"Outstanding Phone!"on by lordjw
Pros Excellent Display, Great battery life, FAST!
Cons None so far.
Summary I've had the Galaxy S4 for only a couple of days, but this phone is amazing! I'm sure that as I continue to use it I'll find more and more to like about it.
The universal remote app is easy to set up and fun to use. If you don't like a certain feature, they are easy to turn off (from the pull-down menu. As far as all the complaints about the plastic construction,I think it's fine. I wouldn't carry it in a pocket unprotected like one of the other posters did, but that's just common sense. This phone is very light and the display is amazing. The camera is just as good as a standalone pocket camera. I could go on, but this phone is by far the best I've ever used.
Pros 4.2.2 runs great out of the box, and I think it's the best operating system out there. No hiccups in battery life, call quality, or camera use. The gimmicky features didn't do much to blow me away, but S Memo and S Health are nice features.
Cons CNET summarized it well. Even as an experienced Android user (2.3 and 4.2 on the Nexus 7), there is quite a learning curve. The plastic I could do without, but mine will soon have an Otterbox. Hoping the power button is better under a case as well.
Summary The most common complaints I've seen about the S4 is that it's too much like the S3 (it's very similar, but I feel the minor improvements do warrant an upgrade - especially with the S3 still running you $100), and the plastic exterior. The plastic does feel slightly cheap, but most all phones use a case even with Kevlar backing. The plus side is the removable battery and SD card option, which you don't see on phones without a plastic backing (the iPhone and HTC One). If you're in the market for a new phone, particularly an Android (or if you're willing to try something that isn't running iOS) I'd definitely say to give this a try. As I stated, the learning curve is steep, but it's worth the journey.
Pros 5" screen, 13MP camera, LTE, 8 core processing, 2 GB RAM, wireless charging.
Cons Price and availability is unknown.
Summary When the S4 was announced, I was slightly underwhelmed at the time, but once it sank in, I realized that I was more and more impressed. When it becomes available, it really will stand alone in a category all it's own as the premier smartphone. It's silly that there are people posting reviews that say something to the effect of "don't get me wrong, it's an awesome phone with amazing features and upgrades... but it's such a let down." Give me a break. This phone is the very definition of innovation and it is exactly what reasonable people expected from the next iteration of the best smartphone on the planet.
Pros AWESOME camera with awesome features
The CONCEPT of Air Gesture, Air View, Smart stay, Smart Scroll, Face unlock, etc is great, however these features do not work too smoothly.
Cons Glitch-y software.
Freezes a LOT.
Crashes and restarts often.
Awesome features don't work well, or sometimes at all.
Overall, this phone was very overhyped.
Summary Freezes/ restarts regularly, most apps crash the phone, occasionally I have to try to start the camera about 3 times before it will start and not say "Camera failed to start" or something. Which also effects the face unlock when you try to use it. Air Gesture only works once in a while but when it does, it takes forever. You have to let your hand hover over it for about 3 seconds before swiping each time. Not worth using. Smart scroll is more of a hassel than anything else because you usually have to correct it with you hand anyway.
Software is not as easy to navigate as other Droids.
Personally, if you havent rushed out to get the S4 already, I think you should wait for the s5 or even s6. It will be a while before they make this a TRULY decent phone.
Pros True HD Screen diplay, 5 inch screen size, eye pause, eye track
Group play, S hub, story album, amazing camera features, removable battery and external microSD card support up to 64, wireless charging capability, S beam and universal remote control
Cons Nothing on Samsung Galaxy S4.
Summary Samsung Galaxy S4 is the best smartphone ever and Samsung is a true innovation company in this planet.