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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the Sprint network, including its LTE "4G" network. It runs on the Android operating system. This model has a 5-inch touch-screen display, a 12.8-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a smart phone designed for use on the Sprint network, including its LTE "4G" network. It can also be used internationally.
It has a 5-inch touch-screen display, measures 5.4 by 2.7 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces. It runs on the Android operating system.
The Galaxy S 4 has a 12.8-megapixel camera that can record high-definition video, a front-facing camera, and a music player. It also features a virtual QWERTY keyboard that's useful for messaging and Web searches. This phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless hands-free communication, DLNA, and GPS navigation capability. Web browsing, e-mail, and texting capabilities are also included. It can act as a mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
This Samsung phone has a standard 3.5mm jack. It has 16GB of built-in memory and supports memory cards of up to 64GB.
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Samsung is well known for its innovative designs and has one of the largest lineups of smart phones that run on the Windows and Android operating systems. Samsung smart phones have the industry's most advanced technologies the Android platform has to offer. They include Multi window, which lets you interact with two apps simultaneously on one screen. For instance, you can watch a video while viewing an e-mail, or you can use Google Maps and messaging. The front-facing cameras on many Samsung models monitor you eyes while you're reading a Web page or other documents to prevent the screen from timing out. Some Samsung phones can also wirelessly share large files between each other after the phones are bumped together. Another innovation is touch-free gestures/controls (air gestures) that let you accept a phone call, move to another message, flip through photos, or skip to the next song in your playlist by waving your hand in front of the phone. Noteable lines include the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Nexus series.
Features & Specs - Samsung Galaxy S 4 (16GB) (Sprint)
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Other providers The performances or features of these related phones may differ from provider to provider.
Credo Mobile, Straight Talk, Net10
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the built-in camera. A camera with a 0.3 megapixel value is also referred to as VGA.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Memory card Many phones have slots that accept memory cards, typically microSD, to expand storage capacity by as much as 64GB. The removable cards can also serve as an easy way to shuttle files between your phone and other devices--provided that the phone's maker didn't bury the card slot behind the battery cover.
Touch screen Full touch-sensitive displays respond to light contact with a stylus, finger, or both. They provide an alternate, and sometimes more direct, method to input data and launch phone features and controls. But they often require two hands to operate, and they smudge more frequently than their non-touch counterparts.
QWERTY keyboard Keyboards make composing and editing text and e-mail messages much easier than a keypad does. Some phones have keyboards that try to save space by having some letters, numbers, and symbols share a key. Those "condensed" keyboards, though still more convenient than a keypad, are not quite as easy to handle as full QWERTY keyboards.
Document editing All smart phones, and some conventional cell phones, allow you to review documents. Some models add the convenience of creating, deleting, and editing them out of the box.
Music player Indicates the phone has a built-in MP3 player. Most players have full capabilities, allowing you to sort or view tracks according to genre, album or artist, playlists, etc. They also typically have more than one playback option, such as repeat and shuffle. The small number of phones that lack these convenient features are rather cumbersome to use.
Voice command This feature allows you dial numbers from your phone book by speaking the name, without the usual training. You can also dial numbers by pronouncing the digits.
GPS navigation All phones have some type of location-based technology to help emergency responders find you when you dial 911. Many phones support GPS Navigation, services which integrate GPS with maps and search engines to give you real-time, spoken, turn-by-turn directions to an entered address, or to help you find nearby businesses by name or category, such as Joe's Pizzeria or hospitals. We indicate which phones have GPS navigation capability as reported by the carrier and manufacturer. Some phones lack automatic rerouting, spoken turn-by-turn directions, and other advanced capabilities, which limit their usefulness while driving. We don't consider obscure third-party applications or hardware attachments.
4G broadband data Indicates which models are considered "4G" based on the definitions from the carriers. Check with your carrier to see which broadband data networks are available in your area.
I use it for personal and business phone. Great for pictures, web browsing and texting. large screen but not too big, Note was just beyond the pale so returned it. GREAT camera and sync functions work almost too well. No cons yet, keeping my fingers crossed that this continues.I was worried that it was too light but has not been an issue. Tested New Blackberry and Iphone 5 from work, still like the size and features better on the Galaxy 4.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Los Angeles
(3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Too little internal memory half is used
Good Interface w/email
Great Battery Life
I'm returning it & waiting for Galaxy note3
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Steve Mac
from Litchfield, CT
(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Galaxy S4 from a Boomer's perspective
Expandable With Sd Card
Good Interface w/email
Great Battery Life
Loaded with Features
So far none
While I've only had the phone for 2 weeks now, I've yet to find any deficiencies. The only reason I gave it 4 stars and not 5 is because the manual for use is very light on information. The phone has so many gadgets and uses but the manual only covers basic operation. I did find the internet very helpful in uncovering the many talents of this phone and I'm really amazed at all the things you can do with it. It's like having a PC in your pocket. I would suggest buying the Flip Cover, an additional $40. It protects the screen from scratches from things in your pocket or purse. I will come back in a couple of months and give a reassessment of this phone but so far, I love it.