Consumer Reports Calls Samsung Galaxy S 4 “Top-Rated” Smartphone

2013-03-14-20.40.55Consumer Reports may have lost some of its luster in recent years thanks to the onslaught of smartphone rankings across the web. Still, when Consumer Reports talks, people listen and that’s why we’re taking note of their new choice for “top-rated smart phone.” According to the report published yesterday, the Galaxy S 4 dethroned the LG Optimus G which sat in the top spot for several months.

The S4 has an excellent 5-inch, high-definition (1080p) touch-screen display, as well as oodles of gesture- and sensor-based tools for accessing and sharing content you create and capture on your phone. The display is sensitive enough to use with gloves on—handy during cold weather.

A true multi-tasker, the S4 lets you run two apps simultaneously in a split-screen view. For instance, you can watch a video while checking e-mail, or you can use Google Maps and Messaging simultaneously. We did find that battery life and voice quality varied slightly between cell carriers, as with the LG Optimus G.

The news comes on the heels of reports that Samsung will blow past the 10 million mark for sales in 30 days besting Galaxy S III sales.

Anyone disagree with the Galaxy S 4 ranking? What would you place at the top of this list?

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  • Kris

    Its a nice phone but the design is lacking since it is the same as the S3 just bigger. I want Tmobile to get the Sony Xperia Z because of the durability of the phone

    • Gsm Helper

      100% true. Same design.

      • chrisw0906

        It is not. The SAME design. Looks quite different actually….you must not have one. Stop quoting something you have read it makes you look dumb

        • Gsm Helper

          Well, I did own GSII. I skipped GSIII. I want to get GS4. I don’t have one because I don’t get one yet. I did see, touch, and feel it at the store. It’s more like GSII actually (I’m talking about the curves). Do you have to actual own the phone to make a comment on the look of it?

    • kalel33

      Who cares about design when I put it in a case anyways. Most people can’t tell the difference between phones anyways, except by screen size.

      • Dakota

        Not everyone puts phones in cases and not everyone wants to or needs to. I know most people with iPHones do so I dont think black/white or possibly a host of colors make a difference. I know I dont have a case on the galaxy nexus (didnt on my previous phones either).Ive dropped them and Ive never had any damage

    • Vladmir4

      Xperia Z USA version has very bad LCD screen.

    • g2a5b0e

      Get your facts straight. The overall dimensions of the phone are actually smaller. The screen is bigger. It also weighs less.
      S3: 5.38 x 2.78 x .34 in
      S4: 5.38 x 2.75 x .31 in

  • Vladmir4

    Not in Tmobile. 16Gb only version is a joke.

    • Gsm Helper

      Not too bad because it has microSD slot. But again, why can they make internal 32GB as the minimum?

      • chris

        46% is bad considering you can’t move apps to sd anymore…

        With apps and high quality videos and photos, it’ll fill up quick .

        • Vladmir4

          Absolutely true. I’m disappointed Samsung doesn’t provide Tmobile with 32Gb version by default. Lets face it, flash memory already IS cheap. I do not understand they to force me buy extra 16Gb for $50.

        • Dakota

          cuz they can…the same reason Apple charges an extra $100 to go from 16 to 32gb

      • sharklover

        GS5 will come with a minimum of 32gb.

    • kalel33

      I prefer a good amount of memory too, but that’s why I use a micro-SD card. As I worked for T-mobile and Verizon and seen so many people lose their information because their phone was wet or broken, I will never go without a microSD card again in a phone. You have a better chance of your phone dying than a microSD card going bad.

      On the flip side, doesn’t seem that customers care about the size of the memory in the phone. With Verizon, the Iphone 4 8GB still outsells any other smartphone and >95% of customers choose the 16GB IPhone 5 over the other memory options for the phone.

      Maybe you’re different and you don’t care about redundant backup and I don’t care about needing a lot of internal memory, when I can buy a Class 10 32GB microSD card for $27 on Amazon. Phone breaks or dropped in water? No problem, just pull the microSD card from that phone and put it into another phone and everything magically appears back that I wanted saved.

      • Graham Blackadder

        You could always just sync everything with Gmail etc or maybe another service. Then no need for an SD card. But as you say it truly is personal preferences

        • Nick

          Bingo. Keeping content on the device is how your parents do things. Move your data to the cloud and you never have to worry about it.

        • Dakota

          Is there a way when you switch Android phones not to lose all your information on apps? Yes I know you can sync your email, contacts, calendar but what happens to that game you bought where you had to complete a level to get to the next one…Youre on level 50, get a new phone, and all of the sudden you have to start from the beginning, and dont want to bother. Or you have t hat reminder app and you manually typed in reminders or your to do list or your medium to long term goals, you switch phones and you have to manually re-enter everything. I know some apps have you create an account or user name for the purpose of not having that happen. But when I switched phones, it was a nightmare to set up..Having to do all of that manually – not to mention of manually moving my ringtones, wallpapers etc. Where as far as I understand, with an iPhone, you back up to iTunes, get the new phone and everything gets reloaded in an instant (at least thats what the iPhone using people I know tell me)…
          Currently I have a no SD card phone, but before I did have SD card and that didnt backup all that stuff as I had expected. PUtting an SD card from one phone to another didnt work at all like I thought it was supposed to.

        • frigadroid

          Never say never, are you old enough to remember the old side kick? I may be old but, not stupid. I trust my data to be best kept in my hands only.

        • superg05

          if you have unlimited high speed data(data caps)

        • Graham Blackadder

          And what does having unlimited data have to do with anything?

        • kalel33

          When Android can automatically back up files, photos, app settings, and app content then I’ll agree with you, but I run Titanium backup Pro and it’s saved to my microSD card. It’s like having an Iphone in that regard, I can change to another phone and everything moves over exactly like I had it on the previous phone. No redownloading, no having to set up apps all over again, and no lost data that wasn’t updated manually to the cloud.

