Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB Black Mist
The next smart and big thing is here! Samsung Galaxy S4 is a highly anticipated flagship smartphone, a phone that has completely changed the definition of a smartphone. It is better to call this droid as “King of the Beasts”, giving credit to the master technology with which it is bestowed with. Galaxy S IV is the successor of the most successful Samsung Galaxy S3 and like its predecessor, Galaxy S4 too has jaw-dropping features that will take you to a completely different and new world where everything becomes very simple and hassle-free. Galaxy S series has created history in the smartphone world with its success and Galaxy S4 has taken this success a step ahead. In comparison to Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4 comes with expanded screen, slimmer body, premium finish, stylish design, full HD super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, better battery, add-on features, new and unique sensors, latest applications, improvised software and redesigned user interface. All in all, Samsung Galaxy S4 has all those things that are yet not to be found in other contemporary smartphone, and thus all such combination makes it stand out from the crowd. The handset is designed to match your style and needs and to make you feel special among your companions.
Samsung Galaxy S IV comes packed in a sleek size of 136.6mm x 69.8mm x 7.9mm and carries a weight of mere 130 grams, lesser than what Samsung Galaxy S III weighed. Available in Black Mist and White Frost color options, Galaxy S4 has three variants on the basis of internal memory support that varies from 16 to 32 to 64GB along with the support of a microSD card slot that can hold external memory expansion up to 64GB. The phone is powered by 1.6GHz octa-core processor that is well-integrated with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM.
Along with the premium suite of sensors, such as Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro and Barometer, the company has blessed this smartphone with two new sensors, namely IR Gesture and Temperature and Humidity. IR Gesture or Infrared Gesture sensor in the front can easily detect and read your hand moments and without touching the screen you can answer a call, scroll up and down, skip from one browser tab to another, change your music track and do n number of tasks when your hands are busy somewhere else. Temperature and Humidity sensor keeps the track of your daily routine and tells you your current status of surroundings for your activities.
Other smart features like Smart Pause, Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, S Translate, S Health, Dual Camera, Dual Video Call, Sound and Shoot, Drama Shot, Group Play, Story Album, WatchON, Adapt Display, Adapt Sound, ChatON, Optical Reader, Cinema Photo, Share Screen, and lot more are also there to increase the usability of the handset. The handset backs more than 9 languages for S-Translator, which include English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, which make communication easy and fast without any barrier.
The list of innumerable features does not end here, as you will experience a new feature every time you deal with the handset. Till now, no other handset has ever been blessed with so many astounding and astonishing features.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Galaxy S4 is a small initiative towards bringing people closer than ever and strengthening relationships. It is designed in such a way that it can be your true life companion and will help you in capturing all your fun moments. Each feature of Galaxy S4 is developed in such a way that will make your life everyday life simpler and hassle-free with a little zing added to it to bring various colors of life together. Not only this, but this beast will also take good care of your health by tracking your daily routine. The company has very smartly placed a big full HD Super AMOLED 5 inch diagonally wide capacitive touchscreen in an extraordinarily sleek body enveloped by a unique textured design and all this put together makes Galaxy S4 one of the lightest and highly sophisticated Galaxy till now. The display shows a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels that is well supported by a pixel density of 441ppi along with 16 million of color depth that makes everything on the screen true to life.
The display is provided protection from the unwanted scratches by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 that gives three times extra protection and promises a reduction of up to 40 percent in the visible scratches and up to 50 percent improvement in the remaining strength. This glass is based on Native Damage Resistance technology that increases the durability and power of the glass deep down on the structural level. Samsung Galaxy S IV has Android version 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system as base and to make it more versatile, the phone works with the redefined, upgraded and totally new version of TouchWiz Nature UX user interface on top of the platform. Samsung Galaxy S4 draws its strength from, the first ever Octa-core processor that is clocked at a whooping speed of 1.6GHz and is strengthened by Exynos 5 chipset that also improves the graphical performance in collaboration with PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is broadly divided into four components:
Fun, Convenience, Relationship and Care.
Fun makes your life more entertaining and enjoyable than before.
Convenience brings stability and comfortability in your life.
Relationships grow closer with Galaxy S4 around you, and
Care and well-being is also focused upon with Samsung Galaxy S4.
To explain the functioning of Samsung Galaxy S4, the above-mentioned four categories are further divided into subparts to make the interaction with the device easy and smooth. We have discussed these categories later in the review so as to give you a clear view of what Samsung Galaxy S4 is and what interesting features it holds.
Two of the four parts into which Samsung Galaxy S4 is divided are completely dedicated to multimedia. The company has named them Fun and Convenience. The former is designed intelligently to make everyday moment of life entertaining and memorable whereas the latter brings accessibility and harmony to your life. The basic multimedia features in Samsung Galaxy S4 include audio player with support to MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3 and apt-X codecs and video player that backs MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark and HEVC codecs alongside to full HD 1080p recording and playback. The regular 3.5mm headphone jack is there on the handset to allow you to attach external speaker or woofer with your device.
