Saturday, August 24, 2013

15-Way Open-Source  Comparison of Intel / AMD / NVIDIA GPU

15-Way Open-Source Comparison of Intel / AMD / NVIDIA GPU

When running Fedora 19 with Linux open source graphics drivers updated, 15 different Intel, AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs were compared when we look at the performance of the open source Linux OpenGL. Analyzed Graphic processors ranging from integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600 "Haswell" to the AMD Radeon HD 7950 graphics card "Southern Islands" of the vintage Radeon X1800XL.

With the installation of Fedora 19 KDE RC2 of the values ​​provided by the Linux 3.9 kernel, Mesa 9.2-devel, and the latest X.Org DDX driver, the 15 different graphics configurations compared with the values ​​and configuration settings. All OpenGL benchmarking was handled by the Phoronix Test Suite.

The tests were performed in the Core i7 4770K Haswell system HD Graphics 4600 can be benchmarked. For the integrated Intel Tested the AMD hardware was X1800XL Radeon, HD 4670, HD 4870, HD 5830, HD 6450, HD 6770, HD 6870, HD 6950, HD 7850 and HD 7950. NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards tested were the GeForce 9500GT, GTX 460, GTX 550 and GTX 680 Ti. The selection of NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards was less diverse as the nouveau driver not provide reverse out of the box re-synchronization support for NVIDIA GPU to operate at maximum speed. Engineering

Coming in a later article, a comparison Phoronix closed versus open source driver for this system that the proprietary NVIDIA and AMD Catalyst results shown next to each other, to get a clear picture of the Linux desktop performance for OpenGL games has its.

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The Performance Impact of Fedora 19 Updates

The Performance Impact of Fedora 19 Updates

With more freely push Fedora package updates compared to Ubuntu Linux and other distributions to the release, by the way their performance was developed since the release of "Schrödinger's Cat" in early July? Here are some benchmarks show how the performance of Fedora 19 has been developed with a new kernel and other changes.

Fedora 19 originally shipped with the Linux 3.9 kernel, but pushed from 3:10 as a Linux update package (currently Linux 3.10.4-300.fc19), a statement suddenly point to the X.Org server, and Writing changes to other system components.

Having a clean install of Fedora 19 this week on the AMD A10-6800K APU system "Richland", I did some benchmarks comparing a clean install F19 Schrödinger cat that package updates available from August 9 . Several benchmarks stresses different subsystems are handled through software industry nominal Phoronix Test Suite.

This weekend benchmarks of Fedora 19 vs. Fedora 19 updates are in within-1308106-SO-FEDORA19A18. This page also displays various information about the software / hardware, system logs, and performance results fully. Here are some excerpts.

Some desktop Fedora 19 using the graphics drivers can find open source updates applied. Faster performance Linux kernel Transfer to 3:10 has the potential for some Radeon / Intel / Nouveau winning performance. From the beginning, Fedora 19 Mesa 9.2-devel sent so if there is a good "performance of the box" on the side Mesa/Gallium3D.

Some computational tests are also run faster with the installation of Fedora 19 x86 x64 update on the AMD A10-6800K APU.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

8 Google Chrome extension to increase your productivity

8 Google Chrome extension to increase your productivity

Images do only what is visible on the monitor. If you want to take a full web page could not be easier to use. This useful extension


We ship all things for ourselves and memories. This little button makes it easy to pop your link in Gmail message.

Need a distraction-free text editor? This is life in your browser. You can adjust the color and font scheme but otherwise, this is simplicity at its best.
The data is stored locally, so you do not need an Internet connection. The program automatically saves persistent and can import text files as needed.


Great for web designers, Chroma shows complementary colors based on hex or RGB values. No need to run Photoshop just to find the perfect magenta.


If you already use Google Voice, this extension may change your life.
Check your voicemail mailbox, of course, but the browser plug-in you can also call on a phone number. In the web of his line of Google Click it, select the phone you want to use, and will call you. Response, and you will be connected to the person you are trying to achieve.
It's great to be ordered via Yelp or Google results. Lunch


LastPass is a password storage application popular, but you get more functionality by connecting to your surroundings Chrome.
Open all stored passwords in an instant, or authorize LastPass to secure any kind on the web that you fill frequent.


In those rare moments when you need to print a web comics anthology friendly and distilled to important content. The result is a more readable, without the blank pages wasted at the end.


