take a perfect photo in the Daylight it's poor performance in the different shades indoor conditions and the low light conditions, I know it. But the HTC One can take a perfect photo under the day light (let's guess not well as your S4) as well the Low light conditions. So now honestly think which camera has the best advantage.
Another fact is from what ever phone you took a photo it's may be the iphone, Lumia, Galaxy or HTC, at a glance there are no significance different in each phone camera. 90% of users aren't consider much about those technical terms such as Noice, Details Level, Exposure Level, Tone Curves, ISO, Wide Angle Lens, OIS, CMOS Lens, White Balance or Colour Balance. Most people even don't know what are them. They use the phone cameras for just instant captures not for professional photography. Anyway those mobile phone cameras aren't my subject because I'm using the DSLR cameras like I was mentioned earlier. Here I was shared some knowledge with you. So there is no need us for fighting which phone's camera is better. If you seriously interesting about photography just buy a DSLR camera or even you can takes perfect pictures from the top Digital Cameras like Nikon Coolpix p510 or Canon Powershot sx50 hs, they aren't not that much expensive. Then you will feel what is the Photography is.
I own an octa core variant of S4... Problem is,after installing the recent firmware update,my phone's battery is draining very fast,faster than before the update... this drainage continues even when I'm not doing anything with it... I've kept almost all of the sensors switched off...Not on wifi,or mobile data,no bluetooth,no location service,brightness is on auto... Just can't undstnd why this is happening... can anybody help me with this???
no innovation , no feel good factor, no build quality, no NEW idea, NO FM radio, no progress over S3 look, purely CARBON COPY of S3.
PLEASE give me ONE good reason for anyone to justify buying this piece of plastic over S3 at the fraction of price.
I said times and times again, the extra processing power under the GS4 make NO DIFFERENCE for average user, if you have S3, (like myself) stick with it because S4 will bring nothing exciting or different for what you pay for it.
the phone is truly a joke over previous generation, because it simply provide no advancement in technologies, change the plastic look, offer something exciting like waterproof resistance feature, come up with something which doesn't exists in the market already! then you would be a winner.
as a long fan of Samsung it is really sad for me to see them fail, but sadly they have and will take them good 1-2 years to recover.
At the moment HTC One , Sony are preferred options over this piece of plastic, but for now I stick with my S3, and wait for GS5
I HOPE SAMSUNG management read this and listen to their fans, that is the exact reason they have failed.