Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Right Now

If you’re thinking about buying the Samsung Galaxy S4 right now, and you have the ability to wait a few weeks, you probably should consider waiting a few weeks for the Samsung Galaxy S5 to arrive before deciding on the Galaxy S4. Here’s why.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was rumored all the way up until its March launch event inside the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The device was one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and it was perhaps, one of the most anticipated smartphones of all time. A lot of that had to do with the success of the Galaxy S3, the device that came before it.

While Samsung has admitted that the Galaxy S4 did not strike a chord with consumers like the Galaxy S3 did back in 2012, the device was, and is, considered to be one of the finest smartphones available on the market.

The Galaxy S4 achieved this status thanks to a fantastic feature set that including a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, solid 13MP camera, useful and powerful software, and widespread availability in the United States. It was one of the best smartphones of 2013 and remains one of the top Android smartphones now in 2014. That said, we recommend staying away from the Samsung Galaxy S4, at least for the time being.

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As we get closer to the month of March, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is an extremely difficult smartphone to recommend. And while those who need a phone right this second due to a broken phone or a sudden influx of cash might want to consider it, those who have the ability to hold out probably want to steer clear.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The most obvious reason to skip the Samsung Galaxy S4 for the moment is because it’s pretty clear that a Galaxy S4 successor will be arriving in just a few weeks. Here’s the deal. If you absolutely need a new smartphone today, buy one. If you don’t, we highly suggest waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S5 as it will likely open up multiple doors for smartphone shoppers.

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First of all, this isn’t a phone that is a year away. At the very most, it’s looking like it might be a little over two months away. That’s nothing in the smartphone world, a world where flagship devices usually launch once per year. Those that can wait a few weeks, even just for the announcement that is rumored for February or March, would be wise to do so.

One of several possible Galaxy S5 apps.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to be a lot of things but maybe most important, it’s rumored to be more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S4. This is a device that is thought to have a QHD display, better than the Galaxy S4′s. A 16MP camera that will likely offer better photos and video than the Galaxy S4′s camera. Brand new software, most of which will likely not arrive for the Galaxy S4. A new processor that could be the Snapdragon 805 or Exynos 6. And a brand new design that is either going to be metal or plastic or both.

Samsung always improves upon its flagship smartphone and the Galaxy S5 should offer numerous improvements over the Galaxy S5. And because of that, we think it would be wise to at least wait until the device launches, either in February or March, before buying the Galaxy S4 or really, any other top flight Android smartphone.

Two Models Possible

If a better Samsung Galaxy S5 isn’t enough to convince you that buying the Galaxy S4 right now might not be worth it, consider this. Rumors point to two Galaxy S5 models, one premium and one budget. Credible sources agree that Samsung will follow Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch and offer a lineup that caters to just more than the premium crowd.

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Nothing is confirmed quite yet but there is a possibility that this Galaxy S5 will serve as the budget option for those that want a high-end device without the steep price tag.

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the budget Galaxy S5 will offer a plastic design, quad-core processor, fingerprint reader, 1080p display, and a 16MP camera. In other words, some features that are on par with the Galaxy S4, others that are better. While nothing is set in stone, we think it’s worth the wait, if only to see if Samsung does release a budget Galaxy S5 with a better camera than the Galaxy S4′s.

Inevitable Galaxy S4 Price Cuts

In our opinion, waiting is going to be a win-win. Not only do consumers get to see the Samsung Galaxy S5 and perhaps, a budget Galaxy S5 as well, we also expect the Galaxy S4 price to decrease once the Galaxy S5 is announced.

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Right now, the Galaxy S4 still commands a pretty expensive price tag through U.S. carriers. Verizon, for instance, charges $199.99 on-contract. That’s pretty expensive for a phone that’s almost a year old. Once the Galaxy S5 arrives, we expect that price, and the prices at other carriers and retailers to drop, which will make the Galaxy S4 even more appealing than it is right now.

More Options

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is coming, we know that. It’s also possible that we could see a budget Galaxy S5 option that trumps the Galaxy S4 thanks, in part, due to an upgraded camera. And we also know that the Galaxy S4 will likely see some price cuts once the Galaxy S5 is announced and released. So what else is there?

Well, for those that may not be particularly sold on the Galaxy S5 or the Galaxy S4, we expect there to be at least two other fantastic options in just a few weeks.

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Rumors suggest that HTC will be pushing its HTC One successor, the HTC M8, out onto shelves in the next few weeks. We expect the HTC M8 to be a solid competitor to the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy S4 for that matter. Furthermore, we expect the HTC One’s price to drop significantly once the HTC M8 arrives, making it a budget option that consumers will need to weigh against the Galaxy S4.

All of these doors have the potential to open in just a few weeks and so, this close to the Galaxy S5 launch, we recommend taking a rain check on the Galaxy S4, at least for now. You can thank us later.

Comments

  1. Homer Berkowitz says

    They have been discounting the Galaxy S4 heavily in the past month or two, especially during the holidays. I’ve seen them on sale at a couple places for $50 on contract. But the best deal I saw was at Staples a few weeks before X-Mas. Staples had the S4 for 1 cent on contract (with the trade in of an existing smart phone for a $50 credit). It was such an awesome deal, especially if you have an old worthless smartphone lying around so you can still sell your previous phone for a hundred or two…

    I would have loved to wait for the S5, but I just couldn’t turn down a free S4 when I was up for renewal.

  2. Martin Weltchek says

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an amazing device love all the features Samsung has added to it and will without a doubt be buying the Samsung Galaxy S5… For now all I been reading is rumors with little bits from Samsung not entirely sure which CPU it will have… The screen being slightly bigger than the S4 is fine by me as I wanted to buy a Galaxy Tab but since the S5 will be a tiny bit larger that even better for me!

  3. Jenna Ali says

    Amazon is selling the Sprint S4 for a penny ($.01) right now with a contract renewal. I was going to wait for the S5 to arrive so I could get it for cheap, but since it was already there I went for it. My S3 was the first phone I wasn’t completely sick of by the time I was up for renewal, so an S4 for a penny seemed like a logical upgrade. So far I’m pleased with it, although the bloat factor makes me want to go Cyanogenmod again like I did with my S3. The only thing holding me back is that I really, really like Samsung’s camera app.

  4. Harry B says

    Darn I just bought a samsung S4! I should have waited. Oh well. It’s still a great phone and works pretty good with my orealo MHL Pico Projector so I’m happy. LOL

  5. Randy Lee says

    If you are on a budget. The S4 is basically the phone to get vs the S5. Don’t really see the point of two different models. It will just add confusion for the average consumer.

  6. Android4ever says

    The writer of this story clearly has something against the S4. The S4 will be a top notch phone even after the S5 comes out. The smartphone world has hit a Plateau. Once you have at least a 1080p/5“/Quad Core phone with a nice camera, its a wrap. All the extra stuff their putting on phones nowadays are gimmicky. Software has hit a ceiling so companies are changing hardware (ie…bendable phones) So getting a very cheap/free S4 is much more smarter that spending $700+ on a S5.

  7. tonty says

    Samsung all the way man, dont you forget it man, are you alright with that man, go samsung man.

  8. Trace says

    the writter has issues with the s4 lol i got an s4 and i must say i love it i dont care about all the other things that come with the s5.

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