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  Reply # 782264 15-Mar-2013 13:18
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ajobbins: I don't know why they keep feeling the need to make the screen bigger.

If you want a giant screen/phone, they have the Galaxy Note range.

If could make this same phone with same specs but a 4.5" screen (Even if it has to be a bit thicker), I'd buy one.


+1 kind of. I can understand why, but I don't think 5" is good for me. My hands are quite small + 4.8" seems like the ideal size for me. But this is of course a matter of opinion/hand size lol

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  Reply # 782265 15-Mar-2013 13:18
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There are some nice features with the camera app that was kind of impressive

But overall I for one would most likely not get a S4, just finished watching the live stream on youtube and wasnt too impressed..

I would say my S3 would last me another year till something more revolutionary comes around..

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  Reply # 782266 15-Mar-2013 13:23
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ajobbins: I don't know why they keep feeling the need to make the screen bigger.

If you want a giant screen/phone, they have the Galaxy Note range.

If could make this same phone with same specs but a 4.5" screen (Even if it has to be a bit thicker), I'd buy one.


+1 kind of. I can understand why, but I don't think 5" is good for me. My hands are quite small + 4.8" seems like the ideal size for me. But this is of course a matter of opinion/hand size lol



This was my concern too however if you read the announced spec sheet the phone is actually physically smaller than the s3, they've shrunk down the bezels rather than increased the size of the phone.

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  Reply # 782267 15-Mar-2013 13:28
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Its 0.7mm less in thickness, and 0.8mm less wide in the hand. Height is identical to s3.

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  Reply # 782269 15-Mar-2013 13:33
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Surprised nothing on pricing.

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  Reply # 782270 15-Mar-2013 13:34
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ajobbins: I don't know why they keep feeling the need to make the screen bigger.

If you want a giant screen/phone, they have the Galaxy Note range.

If could make this same phone with same specs but a 4.5" screen (Even if it has to be a bit thicker), I'd buy one.


+1 kind of. I can understand why, but I don't think 5" is good for me. My hands are quite small + 4.8" seems like the ideal size for me. But this is of course a matter of opinion/hand size lol


The real issue is the battery life. To drive a device on those specs needs space for the battery. Instead of making the process more efficient, they are just going to opt for a larger form factor as opposed to competing devices

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  Reply # 782271 15-Mar-2013 13:35
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ibuksh: There are some nice features with the camera app that was kind of impressive

But overall I for one would most likely not get a S4, just finished watching the live stream on youtube and wasnt too impressed..

I would say my S3 would last me another year till something more revolutionary comes around..


you could call this a galaxy s3-S LOL

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  Reply # 782272 15-Mar-2013 13:39
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Samsung Electronics announced today the fourth generation GALAXY S – the GALAXY S 4 – designed to get you closer to what matters in life and bring your world together.

Understanding what matters most to us in our lives, the Samsung GALAXY S 4* was developed to redefine the way we live and to maximise our fulfilment of life. This sleek and innovative smartphone makes every moment of life very meaningful; it understands the value of relationships, enabling true connections with friends and family. It believes in the importance of an effortless user experience, making your life easy and hassle-free; and, it empowers your life, helping take care of your well-being.

The beauty of the phone is the highly crafted design encompassing a larger screen size and battery, minimised bezel; all housed in a light (130g) and slim (7.9mm) shape. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 is slimmer yet stronger, with less to hold yet more to see. At launch, two colour options will be available – Black Mist and White Frost – with a variety of additional colour options to follow later this year.

“With the GALAXY S 4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “All the innovative features of GALAXY S 4 were developed based on the insights and needs we found from our consumers all around the world. Following the successful GALAXY S series, this phone is yet another great proof point of people-inspired innovation. At Samsung we’ll never stop pursuing innovation conceived by people, so we can inspire them in return.”

Meaningful Moments – Gives Greater Enjoyment

A rich life is one that’s filled with meaningful moments and the GALAXY S 4 captures and shares those special moments. The GALAXY S 4 has the world’s first Full HD Super AMOLED display to showcase images at their very best. Its 5-inch large screen has 441ppi for stunning viewing quality. The Samsung GALAXY S 4 also utilises Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3**, making it a durable travel companion for all of life’s adventures.

Equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, the GALAXY S 4 also boasts a ‘Dual Camera’ function that allows simultaneous use of both front and rear cameras. When capturing moments, users can choose from a variety of frame effects which blend the two pictures naturally and also adjust the size of the small picture inside the big one. Users can select eight different ways to combine the two photos taken by the front camera and the rear camera. At the same time, the ‘Dual Video Call’ function enables you to make and receive a video call with friends and family while showing what you are looking at during the call.

The camera functionality extends beyond Dual Camera, as the device is also equipped with 12 outstanding shooting modes including ‘Drama Shot’ which allows you to see all the action in one continuous time-lapse, and ‘Sound & Shot’. Sound & Shot uniquely stores sound and voice together as the picture is taken so those special moments are captured in the truest form imaginable, exactly as they happened.

These meaningful moments can also now automatically be stored in a photo album, with the new ‘Story Album’ function. Photos taken by the GALAXY S 4 are automatically gathered and sorted out according to your timeline, geo-tagging information, or a specific event to create a photo album. These unique story albums can be ordered and delivered as an offline photo album through a new partnership with Blurb****, so you can keep those precious moments safe to look at and share time and time again.

True Connections – Brings People Together

Samsung GALAXY S 4 enables true connections with the people in our lives.  It is more than a personal device that can be enjoyed by one user – it makes the most of our relationships allowing us to easily share and experience many of life’s pleasures together with family and friends, wherever you are.

With its ‘Group Play’^ function, users can enjoy music, photos, documents and games with those around them without even requiring a Wi-Fi AP or cellular signal. This innovative feature enables users to connect directly with others to share, play and co-create content and entertainment instantly. Its ‘Share Music’^ option allows users to have the same song playing on multiple phones in sync to create the best party atmosphere.

The GALAXY S 4 brings all people closer together by breaking down language barriers. It makes international travel a joy, with ‘S Translator’ which provides instant translation, using text or voice translation on applications including email, text message and ChatON. This instant translation is possible both from speech to text and text to speech and ensures that you can rely on the correct information whilst abroad.

The GALAXY S 4 supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE which means wherever you are in the world, you can rely on perfect connectivity. Especially, the LTE version supports up to six different band sets which allows it to function in most LTE coverage areas as well as enabling global LTE roaming.

Effortless Experience – Makes Things More Convenient

In today’s world, we are all looking for smart ways to make life easier and less stressful. The GALAXY S 4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.

‘Samsung Smart Pause’ enables you to control the screen by where you look. When you are watching a video, the video pauses when you look away then it starts right up again when you are back. ‘Samsung Smart Scroll’ allows you to scroll the browser or emails up and down without touching the screen. It recognises your face looking at the screen and movement of your wrist and then scrolls the pages up or down accordingly.

‘Air View’*** allows users to hover with their fingers to preview the content of an email, S Planner, image gallery or video without having to open it. You can even see a magnified view on the internet browser, or a phone number saved in the speed dial on the keypad. With ‘Air Gesture’, you can change the music track, scroll up and down a web page, or accept a call with a wave of your hand.

With ‘S VoiceTM Drive’^^ you can activate commands via voice control for optimisation when driving. Once connected with a car Bluetooth, the phone automatically turns into driving mode converting text to speech so you can easily and safely check messages with no need to look at the screen.

Samsung Optical Reader’ makes life yet more effortless, by automatically recognising text, a business card or QR code information, and providing useful functions such as translation, call, text message and search.

At home, using ‘Samsung WatchON’, the GALAXY S 4 will transform into an infrared remote to control your home entertainment system including TV, set-top box, DVD player and even air conditioner. In addition, you can enjoy various content including live TV, cable TV and video-on-demand based on the rich information provided by EPG (Electronic Program Guide).

Empowered Living – Takes Care Of Your Health and Quality of Life

The GALAXY S 4 empowers your life by keeping you up-to-date with health and wellbeing information using the new ‘S Health’ software. The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life. Also, users can easily check their health conditions using food diary, exercise diary and sleep monitor to stay fit and healthy (certain functions are enabled by specific accessories).

To further protect your wellbeing, ‘Samsung Adapt Display’ provides an optimal viewing experience, customised for each type of application, and ‘Samsung Adapt Sound’ offers an optimal level and type of sound, personalised for each user, to make the most out of life.

The Samsung GALAXY S 4 will be available in the second quarter of the year in New Zealand from major mobile retailers nationwide.

