Samsung Galaxy S4: Is It Worth Upgrading?

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Samsung Galaxy S4: Is It Worth Upgrading?

Samsung unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at a spangly event in New York last week. There had been a huge hype surrounding the new Galaxy device prior to its launch, and the internet had been awash with rumours, leaks and speculation.

Upgrading to The Galaxy S4

Now the Galaxy S4 is finally official though, many are asking how will it fare against the hugely successful Galaxy S III, and more specifically, should I upgrade?

Upgradable features

The Samsung Galaxy S4 features a raft of exciting new features, however, a recent report suggests that some of the unique functionality offered by the device will be made available via an over-the-air update to other Galaxy handsets such as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.

Nick DiCarlo, Samsung’s vice president of portfolio planning, told PC Mag that certain features would eventually be coming to the Galaxy S III. He said:

Anything that we can do that’s not dependent on hardware like infrared, we’ll definitely bring to all the flagship devices.

So, what are these features? Well, there’s S Translator, an app that can translate speech and printed text in 9 different languages, and S Voice Drive, a voice-activated assistant designed specifically for use when driving. As both of these functions don’t require specific hardware in order to function it’s likely we’ll see these on the Galaxy S III at some point.

There’s also Air Gesture and Air View features that allow users to perform actions without having to make physical contact with the display. These features utilise the handset’s front-facing camera as so it’s thought that these will make the jumps to earlier Galaxy devices eventually too.

Design and hardware differences

Looking at the design of the Galaxy S4 in comparison to its predecessor it’s obvious that Samsung has not made a radical departure.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Upgradable Features

Both handsets boast similar dimensions – the Galaxy S III is 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm and weighs 131g, and the Galaxy S4 is 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm with a weight of 130g. The two devices also feature rounded corners and a physical home button centrally positioned below the display. However, where the Galaxy S III featured a 4.8-inch HD super AMOLED display, The Galaxy S4 ups its game with a 5-inch full HD super AMOLED display.

Of course, although the devices may look pretty similar, there’s quite a few differences under the hood. The Galaxy S III features a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, but the Galaxy S4 trumps this with its Exynos octa-core 1.6GHz processor. The camera has also been upped in the Galaxy S4 clocking in at 13 megapixels, whereas the S III featured an 8 megapixel snapper.

S4 in demand

Although the Galaxy S4 and S III are not miles apart aesthetically and some of the new S4 functionality will eventually show up on the on the S III, the new flagship is still in high demand.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Demand

Details revealed by Phones 4u show that demand for the Galaxy S4 is 40% higher than demand for the Galaxy S III in the UK. These figures are based on how many people registered their interest in the devices in the first 48 hours after they were announced. Over 50 million Galaxy S III units have been shipped to date, but the Galaxy S4 is pegged to beat this figure.
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It seems Samsung is taking a leaf out of Apple’s book when it comes to new flagship devices, making incremental updates rather than completely overhauling the phones. Apple’s iPhone devices are a prime example of this kind of smartphone evolution working successfully, as the differences between the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 have been subtle yet each has been more successful than the last.

The Galaxy range of smartphones is incredibly popular, especially the Galaxy S flagship handsets, so it’s likely many will upgrade even if the new device only has had an incremental update. It’s also good news for Galaxy S III owners too, as they will be getting some extra functionality added to their handset in due course.

So even though the Galaxy S4 doesn’t have a radical new design and some of its new features aren’t as exclusive as was made out to be, it looks like this could not only be the best selling Galaxy smartphone of all time but also the biggest selling handset of 2013 too.

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This guest post was written by Abbi Cox of Phones 4u, who have loads of great deals on Samsung smartphones.

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  • looks alright!

  • planning to upgrade my current CP to this mobile phone.. coz it’s look amazing and cool..

  • looking forward to the 4, loved the Note 1 and now the regular size phone II.

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