Galaxy S4

Top threads for first impressions of Samsung's new handset

Depending on where you live, you'll have been able to pick up Samsung's latest handset, the Galaxy S4, for up to two weeks now. As such, the Android Central forums are buzzing with discussion about what's sure to be one of the biggest-selling phones of the year. Whether you're just getting started with your S4, or you're looking to pick one up in the future, here's a selection of the top forum threads to check out --

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From the forums: How are you getting on with the Galaxy S4?

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I've been watching a lot more videos on YouTube
since I got my S4, I'll search specifically for 1080p.

Apps force closing is the result of lacking sufficient internal storagee with only 9 GB available. External SD does not resolve App force closing.

Replacement will encounter same issue under sane conditions.

@Alex Dobie

Thanks s lot for this type of threads.

This discussion will help a lot Samsung Galaxy S4 owner indeed.

Thanks in Advance

Could someone please clear up: do the programs only operate in the 2 GIGs of ram AND/OR also in the 16gigs(with whatever space is left free) as well??? so would waiting for the 32/64gig phones be advised if running lots of apps or would the higher capacity S4's make no difference ??

My understanding is that AppToSD no longer works so getting a 64gig micro SD card one can still be out of memory to run programs?

I dont understand why android doesn't just swap memory like windows can...

programs run in the RAM, and require the 16gb for app and data storage, the more ram you have, the more apps can run at the same time. so having 2gb of ram on this phone will not be a problem, the storage has nothing to do with actually running the apps, just the storing of the app and data,

when it comes to storage, yes it is better to have a larger storage simply because apps cannot be stored on to the Micro SD card, and so if like me you only have 9gb of free space on a brand new s4 16gb version, the apps will rapidly fill the device up, however if you do NOT play games then personally 16gb is fine, as all movies music photos and documents can be stored and read direct from the sd card.

But if you do like gaming, then 16gb is quite frankly rubbish, as most high end games now have well over 1gb of extra data to play, i have 3 games for my s4 and its over 6gb, that is rediculous.
if you know how to and are willing to, then rooting will remove this problem, but it does in fact void your warrenty, and if im not mistaken leaves a digital footprint even if you go back to original firmware in the form of a binary count, so its up to you if you want to risk it or not, personally i rooted my s3 but on my s4 certain apps i now use often, will simply not work on rooted phones.
it is stupid that google removed the apps to sd option, but having looked through my s4 there are signs that it may come back in the form of a disclaimer i settings, hopefully this will be the case.

Cracked my LCD screen after 4 days. I had a case on it and it fell out of my pocket(3 foot drop onto kitchen tile). I'm a new android user(ex ios guy). Bummed it broke and I didn't have insurance...I should've known better and will have insurance on my device from now on. Be careful everyone.

Had to send it to Samsung for a new screen($200 and 14 day turnaround). It was a really fun phone while I had it. Even after this experience I'm glad I switched.

Cracked my LCD screen after 4 days. I had a case on it and it fell out of my pocket(3 foot drop onto kitchen tile). I'm a new android user(ex ios guy). Bummed it broke and I didn't have insurance...I should've known better and will have insurance on my device from now on. Be careful everyone.

Had to send it to Samsung for a new screen($200 and 14 day turnaround). It was a really fun phone while I had it. Even after this experience I'm glad I switched.

I'm selling my S4 and going back to my Nexus 4. I really didn't like the interface and the "mudblood" google/samsung experience made me very disappointed. I feel like the Nexus is much faster/snappier even though when I benchmarked both after being rooted and maxed out the S4 scored better(the S4 still responds slower and and is slugish). Samsung needs some major refinements. I'll wait another year for the Google "X" phone or Glass. Also, I have to say the camera wasn't brilliant either, it gets a "meh".

From 4 generations of iPhones to the Nexus 4 to the Samsung S4 and now back to the Nexus 4 because it's been the most satisfying smart phone experience yet.