Samsung Galaxy S4 Android Smartphone

I had the most luxurious time of my digital life to have an exclusive access to the Samsung’s new Android flagship phone, the Galaxy S4. An obvious successor to Android’s top-selling phone, the Galaxy S3, the S4 is but the result of teasers and rumors put into a phone in the smartest of ways. The price is not known yet, but we’re pretty sure it would come with US’ top mobile carriers in a very premium price and contract. Expected to be out there officially around the third week of April, this new Galaxy better steal the spotlight.

A lot around here threw a lot of questions as to whether the S4 would officially ‘kick’ iPhone 5 out of the smartphone scene, and with hardly a few hours of my experience with the said flagship, I’d say it’s still pretty hard to say, more because both parties do not share the same platform in the very first place. However, what I can say for now is that, though the S4 looked and performed a lot like its predecessor, the improvements and technologies done in this new smartphone are a lot smarter and more realized than ever. Unlike some odd rumors, the S4 did not really cater to all those ‘weird’ features such as a laser-projected keyboard, but some few additions will really make this phone an all-in-one-er.

Relatively, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is one beautiful masterpiece that is a little bit smaller and thinner to its predecessor. Bodied in the same polycarbonate material unfortunately (because I always admired aluminum or carbon fiber material), the S4 measures 136.6×69.8×7.9mm, and with a weight of 130grams, the S4 is a winner in being handy and compact without overly consuming palm space. The S4 can still be used with one hand, and with award-winning features like AirView and SmartPause/SmartScroll, an Android experience will never ever be that sample… and not that simple anymore.

One big feature of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the expected enhancement in the display. The S4 gorgeously sports a new Super AMOLED display that is now full HD (1920x1080p) in resolution, and this is enhanced by the all-angle viewing technology known as IPS plus a solid display protection by Gorilla Glass 3. Since capacitive displays rely on the micro-electric conduction between fingers and the display itself, Samsung managed to boost the ‘communication’ between conductors, thus enabling the phone to be controlled even without the fingers actually touching the screen. This is the new AirView feature, wherein users are not only given the rare chance to hover over a thumbnail to view snapshots or information, but with a wave, one can also switch between pages. This may sound a little too hard since it requires more physical involvement rather than a simple swipe, but the feature can be beneficial at times especially if your hands are covered with filth.

Inspired by the S3’s SmartStay feature, the S4 has the feature enhanced with the aforementioned SmartScroll and SmartPause feature. For the first one, the S4 allows users to scroll pages by a simple tilt even without the actual swipe of a finger, and this can also be done using the face (or eye) detectors that actually detects facial movements from left to right. On the other hand, the SmartPause allows users to pause a movie or clip, for example, without actually touching the screen. With the said detectors, the S4 automatically pauses a clip when it detects a face being off the screen, and automatically plays the clip back when the viewing eyes are back.

Samsung has also enhanced its camera dramatically that its flagship model now has a whooping 13MP main camera plus a 2MP front-facing one. Though this may not bother that much, at least we’d know it’s way lot better than that of the iPhone 5, and this feature also packs an added spice to make shooting pictures and videos (simultaneously) more fun. Introducing the dual-camera shooting, users are now allowed to take videos or still pictures with both cameras on, so they themselves can be included on the scene in the same rare shot. Moreover, by a few taps on the options up there, users can also add their own creativity by modifying how each output from each camera will look like.

Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy S4 as expected is pregnant with performance juice. Included in the list of specs are: the new Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (the latest so far), an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 chipset, two quad-core processors at 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz respectively, a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, internal storage of up to 64GB, 2GB of RAM, storage expansion of up to 64GB via a microUSB, BT 4.0, NFC, dual-band WiFi, and 4G LTE data connectivity. All of these rely on the enhanced battery life that is now at 2600mAh, and as expected, I don’t see any failures with all of these.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is but a beautiful piece for its class, and its features are a way farther than any other smartphones out there, including Apple’s iPhone 5. We’d love to see how the iPhone 5s performs, but as far as comparison goes, I still believe both smartphones have their own unique beauties, which may be subjective for you and me.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 26,000.00

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