The Samsung Galaxy S IV isn’t perfect, but it’s still an excellent phone. Though it was disappointing to see that some of the software kinks were not worked out prior to its launch — though, admittedly, some were — the hardware is still top-notch and there’s a big enough helping of software to differentiate it from the competition. Yes, much of that software is an acquired taste and won’t be for everybody, but at least the phone has a defining element to it. And there are some undeniably great aspects of the GSIV, including the battery life, the super-fast processor, and the dazzling display.
That said, despite how good of a job Samsung did with shrinking the bezel around the screen, the phone is simply still too big for us. It may be nice to have such a roomy display (especially when it looks this good), but it just isn’t worth the massive footprint and how clumsy that makes the GSIV to use.
There’s also the fact that Galaxy S III users may not find enough reasons here to upgrade, especially if they aren’t interested in the software offerings, many of which are said to be on their way to the Galaxy S III anyway. But if you don’t fall into that category and you don’t mind the size of the phone, then the GSIV should definitely be on your radar for your next Android flagship.