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Why did you choose the S4

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by -=Jeff=-, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So I thinking of this phone to replace my RAZR MAXX. Why did you decide on this phone. Maybe there is something you thought of that I am not
     

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  2. Nate12

    Nate12 Member

    Beautiful big screen and powerful hardware
     
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  3. droidkicker

    droidkicker Lurker

    super fast, the lcd is very clear and camera
     
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  4. speedlever

    speedlever Android Enthusiast

    The form factor was just right for me... smaller than the GN2 which was a bit too big for my daily driver. Plus, the GS4 met my requirements of a replaceable battery and removable storage... and Android, of course. ;)
     
  5. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    What other features of the OS drew you to the phone? I want a phone that will not drop calls, I don't remember the last time my phone dropped a call.. It I'd a personal phone but will be used for work too
     
  6. speedlever

    speedlever Android Enthusiast

    Dropped calls occur... and for many reasons, not necessarily phone related. I've had dropped calls on landlines too.

    I suspect the quality of your local wireless service may have much to do with the dropped call scenario.

    For me personally, I did not care for a Windows or Blackberry phone, nor did I want an iPhone. 3 family members have the iPhone 5. I view the HTC One as the iPhone of the Android world... nice device but no removable battery and no removable storage. The GS4 was the logical choice for me.
     
  7. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    True, but some can be devices too

    I do know is that the community center in my town is VZW Black hole and my RAZR MAXX will get no signal while my Nexus 7 will have LTE service ( on VZW). Now it still will lose signal there it at least gets it better then the phone.

    I do know in some cases the drop will be network, but in most the areas I do go, I know my current phone works
     
  8. jcountryboy86

    jcountryboy86 Newbie

    Simply the best! ! ;-)
     
  9. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    No looking at the Replaceable battery or SDcard slot.. what does the S4 have over the Moto X?
     
  10. CrimsonPride

    CrimsonPride Android Expert

    ive said this several times, but i like the Moto X, but not for $200. It doesnt have the standard 1080p screen or quad core processors that every other $200 phone has at this point. Now the phone is fast, its not laggy, but those are my problems with it. I chose the s4 because I believe it was the best phone available at the time, and I would choose it again as I still believe it is the best phone available for what I want
     
  11. itsallgood

    itsallgood Android Expert

    For me it was the 5" sharp beautiful screen, the camera with all of its neat features. Form factor, removable battery and expandable storage. Samsung update rating. Touch wize and other cool features of the S4. Big battery that can get me thru a 14 he's. Day of moderate to heavy use.
     
  12. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    I liked:

    • lovely big bright high resolution screen
    • it's powerful and quick (I have never experienced any lag)
    • I loved the S2 and it was bound to be better than that
    • removable battery (this is a really big + in my view)
    • micro SD card slot
    • likely to sell well so a good community was likely to build up around it
    • wide range of sensors
    • very slim and light.
    It was a few months ago now so there were probably others but all of the above have proved to be good reasons and I have been really pleased with my S4.
     
  13. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    I suppose these are the reasons I bought one..

    Beautiful Screen
    Great Performance
    Good Camera
    Sdcard slot
    Physical home button
    Removable battery
    Battery life
    Highly customizable due to large community, root, roms, kernels, mods.

    However, reasons I now dislike the S4 and will probably be changing to the Nexus 5 despite the lack of an sdcard slot.

    Interface suffers with lag
    Low internal storage
    eFuse ( new warranty issues when rooting and flashing )
     
  14. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So does that mean I cannot root without having some sort of issue? I need root for it to work with my App Radio

    Also would switching to a different launcher fix the lag??
     
  15. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    Yes with the newest firmwares rooting will trigger the efuse switch and will void your warranty, you've been warned

    The lag is nothing to do with the launcher, it's to do with touchwiz which you can't remove. Funny enough touchwiz on the Galaxy S3 doesn't suffer with this, go figure. :(
     
  16. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Well that sucks! I am trying to get an android stick to work in place of a phone, if I get that working then I just need to hot spot the phone. I have a RAZR MAXX, that I can use for now if I buy a new phone, then hot spot to the RAZR and have that in the car.. Which I am okay with as well, I would think the older MAXX with just WIFI and BT and no SIM should work okay..

    wonder if the Moto X or MAXX has the efuse
     
  17. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    I doubt they will have anything like efuse, worst you will have to worry about with Google or Motorola devices is locked bootloaders which can usually be unlocked/locked easily enough.
     
  18. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    knowing about the eFuse, just made my decision easier
     
  19. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    Bear in mind that this is a hardware feature which was just activated with the firmware MH8 and similar.

    Who says other phone you buy don't have it where a simple upgrade activates it ?

    Nowadays you just never know ...
     
  20. Goodspike

    Goodspike Android Expert

    I had features I wanted, and few phones had all of them.

    NFC
    IR
    Removable battery
    Larger screen (for the wife--we use the same phone models).
    MicroSD
     
  21. -=Jeff=-

    -=Jeff=- Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    IS the eFuse in the VZW version? Very true where other may get it..
     
  22. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    Why .. personally because I had an S3 and loved it and my contract was up ... So S4 there it was ... Why S3 ? Came from iPhone - got sick of it / bored, had the S3 in my hands (colleagues) and loved it - didn't need to look further.
     
  23. cjreyes666

    cjreyes666 Well-Known Member

    Plain and simple micro sd card
     
  24. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I had a iPhone 5s 64gb sitting here on my desk, and decided to send it back and cancel my wife's 5s order as well. We originally put them on the Verizon Edge program, but changed my mind when I simply decided that an extra $70 per month on top of my regular cell bill was just foolish.

    Even the 16gb iPhones cost $215 each and don't have enough storage. We were coming from the iPhone 4s, and the 5s really did not seem that much of an improvement (besides the 4G) from what we previously had.

    I ordered the wife a White S4 from Amazon for $149 shipped, and will order myself a black one when my iPhone 5s return gets processed.
     
  25. lotus49

    lotus49 Android Expert

    Whether this is an issue for you will rather depend. Firstly, it will depend on which firmware version your new phone has. If you buy new now, the chances are that the phone will have a locked bootloader (I was lucky, I bought mine a few months ago and it doesn't have a locked bootloader).

    You would still be able to install custom ROMs, root your phone etc. but doing so will blow the eFuse and no amount of hackery will ever unblow it. This means that you will not be able to return your phone to stock condition by reinstalling a stock ROM and your carrier/retailer may also claim that you have voided your warranty. I don't believe that this would stack up in UK law assuming the fault you were returning it for was unrelated. I am not familiar with US consumer protection law except to say that it is generally weaker than here so you may be out of luck.

    I don't experience any lag with mine running the stock ROM. I have tried other ROMs and they were no quicker, but as I say, mine is snappy as it is. When the phone was first released there was a lot of talk about lag. No doubt some people did experience it but, for those that did, there were lots of fixes. Since then, the noise about lag has definitely fallen off. I don't think it's an issue at all.
     
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