Samsung Galaxy S4 in a class by itself

Galaxy S4

The flagship of Android smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S4, has been in my possession for a while and I will be sad to see it go. As I mention in my short video on phone features accompanying this post, it doesn’t matter to me that I am an iOS or Apple user when I use this phone. I’m evaluating purely based on its features and functionality and it delivers in every category.

Galaxy S4
Galaxy S4

It’s so critical to be able to use multiple platforms and operating systems when evaluating these products because you get to learn about the nuances that make every one of them so good. To strictly compare the iPhone and Galaxy is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, both taste different and are as good for different reasons. I’m actually wishing I had an Android and an iOS phone to suit my different moods and tastes.

Features

The display of a smartphone is such a key part of any device and the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch, 1080p display that is simply stunning to look at. It’s light too at 130 grams, something that’s nice for such a large device. Thinner and faster than the SIII, its 1.9GHz quad core processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system allow you to simply glide through the screens while doing what you need to do.

The 2600 mAh Standard Battery offers 8 hours of Internet usage time on 3G or LTE cellular networks, 10 hours usage on Wi-Fi, up to 11 hours of video playback and up to 69 hours of audio playback. Over 17 hours of talk time and over 300 hours of standby time make this a battery you won’t have to charge at the end of every day. It’s still best to keep it plugged in when driving so that you can keep up a charge.

The camera uses something called Dual Shot which will let you take a still picture of your subject and you at the same time – kind of neat for seeing your reaction to something you’re taking a picture of.

Apps

Samsung Health is one of the more interesting apps on the Samsung Galaxy S4 that I used on the phone as I let it track my steps throughout my day. It will track your workouts, daily intake, and weight levels. Get the current status of your surroundings for your activities with the Samsung GALAXY S4’s Comfort Level. It shows your comfort level based on temperature and humidity.

I also used Flipboard a lot on this phone and added some of my own apps including SkyMotion’s weather app and a couple of the AVG products we reviewed earlier including the Cleaner and Tune Up.

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