It’s here at last, Samsung’s biggest release for a year. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will doubtless be popular but is it the best smartphone of the year, and are the new features – and there are oh, so many of them – worth having?
The brand has not radically changed the design of the phone compared to last year’s Samsung Galaxy S3. Why would it – the S3 was massively popular, so the company knew it had a winning design.
Even so, look closely and you’ll see tha the Samsung S4 has definite style improvements, with straighter lines and a sleeker, more serious look to it. But it’s the same gloss plastic finish, so if you’re keener on a more premium feel like the iPhone 5 or HTC One, you may feel this is a bit shouty. Even so, it’s a classier look than the S3.
Samsung Galaxy S4: Size and build
Like last year’s model, the Samsung S4 isn’t a phone for petite hands. But Samsung has squeezed in a screen that’s bigger than last year’s into a handset that’s slightly smaller (the dimensions are 136.6mm tall, the same as the S3, while the width and depth, 69.8mm and 7.9mm, are smaller).