Is the S4 an iPhone5 killer?

26 Apr,2013


By A Correspondent


Depending on when you are reading this, the Samsung S4 would have launched in India. The World Tour commences in India at Gurgaon’s Kingdom of Dreams at 12noon and there will be special displays at malls starting the weekend.


So let’s forget the preface, and ask a direct question: Will the Samsung S4 be an iPhone 5 killer?


Our verdict is: well, almost.


It’s much a nicer version of the S3, but clearly not a generational jump from its predecessor that released last year.


And the price: Rs 41,500 MRP for the 16GB version, a few thousand rupees lower than expected. The actual market price may come be lower. There are bundled offers with Vodafone which, a Samsung official told media, will make the S4 a more attractive buy.  at the time of writing, the India price was not known. But in South Korea, where it’s been launched, it’s 899,800 won which is roughly Rs 43,797. We’ll update this story with the India price as soon as we get it.


First, let’s look at some of the features, which, as per the Samsung site, will help make our “life richer, simpler, and more fun”. The phone is being billed as a ‘Life companion’ which will simplify our daily existence. And then, there’s something more: “It cares enough to monitor our health and well-being”. Now we don’t know how many people will want to be reminded about watching their weight everytime they are out on a binge. Wink, wink.


Dual Shot:  This is a winner. Two cameras, one extraordinary photo. Capture the ‘I was there’ moments of your life by simultaneously shooting with the front and rear cameras.


Listen to your photos:  Every picture you take on the Samsung GALAXY S4 can come with sound. So now you can remember what was said, played, and heard, not just what it looked like, adding another layer of excitement.


Group Play: Get your friends together and let them enjoy your music simultaneously. Wirelessly connect multiple S4s to play games and share photos and documents. Get all S4 handsets together and create a powerful sound system that enhances the sound quality and keeps the party going.


S Translator: Say or text what you need translated into your S4 and it’ll read or text back the translation. The languages supported currently are: English, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Korean. Note: other than English, no Indian language yet.


Air View and Air Gesture: Want to do something with your phone when your hands are messy eating Pani Puri? This feature makes it, easier, and super-convenient to enlarge content and photos, preview emails, and speed dial all with your finger barely hovering over the screen. With Air Gesture, you can control your phone by just waving your hand over the screen without actually touching the screen.


Samsung Smart Pause: Building off of the S3’s Smart Stay, the Samsung GALAXY S4 knows what you’re doing and intuitively moves along with you – automatically scrolling up or down emails or websites when you tilt the phone from one side to another. Whenever you look away, the S4 pauses whatever you’re watching and resumes where you left off when you look back at the screen again.


Samsung Home Sync: What you get here is 1TB of storage capacity…. Super for banking pictures and music


Samsung WatchON: We don’t know how well this will work in India but this helps you connect to your home entertainment system and then suggest different programs based on your preferences, provides programme schedules, and does the channel surfing for you. It also turns into a remote for your TV and set-top box.


S Health: The S4 can track your workouts, daily intake, and weight levels. Get the current status of your surroundings for your activities with the S4’s Comfort Level.


If the Samsung Galaxy S4 is so feature-rich, why aren’t we calling it an iPhone 5 killer. Note, it may well sell more than all the phones launched in the series so far, but the iPhone is a religion, and the S4 may have some cool features, but it’s not got a cult following yet. After all a better price and great features don’t make for everything!


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