At a massive event at Radio City Music Hall, featuring a live orchestra and a simulcast on a huge billboard in Times Square, Samsung showed off its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S 4, which is...not very interesting. But the Galaxy S line is enormously popular, with a huge advertising budget behind it, and this phone will probably also sell about a gazillion units. So, what's going on here?
The Galaxy S 4 continues Samsung's tradition of cramming as many new ideas as possible into a phone. And those ideas are sometimes interesting! Perhaps most futuristic is the visual tracking system allowing you to scroll and pause just with your eyes. While watching a movie, if you movie your gaze away from the screen, you'll automatically pause the movie. No multitasking allowed, decrees Samsung! Or you can scroll through lists and web pages just by looking down to the bottom of the page. This is definitely something new--no other phone has anything even resembling this. Whether anyone will use it, well, that's a different story.
It also detects touch-free motions--you can wave your hand over the phone in different ways to perform different functions, like answer the phone or move to a previously-used app.
Otherwise, it's mostly what you'd expect: a black or white plastic phone, very thin, very light, with a giant 5-inch screen (a 1080p resolution, at 441 PPI, which means this is a very pixel-dense screen in line with others from Apple, HTC, and Motorola). It looks more than anything like a Galaxy Note, with a single mechanical home button and a touch-sensitive back and menu button. Connectivity-wise, it's a 4G LTE phone, with Bluetooth 4.0, which is expected, and an infrared LED, so you can change channels with your phone. (To be fair, HTC's One, which was announced last month, also has an IR blaster.)
The camera is a 13MP shooter on the rear, with a 2MP sensor on the front. Interestingly, you can use both at the same time, giving you a kind of picture-in-picture of yourself within a picture of whatever you're shooting. There's also a feature that'll let you record audio along with a photo, giving kind of narrated photography.
[Note: at this point in Samsung's presentation, a small child came out and furiously tap-danced for about a minute.]
There are, because this is Samsung, many more camera features. That Air View feature lets you hover your finger over the screen for options. There's one that lets you erase unwanted items from photos. There's something called ChatOn, a video chat service, plus GroupPlay, which lets you share photos in a way that wasn't made totally clear, and a few other terms with unconventional (fun fact: this is called camel case!).
Samsung's also included something called S Translator, an on-the-fly translation app. This is something that's actually very exciting; we've been tracking the progress of the real-life Babelfish for a long time. It's a fantastically difficult thing to do, but we're excited to see how this one works. S Translator supports nine languages, and translates both text-to-speech and speech-to-text. So you can type "where is the bus station" into it and it'll translate that into Spanish or Mandarin or German, or you can have a friendly stranger who doesn't share your language speak Portuguese or Italian or Japanese into the phone and it'll turn it into English text. It also says it can translate images, so you can take a picture of a sign or menu and it'll translate it.
[At this point in the presentation, a Chinese man came out and said the word "shvitzing." The crowd laughed riotously.]
The phone includes temperature and humidity sensors. I'm not totally sure why; there is a feature, or system, or something, called S Health, which syncs with other accessories like a health-tracking wristband and scale. But if the phone is in your pocket or a bag, I'm not totally sure why it needs a temperature sensor; it's not like it's laying against your skin.
Samsung is also showing off something called HomeSync, which is basically a network-attached storage unit--a big hard drive that plugs in at home, which syncs all of your photos and videos and music out to a TV or to any of your phones.
The temperature and humidity sensors are probably for overheating since my galaxy s3 heats up after a while so I'm glad they are fixing this issue...If I'm presuming right..
The sensors are to make it a complete weather station. The s3 already had a pressure sensor, so now the set is complete.
Your S3 should not be overheating. Mine never has. The only thing I can think of to get it to actually overheat would be to really hammer it while charging at the same time. This is a terrible idea as it's very bad for the battery, but I've still used a few times while charging and never had it over heat.
Note: It's normal to get a bit warm. All batteries heat up when charging or discharging, and all electronics heat up while operating. It's only a problem if it gets above a certain limit which is normally quite high.
On a recent campout several of us wished our phones had temperature sensors. When you're out of cell range, having a real time weather station can be very useful.
It really DOES have all of the features!
Finally a portable language translator as seen in the movie "Alien Nation"
I really like gizmos and gadgets!
Smart phones that can do it all are wonderful.
I wish I was rich enough to buy this one,
so if I dropped and broke it, I would not mind.
Though, with technology, gizmos and gadgets
get cheaper and better with time.
Eventually, I may get one.
It is fun to read about these things!
That's the great thing about scientific progress. No matter how poor you are now, it is almost certain that one day you will own a phone much more powerful than this one.
Wondering if they've kept to the faithful who want replaceable batteries and additional storage? The screen is a welcome improvement on an already decidedly very good one.
With all things added up, a phone call should not cost so much in life!
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