"Big, Bold, A Bit Boring?"3.5 starson by thisistheslam
Pros: It's a Galaxy product, and it has generous screen real-estate with improved hardware over the S3, stylus input continues to be better than expected, AMOLED display is still a marvel (even if it isn't the best performer in direct sunlight)
Cons: It's big, so there's a lot of everyday users that are automatically incapable of using this device just on size alone. Build quality remains ho-hum
Summary: I only spend some time with this device and don't own it, but just like the S3, the Galaxy S4 is a statement device for Samsung. It's as if they think the "bigger & better" methodology is exactly what they need to make the device the best out there. To some, this will be true. But the S4 moves the Galaxy phone line closer to the Phablet market, which I don't perceive as a good thing. I love big screens, but I have tablets and TVs for that sort of thing. I find that a 4.3-4.8" screen size is plenty for on the go, and because of that the S4 is just too big. I love Samsung displays. There's simply not a lot of competition on the same level as them (for now), and because of that I love to look at the Galaxy. I'm still not totally in love with Android and it's massive amount of instability and malware within the marketplace, but I do appreciate the hardware and Samsung's consistency in design. However, I wish Samsung would make the move to favor durability instead of sheer lightness on their flagship products. At least get more durable plastic like Nokia's polycarbonate shells on the Lumia line if you aren't going to use aluminum or something comparable. This is a phone that I will pass on, and I think those with GS3's shouldn't feel the pressure to upgrade over this device. This is a latest-n-greatest fanatic phone only in my view, but it's one that I wouldn't mind using as my primary device if I had to.