One phone score few points more over its rival in SunSpider benchmark while other has 10 minute more battery power when playing a loop video test, does it really matter?
No, but these factors are easy to quantify so we see so many of these tests online. These reviews are like weather forecast on TV, the temperature you see on screen is quite different from what you actually feel when you go outside.
This review is exactly about that. No numbers here, just what I felt after using Samsung galaxy S4 for few months. This is not an extensive review where every aspect of a phone is covered. I have only put my opinion about what is important to me.
It was time to upgrade my old smartphone so I went ahead to do the due diligence. After reading and watching a million reviews I was more confused than before. Thankfully I could zero down on two phones, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. When I tested in the stores HTC One had brighter display and definitely better looks but what tilted me in favor of S4 was reliability. I did not get very good feedback about HTC service in Gurgaon. Samsung, I have been using for years and trust the brand.
I am not a very heavy user of Smart Phone. Making calls & SMS, light browsing and taking photos every now and then is what I use it for.
- Light weight: It does seem quite lighter than my old phone. It’s good to see someone losing weight in this world.
- Big baby: The display is a charm. If you are shifting from a small screen the change will be remarkable.
- Not bulky: Yippie!! It comfortably fits inside my jeans pocket. I do not have any trouble in sitting or driving when it’s in my pocket.
- Battery Power: This depends on usage but for a light user like me, it lasts around 2 days with Wi-Fi on and no GPS, BlueTooth.
- Price: It does not matter when you are in this class but still it is much cheaper than its rivals. I got mine after discount for around 34.5K.
- Body width: My biggest worry was not able to use the phone with one hand. I tried in stores and found that I was comfortable to do that but then we see what we want to believe. After few months of usage I find that I slightly misjudged. Yes I can comfortably use the phone with single hand but there are times when my thumb falls short when I have to reach to the top right side of screen. The maneuver I do is to slide the phone by crawling my fingers up but it’s not an agile or safe movement.
- Speaker: The speaker of the phone is located on the back so if you put your phone on a plain surface the chances are you will miss a call. Yes, it’s that bad. It has happened to me many times. I missed a call because I could not hear the phone ring (even at highest volume) over slight ambient noise. In fact now I make sure to put the phone tilted so that I can hear the sound.
- Photo quality: I am an amateur photographer and I know how handy a small camera could be. The photos are great in bright light but even in slightly low light it fails badly. I might be over exaggerating but then I am pissed off with the low light photo quality.
- Photo time lag: Sadly there is a serious lag between when you click the button and when the photo is taken. It has ruined many of the photographs especially candid ones. I did not expect this from a powerful phone.
- Scratch prone back: The back cover of the phone is made of plastic and looks like there is a lamination over it. I tried once to see how tough it is and scratched it slightly with my finger nail and it left a visible mark on the cover. If you want the back cover to be as good as new then get yourself a back cover case.
- Slippery back cover: The other drawback of the back cover is that it’s made of glossy plastic which makes the grip very slippery. Getting a rubber or other non slippery surface back cover case shall fix this.
I say, this a fantastic phone but every product has shortcomings and it is better you know about them beforehand so that there are no nasty surprises later.
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