Doing research with 20 tabs open? There is no easy way to gather in one place without copy / paste URLs these sites one by one. That's where comes in. Packager Tab URL Gather everything you see and they can refer to more landfills. On a website only

Google Chrome browser is the go-to for many, especially those who work on the web. Despite its speed and functionality of liquids, we are always looking for shortcuts that we can save on repetitive and mundane tasks. Time Less copy / paste or emails every day will be. Efficient in the long term

We tested a strip of extensions to the productivity of the Chrome Web Store, and these eight instruments are marked as a way to save time. This Chrome extension are free, so take yourself and see if they fit into your workflow.

If you have any suggestions, we are open to them in the comments.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

 The best mobile phones in 2013 to buy Full reviews

The best mobile phones in 2013 to buy Full reviews

Smartphones has never been greater. Very soon all bags have a mini-computer, and a variety of smart phones out there means there is something for everyone, at almost any budget. Once you've used a smartphone every day, never look back. Here's our pick of the bunch, Android

Samsung Galaxy S4

One of the best smartphones is better than ever

Expert Opinion

The Galaxy S4 is the update for the Galaxy S3, our favorite Android smartphone last year. It is perhaps the most hyped phone of all time, but fortunately, remains an amazing device.

Although 5-inch large screen phone, achieves light and thin, and weighs only 130 grams. It is the first phone with an AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution, so it is a great figure of 441 pixels per inch, 306ppi increase over its predecessor. The operating system and web pages, as expected, the hyper-acute.

The S4 uses the same Qualcomm chipset as the HTC One, but is clocked at 1.9 GHz instead of 1.7 GHz phone terribly fast, both in everyday applications and 3D landmarks active. Despite all this power, 2,600 mAh of S4 was maintained for ten hours and 43 minutes during video playback, the newspaper, which is one of the most impressive numbers we've seen.

The S4 is a lot smarter than your money. This is a relatively conservative design, but has a larger screen and a battery that HTC One in a smaller package. You may prefer metal casing of the HTC One, but if you're not system wide settings HTC, the Galaxy S4 is the phone for you.

  • Android OS 4.2.2
  • 1.9 GHz processor speed
  • Number of Conductors 4
  • RAM 2 GB
  • 5in DISPLAY 1,920 x1, 080 LCD
  • CAMERA 13 megapixels
  • MicroSD Memory Card slot
  • BROWSE BATTERY LIFE 17 hours talk time and 15 days standby
  • DIMENSIONS 137x70x7.9mm, 130g

BUY IT OUT free € 27 per month contract

Motorola RAZR HD

A great alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S3

Expert Opinion

The RAZR HD is a powerful and good-looking Android phone with a huge battery, and is also a good price contract.

We found the Kevlar back panel, raincoat and a screen Gorilla Glass scratch resistant, and the large 2530 mAh battery the phone meant success on our video playback test. Huge 14 hours

4.7in screen AMOLED phone is a model with a 1280 x 720, and is as impressive as that of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The phone also supports 4G if you have a little sorry for high-speed data - the only disappointment is the camera of boring.

  • Android OS 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor speed 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores 2
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • DISPLAY 4.7in 720x1, 280 LCD
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Internal storage 16384MB
  • MicroSD Memory Card slot
  • DIMENSIONS 68x132x8.4mm, 146g

Buy 40 pounds in one month 17 € per contract

Ultimate Expert Reviews


The latest next generation smartphone

Now, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is here, the HTC One finally has some stiff competition, but still has his head up. The phone features a stunning metal body and full HD 4.7in high contrast, which is perfect for viewing web pages with zoom.

The phone feels beautiful in the hand, and the vibrant colors of the screen uses Android 4.1 base. The HTC One is fast, thanks to quad-core processor 1.7 GHz

Beautiful design aside, the One is distinguished from other Android phones Full HD, as the Sony Xperia S, due to its extensive software modifications. Instead of being full of icons and widgets, standard home screen is a food information, with thick tiles show the latest information news and social media feeds.

If you prefer the standard Android home screens instead can always shuffle the order, so that the news service is not the first thing you see. If your phone to a grand design to buy this phone, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a larger screen and greater battery life, but also less extensive system settings.

