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Old 15-03-2013, 02:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Samsung unveils Iphone killer.

Is an iPhone killer here at last? Samsung launches impressive Galaxy S4 that you can control WITHOUT touching and translates NINE languages using audio speakers

  • New device features five-inch 1080p screen that has the ability to react to its owner's eyes
  • Slightly smaller than the Galaxy SIII at 69mm wide, and 7.9mm thick
  • Also features a translator, multipurpose 13 megapixel camera and voice recognition software
By Thomas Durante and Associated Press
PUBLISHED: 00:28 GMT, 15 March 2013 | UPDATED: 06:50 GMT, 15 March 2013

Samsung last night delivered its most threatening answer to the iPhone yet with its latest smart phone complete with a gallery of never-before-seen technology.
In a much-hyped public event, the technology giant introduced the Galaxy S4 with an array of new features, including a few triggered with simply a wave of the hand.

The event at New York's Radio City Music Hall - which featured a live orchestra, bubbly master of ceremonies and even a tap dance number - was streamed on Samsung's YouTube channel.
Swiping technology: Many of the new phone's features react to your finger, whether it's touching the screen or not

Display: People interact with the Samsung Galaxy S4, during the unveiling event at New York's Radio City Music Hall


Versatility: Samsung prides the Galaxy S4 on being a 'life companion' that will 'improve the way most people live every day'

The Galaxy S4, which crams a 5-inch 1080p screen into body slightly smaller than the S III's, will go sale globally in the April to June period.
Skinny but durable, the S4 is 69mm wide, and 7.9mm thick. It weighs just 130 grams, and is encased in polycarbonate.
THE GUIDE TO THE GALAXY... S4


Slightly thinner than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 will go on sale next month.

The skinny but durable handset includes such special features as voice-recognition text messaging, translator software that can recognize 9 languages and an incredible touchscreen technology that toggles some features just by waving your finger.
It uses apps like Samsung's WatchOn to bring on-demand video straight to the phone.
The cameras on each side of the S4 can be used in sync with each other, planting the photographer inside the photo he or she is taking. It also has an erase feature.

The phone also utilizes HomeSync, a way to store data on a cloud - and beam a photo across the world to be viewed on the home TV. Speaking of television, the smart phone can double as the remote.



The newest features involve different options for navigation. If the phone senses someone is looking at the screen, the user can tilt it forward or backwards to scroll up and down a Web page.
That feature falls slightly short of what some consumers may have expected after the New York Times reported that the phone would be able to scroll automatically by tracking readers' eyes.
But what it can do is sense when it has someone's attention. When a video is playing the stream will automatically pause if the person looks away from the device and it will restart when the eyes come back to the screen.

Texting while driving will be a thing of the past, as the smart phone's voice recognition feature has the capability to dictate, reply, forward and save messages using only verbal commands.
The same voice recognition can be seen in the translator feature, which can understand nine languages.
Samsung has also made efforts to combat the issue of messy fingerprints, with a screen that now senses fingers hovering just above the screen, and applications that react.

The Mail application shows the first few lines of an email when a finger hovers above it in the list, and the Gallery application shows an expanded thumbnail.

Users can control some other applications by making gestures in the air above the phone.
In the browser, you can command the screen to scroll up by swiping from top to bottom a few inches from the phone.

Pride: JK Shin, Samsung's president and head of IT and mobile communications, shows off the Galaxy S4 in each of its two colors


A new way to browse: The Galaxy S4 has different options for navigation. If the phone senses someone is looking at the screen, the user can tilt it forward or backwards to scroll up and down a Web page





Touchless: Samsung has also made efforts to combat the issue of messy fingerprints, with a screen that now senses fingers hovering just above the screen, and applications that react



Giving it a whirl: Guests at Radio City Music hall try out the new Samsung Galaxy S4 after the live unveiling event

Unveiling: Shin presents the new Samsung Galaxy S4


Pricing mystery: Samsung did not say what the phone will cost, but it can be expected to start at $200 with a two-year contract in the U.S.

The Camera application can now use both the front and rear cameras simultaneously, and can insert a picture of the photographer even as he or she is capturing the scene in front of them.
It also has an erase feature, which allows the phone to take several pictures of a subject, then create a composite of the images to remove an unwanted photobomber.
In the U.S., the S4 will be sold by all four national carriers - Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA - as well as by smaller ones US Cellular and Cricket.
Samsung did not say what the phone will cost, but it can be expected to start at $200 with a two-year contract in the U.S.
JK Shin, the executive in charge of Samsung's mobile communications division, promised the money would be well spent for a 'life companion' that will 'improve the way most people live every day.'

