Samsung Galaxy S 4 Is Imperfect, Will Sell Like Hotcakes
The display is larger and more brilliant—the 5-inch display has as many pixels as an iPhone 5. ... But, it's not the flexible display everyone was hoping for. It has an 8-core processor, but it runs an Android OS that will be outdated only a month after carriers begin selling the phone, when Google introduces Android 5.0 in May. It is packed with immense amounts of unique software and features, but there's not really any coherent plan integrating the software—it's almost as if Samsung told its engineers to just pack everything new they had into the device, and let the consumers figure it out later. Certain features like eye-scrolling work on some applications but not others. The design of the handset itself is nice—skinnier and with a little metal band running around the edge, but it's still made of plastic and doesn't really have a premium feel. In summary, it's really nice and innovative, but not as nice and innovative as it could have been.The reason for those disconnects, he added, is that Samsung needs to differentiate itself from other Android supports, and that since it doesn't control the OS, it can't fully integrate its new features, making for a result that's more of a grab-bag than a coherent design. "They will really need to focus on improving this, hopefully before they introduce the next Note," said Hyers. Forrester Principal Analyst Charles Golvin was impressed by all the software advances Samsung packed into the S 4 to complement its hardware, he blogged March 14, calling these Samsung's real differentiator.