I have had this phone since May 2013 when it was released, I upgraded from an S3, before that I had the S2. I loved the S2, the S3 in terms of looks wasn't an upgrade but the hardware was, when I upgraded from the S3 to the S4, I actually thought what have I done... The S4 is a bit better on paper, but most of the sales gimmicks Samsung use in this device, I never use! I actually disable them to stop them from eating battery or consuming processing power.
It started off with the device at the beginning of Dec acting weird and entered itself into a factory mode. The symptom was when you press the power button you do not have the extended power menu and it immediately shuts down. Another point is when you turn the phone off, any Wi-Fi point that you have connected too is no longer stored on the reboot.
I reported to Samsung on the 3rd Dec with the device returned on the 9th Dec with a letter explaining the problem. The first repair completed by Andy was not successful - I can only assume the letter was never read. I received the handset back and returned it to Samsung again explaining specifically over the phone the problem again and this time I thought it may have been repaired correctly. However to my extreme disappointment when I received it Thurs 2nd Jan2014 yet again the same problem is found with the phone when received back after "Simona" had performed a successful repair along with the Samsung Smart Service Checklist Completed (is this a paper exercise or actually followed)! I then had to return it again, with my phone still being in factory mode after 2 attempted repairs.
This has now left me without my handset for 6 weeks and I find this completely unacceptable. I have had to buy, out of my own pocket a S2 off ebay to tide me over whilst it was in for repair. I still haven't got the phone back and I am hoping to receive it tomorrow (17th Jan 2014), but this isn't guaranteed. To start off with I was impressed with their repair service, but this ongoing saga has left a bad taste in my mouth and ill feelings towards them.
I would advise people to go elsewhere for their handsets, Samsung keep reinventing the wheel and making gimmicky features half of the time you don't use because it consumes the devices battery being on.
I will be selling my S4 when returned and hope that other people will take heed of this review, if you currently have an S3 and are thinking of upgrading. Go with the Sony Z1, HTC ONE, or even get get the Moto G which is £130 on Amazon at the minute and don't have to tie yourself into a long contract.
doomgiver, 12 Jan 2014i think just hold the message then press foreard then i think only 6 persons at a time or 10 yeah but i want more, an app maybe? But thanks.
friendly, 11 Jan 2014i've been using this I9505 for a week now and it's awesome! I need help, I am used to send gro... morei think just hold the message then press foreard then i think only 6 persons at a time or 10
I have owned iphone, HTC, and this phone is better than any of them. Thank you Samsung for such an awsmely excellent phone.
i've been using this I9505 for a week now and it's awesome! I need help, I am used to send group message to 100 people per hour and i don't like any delays.
can someone recommend me an app that can do group message, except go sms. Thanks in advance :)
Great phone. The absolute best phone I've ever had. I only have one complaint. I am on my second S4 and the "Head Tilting" feature doesn't work on any S4 I know and have seen. It worked great on the S3 though...
hi am using GT i9505 s4.it was working nice but after 4 months of usage i got a problem.when i try to increase the brightness the display becomes white with some lines and when i reduce the brightness it becomes pinkish and dark even i dint let it down.sometimes the screen blinks when i tried with service centre in india they simply said we cant attend the problem because it is bought in u.k.can anyone help me i am sure thats not a display problem?
Hi Friends, My phone was get heated when phone connected to charge and then repair center said that motherboard has been damaged. they also said that they don't have mother boards for this model. so pls let me know a place to purchase it. im from Sri Lanka
to scrren capture just simply hold both home and lock key and wait for it to screen capture after you hear or see a light flash around the screen it means you already have screen captured it
Anonymous, 07 Jan 2014how to use screenshot on this phone u can press the power button together with the home button for screen shot (hold both button for few seconds.)
alternatively, u also can use palm swipe to capture screen. go to settings >> my device >> motions and gestures >> palm motion >> turn on your capture screen to enable this function
Gamer11, 03 Jan 2014Is there any overheating problem of this phone. Is it worth buying??? No overheating on my phone.Have had it more than 2 months. Superb phone. Could not be more pleased with it.
I have the S4 and I don't experience overheating at all. Never happened in the past month that I have owned it. It does have some slowdown issues compared to other phones when I tap on anything or press the back button but it's still very fast. The phone became faster after 2 weeks of usage. I'm assuming that's thanks to the cache. Scrolling is very smooth and the phone became even faster when I forced GPU rendering in developer options.