Refresh “lollipop”-ful Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4As you about to read this article, you may wonder why I am writing about Samsung Galaxy S4 which was released way back in 2013 when there are more new galaxies like S6 / S6 Edge to talk about. As big brands release flagship phones every year and prices goes north of 50K INR , not everybody can buy these and who go for mid-tier phones from the big brands end up getting stuck with a older version of android. In between this many emerging brands like Xiaomi, One plus now give “Flagship” like specs for 25K INR, so it makes me wonder whether buying (not investing) in a flagship phone makes sense (this might be a topic to discuss in a different article).

So when I saw Samsung Galaxy S4 being sold for a very attractive 17,999 INR I thought this as a great idea from Samsung  to re-vitalise itself in a very competitive market. (Other manufacturers should consider this – even though Apple has been doing it for some time). So specs wise  this is what you get…

  • Model No: I9500 with a Exynos based Octa Core processor
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage with micro SD card slot
  • 5″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi)
  • 13 MP back camera and a 2 MP front camera
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wifi, NFC, IR

So even today these specs are great for a mid-range phone and with the recent lollipop update it has got another ace up it’s sleeve. And thanks to my friend Prabhu Darshan, I was able to play around with his 1 and a half year old S4 now rejuvenated with Lollipop. To say the truth I am not a fan of previous versions of Touch Wiz UI, but in it’s latest iteration it has become more flatter and serious-er with it’s look. The “material” design has made it better with lots of elements carried from the stock UI. It was slick and smooth to use and according to my friend the battery life has improved….

And those who say this phone has heating issues, try disabling the background apps which comes part of Touch wiz UI . That should make the problem better. So at the end of the day is it work 18K , I think so …

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