Posts tagged with: Galaxy S 4

Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4 in March 2013, as its new flagship Android. The smartphone features a five-inch 1080p display, and (at least in some markets) will run Samsung's brand new Exynos 5 Octa SoC with two sets of four CPU cores. Sales begin in late April globally, though the US won't see the GS4 land until early May. The phone is able to detect fingers hovering over its display, and new software allows the front-facing camera to control document scrolling based on user eye position.

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    The big 20.7-megapixel camera on Sony's new Xperia Z1 will no doubt get the smartphone a fair amount of attention; in Android-land, especially, for users comparing raw specs, it's going to be hard to find anything that really measures-up. But even with that ace in the hole, Sony's handset is going to face some stiff competition from higher-profile phones already on the market, and few get any higher-profile than the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Sure, the GS4 has evolved a lot since it first launched, with new models like the waterproof GS4 Active and the LTE-Advanced GS4 with its Snapdragon 800 ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800, which is now slated for Europe in the next coming weeks. Then we go through the Microsoft Surface 2 and the new features that it'll include. We later shift focus to BlackBerry and their status as a company in the next coming months. We then talk about a new prototype of the iPhone being tested with a larger display. Verizon is next as pre-orders of the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy Gear have begun. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy Gear and its compatibility with other smartphones. ...

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    The Galaxy Note 3 may be the Snapdragon-800-powered Samsung that's on our minds at the moment, but it won't be the first time the manufacturer went down that route; earlier this summer, we learned about the LTE-Advanced version of the Galaxy S 4, which stepped up from the Snapdragon 600 in the base LTE GS4 to an 800 of its own. Since then, we've wondered if similar hardware would emerge outside of Asia, and heard rumors about possible testing for European carriers. This week, comments from just such a carrier finally make the Snapdragon 800 GS4's arrival in the West seem confirmed. ...

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    Samsung has just unwrapped its new phablet flagship, the Galaxy Note 3, and there's no denying that if you didn't look closely at it, it would be hard to tell it apart from its smaller sibling, the Galaxy S 4. For many, that's actually a good thing, since those who actually like the looks of the Galaxy S 4 will be well served by the added note-taking functionality of Samsung's approach to a phablet. So is your next purchase the Galaxy Note 3, or would you rather stick to something that you can go pick-up at a store tomorrow with the Galaxy S 4? Don't worry, we've got your back. In this ...

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    Not long ago our own Anton D. Nagy told us "there's no such thing as a perfect smartphone". He's absolutely right -- and completely wrong. I, like Tony, have a stack of smartphones that I can call upon at any given time. Some have HD screens. Some have LTE. Some have removable batteries. Some can accept SD cards. Some have a slide-out keyboard. Some include a high-end camera. What none of them have is a perfect combination of everything. None of the smartphones I own has everything. Each is always lacking one thing or another. And just when I feel like the next device is going to have ...

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    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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    Let's face it, when Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA 2011, we all thought they were nuts. At a time when the most popular smartphone in the world had a 3.5-inch display, who was going to want to use that humongous thing that was almost twice its size? Well, as it turned out, a lot of people did. Regardless of the fact that screens were getting bigger in those days, the device was a full inch bigger than the already-big Galaxy S II, and people liked it. I know that not many people are fond of Samsung, but we've got to hand it to them for their expertise in experimenting ...

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    If you're not one to tote your smartphone around in a slick-looking holster, do me a favor: go ahead and pull your phone out of your pocket. Or if it's on your desk, flip it over. What's it do? Unless you own one of a small percentage of modern smartphones (or you're a big fat phony) your answer is probably "nothing." As powerful as today's mobile devices are under the hood, most are still lacking in a crucial area: intelligence. Or, if you want to get all Motorola about it, "contextual awareness." Yes, it's Google's new Moto X that's motivated this post - a device that's either the ...

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    For the last four years, save for a few different models, practically every smartphone started to look the same and came in a very limited choice in color (or lack thereof, technically): black or white. And in the last year or so, several OEMs have started to "revolutionize" the industry by offering a marginally broader selection of colors. Nokia has introduced a handful of different models with some standardized color options: candy red, yellow, cyan, white, and black. HTC also jumped on the colored bandwagon with its Windows Phone models, offering red, yellow, blue, purple, black, and ...

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    ...they’re all good, and they all suck, at the same time. Wait, what? Let me explain! I am lucky to have a rather impressive collection of devices, mostly because of my addiction, and also because it just so happens that I do this for work. Lucky me, I can always opt for the perfect smartphone for every situation, knowing the pros and the cons of each. You might not be so lucky. If you are, chances are you’re doing the same thing I am. Shuffling phones depending on what you do, where, and for how long. I always choose the iPhone 5 when I go outside to shoot some pictures in bright, ...

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    Remember the Purple Mirage Samsung Galaxy S4? The color option will be a Sprint exclusive (while red is AT&T's and brown is Verizon's) and will be available alongside the classic white and black-pigmented variants. The phone, color aside, is identical to the other Snapdragon 600-powered versions (as a reminder, an Exynos 5 octa-core, and a Snapdragon 800 version of the phone exists too), meaning the same five-inch S-AMOLED Full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, and all (despite the leaked initial image being a GT-I9500 (octa-core) version). The price tag is the same too, at $199.99, and the ...

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    Last week, we brought you a comparison video featuring two of the most talked-about devices in mobile: the HTC One and Google's new Moto X. We made use of the Google Play edition of the former to highlight the differences between stock Android and ... Motorola-style stock Android, but some of ya'll didn't like that. "You should be comparing OEM build to OEM build," some of you said. Well, we'd already thought of that. Because we knew you'd be clamoring for a video pitting the Moto X against that other Android flagship. You know, the one that's busily selling millions around the globe? And ...

