News: September 2013


Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was one of the most popular phones of last year, rivalled only by the iPhone. It played a huge role in establishing Android devices in the business arena.

Samsung recently unveiled the Galaxy S4, a phone boasting specifications to make even the most ardent tech lovers draw breath. Its features include a huge 5-inch screen packing full HD, a powerful quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a host of Samsung software extras, a 13-megapixel camera and 4G connectivity for super-fast data speeds.

In smartphone Top Trumps, the S4 challenges the competition on every level. However, this means that it comes with a top-end price; a SIM-only handset will cost over £500. Fortunately, the phone is being offered by all major networks on a range of plans and most business users should be able to get a subsidised handset from the provider.

With this latest model, Samsung have taken each aspect of the already excellent Galaxy S3 and upgraded and improved it. Its 5-inch, full HD screen is the best in the business and the quad-core processor has been given a makeover to increase its speed. The device comes complete with a host of Samsung software, and the built-in camera offers a 13-megapixel resolution.

The phone’s main weakness is its plastic design, which hasn’t seen much of an update from the S3. It doesn’t boast the build quality or classy appearance of the iPhone 5 or Blackberry Q10. Moreover, the S4 isn’t as user friendly as an iPhone, and most business people will be more familiar with Blackberry or iPhone devices.

If, however, you want the best-performing phone in your pocket, the Galaxy S4 is probably the device for you. Bear in mind too that now the S4 is available, the price of the S3 is likely to drop. It doesn’t have the outright power of its big brother, but it’s still a fantastic and very similar phone that’s well worth a look if you don’t mind having slightly older kit in your hands.

In conclusion, the Galaxy S4 is a viable alternative to an iPhone 5 or a Blackberry Q10 / Z10.