Best Samsung Galaxy S4 apps
Need to spice up your Galaxy S4? Here's a list of the best Android apps for Samsung's flagship phone
Samsung’s Galaxy S4 hit the market at the end of April, and we were lucky to take the new device for a test drive just prior to its release. It’s safe to say that, so far, we’ve been blown away by the smartphone's hardware. From its 441PPI Super AMOLED screen to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, everything that has been packed into the device by Samsung’s best and brightest is just dripping with quality and power. Our short time with the Android Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy S4 got us thinking about which apps will allow potential buyers to make the most out of that bleeding-edge hardware. Here are some of our top picks.
If this wasn’t one of the first apps you downloaded for your Galaxy S4, hop to it. Instagram’s Android app is just as spectacular as its iOS counterpart and offers all of the same sharing capabilities to keep your social needs sated for hours. You can snap and share photos until your heart’s content, and be sure to check out the app’s newest features, which now include a super easy way to track any shots in which you’ve been tagged.
Until somebody invents a better reader app than Amazon, we’re sticking it out with the Kindle version. Regardless of whether you actually own a Kindle-branded device, the app will provide the quite a similar experience right on your Galaxy S4. It also syncs across all your devices, so no matter where you leave off on one gadget, you can pick up and start from another with zero hassle.
If you can manage to tear yourself away from Game of Thrones for an hour or two, you might find the next big HBO hit on Goodreads. We don’t think any Galaxy S4 owner should be without this Android app, which provides instant access to thousands of unbiased book reviews from other Goodreads members (of which there are over 8,500,000), along with your own pals. You can keep a virtual bookshelf of all the books you’ve already conquered and make new lists of those you want to check out next.
Reddit obsessed? BaconReader is hands down the best free Samsung Galaxy S4 app we could find for it. This one offers a slideshow mode, multiple themes and a UI that’s far easier on the eyes the site itself. BaconReader makes it a cinch to access news, post links, photos, comments and pretty much everything else you can do on reddit. Even better, if you’re new to reddit (which we all know from previous experience can be as awkward as being the new kid in elementary school), the app offers a complete tutorial guide to help ease the pain.
Forgetful types will love this one for its friendly little reminders. Astrid for Android actually markets itself as a digital sort of “personal assistant,” and while it’s a rather lofty statement, it’s one we’ve found to be pretty on point. The app goes beyond your basic calendar reminders by tracking almost everything you need to stay on top of including grocery lists, errands, appointments and phone calls, among other things. You can also sync the app across your other Android devices and with Astrid.com.
High on the list of our top Galaxy S4 apps is OpenTable. While it may be a bit of an obvious pick, it would be downright silly to let it slip through the cracks. OpenTable makes it easy to plan your next night out from wherever you are. It’s especially convenient for all those times you forgot to plan ahead. You can search for restaurants by name, cuisine type and/or location just like you normally would in the Web version. Choose your party size, pick your preferred time and you’re good to go.
If you’re looking for a high tempo, fun, arcade-style game then look no further than Glu Mobile’s Enternity Warriors 2. The game looks incredible, offers plenty of upgrade options via its freemium model and also allows users to play co-op, too. What more could you want?