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Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 Factory Unlocked Cellphone, International Version, 16GB, Black
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- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
- 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density).Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- TouchWiz UI CAMERA: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash (Primary)
- 2 MP,1080p@30fps, dual video call(Secondary).Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR.
- 1080p@30fps, dual-video OS: Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 GPU: PowerVR SGX 544MP3
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
- This cell phone may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international version phones. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
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- Size (LWH): 2.75 inches, 0.31 inches, 5.38 inches
- Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 21 hours
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 590 hours
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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This item Samsung Galaxy S4 i9500 Factory Unlocked Cellphone, International Version, 16GB, Black
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|Item Weight||1.6 ounces||4.59 ounces||5.11 ounces||4.59 ounces|
|Item Dimensions||0.31 x 2.75 x 5.38 in||0.31 x 5.38 x 2.75 in||0.32 x 5.59 x 2.85 in||2.75 x 5.38 x 0.31 in|
|Operating System||Android 4.3||Android||ANDROID||Android|
|Screen Size||5 in||5 in||5.1 in||5 in|
|Camera Description||Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps, dual-video recording|Secondary: 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call||13 MP||16 MP||Primary: 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Features: Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps, dual-video recording|Secondary: 2 MP, 1080p@30fps, dual video call|
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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The S4 is a really nice piece of hardware. Aesthetically it is light-years ahead of my old Droid. My wife settled on a white S4 which is very clearly inspired by Apple's consumer electronics design philosophy. I settled on the 'black mist' phone and it's equally impressive though a bit more rugged looking. The screen is huge and incredibly clear. In comparing the S4 to the S2-Note the phones aren't that different in terms of dimensions. Though the phone is large it is very slim and fits easily and comfortably in my pants pocket.
As I mentioned the S4 is a large phone due in no small part to the 5" screen. The exact measurements are: 136.6(l) x 69.8(w) x 7.9(h) mm. For being packed with technology the phone is a svelte 4.6 ounces or 130 grams.
The screen features 441ppi, 1080p resolution (1920x1080) and is a wonder to behold. App tiles, widgets, images and video are crisp, clear and instantly made my previous phone seem incredibly antiquated.
The processor comes in two different flavors. My phone comes with the 1.6GHz, Octa-core processor though a 1.9GHz Quad-core processor is also available. The S4 features 2Gb of RAM. Memory comes in at either 16/32/64Gb built-in and expandable via MicroSD. The S4 accepts up to a 64Gb MicroSD card.
Operating System & Hardware:
If you're an Android fan (and I am) then Jelly Bean (v.4.2.2) is really a nice evolution from Ice Cream Sandwich and previous Android versions. I won't launch into a full-fledged iOS vs. Android comparison here but I will hit on my favorite parts of Jelly Bean.
The search bar in Google has been refined and positioned to offer more than just a simple click-search function and is called "Google Now". Now your "wall" (whenever you tap on the Google search bar) is a full-fledged hub of activity. Google aggregates important data from your email, social media accounts, weather, GPS and more to populate your wall with instantly relevant and recognizable information. At the end of my workday for example my wall is already populated with my GPS-estimated time to get home, traffic data, and route-avoidance data. If I make a purchase online the tracking data is displayed on my Google wall. If it's a friends birthday it'll be displayed or important appointments and tasks. It's an incredible feature that is quickly becoming my favorite feature of my phone.
The S4 features two cameras, a rear-facing 13 mega-pixel and a forward-facing 2 mega-pixel camera. The camera takes fast and beautiful photos for being so limited by the dimensions of the phone and inherent limitations. This isn't a replacement to your Nikon SLR but it's great for snapping quick pictures while on the go and in situations where extra gear just isn't practical. Some of my favorite aspects of the camera include PhotoSphere that lets you take 360º and wide-angle shots and a burst-mode for firing off a rapid series of photos. Swiping while in the camera-mode will instantly bring up your photo album and swiping back will bring the camera back for snapping more photos.
Swipe or a Swipe-like app comes standard on 4.2.2 and is even better than previous versions. The text-prediction function is very accurate and makes typing emails and texts a breeze. The keyboard is customizable to a incredible degree from key-mapping, hot-key, language settings and more. I text in Spanish to my mom and English to pretty much everyone else and the built-in dictionary adapts perfectly to my texting.