Read our HTC One opinion

  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Processor speed 1.7 GHz
  • Number of Conductors 4
  • RAM 2 GB
  • DISPLAY 4.7in 1,920 x1, 080 LCD
  • CAMERA 4.1 megapixels
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Memory Card slot no
  • DIMENSIONS 137x68x9mm, 143g

PURCHASE Free £ 30 per month contract

Ultimate Expert Reviews

Samsung Galaxy S3

It is not the best Android smartphone, but still a great value

Our expert advice The Samsung Galaxy S3 is not the best Android smartphone out there and has been replaced by the S4, but still is thin, fast, has great AMOLED screen and is now available at a very reasonable price.

The phone is now even better, thanks also support an upgrade to 4G. Especially in all parts of the network we saw speeds up to 25 Mbit / s, which is two times faster than many broadband connections at home. However, if you want to get insurance 4G LTE version of the device, as there is only some much 3G on sale and they are available only as part of the best deals

Samsung phone is loaded with smart features. If during a contact on the screen, the call, the person automatically phone to your ear when the flip turn while ringing the bell, and Stay Smart feature uses the front camera to keep the screen while watching .

Throw in an excellent camera and has all the ingredients for a brilliant smartphone, which is available at a very reasonable price.

Read all of our Samsung Galaxy S3 comment

  • Android OS 4.1
  • Processor speed 1.4 GHz
  • Number of Conductors 4
  • RAM 2 GB
  • DATA GPRS, EDGE, 3G, HSDPA (4G optional)
  • DISPLAY 4.8in 720x1, 280 LCD
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • MicroSD Memory Card slot
  • DIMENSIONS 137x71x9mm, 133g

BUY IT OUT free € 22 per month phone contract

Google Nexus 4

A reduced price miracle of Google Android 4.2

Our expert advice, smart phone brand newest Google made by LG, and is a stormer. The Nexus 4 processor 1.5 GHz quad-core Android 4.2 with incredibly fast, and 4.7in 1280 x 768 has a similar pixel density of the iPhone 5 screen Retina.

There is also a high-quality 8-megapixel camera and built-in NFC, so Google Wallet phone touch and support to service when it arrives in the UK.

The phone is also very good price only £ 239 SIM-free - is a lot of phone for the money.

  • Android OS 4.2
  • Processor speed 1.5 GHz
  • Number of Conductors 4
  • RAM 2 GB
  • DISPLAY 4.7in 768x1, 280 LCD
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • Memory Card slot no
  • BROWSE BATTERY LIFE 15 hours of talk time and 16 days standby
  • DIMENSIONS 134x69x9.1mm, 139g

PURCHASE £ 239 Google Play

Apple iPhone 5

A worthy upgrade for the iPhone

Five generations of our expert advice and the iPhone is still to defeat the model. Android has made great progress, but still the iOS, the operating system faster, easier to use with ease and there's no arguing with the quality of the apps in the App Store.

The iPhone 5 is an evolution of the four, with a longer more screen space for application icons and a better aspect ratio of widescreen movies. It is also incredibly fast - more than twice as fast as the iPhone 4S in the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark.

The only thing the iPhone 5 to get a prize is horrible new Apple Maps application, which replaces Google Maps, but this should improve over time.

  • OS: iOS 6
  • 1GHz processor speed
  • Number of cores 2
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • DATA 4G
  • DISPLAY 4 inch LCD X640 1136
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • Memory Card slot no
  • DIMENSIONS 124x59x8mm, 112g

Buy £ 529 at Apple Store

Motorola RAZR i

A beautiful slim Intel phone

Our expert advice The RAZR  i  has an Intel processor instead of ARM, and is seriously fast - around the same speed as the iPhone 5 on the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark. Android 4.1 runs incredibly smooth, and the operating system looks pretty good to 960x540 pixel Super AMOLED screen of the phone.

The RAZR i has a 4.3in screen, which is great considering how compact the phone. It is also very intelligent, and rubber back looks great and makes the phone easier to hold.

It is a sleek handset round, and is also very good value for money in the contract.

  • Android OS 4.1
  • 2GHz processor speed
  • Number of cores 1
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3in 960x540 LCD DISPLAY
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • MicroSD Memory Card slot
  • DIMENSIONS 123x61x8mm, 126g

PURCHASE Free £ 21 per month contract

Nokia Lumia 925

Best of Windows Phone 8 handset is

Our expert advice The Lumia 925 is an update for the Lumia 920, our favorite device of Windows Phone 8.

