2Galaxy S 4 Fits Easily in the Hand
3The Smartphone as a Life Companion
Samsung bills the Galaxy S 4 as a “Life Companion” and says it will give its users a richer, simpler and fuller life. During the testing of this phone, I didn’t get any richer, and nothing happened to simplify my life, which was already pretty full. However, Samsung says that using this phone will connect you with what matters in life, such as your friends and family. It does indeed connect you easily, and the phone calls are quite lifelike, which is an improvement over some smartphones.
4Access the Time, Weather and Search at a Glance
You can access the phone’s features in one touch along with mail and Internet access. The apps are another touch away. This is the default home screen of the Galaxy S 4. However, like most Android phones, you can change how this looks and what apps appear on the home screen. Above the screen you see the light, proximity and gesture sensors, the 2-megapixel camera, and an LED that alerts you to things like email or messages. The action of the LED is customizable. At the bottom of the screen is a home button that also invokes the voice command.
5Galaxy S 4 Displays a Grid of Icons
You get three screens of app icons when you take the phone out of the box. As you can see, Samsung includes its voice dictation apps including S Voice and S Memo. Google searches are also voice-enabled. You can create folders for apps you want to keep together. At the top of the screen the status icons remain, so you can see the time, the connectivity status, the temperature in your location and the battery status.
6Tab Provides Instant Access to Basic Functions
7Galaxy S 4’s Rear-Mounted 13-Megapixel Camera
8You Can’t Do This on an iPhone
9Getting Inside the S 4
10Camera, Video and Volume Control Are on the Left Side
11Microphone and Micro-USB Ports Are on the Bottom
12Power/Lock Button Is on the Right
The small button on the right side of the phone is the power/lock button. The small notch below and to the right of the button is the slot that you use to open the back of the phone. You can open the phone with a finger nail or a small screwdriver, and then carefully pull the plastic back off as you move your hands around the perimeter of the phone.
13Headphone Jack, Microphone Port and Infrared LED Are on the Top
The large hole on the right side of the top is the headphone jack. Next to that is a tiny microphone port. On the left side of the top is the opening for the infrared LED that’s there so you can use the phone as a remote control. Yes, the phone includes a complete television directory and integrated remote control. For many customers, this is a necessary capability to make the Galaxy S 4 a true life companion.