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  • Battery life when using a lot of the features could be better
  • Slow when multitasking
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      13.12.2015 04:15
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      Advantages

      • Light
      • "Sturdy desgin"
      • "Can play different games without problems"
      • "Nice camera"

      Disadvantages

      • "slow when too much space has been consume"
      • "Can become sluggish when low in space"
      • "Overheats easily"

      It's wonderful. Just get one with bigger space

      A phone that has a larger scree a wonderful display with it. Equip with camera at the front for selfies and other shots and another at the front as well with flash for night time. Audio is also good though it has some small problems with bluetooth. Once it overheat though it would have problems such as lagging, sluggish performance and occasionally restarts by itself. I would avoid using phone casing since it would contribute to it overheating.

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      28.09.2015 13:31
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      Advantages

      • Performance
      • Size

      Disadvantages

      • Price
      • "Battery Life"

      Fantastic Phone

      I purchased this as my first Samsung Galaxy about 2 years ago and it didn't come cheap. I wanted a 'top of the range' mobile and I very much preferred this over the iPhone. I was immediately impressed by it. I bought this in white and the color and design in general are very good. It looks very stylish and the performance is great too. It was so responsive and the last screen is great for doing so many things that I never previously used to use a mobile phone for. Even after two years I have not had any problems with it, and is still remains fast and very responsive. It is also simple to use, although my previous few phones had also been Android smartphones. Other family members that are less knowledgeable about tech have used it and have commented on the ease of use, and this led to the purchase of two further Samsung Galaxy mobiles within the family since then. I also bought the cover from Samsung for this phone, the one that has a small plastic window at the top. Amazingly, closing the cover displays the time where the window is. This is one of the features I particularly like and If anyone calls I can also swipe on the plastic window to accept or reject the call without opening the case. The phone, even with the case, is still slim and not very heavy. The only real downside is that the battery life is not great, but I do use it a lot and have many apps open and wi-fi connected etc. I liked the phone so much I proceeded to purchase a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and will most likely purchase from Samsung again the next time my phone needs replacing.

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      13.05.2015 16:20
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      Advantages

      • features
      • battery
      • size

      Disadvantages

      • "can be sluggish"
      • overheats

      So glad I switched from the iPhone!

      When I upgraded my phone contract last year, I made the decision to move from an Apple iPhone, after many years of use, to a Samsung Galaxy. It was a such a change! I had been so used to IOS, having never used Android in my life. I was used to a small phone, that could easily fit into the smallest of handbags and jean pockets! It took a while to get used to the size, however it did not take me long to fall in love with the crispness of the screen, and the variety of things I could do.
      I loved the multi-tasking feature. Having 2 apps share 1 screen is fab. Especially when you're texting and planning something at the same time, you don't have to keep switching between the messages and the internet!

      The next best thing was the screen. I loved the size of the screen and how sharper it was compared to the iPhone. I would rarely watch videos or TV on my iPhone, just because of the size. On my Samsung Galaxy, I'm constantly on YouTube all day enjoying the large picture.
      A year into my purchase I am still extremely happy with the battery life. I can use my phone for a few solid hours before it reaches the 50% mark, a lot better than my iPhone this far in. If I barely use my phone for the day, simple text messages and a quick check of facebook every now and then, I can finish the day around 65%!
      This is with my bluetooth constantly switched on, as it connects to my car, and also WiFi and 4G switched on too. I do have the phone set to power saving mode too.

      The phone feels great in my hand, and I can easily access all areas of the screen with my fingers.
      I have found it can switch off at random times, however I think this is mainly due to me overheating the phone by not giving it a break!
      I love the operating system, it allows me to completely customize my phone. I can have several home pages with different widgets and shortcuts on each, meaning I can get anywhere I want from just the home pages.

      I have become a Samsung fangirl and will never switch back!

