(Update : Price dropped to 15,499 Rs! + extra 5% OFF)
Few days ago I bought 2013’s flagship device from amazon India: of course! the Samsung Galaxy S4! and here is my full in-depth review about this awesome phone.
(Article updated on 8 June 2015) Price of S4 has been dropped to 15,499 Rs at Flipkart. It’s being sold by WS- Retail (most trusted seller). You will get extra 5% discount using HDFC bank cards.
If you wanna buy it from amazon, refer to the links given at the bottom. But, before proceeding further, read my honest opinion about this awesome phone.
Initially, I was highly confused between 4 phones: Xiaomi Mi4, Oneplus one, Micromax Yu Yureka and finally Lenovo A6000. Within a price range of 9k, Yureka is possibly the best phone available in market, but after watching various reviews (heating issues) I decided to leave this device. Even though Mi4 and Oneplus one gives you premium android experience, I doubt about their after sales service department. Since these brands were new in the Indian market, finally I decided to go with highly popular Lenovo A6000. Surprisingly, on the next day I saw Buyhatke‘s facebook post regarding Galaxy S4 price drop at Amazon. Immediately I went to amazon and saw that silcare was selling brand new GS4 at 17,999 Rs with additional 1000 Rs gift card. (Purchase links for the s4 are given at the end of this post.)
Also Read: Amazon Refer and Earn Program Lets You Earn Unlimited Gift Cards!
So, without thinking anymore I booked my s4 GT-I9500 white frost model on 18 February 2015 (cash on delivery). Then I started watching GS4 reviews on YouTube and I came to know that some of the sellers (not Amazon) were selling cloned (fake) phones 🙁 . But finally I decided to go with my purchase since the product was Amazon Fullfilled.
As promised by amazon, the phone was there at my home (Pune) on 25 February. Usually it doesn’t take this much time but it did because the phone was dispatched from Haryana.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Hands-On Review
Honestly, the delivery was not that good. Phone box was not wrapped in bubble bag. On the package, it is written that the phone is manufactured in January 2015 at Vietnam. I opened the box and pleased after looking at my brand new samsung s4. It was in excellent condition with pre installed screen guard! All the accessories (battery, ear phones with extra earbuds) were in good state and I didn’t noticed any compromise in the quality. Design of galaxy s4 is simply excellent (5 out of 5 stars!) and it’s light weight too, In fact too much light. To check whether the S4 is genuine or not, I performed AnTuTu benchmark test and got score of 29,000 which indicates that the phone is genuine and not cloned one. You will also get 1 year warranty from the date of purchase.
It took nearly 12 seconds for first boot and I didn’t faced any sort of lag during operation. I played high end games like Asphalt 8 for 1-2 hours and surprisingly phone didn’t get heated! Earlier models were having tremendous heating issues which is definitely solved in this new version. Even after installing many bulky apps, almost 1Gigs of ram out of 2gigs was free which is good sign of smooth multi-tasking.
And here comes the most beautiful part of this phone..yes it’s nothing but 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. My god! the screen is really gorgeous and colour reproduction is simply amazing. It has pixel density of 441ppi (Galaxy note 3:- 388ppi, Yureka and Lenovo a6000:- 267ppi). By the way, screen was the only reason behind my purchase!
There is not a single device available in the market below 18,000 rs price range which gives you various sensors like compass, barometer, infrared blaster, thermometer and gyroscope. You can control almost all TV’s, Set top box, air conditioners with infra red blaster sensor. Means your S4 will serve the function of universal remote! It has some good features like Air Gestures, Air View, Smart Pause and Scroll which adds extra beauty in this device.
Android Update: Out of the box, phone is running on android 4.4.4 KitKat but you can immediately upgrade it to official Lollipop version via OTA (900 MB). Galaxy S4 has 13 MP rear while 2 MP front facing camera. Both the cameras takes really good pictures and capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos.
Conclusion: Is it worth to buy GS4?
If you are looking for a branded phone with good after sale service, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is what you need. If you are new to Amazon, just register using this link to get extra 100 Rs gift card. After registering, use the following links to buy this smartphone at 17,999 Rs.