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Samsung Galaxy S4 Pros and Cons Review

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is Samsung’s flagship mobile device for this year and it comes packed with all the top-tier features you would expect the South Korean electronics giant to put in. With all the really excellent Android and Windows devices that have arrived these past few months, the question is can the Galaxy S4 achieve the top position again, or does it sink in between the many other excellent devices.  To answer this question, let’s review the Samsung Galaxy S4 pros and cons.


Samsung Galaxy S4 Pros

Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S4 include:

  • Superb 441ppi AMOLED display, this display hits the top of the pile but does not stretch further, with the HTC One and Xperia Z both having the same full HD experience.
  • 1.6GHz octo-core Exynos processor, the largest mobile processor on any smartphone. This is an international processor, for the UK and US; you get the superb 1.9Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. At this speed, Android will work incredibly fast and expect snappy response time.
  • The 13MP rear camera on the Galaxy S4 works incredibly well and Samsung has really developed the camera to be something unique and special. The back shooter has many camera software features, so you can take photos in a number of different ways, to capture the best shot.
  • Android 4.2.2 comes pre-loaded on this smartphone; this is the newest operating system update. This is under-the-hood, with TouchWiz, Samsung’s personal skin, being shown. TouchWiz has had a lot of opposition but it works impeccably fast and the skin is impressive in some areas.
  • The Galaxy S4 has a huge host of new features, the phone has an IR blaster to control your TV, NFC to connect with friends, 4G capabilities, Bluetooth, WiFi and all the other bands and networks you would normally find.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Cons

Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy S4 include:

  • Samsung has decided to stick with the cheap and affordable plastic for the Galaxy S4. The premium feel users want and get with smartphones like the HTC One and iPhone 5 is not on this smartphone. While the design is light and thin, it just will not feel as nice or look as good as other phones on the market.
  • Samsung has added a lot of funky and odd software and program features, including Air View. These can get in the way and will annoy people looking for a simplistic, one-step solution service. This is the same almost throughout the phone, and there are about seven different ways to take a photo with the Galaxy S4, which can get quite confusing.
  • Battery life on the Galaxy S4 is not the best, the smartphone will not last you a full day if you have extensive use. Of course, you can just swap the battery out for a larger one.
  • The handset will likely come at a top premium price, around the same as the iPhone 5. Samsung show no movement towards making a cheaper smartphone, even though this device costs less than $200 per unit to make, export and sell.
  • If you just purchased a Samsung Galaxy S3 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be a monumental upgrade.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy S4?

If you already have a Samsung Galaxy S3 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I wouldn’t recommend the Samsung Galaxy S4 as an early upgrade.  Unless you are dying to use some of the new features not (yet) available on your phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will provide largely the same experience as your current phone.  If you are like me and you own the Galaxy Note 2, hold on to your carrier upgrade fee as the Note 3 will be out later this year.

If you own an older, non Samsung Galaxy phone, and you don’t want the bigger (and better, IMO) Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be a great choice.  The S4 will contain most if not all of the popular features available in smartphones, only with features not available on any other device.

About Quentin Moore

Quentin Moore is the creator and senior editor of Tech Blog TV. He's a self proclaimed Tech Guru and spends most of his non-working hours playing with or blogging about tech gadgets. Check out Quentin's Google Plus Page.


  1. Thanks for the review. I’ve got a perfect phone.

  2. The phone is too long to put in my pocket.

  3. “The screen look a bit squeezed for watching a vides such as a soccer match”

  4. Agreed. One real downside of Samsung S4 is the boring design and plastic quality. No sleek metal design as found in the iPhone 5 or the HTC One. Overall the phones look good and it is a good value for money.

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