Samsung Galaxy S 4 is one of the most anticipated Android smartphones to land at the PhoneDog West office. Succeeding the Galaxy S III and carrying the torch for Samsung's flagship Galaxy S brand, the exterior of the Galaxy S 4 closely resembles its predecessor. The real benefits are under the hood - in both hardware specifications and new software enhancements. Technology buff, first-time smartphone buyer, or casual user - there's a use case for almost every type here. And the availability on every US carrier is still an excellent accomplishment.
Galaxy S 4 specs include:
- 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU
- 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED HD display with 441ppi and Gorilla Glass 3
- 2 GB of RAM
- 13-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording
- 2,600 mAh battery
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
- White Frost and Black Mist colors
- Available soon at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire
While the phone may look similar to the Galaxy S III, the hardware under the hood and software benefits take the smartphone to a whole new level. New features like Air View, S Translator, and S Health make this phone the ultimate companion to a busy lifestyle. Tech nerds will appreciate the inclusion of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and Samsung's TouchWiz user interface continues to work exceptionally well with core Android.
On top of the software bonuses, the hardware has been beefed up and it's evident. Galaxy S 4 is the first smartphone to launch with Gorilla Glass 3, and the physical front and side buttons are noticeably tighter so there's no wiggle between the button and the housing. The polycarbonate sides look nice, and despite the larger display, the frame is about the same size as the Galaxy S III, so the in-hand feel is very similar.
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