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.

Design:

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.

Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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.

Pros:

Huge display, very speedy, , excellent software.

Cons:

Flimsy material, expensive.

A look at the Nexus 7

In the last couple of months there has been an avalanche of 7-inch tablets.

Today we have a look at the Nexus 7 which is a collaborative effort between Google and Asus.

Let’s get started.

Design.

Off the bat this tablet feels very well made indeed.

There was no flexing to the screen when I put pressure on the screen.

The back of the device is covered by a grippy material overall this tablet doesn’t feel cheap.

Performance.

Under the hood we have a quad-core processor ram is 2GB.

In every day tasks the tablet performed very well.

Google has done a great job optimising the  Android Jellybean and the experience is fantastic.

Software.

The product comes with Android 4.2 otherwise known as Jellybean.

This is Google’s best version of Android hands down with some recoding and by using project butter smooth Google has managed to bring you the user the most slick version of Android yet with out the custom modification that happens with some Android products.

Conclusion.

I would Thoroughly recommend the Nexus 7 to anyone who is looking for a affordable yet surprisingly capable device.

Android 4.2 has never been better and for the price how can you say no?

Rating:

4.5 stars.

Price as reviewed:

AU249 16GB AU299 32GB.

Manufacturer:

Google Inc.

Where to buy?

Direct from Google