- Full HD AMOLED 5-inch screen
- 2 GB RAM
- 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Processor
- AirView and Gesture
- InfraRed remote
- Smart Pause and Scroll
- 13-megapixel camera
- Temperature and humidity sensors
One of the first things that will strike you about the phone is the fact that it retains the same size and weight while upping its screen to a 5-inch Full HD one. Many smartphones today have Full HD screens, but the Super AMOLED HD screen adds significant clout. Moreover, there is a faster processor, an expanded memory card slot, and other top-end technology features like Bluetooth 4.0, 4G, NFC, and more.
As mentioned before, the Galaxy S4 has an impressive form factor with a more solid build than its predecessor. Its faux metal band looks more premium and the chassis does not flex a lot when held tightly like the Samsung Galaxy S3 does. However, many users have said that it can get dented rather easily and the screen can get cracked too.
Samsung Galaxy S4 carries several features common among its competitors. However, some of them are unique enough to take into special consideration. One such feature is the Smart Stay. This feature is not new to the S4, but it is much better implemented than before.
Smart Stay is an eye-tracking technology that tracks you when you look at the screen and dims the screen or puts the phone to sleep if you are not looking at it. While the last version was patchy, this new version works nearly perfectly.
Another big feature is Smart Scroll, which once again tracks your eyes and moves text up and down depending on where on the screen your eyes are focused. Moreover, you can achieve the same thing by tilting your head up and down, although the movement has to be pretty strong. It is not a very practical feature and is far from perfect.
In terms of pure performance, Galaxy S4 unsurprisingly delivers on all counts. Despite the strong performance, the smartphone offers a pretty decent battery life. It is able to handle almost anything thrown at it while its battery runs all day. The 4G video streaming in full brightness for 10 minutes drops battery life by 3% and audio streaming over Bluetooth speakers for 10 minutes drops the battery by 1%.
Despite some flaws that make it less of a standout phone in its category, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a strong, worthy smartphone capable of several tasks.