Mar 14 AT 7:44 PM Dustin Earley 37 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S 4 hands-on roundup


Samsung has just announced the highly anticipated Galaxy S 4, and already a lucky select few are posting their first hands-on impressions of the device. Does it stand up to the Galaxy S III, quite possibly the most popular Android device ever released? Here’s what people are saying.

The Verge

At first blush, the Galaxy S4 doesn’t feel revolutionary, but given the continued success of its predecessor maybe a revolution wasn’t called for. It’s a faster phone with a better screen, a better camera, and some cool new software features, and for the company that’s nearly synonymous with the word “Android,” that may be enough to ensure another huge success.


“…bells and whistles aside, what will sell the Samsung Galaxy S4 more than any other aspect – more even than sheer brand loyalty – is the display. It is as vibrant as ever before seen on a Super AMOLED display, but with full HD (1920 x 1080) crispness to boot.


So, what’s the real game-changer, then? For Samsung, it’s all about the TouchWiz software suite layered atop Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. And there’s no shortage of it either.

Slash Gear

If HTC has focused its software efforts on BlinkFeed and Zoe, Samsung has cast its net wide, basically throwing everything at the wall in the expectation that at least something will stick for most users.

GSM Arena

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 may look pretty similar to its predecessor on the outside, but the truth is it’s a huge upgrade.

Android Central

“It’s too early to call the Galaxy S4 an unmitigated success. But between what we’ve seen today and the Samsung marketing blitz we all know is coming, we can say this in full confidence: It’s going to sell millions, and rightfully so. It’s easily the best all-around smartphone money can buy.”


“Samsung’s consumer focused strategy is one that has done very well and I see the Galaxy S 4 continuing that. The real question is how well all of these features will perform/work in final software. Conceptually the Galaxy S 4’s software suite makes a lot of sense, the proof as always will be in the execution and how long it takes Samsung to get to the appropriate level of polish.”


“Although the handset’s hardware isn’t exceptionally beautiful and software isn’t particularly inspiring, it has every essential feature and then some. Right now, the best way I can describe it is as the Gap clothing of smartphones. While you may not use or even like every item on display, it’s long on basics, represents a certain high standard, and you’ll be able to get it anywhere.”

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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