The New Samsung S4 comes in a choice of ‘White Frost’ and ‘Black Mist’, is slim and lightweight with a stellar camera and excellent battery life. Available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB plus up to 64GB through a microSD card. The handset is impressively fast and powerful with amazing new technology and the integrated Samsung Hub brings together all your media, book, gaming and educational needs.
The S4 measures 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm and weighs 130 grams. The power button is on the right, volume on the left, headphone jack at the top and the Micro USB port at the bottom. The SIM card, microSD slot and battery are accessible under the back cover. Below the screen is a physical home button with capacitive back and menu keys on either side. Along the top of the screen is a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera, earpiece grille and assortment of sensors and on the back a 13 megapixel camera with LED flash and a speaker that is loud and clear. To unlock the phone just hover your finger over the lock screen and a small beam of light follows your finger as you unlock.
Inside the S4 is Samsung’s own Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM. The operating system is Android 4.2 with many useful Samsung features on top. The home screen has the Samsung’s big clock and weather widget and Touchwiz offers many options to hide or rearrange apps in the app drawer, pick and choose quick launch apps for the lock screen or change the order of settings and toggles and lots more.
There is an Easy Mode where you can simplify everything that is going on, shortcut a few common apps and hide almost everything else. You can turn off everything from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to some of the eye-tracking features.
The GS4’s 5 inch 1920 x 1080 display is big and beautiful and the full HD AMOLED screen has 441 pixels per inch, is crystal clear with vibrant colours. The glass is rigid and responsive to touch even with gloves on.
The 13 megapixel camera is simple and fast to use and Samsung has redesigned the UI to match that of the Galaxy Camera Line with some new features added in. Eraser Mode detects moving objects in your photo and automatically removes them. Drama Mode takes a series of pictures as a subject moves as if it was taken with long exposure. Animated Photo lets you take a few seconds of video and then decide whether part of the frame is still or in motion and you can share animated GIFS without leaving the camera app. With Dual Camera you can take a picture with both front and rear camera simultaneously so that the person taking the picture also appears in the picture. The Best Face and Best Photo features take five images in quick succession so you can choose the best from the list or adjust different aspects of the image to create the best photo. Sound and Shot mode lets you add audio to your photo if you want to add a message and with AllShare you can stream to and from other devices.
The battery has been upgraded from 2100mAh on the S3 to 2600mAh on the S4 will last a full day and is wireless compatible.
S Health can track your steps, calories, sleep diet and much more and S Translator has live voice translation in over ten languages. WatchOn is a universal remote and search based TV guide app. There is a full suite of Office products plus a handy tool for scanning business cards and QR codes. With AirView you can hover your finger above the screen and over content to get a preview of extended information and AirGesture uses the built-in IR sensor on the top of the phone to detect movement from your hand or finger and lets you control your phone without touching it, whilst Story Album lets you create scrapbooks from your photos. There is also S Beam and NFC plus a new security feature called Knox that separates your personal information from your work data. The new Smart Pause will pause a video when your attention is turned away and Smart Scroll will advance a webpage your reading as your eyes get closer to the bottom of the screen. The Mirroring features lets you send whatever is on the screen of your Galaxy S4 to a larger display.
The Galaxy S4 is a highly efficient and capable smartphone with many interesting features, full HD screen, improved camera, powerful processor and a removable battery