Samsung Galaxy S3 vs S4
We are keen about the changes in the smartphone market and quick to adapt to the changes in order to benefit from them. That is the ultimate edge a techie customer has against techie products making us anticipate more changes! The shift from a dumb operating system to a smart operating system happened in the mid-2000s with the introduction of Apple iOS and subsequently with the introduction of Google Android OS. These two introductions are in fact monumental milestones in the smartphone market and build the pillars of the smartphones we see today. Eventually alternative operating systems like Microsoft Windows Phone and Blackberry OS evolved and emerged; but the pillars stand proud having headed a huge transition. The manufacturers who were quick to adapt to this transition has undoubtedly benefited from it compared to the ones who were slow to adapt to that change. In particular, Samsung has always been keen on taking up new tech in to their devices which made them embrace Android and that have brought nothing but success to them. With their much celebrated Samsung Galaxy S line, they were able to penetrate almost every possible market in the world and became the largest smartphone seller in the world and exceeded the sales of the Apple iPhone for the first time. Their sales grew from Galaxy S to Galaxy S II to Galaxy S3 and Samsung reports that they have sold over 30 million units of Samsung Galaxy S3. This is actually not a coincidence nor Samsung’s luck; it is because of Samsung’s great marketing efforts and strategic planning that they have achieved this. We are delighted to see the same effort is been put to market their newest product Samsung Galaxy S4. Here we have compared Samsung’s new cash cow with its predecessor.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Review
Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally revealed after the long anticipation and we are here to cover the event. Galaxy S4 looks smart and elegant as ever. The outer cover emanates Samsung’s attention to detail with their new polycarbonate material making up the cover of the device. It comes in Black and White with the usual rounded edges we are used to in Galaxy S3. It is 136.6 mm long while 69.8 mm wide with 7.9 mm thick. You can clearly see that Samsung has kept the size almost the same as Galaxy S3 to give a sense of familiarity while making it rather thin for a smartphone of this caliber. What this would imply is that you are going to have more screen to look at while having the same size as Galaxy S3. The display panel is 5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display panel featuring a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a pixel density of 441 ppi. This is actually the first Samsung smartphone to feature 1080p resolution screen although several other manufacturers beat Samsung to it. Nonetheless, this display panel is incredibly vibrant and interactive. Oh and Samsung features hover gestures in Galaxy S4; that is to say you can just hover your finger without actually touching the display panel to activate certain gestures. Another cool feature Samsung has included is the ability to perform touch gestures even with wearing gloves which would be a step forward towards usability. The Adapt Display feature in Samsung Galaxy S4 can adapt the display panel to make the display better depending on what you are looking at.
Samsung Galaxy S4 has 13MP camera that comes with bunch of awesome features. It certainly doesn’t necessarily feature a newly crafted lens; but Samsung’s new software features are sure to be a hit. Galaxy S4 has the ability to include audio in to photos you snap which can act as a live memory. As Samsung put it, it’s like adding another dimension to the visual memories captured. The camera can capture over 100 snaps within 4 second which is just awesome; and the new Drama Shot features means that you can choose multiple snaps for a single frame. It also has an eraser feature which can erase unwanted objects from your photos. Finally Samsung feature dual camera which lets you to capture the photographer as well as the subject and superimpose yourself in the snap. Samsung has also included an inbuilt translator called S Translator which can translate nine languages as of now. It can translate from text to text, speech to text and speech to speech in any way convenient for you. It can also translate written words from menu, books or magazines as well. Right now, S Translator supports French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. It is also deeply integrated with their chat applications as well.
