Tech pundits and critics were expecting iPhone 5 with a built in matter transporter and TARDIS-like storage.
The iPhone 5 was actually different than the 4S model with a faster CPU, larger and better screen, and a better antenna, in addition to iOS 6 and a few other goodies, but nothing earth shattering.
The next best selling Android model belongs to Samsung and the Galaxy S III, so when Apple’s major competitor announced the Galaxy S 4 months ago, everyone in punditland expected Samsung to shoot for the moon. Maybe they did, but the moon just wasn’t very high that day.
I’m an iPhone user so why do I care?
A company I work for has decided to provide me with the smartphone of my choice. I’m not giving up on my iPhone, but having an opportunity to test the waters of competition won’t cost me anything, so I’m looking at the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (among others).
The Galaxy S 4 is great but it has the wrong name. If Samsung is going to copy Apple they should do it right.
It doesn’t take much effort to browse the web and come up with a dozen reviews of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4. Tech Block has a brief sound up of snippets.
It’s going to sell millions, and rightfully so. It’s easily the best all-around smartphone money can buy.
Which doesn’t tell me much about how it compares to other smartphones.
The S IV feels uninspired. There are small spec bumps from the previous generation and there’s a ton of software which will largely sit unused. There’s just no wow-factor here.
Uh oh. Maybe the name is wrong.
Still, as much as its add-ons differentiate this handset from last year’s, we can’t shake the feeling that the GS 4 falls flat next to the competition. In fact, we get the sense Samsung could’ve called this device the GS III Plus — that certainly wouldn’t be out of step with its naming conventions in the past.
Hmmm. I see a trend developing.
At first blush, the Galaxy S4 doesn’t feel revolutionary, but given the continued success of its predecessor maybe a revolution wasn’t called for. It’s a faster phone with a better screen, a better camera, and some cool new software features, and for the company that’s nearly synonymous with the word “Android,” that may be enough to ensure another huge success.
Samsung has done what it needed to – in the manner of Apple and the transition between the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S – to bring its flagship up to speed. Promotion and advertising will take care of the rest.
You know where this is going, right?
Although the handset’s hardware isn’t exceptionally beautiful and software isn’t particularly inspiring, it has every essential feature and then some. Right now, the best way I can describe it is as the Gap clothing of smartphones.
Not particularly inspiring? Where have I heard that before?
However, it’s not an earth-shattering change, and those looking for a big reason to jump ship to an Android smartphone may find the new handset lackluster.
There it is. Lackluster. The same word used by pundits and critics to describe the iPhone 4S and then the iPhone 5.
From what I see of the Galaxy S 4, Samsung is following closely in Apple’s footsteps and delivering incremental improvements, but no earth shattering innovations.
What about all those cool hover and eye contact features in the S 4? Looks to be on a par with Siri. Interesting, but not all that useful. And a big drain on the battery life.
Maybe Samsung needs to copy Apple even closer than they have in the past and call this new model the Samsung Galaxy 3S instead.