Featured user review Samsung Galaxy S 4 (7-30-13)

The PhoneDog
Mascot from  Charleston, SC
| July 30, 2013

It's reviews like the one below  that make us excited to continue this featured section.  PhoneDog fan, Harry Akers Smith, not only prepared a list before buying a new smartphone, he knew it would come down to the hardware.    Enjoy today's featured user review below and find out why he determined the Samsung Galaxy S 4 was the device for him.

"For Me, A Perfect Choice."  By HARRY AKERS SMITH on July 25, 2013

When I was looking for a phone, I had a list of what I wanted from a phone, the main factors of my phone were to be a big screen for watching videos and browsing, plus, a large selection of apps. I knew immediately that I was going to go android, due to the small screen and (IMO) boring OS of the iPhone and the undeveloped app selection of WP8. So I had done a bit of research and had gotten down to two phones, the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One. 

I had decided that I would be perfectly content with software of either phone and that deciding which phone to get would come down to the hardware. Plastic or aluminium? Took me a while to decide but eventually I had made up my mind, I was going with the Galaxy S4 and to be honest, i couldn't be happier, the OS runs very smoothly, the app selection is great and the screen is fantastic. Personally, I prefer the over-saturated colours of the S4 to the more 'natural' colours of the One. Then there is the hardware. The plastic back picks up finger marks like there's no tomorrow, which is annoying, so after a few days i succumbed to getting a case, mainly because even though it is very sturdy, I didn't want to take any risks, so I got a case (an Otterbox Commuter if you must know) and it compliments it very well.

The S4 has done very well in terms of battery life, at the end of a day, I can get 15 hours with 15% remaining on average use. The call quality is above average but really nothing to write home about, but the good thing is that it is loud, which is a good thing.

So there you go, if you are thinking of buying an S4, you really won't be disappointed but do consider other options, in case it isn't what you expected :)

Display 5/5
Battery Life 5/5
Apps & Media Support 5/5
Reception & Call Quality 4/5
Design/Form Factor 5/5

Overall 4.8

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