What's this? Overall score is based mainly on Ease of use, Messaging, Web browsing, Display quality, Voice quality, Phoning, Battery life, Camera Image and Video quality, and Portability. Music, camera, and other features and capabilities are also considered. For those available from multiple providers, test results are averaged. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Phones are listed in performance order. Due to test upgrades, and phone firmware updates, results may vary from past Ratings.
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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a smartphone that runs on the Android operating system. It has a 5-inch touch-screen display, a 12.8-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a smartphone that runs on the Android operating system. It has a 5-inch touch-screen display, measures 5.4 by 2.7 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces.
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.
About This Brand
Samsung is well known for its innovative designs and has one of the largest lineups of smartphones that run on the Windows and Android operating systems. Samsung smartphones have among the industry's most advanced technologies the Android platform has to offer. They include a feature that 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 your eyes while you're reading a Web page or other documents to prevent the screen from timing out. Notable lines include the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series.
Features & Specs - Samsung Galaxy S 4
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Total storage provided (GB) Total storage (gigabytes) provided, both internal and external, for the operating system, apps, content, and etc. Availability for models with multiple memory storage capacities are subject to change.
Total storage provided (GB)
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the rear-facing camera.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: Ultra HD, 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Touch screen These multi-touch display screens typically allow you to zoom in and out of Web pages or photos by pinching or spreading your fingers, which gives you optimal control. Some models let you write on the screen with your finger (or stylus) to jot down notes, draw, some even on images, Web pages, etc, which can be easily shared with others. Some displays have the added convenience of being sensitive enough to work while you’re wearing gloves.
QWERTY keyboard Smartphones have touch screens with virtual keyboards, though there are a few on the market with physical QWERTY keyboards. Some users may prefer the feedback and feel of the raised keys on a physical keyboard, qualities that make it easier to type without looking. But phones with physical QWERTY keyboards tend to be on the thick side, and the keyboards themselves may not be much better--or even as good--as the virtual keyboards on some of the latest phones. Virtual keyboards often let you customize their layouts, change input options, and keep features such as predictive text at your fingertips to help you type quickly and accurately. One downside to virtual keyboards is that they block a good portion of your phone’s display. Regardless of which keyboard you go with--real or virtual--make sure it has all the keys you’ll need, and that they are well spaced and easy to read under different lighting conditions.
Document editing Smartphones allow you to review documents, spreadsheets, and more. 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. Phones that support GPS Navigation services conveniently 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. The service for nearly all models doesn’t cost extra, but on some models it can cost extra.
LTE Indicates the phone supports a 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data network.
Wi-Fi These phones have built-in Wi-Fi that gives them fast Internet and e-mail access through home networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. Phones can use the connection to share content, or make calls using Voice over Internet Protocol, though the latter may not be available from all providers.
I like the phone, first of all, it was a reliable, powerful phone. but very quickly, all that changed. the battery life got shorter, thats not oo strange though, but this bug appeared that made it virtually unuasable. it randomly had to restart, saying that the sim card has been removed. sometimes it just refuses to see it at all. And no, it's not just one bad phone, my replacement had the same thing happen, except it started even faster. this one bug made relying on the phone a risk, which it should never be.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Kansas City, MO
Good battery life
Wide variety of apps
Selecting Default Apps
Use Of Card Storage
I generally use the phone for business,checking email, text messaging, and Internet. Sprint is my carrier. Less often actually I make or receive calls. I have no complaints except selecting default apps and using the card storage. Regarding default apps, the instructions to set a default are cryptic and not intuitive. The user manual is not helpful either. I also would like to use card storage instead of phone storage but most apps don't provide the option. However, phone data storage has not been a problem. Further, the phone came will a multitude of apps I never use.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By phone user
from cleveland, oh
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
sim card error
Sim card electric failure. Won't recognize sim card. Even after putting in new sim cards. Sent it to Samsung twice, apparently everything was fix!still won't recognize sim card. This is a common problem; search online and you'll see multiple reports of this. Can't use the device much if it won't recognize sim card. Can't believe consumer reports rated this device so high.