Samsung Galaxy S IV - ec system!

    Many may call this smartphone a remnant, but the fact still remains a fact - the Samsung Galaxy S4 is perhaps the first gadget in the last six months in which I really want to study everything.


    Design


    On Twitter, I was advised to go with him in the shower - it painfully looks like a bar of soap, and of course, it's hard to argue with that. From S3, he did not go much ahead with all these rounded corners and glossy plastic.


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    But the back cover has become more interesting - with such a pattern here under a layer of varnish. And we must nevertheless give credit to the developers - it still lies perfectly in the hand, although the diagonal of the display was increased to five inches.

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    Under the thumb is the lock button, and under the index - volume control. The bottom is traditionally a microphone and micro-USB port, the top is an audio jack, the second microphone is for noise reduction and the new chip is an infrared port.

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    Using it and the WatchON application, you can control TVs and other equipment that has an appropriate receiver. True, it is worth remembering that the infrared port here is still not very powerful, and 10 meters is the maximum distance for stable operation.

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    Display


    On the front panel is the traditional Samsung Home button, and, of course, the display. Its diagonal, as already mentioned, is five inches, and of course the resolution is also in trend - FullHD, i.e. 1920x1080 pixels. A wonderful, but still useless achievement.

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    The matrix is ​​made using Super AMOLED Plus technology, which makes this screen one of the brightest. Well, the viewing angles are excellent, but the color rendition is for everybody. To some, it may seem too acidic, although I personally really like it.

    Iron


    Finally, we got to that part of the story that Samsung hadn’t reached at the presentation in New York. It is understandable, the company would not like to fool people and supply the same modification everywhere, but under pressure from operators in the United States, models based on the Qualcomm chipset with four cores and the proven LTE module will still be delivered. In Russia and other developing countries in Samsung terminology, Samsung will get a modification with an Exynos 5 Octa processor and PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics.

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    Most benchmarks see only half of the cores, since the new Exynos does not have eight cores in the literal sense of the word, but two sets of four each. When super power is not needed, A7 cores work, and when there is a need for real performance, the Samsung A15 directories are turned on.

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    The RAM in the device is two gigabytes, and the main one is from 16 to 64 GB. And this volume can be expanded up to 128 gigs with microSDXC cards.

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    Software and chips


    Galaxy S4 is running Android 4.2.2, but most of the chips of the new Google system are replaced by Samsung counterparts. Say, with all your desire, you will not find the photosphere here. Instead, a certain Samsung Orb was promised, but I did not find this application either on Google Play or in Samsung Apps. But after studying the preinstalled programs, if I was not enthusiastic, I still began to look with great enthusiasm at TouchWiz and the Samsung ecosystem as a whole.

    In addition to the already mentioned WatchON and the long-known S Planner and S Memo, the company has a company translator S Translator, which, unlike Google, partially works offline (about 1800 common words and phrases are at the disposal of the traveler). True, the Russian language is not yet there, but by the beginning of sales in our country, it should already appear.

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    Rate the wonderful scrolling of the signature on the wide button;)

    S Voice has become a much more useful and stable thing that has taken root also outside the application itself. Let's say you can control your camera, player and even browser without hands in Russian. True, only standard Samsung, in Chrome, this will not work.

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    In addition, Samsung has developed the S Health app, which will allow you to monitor your sports achievements. The name, of course, for those who know English, sounds pretty funny, but that’s all the fun ends, because the program actually turned out to be convenient and useful. With its help, you can keep diaries of weight, meals, training, and automatically using the Galaxy S IV accelerometer to count how many steps you took per day. At the same time, S Health will also give recommendations on the conditions for performing exercises based on data obtained from temperature and humidity sensors built into the smartphone.

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    In addition, various accessories can be connected to it. In the current version of the program, only a couple of models of scales with Bluetooth are available, but in the future, all additional gadgets announced by Samsung will be added.

    Galxy S IV is equipped with a large number of sensors, on the basis of which many alternative control methods are realized without having to touch the screen. Having passed a hand in the standby mode above the display, you can bring to the screen for a few seconds the basic information about incoming calls, messages and letters.

    In addition, pre-installed applications such as a browser, music player, email client and S Planner support “flipping” movements above the screen. By swiping your hand left or right, you can change the tab or track, and movements from top to bottom affect the scrolling of the contents of the screen.

    Even S IV, unlike S III, already more or less tolerably follows the owner’s gaze and knows how to pause the video when no one is looking at the screen (although this is a controversial feature, what can I do!), As well as scroll up and down pages when the eye gets to the edge of the screen (it does not always work well and only in good light).

    Well, then all sorts of little things remain, such as automatically unlocking the screen when a home network is detected, displaying a control panel for the equipment based on GPS data, or again when detecting home Wi-Fi, etc. etc. It’s easier not to talk about it, but to show what I’m doing on the video.

    Camera


    On the back of the case is a camera with LED flash. They didn’t make smart with this module and equipped it with a 13 megapixel sensor - like everyone else.

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    He takes off better than S3, but this is still not a breakthrough, but simply a tribute to fashion.

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    Well, of course, the camera can shoot video in FullHD resolution at a speed of 30 fps.



    Battery


    It is clear that all these numerous sensors, constantly working in the background services and other large screens consume a lot of energy, and therefore Samsung had to put a capacious battery in the Galaxy S IV. And they did it: in this model, a removable 2600 mAh battery. It would seem: cool! But even with such a capacity, a gadget with all services turned on discharges for 12 hours.

    Summary


    If someone once again expected Samsung to introduce a space cruiser instead of a smartphone, then he naturally made a mistake. Galaxy S IV apparently did not go far from the previous model (although I like the new smart one more), but it was equipped with a bunch of new sensors and implemented a lot of software chips in it. Some of them, of course, are just “for beauty”, but some can be really useful. The Samsung smartphone has finally become a real part of the ecosystem that this company is gradually creating. In my opinion, S IV is such a very smart and powerful control panel for all the other gadgets that are in the house.

    Specifications


    OS: Android 4.2.2
    Processor: Exynos 5 Octo (4 A7 cores + 4 A15 cores)
    Video: PowerVR SGX 544MP
    RAM: 2 GB
    Main memory: 16-64 GB + microSD slot
    Screen: 5 ", Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080
    Communications: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, Infrared
    Ports: USB (USB Host), 3.5 mm audio jack
    Camera: 13 8 Mpix. + 2 , 1 megapixel
    Navigation: GPS, GPS, GLONASS
    Battery: 2600 mAh
    Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
    Weight: 130 grams
    Price: 29990 rub.

    PS


    And here is for comparison S IV and S III side by side.




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