Samsung Galaxy S4 review, changing face of mobile tech

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 was finally revealed last month after a mountain of leaks, whispers and speculation. The handset has been received really well so far and as its worldwide release is imminent, all eyes are on Samsung to see if it can pull off the most smartphone sales of the year.

Indeed, it’s estimated that the demand for the Galaxy S4 is 40% higher than that for the Galaxy S3 according to Phones 4u’s own research. And considering the S3 has sold over 50 million units so far, things certainly look good for the Korean manufacturer and its new flagship. But, even though the Galaxy S4 is pegged to be the hottest handset of the year, will its unveiling change the face of mobile technology as we know it?

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Key Specs – these include 2GB of RAM, 1080p video capture, a 13 megapixel camera, 1.9 GHz quad-core processor, Android Jelly Bean 2.2 and a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display. You can see a Samsung Galaxy S4 video review above this article.

The Galaxy S4 certainly has a raft of impressive features without looking deeper into the tech specs, but aside from its powerful quad-core engine, incredibly impressive 13 megapixel camera, and outstanding 5-inch display, what does the device offer by way of innovation?

Dual Camera – allows users to use the front and rear cameras simultaneously and then merge the two resulting pictures into one photograph. It’s especially handy if there’s no one around to take a photo and you want everyone in the shot.

Smart Scroll – utilises the device’s front-facing camera, accelerometer and gyroscope to determine when the user is reading text and wants to scroll down. Instead of having to touch the screen to scroll, the handset detects the movements by the user’s hands and eyes and scrolls the page up or down automatically.

S Health – a collection of health, fitness and wellbeing-related apps on the Galaxy S4. These include an exercise tracker and a food tracker. Accessories can also be synced with the device to measure weight, blood pressure and glucose levels.

Although these features may come in quite handy depending on your lifestyle, they are not as jaw-dropping as some of the functionality exhibited by other recently launched flagship devices. For example, the HTC Zoe feature on the HTC One takes a 3-second mini-video every time the shutter button is pressed, creating 20 stills for the user to select from. This seems like it would be more helpful with everyday photography than Dual Camera would.

Marketing marvel – One way the Samsung Galaxy S4 will definitely change the realm of mobile tech is in the way device has been marketed. It was shrouded in secrecy until it’s unveiling, and a whopping $150m was spent on marketing worldwide. This seems to become the precedent for Samsung’s releases, and it’s likely the Galaxy S5 will be unleashed in a similar way.

So, will the Samsung Galaxy S4 change the face of mobile technology as we know it? It will certainly make a massive dent, maybe not because of any one innovative feature but because of its all-round excellence. And when a device sells in such high numbers as Samsung’s flagship devices do, it’s hard not to sit up and take notice.

Thanks to Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, where you can buy mobile phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 now. Take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S4 review above and then share a comment.

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  • Bob Hanuman

    There are more interesting phones like the HTC ONE and many cheaper phones. The question is how much Sammy will spend in marketing to flood the market like it did with the S3. Don’t get me wrong, the S4 is a fine device. But for most folks a discounted S3 will do just fine. On the whole people don’t care about things like eye tracking etc. Or internal specs. We are reaching a point where most phones do the things people need them to. It will take more than a few software updates to move us into the next phase.