If you are reading this blog, you are clearly aware of the Samsung Galaxy S4 by now. But is it really a big step up from its predecessor the S3? And how does it compare to rivals such as the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4? Read on to find out.

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Samsung’s latest offering features a five-inch, Full HD screen with SuperAMOLED technology included too for good measure. This gives the Galaxy a pixel density of 441 ppi. Compared to the rest of the market, this fares favourably, with major competitors such as the iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 sporting 326 ppi and 320 ppi respectively. “In the flesh”, this makes the S4’s screen impressively vibrant, without being as over the top as previous models. The OLED display also means that when the pixel is black, it simply turns the screen off, thus preserving energy and making blacks look darker. Overall, it is difficult to find any fault at all with the screen on the S4.


As is now customary with the hugely-successful Galaxy range, Samsung again use their TouchWiz overlay for the Google Android OS, this time building on top of the latest Jelly Bean 4.2 software version. However, it is difficult to notice many changes between the S3 and S4 in this regard. Samsung still haven’t added the functionality whereby dragging and dropping one icon on top of another creates a folder. While this may not seem a big deal, the current method for completing this relatively straightforward task is unnecessarily clunky, and this simple refinement would help the OS a lot.

In summary, while it may not be much of a step up from the S3 in this regard, those new to the Galaxy or upgrading from the second iteration will no doubt be blown away by the S4’s lightning fast reaction times.


One of the major bugbears for many with the S4 is the storage. While it is available with either a 16GB, 32GB or 64GB hard drive, over 8GB of this is taken up by the OS and mandatory applications. Meaning if you can only afford the smaller drives, you don’t have much room to play with. This isn’t helped by the fact that apps can’t be installed onto the removable SD card either, so while that option will allow you to carry more music or photos around with you for instance, it won’t increase your app storage capabilities.


Undoubtedly, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a fantastic phone, well deserving of its place right at the top of the smartphone tree. While those upgrading early from the last version may be a little underwhelmed by the step up, everyone else will find plenty here to admire.