Samsung Galaxy S4: "Chasseur d'Images" review

By Chasseur d'Images - Wednesday July 24 2013

Mobile Review
Introduction | Android boosted by Samsung | Getting started & ergonomics | A plethora of ways to explore | Field Impressions | Measurements | Conclusion

The S4 is primarily a multimedia phone, based on Android 4.2.2 but Samsung adds interface overlay software that differentiates it from some competitor’s models using the same OS. Underneath it’s all Android logic with the same applications standards and the ability to download apps, free or paid, according to your own needs. When first installed, the user is invited to create an account on the Samsung site allowing data backups as well as access from any computer and, of course, to easily migrate to future models without loss of time or data.

As innovations, there's "gestures", which allows, for example, the scrolling of pages or access to contacts without the need to touch the screen or by movements of the wrist and, most amazing of all, is the permanent monitoring user’s face to guess their needs and intentions. Thus, when watching a video, the S4 will be automatically pause if you look elsewhere and then continue when your eyes return to the screen!


These Smart Pause or Smart Scroll options are stunning ... but, fortunately, optional because, as with any automatic predictive feature, they depend on certain conditions to work properly.

Those who settle for the ‘quick set-up guide’ printed on a piece of recycled paper and use S4 while ignore what they can we recommend users spend a little time to follow the demos at