Samsung Galaxy S4..doesn’t do dishes
Samsung’s flagship smartphone is so loaded with features and mini-features that you could be forgiven for expecting it to do the dishes.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 looks a lot like its predecessor the S3…pretty much the same shape and design but narrower bezels allow a bigger 5″ screen in the same handful. And, if you thought the S3 was loaded with features the new phone has gone overboard with a whole bunch more features, some useful others not so. Some examples:
Dual Camera photos and recording: You can capture stills or videos from both the rear-facing, 13-MP camera and the front-facing 2-MP webcam at the same time.
Smart Scroll/Smart Pause: Smart Scroll allows you to move up and down the length of your favorite websites just by staring at the screen and tilting the phone back or forward. If you look away from the screen, Smart Pause will pause any videos you’ve been playing until you look at it again.
Air gestures/Smart Call Accept: You can answer the phone and have it turn on the speakerphone with the wave of a hand. You can control your music player with Smart Gestures, allowing you to skip songs for example. You can also step through open tabs in the Web browser with gestures.
WatchOn video: The IR port allows you to replace your TV remote. The Peel-powered app searches for content in Samsung’s Media Hub video store and the current TV schedule at the same time. Sp you can decide to buy or watch TV.
As well as an almost endless list of features and enhancements there are also a bunch of additions to the camera app that allow you to add motion to stills, edit pictures and scan business cards. I will leave it up to you to decide how many of these features are useful or just gimmicks.
Samsung has stuck to the main design cues of the S3 including the cheap plasticky feel which has always bothered reviewers like me but doesn’t seem to bother buyers..look at the success of the S3 and the early sales of the S4. The new model seems to be slightly better built than the S3 and while this isn’t a phone for small hands. Samsung has squeezed in a screen that’s bigger than the S3’s into a handset that’s slightly smaller (the dimensions are 136.6mm (5.38in tall, the same as the S3, while the width and depth, 69.8mm (2.75in) and 7.9mm ( 0.31in), are smaller) The change in thickness is particularly noticeable and means that though the S4 is big it doesn’t feel unmanageable. The display is 5 in this year, against last year’s 4.8in on the S3. Plus, it is 3 grams lighter at 130g (4.59 oz).