/// Galaxy S 4 Is a Good, but Not a Great, Step Up

April 24, 2013  |  All Things Digital

[ See post to watch video ] Samsung has been on a roll. The success of its many models of smartphones, aided by massive marketing campaigns, has made it by far the leading maker of devices running on Google’s Android operating system and the chief rival to Apple in smartphones. In fact, Samsung is almost as synonymous with Android as Google. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Now, the Korean electronics giant is about to launch its latest flagship phone in the U.S., a market where it hasn’t been able to dislodge Apple’s iPhone as the leader. The new model, called the Galaxy S 4, will roll out over the next week at AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, and likely sometime in May at Verizon Wireless. I’ve been testing the Galaxy S 4 intensively for four days and while I admire some of its features, overall, it isn’t a game-changer. It’s an evolution of the prior model and despite some improvements, it still is especially weak in the software Samsung adds to basic Android. I found Samsung’s software often gimmicky, duplicative of standard Android apps, or, in some cases, only intermittently functional. I urge readers looking for a new Android smartphone to carefully consider the more polished-looking, and quite capable, HTC One , rather than defaulting to the latest Samsung.

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Galaxy S 4 Is a Good, but Not a Great, Step Up

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