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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review (Verizon)

I recently obtained a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon. Here's my ongoing review:

  • Large Screen
  • Bright Screen
  • Long Battery Life, even while using intense apps
  • OS root hack available allowing disabling/removal of junkware from Verizon and Samsung. This voids your warranty if discovered.
  • Stays COOL (my Samsung Galaxy S2 would get super hot and battery longevity was poor).

  • Slow interface
    • Window Animation is Slow
    • Touch response is slow often resulting in double-touch errors
  • Samsung (or Verizon) hid the DEVELOPER interface
  • BLOATED with Verizon junkware apps (Same for Sprint)
  • BLOATED with Samsung features that are too complicated to use (such as Allshare)
  • BLOATED with Samsung junkware applications
  • Full Root not available :(  however, system root is available.

The fact that Verizon locks these phones and stuffs them with Verizon junk and tracking software suggests to me that their intention is to 100% control your experience. What if I don't want to use the phone the way Samsung or Verizon wants? It's a long standing gripe,