Samsung GALAXY S 4 Product Specifications:
 

Network

2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz

3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz

4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets(Dependent on market)

Display

5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi

AP

1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor

The selection of AP will be differed by markets.

OS

Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)

Camera

Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS

Video

Codec: MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark, HEVC

Recording & Playback: Full HD (1080p)

Audio

Codec: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Camera

Features

Dual Camera: Dual Shot / Dual Recording/ Dual Video Call

Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Cinema Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face,

Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports

 

Additional Features

Group Play: Share Music, Share Picture, Share Document, Play Games
 Story Album, S Translator, Optical Reader
Samsung Smart Scroll, Samsung Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Air View,
 Samsung Hub, ChatON (Voice/Video Call, Share screen, 3-way calling)

Samsung WatchON
 S Travel (Trip Advisor), S Voice™ Drive, S Health
Samsung Adapt Display, Samsung Adapt Sound

Auto adjust touch sensitivity (Glove friendly)
Safety Assistance, Samsung Link, Screen Mirroring
Samsung KNOX (B2B only)

Google Mobile Services

Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude

Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,

Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Voice Search

Connectivity

WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (HT80)

GPS / GLONASS

 NFC,  Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE)

IR LED (Remote Control), MHL 2.0

Sensor

Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer

Temperature & Humidity, Gesture

Memory

16/ 32/ 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB)

2GB RAM

Dimension

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g

Battery

2,600 mAh
* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

** Samsung GALAXY S 4 uses Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3 with Native Damage Resistance™. This cover glass, Corning’s newest formulation, enables improved damage and scratch resistance and reduced scratch visibility.

Android, Google, Android Beam, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude, Google Play, Google Plus. YouTube, Google Talk, Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads are trademarks of Google Inc.






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  Reply # 782273 15-Mar-2013 13:40
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Kopkiwi: Yeah the looks are a real let down. Yes the insides of the device are what counts. But for a premium price wouldn't mind a premium looking device. Much like the butterfly


I've a feeling that Samsung is taking Intel's approach to introducing new product - the Tick and Tock model, and I think this is the Tock year, a software improvement year from the S3's Tick, and my guess is that only new comer (like me) who looking for an upgrade would dive into it, while the old user of the SGS3 might stick around until the next Tick year.

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  Reply # 782285 15-Mar-2013 14:08
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too many hardware improvements over S3, octa processor, 2gb ram, full hd, so I'll upgrade, the software I most likely won't use but certainly 4G/LTE is going to be a must before next year.

So the physical size hasn't changed but already people saying its too big, go figure 'hello perception this is reality calling' ;)




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  Reply # 782290 15-Mar-2013 14:19
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khull:

The real issue is the battery life. To drive a device on those specs needs space for the battery. Instead of making the process more efficient, they are just going to opt for a larger form factor as opposed to competing devices


Yes, I would prefer more was put into battery life, and less into the other things. The battery life on the s3 is poor, but it isn't great on many smart phones. Battery life for me is the number 1 thing they should try to solve with these things. Maybe even make them solar or similar powered so they are always charging. I personally see no reason to upgrade for my own usage.

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  Reply # 782301 15-Mar-2013 14:23
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jeffnz: too many hardware improvements over S3, octa processor, 2gb ram, full hd, so I'll upgrade, the software I most likely won't use but certainly 4G/LTE is going to be a must before next year.

So the physical size hasn't changed but already people saying its too big, go figure 'hello perception this is reality calling' ;)


Yes it has, its smaller ;)

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  Reply # 782318 15-Mar-2013 14:53
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@kiwitrc ahh indeed my mistake, maybe its an optical illusion then :)




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  Reply # 782323 15-Mar-2013 14:56
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jeffnz: @kiwitrc ahh indeed my mistake, maybe its an optical illusion then :)


Just did a few numbers, S4 vs S3.

S4 is 10% smaller,
23% more battery capacity,
4% more screen,
2% lighter (could be a problem as I am forever losing my S3 only to find it in my pocket),
44% higher pixel density.

Someone else can do the grunt improvements.

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  Reply # 782325 15-Mar-2013 14:57
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@mattwnz strangely my battery life on S3 way better than S2 and S1 although it is bigger screen but also way bigger power wise.

The 2600 battery on S4 should help but then again it is a smartphone so when you are saying the S3 has bad battery life what are you actually comparing it to?

excuse the off topic.




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