The Samsung Galaxy S4: What are you waiting for?!
By Conrad Meyer
Well, you've certainly seen the advertisements and you've probably read some of the reviews. (And you've been witnessing the tarnishing of the Apple star.) And you are still putting off getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 until you are sure it’s the best thing.
Of course most of the reviews of the S4 have told you about breathtaking new features like eye scrolling, hand waving, and telepathic directions, but what do you need all that stuff for? And accompanying the description of all those features are the notes that tell you some of those features are glitchy and don't quite deliver on everything they promise.
So why should you upgrade to the S4? Here are a few reasons:
A brilliant screen
Samsung has pushed the limits of phone size and screen size with a 5" screen that gets closer edge to edge than virtually any phone before it. Compare it to the new HTC. You'll quickly notice the difference 0.5" can make. The extra width of the S4 simply allows you to read more text per line. Or have a bigger video window. When it comes to screens, bigger is simply better and they've squeezed it into as small a case as possible.
Have you been missing the little message indicator light from your BlackBerry? Well the S4 has one. Such a simple addition, yet such a welcome one. A subtle blue LED flashes for new texts and emails. Why didn't they think of this before?
The amazing camera
Yes, the S4’s camera has a lot of megapixels but don't they all? It also has all kinds of extra features for multiple exposures, selfies, etc. But what I've failed to see mentioned in the reviews is the shake-reduction software. This makes a huge difference in the picture quality.
One of the biggest problems with cell phone pictures is that the shutter requires you to push the phone, moving it and ultimately disturbing the exposure. Shake reduction is an incredible enhancement delivering razor sharp images almost all the time. Combine this feature with the facial recognition focusing and you've really eliminated the need for a point-and-shoot camera. Of course you can share any pic instantly via text, email, Facebook or whatever.
If you're using an older phone that isn't running 4G LTE, you don't know what you're missing. 4G LTE download speeds might even beat your modem at home! I've personally recorded download speeds of 30 mbps and upload speeds of 15 mbps. What does that mean? Well, your cable company probably guarantees you speeds of 15/4 mbps, unless you’re paying a premium each month. Imagine web pages that load faster on your smartphone than on your home computer!
Stream HD videos without watching that little wheel spinning around. Granted, you may not have a good connection everywhere you are, but the speed of a 4G LTE, combined with the new processor in this phone, makes for an astonishingly useful device. Even using Google maps – it loads instantly and provides turn by turn directions in an instant.
Ok, so this is one of those "fancy" features that I'll never use, right? Wrong. Voice recognition has come a long way and the S4 showcases the latest software at its finest. Who needs Siri? Voice command searches are accurately deciphered and quickly recognized – even many proper names, including capitalization! You no longer need to think of voice commands as a useless extra feature that works only a fraction of the time. It is now a perfect tool for searches and even dictating messages. Try it and you'll be a believer.
Don't wait for the next big thing, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the next big thing!
Conrad Meyer is an avid technology early adopter and active contributor on many Internet forums. Balancing a full time career in investment banking and diverse hobbies such as digital audio and video, motorsports, and competitive bicycling, he still finds time to be an engaged husband and father of two daughters, aged 10 and 13.