So, about a month ago i walked into my local verizon store hoping to get an issue fixed with my iPhone 5. Due to some hard salesmanship, I walked out of the store with a brand new Galaxy S4. At first, during the "honeymoon" period, the phone seemed great. It felt reasonably fast, and the new larger screen was amazing to get used to. However, as the days went on, and my return window closed, I started to realize that maybe the S4 wasn't for me. Let me start with why I was convinced to buy the S4 in the first place. I have always looked at android in interest and always stayed away from it due to the fact that it always felt a step behind the iPhone in terms of speed and smoothness. The S4 made a valiant effort to fix this in my eyes, but it fell short. An in-store demo does not equal how the phone will act on a day to day basis. It it really hard to judge how a phone will fit into your life in a mere 14 days. To start off, the S4 has better hardware then the iP5, plain and simple. however, android is so un-optimized that the phone feels noticeably slower. Things take longer to open. Animations for opening apps or the keyboard stutter often. The phone randomly freezes for no reason. etc. One of my biggest issues is with how unstable the camera software is. The camera on the S4 is physically brilliant, but the software controlling it is absolute garbage. The camera would unmount the SD card (a SanDisk Ultra class 10 micro sd card) pretty regularly for no apparent reason and the photos would get saved into the laughable excuse that the internal storage is. Im sure I don't need to go into any of the issues with bloatware or lack of apps here as they are common complaints. What I would like to do however, is talk about what the S4 did right. First off, the AMOLED screen is fantastic, albeit a bit dimmer then the iPhone at comparable levels. The fact that black color made the screen literally turn off in that area is fantastic for night viewing. Also, the camera takes some absolutely amazing pictures, when it is actually working. A few years ago I think i would have been fine with these issues because i was more interested in the openness of android as an operating system. But now, I realize that I want a phone that just works consistently and well, and the iPhone is the only phone that I've used that can do that for me.