This is an interesting feature that allows you to hover your finger over an item of interest and have the sized up and brought forward onscreen. It's like previewing something (i.e. an article) without committing to opening/launching it.
iPhone vs. Galaxy S4:
I have not owned an iPhone since the 3GS, however, have many friends who use the device and thus exposure to Apple's products and iOS. I won't argue the merits of either except to say that Android is a better fit for me and at this point I can't see myself ever going back to Apple's products. However, I recognize that to some folks Apple is the better solution. For certain I find that Apple's iOS is simpler, probably instantly more easy to use and familiar. Android comes in so many flavors because it is customized by so many different carriers and phone manufacturers. So one's experience with Android is heavily dependent on the phone and the manufacturer of the device unlike Apple who has control over the entire experience.
What I like about the S4:
(+) Excellent battery life. I'm not on my phone all day. Particularly at work I do not frequently use my phone. I do however, increase my usage considerably in the afternoons, evening and weekends. I've been pleased that a single charge overnight will get me through my entire day.
(+) Google Now. As mentioned above this is really becoming the focal point of my experience on my phone.
(+) Camera. My wife and I stopped carrying our Nikon point-and-shoot camera and have been very happy with the pictures we've been snapping with out phones. Coupled with Dropbox (or another Cloud storage provider) we've got instant back-ups of our pictures and they're already on our laptop, desktop and tablet when we get home.
(+) Call quality. My carrier provides the option to make and receive calls over 4G or WiFi(VoIP) and the call quality has been really very good.
(+) Ease of use. Connecting to Bluetooth devices, WiFi, wireless printers is a snap and very, very quick with the S4/Jelly Bean.
What I dislike about the S4:
(-) Our 16Gb phones come loaded with Samsung apps that I really don't intend on using. Out of our 16Gb, only 9Gb are open for use. Obviously the MicroSD card makes up for storage so this is relatively minor.
(-) After about a week of use my wife's S4 could no longer take pictures. We tried several troubleshooting steps but ultimately her phone was replaced by our carrier. We probably simply received a lemon but we're monitoring our expensive phones for any additional faults.
Samsung has really delivered a stellar product. Coupled with Google's excellent Jelly Bean Android OS the S4 is a great marriage of power, function and accessibility. This is a fantastic phone that we hope lasts us a few years.
Regardless of whether or not you buy it as the "international" version or not, if you get the I9500 version, it maxes out at HSPA+ speeds (which is marketed as "4G" on some carriers like T-Mobile but is NOT to be confused with 4G LTE which is faster.) You can see specifics in Wikipedia: [...]
I love everything about the phone. The blue color is beautiful. I had no problems getting a MetroPCS (owned by T-Mobile) SIM and running it on their 3G/HSPA+ networks. It's a GSM device so I could also bring it to AT&T if I wanted. The 5" screen is gorgeous and it's truly an awesome device. It was unlocked, unbranded and official as listed.
But all that said, I'm really frustrated because I did not know this or find this out until after my 30 day return period had passed. And when you spend $550 for a phone, you want to get the most out of it which includes the fastest speed possible for the longest amount of time.
So head's up to those wanting an unlocked/unbranded S4. Make sure the device is the one you want: I9500 for the better processor but no LTE or I9505 for slower processor but faster LTE service.
I bought the phone for $616 and AT&T sells it retail for $640 (without any contract). So its not like a “you get what you pay for” kind of deal. The price that I paid is very close to the AT&T retail price, its not like half price or anything like that. If it has been properly disclosed in the listing or product description that the phone can only be repaired in AFRICA, I would have NOT bought it at all. Not at $616!! Would you???
International version phone simply means that it is a GSM (multiple frequency bands) phone which can be used while travelling abroad. Thus avoiding those pesky and pricey roaming charges that the phone companies charge. International version does not in any way means no US warranty. If it is, why not just simply state "No USA Warranty"? Warranty is probably one of the last things that will be on a user’s mind. But don’t take it for granted.
Always assume that the phone is from AFRICA and there is NO WARRANTY in USA. Do not get SCAMMED like me!!! For USA customers, buy it from AT&T or T-Mobile and ask them to give you the unlock codes. Since you are paying full retail price without any contract, you do not need to wait a few months to get in unlocked. Instead, you can ask for the unlock codes right away. I am now out $616:(
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