Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3
We pit the Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. the Galaxy S3 and see how it stacks up
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is now real and it should be coming out by the end of April but is it that much better than the Galaxy S3? We'll compare the two and see if the older model is still worthy, especially since the Galaxy S3 is on sale in many places.
Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has some of the most advanced specs we've ever seen a smartphone. You're looking at a five-inch, 1080p HD Super AMOLED screen with 441 pixels per inch. There will be either a 1.9GHz or 1.6GHz processor depending on which region you're in. There's also 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an IR LED to control your television, a 13-megapixel camera and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
The Galaxy S4 will launch with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the latest version of TouchWiz. Samsung has rebuilt its platform to provide an experience that it considers more usable and one that will blend in to users' lives in a seamless way. This includes a boatload of new features like a boost S Voice, S Voice Drive for in-car controls, S Translator for translating on the go, S Health to track your medical information and more.
The 13-megapixel camera is also a boost from the previous version and one neat thing is that you can use both cameras at once to take pictures or videos. Look for new features like the ability to create story books that can actually be printed out and mailed to you.
Basically, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the S3 on steroids. It has better hardware and software than the version that came out a year ago, which is something you should expect.
Samsung Galaxy S3
That doesn't mean the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a bad device, even though it's been out for about a year. You're still getting a nice-looking 4.7-inch display with a 720p resolution, a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE options, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and various storage options. I recently used this as my primary device again and was happy with how smoothly it performed.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Android Jelly Bean with TouchWiz and most of the apps and games in the Play Store run really well on it. In fact, I'd say that a lot of high-end games are optimized for this. That will change once the Galaxy S4 comes out but I'm sure that the Galaxy S3 will still perform well. Additionally, we've heard that many of the software features of the Galaxy S4 will be coming to the Galaxy S3 as an update down the line.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a solid 8-megapixel camera and we've been happy with its performance so far. There are other devices since its been released which provide a faster and better experience but it still provides a nice shooting experience.
The Final Verdict
It's not much of a surprise but the Samsung Galaxy S4 outclasses its precessor in pretty much every way. It has a larger screen, more powerful hardware and cool new software features. If you can wait -- and can afford it -- the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the clear winner. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S3 still holds up pretty well for a device that's nearly a year old.