I'm carrying the Samsung Galaxy S 4 right now, as part of the 30 day challenge.  For the most part, I'm pretty impressed with the device.  I've long been a fan of the software goodies that come with TouchWiz, and the Galaxy S 4 includes more bells and whistles than ever.  The verdict is still out on whether I'll carry it after my 30 days is up, but so far, I'm pretty pleased.  I'm rocking the white frost color, which I personally prefer over black mist.

Sporting a 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, I'm pretty impressed with the overall speeds of the phone.  I see some lag from time to time, but right now, I'm chalking it up to transferring stuff over from my old phone to the new one.  For me, it's often a battle of beauty (HTC One) versus what actually works for my day-to-day life.  I need the larger battery that the Galaxy S 4 provides, and as I said above, I really enjoy the software goodies that come along with the device.  I'm also a big fan of the 5-inch 1080p HD display as opposed to the 4.7-inch on the HTC One - I find 5-inches to be a near-perfect size for my personal use.

Prior to the Galaxy S 4, I carried the Galaxy Note II for about six months (when I wasn't working on a 30 day challenge).  Before that, I carried the Galaxy S III, and before that, a bunch of iPhones - 4S and 4 (believe it or not, I've never personally owned an iPhone 5).

Will I keep using it after the 30 days are up?  You'll have to wait until the end of the challenge series!

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Mostafa Taufik I've watched Aaron's all episodes of 30 days HTC One, played with HTC One, bothered all ppl around me praising HTC One. Then got myself a a Samsung GS4 after playing with it dor 15 minutes. definitely useful: gestures, flip board (has a glitch), remote ok, planner, multiple lock+home screens, side shortcuts on all screen.
Murtaza Rzv s4 is best
Jason Dayag getting a note 2 for myself 3 days from now.
Jamie Crane Me personally love the htc one great phone
Vicki Figueroa & yes @pallab it does matter which phone Aaron chooses... he's a professional cell phone reviewer..He knows what phones are the best. Sorry hr didn't pick the one you like but obviously it wasn't up to par
Vicki Figueroa Yep! He knows that the S4 is the best! Go Aaron!
Shaun Lim Gnex and a feature phone right now. planning to get HTC One when my contract expires.
Andrew Bissel Nexus 4 is still the best choice in my opinion.
Vicente Reyes Atrix HD
Mustafa Akman Still note 2!
Lee Warnock I have the insurance on mine. I get 2 free replacement so when the black one is out I may break mine ;)
William Plotner Same here but I need to preserve the resale value.
Ian Walker The note 2 is currently the phone of choice for me. And although I am due an upgrade I am gonna wait to see what the note 3 is like before choosing my next phone as I do don't think I could give up the screen real estate
Jason Wilde Should have been the HTC one
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer Samsung galaxy S4 for me. Great choice Aaron.
Marlon Milligan I enjoy the htc one... He prefers Samsung. So not shocked
Lee Warnock HTC one for me. Love it. No complaints (actually I have one, I HATE putting an Otterbox over my beautiful phone)
Richard W Krajewski Rocking the HTC One right now. I think I have found pretty much my perfect phone. I'm living with the fixed battery and no SD support. Neither have affected the performance so far.
Pallab Gupta Does it matter what Aaron (or whoever else) carries in their pocket? They carry what they like, not what WE like. He has a mind of his own, right?
Malcom Buckhannon Hell yeah Samsung for life
Jan Lejcko S4 ! with smart cover...
Mike Roberts BlackBerry z10
Tyler Saddington The only devices I carry are the Nexus 4 and HTC One :D
Ricardo Alexandre S4 and note2 are both super great devices
Tom Garcia BB Z10
Joey Drew Bucek @william why by a 8 month old phone
Fabian Toti Gs4 ATT
NemOry Oliver Martinez BlackBerry Z10
Thomas Milam Why the S4 , if you going big should had just gotten the Note 2
Douglas J Kmiotek It's a great phone, so you made a nice decision for your 30 day challenge. I see no challenge at all!!!

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