The new Samsung Galaxy S4 will definitely be one of the popular Smartphones of 2013 as it is expected to out-perform its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy S3 released just less than a year ago. The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has seen improved changes from the Samsung Galaxy S3 but Samsung has moved to sell the Samsung Galaxy S4 with software added value than hardware.
A physical comparison between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S3 won’t reveal much difference; in fact both have a lot of things in common as the image below will show you.
Processor & RAM:
An average mobile phone user may not even notice the difference in the processor while using the two phones, probably the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be a faster phone than the Samsung Galaxy S3 because the RAM is higher 2GB against 1GB for Samsung Galaxy S3. But then the truth is that most mobile phone users cannot not even consume the 1GB RAM except you are playing a HD game on your device.
Operating System & Display:
Samsung Galaxy S4 is running on the latest Android OS Jelly Bean 4.2.2 against the Android 4.1.2 version for the Samsung Galaxy S3 which can as well be updated to 4.2.2. Samsung has also improved from the 4.8” HD super AMOLED 1280×720 display resolution and 306ppi pixel density to 5” Full Super AMLED 1920×1080 and 440ppi pixel density for the Samsung Galaxy S4, but what difference does that make for an average user?
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 also came with two cameras just like the Samsung Galaxy S3 but the difference is that the Samsung Galaxy S4 now has 13MP back camera and 2MP front camera as against the 8MP back camera and 1.9MP front camera for the Samsung Galaxy S3. You won’t be able to notice difference in picture quality between these two phones if you are not told.
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 is just 136.6mm (height) x 69.8mm (Width) x 7.9mm (Thickness) and just weighs 130g while its predecessor is just 136.6mm (height) x 70.6mm (Width) x 8.6mm (Thickness) and weighs 133g. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is slimmer yet the change is almost negligible.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just 2600mAh as against 2100mAh of the Samsung Galaxy S3 which means a longer lasting time, yet every battery will still run out if it is not recharged.
Now that is mainly the hardware specification difference of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung galaxy S3, so let us look at what is new with the Samsung Galaxy S4 software.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Specifications:
Smart Pause: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Pause is a feature that automatically pauses a video when the user moves his eyes away from the screen and automatically resumes play when he returns his gaze.
Smart Scroll: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Smart Pause is a feature that automatically scrolls a webpage or document when your eye reaches the bottom of the display.
Air view: This feature allows you control your Samsung Galaxy S4 without actually touching the device.
WatchON: This Samsung Galaxy S4 feature allows you to control a TV with your Samsung Galaxy S4 device.
Optical Reader: The Samsung Galaxy S4 Optical reader allows you to easily scan a business card for information like phone numbers emails and contacts.
Group Play: The Samsung Group play allows users to play the same music or game on multiple devices at a time. So you can play the same game with your friends or even play same music with your pals using this feature.
Dual Shot: This feature allows you to use both the front and back camera at the same time. Now you don’t have to miss out of the family picture again because you are the one taking the photos.
ChatON/Screen Sharing: This feature allows you to chat using both the front and back cameras at the same time. Now screen sharing is possible on mobile thanks to the Samsung developer’s team.
S Translator: Samsung Galaxy S4 S Translator does exactly what Google translator does live on your Samsung Galaxy S4 device. You can chat with friends in foreign language and be sure your S4 will translate it to your preferred language. 10 languages are currently supported for this feature. It also translates emails and texts.
S Voice: The S Voice is just like the Google Voice search on the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can simply search for anything on your device with just a voice command.
S Health: this feature monitors your health goals, calculates the amount of burned calories, measures temperature and humidity from its surrounding area.
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Why you shouldn’t buy the Samsung Galaxy S4:
Looking at the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S3, you will notice that that there are no much differences in hardware between the devices. Samsung has decided to add value to their latest product via software than hardware. The good thing is that you do not have to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 to use these new features; it will be made available as updates for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Note 2.
In another one year or less another series of this phone may be released with new features as well, and you will also drop your awesome S4 for that one when you can only update your device and enjoy the new features. So I don’t see it as necessary to purchase the Samsung Galaxy S4 if you already have the Samsung Galaxy S3.
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