Samsung Galaxy S 4: Forget the Hype, Try Out the Advanced Features
REVIEW: Samsung has burdened its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone with a bevy of claims that appear unsubstantiated, but it's a very nice phone and worth a look.Samsung bills its new Galaxy S 4 smartphone as a Life Companion. According to the company's publicity material, this phone will give you a "richer, simpler and fuller life." Samsung also claims that this phone has a camera so good that it yields professional results and touts its effortless experience. Folks, this is a smartphone, not a lifestyle. If you actually believe the company's claims, you'll be disappointed. However, if you simply approach the Galaxy S 4 as a really good smartphone with some advanced features, then your expectations are more likely to be gratified. So here's what you should expect from the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. First of all, it's a really nice Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) phone that works well even in weak-signal areas. It has a large screen, but it's easy to handle. And it's very fast. In fact, the S 4 has a processor that's about twice as fast as what's on the iPhone; it supports Evolved High Speed Packet Access (HSPA+) up to 42 megabits per second and WiFi up to 802.11ac; and, of course, it supports Long Term Evolution (LTE). Samsung is, of course, doing everything it can to wrest the title of top phone maker away from Apple and its iPhone. To accomplish this, the company launched its Galaxy S series of phones, each one of which offers an increasingly large feature collection, the last two of which surpass most of what Apple's latest iPhone model offers. The Galaxy S 4 has features that you probably didn't realize you needed until Samsung thought them up.
For example, the Galaxy S 4 can now detect gestures you make in the air near the phone. This means that you can turn pages while reading by moving your hand across the screen. You can also wave your hand over the phone to turn on the status screen. Likewise, if you reach for the phone when it's ringing, the phone will turn on.