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  1. YragTtocs's Avatar
    I have my ringing volume 3/4 of the way and my system and notifications at 1/2.. It is noticeably when playing music that you can't hear it as clear but I've found no issues. I glance at my phone and the notification light immediately let's me know I've I've missed anything. Ideal.

    I've been an iPhone man since 2008 and I won't be going back! The S4 is a cracking piece of kit. I was worried that I wouldn't get a hold of anything bigger than the 12 GB model here in the UK but with my 64GB card I've found no issues at all.

    Some of the features you will end up turning off the gimmicky ones but overall it's amazing.

    I done a lot of research before buying and got myself caught up on Samsung Touch Wiz interface and so far I can say I love it. I wouldn't want the stock like my nexus 7 has. And I would condenser myself a power user.

    Fantastic phone and they way it deals with notifications is superb!!

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Android Central Forums
    05-27-2013 08:30 AM
  2. thornesone's Avatar
    This phone is amazing. I haven't any complaints with the S4. I have every app I want and use, plus a few good games, and still have 7gb of open space. I spend way too much time playing with this device and should be working. I used to be a lot more diligent (work) with the other smartphones I've owned! This forum is the best, and has answered every question (some stupid ones too) I have asked. Salute and God bless to our Veterans!!

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-27-2013 09:17 AM
  3. luvsmobile's Avatar
    I've sold a bunch of them and the only complaint I get is how weak the user storage is on the 16GB.

    Other then that people seem to love it!!
    05-27-2013 09:19 AM
  4. Habiib's Avatar
    I hope you can see where I'm going with this. Even though I don't own an S4 and had very little hands on time with it, there is nothing wrong with the S4 and I doubt you'd regret getting one.

    As for the "lag", I don't think it became a topic until the HTC One came out with Sense 5. Sure it may stutter compared to Sense 5, but the difference isn't worth making an issue about it. FWIW, in my experience, my N7 doesn't seem as responsive since I've had my One. My $.02

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-27-2013 09:29 AM
  5. ibcop's Avatar
    OP, keep in mind there are some people that start trying to tweak the device and deleting stuff as soon as they get their beaters on it. Some people shouldn't but do it but will and then want to blame it on the phone. Doesn't apply for everyone but you get the idea.
    05-27-2013 10:22 AM
  6. rugmankc's Avatar
    How's the speaker placement on this phone? The only reason I haven't picked up this phone yet is due to the speaker being on the back of the phone...how is it lets say with volume up and you lay it on a bed..is it still audible? Or how about on a flat hard surface?.. I placed my finger lightly over the speaker in the store and the sound was almost 100% muffled but I haven't seen any complaints at all about this in any forum or any review so I'm guessing its not that bad?
    I worried about that too along with call quality while on the phone. No need to have worried. Speaker is very good with all uses. I have some dvd's on phone that I just put there and sound is loud enough to listen to without headphones. And quality is also good. Very happy--
    05-27-2013 10:22 AM
  7. rugmankc's Avatar
    OP, keep in mind there are some people that start trying to tweak the device and deleting stuff as soon as they get their beaters on it. Some people shouldn't but do it but will and then want to blame it on the phone. Doesn't apply for everyone but you get the idea.
    Agreed, been doing that for many years with rooting and flashing roms. You always seem to lose something in the process. This phone can stand on it's own and runs fine with extra apps. Just don't use them. Also, not to sure any lag is more 4.2.2. A lot of people had that with custom roms on 4.2.2. May not have anything to do with 4.2.2, I understand that. Maybe just the kernels with those roms. But, no issues with earlier JB roms.
    05-27-2013 11:08 AM
  8. return_0's Avatar
    My last android phone was the droid razr Maxx. I loved it at first until the update, then I couldn't longer watch flash videos. I know back then they said that adobe flash was no longer supporting mobile phones but some newer phones were able to play flash. Is the s4 able to play flash also?
    Flash is not officially supported on any Android phone running 4.1 or newer (the GS4 included). You can, however, "sideload" (download from a website) Flash and use a Flash-supporting browser. This will work on any phone, including the GS4 and the Razr Maxx.
    05-27-2013 11:17 AM
  9. Ant2013's Avatar
    The S4 is a cracking piece of kit. I was worried that I wouldn't get a hold of anything bigger than the 12 GB model here in the UK but with my 64GB card I've found no issues at all.
    Can I ask where you got hold of a 64GB model in the UK? The storage is the only thing I'm concerned about and I've been waiting for news of the higher capacity models.

    Edit: I've just made a fool of myself with my very first post haven't I? I re-read your post and realised you were talking about the SD card not the phone. Sorry about that! I'm starting to think the 16GB version with a 64GB card will suffice for me too.
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    05-27-2013 04:03 PM
  10. anon5664829's Avatar
    I'm expecting my Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 white by this Wednesday. I've watched several YouTube videos and someone mentioned the lag but other than that no really bad reviews so I ordered it. Now I'm on these forums and most people seem to be complaining about theirs how slow it is, the memory issue etc. I'm wondering if I should have ordered the Note II instead.

