Who's happy, who's not with the S4General

Who's happy and who's not with the S4

  1. I'm Happy with the S4

    105 vote(s)
  2. I'm not happy with the S4

    6 vote(s)

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  1. rdefino

    rdefino Well-Known Member

    I'm up for renewal and not sure if I should wait for the new Motorola X phone and maybe the HTC one might come to version.

    But, I'm curious who's happy they moved and who isn't.

    What are your likes and dislikes of the S4?

  2. sntaylor

    sntaylor Well-Known Member Contributor

    I came from s2, I'm certainly happy with it, kinda preferred the size of the s2 but the screen quality makes up for it. Overall really happy, just can't wait for more stable recovery!
  3. BigRedGonzo

    BigRedGonzo Well-Known Member

    I came from the Bionic and although it was a phenomenal device, I am really enjoying my S4.

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  4. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    Overall I'm happy but they need to fix that lag.

    Also they could optimize the browser a little more, why does the stock browser score 500 in peacekeeper browser benchmark and a browser off the market scores over 3000.
  5. jamsterdm

    jamsterdm Well-Known Member

    Happy overall. Just would like a sw update on my Vodafone uk i9505 to reduce ram usage and apparently make battery life even better!
  6. rdefino

    rdefino Well-Known Member

    what is the lag issue.
  7. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    I came from the Incredible and it's a big change for sure! There's some stupid little things that they got rid of that piss me off (no installing apps to card, no multiple inbox shortucts) but all and all, I'm happy :)
  8. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    Just occasional lag on desktop and app draw, also lag when opening applications like phone, messenger, contacts etc.

    Allot of users don't even notice it, it depends how good the device was you upgraded from.
  9. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

    The lag issue seems to be a kernel issue. I rooted my phone and loaded a third party kernel on the phone. The good news is that the new kernel fixed the lag instantly.

    What does that mean for the average user? It means that the issue can be in fact fixed and that it's not a hardware issue. Users who choose not to root the device will simply have to wait for Samsung and their respective carriers to push out an OTA update which will most definitely include an updated kernel.
  10. sntaylor

    sntaylor Well-Known Member Contributor

    it's kinda off topic but...what kernel are you using? Lol.
  11. trparky

    trparky Well-Known Member

  12. richmondva

    richmondva Member

    I transitioned from using blackberries for 15 years. It has gone relatibvely smooth - I have found several glitches but at this point I am not sure if its is me, my settings or the phone. I am overall extremely pleased with the S4
  13. Njd4

    Njd4 Well-Known Member

    I'm due for an upgrade from my s2 in mid June. I was dead set on the s4 but all the top reviewer recommended the HTC one due to the s4's lag issues and lack of memory out of the box so I was very tempted to go for the HTC one. But after watching many videos on that phone there's a fair number of people talking about build quality issues around the casing etc and that HTC sense has some weird quirks! and seems really crappy! So now I'm thinking of coming full circle and staying with my original choice of the s4..!

    Such a tough decision!
  14. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice VIP Member

    What are you coming from and is it still working for you?

    IMO, the S4 is a fine phone. Best phone in the world, no. There is some lag here and there but I'm mostly happy with it.
  15. Njd4

    Njd4 Well-Known Member

    I'm Coming from my current galaxy s2 so the s4's 'plastic' build quality doesn't bother me as I'm used to it on my s2 and I always put it in a case anyway.. the HTC one does look nice and is certainly very snappy and lag free but I think that quirky HTC sense would annoy me!

    Maybe I'm just used to touchwiz (which I always preferred out of all the other launchers I've tried).. I'm sure I'd get used to HTC sense but the videos of the workings of sense on the HTC one really put me off..!
  16. zoxxo

    zoxxo Well-Known Member

    I am in love with this phone!!!

    I came from the Droid RAZR MAXX, which I thought was a great phone, but I learned on the first day that issues I was having with the DRM were with the phone and not my imagination.

    Whenever I would write texts on the DRM, every word would be misspelled. I thought I was fat fingering, but that was not the case. While in the store, every word was coming up correct. My Bluetooth connections were spotty. and frustrating, sometimes in the car, I would get half-way to my destination before I would get a connection. With the s4 connections are instantaneous, and hand-offs between BT devices is awesome.

    There are few quirks, but I'm working through them, and I still find some new feature every day. In fact I thought it was funny that I was browsing Amazon the other day and saw an item for NFC tags. Immediately the light bulb went off in my head and I remembered that I had NFC on the phone!

    I really couldn't afford it, but I am so glad I got it!
  17. KiwiMark67

    KiwiMark67 Member

    I'm a little confused on some of the issues mentioned. The lag for opening phone or contacts or messenger all seem to be sub 1 second on mine with factory OS.

    I'm also not sure on why anyone cares about installing apps on the SD card - what size apps are people putting on the phone that the internal storage can't fit? I have over 80 apps and plenty of space left.
    I will keep all data (photos, videos, books, music, etc) on the SD card though - this should ensure that the 16GB internal storage never runs out.

    I moved from the HTC Desire HD (which did suffer from lag) that I had for a couple of years and I'm very happy with my S4.
  18. stereoeclectic

    stereoeclectic Well-Known Member

    two days in, and i like the phone a lot so far. the upgrade from my DX reminds me of how i felt when i upgraded from the LG Chocolate to the DX. waiting 3.5 years to upgrade has some advantages.

    as for the lag, i haven't experienced that yet, but there are multiple threads on how to solve the issue.
  19. Turbodc2

    Turbodc2 Well-Known Member

    Really love this phone. Get rid of the lag and it will be a real winner.
  20. jrmckins

    jrmckins Well-Known Member

    I was waiting for moto but gave up hope. There's been no announcement which means we're months away. If HTC hadn't screwed me on my dinc 2 (they promised an update in August and still haven't delivered) I would have a DNA. I'm glad I went with the S4.
  21. jrmckins

    jrmckins Well-Known Member

    yup. No lag here either. I tried the "fixes" and so no difference so went back to stock.
  22. mlacunza

    mlacunza Member

    The only thing I don't like: it's impossible move apps to the micro sd card:mad:

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  23. mlacunza

    mlacunza Member

    Very simple GAMES! I have 5 occupied more than 4Gb, and the 16GB model is real only 9GB for user data

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  24. sincarafan

    sincarafan Well-Known Member

    I came from an LG Motion on Metro pcs which I didnt keep for even a month. lol Their service was terrible. Waited a month with no phone until the GS4 came out. Before the Motion I actually didnt have a cell phone for a good year. Last phone I had was a really bad Blackberry Pearl Flip.

    I am loving my GS4. No lags, no issues, just a great phone.
  25. shmn

    shmn Well-Known Member

    Came from an EVO 4G.

    I think this phone is over-hyped. The hardware is great but I think Samsung did a poor job with the software (HTC does a better job w/ software). Many of the gimmicky features are just that plus they feel like they are still in beta. They don't work very well (voice control, eye controlled scrolling and "stay-alive" feature, etc...). The screen is nice but the auto-brightness sucks. The Samsung bloat is annoying (as is all bloat). Took a lot of tweaking and turning off "features" to get the phone to work smoothly.

    The phone is basically an "incremental" upgrade to my EVO and most other "high-end" smartphones. Faster, more memory (love the 64GB card option), bigger screen, better camera but other than those standard improvements, I could have stuck with my EVO and been happy.

    I'll probably be rooting soon which will (hopefully) fix many of the annoying software features.

    Overall, I'm satisfied with the phone but...it's just another smartphone with nothing really new or revolutionary which is truly useful.

    One man's opinion.
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