IGN - The Galaxy S4 is an ambitious smartphone marred by an overwrought software suite and a cheap design.
Oooooouch. This was harsh.
I guess Samsung didn't pay IGN enough.
cheap design is the prime persistent complaint complaint about the S4. HTC one and XperiaZ are the best designed Androids right now.
the design is overused with GS3, Note II and then GS3 Mini. I still can't believed that Sammy stayed with the exact design with their GS4 thus not making it very attractive especially to those owning the 3 models I mentioned above! I have a GS3 myself but while it's a great phone that does everything great, the speaker is my biggest complaint. it is positioned at the back of the phone thus making EVERYTHING sounds like CRAP! it's great that they moved it to another position on the GS4 but the design is a HUGE letdown for me as when I put them side by side, there is barely any difference and looks "old". at the moment, I think Xperia Z is the best all around phone out there and I'm thinking of getting 1 myself. HTC One is kinda meh to me.
Yeah! a 7.8 (Almost a solid 8) is very low! /s
iphone 5 - 9.3 http://www.ign.com/articles... Samsung S4 which uses the iphone 5 as toilet paper 7.8. hmmmmmmmm definitely didn't pay IGN. but then again, IGN has a hatred for anything non-american. Console wars they favored the x360 in a lot of reviews over the ps3. nintendo had the highest sales figures with the wii, yet they didn't call it next gen console <like taking a different direction isn't next gen>
It's just a new phone. Now a days, we dont need a yearly refreshing of the same thing. Phones are powerful enough to hold onto for a few years, especially with rooting and custom firmware.
flagship phones should push specs etc for people who can afford it
thats why you don't upgrade yearly. you upgrade when your contract expires which is usually 24 months (2 years). for people who bought the S2 there was no need to upgrade to s3, so they can get the s4 now. for people who bought the s3, they dont need to get the s4, they can get the s5 next year. you see how that works. that way every year when people upgrade, they actually getting an upgrade. not a year old phone coz the hardware is good enough for you. but flagship phones are usually good for 3-4 years. with custom roms, etc. im still rocking an HTC Desire Z (from 2011) and plan to get this phone this year.
with Android you don't have to use the same company, and usually it's the competition that bring something new.
People still trust IGN reviews?
Nope i dont even click on their site no more when i see it is them.
What's with everyone coming over the HTC One? Don't get me wrong. It's a brilliant phone. One of the best out there. But other than the premium aluminium finish, what does it have that the S4 doesn't? Other than the finish and possibly the built in speakers, the S4 imo is better than the One in every way.
For comparison sake they gave the Iphone 5 a 9.3.
That's hilarious, Iphone is completely closed off. You can't do anything on it without iTunes. No mp3 music site downloads,no movie torrents,you can't install apps from 3rd parties, no widgets, boring interface. It's extremely behind the times. Just goes to show you what reviewers are being paid off.
A solid 7 would've been just fine too. I got my hands on experience with a phone a couple days ago wasn't too impressed.
I'm looking to upgrade my phone from my Samsung Replenish to either an HTC One or Samsung GS4. I'm seriously on the fence and not sure which one I want to get. :/
right now it's the HTC one
s4 you get everything the htc one offers plus way more you get memory slot so you can add 64 gb at will
The front facing speakers on the HTC One won me over. I can't believe its taken so long for this to be implemented on a smartphone. Taking calls over speaker phone is more clearer and easy. Anything less now just seems like a downgrade IMO. Its a simple yet actual useful new feature. Use both phones and see which one does what you need it to do.
the htc phone looks nice wouldnt mind it being my mp3 player but the gs3 is what ihave now and will be looking to get a gs4 soon ive been nothing but impressed with my gs3 so the gs4 is a no brainer for me
I got the galaxy s4, get it, forget htc one, the galaxy s4 is the best phone ever, I'm still amazed, so many feautures packed in a beautiful design, the 13mp camera makes a world's difference. From my galaxy s4
I phone 5. . 9. Whatever. . Nice phone but I see a lot more people switching from ios to android than the other way around. Many of them have chosen the galaxy series. It's just pound for pound the best range of android handsets.
Well i love my 7.8 rated phone....and would recommend it to anyone look for a new phone...
I actually do agree with this review. The phone is packed with so much bloat ware, you have no choice but to root the device in order to run a custom firmware to get rid of it. The design is nice, but compared to the flagship models out there today, Xperia Z, Apple, HTC One, all have a premium and luxurious finish i.e. glass, metal,etc, S4 is just plastic with more plastic. You would expect at a £550 entry point, they atleast garnish the phone in some premium material.
hmmm.. and as soon as people get their new phones, they run for a plastic or fiber case. good game. The "premium" design is useless. You and I know at least 95% of the market goes for a case right away that takes away the premium build.
s4 rocks and these reviews are bogus.
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