    I will have to try it out for my 14 days and if these issues are as bad as people say I guess I'll have to return it. I'm coming from an iPhone 5. Yes I'm an iPhone lover but I've also had my share of android phones and I've always been disappointed in their performance and always went back to iPhones. Well I'm bored of the iPhone now and was hoping this galaxy s4 would be the one to finally work like its supposed to but they way people are talking its a very buggy phone.

    I guess what I'm trying to say is there anyone who does not have a s4 that lags? How is it on verizon I wonder with LTE and switching back to 3G. Does it drop the connection? I also have a D-Link router 655 which means I'll have wifi issues (read it on one of the forums). I updated the router to the latest firmware so hoping that will not be a problem. I'm really excited about the screen size because I'm tired of looking at the iPhone 5 little screen. Hope I'll love this phone and not want to return it within the 14 days.
    Worried about lag? Get the DNA if you wanna stay on VZ if not the HTC One.
    05-27-2013 04:13 PM
  11. jwn66's Avatar
    How's the speaker placement on this phone? The only reason I haven't picked up this phone yet is due to the speaker being on the back of the phone...how is it lets say with volume up and you lay it on a bed..is it still audible? Or how about on a flat hard surface?.. I placed my finger lightly over the speaker in the store and the sound was almost 100% muffled but I haven't seen any complaints at all about this in any forum or any review so I'm guessing its not that bad?
    Speaker is alright, I just place a finger over it or cup it with my hand to direct the sound to me, don't have to, just helps.
    05-27-2013 04:37 PM
  12. rugmankc's Avatar
    Can I ask where you got hold of a 64GB model in the UK? The storage is the only thing I'm concerned about and I've been waiting for news of the higher capacity models.

    Edit: I've just made a fool of myself with my very first post haven't I? I re-read your post and realised you were talking about the SD card not the phone. Sorry about that! I'm starting to think the 16GB version with a 64GB card will suffice for me too.
    Was just gonna point that out Don't worry I have done that with close to 5,000 posts on xda--lol Even though I have a 32 gb I have 20gb free with all I want on the phone. So, unless you are running several high memory games or 10,000 photos etc, you will be fine. Of course, if you can get 32gb, go for it. I have the Samsung 64gb card with 9 dvd's and still 50gb free there. The card works great
    05-27-2013 04:54 PM
  13. vasekvi's Avatar
    If you're used to iOS, android just won't be as smooth but the S4 is a very responsive phone. Sure touchwiz has been criticized for being bloated and makes the system lag. The performance in my opinion is excellent, and I like the features touchwiz brings. If you want the best in performance and want a vanilla android experience you can eventually load a custom ROM on your device. Personally I'm keeping touchwiz and rooting to use mobile hotspot and yo be able to move apps to SD.

    Keep in mind that the iPhone has a single communications chip so even though it has LTE it will not do simultaneous voice and data on Verizon.

    Sent from my AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk II
    05-27-2013 05:21 PM
  14. vferrari's Avatar
    I am loving this phone and with all my multimedia on a 64GB card memory is not an issue. Moved up from an EVO 3D and have not looked back. Regarding the onboard memory and games, I use my 32GB Tab for all those onboard memory hogging games (and enjoy the larger screen too vs S4). The EVO did not have much RAM and zero onboard memory (had to use apps2sd with a big microSD card) and would have random reboot issues with more than 300 or so apps installed due to an apps2sd bug in earlier versions of ICS. No such problem on the S4. To stress it out, I have over 400+ apps installed without a hiccup or memory issue and not having to worry about apps2sd anymore is a godsend (glad android abandoned it in JB). The phone and messaging functions are great and love the multi-window feature.
    05-27-2013 06:05 PM
  15. anon5664829's Avatar
    I have the S4 and while it may stutter from time to time I have no lag and at least for the AT&T version, there has already been an update that smoothed out much the complaints people had.
    Had international model and did have lag nor acceptable

    Posted via Android Central App
    05-27-2013 06:44 PM
  16. Sam Cheong's Avatar
    I have an AT&T 32 GB as well and I'm enjoying it. The phone can be quirky sometimes but overall I'm happy with it. My wife doesn't miss her iphone at all as well .
    05-27-2013 06:58 PM
  17. Johnny Roberts's Avatar
    No lag on my T-mobile s4. It performs beautifully. DO NOT hesitate to by this phone, you will not regret it.
    05-27-2013 07:21 PM
  18. mayconvert's Avatar
    ok. I couldn't stop myself. I took back my 14 day old LG OGP and traded for the S4.
    ummm. Not sure where the lag thing came from. But I can't find any. The camera is amazing.
    There are things I like better on the LG, and a few I like better on the Samsung. I'm a happy camper so far.
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    05-27-2013 07:47 PM
  19. kioko91's Avatar
    Swapped my note 2 in for the s4 on my last day of best buys return policy (no restocking fee ftw) and I don't regret it.

