88
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88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 review

Summary

The Galaxy S 4 is a solid improvement over the GS3, and the best Samsung device we've ever used, but we'd love to see Samsung come up with a fresh design and premium look.

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Pros
  • Superb 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • Camera takes impressive daylight shots
  • Snapdragon 600 delivers solid performance
  • Battery life better than most flagships
Cons
  • Several new features are impractical and half-baked
  • Boring overall design without premium look or feel
Samsung Galaxy S 4 review

This is the story of a little smartphone series that grows up and, three years later, positions itself to take over the world. The device in question, the newest addition to that lineup, doesn't really need much of an introduction thanks to some of the most successful marketing campaigns in the world. We'll be happy to give it anyway: pictured atop this very text sits the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the latest and greatest flagship out of Korea. This is the hero, the device chosen to lead the charge for Samsung as it ventures deeper into 2013, and it's fitted with the best of everything: a 1080p Super AMOLED display, 1.9GHz quad-core (or 1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410, depending on market) chipset, Android 4.2, 13MP camera and a wide assortment of brand-new firmware amenities, to name just a few.

Despite the fact that its predecessor sold millions upon millions of units in the past year, the Galaxy S 4 isn't alone in its quest for global Android domination this time. HTC, the underdog of the fight, has launched the One, a flagship that rivals the GS4 in almost every way and does so in a physically attractive package complete with a solid aluminum build. Where do these two devices stand in comparison to each other? Does the GS4 reign supreme? Will its onslaught of new software features send the phone to the top of the pack? These answers and more await you after the break.

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Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.1
Display
9.2
Battery life
8.1
Camera
8.3
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5 inches
View Full Specs
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