The Samsung Galaxy S IV has made quite some news lately because of its humongous specifications (the international version, of course) and Samsung’s features packed inside TouchWiz. The device has already been launched in most of the countries and is probably on sale in all of them. So, here are top 4 things about the 4th device in the Samsung Galaxy S lineup.
Samsung has released two variants of the device; one for the international markets and one for the US market. There’s something unique about the international variant as it is the first mobile device to pack EIGHT CORES. Yes, you read it right. There is a quad-core Cortex-A15 clocked @ 1.6GHz and a quad-core Cortex-A7 @ 1.2GHz, while the US variant has a Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU. The GPU on this beast is PowerVR SGX 544MP3. There is 2GB of RAM onboard, which should suffice for almost all the users. We cannot forget the simply amazing 5.0” Super AMOLED display on this device which has 1920×1080 pixels (FullHD) resolution. There’s a 13MP snapper on the back and a 2MP front-facing camera on this device which follows the same design as the S III except for the camera and flash placement on the back and has a bit straight edges rather than the curved ones on the predecessor. The device is 7.9mm thick and weighs just 130 grams.
I’ve heard people criticize Samsung for using plastic as their devices’ build material. The thing is, plastic makes it lighter and keeps it cooler when used on extreme levels (not that the S IV gets hot). Removable back panels also help in replacing the device’s casing and allows access to add accessories like the Flip Cover or the wireless charging back panel. People like me with slippery fingers would find plastic as the best material for the devices I use. Samsung uses high-quality plastic, though. So, there’s no need to worry.
There are A LOT of sensors on this thing. There’s an Accelerometer, a Gyro sensor, the Proximity sensor, a Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer, the Temperature|Humidity sensor, the RGB Light sensor and the Gesture sensor. That sums up to 9 freaking sensors in this thing! Each of these have been put to work by Samsung and here is what each one does:
I know there’s a lot of hate for TouchWiz among the people who want a clean and lag-free Android experience, but for the users who aren’t that tech-savvy and have to use the Samsung Galaxy S4 as an everyday device, TouchWiz comes in pretty handy. For example, there’s a colorful UI, there’s a whole new Camera app interface, there are widgets, there are features like Direct Call, etc. There are apps like S Health which make use of the extra number of sensors present on this device The list goes on and on. The thing here is, you might hate it or you might love it; it depends on what kind of user you are. Personally speaking (writing!), TouchWiz comes in pretty handy at times. But hey, you can always root the device and install a custom ROM on droids.
So, we talked about the sensors in the 2nd point. One of the new additions you’d notice when you compare this device’s sensors with usual high-end devices is the Gesture Sensor. There’s Air View. There’s Eye Pause. There’s Eye Scroll. There’s just too much awesomeness. One of the features I loved when I used the Nokia N9 was the double-tap to wake. I’m a left-handed person and it’s really not my cup of tea to press the lock button on the right side of the devices to unlock it, so that came in very handy and ever since I have used it, I’ve been looking for devices that let me unlock them without having to press the lock key on the right. Sure, Windows Phone is getting that feature in the coming updates, but that’s just not what we’re talking about right now. On the S4, if you move your hand from the bottom to the top slowly, the device wakes up and shows you information like the time and notifications for missed calls and received text messages. That’s really, really nice.
And if you aren’t familiar with Air View, the feature debuted with the Samsung Galaxy Note II and it let you preview images and videos by hovering over the stylus. The S IV goes in a step ahead and let’s you do that with your finger. You can even hover over your finger on text messages to preview them. Also, you can use your hands to swipe left/right or move up/down within apps like Browser. So, you basically use your phone without touching it; people think you’re performing magic tricks. Also, there’s the Eye Pause which tracks your eyes and pauses the video you’re watching when you look away from the device and resumes when you look back at it. Air Scroll also detects your eyes but uses them to scroll up/down in apps like Browser. These features do come in handy at times. I’m not saying you use these every day, but these kind of separate the S4 from the other high-end devices.
That being said, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a minor upgrade from the Samsung Galaxy S3 if you look it in one way, but it’s also packed with innovation if you look from another point of view. Nevertheless, here’s a quick video of Samsung demonstrating certain features on the S IV:
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The Samsung S IV has been launched and priced in your country, I suppose. And you’re wondering whether to upgrade what you’re currently using. Well, I expect this to help you make your decision because after all it’s the user who controls what he uses.
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