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      12.05.2015 15:44
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      Advantages

      • "4G LTE"

      Disadvantages

      • "Slow when multitasking "
      • "Occasionally crashes"

      The Samsung Galaxy S4 is amazing

      The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a successor to the Galaxy S3. And it has three (how would you say it) siblings, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 Active and Galaxy S4 Zoom. The S4 is made with 4G LTE service. In my opinion, it is a pretty good smartphone. Competing with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, Sony Xperia Z2 its back camera is 13MP and front camera is 5MP. With the samsung tv app it can also be a remote control for your tv. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is made with 8GB or 16GB internal storage (RAM). I have been using the S4 for quite sometime now and for me there is more advantage than disadvantage. For example, if you compare it to an iPhone it does not need to use one sort of app (iTunes) to store or sync its music, photos and documents etc. Plus, it has and internal storage and external storage. It has a power saving mode and multitasking built in app. It allows you to use more than one (two) apps at the same time. I am no tech genius or one of those people who is always obsess with new smartphone and always up to date with all the gadgets, So for me, the S4 is amazing and the newer versions of the Galaxy 'S' models will be more amazing than the S4.

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      12.03.2015 16:24

      Advantages

      • Android
      • "good storage"
      • "looks nice"
      • Fast

      Disadvantages

      • Virus's
      • "Not cheap (when 1st came out)"
      • "Screen breaks to easy."

      Good phone, cant wait for more!

      Advantages: Great price, screen size
      Cons: I know there must be some but none has happend to me so I cant say
      Samsung is riding high at the top of the smartphone market, and the latest Galaxy is expected to Provide another boost. If you're one of the millions of people the world over who've bought the S4 already, or you're just planning to get your hands on one in the near future, then you'll be interested to learn Exactly what it can Thurs. This phone unlike the s3 has a better cpu and more memory. Interesting enough the s4 is a lot cheaper then people expected. Retailed for now $ 0 on a new contract this phone is a must have. Now let me tell you about the durability about this phone, amazing ill tell yeah, Iv had mine for a long time and i drop it once or twice a week and has never had problems. I now see did the s5 is out. Its therefore a great phone but for people who are looking for a cheap nice awesome phone, this is the phone for you. Please let me know if you have any questions has im here to help :)
      Conclusion: Great phone recommend buying it!

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      07.03.2015 02:34
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      Advantages

      • "Cheap replaceable battery"
      • "Awesome camera"
      • "Big 1080P screen"
      • "Great quality"

      Disadvantages

      • "Looks a lot like the S3"
      • "Battery dies often if using a lot of apps"
      • "Slight lag opening applications"

      Two years on but still going strong! Love it!

      I've personally had this phone for about a year and a half. Take my word for it, this is an honest review.

      Let me get some of the more accurate information to you, I'm trying to make this as direct as possible:

      There is no making tracks in an opposite direction from the way that this telephone has more buildup encompassing it than any Android gadget that has gone before it. Luckily, Samsung has moved down a lot of this foresight with activity, offering a balanced, amazingly influential gadget that, albeit lacking something on the aesthetical front, is certain to awe the masses.

      Given the Samsung Galaxy S4's close indistinguishable looks to the S3 and the to some degree average equipment redesigns, some will contend that the handset is to a greater extent a Samsung Galaxy S3S in the vein of Apple's incremental overhauls than a genuine S3 successor. In truth and practice, on the other hand, the handset is an entire new monster and one which far overwhelms what has been, as of not long ago in any event, the world's best Android smart phone.

      Samsung hasn't just made the screen larger - the staggering 1,920 x 1,080p Super AMOLED Samsung Galaxy S4 screen is a genuine help from the S3's 720p screen that makes a serious wow variable. It's ostensibly the best screen ever seen on a smart phone apart from the more recent S5, and demonstrates the Samsung Galaxy S4 is more than a spec teasing peculiarity fest – it's a quality item.

      Shockingly there's one issue with the Samsung interface and its that there is a part second stop between pressing an application, to make a call for instance, and it really launching the methodology. It's not a major issue however numerous will think that it a bit clunkier than stock Android telephones or iPhones, which appear to enlist activities speedier. What's more once you've utilized it for some time and included a large group of applications the S4 does have a tendency to experience the ill effects of a few irregularities, for example, incidental unsteady execution.

