"Lots of hype - but that's all"1.5 starson by rbrice1981
Pros: The hype, the "theoretical" function of the device.
Cons: Thermometer doesn't work. Doesn't work in my car very well. Freezes. Air view, Smart Stay, and other gestures intermittently work. DriveMode is persistent even when you tell it not to automatically enable.
Summary: Having had the iPhone 3gs, 4, 4s and then 5, I wanted to venture outside of Apple's limited world of poor customization options, limited web functionality and glitchy iTunes experiences. Being the tech geek that I am, I was awed with all of the S4 hype; the awesome features, new sensors (that seemingly would have put the iPhone to shame) and the out-of-the-Apple-box thinking that makes the S4 more customizable and feature-packed. What I really left was stability; on the iPhone, when you press a button, the A5 responsively performed a task consistently and timely. With the S4, you could - for example - press the home button but instead the phone treated it like you pressed and held the home button (giving it a different function). Other times, you would press a button and nothing would happen so you would press it again and both presses would register simultaneously thereby functioning as a double press. Scrolling from page to page caused the screen to "freeze" and the animation was choppy and slow. With the iPhone, you're hard-pressed to effectively see pixels; on the S4, however, the screen's pixels appear to have a very very thin (but noticeable) border around them. I wonder why the screen had such great reviews.
I will say that I don't personally know anyone else with the S4 as I got mine the first available day FedEx delivered for AT&T to the public. I will also say that out of everyone that I know who has a Samsung Galaxy S3 OR a Samsung Note have been happy with it -- everyone. It leads me to think that the biggest changes - the processor and sensors - have been poorly received.
So what do I do? Do I return the phone using my 15-day "buyer's remorse clause"? Or do I keep it and hope that maybe there is an update that fixes the kinks? I don't know. I'm a bit conflicted. In theory - I am in love with the S4 (based on how it works theoretically). From being able to upload a ring tone directly from the app to the phone - to being able to view flash content on a website ... the Samsung device on an Android platform is where it's at. I have a lot of thinking and testing to do this weekend.