Top 5 Smartphones to Consider Before Buying the Galaxy S4 [June, 2014]

The Samsung Galaxy S5 might be out on shelves but that doesn’t mean that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has just up and disappeared. No, the device remains a solid option for those that are looking to get a good smartphone without the flagship price. And while it’s still a device worth looking at, there are some other options we think consumers need to consider before taking the plunge with the Galaxy S4.

Last year’s Samsung’s Galaxy S4 was, hands down, one of the most anticipated smartphones of all time. The buildup was due, in part, to the success that the company had with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Galaxy S3, one of the best selling smartphones of all time, propelled Samsung onto the same pedestal as Apple. It set the bar high.

For months, Galaxy S4 rumors went back and forth until Samsung took the stage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City and debuted the Galaxy S4 for the first time. The Samsung’s Galaxy S4 may not have lived up to Samsung’s expectations but doesn’t mean that it wasn’t, or still isn’t, a very good smartphone.

In fact, it was one of 2014′s best and it’s a smartphone that still must be considered given its price tag and the features that it has on board including Android 4.4 KitKat.

We’ve heard from a number of people who are considering the Galaxy S4 as their next smartphone. While it’s a little harder to recommend now that the Galaxy S5 is out, it’s still a very solid device overall.

Before buying the Samsung Galaxy S4, there are some smartphones that we think buyers must consider for various reasons. In particular, we think there are five devices that consumers must take a look at before settling on last year’s model. And here we detail the devices we think are worthy of consideration.

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Keep in mind, our list may differ from yours but these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like they deliver the best, all-around package at the moment. This list will change from month to month as rumored devices get closer to announcement and announced devices get released.

Samsung Galaxy S5

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We highly recommend taking a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 before investing any money into a device that is now a year old. The Galaxy S5 is the Galaxy S4's successor and thus, it comes with a number of improvements over last year's model, improvements that might be worth the extra money.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 may not be a huge leap from the Samsung Galaxy S4 but there are certainly plenty of things to like. The device possesses arguably the best smartphone display on planet earth, it comes with a processor that delivers better performance, offers an upgraded camera, and ditches the glossy plastic back for a perforated matte plastic design that is dust and water resistant.

We should also point out that it runs improved software and should be getting updates for a year longer than the Galaxy S4. Something to think about before going with the cheaper model.

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is not overly innovative but the improvements are enough to warrant a look, if only to rule a purchase out.

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Comments

  1. Ashish says

    you have mentioned the Moto X in this list but what about the Nexus 5 ? Normally it is considered to be better than the moto x . Can you please explain the reasons for leaving out the Nexus 5 . Actually I am considering buying the nexus 5 but your exclusion of this device in this list leaves me confused.

  2. John Smith (@literacyisgood) says

    Wait, what?

    An article about leading cell phones premised on the idea that the Galaxy line is one of the most visible, highest quality, most capable cell phone lines out there?

    An article about cell phones that doesn’t highlight that annoying fruit company with their under powered, over priced, locked down, tiny screen catch-up phones?

    Where is the fruit-mania?

    Is the world starting to become sane?

  3. Kailash M says

    You mentioned all crap phones and left iPhone 5S out? You need to get enough technical knowledge on the smartphones before you start writing suggestions for buyers.
    *Highly recommend using iPhone 5S for few days before you write the next article*

  4. Ben says

    I have Galaxy S4 from almost 1 year and drop down the plan to purchase Galaxy S5 because the latest kitkat version i.e. 4.4.2 is available on Galaxy S4 and I recently updated it. However, its battery performance is affected in this 1 year but I recently purchased a wireless charger for it to keep it fully charged in order to explore more apps and features.

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