The follow-up to the most successful Android phone ever, the Galaxy SIII, has only been out for a couple of weeks now, and has already sold over 5 million units, according to Samsung. When it was announced in NYC on March 14, many people were a little disappointed that the Galaxy S4 was more of an iterative upgrade to the SIII. Still, it is an impressive piece of mobile hardware, and we were lucky enough to secure one of the Canadian Telus models in white as well as one from Rogers in Black.
The Galaxy S4 sports a gorgeous full HD 5-inch 1080p (441 ppi) Super AMOLED screen, and it is powered by the new quad-score Snapdragon 600 processor, running at an impressive 1.9 GHz. It also has a 13 MP camera, a removable 2,600 mAh battery, 16GB of storage (expandable with an open microSD slot), and runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This last fact is pretty significant, since the S4 is currently the only device outside of the Nexus phones that officially runs Android 4.2, which brings some nice features like lock-screen widgets to the table.
The Galaxy S4 is available now in Canada for $200 on a 3-year term from every carrier under the sun (not been exclusive to any one carrier seems to be part of Samsung’s recipe for success), including Bell, Rogers, Telus and Virgin Mobile. In the United States the S4 is currently available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, and should be launching on Verizon next week. In the US the S4 starts at $200 on a 2-year term (though if you switch to Sprint you can get the S4 for a low as $150).
In the video below you can see us unbox the phone, and also do a quick comparison of the white model to the black Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.