Samsung has also included a customized version of S Voice which can act as your personal digital assistant and Samsung has optimized this to be used when you are driving too. We are yet to test their new navigation system which is integrated with S4. They have made the transfer from your old smartphone to new Galaxy S4 very easy with the introduction of Smart Switch. The user can separate their personal and work spaces using the Knox feature enabled in Galaxy S4. The new Group Play connectivity seems like a new differentiating factor as well. There were a lot of rumors going on about Samsung Smart Pause which tracks your eyes and pauses a video when you look away and scrolls down when you look down or up which is awesome. S Health application can be used to track your health details including your diet, exercises and can connect external equipment to record data as well. They also have a new cover that is more or less similar to the iPad cover which makes the device sleep when the cover closes. As we have speculated, Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 4G LTE connectivity as well as 3G HSDPA connectivity along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity. Strangely enough, Samsung has decided to include a microSD card slot on top of the 16 / 32 /64 GB internal memory you already have. Now we come down to what’s under the hood; it’s not very clear about the processor although Samsung seems to ship Galaxy S4 with two versions. The Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor is featured in Samsung Galaxy S4 which Samsung claims as the world’s first 8 core mobile processor and models in some regions will feature Quad Core processor as well. The Octa processor concept follows a recent whitepaper released by Samsung. They have taken a patent for the technology from ARM and it’s known as big.LITTLE. The whole idea is to have two sets of Quad Core processors, the lower end Quad Core processors would consist of ARM’s A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHz while the high end Quad Core processors will have ARM’s A15 cores clocked at 1.6GHz. Theoretically, this will make Samsung Galaxy S4 the fastest smartphone in the world as of now. Samsung has also included three PowerVR 544 GPU chips in Galaxy S4 making it the fastest smartphone in terms of graphics performance as well; at least theoretically. The RAM is the usual 2GB which is plenty for this beefy device. You certainly don’t have to worry about the performance with Samsung’s signature product because that is going to pack up plenty of action to keep it running for a whole year at the top of the market. The inclusion of removable battery is also a nice addition compared to all the unibody designs we’ve been seeing.
Samsung introducing Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III) Review
Galaxy S3, the 2012 flagship device of Samsung, comes in two color combinations, Pebble Blue and Marble White. The cover is made with a glossy plastic that Samsung called as Hyperglaze, and I have to tell you, it feels so good in your hands. It retains a striking similarity to Galaxy Nexus rather than Galaxy S II having curvier edges and no hump at the back. It is 136.6 x 70.6mm in dimensions and has a thickness of 8.6mm with a weight of 133g. As you can see, Samsung has managed to produce this monster of a smartphone with a very reasonable size and weight. It comes with a 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen that features a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 306ppi. There’s apparently, no surprise here, but Samsung has incorporated PenTile matrix instead of using RGB matrix for their touchscreen. The image reproduction quality of the screen is beyond expectation, and the reflex of the screen is also rather low.
The power of any smartphone lies in its processor and Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 32nm 1.4GHz Quad Core Cortex A9 processor on top of Samsung Exynos chipset as predicted. It also accompanies this with 1GB of RAM and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Needless to say, this is a very solid combination of specs and tops the market in every aspect possible. A significant performance boost in the Graphics Processing Unit is also ensured by the Mali 400MP GPU. It comes with 16 / 32 and 64GB storage variations with the option of using a microSD card to expand the storage up to 64GB. This versatility has landed Samsung Galaxy S3 with a huge advantage because that was one of the prominent disadvantages in Galaxy Nexus.
As predicted, the network connectivity is reinforced with 4G LTE connectivity that varies regionally. Galaxy S3 also has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n for continuous connectivity and the built in DLNA ensure that you can share your multimedia contents in your big screen easily. S3 can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot enabling you to share the monster 4G connection with your less fortunate friends. The camera seems to be the same available in Galaxy S2, which is 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. Samsung has incorporated simultaneous HD video and image recording to this beast along with geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and image & video stabilization. The video recording is at 1080p @ 30 frames per second while having the ability to video conference using the front facing camera of 1.9MP. Besides these conventional features, there are a whole lot of usability features.
Samsung is boasting a direct competitor of iOS Siri, the popular Personal Assistant that accepts voice commands named S Voice. The strength of S Voice is the ability to recognize languages other than English, like Italian, German, French and Korean. There are a lot of gestures that can land you in different applications, as well. For instance, if you tap and hold the screen while you rotate the phone, you can go directly in to the camera mode. S3 will also call whoever the contact you were browsing when you raise the handset to your ear, which is a good usability aspect. Samsung Smart Stay is designed to identify whether you’re using the phone and switch the screen off if you’re not. It uses the front camera with facial detection in order to achieve this task. Similarly, Smart Alert feature will make your smartphone vibrate when you pick it up if you have any missed calls of other notifications. Finally, Pop Up Play is a feature that would best explain the performance boost S3 has. Now you can work with any application you like and have a video playing on top of that application on its own window. The window size can be adjusted while the feature worked flawlessly with the tests we ran.
