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Samsung Galaxy S 4

Samsung Galaxy S 4

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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

70
ShenelleLB
I loved this phone when I first got it, but the battery life is not desirable...read more
80
praseodeveloper
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
60
kait
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average user Score
 
70
ShenelleLB
09.23.15
I loved this phone when I first got it, but the battery life is not desirable and once you unlock the phone it has problems reading the sim card. Apparently a common problem for this model.
 
80
praseodeveloper
09.11.15
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
60
kait
12.14.14
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
 
80
Michi8788
11.16.14
Had this phone for half a year. Have to admit this was a great smartphone. For people who spend a lot of time playing games and watching movies on their phone, the s4 is everything you need. For me it was too much. I never used half of the space and didn't need that many apps, etc. But I will say that the camera was amazing. That is the biggest thing I miss about not having the s4 anymore.
 
60
bcart0v
10.31.14
The Galaxy S4 is a Horse of a different color. When you first get it, it's a great new device that you haven't had before (Amusing you haven't used TouchWiz before), the features are vast and the options are there. You tell everyone about it for a few weeks, show it off here and there, and then you really get to see what the Galaxy S4 is. You realize that the interface is getting dated, it's starting to lag a bit as you move throughout the OS, and it seems like its missing.... something. The Battery has something to be desired, with the Specs that this flagship device puts out, it should definitely have a larger battery. However, Samsung is still nice enough to let you open the back to get to the battery, So if you wanted a bigger battery you could absolutely do so. The Screen is beautiful, but that does come with a price which goes back to the battery. It takes a lot of power to work that beautiful display. And in terms of TouchWiz, Which already looks and feels outdated, doesn't seem to be getting an update any time soon (If ever on the S4 for that matter).In the end, the S4 is a great device that leaves you longing for more. It's great for awhile but eventually it leaves you wanting more, which I guess is the end result to keep you coming back!
 
70
jamos125
10.17.14
Coming from a two-year-old iPhone 4, I was amazed at how short the battery life was. Personally, that's a big factor for me, whereas things like camera quality aren't as material. I also noticed within a day that I really didn't need a phone that big. I have pretty big hands, and my thumbs can't even comfortably hit all corners of the display (which accounts for a vast majority of the battery drainage). Call reception and everything is fine, and Android + Google Play provides an amazing app ecosystem. I love the increased flexibility and customizability compared to iOS, though because of that I could see some people considering it a little harder to get used to. Overall, good phone, I'm happy with it. But after this I'll probably be looking for something with a smaller screen and top-notch battery life.
 
100
rdsOLDschool
10.16.14
Everything to me is a 10 but I've have to pay attation to the battery drain. The camera takes great pic's but sometimes it will take a bad one so it's a little bothersome at times. But I love the Samsung product's and every one I get just keep getting better. Next for me is the Note 4.
 
80
hailstormknight
10.06.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
rob87
10.01.14
I like this phone although I dont like the build quality and design, I prefer something more solid and superior like the HTC one M7/M8 or LG G3..
 
80
sky1320
08.31.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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