Samsung’s new flagship phone, the Galaxy S4, is packed with a ton of extras –– almost to a fault.
When the phone first came out, reviewers criticised Samsung for shoving too many complex and glitchy extras in the phone.
But there are some features in the GS4 that do work well and could be useful, and you won’t find them in the GS4’s chief rival, the iPhone.
Let’s take a look at some of the best features in the GS4 that you won’t find in the iPhone.
It has a built-in infrared blaster that can be used as a universal remote to control your TV. (The IR blaster is that little black dot at the top of the phone.) The phone also has a special app that pulls in data from your cable or satellite provider and can suggest shows you may like to watch.
It has a near field communication (NFC) chip that lets your phone talk to other devices with NFC. This means you can use your phone to make mobile payments, swap content like photos between phones just by tapping them together, or pair your phone with a stereo with a tap.
You can add extra storage to your Galaxy S4 if you insert a standard Micro SD card. They're pretty cheap too. You can add an extra 32 GB of storage for about $20.
It has a replaceable battery, which is a major benefit for some people. No smartphone has a perfect battery, so it's nice to have the option to replace it if you're running low on power.
It can play full 1080p HD video, something the iPhone and many other top-tier smartphones still can't do.
It has a 5-inch display, which is a full inch larger than the display on the iPhone 5. If you like a larger display, you're out of luck with the iPhone.
You can play games, share photos, and stream the same song with other Galaxy S4 phones wirelessly using an app called Group Play. The app connects you to other phones over a Wi-Fi connection.
It's camera app has a lot of neat tricks. For example, you can automatically erase a blurry figure from the background or make your own animated GIFs.
A feature called Smart Stay keeps your Galaxy S4's display lit while you're looking at it. It can detect your eyes using the front-facing camera. This is a very useful feature because it can prevent your screen from going dark while your reading something.
It uses a standard micro USB plug to charge and sync with your computer. These plugs are much easier to find than Apple's special Lightning port on the iPhone 5.
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