Itemprop=”caption”> With the Samsung Galaxy S4 will refer the competition from Apple, Sony and HTC on the courts. © Samsung
G eht it to Samsung, the days are finally over, as smartphones only soulless, trimmed to technical excellence pockets devices were. With the new Galaxy S4 bring the South Koreans a device on the market that wants to be more than just the fusion of camera, console, MP3 player and phone. The new top model is a “life companion”, a companion for all situations, it sounds cocky in advertising. But Samsung can meet its ambitious claims? We have tested the device.
At first glance, the Galaxy S3, S4 looks confusingly similar to its predecessor. But the difference is in the details: The phone is slightly longer and slimmer, the narrow frame around the display. The 7.9 millimeter thin enclosure is surrounded by a plastic strip in chrome finish and looks a bit edgier than its predecessor. Samsung has clearly based the form on the pin-Mobile Galaxy Note second The home button has also changed the sensors and the front-facing camera at the top have swapped places.
Like all Galaxy models is the S4 plastic, giving the weight benefit – but not the feeling of quality. Although the S4 is well made, but is a really well when opening the back is not. Remains always the fear that the cover could bend or even break. This concern may be unfounded – as a 700 euro phone, the Galaxy S4 but not feel. Android smartphones that can look really good, HTC and Sony have proved: The HTC one has a slightly curved aluminum case made by Sony Xperia Z tempered glass. Who liked the predecessor, but the expected peak at the new model have a field day. Overall, Samsung dares the design but little new.
With a weight of 130 grams, the device is, despite its imposing size of five-inch well in the hand. At 7.9 millimeters, it is also very slim. By comparison, the iPhone 5 measures 7.6 millimeters in height, the HTC one at the thickest point 9.3
Itemprop=”caption”> Looks almost like its predecessor, but has a much better display: the Samsung Galaxy S4 © Samsung
The power of the four heart
The great strength of the Galaxy S4 are the inner values. Ahead there was much ado about the installed processor: At the premiere in March, Samsung unveiled its flagship smartphone is the first with eight-core processor. But in this country, only a Snapdragon chip 600 used a quad-core processor with 1.9 GHz clock rate. He has two gigabytes of memory to the side. Thus creating the Galaxy S4 itself demanding 3D games like “Real Racing 3″ or “4 Dungeon Hunter” effortlessly. In benchmark tools that measure the performance of smartphones, the device reaches almost twice as many points as its predecessor.
Even with the remaining features, Samsung has not spilled, but padded: The Super AMOLED screen measures five inches (S3: 4.8 inches) and has a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The predecessor still content with 1280 x 720 pixels. Although the S4 comes with the brightness not the HTC one approach, but the colors are more crisp on the Samsung phone. The viewing angle is very good: Even with almost horizontal look at the screen, the colors and contrasts remain unchanged. Another advantage: The display can be as Nokia’s Lumia 920 operate even with gloves
Itemprop=”caption”> The 13-megapixel rear camera of the Galaxy S4 makes very good pictures. © Samsung
The two cameras take very good pictures: The rear camera has a 13 megapixel sensor, a two-megapixel front-facing camera enables video calling in Full HD. The flash illuminates the image very well, so even in low light photos sizable arise.
In terms of connectivity the Galaxy S4 pulls out all the stops: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G, LTE and microUSB are also on board as an infrared interface, with which the device can be used as a universal remote. In the test, it worked only partially: While the device recognized a four year old Samsung LCD TV and it was on and off. When changing channels, and the regulation of volume but strengthened the mobile strike.
The replaceable battery in the new S4 has a capacity of 2600 mAh (S3 2100 mAh). Despite the brilliant displays and fast computing chip, the Galaxy S4 holds by similar long as other upper-class smartphones.