Fun has various sub-divisions that are discussed below:
Group Play: With Group Play you can share music very easily by converting multiple phones into speakers. You can even play games in sharing with your friends without using any wireless access point or cellular signal in real time. You can directly get connected with your acquaintances to share and play music, videos, games, documents, photos, etc., and can also co-create content for full-on entertainment.
Dual-Camera: This feature allows you to shoot video simultaneously with the rear as well as the front snapper. While capturing stills, you can opt the best suitable frame from the variety of frames available with which you can blend two images naturally and can very smartly insert a small image inside a big one. There are total 8 different ways available with which you can merge two photographs captured using the rear and front camera.
Eraser: It helps in removing the extra, unwanted and disturbing elements from a picture. After removing or shifting the objects from consecutive five images, you can save the best one.
Cinema Photo: Create a picture of your own by freezing, moving or animating some of the detected objects by the handset.
Drama Shot: Merge a series of moving pictures into a single one to watch all the action in one continuous time-lapse.
Sound & Shot: You can enrich your pictures by providing background sound for few moments. Your photos will come alive with this feature.
Dual-Shot: This feature allows you to use both the cameras simultaneously for video chats, recording and capturing images.
Dual-Recording: It enables you to create more personal and dynamic video by recording from the rear as well as from the secondary camera synchronously.
Convenience holds n number of sub-categories that with an extreme ease simplifies part of your life. Below are some highlighted features mentioned:
Air View: It allows you to preview videos by simply hovering your finger above the screen surface. Using this you can also have a glimpse to your e-mails, S Planner, image gallery, etc. without opening them. You can even speed dial your contacts with the help of this feature.
Smart Scroll: You can easily scroll through the phone without touching the screen manually simply by using your eyes movements. Scroll the browser, e-mails, messages and lot more with the help of this feature. The phone scans your retina and notices the movement of your eyes and wrists and accordingly it moves the screen up an down.
Smart Pause: Pauses the video or whatever application running on the screen, the moment you remove your eyes from the screen. It is an eye-tracking feature that reads the movement of your head and eyes and then acts consequently.
Samsung WatchON: Gives you living room experience and makes it more enjoyable with your Galaxy S4 in hand. It helps in accessing TV programs, video-on-demand services and live streaming of videos and operating TV using Galaxy S4 as remote control.
Optical Reader: It enables the smartphone to recognize and read the command provided from the touchscreen using gloves or even your fingernails.
Air Gesture: Change, start or stop your music track by reading the gestures of your hand. You can also scroll the screen up and down, change web pages and accept calls while you are driving or having food simply with you hand movements.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Galaxy S4 has an elephantine 13 megapixels autofocus rear camera with LED flash support and Zero shutter lag that helps you in taking numerous shots in a single moment without any lag-time. This snapper has BIS sensor for clear and crisp image capturing. The camera user interface is also enhanced and many new features have been added to make it one of the best and easiest interface. The primary camera is backed by add-on features such as face detection, touch focus, image and video stabilization, simultaneous video and image recording, smile detection, Geo-tagging, HDR, dual shot and lot more to take your photography experience much higher than was expected. The images are captured in a resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels whereas you can record full HD 1080p video at the rate of 30 frames per second.
Talking about the secondary camera; it also records 1080p videos at 30 frames per second and enables you to have video chats with friends and family members. You can even use the primary camera to for video calls to enjoy dual camera mode. The front snapper has 2 megapixel sensor. Another interesting feature in the rear camera is the 360 degree view of an image. With Best Photo you can select the most suitable one amongst the heap, Best Face feature lets you know the nicest face in the image. Beauty Face feature lets you beautify your face in the image by small yet required changes. Panorama and Sports features also backed the camera to make it more capable.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has wide options available for Internet connectivity that enables you to roam in the endless world of social networking. Samsung Galaxy S IV is a 4G LTE device of Category 3 that provides a downloading speed of 100 Mbps and an uploading speed of 50 Mbps (up to Hexa Band). The 2G network works at GSM frequencies of 850/900/1800/1900 MHz whereas the 3G network is backed by 850/900/1900/2100 MHz of bandwidths. For wireless Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT 80), Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot are supported that gives seamless speed and provides uninterrupted linkage. Galaxy S4 is also NFC and GPS enabled along with Infrared LED, MHL 2.0, which helps in converting the handset into a remote control. The handset is launched with TDD and FDD dual mode that makes connectivity better than the best and also makes uplinking and downlinking easy and smooth.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy S4 has three variants on the basis of difference in the internal memory support. Like its predecessor, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4 also has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models that gives three memory options to consumer. All the three variants have microSD card slot that further enhances the external memory up to 64GB using a memory card. These internal memory options comes incorporated with 2GB of RAM that provides enough of space to run and execute heavy and multiple applications all-together.
