The Samsung Galaxy S4 Shows Amazing Innovations for Smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been rumored to be the most innovative and top-notch smart phone to hit the market to date. Now that it’s here it is up to the user to decide how “intelligent” the S4 really is. To begin with, the S4 is a pretty remarkable phone that will give all predecessors a run for their money, but that doesn’t mean it’s flawless. The phone, itself, charges remarkably fast and is significantly thinner than current high-ranking competitors like the iPhone 5, but it is also longer. The screen, though large enough to read all content without straining one’s eyes, makes one handed texting or typing a bit of a struggle. A screen this big, however, allows for some great photo editing capabilities not found on previous smart phones.

The S4 comes with an amateur photographer’s dream of photo editing that is simple and easy to use. Great features like beauty mode, sound and shot mode, and dual camera mode are only three of the latest thirteen camera options the S4 offers. Be prepared to take pictures with both the 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and the 2-megapixel front-facing camera simultaneously to create a combined shot. Unfortunately, not all of the camera modes are as simple to figure out. Motion editing modes like “eraser” or “animated” both promise to edit out or enhance movement in photos but don’t always work as promised. Regardless of what mode you are using, the photo clarity will satisfy every user.

Aside from great cameras, the S4 embarked on a mission to bring some really interesting features to the table, though their usefulness can come into question. The S4’s “WatchOn” feature may be one of the coolest ideas smart phones have begun to focus on. The idea of turning a phone into a universal remote, personalized TV guide, and live streamer is pretty promising and goes to show that various media platforms are just meant to work together. The feature, like with most of the phone’s applications, works pretty effectively with an in-phone tutorial for the less tech savvy users. In fact, the entire phone can be simplified to accommodate first time smart phone users by enabling “Easy Mode.” Though the feature has seemingly good intentions behind it, “Easy Mode” seems almost over simplified to the point that people who enable it probably won’t want to switch out of it afterwards to go forth to a more complex system.

Finally, the S4’s attempts to revolutionize “touch screen” come off mostly useless. The Air Gesture infrared sensor is a great idea and will probably be very useful with a few more developments, but for now the sensor is a bit too slow to use to its full extent. Granted, being able to check your phone’s notifications by simply waving your hand over the screen is great, but the sensor does not work as well when scrolling through photo albums or browsers, but it’s headed in the right direction. Air view is going to get somewhere soon, as well. It’s convenient being able to hover over a calendar date and read one’s notes without exiting the entire screen, but it takes some patience for the hover sensor to read the average finger’s presence.

All in all the S4 is a pretty solid phone, and though it might be too big to typically fit in your back pocket, it’s still an incredibly useful device leading smart phones to some revolutionary, new innovations.

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