    I'm on Verizon, but I've always used nova launcher to hide their bloat. Turned off transitions in the dev options but left novas on. Phone is noticeably faster than the note and s3 in my experience. Plus being only 5' with tiny hands one handed operation was impossible. This phones size is perfect for me. I think you'll grow to love it once customized to your liking.
    05-27-2013 08:03 PM
  20. anon(5421739)'s Avatar
    I always take reviews with a grain of salt and play with the phone myself in the store to get a feel for it. So far, it's been a great phone for me and I don't regret buying it.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    05-27-2013 08:35 PM
  21. Notsosure's Avatar
    I had all the iPhones except 5, switched to Note 2 for the android. I really loved the Note 2 but the size was getting to me and I really hated carrying it. Switched to a Droid DNA then switched to S4. No regrets. Love the device. I read plenty of reviews prior to switching over. No matter which phone review you look at there will always be bad reviews. The only way you will know whether you will love the device is just simply trying it out for a bit. I can say I made a great choice

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 using Tapatalk
    05-27-2013 08:47 PM
  22. dgfragile's Avatar
    I got my Samsung S4 last week (upgraded from the iphone 4) ... it's great! Works well so far.
    05-27-2013 10:25 PM
  23. L N's Avatar
    Long time lurker on these forums, first time poster tonight.
    Got Verizon S4 on Wednesday and am loving it. Of course I am upgrading from an old Droid2 and while I miss the slide out keyboard as I am a heavy email user, the S4 is a decent little computer and phone too. I mean think about it... its a computer that we can talk on and it won't totally replace the PC.

    Read about the storage situation and I just took the 8G SD out of the old Droid2 and slid it in and everything came right over (photos and music.) No problems with space on the S4 either, but I'm not playing games on it. (OK, I've got a bunch of stupid games that I play to kill time but that's about it.) I still have 7.82 on the S4 and 2.33 on the SD (and I think I am going to get a bigger card.)

    Bought another S4 for my son today as he graduated from HS and maintained his awesome scholarship to a very good school (no Senioritis and he got an A in Calculus which deserved to be rewarded) and he's thrilled with it. While setting it up from scratch I bought him 32GB SD for his iTunes and photos, and haven't had any problems with him doing anything as he's figuring things out pretty well.

    Also I am very impressed with the battery life of the S4. Out of the box on Wednesday I set it up and charged it for an hour. Used it for 6 hours straight on the internet, playing music and taking photos before I needed to charge it. Even now its still at 27% after being on for 12 hours and used a lot.

    If you're concerned about battery life, just turn off some of the energy hogs as recommended on these forums. I've not had any problems with lag either but I'm not watching movies or TV shows on the S4. Where I live I am on the edge of 3G/4G service and sometimes I have no service at all depending on the weather. (ATT/Sprint/T-Mobile doesn't even work out here.) So I'm very happy when I do have service on my phone and calls don't drop. Have had good weather here while using the phone so no calls have dropped. (Phones and internet out here in the country is comical as I'm the very last house on the line for DSL and sometimes that's iffy too.)

    Anyways, there are a lot of super-users and tech-savvy people on these boards, and I've learned a lot here over the years when I had a problem or question about my old Droid2 as I could just lurk and get my answer. I'm writing about the S4 because I think the vast majority of people who get this phone will be like me: somewhat tech savvy but not an expert, probably not going to jailbreak or root anything, and want a computer/email/phone that is dependable with a decent battery life. I'm still on my honeymoon with the S4 but don't have any regrets after six days of steady use. Had there been any issues the kid would not have gotten one. (He wanted an iPhone but can't replace battery or slide in a memory card.)
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    05-28-2013 12:01 AM
  24. Jim Seth's Avatar
    I am coming from iPhone (started off with 1st gen until 5) and honestly I can't be more happy with this phone, customization is endless (not rooted yet) and I can control my phone the way I want. As far as lag is concerned I haven't found one yet, I am still relatively new to android world and learning all the tricks :-) it's a great phone, you won't regret it !!

    Sent from my GT-I9505 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
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    05-28-2013 02:32 AM
  25. Zod1010's Avatar
    I had the HTC One for a week, and returned it this weekend for the S4. I don't notice any lag. Granted, I've disabled some of the unnecessary, gimmicky "Air" features, but the phone is very fast.

    People get too caught up with their phone choices. Both models are excellent, and both surpass anything that's come before it. So in essence, picking either will mean your next cell phone will be the best cell phone you've ever owned.
    Notsosure likes this.
    05-28-2013 06:35 AM
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