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Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 Unlocked GSM Smartphone with 13 MP Camera, Touchscreen and 16 GB Storage, Black (International Version)
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- GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G Network: LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100
- 5" Super AMOLED Capacitive Multi-Touchscreen w/ Protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to v4.4.2 (KitKat), Quad-Core 1.9 GHz Krait 300 Processor, Chipset: Qualcomm APQ864T Snapdragon 6, Adreno 320 Graphics
- 13 Megapixel Camera (4128 x 3096 pixels) ) w/ Autofocus, LED Flash + Front-Facing 2 Megapixel Camera, 1080p@30fps, dual video call + Video 1080p@30fps, dual-video rec.,
- Internal Memory: 16GB storage, 2GB RAM + microSD Slot Expandable up to 64GB
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile as well as with GSM SIM cards (e.g. H20, Straight Talk, and select prepaid carriers). Unlocked cell phones will not work with CDMA Carriers like Sprint, Verizon, Boost or Virgin.
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The Galaxy S4 features a 5" Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED touch, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, a 13-MP rear camera with Full HD video recording.
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The phone itself is great. The problem is the type of S4 you are getting
First thing, this phone is NOT unlocked, once you insert a SIM card different from ATT, it will tell you that the phone is locked and you need to insert the PIN code. So if you want to use a different SIM from other carrier-country, you need to find-buy the code from the internet, then the phone is fully unlocked and any SIM will work.
Second thing I encounter when trying to use a T-Mobile SIM Card. The AWS bands of T-Mobile for 3G/4G HSPA+ service are closed so you need to look on the Internet to find a way to open it if you want to have coverage on those technologies.
Phone connects to T-Mobile LTE only after I dialed a number !!!
Bottom line you are not getting a fully operating unlockable phone that can be used anywhere.
You have to play with the configuration and search-change its configuration to make it work as a fully unlocked phone to be used with any SIM Card worldwide.
The phone has great audio (one of the reasons I chose this over the Xperia Z), the sound is super loud and even out does my iPhone 5. I was disappointed that my iPhone headphones would not work properly in this (could hear and talk, but could not skip or change volume). You do get some nice headphones with this, but I cannot wear the kind that sticks in your ears, they always fall out, and my iPhone headphones have an adapter that makes them over the ear. This is not related to the phone, but Android is annoying with the headphone volume warning.
During my time using the iPhone, I have gotten used to Siri. I tried the Samsung program, but it was not that great. I then found Google search and started using it. Not that easy, since you have to disable some stuff to get Google to be the default voice assistant. After some research and messing around I finally got it where I can use Google search and the OK GOOGLE. At first OK GOOGLE worked all the time, but randomly it started only working when I had the phone active (screen had to be on).
The camera is amazing on this phone, it offers a lot of neat filters and special shots, but truthfully you are going to use the normal camera, which takes amazing photos (if you change it to 4:3 you can get the highest resolution, not default). I have played with the camera features, and while they are cool, they require more prep than normal use (getting subject ready...), so I do not use them often, more of a 'check out what my phone can do' thing.
Stock browser is terrible, use Chrome. Chrome is great, and I am not sure why they still even load the stock browser. Chrome works as expected and is super fast. You can sync with desktop Chrome (linked to your account) and I have not had any issue browsing the web, "Request Desktop Site" is about the most useful feature ever for mobile browsers. There is no Flash, but that has been long removed, and most sites have moved on, so not a big deal to me.
When I got the phone I spent a lot of time removing the crap apps, these are the apps that AT&T loads and Samsung loads, and that you will never use. They are also made where you cannot remove them (I am not rooting). You can at least disable/hide them from launcher and that makes life a little better. I think I should be able to remove any apps I want (that would not cause the OS to become unstable).
