Why the iPhone Dominates Samsung's Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is loaded with great technology, but many of the new fun features have compromised the experience. In the following video, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks highlights many of the negative aspects of reviews on the new smartphone, including duplicate apps from Samsung and Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android that seem at war with each other, sluggish performance when new features like Smart Pause are enabled, and a frustrating Smart Scroll feature.

Furthermore, Daniel discusses why Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) can't get away with such compromises. Ultimately, he explains, Apple and Samsung are targeting different consumers. Apple is targeting consumers who want the best experience. On that font, Apple firmly delivers.

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  • Report this Comment On April 26, 2013, at 11:49 PM, applefan1 wrote:

    I don't know if people are paying attention, but the S4 is being sold much like the S3. Samsung introduces the product having some special Samsung processor, yet they ship it with a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for certain markets instead.

    I think Samsung needs to be sued for consumer fraud, is my opinion.

    I don't trust Samsung and will NEVER buy a Samsung labeled product. First they get nailed for price fixing and now they are shipping products with different processors after they make their product announcement with some special Samsung processor that you might not even get?

    Bye Bye Samsung.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 2:23 AM, ricerx wrote:

    wow is this what reviewing has come down to? since when do we take other people's reviews and base judgement over a device that you never touched. As for glitchiness, that's a lot of bull about Apple is a company that releases perfect products.

    Let's run down a few items that are far beyond glitchy and supposedly "it just works"

    1. Antenna gate...because "you're holding it wrong".

    2. The pictures have purple halos because you're taking pictures wrong".

    3. WiFi connectivity issues because "it's your equipment"

    4. The black case scratches because that's just the way it's pretty much you're fault.

    5. Apple Maps are the best..."you should probably use a 3rd party mapping/navigation software"

    6. The Do Not Disturb bug... oh we won't fix it...just wait it out because we say so.

    7. The Daylight savings bug... oh you don't need to wake up on time... it's only your job you're late to but we'll put a fix in after it's too late.

    8. Loose batteries,"that's just part of the phone...oh wait... maybe it's a loose battery"

    9. Non-responsive home button

    10. Siri...enough said there.

    11. A 3.5 inch screen is the perfect size.

    12. Who wants a smaller tablet?

    There are so many more issues...and I'm getting tired of typing.

    One pattern I'm seeing here is Apple seems to like to blame the users first or don't care enough to fix them because they know what's best for us apparently. With that being said, how do you still trust this company?

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 2:32 AM, cuspd wrote:

    why does it feel like this site is acting like Apple agents. Why is it so heavily biased in its reviews.

    This is not the first pro Apple article...theres a whole series of them.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 2:53 AM, nomoreiphone wrote:

    You can pump Apple all you want, I will be heading to the AT&T store in the morning and replacing my iphone with the S4. Good bye and good riddance, put up long enough with the POS....

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 2:56 AM, Sweetloulv wrote:

    Did I really just waste 5 minutes of my life watching the worst review ever? I'd like to see this glitchyness and who cares about having different apps? I had Google apps on my iphone.. the best phone on the market imo is the HTC ONE followed by the Samsung GS4 followed by the GS3 and the iphone 5 comes in a distant 4th not to mention all of the cracked screens. That's an unbiased review from someone whos used apple products for years.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 3:02 AM, shoulda2 wrote:

    Most of this negative press for Samsung seems to be people/companies heavily invested long on Apple. As their stock started tanking from ~700 to ~400 you saw more and more positive reviews and slamming Samsung than every before.

    I had a iphone 4 for work as it was the default one issued, and a galaxy s2 for personal use. Frankly 99% of the apps are available on the Galaxy as on the Iphone and in many cases they are cheaper (in one case an e-mail app was $10 on google play and $30 on itunes). Frankly I traded the iphone for a galaxy s3, it got better cell reception which was a big plus for me, and the iphone wasn't bad at all they were so close in experience they both worked fine.

    Another point about reviews calling phones cheap plastic or looking cheap is pretty much irrelevant as most people have covers and protective cases around the device. I just can't see the logic some of these reviews have sometimes.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 3:09 AM, sunchop wrote:

    Well, with all the due respect, Everything comes down to only one thing, An Average Person. Average Person does not keep Google Calendar and all you have said. He or She wants a TOY in their hands and Samsung has just done that. What you are commenting on is surely useful for the IT Knowledgable guys, have you ever realized that? That is the difference between YOU and Late Mr. Steve Jobs. He created something for an average person which Samsung is doing now, and either Apple visionaries keep Mr. Jobs JOB intact or they will be OUT soon.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 3:10 AM, sunchop wrote:

