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Samsung Galaxy S4: Better than All the Rest?

galaxys4The Samsung Galaxy S4 may have landed a few months back but it continues to cause a flurry of excitement in the smartphone world. Now many industry watchers are even claiming it could be the handset to finally triumph the world-wide success of the iPhone.

After selling over 10 million Galaxy S4 handsets in its first four weeks on sale the Korean manufacturer is now forecasting that it will sell 80 million units of its flagship by the end of the year, which would make it the fastest selling Android smartphone of all time.

Mark Sue, analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said “Galaxy S4 demand in the first month of availability has been incrementally better” than estimations. Following recent research in the US, Sue also confirmed that some stores had in fact sold out of the black variant of the device. It is these figures, combined with the fact that Apple is yet to launch any devices this year, which makes Samsung’s dominance across the globe even more prominent.

So, what is it about the Galaxy S4 that makes it such an appealing proposition? Judging by its looks alone the answer to this question may not seem obvious, as it shares many design cues with its predecessor, the Galaxy S III. But, under the hood the device tells a very different story and it is here that the attraction lies.

Key specs of the Galaxy S4

  • 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display with pixel density of 441ppi
  • 1.9GHz  quad-core processor
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 1080p video capture
  • Android Jelly Bean
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2,600mAH battery
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB variants
  • 130g
  • 7.9mm thick

Alongside these fantastic specs lies a wealth of new software innovations, which Samsung has placed at the centre of its marketing strategy, even labelling them as the ‘soul’ of the device.

Here we take a look at some of these unique features and what they bring to the Galaxy S4…

S Health

A new health suite aimed to track your exercise regime, daily calorie intake and monitor your overall health and wellbeing. By entering details such as height, weight and age the app can tailor the results to your physical frame and abilities.

There’re also nine new sensors integrated into the handset which enable S Health to alert you when your surroundings are too hot or cold, as well as keep track of how many steps you take each day.

Air View

This innovative feature first launched on the Galaxy Note II and lets a user preview onscreen content in a pop out window simply by hovering a finger over the display.

Smart Pause/ Smart Scroll

Using eye tracking technology the display is able to detect when a user is looking at the screen. As a result, if you look away from the display the Galaxy S4 will automatically pause videos, and if you’re reading a web page you can scroll through it just by tilting the device.

Group Play

This allows for the sharing of documents and photos with other enabled devices that are within close range, and what’s more there no limit on the size of data that is exchanged. There’s also no need for a data connection because the sharing device automatically becomes a Wi-Fi access point which all other handsets will recognise and connect to, in the same way it would any other Wi-Fi network.

S Translator

Aimed at helping to break down those tricky language barriers, the app offers translations for nine different European languages via text or spoken word. Also on board are a range of stock phrases with the option to ‘favourite’ frequently used sayings for instant access, when you need them most.

Conclusion

There is no doubt that Samsung’s latest offering really pushes the boundaries when it comes to combining great specs and software innovations, and with a generous helping of Samsung Galaxy S4 deals now on offer its popularity looks set to soar even further.

The Galaxy S4 certainly proves that looks aren’t everything but it won’t be until you experience all it has to offer that you’ll start to wonder how you ever coped without a handset which promises to be your “life companion”, helping to make everyday tasks that much easier.

To see the new Galaxy S4 in action check out our full video review below.

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Written by Sarah Hazelwood of Phones 4u, the go to place for all the latest smartphone deals.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Steve Morris

    June 12, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Is Samsung the new Apple?

  2. Chris Walton

    June 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hey Steve.

    For me, It might be a little early to say that, but Samsung are certainly attracting a lot of interest at the moment.

  3. myles

    June 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    it is really the best phone in the market a t the point of time,

  4. Sudipto

    June 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Hey Chris,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this post with us. Yes, Samsung galaxy S4 is really an amazing phone loaded with lots of cool feature and totally different from others.

  5. Brandon Hart

    June 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve had the Galaxy S2, the S3, and have no doubt that the S4 will be on my list. The large screen and flexibility are too good to pass up.

  6. shyantan

    June 22, 2013 at 4:47 am

    galaxy S4 is best phone among all brands and other phone. this phone is marvel of technology.
    this phone phone is having such feature that nobody can match ever

  7. charlottebrowne

    June 24, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    There are many Android phones continue to rule the market. We got to see some very interesting power packed Android smartphones launched boasting of quad-core processors.We net the latest and the best Android smartphones coming with best price deal that make for a great buy.

  8. charlottebrowne

    June 24, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Samsung has earned name of the one that has captured the market of gadgets in the rapid stage globally. In their updations to all aspects of the gadget, they have a space well in the market. However, there was one area of recent concern that slowing sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4. It is said that this phone, and have many features as high-end mobile phone of Samsung. However, when compared to the low to mid-end terminal, analysts, you can see that it is at a pace that is slow in the market sale of high-end mobile phones of these.

  9. Chris W

    June 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Hi all.

    Thanks very much for getting involved and offering comments on our post for this great site.

    The S4 is certainly one of our favorite phones at the moment, Samsung seem to be on a real roll at the moment too.

    Cheers

    Chris W

  10. Nicks

    July 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I recently bought this master piece ( Samsung galaxy S4 ) And It’s fluid performance and gorgeous display just blown up my mind.
    The best phone every I have used.

  11. Chris W

    July 8, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Hey Nicks.Glad you like the handset, Samsung are indeed on a bit of a role at the moment as they are also releasing the S4 Mini and Active, to mention a few #Excitingtimes 🙂

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