I was able to update to KitKat after a painful waste of time dealing with the AT&T updater. Apparently you cannot update except with OTA. Everytime you try to update, if it fails you will get a check again in 24 hours. Really annoying. I found that you can change system time 24 hours in the future and it will let you check. I had to do this several times until I could finally get it to work and say Android KitKat was available... Do not go crazy jumping into the future; just do the minimum each time, so when it finally works, you are not locked out for years... You could always repeat this process for future updates, but it is still annoying.
I find Samsung Kies useless. Just put the Micro SD card into the computer and copy your stuff over to it (Movies, Music), and pop it in the phone. If you want you can copy it from the phone to local storage, but I personally keep apps on internal storage and images/music/movies on the SD card. This works great for me.
Fancy features on the phone are endless, and for the most part not going to work. All of the fancy voice commands and gestures are very sporadic and sometimes work. The only one I find useful is the wave your hand over to get a quick view, it looks cool in meetings and shows you a quick glance of content. I have not used any of the other features and I did try, but most just stopped working properly. A cool feature I was looking forward to was the eye detection (look away and the movie pauses). I found it often doing the opposite, look away it keeps playing, look back at phone it pauses. I found it more pausing when I tried to watch than anything. I disabled this. Cool in theory, but I guess it cannot detect my eyes properly.
This has Google Play and Google Services, which is really the only way to enjoy an Android based device. Without those you will not be able to use Google apps and other apps that rely on Google services. This allows this device to use the Amazon Appstore (great for free apps and loads of giveaways and free credit) and Google Play, the home of pretty much all Android apps.
It does offer a feature where you can use split screen with certain apps and can put some content on the bottom and other on top, this is a neat idea, but a screen this small does not make it all that useful. I keep it off, but made it one of my main items in the notification center, so I can enable it quickly if I need to type an email while looking at a webpage or something.
I am not going to go over the petty problems I have with Android (like difficulty of quickly seeing emails, and my hatred of the primitive notification system), because it is tough going from iOS to Android, and apparently Android L will fix most of my problems, and this being a Samsung device it will probably get the update pretty quick (I would say Samsung is about the quickest with Android updates).
The battery life on this phone is amazing and it works great, I do keep it in Power Saver Mode all the time, and I do not see any different in use vs regular mode. By the end of the day I usually still have 30-50%, and only when I was at the airport playing games for several hours, did I ever get below 10% at the end of the day. You can also keep a spare battery on you which is nice, I personally have a backup battery device that allows me to plugin.
Games on this are amazing! I have been playing Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and it is super clear and fluid with no lag. The device handles it amazingly and it looks and feels the same as it did playing the game on my PS2. I will note playing games will drain the battery, but that is expected (as the CPU,GPU and screen are all working overtime).
All of the regular things works as expected, GPS works great, Bluetooth works great (it has Bluetooth 4, but very few apps offer the same level of support as they do for iOS), screen offers great brightness, but is easy to see and work with in very low levels (for battery saving). I have not had any issues with WiFi or cellular. I use Net10 with an AT&T based SIM and I have full LTE service and speeds are as expected. MMS and SMS work (if coming from iOS, be sure to disable iMessage or your iPhone friends cannot message you). The device arrived unlocked (it was an AT&T branded device), and accepted a T-Mobile SIM with no issue.
Comparing Specs to the Galaxy S5, I would not pay the price difference. I am happy with this and it is a great phone. It was much cheaper than any current S5 deal, and if you are like me using prepaid, this is a great choice for a super amazing phone that is affordable and gives you the power you need. I am happy with this phone and highly recommend it! Compared to the other Android devices you will most likely not find as many accessories or get as fast of updates as you will with a Samsung flagship phone, even if it is a previous model.
The item arrived quickly and in its original box. It comes with its charger, earphones and battery. It also comes with an instruction manual.
I was scared when the item first arrived as I ordered an unlocked phone and this one seemed to be AT&T (It even has the AT&T logo on the back). When I turned it on, the AT&T logo appeared again, and it had a lot of their apps too. However, when I tried it with a different carrier's SIM, it worked just fine. I'm guessing these phones were the ones that AT&T didn't sell, so they unlocked them.
Very happy with my phone. I love this model.