It focuses on some of the reviews of the 920, and 185 g heavyweight. Lumia 925 again cuts 46g, as well as the shaving of 2 mm thick phone.

Instead of a solid block of polycarbonate, like the 920, the Lumia 925 is divided into a plastic back and a metal frame, are fans of the plot, as we feel that makes the phone easier to hold.

The 925 has a 4.5in AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768. There is a full HD found in much of the competition, but still has an impressive pixel density of 332 pixels per inch, which is comparable to the iPhone 5's well 326ppi. The picture quality is excellent, too, with deep blacks and beautiful saturated colors.

Like the Lumia 920, the Lumia 925 has a 1.5 GHz processor dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. This is enough for Windows Phone 8 beautifully executed, and the 925 comes with some practical preloaded maps such as free offline navigation and music. If you are looking for a Windows Phone 8, is to have.

  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • Processor speed 1.5 GHz
  • Number of cores 2
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • DISPLAY 4.5in LCD 1280 x 768
  • CAMERA 8.7 megapixels
  • 32GB internal storage
  • Memory Card slot no
  • BROWSE BATTERY LIFE 18 hours talk time and 18 days standby
  • DIMENSIONS 129x71x9mm, 139g

PURCHASE Free € 26 per month contract

Expert Reviews Budget Buy

Sony Xperia L

A lot of Android phones for cash

Our expert advice, the mid-range Xperia L contract can be quite expensive, but SIM free is a bargain at less than 200 pounds.

The phone has a processor and 1 GB of RAM and 1GHz dual-core Android 4.1 runs smoothly. Subtle adjustments Sony Android looks great, applications open and close with a snap and the animations are smooth as silk.

The Xperia also has an impressive L screen with bright white and powerful, and even as its solid design and pleasant rubber finish.

  • Android OS 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz processor speed
  • Number of cores 2
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4.3in 854x480 LCD DISPLAY
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • MicroSD Memory Card slot
  • BROWSE Battery Life 8 hours talk time, 498 days standby
  • Dimensions 129x65x10mm, 137g
  • PART CODE Xperia L

The purchase of £ 199    

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Samsung Galaxy S4 full review

Samsung Galaxy S4 full review

A large screen and a large battery in a surprisingly compact device that is packed with extras

 Review date: August 20, 2013
Trade Price: 600 EUR
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Buy now for: 459 EUR
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It's hard to know where to start with the Samsung Galaxy S4. After months of rumors, leaks, hyperbole and a launch event, that is, without doubt, the most coveted Android smartphone so far. In fact, we could say that the interest on the phone to set up at least as high as for the next phone from Apple, as the iPhone and the iPhone 5S 6.

Now we finally have a review S4 remain only two simple questions. Most importantly, this is the best smartphone you can buy today? However, Samsung has taken a big step forward compared to last year's S3, or is it an evolution of that device?

It is here and it looks very similar to its predecessor


At first glance, should err in the direction of evolution. The S3 is definitely a phone to show, not that it is not very pleasant, but it is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor, unless you look closely. This is not a bad thing in our opinion, as it makes no unwanted attention on the train, instead of an iPhone 5 just after liberation.

The new phone seems to have the same finish white plastic, but look closely and you will see below the surface gloss. A fine diamond pattern is a nice touch, and subtle enough to avoid complaints. Unnecessary Bling

Samsung Galaxy S4

We would do well the new model subtle, but it is much more pronounced in the Black version

Given its large 4.99in screen, the S4 is surprisingly thin. Measures just 136.6x69.8x7.9mm and weighs only 130 grams. That makes it much smaller and lighter overall than its two main rivals, the Sony Xperia S and our current favorite, the HTC One

Since the most striking change front bezels screen is thin, both along the edges and on the other side. This puts the screen is only 2.5 mm from the edge of the device and is becoming difficult to get a smaller, without seriously imagine the survival of the terminal to a fall hazard at this distance. The sides clashed compared to S3, which seems easier to grip more beefy.

