Samsung Galaxy S4 

Released March, 2013
  • Android 5.0
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 1.9 GHz
Call quality is superb, data speeds over LTE 4G are excellent and the display has those better than life colors that many love.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
Alternatively, the standard email app is available as well to handle other email services, but its functionality and interface is similar to Gmail.
by PhoneArena (Jul, 2013)
7.6 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Samsung Galaxy S4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Galaxy S4
8.5
HTC One
7.9
Xperia Z
7.8
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Galaxy S4
8.7
HTC One
8.9
Xperia Z
8.3
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Galaxy S4
5.2
HTC One
5.1
Xperia Z
5.2
Talk time (3G), Standby time (3G) and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Galaxy S4
8.7
HTC One
9.0
Xperia Z
8.4
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

7.6

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Galaxy S4
7.6
HTC One
7.6
Xperia Z
7.3

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy S4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Galaxy S4
1,856
iPhone 5
707

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Galaxy S4
3,414
iPhone 5s
4,910
Xiaomi Mi-3
4,035

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Galaxy S4
804 ms
Xperia Z
1,336 ms
HTC One
1,124 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Galaxy S4
2,670
iPhone 5
901
iPhone 5s
3,621

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
17.2 fps
iPhone 5
6.7 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy S4
41.3 fps
iPhone 5s
53 fps
iPhone 5
29.8 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy S4


9.0
The front 2 megapixel camera worked well for fairly clear and bright video chats.

9.3
Indeed, it’s not as premium feeling as other flagship devices, but the benefits from a plastic construction is that it’s uniformly thin (0.31”) and lightweight (130 gr).

9.0
Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S4 is handled by the Adreno 320 GPU, which can still work its magic when it comes to giving smooth, real to life gaming on the go.

Overall

8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

For example, if we’re reading a book in the dark, it’ll adjust the contrast and brightness to make it easier on our eyes.
by PhoneArena (Mar, 2013)
Apparently, the real subpixel density of the S4 is actually slightly below "retina" value, but I can't tell, it still looks very sharp.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)
When manual brightness is enabled, you can't actually set the display as bright as auto mode achieves in full sunlight.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)

Apps

The S4 is great for music listening, and while I don't have the Exynos version with a Wolfson DAC here to compare, I'm guessing both sound fantastic.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)
It's not really a great place to get all your content thanks to the really high price, and it would be excellent to see a wider remit by including third party apps to supplement the lack of functionality in places.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
You can also get access to the full grid of options instantly by dragging down from the notifications bar using two fingers instead of one.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)

Camera

Samsung's new camera UI is excellent, and it's based on the new Galaxy Camera's UI.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
The rear camera's picture is taken at full dimension, but a small postage stamp-sized photo from the front camera is superimposed on the image.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)
But by and large, people are going to love this camera.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)

Video

The speed dial preview is neat, definitely, and the progress preview in the video player is pretty cool (even if I can't see myself using it).
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)
You can even download movies on the go in an extraordinarily fast time, but therein lies the rub: EE has some pretty tight data limits unless you're willing to fork out a fair whack each month.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2014)
Samsung has totally reworked the aesthetics of its video player app in NUX2, and it looks much better.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)

Carrier

It will be available on all major US carriers, several smaller US carriers and on many carriers overseas.
by MobileTechReview (May, 2013)
Hover a little longer, and that preview becomes a little thumbnail video about three seconds long.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)
Checking out the games section was even more depressing - there are three staff picks.
by Android Police (Apr, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type AMOLED
Size 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 440 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 5.0
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 130 g
Thickness 7.9 mm
Size 69.8 x 136.6 x 7.9 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.9 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 64 GB
Supported card formats microSD

photo & video

Camera 13 MP
Resolution 13 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. LTE (20 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 1,020 min
Standby time (3G) 22,176 min
Capacity 2,600 mA·h
Removable Yes
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