The HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4: Who is The Real Hero?

Touted as one of the most stylish and beautiful device, the HTC One has made the firm pop up again in the world of smartphones. Recent reports suggest that the Taiwanese firm is now planning to give a Nexus treatment to its flagship device- the HTC One. This means that we will soon see a Google edition of the HTC One with the stock Android operating system. The news followed Google’s decision to start the sale of Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android.

Preparing to be rolled out this summer in the United States, the Google Edition HTC One will come out along with Samsung’s Galaxy S4. There’s a reported time frame of next two weeks for the release. However, details whether the smartphone will be put on the market via Google Play just like the Samsung Galaxy S4 or through any other means is still unknown.

It will be interesting to see how the Google Edition HTC One impresses users. With the Galaxy S4, the Google edition comes free of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and proprietary software that packs the device with more power. Samsung’s own software takes up 8GB of the Galaxy S4’s storage, and with the Google Edition, users can get rid of that.

The Google Edition HTC One will be a Sense-free version. HTC claims the software that’s included beside Android will improve the performance of its ImageSense software and BeatsAudio. However, the HTC One went down well with users and brought lot of fortune to the company. We are hoping to see some noticeable differences in the Google Edition HTC One and that too for good.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Why The Successor Is A Good Buy ?

Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is out for grabs, the smartphone has managed to attract the wandering eyeballs. Despite certain criticism it received, the ball is still in its court. For those who are a little apprehensive about buying it or not, let us come to your rescue. Read on to know some of the reasons why you might just like to buy Samsung Galaxy S4.

Starting with the device’ features, Samsung Galaxy S4 is a pack of goodies. An interesting and stylish device, Galaxy S4 is packed with in-built health apps, pedometers, IR blasters, eye-tracking and motion gesture technology among others. Not really useful for everyone, but these features will surely be loved by all techno freaks.

Coming down to the screen size of the smartphone, the Galaxy S4 isn’t as big as Galaxy S3 but what sets it apart is the screen quality. The brightness sets in the Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. The 5-inch 1080p resolution screen makes the device an impressive choice.

Samsung Galaxy S4 is not a pain in the hand, considering its size. With all smartphones getting bigger and bigger, the Galaxy S4 sits comfortably in hand.

For those who do not like Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, good news is that Google is also offering the Galaxy S4 running stock Android, which means you get to choose the interface you prefer.

Looking at the Android updates such as Jelly Bean 4.3 and Key Lime Pie, the Galaxy S4 will get these updates first as compared to the Galaxy S3. The performance boost of the Galaxy S4 will let it run Android updates smoothly and easily.

Camera is a major point that consumers consider while buying a smartphone these days. Samsung has packed the Galaxy S4 with a good 13 megapixel lens with a clear 1080p HD video shooting mode at 30 fps that makes this device a pro in this facet.

Lastly considering the apps, Samsung Galaxy S4 has pretty much all the applications that you’d want in your smartphone.

With these points listed down, we hope that the decision making has been made easier for you. What do you think of the Galaxy S4? Share your comments with us.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Fails To Lure Its Users, Would Apple iPhone 6 Come To Rescue?

 

Samsung Galaxy S4 has landed itself in deep waters as we hear owners of the device grumble about certain issues that aren’t going well with the smartphone. Touted as being the best-selling Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 is expected to hit the milestone of 10 million sales all over the world. But will the device achieve it or would Apple iPhone 6 take advantage of the issue?  Following sales, the device is hit with a list of complains, the latest being with its sound quality. Though the Galaxy S4 looks attractive enough to entice users to bag it, these complaints from its owners make us wonder whether it is worth the upgrade from Samsung’s Galaxy S3.         

For someone who wants to be a proud owner of Samsung’s flagship device, it is important to think about all the pros and cons. Considering the complaints so far, let’s get ready to face them. Read on to know top five reasons why the Galaxy S4 is not going down as well as the Galaxy S3.

1. Overheating of the device

Trouble clouded the Galaxy S4 early in May, when users complained that the device reached a temperature so high that it got almost unfeasible for them to hold it against the ear while talking. One of the owners of Galaxy S4 wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve just now received my Galaxy S4 with Exynos-Octa processor, and from the first minute I noticed overheating, specially in the ear area and it’s annoying, is anyone faced the same problem?”

Overheating of the device makes it totally uncomfortable to hold in hand. Hoping that Samsung will seriously look into the issue, another user of the Galaxy S4 wrote, “The problem is the heat is from the screen side, sometimes I can’t talk with it! Hope it’s a software problem and to be solved soon.”

2. Battery Problem   

Samsung used a powerful 2600mAh battery in its Galaxy S4, which saw an upgrade from the Galaxy S3’s 2100mAh. Surprisingly, issues regarding a drained battery are hovering over the device with users complaining of the problem they got in hand.  

