"Great, but not game-changing."3.5 stars
Pros: Octa (8) Core CPU
Cons: Too much bloatware.
Some of the phone's new features don't work well or are completely useless.
Not as innovative as the Galaxy S3.
The same-old plastic body. Come on Samsung! It's 2013!
Summary: Don't get me wrong. This phone is pretty, fast and hosts more features and welcome improvements over the S3, but, to me, it's a bit of a let down.*Many apologies for the typos. I typed this review on an iPad.*
For instance, Samsung puts way too much bloatware on the phone, making it slower, some of the phone' 35 new features won't be used by most because it's either too gimmicky, useless or half-baked. The pretty but cheap plastic body returns, and it makes the S4 feel like a phone for cheapskates, even though it will have premium pricing.
The biggest letdown was that the phone wasn't as innovative as it's predecessor. While the S4 hosts welcome improvements and features, the S3 was a game-changer, while the S4 is more like Apple's iPhone 4S to Samsung when it comes to innovation and improvements.
That said, if you're in the market for a Samsung device, the S4 is your pick. Despite it's flaws, it's still a top-notch smartphone that does what a smartphone should. However, if you have an S3, I'd hold off until a better version is released. It's also worth checking out that HTC and other Android device manufacturers are offering.
(This review will be updated when I get my own S4 and when I play around with it for a week)
Updated on Mar 15, 2013