The Samsung Galaxy S4 is Fast, Functional and Still PlasticSamsung has finally announced the Galaxy S4 and is targeting a late April release. There’s been a lot of talk about this new phone, here’s what you can expect from their latest smartphone offering.

The hardware on the Galaxy S4 starts with the processor. For US models it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.9 GHz quad-core processor; the rest of the world can look forward to the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor at 1.8 GHz. The device will use 2 gigabytes of RAM to help those processors run smoothly and users can choose either 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of internal storage. More storage on the device will be available through a microSD slot for flash card memory. The battery on the Galaxy S4 is rated at 2,600 mAh which is pretty good for a phone these days. Finally, the five-inch display on the device really sets it apart from the competition offering resolution at a full 1920x1080p on a super AMOLED screen.

The software on the Galaxy S4 runs off Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which has been heavily modified for the device. The phone has some very cool features like Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, functions that let you scroll through email by tilting the device or pause a media file if you look away from the phone while watching. It’s watching you watching it. The S Voice Drive mode on the phone keeps your hands on the wheel when driving with voice commands for everything and when your hands are off the wheel, Air View and Air Gesture functionality of the device let you navigate the screen without even touching the device which is great if you are wear gloves.

It’s an impressive step forward for Samsung and the Galaxy line, however the device is still encased in the same plastic case as previous iterations which makes the device light and thin but is still a concern for active people like myself.

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