Applications and Gaming
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the perfect choice for all sort of applications and games as the phone is powered with PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU that improves the graphical capability of the droid and gives true to life effect to the screen. The handset has Android Jelly Bean version 4.2 operating system as its platform that gives accessibility to more than 7,50,000 applications and games available at the Google Play Store. You can download n-number of applications along with latest games from the store.
Samsung Galaxy S4 comes pre-installed with loads of Google applications such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search, Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube and Google Talk. Other applications that are bestowed upon Galaxy S IV are Samsung Hub, S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice Drive that guides you to reach your destination by opting the best, easiest and the smallest route, Samsung Adapt Sound, Auto adjust touch sensitivity, that is, Glove friendly that allows to operate the touchscreen using gloves or fingernails, Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring, Story Album, Samsung KNOX (B2B only) and many more that will get unveil each time you use interact with the device.
The remaining two sections, out of the four, are Relationship and Care, are discussed below:
Relationship, on one hand, gives true colors to your relations by connecting you with your acquaintances and best buddies.
ChatON: With ChatON you can do multiple tasks to stay in touch with your special and loved ones, no matter how far they are.
Dual Video Call: You can show your surroundings to the person with whom are on a video call by using both front and rear camera, simultaneously.
Share Screen: Now sharing is easy and fun with Samsung Galaxy S IV as you can share your images, videos, documents and even your screen with your friends and family members to make communication simple.
S-Translator: With this wonderful and astounding feature you can communicate anytime with anyone in this world without facing any language barrier. Samsung Galaxy S4 supports more than 9 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, etc. Now your Galaxy S4 will act as a language translator for you when you want to speak to a person who knows one of the above mentioned languages. The phone can very well text your speech or speech your text to make interaction with the third person convenient and simple.
Care, on the other hand, helps in monitoring your health and reaching your daily goals simply by tracking your daily routine. You can even share your health data with your friends.
Samsung Adapt Display: Enables you to have comfortable view of the display as it is optimized in the best possible manner to suit your eyes without causing any harm to the retina after long hours of usage.
S-Health: Manage the track of your heart beats on the daily basis and alarms you when it is above and below the normal rate.
All such applications and features are only the major ones, you will find more small yet useful features when you will interact with the handset in real life.
Samsung Galaxy S4 is backed by a powerful and gigantic 2,600 mAh lithium ion battery that gives life to the droid to a longer duration than any other contemporary rivals provide. The phone supports wireless charging, like Nokia Lumia 920, as the beast has Qi wireless charging capabilities and for the same, the device comes with a wireless charging pad. Simply place your Galaxy S4 on the wireless charging pad and the device will start getting charged, so you ca again use your phone without any interruption.
Samsung Galaxy S4 offers connectivity via various modes that include 2G with EDGE and GPRS, 3G with HSDPA speed of 42.2 Mbps and HSUPA speed of 5.76 Mbps, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, standard microUSB port with MHL features (TV Out, USB host), GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, Infrared port, IR LED and many more. Samsung gaalxy S4 is designed in such a manner that avails the best connectivity service at your doorstep.
In real terms, Samsung Galaxy S4 cannot be compared to other flagship smartphones that are available in the market, as the company has gifted Galaxy S4 with the combination of all those best features that are present either in small numbers or in huge quantity in the other rivals, such as Nokia Lumia 920, HTC One, HTC Butterfly, Sony Xperia Z, BlackBerry Z10, Apple iPhone 5 and many more. But as it is said, “Too many spices spoil the dish”, the same applies to this beast also. Samsung Galaxy S4 is not the pioneer in introducing all these features in the market, but we can give it a credit in bringing all the top most features in one gadget. The wireless charging feature and the adapt display feature have been adopted from Nokia Lumia 920 while the double interface feature has been adopted from the BlackBerry 10 operating system based first smartphone, BlackBerry Z10. With the help of this feature you can very smartly separate your personal life from your professional one. You can divide your Galaxy S IV into two parts, where in one part you can keep your professional data while the other part can be used to satisfy the personal storage needs. Some of the other awesome features has already been used by HTC in its flagship droids. So Samsung Galaxy S4 is not to be termed as the innovator of such features and applications. The worth appreciable area where Samsung has really worked hard is the sensors: Temperature and IR Gesture sensors have been first introduced in Galaxy S4, so the credit goes to Samsung.
The strongest and the most toughest competitor of Samsung Galaxy S4 will be the upcoming Apple iPhone 5S that is expected to hit the shelves somewhere around Q2 2013. The features and spec-sheet of iPhone 5S has not been revealed yet, so it is quite difficult to comment whether Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5S will deserve to be on the top position, but in comparison to the existing devices, no doubt, the ruler is none other than Samsung Galaxy S4.