As many of you Samsung Galaxy S3 users know, Samsung has introduced a successor to your alleged, superior S3, which unless you purchased it the instant it came out, probably hasn’t even been a full year yet. This is of course not uncommon in the smart phone market since developers are generally constantly working on a newer, improved version. But, c’mon! You feel like you just started causing smart-phone-envy among your friends and strangers alike, when all of a sudden your S3 begins to develop an inferiority complex to the new, improved S4.
This article is meant to console current S3 users, as well as provide therapy to your S3. You’re still valuable S3. Yes, you are.
I have come to the conclusion that it is only worth upgrading to the S4, after having only owned the S3 for such a short period, if money is no object. And I think Samsung would agree that those are the consumers who will be making the jump up to the S4, immediately, despite the cost difference of upwards of $300(purchasing the phone, outright). The S3 is sure to soon be free with a new contract agreement; the S4 is $200. Now for those of you with T-mobile, who chose to pay the S3 off at $20 over 24 months, you’d have to pay the remaining balance on your S3, then put $200 down on an S4 and begin a new period of paying $20 for 24 months for the S4. This may sound unfamiliar to non-T-mobile users and I won’t get into the details here; but, basically they now offer an option to go without a contract, with an affordable unlimited plan(about $80 a month) with the option to make a monthly payment on the phone for 24 months.
So, it makes sense to upgrade for two reasons: 1. Money is no object, and/or 2. You will actually use one or more of the enhanced features, and are willing to pay for them. Also, some S3 users on Verizon are reporting problems with the latest update to make their S3, 4G LTE capable, which could compel some of them to upgrade early rather than deal with the glitches.
Here are the most significant improvements:
The new design of the S4 is almost identical to the S3; they are almost indistinguishable. Do you want to pay for the new appearance? No, you don’t. However, the updated panel display is 5 inches—noticeably larger AND offers 1080p—full HD, as opposed to 720p. Again, noticeable, but can you not wait until your contract expires to gain this advantage? After all, the display on the S3 is certainly nothing to scoff at.
The S4 boasts a faster processor. This is really only a factor if you’re doing a lot of gaming. Again, for the average-user using the phone for social networking, e-mail, talk, text, web and video, it is probably not worth the extra money. I’m assuming serious Gamers don’t use their phone much for gaming anyway.
A few areas which see vast improvement are the camera, battery life and added sensors. The new camera is 13 megapixels as opposed to 8. For the difference in cost of the S3 and S4, you can buy a camera superior to both phones. And heck, about the new, 5 inch screen I talked about earlier—what are you watching all your movies on your phone? You could buy a 32” flat screen for the price difference; or visit the silver screen 30 times. Boom!
Apparently, the new battery is 23% larger and lasts significantly longer. Again, for the price difference, you could buy a backup phone and turn it on to use in the event your S3 dies.
There are some nifty sensors new to the S4—you can track miles ran or walked and track your caloric intake. But you don’t need the sensors of the S4 to do this; there are plenty of apps available for all phones out there to act as your personal trainer. The barometer offers a pretty unique feature, rendering the weather man’s job obsolete. But that’s just un-American! Support your local weatherman. Or just walk outside and use one of your own, natural 5 sensors!
This review is over. If you have the money and want to be a big shot, take your baller-money in your money-clip to the store and impress the ladies when you pay off your S3 and cop the S4. If not, savor the still-great benefits of that S3 until your contract expires. The S4 will be right there waiting for you.
Hopefully this will help guide your decision. I referred to this article and I recommend it for a more in depth comparison and details on specs.
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