The upper and lower areas of the screen have become much smaller, so the amount of space that is substantially reduced physical home button and a touch-sensitive menu, and the backup commands. This would have made it difficult, but the key to a much lighter pressure and had no problems with hitting the touch sensitive controls.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The screen fills the unit, as I've never seen before

Despite the weather Removable, what benefits we will discuss is later, not be unduly S4 for this functionality. The rear panel fits perfectly to the body without bending or displacement. When in place, the phone feels like a piece of technology.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most attractive plastic phones we've ever seen. This is a proper evolution of S3, table many of the flaws that its predecessor had. These include a USB port that does not look very good cut and a back box that was quite loose, with the S4, it feels much more finished and if you pay more attention to detail.

That said, is a very conservative design. Purely from an appearance perspective, we prefer the HTC One aluminum. The curved back and sharp corners make it much more noticeable than the more amorphous stain S4, plus HTC is compressed into a pair of speakers mounted in front of the One, as discussed below. However, as a practical piece of technology S4 superior simply because a significantly larger image at a size similar handset. You just can not get it to show more. In the pocket to the size and weight

The S4 better designed from the ergonomic point of view. HTC The source button on the top of the phone is very well designed, it is not sharp, but reliably responds when you press the (once you get the hang of where it did). The problem is its position after being pressed with your finger, it is not possible then the buttons below the screen with your thumb. Right button on the S4 has a much more traditional and boring, but at least you can the device with one hand without having to constantly change the use grip.

Samsung Galaxy S4


A full range of accessories can make a great and a good phone Samsung has gone the whole hog with the Galaxy S4. We know that each of the covers, tools and equipment complementary to the test to see which ones are worth buying and worth a miss - check back for updates to be tested more accessories.

S-View Case Cover
The case of S-View combines a replacement tailgate with soft material hinged front cover, the screen of your S4 to protect from scratches. The display window of clear plastic on top of the front cover you can get a picture of levels of time, date, battery and signal and all notifications as they arrive, without having to get the entire phone.

The high contrast white text on black background makes it easy to read, even if the screen is very bright outside, but no way to read a text message out - you need to open the cover for a preview or unlock the phone to read the entire message.

S-View cover

You have to let the hinge take more than a couple of days to cover are completely flat on the surface of the phone, but after that fits like a glove.

The back of the cover plate is attached to a little stiffer than standard, and is marginally thicker. While this may sound like a bad thing, but it actually gives the handset a slightly firmer feel in the hand, with standard thin is not behind the plate.
Unfortunately, the cover conceals the volume buttons, making it difficult, but not impossible, to adjust when using the phone in a pocket. We are also disappointed that you have to choose between the Qi wireless charging back plate and the cover of the box S-View, because there is a case where the two are combined.

S-View cover

Available in a range of colors corresponding to each phone Galaxy S4 can be found online for under £ 10 and protects the front of your phone from scratches. Cover S-View not going to stop serious damage if you drop, but you will not have to worry about keeping the keys in another pocket, either.

This application is the first smartphone with an AMOLED display with Full HD resolution. Measuring 4.99in this article gives a figure of 441 pixels per inch, up 306PPI on the Galaxy S3. As always, it should be noted that the display uses a PenTile subpixel arrangement - with two colors per pixel, instead of three - which means that the resolution is actually less than similar LCDs.

This is a minor problem in a full HD than it was before. The incredibly large number of pixels per inch is the lack of sophistication, usually visible at the edges of text, almost imperceptible. Furthermore, incredible contrast you get from an AMOLED display more than makes up for any minor perceptible loss of detail.

In practice, there is much less difference between this and the HTC LCD One of its technology would suggest. The PenTile pixel arrangement does not detail noticeable effect on the S4, while the change in the HTC one was excellent. The colors in the S4 are slightly richer a given luminosity, but the HTC one is much brighter at its maximum value, useful on sunny days - even work that way all the time and the battery will be severely reduced.

Speaking of brightness, control Samsung are much better, with a slider always present in the brightness down notification menu. You can also adjust the auto brightness setting, which allows a step brighter or dimmer, then the standard variable. In comparison, the HTC One makes you delve into the menus to set and adjust settings like automatic

Having said all that, the biggest difference is simply that the screen is larger S4. Not a big problem when using everyday applications, sending texts, or insist on a quick e-mail, but to browse desktop websites, play games and watch video clips is a great plus.


