The catchy catchphrase developed for the new Samsung Galaxy S4 “Life Companion” might just about spell a full time marriage for you and your new phone, especially if you’re a ‘smart’ user. Oh go on then, we’re all smart and genii in a bottle, waiting to come out, but this phone is smart. Seriously smart.
Keen about the latest release, I decided to get smart-er about using the new Samsung Galaxy S4 and two- stepped out of the office to test the phone (and check reactions- smart or not) at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping over the weekend. A great shout-out to Samsung South Africa for a very cool pop up glam sleek display of the Galaxy S4 and super smart staff on hand to begin a much welcome ‘arranged marriage’ with members of the public and their Life Companion the Samsung Galaxy S4 ;)
Want to know more? Let’s get to it then.
- Octa Core Processor : Your processing power just went from Bat Mobile to Star Wars spaceship
- 2 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Front)
- 13 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear) HD baby!
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean supported by Samsung’s TouchWiz UI.
- HD Super AMOLED – Get a Gorilla for a fight with this Gorilla glass to test its strength
- 16GB, 32GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD
- Accelerometer, RGB light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer Temperature & Humidity, and gesture sensors – and we thought we were dreaming.
Is this phone ‘kooler as ekker?’
We are going to have to say.. Yes. Ever thought you would hear words that sound like they’re from a different Galaxy in the universe altogether? Well, the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes equipped with Air Gesture, Dual Shot, Sound and Shot, Air View and Smart Pause. The features are meant to make the user’s experience seamless and more intuitive – something most of us common people thought were light years away from this Galaxy. Seems not!
Let’s do a quick meteor ride through these latest features:
Air View: Simply hover your over an email or diary entry and it will pop up to reveal the contents. Sneaky for checking out other peeps messages? We did not just give you that idea.
Air Gesture: Having played around with other smartphones in the Samsung range, answering a call on a touch screen device can be quite frustrating sometimes. It is great then to see that with a lazy flick of the hand, sort of like a royal wave but a miniature version of it, you can answer a call. Gesture away in answering to the call of your Samsung Galaxy S4. Mind you, just don’t smack someone in the face though. However, Air Gesture is only limited to certain apps like the photo gallery, music app, and browser.
Smart Pause: Watching a video and someone is demanding you give them an answer? Well simply turn your head away from the screen while your video is playing and the Galaxy S4 will sense your movement and pause the video. Note that merely averting one’s eye does not pause. You need to use your neck – a little exercise never hurt anyone.
Camera, Performance and Battery Life:
Holding the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone in your hand feels like cross between the Samsung Galaxy Note and S3 – just the right size of large. Sounds strange but feels perfect. The screen resolution on the Galaxy S4 left our team breathless with its seamless transition between app screens and its delicious 5 inch display of glorious colours.
The removable cover is great too, on the Galaxy S4 for your extra battery on the day you’re trying to take over the world and look busy.
Accessorise the Life Companion:
Your Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with the standard boxed items to get going. These include: premium headphones, battery, travel adaptor and data cable and a Quick Start Guide.
Want to make your Galaxy S4 look ultra sassy? Other accessories include S View Cover, Style cover ranges for the Galaxy S4, Wireless Charging Kit and the very stylish S Health Appcessories.
The Naz Verdict:
Having lived with the Samsung Galaxy S4 as a Life Companion for about an hour, I give it a gobsmacked 8 out of ten for its light weight ability of a very large smartphone, 5 inch full HD Super AMOLED (All hail no whinging about cracked iPhone screens) and being in a photo when you weren’t actually there – shot Dual Shot!
It also gets an 8 rating because the phone has a fantastic interface and is end user friendly – We love! For our technically challenged peeps who might be daunted by Samsung Galaxy S4’s innovative new features, a quick change in settings to Easy Mode will let you breathe easy with large icons and text for easier navigation and switching off newer features.