Would it be silly to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 now?

I've seen a few good deals for the Samsung Galaxy S4 recently, but do you think it'd be silly buying one now when the Samsung Galaxy S5 is out?

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 21, 2014 at 19:38

No. Without googling answer off the top of your head: what does the SGA5 do that the SGS4 cannot? Then: do you need that?

I'd go as far as saying buy the ridiculously cheap SGS3 instead.

If you want the best sounding Android phone, buy a HTC One; if you want a great camera phone buy a Lumia 1020 or iPhone 5s. If you want just a good allround Android performer for nothing specific, the SGS 3 will serve you well. As will the even cheaper Moto G.

That is my opinion. Others disagree. But like me they do not know why/what for you're considering the SGS5...

spruceyb  Apr. 21, 2014 at 22:07


Playing a bit of devil's advocate here but if you're in the market for a new smartphone you should definitely be looking at phones running on Snapdragon 800 (or 801).
They are noticeably smoother than anything running on say a 600 like the HTC One or S4 (especially with all that Touchwiz bloat) and most importantly, it's power efficiency is outstanding (now with S800 in my phone I'm living the dream of guaranteed all day battery life)!

For less than £300 you can get the fantastic LG G2 but no MicroSD like the Galaxy S series.
For around £380 you can get yourself a Note 3.
Also like Jan said, the Moto G will offer a pretty nice experience but for a fraction of the cost.

Plus cheapest I've seen S4 lately is £320

O2 have the S5 on Refresh for £480, if you're premium member of TopCashback you could get £99.75 Cashback.

Personally I don't expect the S5 to hold value very well, the market is saturated and Samsung themselves have told investors that this year is going to be tough in the smartphone arena.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 21, 2014 at 23:48

Thanks, sprucey... I was too lazy for an exhaustive reply.
It'd help, OP, if you let 'us' know what you need/want... If you don't do heavy gaming or tend to store 1,000s of high quality photos you constantly work with etc , your choices are obviously much wider ranging...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 01:24

No, however there ain't a lot the S4 does which the S3 doesn't. The S5 is almost an S3SS, to be honest.

However, it's hard to say much more than that when we don't know what your most want from your phone. For example, if you want a fingerprint scanner which doesn't work very well, then the S5 is your best and only option in the Samsung range.


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