Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

In his most recent review, Gareth Beavis takes a look at the new Galaxy S4. The tech war between Apple and Samsung is heating up, and the annual releases of their updated and revised smart-phones and tablets has added fuel to the fire. Is Samsung’s newest smart-phone worth a purchase, or are you better off with your S2 or S3? Here are some highlights from Gareth’s review.

samsung-galaxy-s-4First, users will notice the gorgeous AMOLED screen, which is becoming an industry standard. Colors pop, readability is better than ever, and using apps has never been more aesthetically pleasing. The screen, which is a bit larger than its predecessor the S3, is one of the best on the market, only trumped by the HTC One and Sony’s Xperia Z.

In addition to the larger, more vibrant screen, the user interface has also received a slight upgrade. Tracking the movement of your fingers, selecting exactly what you want, and having an ease of access that rivals other top phones on the market, the Galaxy S4 provides users the experience they have come to expect. While not the drastic overhaul some were expecting, the UI is still innovative and useful.

Among Beavis’s disappointments are a generally feeling of familiarity — the S4 is not a renovation, but rather a touch-up of the S3. It looks and feels very similar, which may be disappointing for those dropping a significant amount of cash for the new design. Also, with the new display come concerns of battery life. Everything has gotten a bit of an upgrade, but do users have to worry about draining the battery?

For a detailed analysis and review of the Samsung Galaxy S4, check out Gareth Beavis’s full review right here:

“Hands On Review for Samsung Galaxy S4″

Update: We’ve improved the review based on more time with the Galaxy S4 after the event, as well as more information on the handset that’s dropped in the days following the phone’s launch.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits it all in a chassis the same size as the Galaxy S3.

However, many will struggle to tell the difference between the S4 and its predecessor, as the polycarbonate chassis is still in use; although the metallic banding around the side, while still plastic, is much sturdier and feels more premium.

We’ve already seen a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S4 features, as it’s been snapped multiple times in leaks – some more accurate than others, it has to be said – and the specs mooted have turned out to be pretty bang on.

But that doesn’t matter – megapixels and gigabytes don’t mean anything if they’re not wrapped up in a decent package, so how much of an improvement is the Samsung Galaxy S4 spec list and design over the S3, and more importantly, the competition?


The Samsung Galaxy S4 launch saw the Korean brand claiming the phone is built on four foundations: an improved camera, better connections with others, health and wellbeing improvements and simply making life easier.

While this is all a little hyperbolic, the S4 at least brings an integrated feel to things while improving nearly every spec on offer. The outside is still plastic, but harks back to the mesh design, if not feel of the Galaxy S2.”

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