Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Following up from the wildly successful S3 comes the S4. Here is my brief thoughts on the device.

Although I hale from the great land of Apple, I have known to flirt with Android devices on occasion I recently got the Nexus 7 tablet.

So when Samsung gave me the S4 to review I was quite excited. Would this latest incarnation in the smartphone wars give the iPhone a run for it’s money?

Let’s find out.


The Galaxy S4 doesn’t mess with the Galaxy S3 design a lot. Dominating the front of the device is the 4.99 inch display. Around back you have the 13MP camera.

All this is wrapped in a Polycarbonate body. While not luxurious like the iPhone 5 or HTC one it did hold up to drop tests rather well.


Power comes from Exynox octo-core processor running at 1.6GHz. It comes with the latest version of the Android OS Jelly Bean.

Swiping through apps was buttery smooth as well as using Androids excellent keyboard to compose emails there was no lag even with 12 apps open in the background.

Running the Sunspider test this phone got a blistering score of 933 definitely making it one of the faster Android devices.

The battery on the S4 is an impressive 2,600mAh. That’s around 500mAh bigger than the majority of smartphones meaning that you’ll have no problems making it through a working day with this device.


The Android army marchs on and with the S4 Samsung has certainly thrown a huge punch at Apple and whatever it calls the next iPhone it better be good.


Huge display, very speedy, , excellent software.


Flimsy material, expensive.