A smartphone of this calibre needs a lot of juice, and that is provided by the 2100mAh batter resting at the back of this handset. It also has a barometer and a TV out while you have to be careful about the SIM because S3 only supports the use of micro SIM cards.
A Brief Comparison Between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S3
• Samsung Galaxy S4 is powered by Samsung Exynos Octa processor which is an 8 core processor with 2GB of RAM while Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by 1.5GHz Cortex A9 Quad Core processor on top of Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with Mali 400MP GPU and 1GB of RAM.
• Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean while Samsung Galaxy S3 runs on Android OS v4.1 Jelly Bean.
• Samsung Galaxy S4 has 5 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display panel featuring a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels at a pixel density of 441 ppi while Samsung Galaxy S3 has 4.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen featuring a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at a pixel density of 306ppi.
• Samsung Galaxy S4 has 13MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos @ 30 frames per second with awesome new features while Samsung Galaxy S3 has 8MP camera that can capture 1080p HD videos at 30 fps.
• Samsung Galaxy S4 has 2600mAh battery while Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2100mAh battery.
Samsung has done it again! We are quite accustomed to Samsung Galaxy devices for they have earned both our respect and attention as best devices available in the market. Samsung always pay great attention to detail when coming up with Galaxy versions of their signature product and that never goes in vain. But all the hype around it is mainly created through their clever marketing stunt which keeps consumers’ attention at the center of their device. In fact, there revealing event was enormous and they have undergone a lot of hardships for that; but there seems to be some reviews against the big bulky reveal event because underneath all the hype; they revealed only a little about the smartphone at the event. In any case, we can clearly see that Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to be better than Samsung Galaxy S3 been the successor of the predecessor. So our recommendation is to wait until it is released in the end of April to check out its price and take a ride if you do like what you are seeing.
|Comparison of Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)
|Design||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Form Factor||Candy bar||Candy bar|
|Keyboard||Virtual QWERTY with Swype, S Translator (8 Languages)||Virtual QWERTY with Swype|
|Dimension||136.65 x 69.85 x 7.9mm (5.38x2.75x0.31in)||136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm (5.38x2.78x0.34in)|
|Weight||130g (4.59 oz)||133g (4.66 oz)|
|Body Color||Gray, White||Pebble Blue, Black, Marble White|
|Display||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Size||5 inches Adapt Display for optimal viewing experience||4.8 inches|
|Resolution||1920x1080 pixels; 441ppi||1280x720 pixels; 306ppi|
|Features||16M color, Scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2||16M color, Scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2|
|Sensors||Temperature, Humidity, IR, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Barometer||Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Barometer|
|Operating System||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Platform||Android 4.2.2 (JellyBean)||Android 4.0.4 (ICS) on release, upgradeable to 4.1 JellyBean|
|UI||TouchWiz , Personalizable UI||TouchWiz , Personalizable UI|
|Browser||Android WebKit, full HTML||Android WebKit, full HTML|
|Java/Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash||Adobe Flash 10.3|
|Processor||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Model||1.6GHz Exynos 5 Octa or 1.9GHz Quad-core Snapdragon (Region Specific), PowerVR 544 GPU||Quad-core Samsung Exynos, Mali 400MP GPU|
|Speed||1.6 Octa - 1.9 GHz Quad Core||1.4 GHz Quadcore|
|Memory||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3||1 GB|
|Included||16/32/64 GB||16/32/64GB; 64GB available soon|
|Expansion||Up to 64GB microSD card||Up to 64GB microSD card|
|Camera||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Resolution||13 Megapixel||8 Megapixel|
