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Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31314 reviews of Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the portability and screen are on the whole positive. The performance and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative opinions about the apps and battery.

size, usability, performance, screen, portability

battery, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1400 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The performance and usability also get good views, but the reliability and portability get negative comments.

camera, usability, performance, price, size

portability, reliability

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy S4 5 inch UK SIM-free (unlocked) Smartphone (Quad Core 1.9GHz, 2Gb RAM, 16Gb storage, 4G, WLAN, BT, Camera, Android 4.2.2) - White FrosSamsung Galaxy S4 5 inch UK SIM-free (unlocked) Smartphone (Quad Core 1.9GHz, 2Gb RAM, 16Gb storage, 4G, WLAN, BT, Camera, Android 4.2.2) - White Fros

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6898 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the design and portability are overall positive. The usability and performance also get good views, whereas opinions about the reliability and size are mixed. Many are negative about the battery.

price, performance, usability, portability, design

battery

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy S IV/S4 GT-I9500 Factory Unlocked Phone - International Version (White)Samsung Galaxy S IV/S4 GT-I9500 Factory Unlocked Phone - International Version (White)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 70 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S IV from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and usability. The performance and price also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the camera, while many are less positive about the portability and reliability.

price, performance, usability, screen

reliability, portability

70% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 16Gb Black WiFi Android Unlocked Cell Phone, No WarrantySamsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 16Gb Black WiFi Android Unlocked Cell Phone, No Warranty

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. LG G2: Neighbor squabble

 

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the Android flagship to beat based on sheer sales, but the LG G2 one ups it in just about every way possible. Two South Korean neighbors and bitter rivals are once again standing in each other's way, and for us, users, choosing...

Samsung is living the dream. The Galaxy line of phones is becoming synonymous with Android for some people, thanks to quality being consistently delivered, but strong marketing too. LG's volumes are lower but it takes one hero device to act as an...

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung I9505G Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition review: Purified

 

We've got something special at HQ today. The perfect Nexus phone has arrived and it looks like a Galaxy S4. This shameless poser embodies everything worth admiring from both worlds - timely updates, the unblemished stock Android experience, the...

Stock Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 ; 5" 1080 x 1920 Super AMOLED with around 441 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3 ; Gorilla Glass 3 ; 16 GB built-in storage, microSD card slot ; 13 MP camera with autofocus, single LED flash, 1080p video recording ; 2 MP front-facing...

None of the TouchWiz software enhancements are present ; Camera app offers only basic settings ; No display modes as in TouchWiz ; Steeply priced at $649 with no subsidies and currently only available Stateside ; Not available in 32 GB and 64 GB...

What Google presented at its I/O 2013 conference was something few of us really expected to happen. Announcing a Galaxy S4 with stock Android is still a little baffling and goes against many of the principles of the Nexus lineup.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : Myriam Joire (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition: what's different?

 

Several days ago we received a Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition to play with and shared our first impressions. This week we take a closer look at

Stock Android ; Gorgeous display ; Excellent camera ; AWS Band for HSPA ; Google Wallet support

Uninspired design

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google Play edition is the same powerhouse handset we've come to enjoy made even better with stock Android, but held back slightly by a boring design and cheap materials.

Jul, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 vs Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4: Double or nothing

 

The Android smartphone market in 2013 is as over-crowded as ever. But when it comes to the very high-end, luckily for everybody, there are not that many options. Every manufacturer has a single flagship and that's it. Or is it? Last time we checked,...

As evident from our head-to-head so far, for most practical purposes the two Galaxy S4 variants are almost identical - and that's especially true for their looks. You would be hard-pressed to find a visual difference between the two.

May, 2013

Expert review by : Brad Molen (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 with Exynos Octa-core: what's different?