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    Google has sold devices under the Nexus brand for the last few years. The Nexus program serves as a proving ground for competitively priced smartphones and tablets, but also as a means to show off the latest and greatest in Android technologies. This has driven the industry to include the new features (NFC, barometer, etc.) in their own handsets, and helps keep prices down. Like it or not, manufacturers inevitably replace much of the Google-ish UI with their own user interface. This may add features and functionality, but it can also add overhead and lag -- and ultimately, the user ...

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    Sometimes, you push obligations back for too long and they just pile up, week after week after week, until they never get done. Well, when we started the Pocketnow Weekly technology podcast just over one year ago, we decided that listener mail -your mail- was going to be a big part of it, and it's consistently added flavor to the show. But the last few weeks have been so packed with news that we've been forced to neglect our listener mailbag - much to the justified consternation of some of our loyal writers-in. So today, we're finally making good on a long-held debt: we're devoting an ...

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    In Android-land right now, the phone to beat by most accounts is Samsung's Galaxy S 4. The GS4's been around for several months now, but Samsung's managed to keep it fresh in our minds, and so far another another Android has yet to emerge with the wherewithal to knock the GS4 down from its perch. Today LG let loose its G2, and while it certainly sounds good on paper, how will it really compare against the GS4 when we put them head-to-head? We took a look at LG's even today in order to find out for ourselves. Will the G2's odd no-button-along-the-edge design make it a better fit in the hand ...

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    We just sat through what was certainly one of the strangest press events to date, where LG unveiled its latest smartphone, the wildly-rumored G2. Dropping the Optimus moniker, the G2 is the successor to last year's Optimus G, one of LG's more popular smartphones. But how does LG's 2013 flagship compare with its toughest competitors? We'd be lying if we said it was anything but a dream come true … at least on paper. Its True HD IPS+ display measures in at 5.2-inches, diagonally, with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. That's an overall density of 424 pixels per inch. That sort of ...

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    Those who opted for Google Play Editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 did that with a specific reason in mind: timely updates, aside from the pure Android experience. As Google released the new Nexus 7 alongside Android 4.3, these Google Play Edition phones are now being updated to the latest iteration of the platform. If the Android 4.3 OTA update notification hasn't yet landed on your device, you can start abusing your "check for updates" button. 185MB (HTC One, and enables the IR blaster) and 150MB (Samsung Galaxy S 4) is the weight of the updates, according to reports from ...

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    For the past several weeks, we've been looking at signs here and there of Samsung developing new Galaxy S 4 hardware for release. After all, that LTE-A model for South Korea with the Snapdragon 800 made it clear that the GS4 lineup could still have a few tricks left in it, and we spotted a couple Samsung model numbers that sure felt like they could be similar models for other markets. What we lacked was much in the way of proof. There's still a lot we don't know, but today word arrives that Samsung is indeed releasing new GS4s, though with a focus we weren't quite expecting. Samsung plans ...

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    We're on the eve of the launch of a most significant (if not spec-packed) smartphone, the Moto X. We're hot on the heels of the industry's latest benchmark-juicing scandal with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 tweaking. We're only a week away from seeing what LG has to offer with its G2 (though we already know what accessories it's launching with). And we're not even a week out from the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, but we're already in full-on fretting mode about our favorite Finns. That roster would be enough to fuel two podcast episodes this size, to say nothing of listener mail! But thanks to ...

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    Yesterday, we head some scandalous claims made about Samsung, the Galaxy S 4, and the phone's benchmark performance. Based on tests conducted by Anandtech, the Exynos-based GS4 appeared to be keeping its GPU running at a lower clock speed for the vast majority of apps, and would only crank things up to full-speed performance when running a benchmark app named on a hard-coded list stored on the phone. If true, that would suggest that Samsung was manipulating benchmarks in order to deliver figures not reflecting the phone's real-world performance. Now Samsung has responded to these ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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    Last week, we talked to you at some length about the problem with benchmark tests, and why they aren't very useful as real-world indicators of phone performance. We touched upon the warning that some manufacturers have been spotted gaming the benchmark system, tweaking the performance of their devices in order to deliver inflated results. A new report accuses Samsung of just such deception, artificially boosting system performance when benchmarks are being run. Analysis of Galaxy S 4 behavior revealed that when certain benchmark apps are run, the Exynos-based version of the phone boosts ...

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    Additional colors are expected (and some already available) for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, including Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, Red Aurora, Brown Autumn, and Pink Twilight. The images above and below are featuring the Purple Mirage Samsung Galaxy S 4. Aside from that somewhat chameleonic color everything else should be the same. Note that the model number on the manual is GT-I9500, meaning it's the octal-core (dual-quad core) Exynos 5 variant. For more details you can always check our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, but before anything, let us know what you think of this color ...

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    Lately, we've been tracking evidence that seemed to point to the existence of some new Galaxy S 4 variants. Specifically, following the launch of the LTE-A, Snapdragon 800 version in South Korea, we've been looking for signs that similar models might be on their way to other markets. For models like the GT-I9506, there's been quite a bit of support for that idea, and benchmarks combined with rumors sure painted the picture of a Snapdragon 800 GS4 in testing for Europe. That's not the only new model number that's surfaced, and earlier this week we looked at traces of a GT-I9507, as well. We ...

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    Comparisons have been a little rough lately. Nearly every time a cross-platform comparison has come up, we've been forced to pit the newest and hottest Android device up against the impressive but rapidly-aging Lumia 920. And while the 920 is a beast and a tank, and by now accustomed to such treatment ... it's also an object of affection around these parts. So we're very happy to give it a rest. Lay down your camera bezel, Old Reliable. Your relief has finally arrived, and its name be Lumia 1020. But a new flagship means a new comparison with the competing platform's contenders - ...

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