Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

4.0
December 10, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

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#1 PixelPeeper

While I agree with most of your conclusions about the camera, especially in terms of quality (there’s still not any phone camera out there which is as good as a “decent” compact, regardless of what marketing people tell you) there’s some odd things about this review. You mention a “rear” screen when describing the length of the boot up process and also your product shots show “rear” and “front” of the camera which both appear to have screens. I feel this is very misleading and confusing as the camera only has one screen!

You’re right to say the phone takes a while to boot up from being completely off, but if you’re using it like a phone (and frankly it would be odd if you don’t) it’s usually in standby mode and takes a very short time to power on with a quick press of the button or tap of the screen. You can customise it so a screen swipe will take you direct to the camera app.

Yes, the SD card requires you to take the back off - not a difficult job - but slap in a 32 or 64GB card and it’s unlikely you’ll ever need to touch it again - so I don’t see this being an issue (especially with connectivity of phone allowing you to transfer stuff off the camera automatically (I’ve got mine set up to send all photos to Dropbox whenever I’m in a wifi spot for instance).

A big plus for the Samsung is the removable battery. It’s not true that batteries need to be charged in the phone - there is an official Samsung battery which comes with a neat little USB charger unit and there are numerous after market options. I’ve got three batteries and two chargers now, which means I never get caught out on the move - unlike my iPhone owning friends.

I’m surprised you didn’t mention more about alternative camera apps. One of the great things about smart phones is you’re not stuck with the stock camera app. Options such as FV-5 and Shot Control Pro give more control and even the ability to take photos in an almost RAW-like format.

In addition, you’ve got things like photosphere if you get a S4 with vanilla Android, rather than the crippled Samsung skin (and it’s not hard to sideways install photosphere even if you are suffering the Samsung flavoured Android).

11:48 pm - Tuesday, December 10, 2013

#2 Claude B.

I prefer the old style of a plain telephone but with a good camera. Nothing important to loose. And no interest to be steal.

4:46 pm - Wednesday, December 11, 2013

#3 Gilo

I have this phone and unfortunately after a few months I started noticing some permanent dust-like specks in the upper area of each image (both video and still images). I cleaned the lens with Tiffen cleaning fluid several times but nothing changed. I think it is caused by microscopic permanent marks on the lens (despite I have always treated it very carefully) due to the fact that the lens is too exposed and not at all recessed. The camera has basically become unusable. I can’t afford to have it checked because Samsung would keep it one to two weeks just to diagnose. Useless Samsung and useless camera.

9:38 am - Thursday, January 16, 2014

#4 Wholesale Samsung USB cable

I have this product. It’s truely a awesome one. But I need some more long use cable.  It’s a hot sell things. I wholesale lots of to asia .

1:39 am - Sunday, March 9, 2014

#5 sandy

trying to find a shield for screen when in bright light and trying to compose a photo…have looked on amazon…anyone to help?

11:27 pm - Monday, July 14, 2014

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