The launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 isn’t far away, and here are our five must-have features for the new device
According to rumors the Samsung Galaxy S4 could be with us by May, which isn’t as far away as it first seems, but before the device arrives on our sunny, verdant shores we thought we’d put together a little list of things that we'd love to see in the next gen Galaxy smartphone.
Improve the build quality and aesthetic
The Galaxy S range has been good since day one, but the one gripe we’ve had with every device to date is that they all feel so lightweight and cheap, with creaks and groans when you squeeze them. Of course we’re not saying they are cheap, on the contrary, they’ve proven to be quite resilient, but their aesthetic and feel just doesn’t match their pricetag, and for that reason we’d love to see something new in the Galaxy S4…if you’re taking requests, Samsung, carbon fibre would be perfect!
Keep the extras, lose TouchWiz
We love the extra features that Samsung adds to Android with its Galaxy S devices, the video codecs, the widgets and wallpapers, but we cannot express anything but disdain that a company with such a high profile could keep filling its top-tier smartphones with a UI that looks like a baked potato designed it. And with Android looking so neat without any custom overlay there’s just no need to mess with it, and imagine the update process. Easy you say?
So yeah, it’s ugly. It’s got to go, Samsung. But please feel free to leave us with the goodies.
If the Galaxy S4 could take a page out of the Galaxy Note 2’s book and offer world-beating battery life we would be some seriously happy campers. After all, the Galaxy S range has become synonymous with high-end features and we would really enjoy being able to use them for more than five hours at a time.
Another heads-up to Galaxy Note 2 users everywhere: The S-Pen, which comes with Samsung’s Note Phablets, is just brilliant. It allows users to handwrite notes and messages, clip text, sketch, and a whole lot more to boot, and it’s one of the main reasons that the Galaxy Note range has done so well. Would it be too much to ask to have one in the Galaxy S4? Pretty please?
Make it…army strong
If the geniuses that inhabit Samsung’s research and development center could see their way clear to making the Galaxy S4 compete with Sony’s Xperia range in terms of resilience, then, again, we would be some seriously happy consumers.
We don’t expect miracles, just a little hydrophobic coating, a bendable display, some dust proofing and a smidge of shock absorbency would do the trick. That way we wouldn’t have to go right out and buy some God-awful case or skin that ultimately destroys the device’s aesthetic just to ensure that it doesn’t die a death the first time we drop it into the sink while we’re shaving.