Samsung Galaxy S4 – What We Want

There’s no doubting the Samsung Galaxy S3

is a tour de force of the latest cutting edge mobile phone technology, as proven by the fact it has sold faster than hotcakes on the coldest day in January, or wettest day in July for that matter.

But, for some of us, it didn’t quite tick every box. We’re going to look

ahead at what we’d like to see from its follow up, which we can only suppose will be called the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Design
The

Galaxy S3 is a fairly elegant-looking phone from the front but its

boring glossy plastic back certainly didn’t set our hearts racing. For

the S4 we’d like to see a more ambitious design using exotic and premium

materials. Nevermind that the S3 is super light and thin – a few extra

grams due to a metal backplate wouldn’t bother us. It doesn’t have to be

metal either – just something with a bit more pizazz.

Samsung Galaxy S3

More

than the look, though, what really bothered us about the S3 was its

size. We know some people are all for phones getting bigger and bigger

but we’re not among them. Although Samsung made an effort to get around

the S3 having a whacking great 4.8in screen, it remains to our minds a

cumbersome handset that’s difficult to use one handed – the amount of

times we’ve dropped the S3 while holding a pint, and no it’s not just because of the preceding five pints.

Samsung Galaxy S3

We’d

like to see a move to a slightly smaller screen that retains the same

resolution. The 4.3in of the Galaxy S2 was manageable but frankly we’d

be even happier for it to drop to 4in. Yes, essentially we’re saying we

think Apple is on the right track (according to rumours) by only bumping

up the screen size slightly for its upcoming iPhone 5, from 3.5in on the iPhone 4S to 4in.

Samsung Galaxy S3

S4 Mini
Okay,

maybe a considerably smaller Galaxy S4 is unlikely. So if we can’t have

a big ol’ flagship S4 that’s smaller than the S3, how about a Galaxy S4

Mini that doesn’t miss out on any of the goodies? Mini versions of

phones tend to drop features and aim for a budget price but we want to

see an S4 that can kick it with the big guns but not require double

joints to get a grip on.

Camera
We’d also like to see

Samsung go to town on the camera of the Galaxy S4. The S3 only matched

camera tech that had been available for several months, rather then move

things forward. What we’d like is a proper shutter button to make it

easier to take snaps at awkward angles, and shoot self portraits in

particular. And, having now seen the magnificence that is the Nokia 808 Pureview‘s 41MP camera, we’d also really like to see a big bump in camera performance – optical zoom, Xenon flash, we want it all.

Samsung Galaxy S3

Big Battery
The

Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is among the largest in its class and the

stamina to match. But, there’s still room for improvement. Add a couple

of millimetres to the phone’s overall thickness and squeeze in an even

bigger battery and we’re well on our way to smartphone nirvana.

Samsung Galaxy Note

Stylus
The Samsung Galaxy Note

caught us all by surprise. Next to no-one thought a 5.3in phone with a

stylus would work in this day and age but it has proved hugely popular,

and we can see why. There is still something about having a fine-nibbed

pointing device that’s sensitive to pressure that makes doodling, gaming

and plenty of other tasks much more enjoyable. The stylus of the Note

wasn’t the best in the world but it was better than the dumb capacitive

touchscreen models that are the alternative. Heck, we’d not even mind if

it couldn’t fit in the body of the phone.

Waterproofing
Finally,

and we know this is a bit of a curveball, we’d like to see the Samsung

Galaxy S4 go a bit rugged. Panasonic proved that you can create an

ostensibly normal-looking mobile that’s fully waterproof, and if Samsung

can up the ante by making the S4 a but tough too, we’d be happier than

Andy Murray… oh wait, he didn’t win did he.

What would you like to see from the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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