Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
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User Rank: Apprentice
3/18/2013 | 2:53:53 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
The S4 is the same size as the S3. (Bigger screen with a smaller bevel.) How can you claim that one-handed usability is bad? It can't be any worse than the S3 which is very popular.
User Rank: Apprentice
3/15/2013 | 9:50:08 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
Eric, please pardon my rant, but your small quibbles seem pointless, unfounded, and uninformed. If you value functionality over form, then there's little reason for wanting a "Fresh Design" with all of the expanded features of this device. Secondly, since the S4 is no larger than the S3 due to the thinner bezel, there's no reason for it to be any tougher to handle than the S3. Lastly, since the biggest drain on a device's battery is not related to services running in the background, but is instead the display, and the camera isn't going to drain the battery unless you're actually taking pictures, your statements on longer battery life were a bit off the mark.

Of course, the larger display on the S4 may indeed use more power when the device is awake, but devices today employ auto-dimming to counter this effect, and Samsung has likely addressed this issue as much as possible. Besides, as you noted, you CAN swap the battery on the S4 if you do end up running low, and that may be more valuable than raw battery life in the big picture.

In summary, while the S4 is certainly not perfect (after all, what is?), the specific points you threw out just don't add up to a hill of beans! It felt as if you were determined to write something negative and could only come up with these 3 points, but I wonder if you were just creatively making a statement that the S4 has no significant negative issues, using a sarcastic approach. Was that your intent?

(I realize it's possible that the editors misrepresented your article with their own title and summary - if so, shame on them!)
User Rank: Apprentice
3/15/2013 | 8:24:36 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
One thing about the hardware design: It's still relatively new, so I'm not all that surprised they stuck with it, and the plastic makes it that much lighter. However, as Tom Mariner points out, at some point you have to decide whether or not to just go big, get the Note 2, with stylus, and call it a day.
Tom Mariner
Tom Mariner,
User Rank: Strategist
3/15/2013 | 6:26:15 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy S 4: What's Missing?
Mixed feelings on the design -- If I am to kick my beloved SIII in the head, I would love to have a bunch of wow reasons. On the other hand, talk about the 5 inch screen had me wondering if I shouldn't just get a Note 2 because it would be bigger than the "just right" size of my S3. My wish was that they just make narrower bezels -- wish granted!

Processors and better battery life -- I'm betting a development team came to a delivery date and went with what they had verified to that point. A world-wide gazzilion dollar launch including renting Radio City Music Hall does not react well to "boss, we need another week to get the newer processors to the final gate." I hate to say it but it was probably a case of "shoot the engineer and go to market". hey, less than a year between model releases is amazing enough.

C'mon Verizon, all I need is a great trade-in plan, quick release, world-phone, and don't emasculate the stupid thing.

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