Yes, you read that correctly. I’ve been an Apple fan for over 10 years and I’ve loved my iPhone for the past few years, but it’s time to evolve. I had the opportunity to test a Samsung GALAXY S4 from Verizon Wireless on the 4G LTE network and I fell head over heals for it. I ask myself why haven’t I explored sooner?! Stubborn, I suppose.
At first glance, the Samsung GALAXY S4 has a much larger display screen; 5inch (1920 x 1080) display to be exact. I’ve suffered from migraines in the past and scrolling my iPhone did not help the situation, especially since I always had to squint and pull the screen up to my face. After using the Samsung, I was able to enjoy a larger viewing screen of my fave social apps and websites, without triggering and/or aggravating a migrane.
The Samsung GALAXY S4 feels so much lighter than an *iPhone. Picking up the Samsung made my iPhone feel like a brick and another perk I like are the camera features. The Dual Shot feature uses both the front and rear cameras, allowing you to record a video and still be in the family portrait. So cool! I like the Eraser Shot feature that allows you to snap a photo and then any erase distractions with just a touch. That’s great, because there is no need to open up a paid app to edit a photo. Here are a few more features the Samsung come with: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Animated Photo, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports.
Let’s get down to some features that made me want to switch from an iPhone to Samsung GALAXY S4. The Samsung GALAXY S4 is designed with the multi-tasker in mind. Really. You can call a friend, answer the phone, preview emails and control videos without even touching the phone. Yes, you read that right. When I first tried the Airview/Air gesture Control, I thought it was awesome. It took a few tries to get the hang of it, but who needs a touch screen, when you have Air Gesture?! You can also connect your Samsung GALAXY S4 to your home entertainment system and it can suggest TV programs based on what you like using the WatchOn feature.
Here are more ways the Samsung GALAXY S4 makes your life easier:
Samsung Smart Pause:
Pauses whatever you’re watching, when you look away from the screen so you don’t miss anything and resumes where you left off when you look back at the screen again. Building off of the GALAXY S3’s Smart Stay, the Samsung GALAXY S4 knows what you’re doing and intuitively moves along with you. Whenever you look away, the Samsung GALAXY S4 makes sure to pause whatever you’re watching, so you don’t miss anything.
Airview/Air Gesture Control:
This is one of my favorite features. Preview emails or enlarge content & photos with your finger barely hovering over the screen. Simply motion your hand at the Samsung GALAXY S4 to accept calls, change music, or browse the web and your photos with Air Gesture. Air View makes it quicker, easier, and super-convenient to enlarge content and photos, preview emails, and speed dial all with your finger barely hovering over the screen. Even when you’re wearing gloves, the Samsung GALAXY S4 still responds to your touch.
Connect your Samsung GALAXY S4 with your home entertainment system and let it be your TV expert. It suggests different programs based on your preferences, provides program schedules, and does the channel surfing for you. The Samsung GALAXY S4 even allows you to remotely control the TV or set top boxes. So sit back, relax and let the Samsung GALAXY S4 take the work and hassle out of TV for you.
Samsung HomeSync is the optimum personal cloud device for family entertainment. With 1TB of storage capacity, Samsung HomeSync stores tons of pictures and videos once it’s taken wherever you and your family members are. Bring Android games, movies, TV shows and streaming content directly into your living room on a large and vivid TV. Mirror Mouse, the specialized navigating feature of the Samsung GALAXY S4, is a much simpler and easier way to enjoy all the features of Samsung HomeSync!
Samsung Adapt Sound:
The Samsung GALAXY S4 dials music up and down and balances left and right audio based on your hearing, the sound source and your preferences. The Samsung GALAXY S4 provides an optimal sound experience tailored to you.
A few hidden features are Quick Setting Panel with two fingers (image below), Multitasking with pop-up keyboard, Wi-Fi Timer for efficient data usage and Optimizing in-call audio clarity just to name a few. Click here to read more about each on the Samsung Tomorrow website.
Here’s the unveiling of my Samsung GALAXY S4:
Here is what is included in the box:
- Samsung GALAXY S4
- Standard 2600 mAH Lithium Ion Battery
- Wall/USB charger
- Stereo Headset
- Quick Reference Guide
- Global Support Brochure
- Product Safety & Warranty Brochure
- Important Consumer Information
- RF Brochure
Now that you have a better idea of some of the Samsung GALAXY S4 features, would you make the switch from your current smartphone? Why or why not? I never thought I’d want to stray from the iPhone, but this chica is ready to experience life with a shiny new Samsung GALAXY S4.
*iPhone 4 or 4S.
This is not a paid post. I was given a Samsung Galaxy S4 to review and all opinions are my own.