Well it's happened again, for the 2nd time since last spring , the Easter bunny has brought us a special treat in his basket. The Galaxy S 4, Samsung's latest and greatest, smart phone. JK Shin, President and Head of IT and Mobile Communications for Samsung Electronics, presents the new Samsung Galaxy S 4. During the Samsung unpacked event at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Samsung's latest phone with a front- and back-mounted cameras, lets' you shoot both yourself and your surroundings at the same time, using the front and back-mounted cameras. It's a bit like having a two-camera film crew follow you around.
Thursday the new phone, was revealed at an event in New York's Radio City Music Hall. As it tries to set the world on fire, the S 4 just has what you'd expect from their new
smartphone:a bigger screen and a faster processor. But because the phone has a grab bag of features, Samsung hasn't proved yet that GS4 totally comes together as a completely pleasing package.Some of last year's fan's in mid contract felt that was unfortunate that they didn't stop there when it presented the successor to its hit Galaxy S III. Unlike current I5 user's nobody felt an urgency to trade up to S 4 phones yet even though there are actually good things about the new model.
Thursday, some hands-on pre-production units, revealed the S 4 to be, in terms of hardware, a solid successor to the III. The screen is slightly larger,at 5 inches on the diagonal compared to 4.8 inches for the III, so basically your pulling an IPad out of your pocket to navigate GPS this will be something Chicago transit subway 'L' thieves can't wait for. Especially since iPhone 5 users can still discreetly palm their smaller phones, S4 sports a resolution , as good as you'd find on a high-definition TV set.
The bigger screen is crammed into a chassis that's actually a hair narrower and thinner than the S III's. Which is really saying something. Like Droidz Razr, Samsung shrank the frame surrounding the screen to make room. Shrinking other internal components allowed it to make the battery 20 percent larger than III's, but Samsung isn't saying whether that means users' longer battery life or if the added battery power could be eaten up by software and hardware changes. Or if the phone will stay cool during TV or WiFi usage and not
become a hot potatoe during usage.
Apple and HTC, in particular, have put a lot of sweat into machining metal into jewel-like enclosures; Samsung doesn't seem to care all that much about looks.The body is still dominated by softly molded plastic, and the S 4 doesn't really advance the looks of its predecessor the way competitors Sony and HTC and Apple,have done with their latest phones.
Samsung is taking the whole "touch screen" thing further by now sensing when the user's finger is floating over the screen. Which means' that, you don't even need to touch the phone to make it react. Hovering over a thumbnail of a picture in the gallery will reveal a bigger thumbnail, and hovering over one email in a list will show a preview of its first lines.Which is'nt a horrible feature, after all it can be turned off, but first-time users could be confused.
Nice idea though it's similar to the "mouse hover" feature on a PC, which sometimes reveals things before the mouse is clicked. Implementing it on a smartphone is a little trickier, though. Unlike a PC, when you use a mouse, you get use to the functions in the normal course of use. But on a smartphone your finger normally won't be floatinging over the screen, so your likely to discover this feature by chance. But very few of the apps react to it all.
The S 4, the "Email" app will show previews, but the "Gmail" app won't. The built-in "Gallery" app will show picture previews, but other photo maps won't. Eventually their fingers and give up on the whole thing.
At first glance, the new Samsung Galaxy S 4G doesn't look like a huge improvement over the original, old Samsung Vibrant. But the 4G data upgrade is screamingly fast, because the S 4 tries to divine your intentions in two additional ways. It has an infra-red sensor that looks for hand movements up to about 4 inches away from the phone, like the controls on the left side of a flat screen PC monitor. It uses the front-side camera to figure out if it's front of the user's face.
Thanks to the IR sensor, the phone's browser responds to an "up swipe" in the air above it with by scrolling up, and to a "side" swipe by jumping to another tab. This could be pretty useful when the smartphone is the lunchtime companion and you don't want to grease it
up with foody chicken fingers, but again, the "air swipe to scroll" shows up in only a few applications.
The noticable Pros of course is it's slim design, with it's gorgeous screen, and very fast 4G data speeds. The GS4 is excellent music and video, and it's solid battery life, is a plus. So the bottom line, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, with its faster data connection, refreshed styling, and Android 2.2 OS, is a stellar performer that doubles as a great laptop modem.
The phone will go on sale sometime between late April and the end of June period, from; AT&T,Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel,Cricket, and T-Mobile USA. Samsung says. If history is any guide, even smaller phone companies will get it, if not right away. The phone companies will set the prices; expect this phone to start at $200 with a two-year contract.
So if Galaxy S is your choice, wait 2 months, if your paying top dollar anyway, either get the GS4 or wait till GS3 gets marked down to $99,or GS2 even lower. It's your God given right!