Another year, another pointless handset release by Samsung who are hell bent on hogging the entire Android market with an endless stream of tiresome Galaxy handsets, each slightly different from the last but with the same tired look and creaky build quality. Hats off to Samsung though, at least they’ve tried to make an effort with the S4, albeit a half assed one; instead of the usual tactic of making their flagship handset look like it’s been covered with glue and then dipped into a bucket of the cheapest plastic available without causing offence, the S4 actually has a sliver of metal around the edge that makes it as nice as a Samsung can be. Sure, it’s no oil painting and the metal isn’t real, and both the iPhone and HTC One beat it to a pulp in the quality stakes, but it’s a start.
Dimensions are still ludicrous but in a good way; it’s the same size as last years rubbish S3 but has a larger screen. Does make you wonder though, why didn’t they just do that with the S3 last year. All these touchscreen handsets are way too big anyway but if you’re determined to get a moby the size of a jumbo pitta bread, might as well get something that maximises the space.
The accompanying software additions are the usual lame gimmicks. This time round we have air gestures and a smart view. Neither will save you any time, neither is a must-have feature and neither will be the reason you buy an S4.
The handset is 4G enabled for anyone stupid enough to fall for this overpriced scam. Here in the UK you can’t even get a reliable 3G signal let alone 4G. Worst of all though, Samsung has removed the FM radio from the S4 citing that most users listen to streaming radio now over the Internet so there’s no need for an FM hardware solution. Of course, this is utter bullshit and whoever made that call at Samsung deserves a right royal slap because streaming radio is as rubbish as it sounds.
So the Galaxy S4 then; overpriced, oversized and overrated, basically the same crap as the S3. Roll on the next pointless update to this inbred collection of monotonous malingering mobiles.