The Samsung Galaxy S4 family

The Samsung Galaxy S4 familyTo describe South Korean manufacturer Samsung as simply prolific wouldn’t quite do justice to its frankly insane smartphone (and tablet) output. Every few days we’re introduced to yet another Samsung Galaxy Something-or-other.

The current flagship is of course the Samsung Galaxy S4, but there are no less than four different S4 models - and not just in terms of storage or colour. What’s the diff? I’m glad you asked, bro. Let’s take a gander.

To be fair to Sammo, there’s at least logic in the names. Joining the base Samsung Galaxy S4 model are the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (no prizes for guessing what’s going on there), Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (with a focus on camera action) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (the rugged one).

Let’s break it down, yo.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 familySamsung Galaxy S4

The plain old Samsung Galaxy S4 launched in New York in March, and quickly hit 10 million units shipped – in less than one month.

Yesterday, we heard that various analysts had reassessed their “hopelessly optimistic” forecasts, but as JK Shin says: “S4 sales are solid. It's just that some analysts had higher expectations and then they lowered them.”

Display: 5in 1080p Super AMOLED

Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz

RAM: 2GB

Rear camera: 13MP

The Samsung Galaxy S4 familySamsung Galaxy S4 Active

In a nutshell, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is a ruggedised version of the bog standard Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s presented in a muscle-bound metallic body, which means an increase in thickness from 7.9mm to 9.1mm.

The other headline feature is the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active’s IP67 certification, awarded because the phone can laugh off dust and swim in 1m of water for up to 30 minutes.

On the downside, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has an 8MP rear camera compared to the Samsung Galaxy S4’s 13MP shooter.

Display: 5in 1080p TFT

Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.9GHz

RAM: 2GB

Rear camera: 8MP

The Samsung Galaxy S4 familySamsung Galaxy S4 Mini

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty big, with a fairly monstrous 5in display. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is - as you'd expect from the name - a fair bit smaller, at 4.3in.

We would’ve liked to see the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pack the same power as its big brother, but unfortunately, in the smartphone world: the smaller the phone, the more modest the specs.

Display: 4.3in Super AMOLED (540 x 960)

Processor: Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.7GHz

RAM: 1.5GB (seemingly 2GB on the LTE model)

Rear camera: 8MP

The Samsung Galaxy S4 familySamsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the one with the 16MP rear camera, but looking at the rest of the spec sheet, it actually has more in common with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini than the big chaps.

That means a smaller display, less RAM, less processing power, less internal storage…

Display: 4.3in Super AMOLED (540 x 960)

Processor: Dual-core 1.5GHz

RAM: 1.5GB

Rear camera: 16MP

And that’s the Samsung Galaxy S4 family. In any case, you’re getting Jelly Bean Android 4.2.2, and a microSD slot to expand upon the base storage.

I’ll leave you with this Samsung Galaxy S4/S4 Active/S4 Mini/S4 Zoom comparison table thingy, with green denoting the best in the range. Yes, I have a, uhm, degree in making tables. Honest. Behold:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 family

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9 comments

apcody  Jun. 18, 2013 at 16:05

Why is it only in the world of smartphones do we consider that releasing more varieties of phone abnormal, surely this weird view is based upon the apple model of one size fits all.

In all other walks of life choice is endless TV models, cars to trainer types why is this so strange when applied to phones :3

I can think of nothing worse than deciding upon the OS to use then having one phone to choose from.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2013 at 19:34

You have a point - the base model Golf and the all-in version only share the general shape...
And a Nokia E5 and E71 or E7 share nothing but the E for Enterprise.
Thanks, I'm healed. ;)

shuwaz  Jun. 18, 2013 at 21:48

There needs to be a VW Golf Active...

http://i1082.photobucket.com/albums/j363/mldouthi/DSC03747.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 18, 2013 at 21:50

But is it water-proof?

shuwaz  Jun. 18, 2013 at 21:56

But is it water-proof?

Trust you to come out with that Jan!

Stelph  Jun. 19, 2013 at 10:53

In all other walks of life choice is endless TV models, cars to trainer types why is this so strange when applied to phones :3


Its funny you say that, the other day I started to look around for a new TV and in my mind the range of choice for TV's is a really really bad thing not a good thing. The combination of frequent updates from manufactures who release a constant stream of TV's, confusing numbering and naming systems, unclear or misleading descriptions of "features" means its a real nightmare to try and nail down what the best TV is for you or even nail down what the most "modern" TV is!

Personally I agree that there shouldnt be a one size fits all type process for producing anything, I wish that all manufacturers would follow a "clear language" policy, making it clear from the naming convention either the hirachy of the product or the year it was released, and make it as simple as possible to understand what the model offers, theres too many example of companies basically trying to beat you into a purchase by pummling you with marketing speak

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 19, 2013 at 12:07

True

apcody  Jun. 19, 2013 at 13:29

In all other walks of life choice is endless TV models, cars to trainer types why is this so strange when applied to phones :3


Its funny you say that, the other day I started to look around for a new TV and in my mind the range of choice for TV's is a really really bad thing not a good thing. The combination of frequent updates from manufactures who release a constant stream of TV's, confusing numbering and naming systems, unclear or misleading descriptions of "features" means its a real nightmare to try and nail down what the best TV is for you or even nail down what the most "modern" TV is!


I agree to an extent but like anything in life if you want help to make things simpler that is always available to you, reviews, magazines, best buys etc. The plethora of choice in say TV's etc does provide the essential choice for those looking for fine details.

However my actual point was I never seem to see any criticism in the vein of "oh no another Sony TV, yet more choice for us" so why do we have this when it comes to phones? I can see only one reason why people are programmed to think this way in relation to phones ;)

Stelph  Jun. 19, 2013 at 15:24

However my actual point was I never seem to see any criticism in the vein of "oh no another Sony TV, yet more choice for us" so why do we have this when it comes to phones? I can see only one reason why people are programmed to think this way in relation to phones ;)

Ill give you that, I do still think in the TV world that there is a case of

"oh no not another blinking 40" telly from panasonic this year"

or

"ok so a new model that is exactly the same as mine but with one extra HDMI has come out so mine is now obsolite and will now no longer get any further updates"

But you are right, we are somewhat pre-programmed to think that one phone model is acceptable when actually it really isnt, and its frustrating that so many manufacturers now default to the standard slate touchscreen model, at leats with mobile phones its relatively easy to look at the specs of one and decide if its pap or not, not as easy with a TV, tho I could just be saying that cause im a mobile geek...

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