One of the owners wrote on XDA-Developers forum, “I’ve noticed that I have the famous ‘mediaserver battery drain’ issue too. Check under ‘Settings -> More -> Battery’ and see if ‘Mediaserver’ is at the top of the list, and if so, what percentage? Mine is sitting at 55%. I’m down to 31% battery life after 2hours 43mins of use. I suspect the overheating is a symptom of this misbehaving mediaserver, but I could be wrong.”

3. Purple Smear on Phone’s Display

Users of the Galaxy S4 are also complaining about some smearing issues on the phone’s display, with a shade of purple on the letters. One of the owner writes, “Ok I picked up my new Galaxy S4 today, I’ve owned all the galaxy handsets and been pleased with them. However I noticed some weird screen issue earlier, basically while scrolling dark greys on blacks smudge/smear purple.”

4. Rebooting 

Apparently, the Galaxy S4 is facing complaints of malfunctioning when the device’s camera is launched using the lockscreen widget, which in turn reboots the device out of the blue. There are users who complained that this issue followed the recent Galaxy S4 software update.

One of the users wrote, “I have a weird ‘bug’ that has been occurring randomly. When I launch the camera using the lockscreen widget, app start, camera shows no image and bam, reboot. After they reboot, doing the same thing doesn’t cause a reboot. Weird. Anyone else has this ‘bug?’ 

This rebooting issue can get quite infuriating for users and we hope Samsung looks into it as soon.

5. Issue with Sound or Headphones 

One of the users on XDA-Developers forum wrote, “Anyone having issues with audio crackling/distortion when using headphones? It seems with audio volume above 50% using UE600 headphones I get crackling/distortion that gets worse as I increase volume. I’ve read other reports of similar audio issues with decent headphones but not sure what the issue is. I tried stock, cx-270 and koss headphones but they don’t display the issue.”

This issue of crackling sounds when listening to music at a high volume occurs when users use different headphones instead of Samsung earphones.

With all these issues being reported, we certainly will think twice before upgrading to the Galaxy S4. But in case you have already bagged it, feel free to raise the concern. Do you also face the same issues? Share it with us. Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Apple iPhone 6: Samsung is At The Height Of Its Powers, What Features Should Apple Steal?

We’ve all been waiting quite patiently for the iPhone 6’s launch as Apple takes its own sweet time redesigning the iOS 7. But if it really wants to ensure that its new offerings can actually take on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and possibly bring it down, there are quite a lot of things that need to be worked on.

Now that the Galaxy S4 has finally hit the markets and we’ve managed to spend some time playing around with it, exploring its features, we’ve realized that it will take more than a facelift or a bigger screen for Apple to recapture the share it has lost to Samsung. Running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Samsung’s added a plethora of features to ensure that it stands out among other premium Android smartphones.

In addition to its futuristic features like eye tracking and Air Gesture, the one thing that Apple really needs to get right if it has any intention of stealing Samsung’s thunder is the Swype-like keyboard, which makes typing on the Galaxy S4 so much more convenient. Through mere gliding, you can fill in your SMSs and even write notes into the device so quickly, and once you’re used to it, you hate using devices in which you have to type out each alphabet to make a word.

Add to that the way it understands your typing style and adapts itself to make the experience even better with time, and you know why we love our Galaxy S4s! And this is one major flaw in iOS and the iPhones. We’ve heard that Apple’s been trying to work out some of these issues with Swype, but we’d love it if the iOS 7 came with a Swype keyboard, or some similar technology.

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HTC One Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Vs Apple iPhone 6: Being Big and Bulky Matters?

In the tech world of today, big surely is in – look at how the screen size of the current range of smartphones seems to be growing. If it was the HTC One with its 4.7-inch screen, it got bigger with the Samsung Galaxy S4 with its 5-inch screen. And now, we hear that the iPhone 6 could be a phablet with a 5.5-inch screen.

But, as gorgeous as these big screens look, it’s getting harder to carry around these high end smartphones, especially in pockets. Which is why to go with the flow, fashion designers are now coming up with bigger pant pockets, especially for our large smartphones and phablets.

Major clothing companies like Dockers, Banana Republic, etc. have been experimenting with new pocket designs to accommodate these massive smartphones conveniently and practically. But even as they come up with pockets that can fit devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S4, the problem’s only going to get worse.

In the works is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is expected to have a 6-inch screen. And if you thought that would be hard to pocket, think about how you’d carry around Huawei’s upcoming device with its 6.5-inch display! And it’s not like these massive gadgets can be clipped to the belt anymore. Wonder if we’re going to see lots of innovation in the fashion industry due to our bulging technologies.… Read the rest

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Why Samsung Galaxy S4 Is Leading the Pack and Not Apple iPhone 5, Find Out….

