Certainly, Galaxy S4 is an improvement over Galaxy S3, but it lacks some revolutionary and interesting features. The handset is thin and light, which is great, however, it is missing the wow factor.
Obviously, in terns of specifications, performance and software features, the Galaxy S4 is one of the best offerings in the smartphone arena as now. There are a few egregious omissions from the flagship smartphone of the South Korean tech giant that need to be looked upon.
Specwise, Galaxy S4 packs a 4.99 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a stunning resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi, Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB expandable storage, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,600 mAh battery.
On the features front, S4 is loaded with features such as Story Album, Group Play, S Translator, Samsung Smart Pause, Samsung Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture, S Voice Drive, Samsung Optical Reader and more.
Sure, Galaxy S4 has a better display, powerful Octa processor, and more, but Samsung has failed to introduce any killer features that put it ahead of the competition in terms of hardware.
Below are some features which are missing in Galaxy S4. Some of the listed aspects are present in other high-end competitors while others were highly rumored to come in Galaxy S4. Have a look at them below.
Where is Bendable Youm Display?
Samsung has incorporated a cool curved display technology in Galaxy S4, but it is annoying to see a flat display, while Samsung is working on bendable display called Youm display.
The 'Youm' flexible screen technology was shown off a few months ago giving a tempting glimpse of the shape of things to come. It is likely very expensive to build these displays though, and hence, these are not present in the Galaxy S4.
Why Plastic Display?
Available in White Frost and Black Mist, the Galaxy S4 has a subtly textured polycarbonate body that's thinner and lighter than the Galaxy S III, despite sporting a larger 5-inch display. Though the plastic panel has a durable finish and a classier look than the metal case, it is nowhere close to the premium feel or build seen on competitors including HTC One, iPhone 5, Lumia 920 and others.
No Different Design?
The design of Galaxy S4 looks almost similar to S3 expect for the larger display and narrow screen bezel. There also seems to be rounded edges on the top. But, apart from these minor changes the design looks almost identical. It is quite obvious that the tech world is looking forward to see a different design philosophy from the South Korean tech giant.
S Pen is Nowhere
During the pre-launch days of Galaxy S4, the tech world has been witnessing several consistent rumors. One of them is the S Pen, which was rumored to be present in Galaxy S4. In Galaxy Note 8.0 aka 510, S Pen came along with support for S Pen optimized applications including Wacom technology, Page Buddy and more and these features were highly expected on Galaxy S4. Disappointingly, the new handset lacks S Pen support.
Okay, so Samsung's effortlessly cool curved-display tech was never too likely to make it into the Galaxy S4, but that doesn't mean we're not a little disappointed to see that the S4's 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display is flat as a board.
Only 2,600 mAh Battery?
Ofcourse, Samsung has invorporated a 2,600 mAh battery on Galaxy S4, which may be improved as compared to the 2,100 mAh battery in Galaxy S3. But, it has to be noted that the other high-end smartphones have superior power packed batteries having 3,000 mAh or more capacity.