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5.0 out of 5 stars
Goodbye Iphone- Hello S4 :), 10 May 2013
I have had my Samsung Galaxy S4 for over a week now and it is everything I have ever dreamed of in a phone. I have had iphones for the past 4 years, so going to an android device was a massive leap of faith for me!
So much has been said about the 'plastic' casing on the S4, but honestly when you hold it, it feels reassuringly solid- not overly heavy or light, just right really- and in reality most people will have the phone in a case so for me its not an issue.
I was worried I would find the size of the S4 hard to handle (having previously used an iphone 4s), but again after a few hours it felt fine and the larger display is so much easier to read on. Also, the resolution of the screen is just amazing- I own an ipad and frankly after using the S4 the ipad's display looks washed out and almost retro!
One of my favourite things about android is just how much you can personalise the phone. I love being able to choose the widgets I want and where and how I use them. I was surprised at just how advanced this is compared to the iphone- its a measure in my opinion of how complacement Apple have become with the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' attitude- which has led them to stop innovating.
For those of you who are keen photographers- WOW! You are going to love the camera on this baby, the level of detail you get when zooming in is absolutely incredible- its like Super HD for your camera, every minor detail is there for you to see. Compared to the iphone, the difference is staggering.
One of my main gripes with the iphone was how hard it was to turn on/off Wi-fi and bluetooth- I hated having to navigate through the settings app etc. I am absolutely loving the ease with which you can turn on/off a range of settings by simply using the pull down menu on the S4, it is making the battery last for upto 2 days which I never thought would be possible e.g. You can turn off Mobile Data, GPS, WI-FI and Bluetooth in seconds! Also charging seems to be much faster, no more leaving the phone plugged in all night for me!
The only thing I am still struggling with is the on/off button on the side of the phone- I much preferred having this on the top (like the iphone) as I find I am constantly pressing the volume buttons. A small gripe I know!
I would recommend anyone who buys this phone invests in the Swiftkey keyboard- it is awesome and makes texting, composing emails so much easier and quicker.
I love my music and for this reason, I was tempted by the HTC One... Most reviews of the S4 say the sound quality is inferior and tinny sounding in comparison- I beg to differ! I listened to my music with headphones for the first time last night and
I could hear every single detail- detail I had never heard before!!! The main difference between the S4 and other phones is that you can't customise the sound e.g. there is no setting to change the level of the bass or treble. so if you are an audiophile, you might want to check this out before you buy. But in my opinion the sound is great and the volume goes VERY loud. Another great thing about the S4 is that you can use ANY music you upload as a ringtone- you don't need to download an app to do this. Coming from an iphone, this is amazing to me as it used to be quite a fiddly process to create and use customised ringtomes. The sound is far superior to that of the iphone.
The Kies software Samsung suggests you use to sync/back up/restore the phone is a bit disappointing. I loved the simplicity of itunes and am a mac owner. On two of the three ocassions I have synced my phone, I have had connection problems and had to re-install the software. I also liked how easy it was to buy apps via itunes etc
The Driver mode on the S4 is for me, amazing and sets a new industry standard. How many times have you missed a call or received an important text whilst driving? Well I now don't have this problem. I simply connect to my phone via a bluetooth headset and if I want to call or text someone I simply talk to the phone and it happens!!! Incredible :)
The other new features on the S4: Air gesture, Air View, Smart Scroll and Smart Stay are all useable and good but for me battery life is important so I have them turned off. Also I don't really surf the net on my phone that much so they aren't as important for me as for someone that does- but they are solid features and do enhance the phones performance, depending on what you are doing.
I absolutely love my S4 and don't miss the iphone at all. I would recommend this phone to anyone, no matter what they are used to using- I thought going from IOS to android would be a nightmare- How wrong was I? Make the switch today