It appears that even the most anticipated phone of the first half of the year isn’t immune to issues as adopters of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are complaining about a number of different issues, including problems with the phone’s battery life and with its display.
The Samsung Galaxy S4, which was once one of the most anticipated devices in recent memory, is now becoming one of the most widely adopted devices of the year thanks to its high-end hardware including a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, 13MP camera, and a slim and lightweight design. It also features quality software in the form of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is loaded up with Samsung’s many TouchWiz features.
Despite the many advances in technology and despite this being Samsung’s biggest smartphone launch of the year, the Galaxy S4 unfortunately doesn’t appear to be void of issues. In fact, owners of the new high-end smartphone have been chiming in reporting a number of different problems with the new flagship, with many more likely to spring up in the days ahead.
No smartphone is perfect so it’s not surprising to see owners having issues with the device. And while the Galaxy S4 issues that have surfaced aren’t going to be deal breakers for those that have yet to adopt the phone, they are certainly going to be headaches for those that encounter them.
Here is what we are hearing so far in regards to issues with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Battery Life Issues
One issue that we’ve heard a few owners complaining about, and one that we’ve seen ourselves, is abnormal battery drain when using the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its massive 2,600 mAh battery.
As we have pointed out many times in the past, battery life will vary from person to person based on use case so it’s impossible to say whether these are isolated issues or if they are widespread among early adopters.
There do appear to be more than a few people that are suffering from display issues with the Samsung Galaxy S4. As evidenced on XDA-Developers forum, owners are seeing smudging when scrolling on the phone. Specifically, the darker colors start showing up as purple when scrolling through the user interface.
Galaxy S4 owners are seeing issues with the display as well.
It appears that there are definitely a good number of people that are affected by this problem. And whether Samsung can fix this issue or not remains to be seen.
As for the battery life issues, those are typically addressed with bug fix updates or major Android updates wherein battery life often improves for those experiencing issues. Users can also invest in an extended battery or external battery in order to supply the Galaxy S4 with more juice though at this time, options are limited.
Galaxy S4 Users Say Samsung Forgot to Tell about the ‘S Lag’ feature!
It’s really starting to look like Samsung rushed the Galaxy S4 to retailers this year. Just about a week or two after the Galaxy S4 was announced, Samsung announced that the Exynos 5 Octa chip supports LTE. Which was the big reason why the US and other LTE markets were getting a Snapdragon 600 processor. Then once it got close to launch, the Galaxy S4 began to be backordered. In fact Sprint and T-Mobile are still sold out. Now we’re seeing complaints that the Exynos 5 Octa has been lagging while doing nothing. Which is pretty sad for a 8-core processor, am I right?
A Twitter user says “Samsung forgot to market it’s most prominent feature, S Lag. The feature that makes your 8 core 2 week old phone lag while doing nothing.” The user is playing off of Samsung’s motto of “S all the things”. This is actually quite surprising, since the Exynos processor has been rather zippy in most reviews and demos. Additionally, the Exynos 5 octa has beaten rivals in benchmarks, rather annihilated them.
We’ve heard from Samsung’s head, JK Shin that “it doesn’t matter what processor your Galaxy S4 is running”, well it looks like it does Mr. Shin. I haven’t used either Galaxy S4 yet, so I can’t confirm whether it does actually lag or not. But I don’t think a Galaxy S4 user would lie about lagging. But weirder things have happened. We’re seeing reports that the ‘S Lag’ is only on the Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa edition, so it looks like those of us in the US, UK, and other countries lucked out getting the Snapdragon 600. Where it appears Samsungs “most prominent” feature is now apparent. Which is actually a good thing this time around.
The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 only has 8GB of usable storage
In their review of the new Samsung Galaxy S4, CNET found out the following:
Nearly half of the S4′s storage space (after a factory reset, our 16GB Galaxy S4 showed 8.49GB of available room) is taken up with the phone’s operating system and built-in apps, limiting the amount of data you can store on the company’s quad-core monster.
Now the question is, should Samsung sell it as an 8GB phone?