A tale of two smart phones


SAMSUNG GALAXY S4




Height: 136.6 mm (5.38 inches)

Width: 69 mm (2.72 inches)

Depth: 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)

Weight: 130 grams (4.59 ounces)

Touchscreen: 5in

Pixel density: 441 per inch

Display: 1920-by-1080 pixels

Network speeds: 3G and 4G LTE Lite

Camera: 13 megapixel in back-facing camera, 2 megapixel in front-facing
Voice recognition: Can translate nine languages and utilizes voice-activated tools that can dictate, reply, forward or save text messages

Built-in apps: Video chat; internet browser; Gmail; Google Talk, Google Play Store; infrared LED; Google Maps; YouTube

Processor: 1.9GHz quad-core processor or 1.6GHz octa-core processor

Internal memory: 16GB; 32GB; or 64GB

Other memory: Data stored in Samsung's HomeSync - a household cloud service

Battery: 2,600 mAh

Operating system: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean


APPLE IPHONE 5




Height: 123.8 mm (4.87 inches)

Width: 58.6 mm (2.31 inches)

Depth: 7.6 mm (0.3 inches)

Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)

Touchscreen: 4in

Pixel density: 326 per inch

Display: 1136x640 pixels

Network speeds: 3G and mobile 4G

Camera: 8 megapixel in back-facing camera 1.2 in front-facing
Voice recognition: Siri upgraded to allow spoken recommendations for films or restaurants. Possible to update Facebook status by voice command
Built-in apps: FaceTime; video editing; Safari internet browser; email; Apple maps; no YouTube as standard

Processor: A6 chip said to be twice as quick as A5.

Internal memory: 16GB; 32GB; or 64GB

Other memory: Purchases stored in Apple’s iCloud servers

Battery: 1,400 mAh

Operating system: Apple iOS 6


Smart: The screen reacts to movement, and a video will automatically pause if you're not looking at the phone

Advancement: Presenting the phone on Thursday, Mr Shin said the device will serve as a life companion to help its owner lead 'a richer and simpler life'



That bold promise set the tone for the kind of flashy presentation associated with the showmanship of Apple, the company that Samsung has been trying to upstage.

Apple contends Samsung has been trying to do it by stealing its ideas - an allegation has triggered bitter courtroom battles around the world.
In the last two years, Samsung has emerged as Apple's main competitor in the high-end smartphone market.

At the same time, it has sold enough inexpensive low-end phones to edge out Nokia Corp. as the world's largest maker of phones.
The Galaxy line has been Samsung's chief weapon in the smartphone fight, and it has succeeded in making it a recognizable brand while competitors like Taiwan's HTC Corp. and Korean rival LG have stumbled.
Samsung has sold 100 million Galaxy S phones since they first came out in 2010.
That's still well below the 268 million iPhones Apple has sold in the same period, but Samsung's sales rate is catching up.
Superiority? The new Galaxy S4 offers a touchless interface and various security and visual upgrades

Research firm Strategy Analytics said the Galaxy SIII overtook Apple's iPhone 4S as the world's best-selling smartphone for the first time in the third quarter of last year, as Apple fans were holding off for the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 took back the crown in the fourth quarter.
One way Samsung and other makers of Android phone have been one-upping Apple is by increasing the screen size.

Every successive generation of the Galaxy line has been bigger than the one before.
The SIII sported a screen that measures 4.8 inches on the diagonal, already substantially larger than the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen. The S4's screen is 56 per cent larger than the iPhone's.
In a Wednesday interview, Apple Phil Schiller declined to discuss whether Apple is considering enlarging the screen on the next model of the iPhone, which is expected to be released later this year.

He said Apple remains confident that the iPhone 5 is the most useful and elegant smartphone available, hailing it as 'the most beautiful consumer electronics device ever created.'
Samsung believes the S4 will set the new standard.

Apart from the larger screen and upgraded processor, the S4 has a battery that's 20 per cent larger than that of the SIII.

Samsung didn't say if that translates into a longer battery life - the added capacity might be gobbled up by the bigger screen or other internal changes.
The S4 comes with a built-in infra-red diode, so it can control an entertainment center as a universal remote. This is a feature that has showed up in Android tablets before.
When several S4s are in close proximity, they can link up to play the same music, simultaneously - perfect for headphone dance parties.


Read more: Samsung unveils the Galaxy S4 smart phone | Mail Online
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Old 15-03-2013, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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it's difficult to be a killer of something that is already dead,
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Some incredible new features in the S4.
Now I just have to work out if I actually need those features.
The headphone dance party is a given though, I definitely need that.
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Now I just have to work out if I actually need those features.
I do need a new phone but same dilemma for me. Seems no matter which phone I look at has far more features than I'll ever use.
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He said Apple remains confident that the iPhone 5 is the most useful and elegant smartphone available, hailing it as 'the most beautiful consumer electronics device ever created.'
Give me function over beauty any day. Wake up Apple. You have real competition. Up your game.
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It's a fucking phone. Who gives a toss?
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Don't let daffy hear you talking like that.
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I have samsung phone that cost 450 baht, it's just a phone that's all I want, not something to show off with on the BTS.
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Don't let daffy hear you talking like that.

