Smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S4
It may not be the pinnacle of smartphone craftsmanship, but what the approachable Samsung Galaxy S4 lacks in designer appeal, it makes up for with...just about everything.
- Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
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Starting at: $473.98
The good: The Samsung Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor, and software solutions for just about every scenario -- including working as a TV/DVR remote. It's also comfortable in hand and has NFC, a user-replaceable battery, and a microSD storage slot.
The bad: Its screen is dimmer than competitors', its plastic design gives it a cheaper look than its rivals, and we found the Galaxy S4's power button turned on at undesirable times. Not all camera modes work as promised, and a long list of software features can quickly overwhelm and confuse.
The bottom line: Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.
October 31, 2013 3:27 PM PDT
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