    You have wasted Precious few minutes of my time, Please Go and Get some Vision, which Unfortunately You don't have or you would be the next Steve Jobs.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 3:17 AM, jcan1701 wrote:

    Why is this biased towards Apple? Because Google's Android is "open software" there are bound to be conflicts within the apps. But its not like as if its game breaking. As far as Apple goes, I won't ever buy an Apple Product, especially the iPod/iPhones. The reasons I have against Apple: 1) overpriced, and forced labor to make them, 2) not first iPod screen cracked just by carrying 2nd one broke by falling 6 inches to the ground. Yet, my current phone was dropped in a sink full of sanitizer, and it still took the same fall, and didn't show a scratch. 3) Itunes, once something is on iTunes, there is no going back to Windows compatability. And then there is the crap of Quicktime constantly demanding a check for updates when there are no updates for it, and even then, it only works half of the time. NO THANK YOU. I don't want that kind of hastle when it comes to moving videos and music from my phone to my computer or from my computer to my phone. Therefore, Android is better. Not only that, but both my Tablet and my Phone gave me the option of putting a different OS on them as soon as they were first turned on.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 3:41 AM, babyleg wrote:

    Samsung stinks...The phone looks like a tic tac with a large screen on it. Their TV's on the other hand, much better technology than their phones and so so tablets. I'll take the Surface before I'd buy a Samsung Tablet. Here today, gone tomorrow...just like beenie babies and Psy Guy!

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 4:36 AM, bos80 wrote:

    Apple anyday! and i reiterate APPLE ANYDAY. i got that cheap samsung phone after getting bored with my iphone but it was the BIGGEST mistake of my life. the phone stopped working within 2 weeks and constantly freezing. i cant imagine the number of times i have dropped the iphone but still going strong, thats some quality product apple have and im speaking from experience as someone who has use both products. secondly all these new features they call innovation on the samsung's new phone are apps already on the iphone. check lookaway and you will know that it has existed long ago and now samsung is using as their top tool on their new s4......only novices to the tech market will fall for this. most surveys by these phone companies have consistently found iphone to be the most reliabble can google iphone will forever dominate. As a friend said, IF I WANT A SAMSUNG PHONE I WILL GO TO TOYS R US.....i have since stopped using that cheap plasticy samsung phone and returned to iphone for quality, class, reliability and the iphone 5 is as fast as my bugati.....APPLE IS UNBEATABLE...U can say all u want but APPLE invest their time in making quality products...u cant fault them.Talk about their macbooks and they are in a ddifferent league altogether. no crashing, no viruses....couldnt ask for any better machine


  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 5:41 AM, ColdB33r wrote:

    Anyone that claims something is "unbeatable" or knows the future as something will "forever dominate" needs someone else to tell them what they want in a phone. There aren't really viruses for macs because no one does anything worthwhile on one that someone would want to steal. The market will surely determine everything.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 6:59 AM, RandomMeaning wrote:

    "This is not the first pro Apple article...theres a whole series of them."

    Horrors! How dare anyone have anything positive to say about Apple? Clearly any person or company who more than occasionally says something good about Apple is highly suspicious and has no credibility!

    Humor aside, do some people even consider what they are saying before hitting "post"? But hey, some people really are payed to support a company agenda. Microsoft has done so for years (remember the "grass roots" support against Linux which was later proven to have been an organized effort orchestrated and funded by Microsoft?) and Samsung's use of spiffs to encourage distributors to sell their wares is well known.

    So, I'm not entirely surprised to see a bunch of rather odd posts in regards to this story. Particularly in light of recent events:

    "On Saturday, following Samsung Taiwan's admission that it had paid anonymous posters to trash a competitor's products on Taiwanese social media sites, I posted a story about the growing suspicion among Apple (AAPL) investors that Samsung was engaged in a similar campaign against Apple -- and that it might be affecting the company's share price.

    The post drew more that the usual number of comments. Twenty six hours later, we're up to 343 messages and counting. Some readers supported the thesis. Some ridiculed it. Some attacked Apple. Some attacked me.

    That kind of thing comes with the territory, although not usually in such numbers or with such vehemence. But what happened at about 2 a.m. EST -- Sunday afternoon in Seoul, South Korea -- was new.

    In the space of a few hours, more than a thousand votes were cast on the DISQUS feedback system, voting down any comment remotely anti-Samsung and voting up anything -- no matter how inane, in-artful or wrong -- that disparaged Apple, the thesis, or me."

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 7:05 AM, RandomMeaning wrote:

    In regards to the Samsung S4 itself, I posted my take on some of its "features" a while back.

