Korean technology giant Samsung is the current top dog Android smartphone maker, with pretty much every analyst house under the sun listing the firm as owning at least half, if not more of the market. Last year this was showcased by the unwavering success of Samsung's top-end Galaxy S3 smartphone, which stormed past the 40 million sales mark in January this year, making it the best-selling Android smartphone of all time.
Since then, Samsung has attempted to repeat this success with its new Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. However, clearly not wanting to rock the boat too much, Samsung has been less brave with the S4, choosing not to radically change its design or features, meaning for some it's a little too similar to its predecessor. This has led many to list the S4 as being more like an upgraded Galaxy S3.5 update than a truly new handset, thus making many existing S3 users question whether it's worth shelling out £600 for the new phone.
Design and build
From a distance you'd be forgiven for thinking the S4 and S3 are the same phone. Both have the same slightly curved, pebble-like design, feature detachable polycarbonate rear plates and metal outer edges and pleasantly retro physical front-facing home buttons. These similarities aren't helped by the fact that the two devices are close to identical in size and weight, with the S4 measuring 137x70x7.9mm and weighing 130g and the S3 a slightly fatter 137x71x8.6mm and 133g.
It's only when you get closer that you notice there are a couple of design touches separating the S4 from S3. Chief of these is the S4's smaller bezel, with it packing a slightly larger 5in display than the S3, which features a still sizable 4.8in screen. Outside of this, the S4's backplate has a patterned, not matte backplate – though this is only painted on and the backplate itself is smooth not textured, meaning that the change is superfluous.
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