Samsung Galaxy S4: 7 Things To Know Before Buying

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Samsung Galaxy S4Just like its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently one of the most demanded smartphones out there and while it is yet to be made available on most of the US based carriers, here is a list of things to keep in mind before buying one of these bad boys.

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The Octa-Core Processor is a Marketing Gimmick

Many potential customers actually bent towards buying the Samsung Galaxy S4 because of the all new Exynos 5 Octa core processor that was introduced with this device. The octa core is actually a combination of Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processors. We must clear out a common misconception here, out of these eight cores only four cores work at a time, in simple words, the eight cores will never work simultaneously.

The 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor is used when the device is either performing low resource demanding tasks or is in its idle state, while the higher performing 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 is used while performing heavy tasks like playing HD videos and or high-end graphic games. The reason for this is pretty simple, a processor with lower clock speed means less power drain on the battery.

Only 50% Space

Some of the few lucky people who got their Samsung Galaxy S4 ahead of the initial expected shipping date have revealed a new flaw in the latest flagship from Samsung. Apparently, the 16 GB version of the device actually offers only about 8 GB of user available storage while the other 8 GB goes to system services and Android v4.2 Jelly Bean.

This might not be too big of a problem for the folks who intend to use the microSD card slot which supports up to 64 Gigabytes of external memory, but it is still something that you should know before buying your very own Galaxy S4.

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Bootloader Locked On Most Carriers

With the exception of Sprint, Verizon and AT&T, Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a locked bootloader. So if you are the kind of person who likes to perform a lot of hackery with his device, be prepared to do a lot of hard work for unlocking the bootloader.

T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular are yet to make it clear whether their version of Galaxy S4 will come with a locked bootloader or not, but the probability is, it will.

Not The Only One With Dual Shot

If you are buying the Samsung Galaxy S4 just because of the 13 MP camera and the ability to capture images from the front as well as rear camera simultaneously, then there is actually a cheaper alternative for you, the LG Optimus G Pro. Recently released, the Pro also has almost the same hardware as the S4 and also rocks the dual shoot functionality. It is also expected that soon many more Galaxy S4 features like automatic scrolling and other front camera trickery will make it to the device as well. The Optimus G Pro also has its own version of ‘Smart Pause’ feature.

It’s Just Plain Plastic

You probably know it by now but just to be sure here it is again. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is made purely of plastic and while the company did try its level best to give the device a classy look, they simply can’t give it the same feeling that the HTC One gives. Also the durability is also an interesting question.

Possibly More Colors To Come In Future

Owners of Samsung Galaxy S3 will most definitely agree with us on this one. Originally the Galaxy S3 made its debut in the market with only two colors white and navy blue, but by the end of year, they were more than half a dozen color variants of the device floating in the market. So there is absolutely no reason why Samsung would not do the same with its latest flagship.

It’s Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently the only mainstream device to have the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and it looks like this is something which is not going to change for at least a few months now. Just for the sake of comparison, the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 did fairly well in the hammer test(phone is struck with a hammer) for the Galaxy S3.