Taking a Samsung Galaxy S4 for a spin

I recently had to renew my mobile phone contract and with that I got a “free” phone handset. I decided to give a Samsung Galaxy S4 a try and see how it goes.

I know shock, horror and disbelief but its good to see what all the fuss is about.

After a week of solid use here is what I like and don’t like about the Samsung Galaxy S4 device. Overall I was very pleasantly surprised with the phone and its ease of use and how well it works with the Microsoft ecosystem (SkyDrive etc)

Here is a list of my likes and dislikes about the device. These are based on my experiences and individual results may vary.


  • Great battery life – I get at least a day of solid use and even then there is enough to first half of the next day
  • Amazing camera – I like the view finder options when taking a photo. Lots of great and useful camera settings
  • Easy email account management – I use outlook.com as my primary personal email. Email, Calendar and Contacts. It just works.
  • Awesome screen – Samsung build devices with very, very nice screens. The Note 3 being the latest one to show Samsung’s screen construction prowess off.
  • Great form factor – I have big hands and big fingers so small phones don’t cut it for me so the form factor is just right for me.


  • Plastic body feels cheap – I got a gecko protective cover and it adds some bulk to the phone and protects it somewhat. Hopefully Samsung will start using metal bodies in the future.
  • Old version of Android – Running Android 4.2.2 and hopefully when the Jellybean 4.3 update comes out it brings the “buttery” experience of other Android devices.
  • Task button – I would prefer a capacitive touch button instead of the spring loaded physical button at the bottom of the screen. I find it a bit clumsy at times.
  • Unnecessary options/settings – I don’t use the air view, air gesture or smart scroll. They are nice to play with in the store but I don’t use them as they chew up battery life. Maybe some folks use these options but I turn these off.
  • Emailing photos is clumsy – there is no way to email photos straight from the gallery for some weird reason. You need to go into email and attach photos from there rather being able to send a photo straight from the photo gallery. Hopefully this will be fixed in the upcoming 4.3 Android update.

So there you have it. As I mentioned the above are based on my experiences with the Samsung Galaxy S4. Would I recommend it. Yes. Is it better than a Windows Phone or an iPhone? Depends on your requirements. I would suggest watching some review videos on YouTube to see more detailed pros and cons of choosing a device that’s right for you.

I guess the only things is that we are very spoiled for choice and I would do as much research as possible and play with various devices to find the one that suits you.



About Aaron Saikovski

Aaron Saikovski is a Microsoft certified technology specialist, consultant, developer, trainer and cloud solution architect with over 20+ years commercial information technology experience. He has consulted and worked with an incredibly diverse number of both local and international clients across the banking and financial services, utilities, oil and mining, telecommunications, logistics, construction/property, pharmaceutical, transport/airline and FMCG sectors. He has also consulted on a variety of projects to both Federal and State governments in high-profile portfolios such as Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Defence, Taxation Office, Department of Education and Training, Department of Employment & Workplace Relations and the Department of Health. Aaron’s skills revolve around the Microsoft platform stack with a core skillset based on the SharePoint platform. He has been involved in some of the largest SharePoint deployments in the world and was a member of the Global SharePoint Ranger team within Microsoft Corporation and was actively involved with the SharePoint Customer Advisory Team (SPCAT) to provide guidance and best practices to the largest Microsoft enterprise global customers. He was also an active MSDN article reviewer and contributor during his time at Microsoft. He has very broad and deep experience with architecting, developing and deploying complex customer solutions leveraging the Microsoft Office365 and Azure cloud platforms. Some of the key cloud customers he has been involved with are Qantas, Caltex, and Fujitsu/Westpac to name a few. He assists customers with their journey to the cloud and provides guidance and best practices to assist in identifying workloads that are suitable candidates to be migrated or redeveloped. These include IaaS, SaaS and PaaS solutions that solve a particular business requirement while providing the best technical outcome for the customer. Aaron is a regular presenter at such events as SharePoint Saturday (http://www.spsevents.org), Microsoft TechEd and is a regular presenter at user groups and conferences. He presents on a wide and varied range of topics that encompass the complete end to end Microsoft solution stack such as Windows 8 App development through to deploying Azure IaaS solutions with PowerShell. Aaron has an active social media profile. He was the founding member of OzMoss (http://www.codify.com/lists/OzMOSS), a very active and prominent online SharePoint community and he can be followed on Twitter at @RuskyDuck72. He blogs regularly at https://aaronsaikovski.wordpress.com/ Aaron is also an active affiliate member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (www.ieee.org) Outside of work Aaron is a very active volunteer for DoggieRescue (www.doggierescue.com) where he volunteers his time to maintain and improve their IT systems to keep them running as optimally and efficiently as possible. ** OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN VIEWS AND NOT THOSE OF MY EMPLOYER **
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