      Since we've gotten the more scientific things off the beaten path, let me simply summarize everything:

      The Good

      The Samsung Galaxy S4 has Android 4.2.2, an awesome cam, a compelling quad-center processor, and programming answers for pretty much every situation - including functioning as a TV/DVR remote. It's likewise agreeable under control and has NFC, a client replaceable battery, and a microSD stockpiling opening.

      The Bad

      Its screen is dimmer than contenders', its plastic outline provides for it a less expensive look than its opponents, and we discovered the Galaxy S4's energy catch turned on at undesirable times. Not all cam modes fill in as guaranteed, and an extensive rundown of programming gimmicks can rapidly overpower and befuddle.

      The Bottom Line

      Its clothing rundown of peculiarities oblige time and push to genuinely ace, yet the Galaxy S4 is the top decision for anybody searching for an extra large screen, do-everything cell phone.

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      06.01.2015 22:21
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      Advantages

      • "Good Bang for Buck"
      • "Sturdy Design"
      • "More Tech than the average user can use"

      Disadvantages

      • "Battery life when using a lot of the features could be better"

      Best phone of 2013-2014 with much still to offer in 2015

      Ive had two samsung galaxies in the last two years, as with any touch screen phone if your not careful with keys in pockets and you can smash a screen like I did. That and the battery could hold a little more charge and that's all the negative things I have to say on this phone.

      I'm still discovering new features two years in, my favorite is the side sync where I can charge my phone and have a virtual presence on the computer which is so handy when your typing from a keyboard on apps such as whats app in full conversation.

      The power of the phone is exceptional, I've never felt lag and its continually on, however updating to the most current firmware is key to things like temperature control and battery usage as from the box it ran hot and out quickly.

      Being an android it has the best apps available and you can really personalize the menu's and the app positions to make this a productive handset for when your needing to read your emails, find a torch or even pay your bills.

      The best thing I like about the phone is that it is still holding its own compared to the newer models coming out, I feel no need to swap to a newer phone. I really like the find a phone feature on the Samsung account you can create between online and the phone. Should you lose your phone you can locate and lock the device or even ring it with a message to someone that may have found it.

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      09.12.2014 00:04
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      Advantages

      • "bigger handset"
      • "Not apple"
      • "Good battery life"
      • "Great value for money"

      Disadvantages

      Great phone - much better than it's apple equivalent

      It seems that you're either an Apple fan or a Samsung fan and I am most definitely team Samsung.

      I first bought the S2 and I've never looked back. When it was time to upgrade I considered nothing other than the S4 and I was not disappointed.

      It's stand out features are:

      * A 5 inch screen. This feels a lot bigger after the S3
      * 13 mp camera. Takes great pictures and video and you can also opt to use the front facing camera - great for all you selfie lovers!
      * It's slimmer than the S3
      * The battery lasts quite a bit longer than my S3 battery did. I charge it once per day and use it regularly throughout the day

      I have the 3g version and always have great signal though this could be more to do with the network provider. I also use WIFI every day which works great. It's really simple to find new connections. I like how easy it is to term off mobile data which comes in handy when travelling abroad.

      One of the major let downs of the iphone is that the screen breaks really easily - I don't think any of my friends have a phone without a cracked screen - however I have dropped my phone countless times and the screen is fine. I have dented the exterior casing but it is not noticeable and if I wanted to replace it I could buy a cheap cover.

      It's a great phone and I would definitely recommend it.

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      30.08.2014 23:23
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      Advantages

      • brilliant
      • "amazing camera quality"
      • "stunning graphics"
      • "touch screen"

      Disadvantages

      • "lots of gimmicks that quickly use your storage space."
      • "sometimes unresponsive"
      • "occasionally crashes"

