Thanks for your responses guys.@rsnsvs
I didn't get it on contract, and it came with 4.3 out of the box. Could you tell me what baseband version you have?
AnonD-151559, 30 Jan 2014@rsnsvs
It's definitely legit, I even checked the IMEI.
Asphalt 8 seems to be the ... moreHi Beast042,
Yup i am on 4.3 from 2 months. I have also played these games like shadowgun and dead trigger 2 and my device works perfectly smooth without any lag in these games.
The reason of your lagging can be the carrier giving you updates. If you have baught your phone on contract, then the updates provided to you are not by samsung, they are provided you by the company like vodafone, At&t or T-mobile. They make their own modifications for the updates. If you check a contract phone with an off-contract phone then you will come to know about many changes like- different wallpapers, inbuilt memory, rebooting screen having company logo of the contractor with samsung.
Samsung provides slow updates with different countries so that if there is any problem in the update, they can fix it, but you will find that the guys with contract will find updates earlier than samsung provides in that country. This is because the company use the earlier version of updates by samsung and is modifying those according to their requirements but whereas samsung provides latest update with modifications and stability.
Same is the case with my friend. He baught on-contract s4 from telecom nz and whereas my phone is off-contract and he gets almost every update 1 month earlier than me but he is always having issues with it, but i get updates from samsung which are modified with time by samsung while seeing the issues with customers from different countries, so even though my updates take time but they are stable.
But you should definitely go to samsung customer center they will help you.
AnonD-151559, 30 Jan 2014@rsnsvs @solee It's definitely legit, I even checked the IMEI. Asphalt 8 seems to be the ... moretry hard reset, if it stays same, then I suggest you sell it, becouse I think somethings wrong with your device.. I am heavy gamer, all I get is warm back, and battery drain, but lag never
do not buy Replica or Clone phone because the specs of Original phone to Replica are not the same.
AnonD-151559, 30 Jan 2014@rsnsvs @solee It's definitely legit, I even checked the IMEI. Asphalt 8 seems to be the ... moredude that's not true, I have this device and I'm a gaming person using Galaxy s4 i9505 but no one can see about laggy or slomo for Dead Trigger 2, Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3, and Nova 3. dude try to format your phone and check your external memory.
It's definitely legit, I even checked the IMEI.
Asphalt 8 seems to be the only one not lagging but I still have to test it a bit more.
And I didn't use to hate Samsung, I do now.
I tried another game today, Shadowgun Dead Zone and it lags exactly the same like Dead Trigger 2. Every few seconds it stutters big time, from 30 fps to 20 and then quickly goes up to 30.
Other games like NFS MW, GTA VC, IM 3 lag almost all the time, very low frame rates (from 20 to 30) and occasionally drops even more.
Btw I'm on 4.3, phone came with it. I don't know if that's the problem or what the hell is, but such a bad performance from such a costly high end device...
Is there anyone who can play these games without problem? Is it just me lagging?
AnonD-151559, 29 Jan 2014This phone lags in all games, literally all. Even lighter ones like subway surfers, vector, mi... moreYou should give your phone for repair. I also play heavy games like asphalt 7, asphalt 8, the dark knight rises, wild blood and never faced any lag in these games. If you are facing lag even in small games, then you seriously need to check your phone that you haven't got a fake one.
AnonD-151559, 29 Jan 2014This phone lags in all games, literally all. Even lighter ones like subway surfers, vector, mi... moreAre you sure that you have this mobile phone, maybe you have replica, or maybe you just hate samsung, becouse there is no lag at all this games, I have it, or just check on youtube.. maybe your phone is damaged, or you are
This phone lags in all games, literally all. Even lighter ones like subway surfers, vector, mini motor racing. It drops a couple of frames randomly every few seconds, its 60 but then drops to 57 or 53 and then immediately goes back up.
Heavier games like Vice City, San Andreas, NFS Most Wanted, Iron Man 3, Dead Trigger, Dead Trigger 2 lag and stutter like hell. Very annoying.
NFS MW gets from 25 to 35 fps, GTA VC goes over 30 but often even drops slightly below 20. GTA SA gets 30 max with it stuttering and dropping to around 20. Similar situation with other games as well.
Not only that it gets lower fps compared to other devices, but also randomly stutters and reduces it even more.
I've heard it's due to games' optimization, but I don't care. This phone doesn't offer smooth gaming at all. Period.
So I'd recommend this phone to those who don't play games at all, 0 games. Cause it seems ok for everything else, haven't found any other problems yet.
I bought my S4 one month ago, and I have to say that I prefer galaxy S3 that I used to have. Samsung's stock rom for galaxy S4 comes with many apps that's not possible to uninstall. Most part of these apps are just trial, and are useless apps. These apps cause many lags, making this phone slower than my old Galaxy S3. Sincerely, I'm thinking about buying Nexus 5. I don't recommend anyone to buy Galaxy S4. Samsung should release a clean android version, without these apps that just makes the phone slower and occupy storage. Furthermore, I can't instal Cyanogenmod, because if I do this, I'll loose the warranty of my device. Shame on you Samsung!
