What really counts is how well it displays your photos, videos and apps. Luckily then, the S4 does a great job here, too. Its display is the Super AMOLED type found on some of Samsung's earlier phones, making it incredibly vivid. Colours are rich and bold, almost to the point of being a little oversaturated. If it's too garish for you then you can choose from different colour profiles in the settings menu. It's bright too, but isn't quite at retina-burning levels. My colleague Jessica Dolcourt struggled a little with reflections under the bright San Francisco sunlight, although I didn't have the same issue under the grey London skies. Sadly. It easily countered our office lights, however.
To stop you covering that glorious display in oily cake crumbs, Samsung has loaded up some gesture-based navigation, AirGesture lets you wave in front of the phone to control it -- left and right to switch between items, or up and down to scroll through Web pages, It only works in ghostek cloak 3 iphone x tough case - clear / gold reviews certain apps though, Only in gallery was I was able to swipe left and right, and swipe to scroll works in the Samsung Web browser, but not Chrome, It's not a critical feature by any means, but waving to move down the Web page will certainly come in handy if you're following a recipe and don't want to smear syrup on the screen..
The screen is super-sensitive which allows it to track your finger, even when it's hovering above, but not touching it. It's a feature also seen on the Galaxy Note 2, but in this instance you don't need to a dorky stylus to use it. It worked well on the Note, where AirView brought up previews of events in the calendar and emails in Samsung's email app, without needing to actually open the items. The only thing AirView seemed compatible with on the S4 was the video player -- hovering your finger over the timeline brings up a thumbnail of that part of the video, allowing you to easily skip to the section you want.
The high ghostek cloak 3 iphone x tough case - clear / gold reviews sensitivity of the screen also means you can swipe around it even while wearing gloves, I tried it with a lightweight pair of wool gloves and it still worked fine, It didn't register at all with a thicker pair though, so you'll need to take those chunky working gauntlets off before using it, The S4 also tracks eye movements to allow you to scroll down a page by tilting the phone and pause a video by looking away -- a feature called SmartPause, SmartPause worked well, pausing the video immediately when I looked away and starting again when I looked back, It's handy if you're quickly distracted by your cat jumping, claws out, onto your crotch, but it can become annoying if you're forced to hold your gaze constantly on a 2-hour movie..
If the S4's familiar design doesn't tempt you to open your wallet, Samsung has bundled in a bunch of extra software nuggets to help shake the cash loose. WatchOn connects your S4 to your TV service provider, showing you programme listings and allowing you to easily flick to a particular channel by controlling your TV via the infrared port. I gave WatchOn a try on the Note 8 and was disappointed that it didn't seem to work. Testing it with the S4, I was much more successful, managing to pull up listings for Virgin Media. You can see a full channel list, or a curated selection of TV shows and movies. Theoretically, you're then able to control your set-top box with the phone and put on whatever show piqued your interest.