In my own use however, I wasn't able to connect my Virgin Media box (made by Samsung) to the phone. I was able to control my TV -- an improvement on the Note 8 then -- but I couldn't properly take advantage of the service. I wasn't able to spend a lot of time fiddling around to make it work, so I'll come back to this again when I take a deeper look. Even so, it's disheartening that it didn't work properly first time. Another feature borrowed from Samsung's Note range is the ability to show two apps on screen at once. Press and hold the back button to bring up a panel, showing compatible apps. You can then select two to display at once. It's too fiddly to make it truly useful in a rush, but it's very handy for typing an address on a website into Google Maps, without needing to switch between two apps.
With Optical Reader, you can use the augmented reality display to translate words using the camera -- handy if you're staring, confused at a French road sign, Take photos of business cards and -- assuming they're legible enough -- it can recognise the words, the telephone number and email address and automatically save the details to a contact, It worked perfectly in my test and can be genuinely useful -- especially if you ever return from a conference with 100 or more business cards, There's also a translation tool, which lets you love mei powerful iphone 6s / 6 protective case - black either speak your own language to have it translated (and spoken aloud) into a different language, or have someone else speak into it to translate it into words you understand, It was able to recognise my own speech well, and translated it quickly into French, Whether or not you can use it to have a full conversation is debatable..
Samsung's also taking its own steps into the health and exercise world with S Health. Pop in your gender, height, weight and a few other bits of far too personal information, and it'll track your calorie intake and exercise routine to help shift those troublesome pounds. Samsung has a sports band -- similar to the Jawbone Up or Nike FuelBand -- that's designed to sync with the phone to track your exercise. I wasn't able to test it out, so I'll have to leave my verdict on that for another day. Extra Samsung software aside, the overall interface isn't really any different to what you'll find on the S3. You'll find six homescreens, on which you can pop down your apps and live widgets. There are four app icons along the bottom that remain there no matter which homescreen you're on in order to provide quick access to your most used apps.
To lay a new widget down, you can either press and hold on a homescreen to bring up a menu, or go into the app list where you'll see a widget tab, These multiple ways of performing the same task is quite common across Samsung's phones and isn't necessarily a good thing, The first great smartphone of 2015, Beautiful and bold..with complications, The new no-compromise MacBook, A stellar on-ear headphone, Crave-worthy curves for a premium price, The love mei powerful iphone 6s / 6 protective case - black Good Most powerful Android device we've ever tested; Full HD resolution; Extremely bold screen; Good camera; Some helpful software features..
The Bad Plastic build feels cheap; Design is almost identical to the older S3; Interface can be confusing; Battery life isn't great; 16GB model has limited space for apps. The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the most powerful phone we've ever tested and its bold, Full HD screen is the best in the business. Its plastic construction is a drawback and some of you might find it complicated to use, but there's no question that it's a seriously good phone. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. We delete comments that violate our policy, which we encourage you to read. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.