Samsung Galaxy S4 problems with battery, display and memory

News Stacy Warden 09:55, May 06 2013

Having issues with your Galaxy S4? Here's what you need to know

Well, that didn't take long. Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone has only been available since April and it's already being slammed with complaints. New owners of the Galaxy S4 have reportedly experienced issues with the very features that helped the device rise to Android fame including battery life, display and internal memory.  

The IBTimes writes:

"Many of the features that made the Samsung Galaxy S4 one of the most anticipated phones in recent history -- such as its 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD Super AMOLED display, its powerful processors (Samsung Exynos 5 Octa in the international version and Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 in the U.S. version) and 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options -- are now bringing grief to those who rushed to purchase the fourth-generation Galaxy S series smartphone upon its late April release."

According to the report, Samsung's Galaxy S4 battery -- the 2,600 mAh Li-Ion -- can't handle much at all. S4 owners have purportedly complained that the phone's battery life is "quickly exhausted overnight," dropping to less than a 50 percent charge by the time morning rolls around. Power-hungry apps like Google Play Music and Media Server aren't helping, either.

It has been noted that this battery drain problem might not actually be the phone itself, but rather a glitch with Google's Android 4.2 OS. If the battery issue ends up being a big one, it could be a simple matter of releasing a bug-fix update. If you own a Galaxy S4, you can also look into an extended battery or an external power source. 

As for the display, it's purportedly having some kind of color identity crisis. In the XDA-Developers forum, some Galaxy S4 owners have complained about smearing and ghosting when scrolling on the device. According to the complaints, some darker colors appear purple. 

And then there's the Galaxy S4 memory issue. The report notes that some owners of the 16GB version have complained that roughly half of the internal memory on their S4 is being consumed by built-in apps. Some of Samsung's new software features are purportedly eating up a painfully noticeable amount of storage. But Samsung has already acknowledged this in a way, when it told CNET that 6.85GB of internal memory is used up by innovative apps and the phone's hi-res display. Samsung has responded to these complaints by suggesting that Galaxy S4 owners opt for a microSD card

Overall, complaints with Samsung's Galaxy S4 aren't totally shocking and are likely not enough to be a deal breaker for Android fans. Let us know what you think. Have you experienced problems with your Galaxy S4? Are any of the aforementioned issues enough to make you consider a different smartphone altogether?

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