 

More InfoSamsung Galaxy S 4 reviewSamsung announces eight-core Exynos 5 'Octa' chip at CESDual-SIM Samsung Galaxy S 4 launches in China with an

Exynos 5410 chip performs well ; Comes SIM-unlocked, with no carrier influence or bloatware

Only quad-band HSPA+ and no LTE ; Battery life is decent, not quite as good as Snapdragon GS4 ; OS takes huge chunk of onboard storage

The Exynos-powered GS4 is just as excellent as the Snapdragon 600 variant, with slightly better performance. However, the lack of LTE will be a dealbreaker for some.

May, 2013

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S 4 review

 

The Galaxy S 4 is a solid improvement over the GS3, and the best Samsung device we've ever used, but we'd love to see Samsung come up with a fresh design and premium look.

Superb 1080p Super AMOLED display ; Camera takes impressive daylight shots ; Snapdragon 600 delivers solid performance ; Battery life better than most flagships

Several new features are impractical and half-baked ; Boring overall design without premium look or feel

In drawing our conclusion of the Samsung Galaxy S 4, we find ourselves at an interesting junction: while our geek senses keep tingling at the thought of so many market-topping specs contained within the same chassis, we also aren't overjoyed , per se,...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : es.engadget.com (engadget.com)

Samsung Galaxy S 4, análisis

 

En cuanto a la primero, durante la realización de este análisis, Samsung nos sorprendió con el lanzamiento de una actualización de software, destinada precisamente a una mejora de rendimiento y a corregir el lag que de vez en cuando el terminal...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Sony Xperia Z: When worlds collide

 

If you've been paying attention - and we know you have - there's no way you couldn't have noticed that for a good ten days or so we've all been on and on about two phones. Now, we're about to make it three but don't expect anything radically different.

So, we started with the inevitable, and end on the unexpected. The Sony Xperia Z and Samsung Galaxy S4 are the crown jewels of their respective lineup and on the (very short) shortlist of contenders for smartphone of the year, so the one-way traffic...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : GSM Arena (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy S4 review: Supernova

 

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; quad-band 3G with HSPA; LTE, 5" 16M-color 1080p Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 3, Android OS v4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI, Quad-core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 CPU, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600...

Design is a bit played out by now, Hyperglaze finish doesn't feel as premium as aluminum on HTC One or glass on Xperia Z, No FM radio, Video recording is slightly worse than on the Galaxy S III; FOV in video is pretty narrow, Shared camera interface...

The Samsung Galaxy S line has produced some of the best smartphones over the years, and the Galaxy S4 lives up to its legacy. Some consider it an evolutionary step from the Galaxy S III, others would go ahead and call it a revolution, there's the third...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One: Army of two

 

Two flagship smartphones carrying such a weight of expectations that one would think they'd have no time and energy to worry about each other. The Samsung Galaxy S4 has to outsell the Galaxy S III and the HTC One is expected to turn the fortunes around...

Mar, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:1900 / 2600
Battery performance:1900 / 2600
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:10
Browsing time (3G):8 / 9
Browsing time (4G):8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10 / 11 / 19
Continuous audio playback time:49 / 62 / 69
Continuous video playback time:10 / 11
Standby time (2G):320
Standby time (3G):300 / 320 / 350 / 370
Standby time (4G):300 / 320
Talk time (2G):17
Talk time (3G):12 / 17
Talk time (4G):8

Call Management

Auto-redialing: Yes
Call blocking: Yes
Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice commands: Yes
Voice dialing:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Camera Resolution:3264 x 2448 / 4128 x 3096
Digital Zoom:4
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.9 / 2
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):13 / 8
Maximum frame rate:30
Night mode: Yes
Rear Camera Resolution:3264 x 2448 / 4128 x 3096
Rear camera resolution (numeric):13 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.9 / 2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
White Balance:Auto

Certificates

Body SAR:0.399 / 0.444 / 1.31 / 1.58
Body SAR (EU):0.399 / 0.444 / 1.31 / 1.58
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:N / Y
DLNA Certified:No / Yes
Head SAR:0.285 / 0.394 / 0.98 / 1.03
Head SAR (EU):0.285 / 0.394 / 0.98 / 1.03
Head SAR category (EU):A

