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Sunday, 7 April 2013


Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

An evolution, not a revolution

Everything has to be upgraded to keep up with the fast pace of today's Technology, so Samsung has announced the much anticipated smartphone "Galaxy S4". This is great, it is a nice upgrade with notable additions in hardware, but the thing to notice here and possibly the most important point is that Samsung is getting further away from Android. The hardware has no meaning if the software is not useful or taking advantage of the hardware. One can argue that today's hardware is ahead of the current software, there must be excellent software and a usable ecosystem to attract people in using your hardware.

"Samsung is getting further away from Android."

That is what Samsung is trying to achieve by promoting and evolving the S-apps and functions of the devices they make. They focus on the software side and drive people into using their own software and lock them into their own ecosystem. I could go on and on discussing about the specs and thickness of the phone, as well as the fact that it has not changed much when compared to its predecessor, but what Samsung did here with the Galaxy S4 is obvious. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"; what can Samsung do to achieve the same success it had with the S3? Don't change the device appearance but improve the specs to make it future-proof and focus on the software.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Hardware Specs 

5in Full HD Super AMOLED 1,920 x 1,080 display, 441ppi
3G (HSPA+ 42Mbits/sec downloads)
4G (LTE Cat 3 100Mbits/sec download / 50Mbits/sec upload)
16/32/64GB internal storage.
microSD slot (up to 64GB)
1.6GHz Octa-Core processor/1.9GHz quad-core processor in UK 
2GB of RAM
Dual-band 802.11abgn/ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4
Infrared LED (for remote-control functions)
microUSB charger
13-megapixel rear-facing camera/2-megapixel front-facing camera
Full HD video recording at 30fps
Li-ion 2,600mAh battery
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm 

The Verdict

So is the Samsung Galaxy S4 for you? Well yes if you want a future proof phone with great specs and you don't care about its appearance similarities to the Samsung Galaxy S3. On the other hand if you don't like Samsung software taking over your phone (touchwiz, s-voice, and all other Samsung software) and you are not a specs person then this is not the phone for you.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, I currently have an iphone 5 and i have decided that if apple doesnt do something that really impresses me next generation im going to android, more specifically Samsung. I just hope i no longer will have problems like update support ending in 6 months or the os crashing. I had an android phone before the iphone and it was the HTC Incredible. Let me tell you that that phone sucked after 6 months, absolutely no support after that time period. thanks!
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