Samsung just announced (March 14th) the newest addition to its Galaxy family of smart Android phones. Already the Galaxy lineup has been impressive and a worthy competitor to Apple’s iPhone. This time however Samsung might have outdone Apple. The features of the S4 are impressive. The HD display is crisp and lets face it “retinal display” is a marketing term that does not mean anything more than HD. The phone itself is attractive - but the iPhone 5 does hold its edge when it comes to design.
Where the new Samsung shines is innovation. Samsung has always been a great company producing reliable and well engineered products. But while in the past Samsung along with virtually every other manufacturer was trying to catch up with Apple designs this new phone blows through the iPhone 5, setting new standards.
The S4 is more powerful than the iPhone 5, its four cores outperforming the iPhone in every application, but as impressive as this is two innovations introduced by Samsung make this phone a must have. The first innovation is the ability to scroll through a page (or a series of pictures) by simply tilting the phone up or down or left to right. This is a very natural extension to how we read and the S4 is both smooth and responsive. The second innovation is the ability of the phone to track the movement of one’s hands above it so that it can be controlled without being touched. This ability has a great deal of potential and both tilt to scroll and wave to scroll are innovative ways to control a device.
The screen of the S4 is larger than that of the iPhone 5 and as crisp with well defined colors and excellent resolution. Add to that some new and smartly designed applications (one of them turning the S4 to a TV remote control) , along with the vast number of existing Android applications and the S4 is not just a contender but a leader when it comes to smart phones.
Is is clear that Samsung is making a statement with this phone and its Galaxy series of phones and tablets are worthy of serious consideration especially for those preferring the Android ecosystem to that of the Apple apps.