on 24 October 13
When a mobile phone like the Samsung Galaxy S4 is kept as secret as it was, it is sometimes easy to be disappointed when the device is eventually revealed. However, watching the Samsung Galaxy S4 being unveiled in New York was week was certainly not a let-down for anyone; in fact, it has made me more excited than ever about what mobile phones the Korean manufacturer is capable of in the future of smartphone technology.
So whatâs so special about Samsungâs latest flagship device?
As you can see by looking at the device, not much has changed in terms of design on the Samsung Galaxy S4. Compare it to the Samsung Galaxy S3, and it still has the familiar rounded edges and physical home button on the screenâs fascia. What is different, however, is that the S4âs screen has been enlarged to 5 inches- just slightly bigger than the S3âs 4.8 inch display.
However, despite the Samsung Galaxy S4 actually being that bit larger than its predecessor, it actually weighs 1g less than the S3 at 130g, which is a remarkable feat by Samsung.
Although it wasnât mentioned at the live launch last week, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to run the most up-to-date version of Android, Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Because weâre not intending to see Androidâs Key Lime Pie until later on in the year, Samsung couldnât really blow us away by anything else, nor could we expect anything more impressive.
That said, the Galaxy S4 device is set to be powered by an incredible Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait processor, which is sure to make the phone the fastest handset on the market by the second quarter of 2013 without a doubt.
Also, with the option of acquiring the S4 with either 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, on top of adding an additional 64 GB of memory via a removable SD card, Samsung seem to be following in the steps of manufacturers like Apple in giving more choice to its users
Another point to make about the Samsung Galaxy S4 is its amazing display; with a massive 441 ppi density, the display is clear and as sharp as ever, and is a massive step up from the S3âs 312 ppi, and even the iPhone 5âs 326 ppi.
S-Voice Drive is, to put it simply, a navigation app built into the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, much like everything that Samsung does, this app is far from ordinary.
Whilst S-Voice Drive does navigate your way from A to B, it also allows you to use all of the deviceâs functions while youâre driving completely hands free. Need to send a quick text while youâre on the road? No problem, simply make the most of the S4âs voice recognition and dictate what you want your message to say. The app allows you to answer and make calls, read and reply to emails and texts and even find out the latest weather forecast- entirely using your voice!
It means that while youâre on a long journey that seems to last for hours, you donât have to fall out of the loop until you reach your destination!
Smart Scroll is a feature that was actually leaked before the Samsung Galaxy S4 was officially unveiled last week, and has amazed people around the world. The feature essentially senses when your eyes have reached the bottom of the screen, and automatically scroll down the page that you are reading.
Whatâs more, with Samsungâs patented Smart Pause feature, the Galaxy S4 will automatically pause a movie or video when it notices that your eyes are no longer gazing at the screen. Clever!
Group Play is an interesting little feature that you might not say is the most revolutionary, yet itâs a feature that nudges the Samsung Galaxy S4 that bit further ahead of the competition.
Group Play essentially means that when more than one S4 device is placed together, your phones turn themselves into a stereo, with each device acting as an individual speaker.
Though it might not be an audio feature that youâd use on a daily basis, like the HTC Oneâs BoomSound, it is still a really cool way of using your smartphone to fulfil functions that laptops are usually more suited to.
Last but not least is the Samsung Galaxy S4âs camera, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S4âs most impressive feature.
Firstly, Samsung has enabled users to operate both the front and the rear camera at the same time when taking both photos and videos. This means that you can feature in your photos at the same time as playing photographer, so youâll never have to miss out again!
Samsung has even enabled you to use the dual camera when on video calls, which is perfect for making group calls with family or friends.
Also, each time you take a still shot using the Samsung Galaxy S4, the device records a short audio clip, allowing you to send real spoken captions to accompany your photos. Also, the latest galaxy model also features what Samsung has called the Drama Shot function, which is essentially a multi-shot feature which takes up to 100 images within 4 seconds. Whatâs novel about the S4âs take on the multi-shot-feature is that you can view the best shots in one single frame, a little bit like the HTC One.
So is the Samsung Galaxy S4 going to be all itâs cracked up to be? I am pretty confident that Samsungâs offering for 2013 wills teal the Android crown with one fell swoop, with its incredible array of features, Smart Scroll capability and brilliant camera. Only time will tell, as the device wonât start rolling out until the end of April this yearâ¦ With Samsung not having released an expected price for the Samsung Galaxy S4, we will have to wait and see how it will compare to other mobile phone deals and mobile phone contracts on the market.