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More Samsung Galaxy S 4 features we look forward to testing

Consumer Reports News: March 18, 2013 06:08 AM

The just-announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 is loaded with smart, innovative capabilities: so many, in fact, that we didn't cover them all in our first look of the S 4. Nevertheless, no other phone we've seen has as many compelling features as this new Galaxy smart phone. Here are a few more, some of them Samsung exclusives, that we can't wait to take for a spin:

Built-in weather station. The Galaxy S 4 comes with sensors that take temperature, humidity, and barometric-pressure readings. No word yet on whether these sensors will be used to enhance current weather apps, but there's no such thing as an overly accurate forecast.

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Separate worlds for personal and business. Borrowing from the playbook of the recently revamped BlackBerry OS, the Galaxy S 4 has a suite of apps, collectively called Samsung Knox, to let corporate users maintain simultaneous but separate support for business and personal activities. With Knox, IT departments will have complete control of corporate data, but leave personal materials such as photos and social networking apps in control of the phone user. It's good to know that no corporate catastrophe will harm your favorite personal apps and files.

Words to drive by. The Galaxy S 4 features Samsung's S Voice Drive, a special mode that optimizes phone controls for hands free-operation when you're driving—mostly through voice commands. You can place calls, launch apps, and check messages as well as dictate and send them, just by speaking. Nothing earth-shattering here, but we like that the feature automatically engages when the phone senses your car's Bluetooth connections.

Mike Gikas

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