Well, it’s happened. The Samsung Galaxy S4 was about as far away from an iPhone launch as you could get. The device was unveiled with what was essentially a live action string of ridiculous onstage adverts. Despite that, the S4 itself is – as expected – packed to the brim with features. So, how does the spec sheet compare with our beloved iPhone? Check the info sheet below.
[UPDATE: Got my processor details wrong! It’s 1.9GHz, quad-core Snapdragon Fusion Pro; or proprietary 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 5 Octa]
The spec sheet doesn’t tell the whole story though. There’s a ton of updated and new features on here. Some of them, I’m sure will end up being nothing but gimmicks, whereas others could prove useful indeed. The 5-inch AMOLED panel also features ‘Adapt Display’ which changes exposure, contrast, brightness and saturation depending on what you’re doing. And – much like the Nokia Lumia 920 – you can use the touchscreen with your gloves on.
The camera has some nifty features too, Dual Camera is perhaps the coolest. It essentially allows you to place yourself within photos that you’re taking of others using the front camera (it works with video recording and video calling with Chat On too.) That’s not all, ‘Sound and Shot’ lets you record a message to go along with the picture you’ve taken, and ‘Eraser’ takes up to 400 shots in one second allowing you to delete unwanted parts of the photo like moving objects and photo bombing.
Along with the usual array of sensors it also includes a temperature and humidity sensor, and a built in Infra Red LED to use as a universal remote control with your TV. S-Voice Drive, is essentially Siri combined with Maps – turning in to your personal assistant on the road. There’s also the “Knox” security feature which works like BlackBerry Balance, in that it allows you to keep work and personal life separate. And S-Health: Samsung’s own version of Fitbits/Nike Fuelband.
Perhaps the only truly unique features were Smart Pause/Scroll which follows your eyes so that pages scroll when or pause depending on what you’re doing with your eyes. It also has Air Gestures, so you can control it without actually touching the screen.
Essentially, what Samsung’s done is take all the best bits from other manufacturer’s phones, added some crazy Sci-Fi Minority Report stuff, and lumped it all in one device. If I’m honest, I can’t see that I’d find a use for half the stuff on there, but it’s still pretty neat. Not sure it’d tempt me away from my iPhone though. There’s just too much going on.
Which of the features on the S4 inspire envy? That huge full HD display? S-Stuff? Let us know in the comments or tweet me your thoughts: @TiP_Cam.