The Samsung S4 is released today in the UK and the KCM Maknae is super excited! Smart phones have vastly improved our lives, especially as Korean language students due to the amazing and easy access to the foreign keyboards. Now we can practice our Korean anywhere without dealing with tricky romanisation or trying to type hangul with a standard qwerty keyboard.
Already in the KCM family are the Samsung S2 and S3, two amazing phones that we could not live without! During our trip to South Korea last year, we found ourselves reaching for our phones more than our cameras as the photos were high quality enough and it was just super convenient!
Photos from Samsung Galaxy S2
Photos from Samsung Galaxy S3
So now the KCM maknae finally joins the Samsung family with her shiny and new Samsung S4! (And we’re all a little bit jealous…)
Here at KCM, we don’t discriminate, we love Samsung and we love Apple. But what made us choose Samsung phones over the iPhones are the little differences and details:
- Samsung has bigger screens (but this means a bigger size phone which might be a con for some people)
- Samsung has expandable memory. Great for us extremely snap happy folk.
- Samsung has changeable batteries, very convenient for high end users and less pricey when your battery packs in.
- Samsungs are a lot more customizable with widgets, changeable fonts and are a lot more relaxed about how you arrange your home screens.
- Samsung also has a far more efficient predictive text facility and for all those on the S3, a very funky swipey text mode. (Please excuse our fabulously technical language)
But saying all this, there are also many things where the iPhone wins. As mentioned before the larger size isn’t always a pro as sometimes it can be hard to use the phone single handed, and many have also complained about the plastic feel of the Samsung compared to the cool metal iPhone casing. One very annoying thing about Samsung phones is that there is no physical camera button unlike the iPhone where the (+) automatically becomes the shutter button when in camera mode. And even though the iPhone lists its front camera as being only 1.2mp and Samsung’s as 1.9mp, the iPhone’s front camera is significantly better especially in darker lighting. Android is also quickly catching up on the apps front, but Apple still remains to get preferential treatment when it comes to new apps. And these are just a few things things we’ve personally noticed, if you want to read a more technical and thorough Samsung S3 vs iPhone 5 review check out Trusted Reviews. But we’re here to talk about the new Samsung Galaxy S4!
This latest edition to the Samsung Galaxy series was announced on 14th March and it sounded epic. President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung, JK Shin made the bold statement that:
“With the GALAXY S4, Samsung is again going to enhance the way we live”
Now before we get to all the cool stuff, lets talk about all the standard upgrades: 4G ready, a larger screen size and better battery, double the memory (RAM) and now even slimmer yet stronger too. With something called a Full HD Super AMOLED display as well as utilizing Corning’s new Gorilla® Glass 3＊ the S4 screen is also improved for your viewing pleasure. Samsung has further upped the stakes on the camera front too with a whooping 13 mp rear camera as well as a 2MP camera, which we hope is vastly improved. And not only that but there is a Dual Camera function which means you can use both front and rear cameras simultaneously, allowing photo capture from various angles, and group party ‘Dual Video Calls’ where everyone can join in.
A new and unique concept in the Samsung S4 is the ‘Sound & Shot’ which basically captures the audio when a picture is taken. We personally find that a bit weird and will possibly lead to a lot of embarrassing moments but you never know, it definitely sounds useful and could help solve a few ‘who was present at the time’ mysteries on CSI… Just an idea.
Samsung has also stated that with the Galaxy S4, they plan on bringing people closer together and breaking down language barriers. They have a cool new feature called ‘S Translator’ which will provide instant text or voice translation to help all those avid travellers or in our case, confused language students. We can’t wait to test this out!
Samsung has also gone super space age on us…
In today’s world, we are all looking for smart ways to make life easier and less stressful. The GALAXY S4 ensures that tasks are effortless with innovative features that detect your face, voice and motions to enable screen control with no need for finger touch activation.
What could this mean? First there is the ‘Samsung Smart Pause’ – the front camera captures where you are looking, if you are watching a video and look away, the video will pause and restart when you look back, making sure you never miss that vital wink moment from your favourite Kpop performance! When reading text, the camera will also track your eye movement and as you get to the bottom of the page, the text will automatically scroll for your convenience. A very snazzy and sleek feature. There’s also the new ‘Air View’ where you’ll look super cool making Matrix style swiping motions over screens to answer calls and hoovering over apps for quick views and magnifying browsers.
The Samsung S4 is sounding seriously impressive and we can’t wait to get our hands on the maknae’s shiny new Samsung! If you want to find out more about the specs you can check out the Samsung official press release HERE. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is currently available in White Frost and Dark Mist (more colours coming soon) and should be available at all good phone stores on contract although there might be a bit of a fight for the first lot of stock! If you are planning on getting a hold of one for yourself, heres a sneak peek of what to expect!