The S4 can be a higher screen resolution larger than its predecessor to enjoy such content, but speaker sound is not improved in the same proportion. The speaker is still rear-mounted, design monkey and you need to position your hands well to prevent accidental muting. Sound quality is not bad for that speaker, but if you want to have fun with your phone to stereo speakers HTC One for you and your friends are much better.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The single mono speaker has fallen back

Since we're talking about audio, the HTC One (and Xperia S) also has an FM radio, which does not exist in the S4, for the first time in the series. One disappointment, and that some radio fans waving.

In preparation for the launch of a new smartphone or tablet exciting, much is made of the exact nature and content hardware power. For Samsung Galaxy S4 was the talk of the eight-core CPU, but the reality seems to be much more complicated than that.

Yes, there is a S4 (GT-i9500) Samsung designed and produced Xynos eight-core CPU, but actually consists of a quad-core CPU and low power processor quad core, the phone switches between real-time , in order to maximize. performance and battery life is an idea that has been around for a while, big.LITTLE ARM calls, but it's good to see it finally implemented on a quad-core flagship device.

But, it is a great that Galaxy S4 eight cores is not what you will buy in the UK. However, when in his new bright S4 is the first thing you see is that it is a GT-I9505 phone which designed a set of quad-core Qualcomm chips used instead. This is because the other model does not include 4G/LTE support, something that feels natural Samsung is the key to a new device launch in the UK.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Android version of the S4 is fully up to date

Since there is no option to purchase the eight-core S4, unless you have an import car and pay the full price plus a substantial import duty, there is little point in comparing the two in detail. We have sent you an i9500 for testing, but seek reliable sources seems to be a little faster with better battery life something online.

We hope big.LITTLE device launched in the UK, then, but the chipset Qualcomm S4 in our version is not slow. It uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as the HTC One 600, but the S4 is running at 1.9 GHz instead of 1.7 GHz could see a noticeable change in the speed of the browser in the real world tests do not detect, Geekbench benchmark but showed two faster edge S4 before 3227-2688. In practice, it all feels very slippery, launch applications quickly and everything flows along, very impressive stuff.

The S4 also uses the same Adreno 320 GPU as the HTC One is a powerful chip and a big step forward in the S3. We have 50 fps in 3DMark recent ice storm and got almost 30fps in extreme much harder version of the same test. We doubt anyone will do in the near future this team is going to play everything. An Android game

Under the removable back cover is a very nice looking with a large battery of 2600 mAh capacity. That's more than 10% higher than the 2,300 and 2,330 mAh HTC examples One and Sony Xperia Z, respectively, However, the results were even more impressive than that number might suggest.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The S4 retains very practical design of the S3

In our continuous video playback S4 achieved an impressive ten hours and 43 minutes, a score that is attributed in large part to its energy efficient AMOLED screen. The Sony Xperia S has a 5-inch LCD screen and only lasted five hours and 48 minutes, while the smaller screened HTC One in a much more respectable eight hours 32 minutes.

If the battery is a big concern for you that the S4 is well above its main rivals. Besides these are back removable means that the battery can be exchanged if necessary. Samsung sells spare batteries and a charger of officers for them too, so if you're afraid it's over, the S4 is the phone for you.

Also behind cover is the Micro SD slot, a card can be taken with a capacity of up to 64GB. That card will cost you about 35 pounds, with 32 GB card costs about half of that. The Sony Xperia S also has this option, but it looks like another point scored in the HTC One who is alone. Internal Storage

However, the HTC One comes with 32 GB of storage as standard, of which about 25 GB is available for use. Comparatively, the S4 only comes with 16GB as standard, only a measly 8GB is now available for use, we managed to quickly erase another 1GB, but still expect a memory card be a good idea for most users.

Of course, many people prefer to store much of their data in the cloud, Dropbox is a preferred partner of Samsung. The unit comes with two years of free storage with a large limit of 50 GB. Disappointing for anyone who makes a quick update on an S3, buying a new phone, within two years was not put back on this offer. The backup S4 hand camera shots all in your Dropbox account automatically when a Wi-Fi is available.


Samsung has opted for a rear illuminated sensor of 13 megapixels and the resulting images are excellent. It has been shown in our tests still life and Exhibitions enough fine details were approved constantly changing light levels. It was noticeably sharper than the four megapixel camera HTC One, you will not Facebook, but even a full HD TGV were much sharper, with better refined lines. Additional resolution also helps crop images without causing too pixelated.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Taking the camera out and about in the spring sunshine also produced good results. Their positions taken treaty with the contrast created by the sun and the colors seemed accurate. Mode also has a 20-shot burst that is activated by pressing the shutter, simply hold down. The front camera has a 2 megapixel BSI sensor and takes very little pretty decent snapshots.