Only version available is 16GB, with OS ans Samsung software installed, it leaves you with merely 8GB of storage, SD card is a must..
They say s4 is ugly and laggy, you will never know unless you buy. One of the best today.
Unfortunately I had this phone bought from 2 days ago and the device after played 1h youtube clip just simply died...so disappointed..
I will receive a new one from warranty but I'm not sure if I want this one again
Zaoshi, 24 Jan 2014I'm considering buying and Android and I cannot choose between I9505 Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note... moreIt depends on you.... If you are looking for a bigger screen then I prefer a Note 3 which has more than 2GB RAM. Whereas S4 has only 2GB RAM.. If you are looking for a normal day to day and do not prefer a much bigger screen then S4 is the best phone as I am using the Galaxy S4 in White Frost..
Zaoshi, 24 Jan 2014I'm considering buying and Android and I cannot choose between I9505 Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note... moreHi Zaoshi,
Yeah its really a difficult decision to make between note 3 and s4. On one side you have most powerful smartphone whereas on other side you have most powerful phablet.
But there is lot of difference between these two devices. Note series is always made one step ahead of s-series. So its obvious that note 3 is having some edge over s4.
Firstly, we go with hardware. Note 3 is having 3gb ram with Snapdragon 800 processor whereas s4 is having 2gb ram with snapdragon 600 processor. But you will not find any lag with any of these devices at all. Especially after 4.4 kitkat update things will become better because its requirement for hardware are less as compared to jelly-bean. So both of the devices are ridiculously fast.
Then we go to screen size. Galaxy s4 has 5" screen with 441 ppi whereas note 3 has 5.7" screen with 386 ppi. The screen of note 3 is big and you will enjoying watching movies and playing games but resolution of galaxy s4 is better because of its higher screen density. As i said in my earlier opinion that using a big screen in phone looks strange but after certain time you can't even think of using a phone with small screen.
Then i come to camera. Both devices are having 13 mega-pixel camera. But the things change with devices. The camera in note3 is better than s4. Even though the quality of image is nearly same but the camera of note 3 is capable of taking videos in 1080p in 60 fps whereas s4 takes videos in 1080p in 30fps.
Then it comes to stylus, the thing which makes you off. As i have used note series, i can tell you that if you are not using stylus in note 3, then it works same as galaxy s4 but with upgraded hardware. Most of the note users are not using stylus, they just bought it because of its performance and big screen. But stylus really do pretty good job, like you can make notes and write messages without typing slowly.
Then it comes to advantages of both devices over each other.
Advantages of galaxy s4:
1. Good size to fit in pockets.
2. Better screen resolution.
3. Lighter in weight
5. Can do everything that a person needs from a smartphone.
Advantages of note 3
1. Bigger screen to enjoy movies.
2. Better battery life
3. Better camera for shooting videos.
4. Best hardware used in a phone till now.
5. Can do special tasks with stylus.
May be stylus for you doesn't seem to be an advantage but for many people its an advantage and they really use it.
Both devices are very good devices and their performance is best. With further updates their performance will become better because samsung is also going to launch new ui, which will definitely be better than now and even with new android updates performance has always become better.
The main thing is your necessity, that what you want your device to do for you, but still these both devices are capable of doing everything you want.
And last thing i want you to say is don't listen to people. Go for the thing according to your requirements. Because if you spend extra for a thing that you don't even use, then that's a waste for money.
Dear guys, I have had this phone since June 2013. This is the best phone ever that I had. He is so smooth, the performance is awesome. The camera is great. Everything is working perfectly like the first day I bought.Honestly, the only thing that is true from all the bad things that I have read is that the phone gets warmer when you are playing some games or watching videos more than 30 minutes. But I understand that because that great and powerful chip set and CPU is normal to get warmer in that thin body. On the other hand, my wife has Iphone 5S and it is great phone too (everything is working perfectly) but S4 I9505 has more features and it makes the phone more interesting for exploring and having fun. Based on my opinion is question of choice and taste.
Also it is not true that if you drop S4 it is going to crack or damage so easily because it is made all from plastic. I had dropped it two times on the street from my pocket, the only damage is some small dots on the edge of the phone, almost non visible. Overall, everyone who likes Android and Samsung this is the right choice. I recommend it because I am so satisfied from my Samsung S4 I9505. BEST REGARDS TO EVERYONE. HAVE A NICE AND EASY LIFE. ALEKSANDAR THE GREAT FROM MACEDONIA
AnonD-59778, 22 Jan 2014If anybody wants comaprison of galaxy s4 with any other phone, just leave a commentI'm considering buying and Android and I cannot choose between I9505 Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.
Note seems to be more powerful so I somewhat prefer it, but stylus thing kinda puts me off. Do I have to use it? Do you have opinion about this?
Maybe my choices were wrong to begin with?