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Samsung's Galaxy S4 fails to impress INQUIRER readers

Lack of hardware innovation doesn't go unmissed
Mon Mar 18 2013, 14:30

KOREAN PHONE MAKER Samsung's Galaxy S4 has failed to impress some readers here at The INQUIRER, despite expectations that it will be this year's best selling smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was unveiled to much fanfare at a bizarre press event in New York last week, and impressed attendees with its innovative software features such as Group Play, Air Gesture and Smart Pause.

However, it seems that no one was very excited by the Galaxy S4's plastic casing, almost identical to that of the Galaxy S3. Even the handset's fast octo-core processor seemed to get lost in chatter about the handset's lackluster hardware innovation and incremental specification upgrades.

Our readers weren't all that impressed, either. 

Somebody who goes by the handle Ymarangos highlighted the fact that Samsung seems to be taking a leaf out of Apple's book, a decision that doesn't work in its favour.

Ymarangos said, "Am a bit tired of the lack of 'thinking outside the box' of mobile phone manufacturers. Understanding a problem and solving it. Apple, Samsung, HTC all fight on numbers that don't matter. 1080p display on a 5 inch screen! Thanks for giving me something I can't see!'

"Also, Samsung makes home appliances. Where is the integration there? None! Can I use the camera on the TV remotely to view the image remotely, with some basic movement recognition? No... Common [sic] guys. Throw away your engineer hats and start thinking experiences."

Tom also was pretty disappointed with Samsung's lack of hardware innovation, but seems almost wooed by the firm's nifty software add-ons. 

He commented, "I do hope Samsung aren't taking a leaf out of Apple's book and sticking with one unchanging visual design henceforth. Mind you, at least they're still innovating on the software, which is more than we can say for the fruity fellows over in Cupertino."

However, we think one not so wordy reader who goes by the name of Robbodtricky summed things up perfectly. His comment read, quite simply, 'meh'.

Of course, we will reserve judgement until we get our mitts on the device, so be sure to check back soon for our Samsung Galaxy S4 review. µ


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