To provide greater security on Android, Samsung has developed the KNOX – a mobile security platform which can make the Galaxy S4 more appealing for use as an enterprise device and stronger Apple iPhone 5 competitor. This feature lets users set multiple levels of security and keep personal data separate from official data on their Galaxy S4 smartphones.

There are essentially three separate layers of security on the Galaxy S4, thanks to Knox – Secure Boot, ARM TrustZone-based Integrity Measurement Architecture (TIMA), and a kernel with inbuilt security enhancements for access controls. The first level ensures that no unauthorized apps get installed on the Galaxy S4, which could put user data at risk. TIMA provides constant monitoring of the Android OS and can disable the kernel or shut down the device in the event of a security breach.

The third level, security enhancements, keeps app data separate and isolated from each other to ensure greater security for any confidential content on the device. This can help minimize or prevent any damage caused due to any security attack too. It could give a great boost for considering the Galaxy S4 as a device for BYOD programs in organizations.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10 Gets a Heads Up From U.S. Government to Apple iPhone 5’s Dicomfiture

In what could be yet another huge blow to Apple’s falling stock prices, the U.S. government’s Department of Defense has approved the use of Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Z10 within Pentagon, while it still waits to sign off on Apple’s iOS 6.

This means that DoD employees can choose to use the Samsung Galaxy S4 or BlackBerry Z10 as enterprise mobile devices and connect to the DoD networks to access their work. It’s a huge market share – there are at least 600,000 mobile device users in Pentagon. Among these, BlackBerry accounts for the lion’s share of over 470,000 users, followed by 41,000 Apple users, while Android ranks a distant third with just about 8,700 takers.

But thanks to Samsung’s Knox, which is a secure version of Android, the tables could possibly turn in favor of the Galaxy S4. Knox was developed in collaboration with the NSA, making it an even more appealing option from a security standpoint. With multiple layers of security, it lets Galaxy S4 users set individual privacy levels for each app on the device.

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With Its Minuscule Battery Samsung Galaxy S4 may not Stand the Threat of HTC One

If it was Microsoft that faced severe criticism for shipping its Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets with very little usable storage, now it’s time for Samsung to face the music. The 16 GB model of the Galaxy S4 has only about 8.82 GB of space that can be used – that’s just about half of the internal storage provided!

Now we always knew that we wouldn’t get as much space as companies advertize, but this one’s just too less. So, in case you’re gearing up to buy the Galaxy S4, make sure you invest in a good microSD card as well. All that space is being used up by the Android OS, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, inbuilt apps and apps put in by the carriers themselves.

What makes matters worse for T-Mobile users is that they can only get the 16 GB model on their networks – the 32 GB and 64 GB models are yet to be introduced. We wonder why Samsung didn’t bother to include a microSD card in the package to compensate for this. Will this hamper Samsung’s chances of making the Galaxy S4 as successful as its predecessor?… Read the rest

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Why We Think Nokia Lumia 920 Stands a Chance to Surpass Samsung Galaxy S4?

In just a few days, Nokia will unveil its latest flagship smartphone to the world – the Lumia 928. But as much hype as this event and the device have managed to garner already, does it stand a chance against the Samsung Galaxy S4?

While not much is known about the specs of the Lumia 928, what we do know is that it will have an all metal body and edge-to-edge display. Surely, in terms of first impression, the Lumia 928 will definitely grab more eyeballs than the Galaxy S4. The cheap plastic body doesn’t exactly spell premium, especially when put against a gorgeous and sharp body like what we’re hoping to see in the Lumia 928.

But looks aren’t everything – dig a little deeper and we wonder if the Lumia 928 can work its magic. We doubt if Nokia would put in a powerful processor, at best the Lumia 928 would have a dual-core processor, unlike the Galaxy S4 which comes with either a quad-core processor or an 8-core offering.

And of course, Nokia will put in an amazing camera with Carl Zeiss optics, but we’ve heard that it could have just an 8 MP rear camera. So in terms of resolution, the Galaxy S4’s 13 MP rear camera does score more points. But for a more detailed comparison, guess we’ll just have to wait a little longer.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone: Which of them is more Rugged?

Now, unlike the Sony Xperia Z, neither the Galaxy S4 nor the iPhone has claimed to be really rugged. Nevertheless, users can get clumsy with even their high-end smartphones. So we decided to test these two phones to see how well they performed after being dropped down ‘accidentally’.

Both the smartphones were dropped from a chest height and from a pocket height, and the good news is that they both did well. So if you own an iPhone 5 or are considering buying a Galaxy S4, you can be a little relieved. However, when dropped from a height of 7 feet, while the iPhone 5 escaped with just a few minor scratches to its body, the Galaxy S4 ended up with a cracked screen.

Between the two phones, the Galaxy S4 clearly seems to be the weaker, even though it did fare better than its predecessor, the Galaxy S3. The testers made sure that they didn’t put any screen guards on the phones’ displays, nor was there any additional covering or casing on the bodies.… Read the rest

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