|Focus, Zoom||Auto focus, 4x digital zoom, f/2.2 aperture||Auto focus, 4x digital zoom|
|Video Capture||HD 1080p@30fps||HD 1080p@30fps|
|Features||Dual camera, Eraser, Air View, Story Album, Cinema Photo, Sound & Shot, Drama Shot, S Beam, Smart stay||Zero Shutter Lag, BIS, S Beam, Buddy photo share, Share shot, Smart stay, Social tag, Group tag,|
|Secondary camera||2 megapixels, HDR@30fps, Zero Shutter Lag, BIS||Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Barometer|
|Entertainment||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Audio||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, ap||Sound Alive music player, File Formats: MP3, AMR-NB/WB, AAC/AAC＋/eAAC＋, WMA, OGG, FLAC, AC-3, ap|
|Video||1080p Playback, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark||1080p Playback, MPEG4, H.264, H.263, DivX, DivX3.11, VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark|
|Gaming||Game Hub, Let Golf 2, Real Football 2011, Angry Bird||Game Hub, Let Golf 2, Real Football 2011, Angry Bird|
|Battery||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Type Capacity||2600mAh, microUSB Charging||2100mAh, microUSB Charging|
|Mail and Messaging||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange||POP3/IMAP4 Email &, SMS, MMS with Video, Gmail, MS Exchange|
|Messaging||IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)||IM (Google Talk) , Beluga IM (Facebook)|
|Connectivity||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi Direct, LTE, a/b/g/n/ac||Wi-Fi Direct, 802.11 b/g/n, HT40|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot||Yes, HomeSync upto 8 users over NFC||Yes|
|Bluetooth||v4.0 Low Energy; supports HSP, HFP, A2DP Stereo, AVRCP||v4.0 Low Energy; supports A2DP stereo, PBAP, OPP|
|USB||2.0 FS||2.0 FS|
|HDMI||Yes, MHL 2.0||Yes|
|DLNA||AllShare DLNA, IR blaster||MHL/ AllShare DLNA|
|Location Service||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Maps||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon||Google Maps Navigation - beta, Navigon|
|GPS||GPS/GLONASS with S Voice Drive||GPS/GLONASS|
|Lost-Theft Protection||Yes , with third party application ex: My Lookout||Yes , with third party application ex: My Lookout|
|Network Support||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|2G/3G||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100MHz)||GSM, GPRS, EDGE / UMTS, HSPA+21|
|4G||LTE- Hexa band Cat 3 100/50Mpbs (all frequencies and standards, global roaming)||LTE- (Depends on Regions)|
|Applications||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Apps||Android Apps on Google Play, Samsung Apps, Google Goggle, Google Mobile App||Android Apps on Google Play, Samsung Apps, Google Goggle, Google Mobile App|
|Social Networks||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub||Facebook, Twitter, SNS, Social Hub|
|Voice Calling||Skype, Viber, Vonage||Skype, Viber, Vonage|
|Video Calling||Skype, Tango||Skype, Tango|
|Featured||Office Document Viewer, AllShare||Office Document Viewer, AllShare|
|Business Mobility||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Corporate Mail||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync||Yes, Microsoft Exchange Active Sync|
|Corporate Directory||Yes with CISCO Mobile App||Yes with CISCO Mobile App|
|Video Conferencing||Yes with Cisco WebEx||Yes with Cisco WebEx|
|Security||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|Samsung Knox, Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.||Password Protected Screen, Thirdparty mobile secure application like Lookout.|
|Additional Features||Samsung Galaxy S4||Samsung Galaxy S3 (Galaxy S III)|
|IR Blaster, S Translator(French, German, English (US and UK), Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese), S Health, S Knox, HomeSync, Smart stay, NFC, AllShare Play, AllShare Cast, Dual-Camera features include Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show, Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access, Pop up play, S Voice AnyConnect VPN, MDM SAR: Head 0.30 W/kg; Body 0.85 W/kg||NFC, AllShare Play, AllShare Cast, Smart stay, Camera features include Social tag, Group tag, Face zoom, Face slide show, Burst shot & Best photo, Recording snapshot, Direct call, Smart alert, Tap to top, Camera quick access, Pop up play, S Voice AnyConnect VPN, MDM SAR: Head 0.30 W/kg; Body 0.85 W/kg|