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Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone Review - Performance & Camera Tests

Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone Review
Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, gets a month of real-world testing... but is it as great as everyone says it is?
By: | Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 2:01 am
TweakTown Rating: 75%Manufacturer: Samsung

Performance & Cameras Tests

 

Performance on the Galaxy S4 was a mixed bag for me. Again, the smartphone honeymoon period was really strong in this section. The Galaxy S4 on its first ten or so days of use felt super snappy, with everything popping open instantaneously.

 

After the two-week mark, things began to slow down. Remember, that I'm not flooding the Galaxy S4 with apps, I'm using my usual apps like Facebook, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, etc. I'm not installing a bunch of games, or Spyware-infested apps. I'm a light, Google-based user.

 

The battery life also saw the smartphone honeymoon period engaged, where the first 7-10 days were great. I was getting full-day use out of the S4, where I'd take it off charge at 9-10am, use it on and off during the day for an average of 3-4 hours, and at 10pm I'd be on 30-40% charge. After 2-3 weeks, doing the same thing I did in the week's just past, at 10pm I was on 10-15% charge.

 

Again, I'm not thrashing the smartphone, I'm gauging it in real-world tests. I'm not running benchmarks on it, I leave all of that until last. The real-world testing is the unique thing I like to do compared to other websites, because it's not sterile. It's not a "here's a review, but I only used it for a week", my use is very real - I treated the S4 like it's my own for a month.

 

Let's move onto some images from the camera. Here are some examples of the quality of the camera:

 

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And a few panoramic shots:

 

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And now for some video samples:

 

 

Now let's get into some of those benchmark graphs!

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