SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 Screen size: 5 inches

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end en­try for its pre­de­ces­sors; the di­men­sion of the S4 are nearly iden­ti­cal to the older S3. But the sim­i­lar­ity ends when you power up. It’s not just that the dis­play is two-tenths of an inch larger; it’s the stun­ning 1920 x 1080 res­o­lu­tion. Cou­ple that with a light­ning-fast 1.9 GHz quad-core Snap­dragon 600 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, and you have the hard­ware plat­form to sup­port a truly ad­vanced smart­phone.

Built on the Google An­droid 4.2.2 OS, the Samsung TouchWiz packs so many fea­tures into the user in­ter­face that there’s ac­tu­ally an Easy Mode for the ca­sual phone con­sumer. On the other hand, power users will ap­pre­ci­ate the ev­ery­thing-in­clud­ing-thek­itchen-sink ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Here­with just a few: Smart Stay keeps the dis­play ac­tive while you look at it; Mul­ti­win­dow lets you run two apps at once; and Air View and Air Ges­ture let you preview and nav­i­gate e-mail, cal­en­dar en­tries and more by just hov­er­ing your cam­era per­forms well, en­hanced by a hand­ful of nifty spe­cial modes. Pros Bril­liant dis­play, and loaded with in­no­va­tive soft­ware Cons Maybe too much of a good thing?

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