I love Androids. They’ve been my main phones for 4 years now, and I’ve carried the S1, S2, Galaxy Note 2 and now carry the S4. The beauty of a Samsung Android is that it combines the cool perks of Samsung hardware with the versatility and customizability of Android. I’ll walk you through the main features and hope you’ll enjoy the video shot by my good friend Carl Halal.
It’s a revamped version of the S3, with almost equal dimensions and very similar shape. The most obvious differences is a larger screen (with arguably the crispest, most vivid resolution on the market now) and slightly less-rounded edges. It’s also extremely light, and has a nice, subtle polka-dot like pattern finishing. The flash is also under the lens, instead of to its side.
All in all, the device looks gorgeous, and even though the polycarbonate unibody might be more appealing to many, I still prefer the ability to pop the hood and remove the battery whenever I want to without using hairpins to open up my SD and SIM card slots.
I’ll let my Instagram feed show you how magnificent the camera is (first two dozen or so photos for now). It’s fast, has a lot of new Samsung-perk modes in it and the bug that was causing the camera to crash on launch sometimes has been fixed. Turns out the app watchdog, which reboots your machine if an app misbehaves, had a glitch in it, and I’m glad it’s been fixed. What’s nice about the camera is that night photos don’t turn out grainy, but are crisp enough to make the photos pretty to look at instead of a hazy, blurry, uneven one we usually take when out clubbing.
I demonstrate most of the cool perks in the S4 in the video below, but I’ll go through them here too fast. The S4 has the hover-finger capability where you just hover your finger over a text message, song or album to preview the contents before actually opening it. The touch screen is also sensitive enough that if you are wearing gloves (not only the smart phone gloves) it’ll work too.
The air-gestures are also cool, and allow you to switch between photos or windows by merely waving in the desired direction in front of the device. Also, if you can’t use your hand to answer, you can just wave to your S4 when you have an incoming call and it’ll answer for you and put it automatically on loudspeaker.
Another fantastic feature is the eye-recognition technology, which if you are looking directly at the device, never powers down the screen, so you don’t have to keep tapping it if you’re reading. Also, if you’re watching a video and look away, it’ll immediately pause and restart when you look at it again.
The drop-down drawer is also awesome, and has most of the features accessible there for you to toggle between them: turning off most of the gestures, connections and screen lock options by just swiping down the drawer and tapping the toggles.
I love this device, and think the video will demonstrate a lot of the features you are thinking about. Battery life is impressive and it’ll easily last you a full day with 3G/WiFi on. It also is sturdier than previous devices, I have dropped it 3 times, and all that happened is a chip on the side guard, screen stayed intact and in perfect condition. It’s light, feels good in your hand and never crashes or hiccups (apart from the fixed watchdog glitch). I loved the S4, and I think you’ll love it too and would be happy to let you test out my personal device anytime. I’m also making the shift from mainly written reviews, to mainly video ones. So, lemme know what you thing!