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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is Samsung’s current flagship phone for 2013.   It is the fourth iteration of the Samsung Galaxy S Series, and the most sold phone worldwide.  The S4 is one of the slimmest, fastest, nicest phone out there, but there are also some downsides.

Camera – 9.5/10

The camera on the S4 is amazing. It’s beautiful, vibrant, and one of the best cameras built into any phone. When pictures are taken with flash, they tend to look even better. Samsung could have focused a little bit more on adding more features to their camera, but the built in ones such as Night Mode and Animated Photo work flawlessly.  Fuzziness is sometimes visible in dark areas, but usually go away after the photo is taken.

Battery – 7.5/10

The battery is okay at most running on TouchWiz, and usually last all day with medium usage.  If a ROM such as Cyanogenmod is flashed, the battery life increases substantially, or if you disable Location Services and GPS.  Usually, by the end of the day the battery is near 20%, depending on how much it is used and when it is turned on and off.

Speakers – 5.5/10

The speakers are better than a lot of phones, but still mediocre at best.  If you take the back off of the S4 the speakers actually sound worse, so I think that the curve actually has something to do with the sound.  It gets pretty loud, but nothing compared to the HTC One’s speakers.

Screen – 8.5/10

The screen has a whopping 441 PPI on a 5″ screen, and the amoled looks amazing.  The major issue that most people have is it’s not very antireflective, so reflections go on the screen and make it hard to read in the summer, even with max brightness.

Overall – 78% (or 8/10)

Although the S4 is an amazing all around phone, the speakers really ruin the experience. I’d like to see a lot more effort being put into speakers by Samsung, as HTC does with their phones.  The reflections on the screen can become very annoying, but are only a problem during the hot summer days, or if where you live is always sunny. Also, the screen is incredibly hard to scratch thanks to Gorilla Glass 3, and it’s a very big, vibrant screen.

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The Windows Phone 8XT by HTC is Sprint’s only current Windows phone. With HTC Beats Audio Boomsound, the dual speakers add an amazing amount of sound into your room, and you may not even want speakers because of how loud it can go.

Look & Feel – 7/10

The 8XT has a premium feel, and fits with a sleek display.  It is also a very thin phone, and it could slide into and out of your pocket with ease.  It also allows an easy sideways hold for movies and games. I also found that when playing games on the 8XT, it didn’t get as hot on the back as most phones do.

Camera – 6/10

The camera on the HTC 8XT is decent, but far from amazing. Comparing the 8XT’s camera to the Galaxy S4 or LG Optimus G’s… it’s decent at most.  It gets the job done, but doesn’t do it very well. The pictures with flash did tend to look a lot better than the pictures with out it, and the pictures in the dark were nice thanks to the ultrapixels.

Speakers – 7.5/10

The speakers were actually very good, but not as good as the HTC One’s.  The songs sounded very good, but I found the bottom speaker to be slightly quieter than the top one.  Overall, the speakers were an amazing integration into the 8XT, and probably one of the best parts about this phone.

Screen Display – 7/10

Although the screen ppi may only be 217, HTC has managed to create a screen that looks very nice, and a pretty nice sized screen as well.

Overall – 69% ( or 7/10)

Overall, HTC makes an all-around great phone with even greater speakers than most phones out today.  If you are looking for a good Windows Phone and have Sprint, this phone would make an awesome choice. It was also make a good choice if you want an easy to use phone that also happens to be fast.