As you (probably) expected, it's time for a 30 day challenge with the Samsung Galaxy S 4!  Samsung's latest flagship smartphone packs a ton of improvements over its predecessor, and I'm looking forward to putting them to the test over 30 days and getting a better understanding of all of the features on the device.

I'm starting the challenge with the international version (complete with the octa-core processor) but will switch to the AT&T Galaxy S 4 when the unit is available.  On day one, it's all about getting accustomed to the new smartphone.  I've worked with TouchWiz extensively and carry the Galaxy Note II when I'm not on a 30 day challenge, but there are some differences between Samsung's UI on Android 4.1 and Android 4.2.

A few of the things I'm particularly curious about, given how I use my phone:

  • Coming from the Galaxy Note II and its gigantic 3,100 mAh battery, how will the Galaxy S 4 (international and US versions) fare with a 2,600 mAh battery?
  • Will it be a challenge to move down from a larger display?
  • Given my extensive use of the S Pen, will it be hard to not have the feature?
  • Now that the HTC One is out, is the build quality of the Galaxy S 4 less desirable?

In the meantime, I'd love to hear from you!  Let me know what you'd like to see on Twitter @PhoneDog_Aaron!

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Austin Azevedo
Austin Azevedo Should I get my S4 on Verizon or AT&T.
Dev Patel
Dev Patel Battery life and gaming review.
Will Rose
Will Rose Have oyu compared it to the new HTC One??? I would love to see a fair comparison of the 2.
Jeff Cross
Jeff Cross Updates from Sammy. This phone should get key lime pie 5.0 but will it get what comes after that?? I'm gonna have this for close to 2 years so I want to stay updated on AT&T
Jay Moriarty
Jay Moriarty something to cover? a naked model in S4s? would be interesting to see the phone:boob ratio
Jim Marshall III
Jim Marshall III Benchmarks against the note 2
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer Ready to get me one.
John Ponder
John Ponder durability and water resistance
Geo Foreal
Geo Foreal How fast it'll melt.
??? Plastic S3=S4
Josh Thatcher
Josh Thatcher I want to know what sets this phone apart from any other smartphone that has similar capabilities and if I should choose this phone over the HTC One.
Arxi Kay
Arxi Kay lock the whole thing down and dont use any of the hyped features. prove its worthiness of a personal pda first. thats phone rule no.1
Christopher Keeley
Christopher Keeley @Steve, yes clunky. the keyboard is terrible and it isn't as smooth as I believe it should be! I may have a defective unit.
Jody Warrick
Jody Warrick When is note 3 coming?
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago In my opinion the note 2 is a better device. Will wait for the note 3 before I upgrade.
Dale Junior
Dale Junior Battery life
Dale Junior
Dale Junior Octo power if international version. Camera upgrade. Benchmark.
Dale Junior
Dale Junior International verion?
Michael Beeson
Michael Beeson go the whole day using only smart cover as in dont open it at all
Steve Hartsock
Steve Hartsock Clunky? This phone feels great to me so far. Much easier to use than the One X and feels a lot better in the hand than the older GS3. Screen is excellent.
Kenneth Maneeley
Kenneth Maneeley Battery lifewith heavy use.
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Bench mark scores.
Kevin McQuade
Kevin McQuade You mean privelege not challenge
Dietrich Brown
Dietrich Brown Screen difference vs s3 outside
Jenni Massey
Jenni Massey I'm curious if the improvements make it worth shelling out the extra money for the S4 when I upgrade. I had planned on getting an S3.
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes I'm really debating a switch from my always loved and reliable iPhone to this.
Christopher Keeley
Christopher Keeley I just got my gs4 and so far its kinda clunky. Hopefully it grows on me.
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