Samsung Galaxy S4 sample shot
We have seen good results in our test shots available ...
Samsung Galaxy S4 sample shot... 
1:01 This crop pixel shows some nice touches in the layer

There is much more to the new picture quality Samsung camera and specifications, however. With a number of extras at least momentary entertainment leisure and possibly much more to worry about.

Dual Shot

By far our favorite of the various shooting modes dual trigger fun. The concept is very simple, the S4 uses both front and back cameras capture two images at the same time, combining in one image.

Now you can just ask why not just two shots and then adjust together, but that would lose the immediacy of making Samsung. This allows you to take a picture successful participation and get a great shot up on Facebook, in addition to its sufficiency, smiling mug in one step. It is the next logical step for the style of the beloved "selfie" of photography, and Samsung has a patent unless we can see appear on any other smartphone for next year.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
This dizzying heights double shot captures love our Editors News

Now take Samsung Dual Rec is proud parents put the shot with the ones meowing - not a bad idea as a parent is often absent snapshots worth all holidays. In practice, although we found a little creative tool, the ability to take two images side by side on the fly is great fun and can do some very striking compositions to create.

Can change the size and shape of the second, to change, in the upper part of the image with different shapes or only a normal box. It will take even two full images and mark side by side in a super great effort - good for more serious efforts or adhoc views. You can also turn the camera around a crane, filling the screen with just a small picture of your environment to add context.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
There is a good variety of frames for the shot-to-shot mode

Best of all, it just works, what you see is what you get. It can be a little difficult to align at first but soon get used to it and then you go. It even has its own shortcut, which does not play mode menu to activate it.

The nice thing here, however in the end as dual recording can not be used with video. You get the same options in how it combines the two images and the ability to change. In fact, adds to short clips and is ideal for those who love to shoot and talk may be the camera.


Samsung is trying to reach the craze for POISON animations with this handy feature. He wears a short video clip duration, the moving parts of the results and allows you to freeze or encouraged it, while the rest of the structure remains. You can choose how animation loop and the start and end points are. Once finished, you can upload it to Facebook or share the results online.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes

You can freeze most of the image and save only a part movement to create a poison - that our website is not compatible, so you only have to imagine the car moves through


Draft effect may be useful, as it allows eliminating by combining five strokes together. Unwanted mobile elements in a shot So you can walk someone to eliminate. On the bottom of the recording

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
Remove the moving parts of a shot, such as people or vehicles

Sounds good, and it works in terms of results, but is not useful in practice. First, you must change the recording mode, you can use from any burst shooting career activate retroactively. Obviously, with that pre-planning could easily spend just rethink the recording or wait until the object is moving - moving after all. A content aware fill feature rough-and-ready, as seen in Photoshop Elements, would be much more useful, allowing you to move or delete. Fixed components after shooting


Shot drama creates an action-effect shots with multiple copies of the same subject in motion, see below for an example. Although this is a still image makes it appear to be with the help of the video function to do so, instead of exploding shot. Capture a short clip and then collects the frames combined into a single image.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
This basic example shows how

The effect is a bit random, is very particular about how to get the object moving through the frame and keep the camera takes good while. You can use the boxes at the bottom of the back of the case to add or remove to get. Some control over the final image resulting image aspect ratio of 16:9, was 1,888 x1, 062 - good enough to put online, but not very good for printing, if you have a lot of effort into a shot.


The simplest of sound recording modes and eccentric, Shot captures only 9 seconds of audio with the image. We're not quite sure what the point is more than just capturing a video clip of short duration and the fact that you can share the image and audio combined online makes even more sense.


Two variations on a theme. Best photo just has a short burst of eight shots and then you can choose which one (if any) you want to keep for a thumbs up on the thumbnail. It's a great way to get the best shot in burst mode, but without recharging your phone with numerous images virtually identical.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
Even the choice is sometimes difficult to choose a 'best face' - no fault of the S4 already

Face best is a variant of this, used with face recognition. It takes five shots in quick succession and then you can choose which face each shot. This lets you combine so that in one take with multiple compartments you can get them all smiling and with eyes open. Exposure Very handy for group shots.

