Samsung Galaxy S4

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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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