Or Butts, his puppy got run over by an Apple delivery truck when he was a child and he hasn't stopped crying since.
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mine is a computer - you should get back to chasing kids off your lawn with your zimmerframe
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The S2 shits all over the iphone 5, never mind the S4.
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^^ Oh right, I take it all back then. Someone's made a new computer, you say? Hold the fucking presses. That's just a-fucking-mazing news, isn't it. And it's at least 2.37% better than the last one? Mother of fucking God. My gob is totally smacked.

One of the great mysteries of the last decade or so is how corporate fuckheads flogging worthless baubles to autistic chimps became some kind of international spectator sport, to the point where corporate advertising dressed up as 'news' (and that's really stretching the meaning of that word beyond its breaking point) now effortlessly slides on to the front page of the world's biggest papers and untold millions of drones dutifully line up to cheer on their team (Is Samsung winning? Is Apple? Tune in after this commercial break to find out). If ever one wanted proof of the irredeemable stupidity of mankind, this is fucking it.
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One of the great mysteries of the last decade
Is why you open a thread titled "Samsung unveils Iphone killer" if you have no interest in the subject.
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I'd had an iPhone 3G for a few years until it got soaked whilst out cycling last year. I held off replacing it until the iPhone 5 arrived, though when it did I read all of the comparison reviews with the Samsung Galaxy S3. Spec wise they're virtually identical, though having actually held each of them for 'feel', I opted for the S3. The larger screen makes a big difference, and a key advantage is the extendable memory of the S3 of up to a further 64 gigs with a SD card.

A few months down the road and I know I made the right choice. Looking at the albeit early reviews of the S4, it's going to take something very special from Apple to equal let alone surpass it.
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It's a fucking phone.
Ahh, now I'm interested.
Never seen that feature advertised before.
How much do they cost?
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Is why you open a thread titled "Samsung unveils Iphone killer" if you have no interest in the subject.
Interesting as I am, I don't think my behaviour qualifies as one of the world's great mysteries. And why did I look at this thread? Not because I'm interested in the pathetic trinkets which late capitalism offers up as some kind of insultingly shitty compensation for our subjugation but because humankind's fascination with these trinkets is itself fascinating (and, of course, infuriating). But don't worry, Norton. I'm sure your interest in the relative merits of this or that glittering geegaw is quite different and quite justified.
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It's a fucking phone. Who gives a toss?
Wow....it fucks... that's not mentioned in the specs but if it's true it's gonna sell really really well....
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Give me function over beauty any day. Wake up Apple. You have real competition. Up your game.
I'm afraid that their game went with Mr. Jobs.

Still amazed as how they all can keep these universal gadgets reasonably afforable - a base price.

The killer might be added apps and any subscriber use one might take on.
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the long term review of the S3 is pretty good.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review | Phone Reviews | TechRadar

They will probably be some healthy discounts now with S4 coming out.

I'm still using the S1 and it's still pretty darned good, performing, tough kit.
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Can you make a phone call with it, and send text messages? Thats all I need.
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The S2 Tablet already does that. At least it seems to when I'm playing Angry Birds.

To those who say 'it's just a phone', it isn't. It's a computer that has a built in phone and is too complicated for anyone over the age of 21 to fully utilise.
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I was walking past a shop a few months ago, and there was a very big queue, being nosey i found out they were all there to buy the latest phone, it boggles the brain how completely nuts they are now for the latest technology, give me a cheapo phone any day and i will go home and do the stuff i need to do on my laptop.

Saying that some idiot bought my 9yr old son a samsung galaxy. why is beyond me.
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Funny the review of a phone contains everything exept how clear the phone calls are or how easy/hard to make.
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Can you make a phone call with it, and send text messages? Thats all I need.
I also check my mail and surf teakdoor and read the news.
I have about 45-50 minutes sitting in the car every morning and evening, not to mention airports and various other downtimes.
It's very usefull.
It's also my alarm clock, and I have a very good call management app.
Not to mention I always have a camera with me.
And a calculator.
I have 'worldwatch' so I always have the weather forcast for every major city in the world and the time in those places and current exchange rates at my fongertips.
I can chat for free in real time with my customers and friends all over the world with whatsapp.
Very useful piece of kit and amazing technology these phones.
Fantastic stuff.
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