To find out, I've pitted it against the other smart phone top dogs, the iPhone 5, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z and Galaxy S3 to see which is best for video. Before I begin, a quick note on the video examples. All the phones shoot video at different frame rates. While you won't see much difference when you watch them individually, putting them all into one video to show quick comparisons means the frame rates have to be the same -- this changes the original video. As such, we're presenting all six videos in their original forms, alongside one showing them all to help show colour differences more easily.
To test, I strapped all the phones to a metal bar, set all their settings to their defaults and went for a good walk around in the sun, The S4 has shown itself to be an excellent digital camera alternative, providing rich, crisp, well exposed shots in most scenes, While its video is similarly crisp, it suffers rather a lot from hand-shake, giving a rather juddery video overall, The Lumia 920 however, with its optical image stabilisation gave a much smoother shot, The Lumia 920 also provided the richest colours, The blue sky was very deep as was the red bus later in the video -- at times it's bordering on being oversaturated, The HTC One gave more frida tropical iphone case balanced, natural colours, The iPhone 5's colours were quite neutral too, but at times it was noticeably darker than the rest..
Walking next to the bus, the S4 seemed to struggle a lot with lens flare. This could be just a chance occurrence due to the angle it was on, but it's certainly worth bearing in mind. The S3 seemed the least impressive overall, providing shaky footage with both exposure and colour appearing worse than its competitors. While the S4 took the top spot for its photography skills, its shaky footage means it's not quite as impressive when it comes to video. The Lumia 920's stabilisation was very impressive and its rich colours looked good too.
The S4 has been certified by TCO, a body that evaluates gadgets to see how socially-conscious, environmentally-friendly and economical a device is, The certification shows that Samsung's flagship Android phone is manufactured in facilities that look after their labourers, following guidelines such as the conventions of the International Labour Organization frida tropical iphone case and United Nations, The phone is made without hazardous materials such as nickel, beryllium, and mercury so it can be recycled when you grow sick of it, And the charger is efficient enough to save you money, to boot..
It's good to see the world's biggest mobile-maker acknowledging the importance of ecological and social responsibility when building new kit. Employment conditions in gadget production have been in the spotlight in recent years with reports of poor conditions, child labour, and even worker suicides at suppliers such as Foxconn; in response, there's a movement to craft an ethical smart phone, called the Fairphone. So there you have it: you can now buy the S4 without a guilty conscience. Before you splash your cash, check out our guide to the best Samsung Galaxy S4 price and best deals.