With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 originally scheduled for this week, major tech websites are now weighing in with their reviews. (Note: due to stocking shortages, the S4’s release has been pushed back to next week for major U.S. carriers like T Mobile and Sprint.) Below are snips of “what they’re saying” about the Galaxy S4.
David Pogue, New York Times: In the end, the Galaxy S4 is a good choice for people at opposite ends of the technical spectrum: gadget hounds who love to customize at one end, and (thanks to Easy Mode) the easily overwhelmed at the other. For everyone else, the S4 may be buggy in spots and laden with not-quite-there features. But the basics are excellent; this phone is still a fast, bright, handsome pocket rocket. It easily earns its place as a successor to the Galaxy S3 and a rival to the iPhone.
Joanna Stern, ABC News: If you are looking for an Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 is a great choice. It's jam-packed with new camera features, it's fast, and it has all-day battery life. Beyond all that, its software enhancements make it stand out amongst all other Android phones and even the iPhone. I just wish Samsung had put that same attention into the design of the physical phone. The HTC One and the iPhone 5 are simply better-designed and crafted pieces of hardware.
Brent Rose, Gizmodo: The S4 is far from a bad phone. In fact, were it not for the HTC One, it would be the best Android phone you can buy. And one can't help but think that had Samsung poured all of its innovation into maximizing the practical user experience — instead of highly ignorable gimmicks — it might have taken the crown.
Christina Warren, Mashable: The Galaxy S4 manages to build on the framework that helped Samsung sell over 100 million Galaxy S III devices in under 12 months, and it packs in new features and better specs to keep it competitive with the likes of the HTC One and other high-end Android devices. After spending about a week with the Galaxy S4, I feel it is not only the best Galaxy product to date — it's one of my favorite Android smartphones ever.
Jessica Dolcourt, CNET: With the Galaxy S4, Samsung clinches its goal of global smartphone domination. The supercharged Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device may look like a toy compared with the stunning HTC One and the dapper iPhone 5. But taken together, its blazing quad-core processor, colorful 5-inch HD screen, sharp-shooting 13-megapixel camera, and mile-high stack of software extras make the Galaxy S4 the most powerful superphone anywhere in the world. Its laundry list of features requires time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.
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