Review : Samsung Galaxy S4
By Mayank Bhasin | 20 May 2014
The Galaxy S4, coming in with the recent price cuts, is now serving as an affordable buy for the Indian market, coming in with a bevy of features that Samsung relies on, in order to make this phone give a fight to it's competition.
The Galaxy S4 is a pretty impressively spec'd device. The US version of this phone as a 1.9 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad core processor, with and Adreno 320 GB, coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The India version, on the other hand has the same specifications, with the only change being that the processor is a 1.6 Ghz Exynos Octa Core processor. Even in today's world, where we are the seeing the new Snapdragon 800's and 801's rolling out on the flagships of tech giants, the processing package on this phone is still no slouch, as it provides for some great performance, be it gaming or be it day-to-day tasks.
The screen we find on this device is a 5 inch Full HD screen, capable of a 1920X1080 resolution, with a massive pixel density of 441 ppi. The text looks crisp and sharp, and provides for some great viewing angles.
Camera on this phone is a 13 MP rear shooter, which has a number of modes for taking photos in different ways. The front camera is also good enough for skype calling.
Build quality of the one is one of the major factors that I was considering when buying this phone, since I thought it would be a big step up from the Galaxy S3. Well it definitely is a step up from the S3 though, but it does not match the likes of the ones like Nexus 4 or HTC One M7.
My Galaxy S4 originally came with Android 4.2, and since then I have received updates to Android 4.4 Kitkat, which has made the phone quite sluggish a bit, in terms of it's performance, but it is still bearable.
The Touchwiz UI is one of the main factors I considered when buying this phone. It offers a large number of features, with the main additions to this phone being the Smart Stay and Smart Scroll, along with Look Away Pause. However, to be honest these features are just going to be looked upon by a user like me for not more than a month or two, but anyways they do add to the goodness of the phone.
Call quality was very good. I never got any dropped calls, and although I would be arguing over the fact that the speaker placement is not the best, but it still provides for a great listening experience when watching videos or movies.
I bought this phone recently like 2 months ago and I got it off flipkart for near about Rs 29000, which is way less than what it was launched for. I am quite happy with this purchase but I am hoping that Samsung can do some tweaks to the UI of the phone so that it would be much more capable, considering today's standards. All in all, the Galaxy S4 is definitely a phone I can recommend to any Mobile geek.