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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

TT Correspondent  |  |   03 Jul 2013, New Delhi
Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Why to buy:

This is one of the most popular high-end smartphones in India today. It has features such as Life companion, dual shot, Sound and shot, Drama Shot, Group Play, Air View, Air Gestures are introduced for the first time and are very useful. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, Dual Chipset of 1.6 + 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor, and a strong 13 megapixel CMOS camera and 2 megapixels CMOS front camera.

Why to avoid:

There is hardly anything that one should avoid this device. However it’s very sleek design of 7.9 mm can be a reason to avoid for few.

Our Take:

It is an amazing phone with creative software and hardware advancements. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is beautifully crafted in perfect shape and big screen. This is a good buy for people eyeing high-end smartphone with all latest advancements. It has competition from HTC One, Sony Xperia Z and BlackBerry Z10. We give this smartphone ratings of 4.5 stars.


Price: Rs. 40,300

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Detailed Review


With not much competition, Samsung Galaxy S IV (S4) is simply the best Smartphone. The phone is a perfect fit in hand in 5 inch display category. If one compares it with HTC One and Apple iPhone 5, the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 will impress with its body and design. However, its glossy white and pebble blue colors have worked for Galaxy S4. The handsets dimension 136.6 mm x 69.8 mm x 7.9 mm in height, width and depth. It weights 130 gm and comes with a flip cover for its safety.


On the front, is a 5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen with 1920 x 1080 resolutions and 441 PPI with 16M color. The screen is multitouch and is protected with corning Gorilla Glass 3. Above the screen it has an earpiece, 2 megapixels CMOS camera, Light Sensor, Pressure sensor, Proximity Sensor and Gesture Sensor. Below the screen is a physical home with capacitive touch back and menu key. On the bottom there is a micro USB charging/connecting slot with microphone to its right. Over the top it has a 3.5 mm earjack port with microphone for noise cancellation. On the right side it has a power/lock key whereas left side holds a volume rocker. On the top of its back it holds a 13 megapixels CMOS camera with flash below it and a speaker grill towards its bottom left. Overall, the device is beautifully crafted and is handy and easy to operate with one hand.


Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and is powered by Qualcomm Dual chipset of 1.6 GHZ/1.2 GHz Quad Core processor. For smoother and easier multitasking, swapping applications it comes with has 2 GB RAM. It has TouchWiz user interface (UI) which is easy to operate and personalize. It comes with 16 GB of internal memory and is expandable up to 64 GB using microSD card.


Samsung Galaxy S4 has long list of new innovated software advancements. It includes - Life companion, dual shot, Sound and shot, Drama Shot, Group Play, Air View, Air Gestures, story album, S translator, smart pause, Home Sync, Watch On, S Health, Adapt display and Adapt sound. All these features are impressive, simple and useful.

Dual Shot: This exceptional feature lets user click images from both the camera at a same time. So the person clicking the image now cannot be missed.

Sound and shot: With this feature, now every cheers and hurray we make while clicking pictures can be heard and listened later while browsing them.

Group Play – Share music: With this feature, S4 users can wirelessly connect their devices and can play games, share photos and documents and also can play music tracks at once.


Story Album: With this feature, one can create the album of an occasion or an event with specific themes and layouts on it.

S Translator: This feature is best in use while traveling abroad. It allows one to easily communicate in local language, discover exotic foreign dishes, and explore hidden hangouts around the world. The device Supports - English, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Korean.

Air View and Air Gesture: With Air View one can see the entire contact details just by a click on the dial keypad. While with Air Gesture one can use many of its functions without clicking or touching the screen. Such as - Quick Glance, Air Jump, Air browse, Air move and Air call-accept.

Another list of features such as Smart Pause, ChatOn, Home Sync, Watch On, S Health, Adapt Display, Adapt Sound and Samsung Hub also exists in the device and makes it a perfect machine of high-end notch.


Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a powerful 13 megapixel CMOS main camera with auto focus and LED flash with 4128 x 3096 pixels resolution and features such as Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR. It has a 2 megapixel CMOS front facing camera which captures images at 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second and features dual video call function.


The Video quality is also amazing. The sound/audio comes in loud and clear, colours remain sharp and crisp. It plays back the video uninterrupted/smoothly that we shoot. And even same with the downloaded videos.

The Galaxy S4 has a very impressive but small feature for videos, wherein you can reduce the size of your video to a thumbnail size and you can move it out from your gallery. You can drag the thumbnail any corner around your screen and you can perform other things along. Such as: messaging, browsing web and etc. and video quality remain the same.


Call quality: Calls made by Galaxy S4 were loud and clear. Even on speaker mode the sound was audible and clear. In high sound places such as market or eateries the sound come soft but the quality remains good.

Data speed: The 3G data speed is fast and blazing. It delivers uninterrupted downloading, with no need to wait for buffering to complete and hassle free web browsing.


Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 2600 mAh battery, which is massive, and an ideal fit for such a powerful device. The battery life is good and even fair on 3G. Its stand by time is up to 370 hours whereas talk time is up to 17 hours. The music playback time is up to 62 hours and video playback time is up to 11 hours.


With a large number of excellent features and functions, Samsung Galaxy S4 has set a benchmark for its close competitors - HTC One, Apple, Sony and Nokia. The Dual chipset of 1.6 GHz + 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2 GB RAM has worked well with Galaxy S4. With its forceful promotion strategy, Samsung has an advantage over its rivals.

We consider it one of the best high end phones.

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