Welcome boys and girls to my exclusive ATW Samsung Galaxy S4 review. You might recall that I was due an upgrade on my phone. Vodafone has been sending me emails for four years titled “You’re due an upgrade”, and I’ve been deleting them on the assumption they’re spam. When I popped into a Vodafone shop recently to ask if I am due an upgrade, the nice young lady told me I’ve been due one for years.
So here’s my review of the S4: it’s mental!
Given that my last phone didn’t even have a camera, and this is a top draw smartphone, it’s quite some upgrade. I knew immediately I’d never figure it all out, but I didn’t know it’d take me three days to learn how to answer the phone. There’s me stabbing the green phone thingy and all along ‘you have to swipe it’, as a nice lady a good twenty years my senior showed me when she came to my rescue the other day.
I’ll also have to figure out how to turn off all those things which google, facebook, GCHQ, the CIA, the NSA and the Feds like you to keep open. It’s quite frightening the range of permissions which some of the things on it demand. The GPS has to be on, otherwise the sat nav won’t work (obviously), and I needs a good sat nav.
It takes a nice snap as well. There’s the view today, in the thumbnail, up Bedlam Bottom which is near one of The Wallops (hey, this is England, we like our funny place names). Even on a very gloomy Sunday morning here in the ancient kingdom of Wessex it can pick out a few colours, so it’ll be handy when I don’t have the camera with me.
The pace of technological change is quite bewildering to a non-tech head like me. This thing doesn’t even need to be touched to perform some functions. It scrolls web pages up and down automatically according to your eye movement and pauses videos when you look away. It’s quite spooky. Wish me luck, the future’s here and I’m going to need it.