      A great phone with some minor iritations

      Now dont get me wrong I love my Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. I think the samsung product range is brilliant. However I upgraded to this phone from my much loved Samsumg Galaxy S2 and considering the phone is only about 6 months old it is playing up more than my beloved s2.
      The screen will ocassionally freeze requiring me to remove the battery, sometimes the touch screen itself is unresponsive and on occasion I will be quite happily using my phone when it powers down without warning. I suspect I will soon be phoning my contract provider to sort this out but I really dont expect this from an expensive phone like this that is less than a year old!
      That being said I do love my phone and I wouldnt want to be without it. The graphics are amazing ( The s2 looks blocky in comparison) and the camera takes the most fantastic photos! It literally puts everything I need in the palm of my hand internet access, photos, email, games, music, movies and more.
      There are a lot of gimmicky extras with this phone such as dropbox and voice recognition (which can be highly amusing when it doesnt hear you correctly) but the trouble with this is that they take up a lot of precious storage space. To get round this you can put in a memory card for extra room or if you know your way around the settings disable the apps you dont need! Storage space will vanish fast particularly if you are using this phone for music and photos. Its a very clever smartphone which is let down by the fact that Samsung had seemingly tried too hard to impress us with the inclusion of too many gimicks. Maybe I'll try the iphone next!

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      28.07.2014 16:08
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      Advantages

      • "Easy To Use"
      • Light
      • "Sleek Looking"

      Disadvantages

      • "Short Battery Life"

      I love it!

      I personally love Samsung phones because it is all I really know. I previously had a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 and I think it was an amazing starter phone, but I wanted something a bit more modern and up-to-date. My Ace 2 eventually broke and went completely dead, but there was no point in getting it fixed as I only had a month left on my contract. I was debating between the S4 and the S4 Mini and I chose the S4 because of it's better camera quality.

      I am so glad I chose this phone as it was an amazing upgrade from what I had before. So much new smart technology was included in this phone! I love the smart alarm because now I don't have to wake up suddenly, instead I can just slowly wake up without having a mini heart-attack!

      The battery life is quite short, but it isn't a major problem for me because I occasionally turn my phone of when I know I won't be using it. It might be a problem for people who work long hours, but you can always bring the charger with you and use it when you need to.

      I like the way that a screen protector comes already on the phone as it is always a bit of a problem getting the screen completely dust-free before gently and slowly placing the screen protector on just to see many air bubbles all over your screen!

      The thing I hated most about my old phone is I could never find reasonable, simple cases for it! With this phone I can easily find a case in the O2 shop.

      My mum upgraded from her iPhone 4 to the S4 and she started out not liking it at ALL because she thought it was really complicated and hard to use, but now she loves it! It does take a while to get used to the complexity of Samsung phones compared to iPhones, but I would choose Samsungs any day because I think they function better and are way more reliable than iPhones are.

      Overall, I love this phone and it is certainly the best I have had so far! My mum also loves it, so now you have two peoples opinions to judge from!

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      21.07.2014 03:43
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      Advantages

      • "removable battery"
      • "sd card slot "
      • "nice screen "
      • "it does every you need "

      Disadvantages

      • "loads of gimmicks"
      • "the battery dont last long"

      good all rounder

      The first thing most people have to do is turn off all the gimmicks like air gesture to save battery. Yeah good ideas but real world use bit pointless for most but put that all to one side this phone is good it beats the htc one in my eyes for the sole fact the sd card slot. It dont give me problems

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      25.06.2014 12:28

      Advantages

      • "Good quality camera"
      • "Easy to use."
      • "Good sound quality with or without headphones"
      • "Great for mobile games"
      • "Compatible with smart TVs and normal HD TVs"
      • "Large screen for easy reading of webpages etc..."

      Disadvantages

      • "feels slightly flimsy in comparison to other smartphones"
      • "Battery life could be better"

      Great phone for a first time smartphone user, just don't forget the charger!!!!

      I was offered the Samsung Galaxy s4 as an upgrade from the previous model and at first thought there wouldn''t be much of a difference. I was soon to be proved wrong. The first thing I noticed was the sound quality had improved, not so much in volume but a lot crisper. Secondly the screen seemed sharper in quality and colours were more vibrant. Being a subscriber to a few online film apps I was over the moon when I discovered that I could watch my films on a smart TV by "beaming" them from my phone, and later discovered I could purchase a HD cable to watch on normal HD TVs.Another great feature new to this model is the app that turns the phone into a remote for television, set top boxes and other devices, really handy if you''re fed up with changing remote control batteries every five minutes. There were a few things I thought Samsung may have looked at after a few problems with the galaxy s3, such as the auto brightness of the screen, sometimes the phone is not too clever adjusting the screen and sometimes I find myself shading it with my hand in order to see. The battery life is still not great in comparison to other phones on the market, lasting roughly a day, taking into account I send a few texts, make a few calls and may play a game or two. All in all the Samsung galaxy s4 is a great phone, user friendly and at a very competitive price. It will hold a good amount of apps, photos and music and would urge a first time smartphone user to buy one instead of any of the others.

