There comes a time.... no, It's a quick cellphone reflection, and the picture already says a thousand words, let's not go all Alen-crazy! But hey, this IS my wall, and Google certainly has enough data center space for few bytes of mine. Anywho, I shall start blogging here a lot, so once I launch the site, I'll just have to copy and paste - lazy AND smart.
Here is my personal experience, rather than review, of GS4.
Got the phone from good ol' Koodo - only the bestest, most politest, humblest, people-friendliest network provider in Canada - and had decided to go for a medium tab ($300 credit) towards a Samsung, since my M8 got stolen, and M9 was still day or two away from launch, and I desperately needed to reconnect - a day without a smartphone is like a day without eyes and ears these days. After all, they are the inorganic, conscious evolution of at least of two of our senses, to see and hear, as well as many of our abilities. All technology is just this. Now back from the trip to the smartphone, I thought it's about time I've caught up with Samsung and reaffirm my anger towards the company - jokingly thinking that. But it seems I've truly forgotten how really, truly distant in distinction of quality and krap, HTC and Samsung are. As brief as smartphone history is, there was never a time the pure bred smartphone company was in any real challenge by this consumer tech giant- no, monstrosity Samsung is. It's staggering how big this company is, in comparison to HTC. Looking at the GS4 and its date of release, and I immediately remember, this is when The One M7 was out, how could have this junk ever sell out such a superior piece of meticulously crafted device like M7.
I have recently received the latest updates with the Android 5(L) package that was delivered to my new GS4, and they were welcomed. Prior to this latest release, I don't understand who could have been using this device, and been fine with its absolute lack of performance, Moto G puts it to shame. I mean seriously, this was the "flagship" of 2013? This is what most people bought? That is like living in 2009 all over again - things do not respond, it takes several seconds for anything to happen, scrolling up and down SMS threads was painfully, impossibly choppy. I could not believe my eyes, and my anger was once again rising towards Samsung, and that same feeling of 'ripoff' washed over me, as anger arose. It is very well founded. Coming off of M7 and M8, this was unbearable. I was really astounded how much performance boost GS4 had just received with the latest Android L, I mean, you can now scroll through SMS! But there still remained even worse of a problem - the one updates cannot resolve, and one I had never experienced before, or I should say never again past the early 2000s with the still evolving LCD monitors - yes, I'm talking about Ghosting!!! BooOOo! I could not believe I was seeing...GHOSTING! on a display, in 2013, and go figure, Galaxy S6 has the same problem! This is un-be-lievable. I've tested this junk screen with several fast paced games like SpeedX3D - one of the most epic mobile games ever - and the thing ghosted and it lagged, and it ruined the whole experience. THIS is why HTC and Apple stick with what works, LCD. The only reason Samsung uses AMOLED or OLED is because they make it themselves, and that's all that matters. The colors, no matter what you do, are plastic. There is nothing natural about the way your pictures or videos look on that screen, and when you see them on a proper LCD - it's a different picture. I want to go on and on, but perhaps I should just conclude by mentioning that, after a 3-foot drop from my hand onto a hardwood floor, it fell on it's back, the screen inside top right corner, not the Gorilla glass, somehow, has completely mushed up in million places and guess what - it's dead. I,...am speechless. The no name China-phones I used to sell, the bricks for $60+ didn't break this easy. They were built better. And now long and behold - Galaxy S6 and Edge, is, get this - front to back...glass!!!! Have fun buying that! It's still a Samsung, but now you can't help but break it the first weekend. Thus concludes my GS4=Fail rant.