A Breakthrough Phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (Updated)

A Breakthrough Phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (Updated)

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February 28, 2014 Update

The Daily Mail on the Samsung Galaxy S5
• Samsung Unveils Galaxy S5 To Focus On What Matters Most To Consumers

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December 11, 2013 Update

• Galaxy S4 Customer Posts Defective Phone Video, Samsung Demands Removal

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November 27, 2013 Update

• Helium – App Sync and Backup

The best way to make a backup copy of all the data on your Android, including your Apps.

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November 3, 2013 Update

How To Download & Preview Attachments In Gmail

1. Download the Gmail Attachment Download App
2. Follow the directions posted here

To upload attachments (other than photos and videos), use Gmail Attachment Manager

• Added “Battery Widget” to list of must have apps

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October 30, 2013 Update

How To Transfer Music From iTunes To Android

1. Download the doubleTwist Music Player App to your S4
2. Download the doubleTwist Music Player App to your S4
3. Download the doubleTwist software program to your Mac
4. Launch the double Twist Music Player App on our S4
5. Select preferences menu (in the upper right-hand corner of the app) and select “AirSync > Set up AirSync”
6. Launch the doubleTwist software program on your Mac
7. Follow the directions (click “Getting Started” under “DEVICES” if you get lost and need more directions)

doubleTwist app will also allow you to sync photos and videos between your Mac and S4.

For more directions, a video tutorial, and other music file transferring options, read:

How To Transfer Music From iTunes To Android
By Alvin Ybañez

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August 28, 2013 Update

• Added several new videos (see below)
• Added Spigen SGP10343 Slim Armor View S4 Phone Case
• Added “MightyText” to list of must have apps

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A Breakthrough Phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S4
By David Sunfellow

In case you haven’t noticed, mobile devices are taking over the world.

SiteProNews (March 1, 2012):

• The mobile web is growing at a phenomenal pace, and is forecast to overtake the desktop web in 2014. In other words, more users will access the Internet using a mobile phone rather than a PC for the first time.

• Approximately 900 million people currently access the web with mobile phones, compared to 1.4 billion desktop Internet users. In 2014, mobile web users will outpace desktop users (approximately 1.7 billion mobile users to approximately 1.65 billion desktop users). By 2015, the number of mobile web users is expected to increase to 2 billion.

• Assuming an annual growth rate of about 2 percent annually between 2010 and 2015 in cell phone subscriptions (77 percent of the world’s population will have cell phone subscriptions in 2010 and 87 percent will have subscriptions in 2015), about 6.35 billion people worldwide will have a mobile phone subscription and approximately 1 out of 3 subscribers (or 2 billion out of 6.35 billion) will be accessing the Internet on mobile phones.

InsideMobileApps (July 4, 2013):

• 14% of all internet access stems from mobile. In some countries, such as India, mobile traffic has already surpassed desktop traffic, accounting for 60% of internet usage.

A PRNewswire (July 3, 2013):

• In June 2013, mobile devices generated nearly 35% of total online visits (22% smartphones; 13% tablets), a 5% increase from May 2013.

EdTech (March 19, 2013):

87% – American adults who own a cell phone

84% – Cell phone owners who could not go a single day without their device

81% – Growth of smartphone usage in 2012

70% – Growth of global mobile data traffic in 2012

51% – Traffic on mobile devices from video in 2012

45% – American adults who own a smart phone

44% – Cell phone owners who have slept with their phone nearby because they didn’t want to miss a notification

31% – American adults who own a tablet computer

24% – Cell phone owners who say the worst thing about their device is that they are always connected

7-fold – Difference in mobile data usage on laptops compared with mobile devices

12-fold – Mobile traffic in 2012 versus entire Internet in 2000

2013 – The year when mobile-connected devices will exceed the world’s population

Why are mobile devices so wildly, irresistibly, over-the-top popular?

Obviously, they help us stay connected, both to one another and the global communications network. But they are also becoming increasingly powerful, versatile, and useful. Among other things, they are now replacing a host of other devices at a fraction of the price.

Instead of buying a desktop computer, a laptop, a phone, a camera, a video camera, a music player, a radio, a television, a remote control, a flashlight, and an alarm clock, now you can buy one mobile device that replaces all these things — and often does a better job than they did. An ordinary smart phone or tablet now lets us stay in touch with family and friends all over the world (often at very little cost), take pictures, make movies, watch television, watch movies, check bank accounts, deposit checks, move money, make money, shop, place orders for everything under the sun, track packages, book plane tickets, track family and friends, monitor our health, and much, much more. No need for monthly magazines or daily newspapers either, since they are all moving online and available via the web and/or all kinds of dazzling, internet-savvy apps. Ditto for social networks: they are omnipresent on mobile devices.

What’s happening is that generations of life-changing innovations are now being packed into small, light-weight, easy-to-carry, fun-to-use devices. A case in point is the new Samsung Galaxy S4. This smart phone does it all, and does it all beautifully! Buy one of these, which costs anywhere from $100.00 to $650.00 (depending on current deals and the telecommunication company it is tethered to), and you not only have the world in your pocket, but you also have a host of other devices in your pocket that you used to have to buy (and carry around) separately.

While cutting-edge smart phones like the Galaxy S4 are still too expensive for most people, it won’t be long before less expensive versions appear and spread like wild fire. And that, in turn, will escalate the exponential change that is already taking place.

