For those who missed the livestream of the Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement (especially those outside the U.S.) and still haven’t had a chance to watch it, I’ve embedded the Samsung Galaxy S4 Unpacked Youtube Video below. It took place at New York’s iconic Radio City Hall, otherwise known as the Showplace of the Nation. Did it excite and showcase a huge leap in Samsung innovation? Personally, I’d say no.
Sure there was a lot of glitz and glamor behind the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, and yes, I found it entertaining despite the many boos I heard on the internet. But at the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is just a minor upgrade from the S3. There isn’t anything crazily amazing that would encourage me to recommend the Samsung Galaxy S4 over its current competitors : Sony Xperia Z, LG Google Nexus 4 or the HTC One. They’re all superb Androids.
For more context here’s the summary of major features of the Samsung Galaxy S4, of which many were on the rumor list that I wrote a few weeks ago:
Samsung Galaxy S4 Main Features:
- Plastic body and aluminum edges
- 130 grams
- 4.99 inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1920 x 1080
- 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor (depending on region)
- 2GB of RAM
- Eye-tracking features – Smart scroll and smart pause
- 13 Megapixel rear Camera (4128 x 3096 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio), 2 Megapixel front camera
- Comes in white and black
- Three internal storage options : 16GB, 32GB and 64GB
- MicroSD Card expandable
- New version of Touchwiz
- 440 ppi screen sharp text and images
- Gorilla Glass 3
- Li-iOn 2600 mAh Battery
- Bluetooth 4
- FM Radio
- 5G Wifi (802.11 ac WiFi)
- Dual camera functionality which allows for using both cameras for video and photos
What I liked about the Samsung Galaxy S4
What I did like about the Samsung Galaxy S4, is that Samsung has continued keeping it the practical powerful workhorse that the S3 was. The 440 ppi screen, MicroSD expansion slot, 2600mAh, 130 grams weight and 64GB version all make it extremely functional as well as give it a slight edge over its competitors.
I won’t be convinced about the 13MP camera until I try it – I wasn’t too happy with the 8MP on the S3 because I felt images came out dull as compared to viewing it on the actual device. The camera is a big factor for me being an avid photographer.
Bad Timing and Too Little Samsung
If I were Samsung, I wouldn’t have rushed so fast to release the S4. Instead, I would have waited for Apple to reveal its next iPhone and then trumped that with even better hardware and software.
A lot of the Samsung faithful have only just forked out hard earned cash for their Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2, and I don’t see enough substantial enhancements to compel one to shell out for another device so soon. I can’t see the Samsung Galaxy S4 being as successful as the S3 due to the timing and lack of improvements. I could be wrong, but this is my gut feeling. Let’s check back again in a couple of months on this post as I know that Samsung have their hopes high on selling at least 100 million units in the next 12 months.
Kudos for Trying
On the other hand, I would have to applaud Samsung for trying to do something different in regards to product releases. The launch event at NYC Radio City Hall is definitely one of the biggest I’ve seen! Well done to Youtube as well for being able to handle 400,000+ concurrent viewers!
Check out the launch yourself – I’m keen to hear what you thought.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Unpacked Youtube Video 2013