Some ppl are bashing this phone like hell while some ppl are praising this phone like God. But in fact, nothing is perfect in this world.
In my opinion, this is a good phone, I tried it personally in a Samsung retail shop. It is very light(weight) and run responsively like lighting (slightly smoother than XZ and HTC one). Having some extra cool features like Air gesture too, but I doubt most ppl will ever use them in real life.
(Personally)I only found 2 dislikes/bad sides for this phone,
1) Design, and this is a big/major dislike for me. Though this should be subjective and depends on personal preferences. But Samsung is keep using the same design over and over again on every high/mid/low end device since last year which makes their flagship like Note II, S3 lack of uniqueness because it looks very similar to other Samsung mid/low end phone and now even similar to the previous flagship (S3 vs S4). I think this is why many ppl (including me) feel/think that the phone looks "cheap/not premium" but not because it is made of polycarbonate or so called plastic.
2) Memory, those extra cool features are come with a price which they eat up quite a portion of memory usage. Together with OS and TouchWiz, it totally consumed roughly 7.xGB memory which is almost half of the phone memory if it is a 16GB S4. Though 8.xGB + SDcard is fairly enough for most ppl. A minor dislike.
Other than above, like screen, camera, call and audio quality and etc are quite subjective for me. Some may like the screen while some may think it is oversaturated. Some may think the camera is good while some may not.
Personally, I think all of them are well performed.
And about some accuses like sudden death, overheating issue, poor battery life and frame drop/lagging issue. All these are either known issue/bug of Android (sudden death n occasional lag issue) or weakness of every smartphone (battery issue n overheat issue). Which means any other Android phone or other smartphone are suffering on the same issues above, though some might be slightly better on some category (like having bigger battery capacity), but generally their difference will not be significant.
Anyway, still recommend any interesting buyer go and try on the phone (display unit) on their retail shop personally before buying it. Because you are the only one who knows which phone suits you best but not others.
check out samsung active in the rumor mill thats the phone to have!!!
S4 is the best phone in the market.It has an octacore chipset,13 MP camera,Jelly Bean OS 4.2.2 and has 2GB RAM.No other phone comes close.
dig d, 11 May 2013why no radio and document editor?Because radio and document editor are useless.
Ask Apple the same question.
You dont get both lte and octa core apparently except in korea, well samsung packed a assload of the BEST tech that they have and eventually only korea gets it. Tons of bs software and apps, definitely not worth the buy. If ur gona sell something GOOD make sure its standardized world wide and not half ass-ed crap around the world so that they can envy on korea's better version
Awesome phone buddie
m waitng 4 ths a vry lng tym
n now its in my hand
no 1 can catch the quality of samsung
its really awsm
Dear Samsung Galaxy s4 fans
I have a doubt i purchased my s3 on june 2012 for 38,500 US$700.But today its cost around 28,000 US$500 span of 10 months the price slashed down but the quality remains same.Same way s4 sold out for 41,500 US$756 when it was released now with in a weeks it came down to 39,000 US$710 but quality remains the same are the people who buys at first are FOOLS?Can't samsung hold the price for a year so that people who got first can breath easily.
why would you need to access the battery!! Mostly after it is swollen due to frequent over heating... And u need to change it every 6 months...
ash, 10 May 2013performance is awesome having 2gb ram and 13 mega pixel camera what else you want on the phone ....xenon flash, metal case, bigger battery, a KEYBOARD with a joystick- these are good to start with.
[deleted post]you need to repent i had my Galaxy s4 from day one with heavy usage never once i had heat or heating problem God be my judge and when the back cover is on this phone feels great in hands i have one for my own so why should i lie
hoj-iligan, 11 May 2013it's a very nice phone..my only question is how will i know that it's internal memory is 16 gb... morethis is what i said about Touch-Wiz OS it takes up alot of memory the only down side of the Samsung Galaxy s4 , but let's be honest even the Apple iphone don't let you use all of 16GB of memory because of its Apple ios , and so because the Galaxy s4 has a lot of features it needs to use up alot of memory, where we are left with 9.95 or 8.95GB so get a 32 or 64GB Memory card
it's a very nice phone..my only question is how will i know that it's internal memory is 16 gb because it's only indicated in settings that the total memory is only 9.++ gb..pls help
sammy, 10 May 2013hate! LOOL
I don't hate this phone, I did even defend it today against someone post who said ... more@Sammy
I understand your frustration. It seems they release devices so fast there's no way to innovate that quickly so you're getting evolutions.
Lets say a GS4 is a slightly better version of a GS3. Will have some exclusive features but if you hold on to your GS3 you will get a lot of the features in an update. So, I wouldn't get rid of the GS3 if its serving you well. The GS4 isn't it.
I think, out of failure really, HTC ONE has been the Android device that totally innovated and changed the game in some ways. You will understand if you go and hold one in your hand. The pictures don't really do it justice.
What HTC did was the opposite of what Samsung did.
GS4 vs HTC ONE
1) Samsung made it more complicated throwing every feature they could dream up. HTC made it more simple. Cleaner. Only the things that matter to their users. They made Android more iOS like in a way.
2) Samsung gives you plastic. HTC ONE gives you a unibody aluminum construction. The best smartphone ever built. Apple never built something this good. Again, go see for yourself.
Speakers, interface, screen; build quality, etc etc. HTC and Samsung took 2 totally different roads.
Samsung kept on the same road and added more stuff.
HTC built a new road.
Which one to get? You just have to go use them both and ask, what do YOU want to do with your smartphone.
Maybe a Nokia 720 will serve you just fine.
i knew that, 10 May 2013i would buy this phone over and over again , love how super thin it is , feels great in th... moreSo you basically wave your hands at your phone all day? That must look really silly.
By the time you wave your hands around to peek and the time I can just hit the sleep button and glance at it too.
All this waving around is a cool gimmick, but eventually, you'll grab it and just flick your thumb if you want to read a webpage. A lot less work than waving my whole arm in front of it.
The GS4 gimmicks are like desperation to try to do something to set themselves apart. While I applaud the efforts, I just think it is a gimmick that will wear off after about a month of owning the device.
i knew that, 10 May 2013first time buyers for Galaxy s4 i have to be honest the only down side i see is memory loss ... moreEating wings and watching NBA with my friends and somehow I get an email that I have to answer and I wave my hands around.
Nope. Has never happened in my life and I'm 36 years old.
I don't think it'll happen in the next 2 years either until I replace the GS4 with the GS6.
Are there any other reasons to get a GS4 other than buffalo wings?
Because you can do that with the Galaxy Grand. Pay half the money and keep napkins around. Just wipe your hands if you're eating wings.