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Samsung Galaxy S4 Review (Part 4)

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Other noticeable features

We haven’t finished yet: there’re some special feature that are worth emphasizing. IR seems to be an important comeback, and the transmitter appearing on GS4 turns the smartphone into a remote control. HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro do the same thing, and Samsung is partnering with Peel – not quite surprise, because the 2 company have partnered before on the products such as Galaxy Tab 7.7. The app they have made is WatchON, acting as a joint remote, entertaining instruction and Netflix port. These 2 final features are different in usability depending on the cable provider and equipment (suggestion: Netflix seem to do not much if you don’t have Google TV). We can use remote feature to connect many entertainment system without having to sweat; in fact, we have set up the system of one member in the family faster than the time we need to find their messy remote.

We will mention briefly about the next feature just because of its cleverness, despite the fact that it won’t be available in any American model at release (which means we can’t put in on a test). The app we’re mentioning is Safety Assistance, 1 tool you can launch if you have an emergency case and need to transmit your location (of course, without the use of GPS). Activating the service, done by pressing and holding the volume up and down within 3 sec, will remind the phone to take images from 2 cameras and automatically send them to a preset contact. It will allow that person to see exactly where you are. Hope that it will never be used, but such feature must be included on many phones.

The app we’re mentioning is Safety Assistance, 1 tool you can launch if you have an emergency case and need to transmit your location (of course, without the use of GPS)

The app we’re mentioning is Safety Assistance, 1 tool you can launch if you have an emergency case and need to transmit your location (of course, without the use of GPS)

Galaxy S 4 has a unique ability we have never seen on other phones: compatibility with Mobeam. Haven’t heard of it? Don’t be afraid. This new company makes any standard bar code scanner – the grocery store is the most typical example, but it can expand to any script – scanning the digital coupon saved on your smartphone. How is this performed? It uses the proximity sensor which is pre-installed to the phone to bounce the light onto the scanner, imitating the model of the coupon during that process. We may begin to see this ability appear on many newer devices (the legacy phones can’t be programmed with this feature), but GS4 is the first phone that provides this special ability.

Galaxy S 4 has a unique ability we have never seen on other phones: compatibility with Mobeam.

Galaxy S4 has a unique ability we have never seen on other phones: compatibility with Mobeam.

Finally, GS4 includes 3 features which are Adapt Display and Adapt Sound which work exactly as the name implication: Display is an interesting auto brightness tool helping you to find out what you’re watching, as well as the environment you’re staying in, and adjust the screen brightness to be suitable for your demand. Naturally, Adapt Sound is the same thing in term of audio of this feature and is adjustable in music or audio book volume when you change the song or the video, making the sound optimized in the consistent way following your taste.

Look, no S Pen!

One of the unique respects about Galaxy Note series of Samsung is S Pen, 1 device that looks like a stylus, giving you the new ways to interact to the screen. However, thanks to the extremely sensitive screen of GS4, the S Pen features are starting to flow to more devices without the use of the pen. The best example for this is the Air View, which does many similar things done on Note 2, but with the active fingers such as S Pen. Keeping on of your fingers on the working calendar to have a pop-up screen about the appointment during the day, on the email to see some of the few lines of the text (regretfully, Gmail is not included), on the browser to magnify the text and on the process bar when watching movies to preview a scene.

However, thanks to the extremely sensitive screen of GS4, the S Pen features are starting to flow to more devices without the use of the pen.

However, thanks to the extremely sensitive screen of GS4, the S Pen features are starting to flow to more devices without the use of the pen.

Samsung has added the tricks based on the interesting gestures and movements for its high-end phones for several years thanks to a big array of sensor which is available for the Android devices. In case of GS4, the company has combined a group of features called Air Gesture. The first time we saw this is on Note 2 with Quick Glance, but it has been expanded much this time. Air Jump lets you scroll up and down the page by waving your hands up or down, while Air Browse will bring you from one browser tab to another one when you wave your hand side to side. And Air Move helps you to rearrange the icons (which mean the apps and the calendar appointments) to other pages by holding them with 1 finger and wave the free hand from left to right.

Finally, the last feature which is popular in Note series is Multi Window, and it works in its full capacity in GS4. Pressing and holding the back button and 1 tab will magically appear. Tap on it to see 1 sidebar which consists of the apps supporting the features. Since the third-party developers have participated in, many apps already have compatibility.

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