Samsung Galaxy S4
Price: AT&T (16GB, $199.99; 32GB, $249.99).
Availability: Q2 on AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Preorders for AT&T and U.S. Cellular start April 16.
The outlook: Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, follows the major success of the GS3. It runs the latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, has plenty of bumps in hardware (like a bigger 5-inch screen and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor), and it piles on the software features.
- Overall score: 9.0 (4.5 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 154 user reviews
Starting at: $625.99
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.
March 31, 2013 9:30 PM PDT
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