Hands-on with all the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S4′s shape is extremely synonymous to its predecessor, the Galaxy S3.
Samsung established its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone to much pomp plus spectacle last evening at Radio City Music Hall inside NY. Frequently, these over-the-top theatrics might mask a shortage of substance underneath. However that’s not the case with all the Galaxy S4. We went hands-on with all the S4 at the NY event, plus came away impressed with all the innovative plus well-integrated software plus hardware enhancements which might keep Samsung well-ahead of its competition.
The initially thing to note regarding the S4 is the fact that it’s practically identical inside footprint plus fat to its predecessor, but it’s leaner plus crams a somewhat greater show into which area than found on the S3. The S4 measures 5.38 by 2.74 inches, only 0.04 inch narrower than the S3 – along with a notable 0.43 inch narrower than the Galaxy Note II. The S4 is a mere 0.01 pound lighter, a negligible amount which was hardly noticeable.
The S4 is virtually identical to its predecessor inside terms of footprint plus fat…
Overall, the telephone felt comfortable to handle. Where the Samsung Galaxy Note II is nigh impossible to balance inside 1 hand for typing, not thus with all the S4. It’s fat plus dimensions create it light enough to hold inside 1 hand without any noticeable impact, yet big enough to receive a pleasing show of text plus images.
The phone’s shape is a little more squared off about the sides than the S3, however, it nevertheless felt superior inside the hands. The back remains a polycarbonate plastic information, yet it felt more strong than the predecessor, with a slight textured patterning which gave the telephone a reasonably classier look.
One especially noticeable dfference is the greater screen size found on the S4. The phone’s Super AMOLED screen measures a comfortable 5.0 inches, a pleasing 0.2-inch bump over the S3. The resolution is greater, too: 1920-by-1080 pixels, plus 441 pixels per inch, a notable step up over the Galaxy S3′s Super AMOLED 1280-by-720 pixels plus 306 ppi. We might see a distinct difference inside the image standard involving the two: The S4 looked sharper plus crisper to the eyes, about text and pictures. But the distinctions were less obvious whenever compared with all the bigger Galaxy Note II.
The new model utilizes a PenTile AMOLED show, the same kind because found on the S3 before it. A PenTile show arranges the display’s subpixels because red, green, blue, green, an arrangement which assists countertop the truth which blue subpixels frequently degrade quicker about AMOLED displays. It additionally accounts for the show not appearing because sharp because an RGB show, including the 1 found found on the Galaxy Note II.
Indeed, you saw this whenever watching a picture found on the fresh S4 compared with all the Note II. We observed certain minor variations inside color plus sharpness about the own pic. The Note II’s image appeared somewhat sharper, however the S4 had more balanced skin tones.
The hot Adapt Display function automatically adapts screen comparison plus brightness to the content you may be watching. You are able to additionally set several choices manually.
With the new Adapt show mode enabled, the variations were more pronounced. This adaptive show setting automatically changes the comparison plus brightness of the show depending on the content you’re viewing, optimizing based about whether you’re viewing a movie, lookin at an image, or reading a Website or book, for illustration. On the S4, the Adapt show feature is much more universally used than found on the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet. In the Note 8.0′s reading mode which mode is purely optimized for reading apps and changes for color temperature.
Ultimately, further testing is important beneath controlled conditions plus with all the final, shipping S4 to determine how the different settings impact how pictures look found on the show. Among the different show choices today accessible are Dynamic, Standard, Expert Photo (Adobe RGB), plus Movie.
User interface plus software
Gesture navigation initial gained mainstream traction with Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect. Next gestures moved into tvs plus then to PCs, for illustration Sony’s Vaio E-series. Through it all, we’ve heard speak regarding integrating gestures into smartphones plus pills – plus today which becomes a fact inside the Galaxy S4.
We tested the gesture navigation inside the Gallery application, where you navigated pictures just with all the forward or backwards swipe of the hand. In practice, you found the sensors a bit too sensitive, requiring precision plus proximity to function smoothly. More frequently than not it felt like there was clearly lag, or the swipe wasn’t registered. Perhaps which may nonetheless be tweaked inside time for the U.S. release coming later inside April. Ultimately, because nifty because this feature might appear, Samsung’s going to need to offer several training to walk people from that apps help gestures, plus what those gestures are (for illustration, you are able to furthermore swipe inside the browser to change amidst open Internet pages, plus swipe to answer an incoming call, neither of that you tested).
The Smart Scroll feature lets we scroll from content like webpages by tilting the telephone somewhat into the related way. We didn’t receive a chance to test feature yet however it appeared to function perfectly inside the Samsung demo. Smart Pause, meanwhile, detects when you’ve taken a face away within the screen throughout playback, plus when thus, it pauses the action for we. Nifty inside its implementation, as well as its function.
Also fresh is Air View, a feature which initially was announced about this spring’s Galaxy Note 8.0 pill. There, Air View lets we utilize the tablet’s S Pen to hover over info inside a supported application, gaining a shortcut to paying or getting further info. For instance, inside Flipboard, we might hold the pen over a category plus receive a preview of the headlines. On the S4, that additionally comes with Flipboard, you are able to today utilize a finger to do these actions. You are able to furthermore utilize a finger to draw straight found on the screen utilizing an included application like S Memo, simply because you’d utilize the S Pen found on the Note II. For both actions, you found the fingers less precise than utilizing the S Pen found on the Galaxy Note 8.0; however,, the fingers got the job completed without the albatross of the pen.
The S4 telephone really borrows seriously from software ingredients found inside the Note 8.0 pill, that was just simply introduced inside February, plus is obtainable in Q2 2013. Multi-window delivers a scrollable list of supported apps (apps like e-mail, gallery, Gmail, Internet browser, maps, messaging, S Memo, Talk, plus YouTube). Long hold the back switch to find the fly-out menu, then tap plus drag 1 application, then your 2nd application. You can officially select to have 3 items going simultaneously, in the event you were to overlay the popup player also.
Multi Window mode lets you have several apps open simultaneously. Here we’ve got the Gallery application found on the left, movie player found on the appropriate along with a pop-up image viewer about top.
Entirely special to the S4 telephone are the range of attributes about health. We liked how the apps for these qualities were integrated, taking benefit of the unique ensors built-into the telephone – including ones for temperature plus humidity.
In general, you liked most tweaks to the program, plus most included apps – be they for wellness monitoring or TV watching or scanning company cards. On the entire, these enhancements jointly appealed; the real proof, nonetheless, might lay inside how perfectly these attributes all function with a device inside the real globe.