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Brown / Purple / Red / Silver / White
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 9:16
Display Diagonal:4.3 / 5
Display number of colors:16.0 / 16.78 million colors / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1080 x 1920 / 1920 x 1080 / 540 x 960 / 960 x 540
Display Type:AMOLED / SAMOLED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch sensitive screen: Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:3GA, AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WMA / 3GA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, M4A, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA, XMF / 3GA, AAC, AMR, M4A, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AC3, AMR, AMR-WB, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, RealAudio, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AC3, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AC3, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, OGG, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AC3, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG / AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG / AAC, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WAV / AC3, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, WAV / AC3, FLAC, MP3, WAV / AC3,eAAC+,FLAC,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS, XLSX
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, JPG, PNG / JPG
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:3GP, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, MP4, WMV / 3GP, AVI, FLV, H.263, H.264, MKV, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV / 3GP, DIVX, MPEG4, WMV / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, WMV, XVID / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, WMV / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, WMV, XVID / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, XVID / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV, WMV8 / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, VP8, WMV7, WMV8 / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VC-1, WMV / DIVX, VC-1, VP8, WMV8
Video compression formats:H.262, H.263, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / H.263, H.264, MPEG4, MPEG7 / H.263,H.264,MPEG4
Video formats supported:3GP,ASF,AVI,DIVX,FLV,MKV,MP4,WMV / 3GP,AVI,FLV,H.263,H.264,MKV,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,WMV / 3GP,DIVX,MPEG4,WMV / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4,WMV,XVID / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MP4,WMV / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MP4,WMV,XVID / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MP4,XVID / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,WMV,WMV8 / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,VP8,WMV7,WMV8 / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MPEG4,VC-1,WMV / DIVX,VC-1,VP8,WMV8
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB / AMR-NB,AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Barometer: Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):800,850,1800,1900 / 850, 900, 1800, 1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS / EDGE,GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850, 900, 1900, 2100 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,EVDO,UMTS / HSDPA / HSDPA,HSPA+ / HSPA+ / HSPA+,HSUPA,UMTS / HSPA+,UMTS / UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:800,850,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,1800,2100,2600 / 800,850,1800,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100 / 800,850,900,1800,1900,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 800,850,900,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVCTP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, DID, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PAN, PBA, PBAP, SAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, GOEP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP / A2DP, AVRCP, HID, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP, SAP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE
Data network:3G / 3G, 4G / 4G
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM
Tethering (modem-mode):Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Places,Google Voice Search / Google Maps,Google Play,Google Voice Search / Google Play / Google Play,Google Voice Search
Java technology:No / Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Battery pack: Yes
Cables included:Micro-USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.2 / 4.2.2 / 4.3 / 4.4 / 4.4.2 / KitKat 4.4.2
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Recorder, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Recorder, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, Recorder
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Converter, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Recorder, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Recorder / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Recorder, Stopwatch / Alarm clock, Calculator, Notes, Recorder
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Themes, Widgets / Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets / Icons, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid / Sim-lock free
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
MHL version:2.0
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B / Mini-USB B
USB port:N / Y / Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor:600 / MSM 8930 Pro
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.9 / 2.3
Processor model:600 / MSM 8930 Pro

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.2 / 4.2.2 / 4.3 / 4.4 / 4.4.2 / KitKat 4.4.2

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum memory card size:64
RAM capacity:2
USB mass storage:Y / Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription / Prepaid

Technical Details

Color: Yes
Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search / Google Maps,Google Places,Google Voice Search / Google Play / Google Play, Google Voice Search
UMTS bands supported:850,1900,2100

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.31 / 0.311 / 0.35 / 0.352
Height:2.74 / 4.92 / 5.12 / 5.378 / 5.38 / 5.39
Weight:3.77 / 4.586 / 4.59
Width:2.41 / 2.71 / 2.748 / 2.75 / 3.53 / 5.39