To keep pace with the breakneck speed at which human civilization is unfolding, I’ve owned many computers (both desktops and laptops — all Macs), iPods, iPads, Kindle Fires, Nooks, many GPS devices, a bunch of cell phones, and three iPhones. I have, in fact, been an enthusiastic iPhone owner since the iPhone first appeared and transformed the smart phone landscape with its elegant design and industry-changing user-friendliness. But even the iPhone is dated when compared to Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Why? Because Samsung, with help from Google’s Android operating system and an open-source eco system, has put all the pieces together better than Apple. Impossible?! I thought so, until I got my hands on a Galaxy S4 — and then bought one. The iPhone, beginning with its dated and unbearably small screen, now seems at least one generation behind the curve. The articles, videos, and links below tell the tale. I’ve created this page for people, like myself, who want to make the most of Samsung’s dazzling new smart phone and, by doing so, stay abreast of the tidal wave of innovation that continues to reshape the mobile device world and the world at large.

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If you come across any Galaxy S4 videos, articles, websites, resources, and accessories that you think should be included on this page, send them in!

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Related Links:

The Galaxy S4 Home Page
Samsung Guide to Galaxy S4
Purchase the Galaxy S4 on Amazon
• Samsung Galaxy S4 Spare Battery Charger (2600mAh Battery Included)
Samsung Galaxy Smart Dock Multimedia Hub
• SanDisk Ultra 64 GB micro SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card  with Adapter

List of Galaxy S4 Features
• The New Samsung Galaxy S4: Everything You Need To Know
• 5 Ways the Samsung Galaxy S4 Stunned an iPhone User
• Under the Microscope: iPhone 5s vs. Samsung Galaxy S4
• 11 Camera Tips for Your Galaxy S4
• 10 Galaxy S4 Tips and Tricks
• Top 20 Battery Saving Tips and Tricks for Samsung Galaxy S4
• How To Shoot Photos And Videos On The Galaxy S4

• Samsung Galaxy S4 Problems And Potential Solutions

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How To Transfer Music From iTunes To Android

1. Download the doubleTwist Music Player App to your S4
2. Download the doubleTwist Music Player App to your S4
3. Download the doubleTwist software program to your Mac
4. Launch the double Twist Music Player App on our S4
5. Select preferences menu (in the upper right-hand corner of the app) and select “AirSync > Set up AirSync”
6. Launch the doubleTwist software program on your Mac
7. Follow the directions (click “Getting Started” under “DEVICES” if you get lost and need more directions)

doubleTwist app will also allow you to sync photos and videos between your Mac and S4.

For more directions, a video tutorial, and other music file transferring options, read:

How To Transfer Music From iTunes To Android
By Alvin Ybañez

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A Few Favorite and Must Have Android Apps:

Battery Widget
Avast! Mobile Security
History Eraser
My Data Manager
Wi-Fi Finder
Wi-Fi Analyzer
SpeedTest
Life360

1Password Reader
EverNote
DropBox
Google Drive

Gmail Attachment Download
Gmail Attachment Manager

Mighty Text
YouMail
Skype
WhatsApp
Textra

Facebook
Facebook Pages Manager
Facebook Messenger
Twitter
Plume

Yahoo Weather
Google Translate
First Aid – American Red Cross
WebMD
SAS Survival Guide

IMDb Movies & TV
Flixster
Fandango Movies
Movie Times
Netflix
HBOGo
DirecTV
Dish TV
TED
Spotify
Pandora

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editorchoice

Comprehensive Samsung Galaxy S4 Review:
The Everything Phone For (Almost) Everyone
C|net
April 23, 2013

Original Link

EXCERPT:

“With the Galaxy S4, Samsung clinches its goal of global smartphone domination. The supercharged Android 4.2 Jelly Bean device may look like a toy compared with the stunning HTC One and the dapper iPhone 5. But taken together, its blazing quad-core processor, colorful 5-inch HD screen, sharp-shooting 13-megapixel camera, and mile-high stack of software extras make the Galaxy S4 the most powerful superphone anywhere in the world.

“What does the Galaxy S4 have? A better question is: what doesn’t it have? There’s the 1080p screen, zippy processing speeds that are ideal for gaming, and an IR blaster that can control your TV. Then there’s the parade of camera tricks that cram action shots into one scene, use both front and back cameras, and film a video in slow-mo. The GS4 can harness your eyeballs to pause video, and it can answer a phone call with the wave of your hand. Unlike the HTC One and the iPhone 5, it also piles on expandable storage space and a removable battery…

“So, if you want a lovingly crafted statement phone that barely strays from Android’s core offering, then buy the HTC One, which also has double the internal storage for about the same price. But if you’re looking for a superphone that surpasses all other handsets on the features front, then you’ll find in this deserving all-around flagship a strong mix of extremely competent hardware and aspirational software with very few major drawbacks.”

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More Quotes:

“Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the most feature-packed smartphone on the planet. With both Android 4.2.2 and Samsung’s own extensions, this powerful, popular device can be customized in dozens of different ways. That’s one of the reasons we’ve given it a slew of Editors’ Choice awards and 4.5-star ratings across a bunch of different carriers.”

PC Magazine

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Best Cases for Samsung Galaxy S4

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Spigen SGP10343 Slim Armor View Case for Samsung Galaxy S4

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