In both modes, it is faster than the S3 have the same functions, the thumbnails appear almost as soon as it broke the last frame.

Story Album

A separate application of the camera but you can select photos from your gallery, or you have selected for you based on your GPS location and date, and then make photo albums of them. Initially, these are just virtual albums that can happen on the phone, but you can also request hard copies if directly from the headset.

Samsung Galaxy S4 photo modes
Designs can be a bit tricky if overused heavy dual recording

You can add or remove the selected photos, add titles and one of six different designs / themes. Change Everything works fine, but can not be adjusted in the same way you can with many manufacturers online albums.

Samsung has succeeded in releasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the latest operating system - Android 4.2.2. There are many advantages to this, but most of all we like the buttons on the list of highly customizable shortcut that can be added to notifications dropdown.

Samsung Galaxy S4
The configuration, exactly where you want

Of course, modified in many ways by the Samsung TouchWiz interface, but we believe it is one of the less offensive variants out there. For example, lets you hide applications from view in the app drawer, at least for you to clarify that you do not use and can not uninstall.The new keyboard has a row of numbers above the standard layout so that you don not have a switch or button press always use to write. We're looking for something on this in more detail when you use the phone more, but there is nothing in the actual user interface design that will surprise or frustrate some vanilla or other uses Android Android launcher.

Samsung has many extras, all in the Samsung Galaxy S4. So much so that it is unlikely that someone who is not a smartphone user or Samsung smartphone most ardent fan will realize that they are there, much less use. What it means is that there is definitely something that you find useful or even indispensable.

A brief description of these features are: Health S, which help food intake and exercise improves fitness tracks, S translator, the voice or text translated into nine different languages; Tracking Knox, which allows you to track your phone is lost or stolen.

There is also a much wider range of eye tracking capabilities and movement of what we saw in the S3. You can swipe your finger across the screen, like the mouse cursor over a link on your PC, and is the high sensitivity mode for use with gloves. Eye tracking now pause videos when you look away and you can even go up and down web pages, tilting his head up or down.

Then there's Play Group, which allows you to share music, video and even some games with other users S4, and you can even use multiple devices make music or surround effects, plus a built-in IR emitter to control the theater house.

Let's delve into this as we get more hands-on time with the phone in the coming weeks.

Samsung Galaxy S4

It's hard to find loopholes S4 overall excellence. Storage is miserable and the mono speaker and lack of FM radio may be a disappointment to some, but nevertheless still a lot of phone for your money. We shopped around and the best deal we saw was a free phone for £ 31 per month with unlimited minutes, texts and 500MB of mobile data.

Based on research and experience, even these reasonable prices steadily decline over the next six months. For the S3, this meant we could go for a phone at the end of last year and find it so cheap, if not more, than many midrange phones are much less expensive than according to reason.

Even considering that, the S4 is much smarter for your money today. The lack of a big.LITTLE processor is a shame because it looks like a great idea, but even without the S4 embodies the meaning pretty well. The screen is bigger than the HTC one, the battery is greater than the HTC one or the one in the Sony Xperia S, but the phone itself is slightly small. In short, Samsung has squeezed more at least - and that's why it wins our award Ultimate.

Part Code     :     GT-I9505
Review Date :     August 20, 2013
Price             :     £ 600

Rating           :     ***** stars out of 5 stars out of 5
Award last    :      Ultimate

Main Display Size            :    5.0 in screen
Native Resolution             :    1920 x 1, 080
CCD effective megapixel  :  13 megapixel 
GPS                                :   Yes
Internal memory              :   16384MB
Memory cards Support    : MicroSD 
memory card included      :  0MB 
Operating Frequency        : GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/900/1900/2100, LTE                                                                             800/850/900/1800/2100/2600
Wireless Data                  :  GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, LTE
Size                                 :   137x70x7.9mm
Weight                            :  130g

OS                                              :   Android 4.2.2
Microsoft Office Compatibility     :   N / A
FM Radio                                   :   N / A
Accessories                                :   USB Charger , Headphones
Talk time                                    :   17 hours 
Standby time                              :   15 days

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SIM free price                  :  600 EUR
Price on Contract             :  Contract 31 months £
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