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Samsung Galaxy S 4: 11 Clever Tricks

Samsung's Galaxy S 4 smartphone features solid hardware and a variety of innovative software capabilities, making it one of the best choices now. Take a closer look.
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Samsung has packed so many new features into the Galaxy S 4, its newest flagship smartphone, it's a bit mind-boggling. Even after several days of testing, I was still finding new additions, such as the ability to add and customize the settings that appear from the notification screen, and some of the new content-sharing mechanisms between Samsung devices.

If you're in the market for your next smartphone, the Galaxy S 4 should be near the top of your list. Its screen is slightly larger than its predecessor's, the Galaxy S 3 (5 inches vs. 4.8 inches), and yet the phone is roughly the same physical size, a bit lighter and slimmer, even. Its screen resolution has been beefed up in a meaningful way, to 1080 by 1920 pixels and 441 pixels per inch. And it boasts a quad-core 1.9-GHz processor under the hood.

But there's much more magic in the Galaxy S 4 software. Some of it was a little quirky, some of it a bridge too far, but most of it got me pretty excited about the future of smartphones.

I picked some of my favorite Galaxy S 4 features, and in the slideshow that follows, I'll try to give you a glimpse of how they work (or didn't in one case), or at least how they look.

It's a bit difficult to show some of the air gestures -- such as the ability to wave your hand up or down, left or right to scroll through pictures, flip between browser tabs or scroll up and down a Web page. And it's a bit difficult to show smart scrolling, where the phone is seeing the tilt of your head as you read, and scrolling up and down automatically in accord. But those were also among my favorite features once I got used to them.

I included one camera feature, called dual shot, but not because it was my favorite. This feature lets you take a picture using both the front and rear-facing cameras. I got the feeling Samsung added this mainly because it could, and to see what people do with it. I couldn't think of much of a reason for using it, other than to goof around.

With S Translator, S Health, and the combination of IR Blaster and the WatchON app -- a universal remote for your television and DVR -- Samsung is trying to make the Galaxy S 4 an even more invaluable companion in your life. Combined with Google Now and Google Maps, and all of the usual features built into Android and available from the Google Play store, it's going to be difficult to untether yourself from this device. Now dig into our slideshow.

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JTISON067
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5/10/2013 | 5:36:39 PM
re: Samsung Galaxy S 4: 11 Clever Tricks
Slide 5 of 13 is a FAIL. Proper Spanish: -+Cu+ntos a+os tiene el chico?

You can't just do a one-for-one word swap from a dictionary. So many machine translators do that ... I'm not shocked that S Translator is among them.
mahesh
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mahesh,
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4/30/2013 | 8:29:00 AM
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the page refreshes for every pic. Frustraing. No patience to check all pics
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4/29/2013 | 9:46:46 PM
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Every time I visit an "article" that is structured as a slideshow, I see these same comments over and over again. I don't suppose IW will ever acknowledge them or change their approach in response to the ceaseless criticism of the same issue (i.e. generating slideshows for no reason except to collect more ad revenue). This is why I purposely enable Adblock on their entire site. If I have to be surprised by this kind of horrible UI design every 3 articles I come across, at least I won't be incentivizing them for it
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4/29/2013 | 5:56:28 PM
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I just ordered mine and
I cannot wait until it comes so that I can play and check out all the new
features and what I like/dislike about the new device as compared to the old
one. Maybe I should just wait for the Galaxy sXXGǪlol

Paul Sprague

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DiscustedONE
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4/29/2013 | 1:58:33 PM
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A bunch of screen shots tells me nothing. I have a 4 year old Dinosaur "My Touch" that can do all this with the right apps.....So What? Where is the real article? I am on page 5 and still no nothing about this Galaxy that would entice my to buy one..
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4/26/2013 | 9:04:46 PM
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Hey !! 2nd time this issue !!

It is now the second quarter of the new year.

Information Week only had one important New Year's Resolution this year. '"No Slide Show Articles with out a prominent 'View-as-one-page' link." How's that working out for you so far?

On my side of the fence, as Client/customer, You aren't doing well at all. Nearly every issue, you violate me with one of your Slide Show articles.

Please, re-examine your priorities. You do know how to do it - 'View as Single Page' link. It just isn't that hard and speaks volumes about your respect and concern for your Client / Customers.

Also, when I have to skip articles, I do not get to see your advertisers' messages.
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4/26/2013 | 5:52:10 PM
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A bunch of photos on separate pages with a block of text to the right so I have to scroll down and then back up to make any sense of what I'm looking at. That's not very reader-friendly.
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4/26/2013 | 1:59:21 PM
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This site is cray if you have to browse stuff
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4/25/2013 | 11:46:46 PM
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Agreed most articles won't be read but that's no longer the objective. Objective is to lure readers in with a provocative title then get us to fumble around while being exposed to ads. I am about done with the madness.
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4/25/2013 | 3:10:40 PM
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I stopped reading after 3 pages because the page loading is very frustrated. I understand you're trying to get the most ad money possible, but you need to think big picture. Sure you got 3 page views out of me, but you lost all of my future page views. If you had been more reasonable, I might have read informationweek for years. That's more ad money.
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