Hands On With The T-Mobile Galaxy S 4, And Some More Time With The iPhone 5

I’ve already spent plenty of time with the Galaxy S 4, but it wasn’t until yesterday afternoon that our friends at PhoneDog got a chance to play with a T-Mobile branded Galaxy S 4. The T-Mobile/Samsung (not sure who was handling the device) rep showing off the flagship smartphone made sure to mention “pre-production” hardware and software as the reasoning behind no speed tests in case you were hoping to see that. There’s also a little humor with the release date as the rep seemed unaware the company CEO had already “leaked” the release date.

As for the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile’s LTE network, it’s the second time we’ve taken a look at the device, and some more speed-tests are always worth another look.

PhoneDog Galaxy S 4, iPhone 5

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  • Joanna90

    I think.ill be getting the s4..

  • Toasted_Cracker

    I want to talk to Ashley! Also, the guy with the camera in the iPhone video sounds just like Seth Rogan.

    • Ashley


  • i liked it alittle better yesterday watching it in action at the event rather then at the Radio City one. It didnt seem as bugged then when I 1st messed with it.

  • gman

    I can’t decide between the iPhone 5 the s4 or wait tell the next nexus or note 3 any opinions would help

    • Antdog

      Note3 = S4 on steroids. I’m waiting for the Note3.

    • JJCommonSense

      Get a family plan and get both! (well u said any opinions, didnt exclude us gadget addicts) lol

    • except note 3 will be released around august ? good 5 months wait. get S4 and sell it after 4 months, Samsung phones have great resale value.
      thats what i would do.

      • Dakota

        The Note 4will be better. You can always play the waiting game

        • Spanky


    • Dakota

      Everyone has different needs and pricing so it all depends on what you want and how much you want to spend. I’m still satisfied with my galaxy nexus,especially if it gets the key lime pie update. I can use a better camera and volume,but I love paying $45prepaid and not dealing with carrier bs or manufacturer skins. The immediate os updates r like what IOS gets…

    • h_f_m

      What are you using now?

  • Milad

    Have a question for David , will the Verizon iPhone 5 work on Tmo AWS HSPA+42 LTE or the 3G / E same as AT&T iPhones !?!

    • jonathan3579

      It’s the same as the AT&T version except unlike the AT&T version, you’ll never be able to connect to LTE.

      • John

        correction the a1428 variant from At&at can connect to T-Mobile’s LTE network because T-Mobile and At&at use the same LTE band. However on the At&at version you can’t connect to T-Mobile HSPS+42 because that variant doesn’t support 1700 mhz band.

        Only difference between AT&t versions and T-Mobile version of Iphone. Is that the T-Mobile version has a 1700 mhz band. Thus, T-Mobile users don’t have to worry about either being in an LTE area or Refarmed 1900mhz area to prevent falling into edge network. On the T-mobile variant you will either get LTE or fall back to 4g if your not in an LTE area. Rarely (like 10% time) will those fall back to edge on their T-Mobile Iphone.

        The A1428 variant T-Mobile is releasing April 12th will have support for the 1700 mhz HSPA + 42, LTE and of course all other aspects of T-mobile’s network

        • Fabian Cortez

          In addition to what you just said: The phone that T-Mobile will be selling will be the exact same phone as AT&T will be selling from the 12th onward. It will be the exact same phone but with a baseband update to enable HSPA+ over AWS.

          So all new AT&T iPhone 5s will have AWS HSPA+, i.e. pentaband WCDMA/HSPA+.

          It’s very silly that Apple won’t provide an update to previously sold AT&T and unlocked iPhone 5s.

        • Bobby Digital

          You talk with seemingly extensive confidence and knowledge, but rather than take you for your word, do you mind backing up your comments with hard proof that its a simple update (as in software) and not hardware modification that need to take place. You keep posting similar language and I think you are potentially misleading and not really understanding what’s actually going on. You know there is that small chance you are wrong. Would you mind providing a source that is credible (wiki links or random blogs need not apply). Also, if you are going to suggest the FCC filing as “proof” then that’s inadequate, bc otherwise why file again if this phone is more than 6 months old.

    • JustSaying

      no there is no iPhone 5 out right now that works on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42.. you have to wait till April 12th.

  • ceegii63

    will wait for the NOTE 3

    • Dakota

      Or a cheap LTE nexus if Google puts it out so you can buy it from them without the added T-Mobile costs. That would be an inexpensive plan. Does anyone know if Straight Talk will provide access to T-Mobile LTE? TRIED asking them but their reps have no clue about anything and just repeat their script which provided no answer. For now,their $45plan works for me with 2orso gigabyte

    • Vladmir4

      …and switch to other carrier.

  • Mr Tibs

    How many people could have actually been on their LTE network? MAYBE a few hundred. LMAO TOOOO FUNNY……

    • Right that is a dumb retort on his part it makes no sense people are supposed to be using the network

  • I like how people are talking about they are not getting this and waiting for something else. Why did you bother to watch and comment? lol

    There is no SGNote III yet, so wait on that thread to comment.

    • Dakota

      Lol…I can’t wait to get the iPhone 8with it’s new design,4.7screen,LTE II, and it’s ability to turn my lights off and on and vacuum

  • Samsux

    Meh, looks like another S3. I’ll be getting the HTC One

    • Vladmir4

      htc fails lately

  • Tony

    I have just a question that I can’t keep to find an answer to.. Please take a look:

    – I have a factory unlocked iPhone 5 that I bought from Apple a few weeks ago, If I choose to keep it and not return it, what type of speeds can I expect and will I be also be able to get LTE once all of the re-framing is done? I am still in the 30 day return window and if for any reason my current iPhone won’t gt LTE like the updated iPhone 5 model will I will definitely return it soon! Thanks to all who answer.

  • mdosu

    I’m at a point where the new features they’re cramming into phones are no longer appealing or useful to me to make me want to pay up to switch. So for me, I’m sticking with my Note 2: LTE, speedy processor, HD screen, decent camera, good OTA support…good enough for me.

  • First vid @ 30 seconds, the guy sounds like he’s having a heart attack :-o

  • Shawndh

    Who cares about the GS3.5. The iPhone 5 and the HTC One are the show stoppers for the moment.

  • Tony P.

    Just a quick question, does anyone know if the Samsung GS4 will require the Micro-Sim or the Nano-Sim? I haven’t seen anything related to the “Sim” and I was just a little curious.. Thanks!

  • Quynh

    Hey David! When T-mobile rolls out LTE for real.. will the iPhone show “4G” or “LTE” on the top?

  • Uriah Romero

    I am having trouble deciding which phone I want to get through T-Mobile. Either way, it’s nice that I’d be getting a great display as well as access to T-Mobile’s new LTE network that they’ve just released in my city. I think the faster network would mean better quality streaming, plus it would look great on the displays. I keep up to date with my shows during the trip to and from work at DISH on my phone, since it takes a while to get there. I like using the DISH Anywhere app to stream my live and recorded shows everywhere I go and LTE will only make streaming better.