Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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Review posted 04/23/2014

Quick Take
Pros
  • Above average image quality in bright conditions
  • Fast full-resolution burst mode
  • Shutter lag from auto focus is minimal
  • Fun photo modes 
  • 20 in-camera effects
  • 8 color adjustment edit modes
  • AMOLED screen is big, sharp and vivid
  • Touchscreen navigation is elegant
  • Shutter can be released with volume button
  • Good video quality in bright light
Cons
  • 31mm lens lacks a wide angle view
  • Flash is weak
  • Max. light sensitivity of ISO 800 is limited
  • Still image quality in low light is sub par
  • Some in-camera effects are inaccurate
  • No optical zoom
  • Portrait edits look unnatural
Bottom Line
The S4 offers a slick touch screen, lots of effects, fun shooting modes, and fast burst shooting. Its image quality is good for a smartphone camera, as is video quality. If a fixed lens and subpar image quality in low light won't deter you, the S4 is a good fit for basic snapshots and wireless sharing. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Samsung-S4.jpgSamsung has released an update to its S3 smartphone, the Galaxy S4. This Android device features a 13-megapixel rear facing camera with Full HD 1080p video recording and a number of different recording modes. 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and NFC technologies allows instant file transfers as well as sharing on your favorite social networking sites. The large Full HD Super AMOLED has the ability to sense fingers hovering over itself. A suite of Google Mobile Services are also built right in.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Features
  • Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
  • 5.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED Display
    • 1920x1080
    • 441 ppi
  • 1.9Ghz Quad-Core or 1.6Ghz Octa-Core Processor (found outside the US mostly)
  • 16 or 32 memory options + microSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Rear Camera
    • 13-megapixel image sensor
    • Flash
    • 1080p Full HD Video Recording (@ 30fps)
    • Dual Shot
    • Drama Shot
    • Sound & Shot
    • 360 Photo
    • Animated Photo
    • Eraser
    • Night
    • Best Photo
    • Best Face
    • Beauty Face
    • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    • Panorama
    • Sports
  • 2MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE, 3G, 2.5G
  • Group Play
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • NFC

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is available in white, black, blue arctic, and red. If you purchase one with a two-year contract with carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, or sprint, you could pay as little as $49.99 and as much as $199.99 (depending on various sales). Unlocked versions cost between $499.99 and $599.99.

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