So what do you think about the Galaxy S4?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by FooArk, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. FooArk macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2011
    Im getting a bit bored of my iPhone to be honest. Do you think the S4 is a good offering? I figure I'd get the legit truth from an Apple forum. Does the phone really feel cheap and fragile?
  2. AndyPhamVN, Mar 20, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2013

    AndyPhamVN macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2013
    Ahhh... It's like comparing BMW vs Mercedes... They are both good high-end smartphones so to speak, what matters is your preference. Go to a local shop and try both phones yourself, you can then decide it better. I'm having both Note 2 and iPhone 4S and love them both ;).
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Looks ok to me. However, I don't want a screen that large. Just wait until you can see it in person before you make up your mind.
  4. Cody21 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2012
    Knoxville, TN
    Didn't "wow" me at all. In my opinion, the features are just a gimmick. Never complained about not having those features on my iPhone. Also, the screen is a little too big for my taste. Although, I have no doubt it will sell good. Simply, I prefer iOS and my iPhone over anything else. And I'll be waiting for iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S this year.
  5. Willsonchen macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2013
    well, the S4 seems quite great, but i do not like this kind of large screen size, i am waiting for the new HTC one.
  6. mackandproud macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2008
    Some of the new features strike me as gimmicky but it seems like a solid upgrade overall: more powerful battery, faster processors, huge upgrade in screen resolution.

    It should be a great phone for samsung+android users.
  7. bengtc macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
    ummm the s4 is thinner and shorter and only wider by .05 inches
  8. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    Yet another big phone with pentile AMOLED screen.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    S4: 258 Lux. iPhone5: 525 LUX.

    Game over.

    Since I got my iPhone, I've noticed I can see the screen outdoors in bright sunlight, even with sunglasses! I hadn't expect it to. Now that's a feature I can believe in.
  10. chambone macrumors 6502a


    Dec 24, 2011
    I'd go xperia z or htc one. Those are the best choices at the moment if you want to go Android imo. I don't get the hoopla over the galaxy line at all. Cheap looking phones with less than optimal screens.
  11. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    Physically, its FUGLY. Nothing premium looking at all...As for the new features, they all look gimmicky to me. (Done very poorly).
  12. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Coming from iPhone to Galaxy line was a bit of a learning curve. I currently have the S3 and although it took me some time to warm up to it, I am constantly amazed at what it can do compared to iPhone (customization and ease of file transfers, access etc).

    I Wish it had a 4.5" screen but I make do. The S4 wasn't enough inticement for me to want one. Although I like the idea of a larger screen without making the phone larger. That in itself is a win.

    There are lots of forums to help you find similar features that you liked with your iphone, and lots of people out there and oddly enough, even here in macrumours who have been helpful.

    The only way I would go back to Apple now is if they changed several things:

    Drag and drop files without being a slave to itunes, larger screen, screen customization, i hated looking at those apps all over the place, i like having them in an app drawer or not, but having the choice. I would like a notification light. Those are the big things for me.
  13. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    Well at first I was anticipating it, but I hated the hype Samsung created around it as well as the actual announcement. Very tacky.

    I was disappointed that they were sticking to the same materials. The design didn't do much for me, but it was expected.

    I don't see the practical value of all their S-features. I just don't think they'll get used much.

    However at it's core people need to remember why the Galaxy line has proven so popular. The S4 is a powerful smartphone, offering people that big, vibrant screen and a flexible OS.

    I personally want a big screen, I use my phone way too much to so stick to a small one. Also I'm curious about Android.
  14. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'll be switching from iPhone 5 to the GS4. I nearly jumped off iOS with the S3 and the S4 looks like enough to send me over for sure. The iPhone always feels like a toy when I use a friend's S3.
  15. Mrg02d macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2012
    Can I have your iPhone 5 then?
  16. Krimsonmyst macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    By that logic, you shouldn't be using an iPhone - you should be using a Nokia Lumia. Their ClearBlack+ displays are basically identical indoors and out.
  17. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    That is meaningless. The sunlight is 100.000 times stronger than a 100 W light bulb. No iDevice on this earth is stronger than the sun.
  18. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    It's a very nice size, as is my Galaxy S3. I'll be buying one, and then I will form an opinion after using it for ten days or so. I like to give all new products a good test period.
  19. Tig Bitties macrumors 68040

    Tig Bitties

    Sep 6, 2012
    S4 is a great phone for Spring, the best smartphone of 2013 so far.

    But, there ares still many new phones to come out this year, and I am waiting for the Snapdragon 800 phones. They will be even faster, but much much battery life.

    I want a phone with Snapdragon 800 processor with a Motorola MAXX 3300mAH battery, that would be a beast. Maybe the Nexus-Five will be the one.
  20. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    If it was, can you imagine how big the battery would be? :eek:
  21. Breaking Good macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2012
    Andy says it best above. iPhone 5, S4, HTC One are all great phones.

    I'm personally holding out for the HTC One. But if you decide to go for the S4 I think you will be quite happy with it.
  22. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Damn. That's disappointing. The dimness of its screen is pretty much the only thing I dislike about the Note 2, and it's been measured at ~240 lux. I was really hoping that the S4's screen would have been brighter, which would then likely hvae meant the same for the Note 3. Looks like that won't be the case.

    Luckily the Note 2 is so much better than the iPhone 5 in every other way for my uses that the brightness of the screen doesn't become a dealbreaker :) I still wish Samsung would get their **** together with their screens though.
  23. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    Same boring, cheap plastic design of the current S3 and Note 2.

    Good thing it's that it's thinner than the current S3, but has a bigger screen and higher capacity battery. Good thing Samsung kept the physical home button.

    Good upgrade to the galaxy S3. Lots of gimmicky features. I think most galaxy S3 owners who are still under their 2 year contract, won't be tempted enough to upgrade to the galaxy S4.
  24. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I think its a good upgrade from the S3 maybe even more so then the 4S to the 5. I really like how the screen got bigger and the battery got bigger but the device got smaller.

    But if you prefer iOS then it doesn't matter really. You'll need to use it for a while to see if you like Android.

    I think the feel of the device is only a perception of the person handling it. I don't think the S3 feels cheap. And I feel the iPhone 5 feels cheaper then my iPhone 4S but I don't think either feel cheap overall. Plastic is relatively durable, the handgun in my avatar has a plastic frame and is renowned for being one of the most durable handguns ever created. Sure apples to oranges but that doesnt negate the fact plastic hold up very well to abuse. Plus with NFC and wireless charging these devices can't have a metal back so there is some function over form to it.
  25. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    during their keynote, was anyone else thinking of apple when the presenter said, "we made it bigger yet smaller and thinner."?

    I instantly thought of this

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