Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

by January 28th, 2014

It isn’t often that I get to play with a phone or review one. I am not a phone reviewer, but a games reviewer.  However, Phones4U sent me a Samsung Galaxy S4 before Christmas to play with and I thought it would be worth writing a few words about it – concentrating on the gaming aspects.

First off, some basic specs.  The S4 is a big phone. At around 13cm tall and 7cm wide, it is considerably larger than the iPhone 5. Whilst this makes it a little tougher on the pocket, it does give rise to a glorious screen. The AMOLED screen pushes out 1080 x 1920 pixels. In comparison the iPhone 5S only has 640 x 1136 pixels – 441 pixels per inch vs iPhone’s 326 PPI.

All of this leads to the screen looking fantastic – a real boon for gaming. In fact the size helps with gaming in general. When you consider that many games require you to use virtual joy-pads on screen, the more real estate you have, the less your thumbs can cover! All of the games I tried had crisp clear graphics and vibrant colours.

The S4 packs a lot of punch with its Quad core, 1900 MHz processor and Adreno 320 graphics chip. More than enough to handle any Android games I could throw at it – and all of them looked great.

The size of the phone has another advantage, it feels nice in your hand. As it is pretty light and thing, you never tire of holding it. This does have a downside though, it feels a little flimsy – not anywhere near as solid as the iPhone feels.

As a gamer, I love this phone. The screen is big and bright and I can hold it comfortable for hours. The battery life is really good as well, so you can actually play for a few hours!  Great for watching films, reading, playing and of course making calls – if you are looking for an alternative to the iPhone, look no further than the Galaxy 4S

Games Tested

  • GTA: Vice City
  • GTA: III
  • Dead Trigger
  • Candy Crush
  • Angry Birds
  • Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Full Spec

(From http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/mobile-devices/smartphones/android/GT-I9505ZWABTU-spec)

Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

 
Infra LTE 4G
2G EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz)
4G LTE Cat 3 (800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600MHz) * Dependent on market
3G HSPA+ (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi DirectWhat is this? Yes
Bluetooth Profiles BT 4.0 (PBAP, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, SAP, HID, PAN, DI, MAP)
NFCWhat is this? Yes
Connectivity Support DLNA, MHL 2.0
PC Sync. KIES, KIES Air

OS

Android

Display

 
Technology FHD sAMOLED
Colour Depth 16M
Size 5″
Resolution 1920 x 1080

Chipset

 
CPU Type Quad
CPU Speed 1.9GHz

Memory

16GB (User memory approximately 9GB)**

Camera

 
Camera Resolution(Rear) CMOS, 13MP
Camera Resolution(Front) CMOS, 2MP
Flash Power LED (1EA)
Auto Focus Yes

Sensors

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, RGB light, Barometer, Proximity, Gesture, Temperature & Humid

Physical Specification

 
Dimension (HxWxD) 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm
Weight 130g

Colour

White Frost / Black Mist

Connectors

 
USB USB 2.0
Earjack 3.5mm
External Memory Slot MicroSD Slot (up to 64GB)***
SIM Support Micro SIM (3FF)
Connector Micro USB (5V, 2A)
MHLWhat is this? Yes

Battery

 
Standard Battery 2600mAh
Internet Usage Time(3G) Up to 8 Hrs
Internet Usage Time(LTE) Up to 8 Hrs
Internet Usage Time(WI-FI) Up to 10 Hrs
Video Playback Time Up to 11 Hrs
Audio Playback Time Up to 62 Hrs
Talk Time(W-CDMA) Up to 17 Hrs
Standby Time(W-CDMA) Up to 370 Hrs
Standby Time(LTE) Up to 320 Hrs

Location

AGPS, GLONASS

Services and Applications

 
Samsung Apps Yes
Music Hub Yes
Readers Hub Yes
Game Hub Yes
ChatON, mFluent IM ChatON
ActiveSync Yes

Audio and Video

 
Video Format MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC
Video Resolution Full HD (1080p) Video Playback
Video Frame rate 30fps
Audio Format MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB / WB, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X (Bluetooth)

Silver Y AwardSilver Y Award
4 4 / 5
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