    The Galaxy S4 says quite a bit about Samsung's goals. Which is to sell its customers to advertisers. The "Galaxy (of our customers) 4 Sale" if you like. Look at two of the "innovations" Samsung has added to their phone.

    Eye tracking. So the video pauses whenever you look away. Step back a minute and think about that. Your eyes frequently check your surroundings. This is normal. Takes fractions of a second. When do you look away from the screen for a longer period of time? When something on the screen is boring to watch for a while or something more interesting happens nearby. What's the most boring thing that pops up on streamed video? Advertising. What do TV execs complain about the most? People not watching their ads. Why don't we make it so that people can't continue on with their show without having their eyes glued to the ads?! Bingo! Eye tracking! The video will not proceed unless you are fully watching the ad (which can't be skipped). An advertisers dream.

    Hover touch or whatever they want to call it. Basically, the screen can register touches and gestures without actually touching the screen. Does this improve accuracy? Actually, no. It increases the number of accidental clicks. Most likely on the many ads splashed across most websites. In other words, as you're navigating around the page, you are much more likely to accidently "click" an ad. Does that help you? No. But it generates more clicks for advertisers.

    I've seen this gimmick before on a friend's nightmare of a Verizon netbook. Cursed thing was constantly registering a click anytime his pointer crossed over an ad. He eventually sock drawered the thing in despair.

    Naturally, both of these "features" should be easy for the user to disable. If it takes more than three steps or is presented in a confusing manner, then Samsung is going even further down the road of placing its own interests above the user.

    Even then, there are many buyers who will probably not even realize they can change it, just going with what's presented by default assuming that's they way it has to be.

    Samsung has taken one of the basic problems of Android to a whole new level: you're not just the buyer, you are also the product being sold to the advertisers and data miners. Enjoy!

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 7:11 AM, WMUbroncoDan wrote:

    this guy owns an iphone. consumer confusion, i think for a nerd any normal consumer will just pick one. moron.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:30 AM, rottenkid wrote:

    Having owned both apple and samsung phone. The apple 4s and both the galaxy 2 and 3. The galaxxy phones are far superior to the Apple phone on a dollar to dollar basis. In fact I will never buy another apple product again. Over priced product made by slave labor in China shame on Apple

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:33 AM, John19440 wrote:

    I am not paid by Apple or Samsung. I did the Iphone deal with the 4S and 5. Hated having to run through ITunes, hated not being able to add memory. Hated the phone being limited to approved 3rd party software by Apple. Hated the small screen, poor display, and really crappy camera. I have owned the S3 since they hit the market, and really look forward to the S4. The S3 didn't put a dent in Apple sales. It took a huge bite out of it. More and more Apple owners are jumping ship. And right now, the question is... S4 or HTC1. :) Either way, they move up to a better phone, all across the board.

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 8:49 AM, chemanuel wrote:

    I had the Iphone...and its gone along with the bunch of ipods of my nieces... including one that DIE one week after the warraty expired... Also after editing in Final Cut (I am a professional of the industry with over 30 years of experience) Switch back to my PC and Premiere which had "realtime rendering" when apple didn't know what was that... Oh by the way... SAMSUNG MANUFACTURES IPHONE SCREENS...

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 12:31 PM, Astroprogenus wrote:

    The death of the PC is greatly exaggerated. I'm not going to sit in front of a small tablet to type. I need the feel of actual keys and I am not going to go fishing around for those keyboard attachments. I'm not the only one here with these views and any time I hear someone prematurely calling for the death of the PC, I'm reminded of the time those very same voices were calling for the death of cell phones (once blue tooth technology evolved enough to fit all traditional cellular phone functions into a small earset).

  • Report this Comment On April 27, 2013, at 12:39 PM, ng1015 wrote:

    I know People that will buy whatever Apple makes. They love their Apple products no matter how much they complain about its quality. So no one will sway them on their Apple products.

    As for me I agree this is the most Pro Apple bias article I have seen in a while. I have owned an iPhone and did not think the quality came close to their MacBook’s or iPods and have been just as gritchly. I own several iPods and iPod touch and love them, hated the iPhone I owned. The Samsung S3 was a good tech product but very fragile by the time I replace the screen added a protective case it was heavy and bulky. I finally switch back to my HTC Thunder bolt; not the latest in Tech but a solid phone. The only down side is battery life. I’m looking forward to getting the HTC One and hopefully it keeps in line with the same quality. I’ve also owned an iPad and wasn’t impressed. I have a Samsung Tab 10.1 and have been very happy with it and the quality is very good. The only down side is there are not as many accessories for it as there are for the iPad.

    I have found that I can no longer rely on the information I receive here.

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