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      13.05.2014 10:42

      Advantages

      • "Full HD Video Recoding"
      • "Nice Camera"
      • "Quad Core Processor"
      • "Great Display"
      • "Smooth Phone"
      • "Many Features"
      • Light

      Disadvantages

      • "Not water Resistant"
      • "Battery needs improvements"
      • "Limited Storage Space"
      • "Plastic Design"

      For the price of the phone it is definitely a great buy.

      Great Phone.There are many features in the phone like real multiasking which i really like.Quite a fast phone due to it's quad core processor.It's a smooth phone and you won't say it has much lag in it.Comes with 2gb ram which more than sufficient for the phone.It is Thin and Light which is another plus.Also Now With the S5 coming out this phones's price has been slashed meaning this phone is a very good buy.Has Nice camera and also Full HD Video Recoding.
      Advantages:
      Light,
      Many Features,
      Smooth Phone,
      Great Display,
      Quad Core Processor,
      Nice Camera,
      Full HD Video Recoding.

      Disadvantages:

      Plastic Design,
      Limited Storage Space,
      Battery needs improvements,
      Not water Resistant.

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      02.04.2014 22:02
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      Advantages

      • "Dual shot camera."
      • " super bright screen."
      • Large

      Disadvantages

      • "Battery needs improvements."
      • "Software uses up half the memory leaving only 8GB out of the 16GB advertised."

      Great phone for even the basic user.

      I have been a user of this phone for nearly a year now and think it's amazing! The best part about the Samsung S4 is the large super bright screen which really helps to bring everything to life. This is especially great for playing games and taking photos as everything is so much bigger and brighter. With a screen this large, you have to expect to charge the phone every night if you will be using it regularly, as the processors and screen will really drains the battery. When purchasing a phone like this, I would strongly recommend getting it on contract to ensure you can make the most of all the great things you can do with the phone.

      One of my favourite features of the Samsung S4 is the dual camera shot which allows you to take a photo using both the front and back cameras. This become very helpful when taking group photos as you can add yourself in to the main image using the picture you've taken with the front camera in a postage stamp. As well as this, a simple feature to the phone called the smart alarm allows you to wake up to slow gentle sounds, such as a river flowing, which gradually becomes louder and more expressive as the alarm continues which really helps me wake up in a good mood (the majority of the time anyway).

      If you're like me, I can not help but drop my phone on a regular basis and always manage to break them. However, the Samsung S4 must be super strong as I have had the phone this long without a single crack on the screen, well at least I didn't until the other day when I managed to drop it onto a frying pan on the shelf in Asda!

      I would really recommend this phone to anyone, even if you are not familiar with smartphones as you can put the phone into basic mode which allows you to use the majority of features in way that teaches you how to use the device.

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      26.02.2014 18:50

      Advantages

      • Reliability

      Disadvantages

      Really like this phone

      I spent a long time debating between the Iphone5 and this Samsung Galaxy 4. But decided to go with the Samsung due to hearing a few negative reviews of the IPhone.

      This phone has a lot of benefits:

      Large screen size. The screen is considerably bigger than most other phones on the market. This makes it perfect for watching videos and looking at articles on the internet.

      App Download: Apps are easy to download and can be moved around from page to page within the phone

      Drop box: The phone comes with a good amount of drop box storage which is a great benefit if you are into saving big files.

      Disadvantages:

      Some applications did take me a while to understand, eg how to close applications - may have been me but I didn't realise there were buttons on the bottom of the phone as these do not light up when you don't press them!

      Annoying as many apps are just for IPhone

      All in all I really like this phone so would highly recommend

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