Throughout all my articles this past month or so, I’ve mentioned iPhones, the new BlackBerry devices, the Nokia Lumia 920, the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. One phone I’ve been doing a lot of quiet research on, however, is the Galaxy S IV. The phone is packed with impressive features that either match or exceed the specs of other phones that are set to launch this year, but with a phone that carries the Galaxy brand name I would expect nothing less from Samsung.

The Galaxy S III is still an extremely popular device amongst mobile users today, and easily one of the most recognizable names in the industry. It is the device that led Samsung to pass the Apple iPhone in sales towards the end of last year and has reflected its popularity here on our own site by showing up in the Official Smartphone Rankings here at PhoneDog week after week. The Galaxy  S IV has some big shoes to fill, and judging by the rumors and leaks of the specs we have every reason to be excited.

Before I get into the good stuff (because there’s plenty of it) I have to again express my worry that phones are becoming too big in some instances. Yes, we should have options for big phones out there, but I feel like all phones are heading in this direction. One of the biggest turn-offs from the Galaxy S III was the size of the screen (4.8 in) which didn’t feel that comfortable in my small hands. The Galaxy S IV is rumored to have a 5-inch screen, which is only half an inch shorter than the Galaxy Note II’s massive 5.5 inch screen. I’m hoping that it feels like a bigger difference than it looks, because .5 inches doesn’t seem like it would do a whole lot in terms of difference. The Galaxy S IV is slowly creeping on what makes the Galaxy Note so incredulous, but perhaps 5 inches will be the limit here since the new Galaxy Note is also supposed to have a bigger screen than it does in its current form.

Now back to the good parts. So the Galaxy S IV is supposed to have a Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A15 processor with 2 GB RAM which is a pretty sweet deal as long as they include the battery to support it. The phone will have at least 16 GB of internal memory (I’m assuming 32 GB will be an added option as well, but I could be wrong) with microSD slot available for external memory. The device will feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and will come shipped with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Alright, so we know the device is pretty swanky and can definitely hold up if not crush the competition with other phones being released at the same time.

But what about the design?

I dig the design of the S IV a lot more than the S III. The exaggerated rounded corners of the S III didn’t appeal to me very much, and I think the sharper rounded corners of the S IV gives the device a more sophisticated look. There is a rumor that the Galaxy S IV won’t feature the physical home button that we see on the Galaxy S III, but most sources point in the direction that there will be a physical home button. While I do kind of wish they would use the capacitive buttons seen on the Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G, the physical home button isn’t a bad way to go either.

Some of the cooler features talked about coming from the Samsung Galaxy S IV include touchless gestures, which sounds pretty neat in theory but I’m a little worried how that would work. I’m a woman of great exaggeration sometimes, and hopefully the sensors used for such touchless gestures will only pick up the motions within a short distance from the screen. The phone is also said to feature wireless charging, which I feel more (or all) phones should have the option of doing at this point. Just plop it on the charging pad and not have to worry about your toddler jamming whatever charging port looks good into your phone, even if it wasn’t meant to fit your phone’s charger. Mommy loves you, Riley.

Overall, the Galaxy S IV looks like a beast of a phone. I think the thing I’m most excited for with all of these features is where gaming on our phones will come into play. While surfing the internet at the speed of light and being able to switch between apps faster than you can say “dinosaur soup kitchen” is the main goal here, being able to run more complicated programs like games and streaming online movies with the highest quality possible will be the real test here.

Readers, what do you think about the Galaxy S IV? Do you hope the rumors we see are true, or is there something you were hoping to see that hasn’t been mentioned yet? Let me know your thoughts!


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Bob Girard
Bob Girard With only one arm, I'm quite happy with my Note II. No need to upgrade for me, plus Verizon Wireless will find a way to mess it up or Samsung Mobile USA will screw us here in the U.S. with sub-par parts compared to the EU version (e.g. no Gorilla Glass).
Tony Coby
Tony Coby 5 inch screen is perfect and should be the max
Pat Kerby
Pat Kerby It sounds like a great phone, just not sure on the way that camera is going to work! I like the idea of a 13mp camera, I wish they would do a 5 or 8mp front camera!!!!
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper Great writing, I was thinking it might came with s pen also. Really like wireless charging idea alot, this is what I like about Nokia phones now. Can't wait to see the beautiful screen.
Jozef Sakac
Jozef Sakac I was going to wait for GS4 but just went and got a Nexus 4 and am very happy
Manuela Carla
Manuela Carla Well, I posted earlier in this comments thread and came back because I wanted you all to know how I did! I lost 45 lbs in 5 weeks and am keeping it off. The results speak for themselves. This product is life-changing - thank you,11 https://www.facebook.com/pages/bbxthrrk/353910874723697?sk=app_208195102528120
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes Just give me a release date for Verizon lol
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski my thoughts are ill be buying it!
Isaac Castillo
Isaac Castillo It sounds amazing but take away the home button.. make it touch screen again like the s2.. eventually the button will be hard and sticky to press
Brad Bowermaster
Brad Bowermaster Josue, how can it be a knock off when its made by the same company?
Josh Doncevic
Josh Doncevic Being the current owner of a Galaxy SII Skyrocket, I can say I'm not a huge fan of the SIII's home button. It looks tacked on, not like it's supposed to be there as on the iPhone. I love the four buttons that run along the bottom of my Skyrocket, and see no reason the change the icons out for a physical button. Also, the screen size is getting a bit out of hand. 4,5in is perfect, but the SIII measures in at 4,8 and after holding one, I admit that it is nice. That being said, the IV shouldn't give in the one-uping every other phone and the screen size should stay under five inches.
Josue Landaverde
Josue Landaverde *nexus
Josue Landaverde
Josue Landaverde That it's not a knock off of the nexus 4 like how the s3 was the knock off of the galaxy nexis
Alberto Garcia Flores
Alberto Garcia Flores If the Galaxy S IV hasn't been announced, then why is ppl talking and criticizing it?
Nguyen Alain
Nguyen Alain I'm waiting for thissss.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Until Android phones receive updates in a timely fashion I won't be investing in one..
Nick White
Nick White If I had an upgrade at the time, and if it didn't ruin the unlimited data I have on Verizon right now. Yeah I'd probably jump on that fast as hell.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey I'm almost sure the S IV won't look a thing like that image. There's also a strong possibility there won't be any physical or capacitive buttons, either.
Angel Jewels
Angel Jewels 13mp camera? Would love to see if the features of the camera are up to par with the mps. Is there going to be a dedicated camera button. I'm still very much in love with my s3 & will ride this witch till the case wears off!
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos Long as the screen ain't Pentile. After seeing a Droid DNA I will no longer accept a pentile screen on a smartphone. There is no excuse for that. It gives off a bluish tint and inaccurate color
Jarrett Lennon Kaufman
Jarrett Lennon Kaufman What a strange article. Acts like we actually know something about the device beyond wild rumor, and even implies we know what it will look like. None of that's true.
Michael Myers
Michael Myers So I just read your article. I agree with everything you said.
Phil Ofthefuture
Phil Ofthefuture My thoughts are that y'all should send me a free one.
Scott Ritchey
Scott Ritchey That I want it,, lol. I have the sg2 and was waiting for the 4 although the note 2 made a strong case to be my next phone.
Michael Myers
Michael Myers Had the Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch and now the Galaxy III. 99% chance the Galaxy S IV will be my next phone.
Still Dre Dane
Still Dre Dane After having 3 IPs, i'll be switching to IV, hopefully it's leet : D

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