GALAXY S 4

Google Play Edition: Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Review

Google Play Edition: Galaxy S 4 and HTC One Review

They're the phones the most vocal minority demanded, pure Android on familiar Samsung and HTC hardware. They're also the phones the manufacturers refused to consider; HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz aren't merely window-dressing but core elements of the overall user-experience, so the argument went, and the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 wouldn't be the same without them. Now, then, with the Google Play Edition versions of both, we have the chance to see just how much that's true.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active Review

Samsung either has an addiction or a compulsion: whatever the reason, the company can't help pumping out Galaxy S 4 variants, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active. A waterproof, dust-proof version of the flagship Android smartphone, the Active model toughens up with a butch new casing and a few tweaked features. Still, though, at its core it's the S 4 we know and love, but is it the best version so far? Read on for our full review.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 put through the wringer in a variety of stress tests

Samsung GALAXY S 4 put through the wringer in a variety of stress tests

Smartphones are, to some degree at least, delicate electronic creatures that happen to be stuffed in pockets, bags, placed on counters, taken to precarious places, and dropped on a near-daily basis. Anyone who has owned a phone for a significant amount of time has cracked a screen or crimped a corner at some point, which mostly makes us look for more durable hardware rather than gentle handling. Those who own the GALAXY S 4 can check out the handset being roughed up by a variety of machines in Samsung's stress tests to get an idea how much abuse their own phone can handle.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

Samsung Galaxy S 4 dissed by Microsoft over high price

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is a neat device and all, but like a lot of flagship devices, the off-contract price can be a little off-putting to those not willing to shell out the cash for it, which is why subsidized pricing is a lot more attractive to consumers. However, that isn't stopping Microsoft from taking a whack at the Galaxy S 4, saying that its off-contract price is just way too expensive.

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