      • Lou Scaruffi

        ” You have a better chance of your phone dying than a microSD card going bad.” I’ve had two bad microSD cards in two different smartphones. I’m on my 4th smartphone and I’ve never lost data due to phone dying. That being said I’ve never dropped my phone in water or otherwise broken my phone. And one of my microSD cards was an off brand, but still…

        • kalel33

          I’m not going off a single subject, I’m going off the thousand upon thousands of calls I received as a customer service rep over more than 3 years. Most Android phones used to come with memory cards in them and I only ever received one failed microSD card call but I received tons of phones dropped, water damage, or the phone just died.

  • Graham Blackadder

    No surprise there really! As mentioned the fact the 16gb version lost 46% internal memory to bloatware kinda makes a little joke out of it. Larger memory versions without question claims the title.

  • Josue

    I would get it but I have a note 2 so its not much of an upgrade (aside from the camera & features)

  • Caerolle

    And you can actually walk in a Tmo store and buy one! (unlike the One)

  • mnaz105

    I’ll stick with my note2, the battery life and screen size are too good to give up.

    • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

      The gpro has better specs then the note 2.

      • g2a5b0e

        Of course it does. It came out 6 months later. However, it doesn’t have an S-Pen & Touchwiz > Optimus. In other words, I’ll keep my Note 2 & continue to wait for the Note 3.

      • kalel33

        From working at T-mobile in customer service, I would NEVER own an LG phone. They are absolutely the worst with software bugs and issues. Plus, they are by far the worst in updates to the OS.

        • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

          Unfortunately. When people here the name LG they automatically think of.the G2x and the promise of. Updates that never happened. In the last year LG has upped their game. The optimus G
          And optimus 4x and even their midrange optimus l9 have all received updates within 6 months of their release.

        • kalel33

          I was at T-mobile for over 2 years. It wasn’t just the G2X. It was the Mytouch line, the Doubleplay, and the Optimus that had problems. The only LG phone I’d ever touch would be the Nexus, because they get their stupid hands on the OS and screw it up.

  • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

    Personally I think the optimus Gpro will over take gs4 very. Soon It has better specs and a better screen and probably the best battery in a smart phone today

    • Vladmir4

      its not gonna happen. The production capacity of LG is way smaller than counterpart.

      • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

        LG has just as much production capacity as Samsung. By this time next year LG will be the clear leader in the mobile industry.

        • Vladmir4

          If so, why LG is already 20 years #2?

    • Josue

      LG is gonna over throne Samsung? what are you on?

      • superg05

        must be that yami crack

      • http://twitter.com/Joegar43 Jeremiah

        I just know a great device when i see one.
        Have you ever tried out the optimus G or the Gpro .I recommend you try some hands on time at a local cellphone store. Then let me know what you think.?

  • D Velasquez

    Aquos phone Xx or Aquos phone Zeta

  • Will

    Does anyone care what Consumer Reports says these days? Every appliance that I purchased after reading recommendations from Consumer Reports has cost me lots of money to fix over and over. They are full of B.S. They are the people that recommended not to buy the iPhone. Yet very few people returned their iPhones. Consumer Reports should just go away like all those other dying publications. They may have been able to fool our parents with their “reporting” but the younger generation knows better.

    • Josue

      I don’t. .. I just buy cause of the brand like Samsung (not being biased or something like that lol)

    • Won’t

      God hates fanboys.

      • Will

        Did you even read my comment or did you instantly focus on iPhone? Since you probably didn’t, let me sum it up for you: don’t listen to Consumer Reports.

  • Joseph Lagalla

    HTC One anyone?

  • Matthew Mueller

    Since when did Consumer Reports start using words like “oodles?”

  • I-Troll-U

    To each their own I suppose.

    • ok

      What are you talking about? The S4 is objectively the best phone available.

      • the2000guy

        Not for everyone is the best phone. It depends the usability of the device and certainly not everyone uses android ecosystem. There is windows and apple ecosystems that attract more for a lot of people to use on their own purposes.

  • Dakota

    Is there that much desire to have 2 apps open at once? Should you really be texting and using maps anyway?

    • g2a5b0e

      Is texting & using maps the only example you could come up with? How about when you’re watching a video on Youtube & you get a text? It’s pretty cool to not have to stop your video to send a quick text back.

      • yo

        I don’t think I could text and really pay attention to a YouTube video at the same time

      • yo

        I don’t think I could text and really pay attention to a YouTube video at the same time

  • Dakota

    IF Google and Androids new chief are smart, they will release a new Nexus device in the Fall ( around when the new iPhone is released) and have it be the new #1. Better build and specs than the GS4 or HTC1 (although I doubt we’ll see that kind of hardware design), a much improved KeyLimePie5.0 with great new features that those skinned phones wont get for a while), and something to really get people’s attention and hopefully still at the value price thats half the price of the others. More and more casual users of Android are willing to shift to iPhones for a myriad of reasons. Fragmentation, annual updates, full technical support including in-store (with Android, youre left to your own devices if you have a question or problem), and on and on…Plus pretty much every Google service or app is available on iPHone – You might have to take an extra step but theyre there…no 3D maps or Siri will be coming to Android. So we’ll see

    • Vladmir4

      Latitude, f.e. looks horrible on iOS

    • bob90210

      So, all Google has to do is create a phone that better and cheaper than any of the competitors’ phones then Google phone will be number one. I’m surprised that no one has thought of that before. You should apply to work at Google and make it happen.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Agreed!

  • sti

    the S4 is the best phone ever, iphony 5 will never even come close to the S4 beast.