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Samsung's Galaxy S 4 is one of the most anticipated Android devices to land in the PhoneDog West offices.  As the successor to the Galaxy S III line and the the flag-carrier of sorts for Samsung's Galaxy S brand, the exterior of the phone closely resembles its predecessor.  The real benefits are under the hood, in both the hardware specifications and new software enhancements.

Samsung 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
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • White Frost and Black Mist colors
  • Available soon at Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Cricket, and C Spire

While it appears to be an evolutionary bump on the surface, the hardware under the hood and software benefits take the Galaxy S 4 to a whole new level.  New software goodies like Air View, S Translator, and S Health make this phone a nice upgrade from the previous version

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 overall size is roughly the same as the Galaxy S III, so current owners will find a lot to like here.

It's Samsung's flagship smartphone line, but is it worth getting over the HTC One or Galaxy Note II?  Part 2 of 2.

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