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Samsung Galaxy S4: The good, the bad and the ugly

Tech | | May 1, 2013, 5:16 pm
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Samsung Galaxy S4 may be a powerful device, but it also seems to be just an updated Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy S4 may be a powerful device, but it also seems to be just an updated Galaxy S III.

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Made of polycarbonate plastic, its brassy rear panel feels flimsy when removed. The back panel is also sheeny and looks gaudy.

Made of polycarbonate plastic, its brassy rear panel feels flimsy when removed. The back panel is also sheeny and looks gaudy.

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Though Samsung boasts of features like Air Gesture, Smart Scroll in the Galaxy S4, but the reality is that these feature don't aid, in fact hinder the overall experience. The Smart scroll feature works only if you are holding the device at an angle so that the front camera can detect your eyes. This did not enrich my reading experience, instead resulted in a pain in my neck. Also, I did not find myself using the Air gesture feature. I wonder what's the need of this feature? I tested the feature and then promptly disabled.

Though Samsung boasts of features like Air Gesture, Smart Scroll in the Galaxy S4, but the reality is that these feature don't aid, in fact hinder the overall experience. The Smart scroll feature works only if you are holding the device at an angle so that the front camera can detect your eyes. This did not enrich my reading experience, instead resulted in a pain in my neck. Also, I did not find myself using the Air gesture feature. I wonder what's the need of this feature? I tested the feature and then promptly disabled.

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The Galaxy S4 comes with speakers which produce loud, yet clear sound.

The Galaxy S4 comes with speakers which produce loud, yet clear sound.

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The device is noticeably light, and is slimmer and lighter than its top rival, the HTC One. The touchscreen is highly responsive and navigation is smooth.

The device is noticeably light, and is slimmer and lighter than its top rival, the HTC One. The touchscreen is highly responsive and navigation is smooth.

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The Galaxy S4's 5-inch display yields a pixel density of 441 ppi; it shows sharp, detailed and rich images.

The Galaxy S4's 5-inch display yields a pixel density of 441 ppi; it shows sharp, detailed and rich images.

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We intend to use the top weapon in Samsung's mobile phone arsenal for a little longer before we post our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Meanwhile, here are our first impressions about the much-discussed device that is the first phone with an 8-core processor.

We intend to use the top weapon in Samsung's mobile phone arsenal for a little longer before we post our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Meanwhile, here are our first impressions about the much-discussed device that is the first phone with an 8-core processor.

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Viewing angles are great and the screen is bright enough even in daylight, and hence, content on the screen can be easily viewed under direct sunlight. Viewing full HD videos on this huge, rich display is amazing.

Viewing angles are great and the screen is bright enough even in daylight, and hence, content on the screen can be easily viewed under direct sunlight. Viewing full HD videos on this huge, rich display is amazing.

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It is slightly slimmer than the HTC One.

It is slightly slimmer than the HTC One.

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The rear camera captures impressive pictures even in low-lighting conditions.

The rear camera captures impressive pictures even in low-lighting conditions.

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The Galaxy S4 undoubtedly comes with impressive hardware specifications, but Samsung has bloated the device with gimmicky features.

The Galaxy S4 undoubtedly comes with impressive hardware specifications, but Samsung has bloated the device with gimmicky features.

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The dual camera feature allows you to simultaneously shoot with the front and rear camera, but the gimmick is that the picture - captured using the dual camera feature - is disappointing. Even the drama shot is another unexciting feature.

The dual camera feature allows you to simultaneously shoot with the front and rear camera, but the gimmick is that the picture - captured using the dual camera feature - is disappointing. Even the drama shot is another unexciting feature.

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he Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with an impressive octa-core processor and a 2,600mAh battery. Our verdict on battery life and processor performance will be posted in our detailed review.

he Samsung Galaxy S4 comes packed with an impressive octa-core processor and a 2,600mAh battery. Our verdict on battery life and processor performance will be posted in our detailed review.

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At the first glance, the Galaxy S4 looks like the Galaxy III, but it has a slightly bigger display and a patterned back. Also the edges of the phone are less angular than the S III. In our eyes, the HTC One easily trounces the Galaxy S4.

At the first glance, the Galaxy S4 looks like the Galaxy III, but it has a slightly bigger display and a patterned back. Also the edges of the phone are less angular than the S III. In our eyes, the HTC One easily trounces the Galaxy S4.