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Samsung S4

Went to Globe yesterday to get a data sim card for ate’s iPad mini. Nakakatawa, the guy in Electronics Boutique who sold us the unit said it was a CELLULAR ipad mini & ate can actually use it to text & call. Ate was even laughing saying her phone just got way bigger. Bobs (short for bobo) naman kami & we took his word for it without checking if what he said was in fact, a FACT! :P

(For a detailed difference between the iPad mini models, click HERE.)

How silly we looked when we asked for a plan for the iPad saying we want to use it as a phone as well. The globe guy who was entertaining us was probably thinking what planet we were from! Turns out the need for sim on the iPad cellular is ony for the data (3G). Sim card, for short, does not equate to text & call. Stupid me. Stupid EB store seller! @_@

So long story short, we got a 999 (monthly fee) data plan (for 3G service). It came with a free BB9900-Bold Touch. We are not blackberry users, so I decided to sell it in the celphone area on the 2nd floor of Alabang Town Center instead of using it. Gugulo lang ang buhay namin. BB, for us, is sooo complicated & user UN-friendly.

Blackberry 9900 Bold Touch
Since ate’s iPhone was already dying a slow death. (I really don’t know what she does with her phone. Aside from scratches & dents practically everywhere, her phone camera was “moody” & the general well-being of her phone was already on the retiring side). I suggested we just trade in the newly-acquired BB phone & her old iPhone 4S and add a little to get the new Samsung S4 instead of an iPhone 5 since she already has an iPad mini. It seems silly to have a small & medium-sized apple gadgets that were practically the same (save for texting & calling. Hay!).

Ate resisted a little since she’s always been an iPhone user (except for a brief BB period where she commited adultery from apple). She wanted to just keep her old phone. She really didn’t have any choice in the matter though, coz once I get something in my head, I do my best to manipulate her so she says YES in the end hehe. So she really didn’t stand a chance (even though she thought she did -shhhh!) ;))

What mom wouldn’t want to spoil a girl as beautiful & smart as this one right here! ;) 
Samsung S4 in White Mist 30k
Speck celphone case 1.3k

But really, I’m glad she finally agreed to the trade coz her 2 siblings have the latest iPhones while she has the older 4S version. I was feeling guilty. She was saving me money so she didn’t ask for a phone upgrade for the longest time.

I thought she would hate the S4. But when she found out the cool new features her new phone was capable of, hindi ko na makausap. She was happily tinkering away on her new phone & not minding mommy anymore! :))

The design of the Samsung GALAXY S4 defies what’s possible. The incredibly-wide FULL HD Super AMOLED screen fits perfectly within an extraordinarily slim bezel that’s encased in a special polycarbonate body, making this the lightest and most sophisticated GALAXY yet.Samsung is planning to introduce more color variations to meet various consumer tastes and preferences. In addition to the currently available White Mist and Black Forest, new color iterations will be added this summer, including Blue Arctic and Red Aurora, followed by Purple Mirage and Brown Autumn.

    • Display

      • 5inch Full HD Super AMOLED (1920 x 1080) display, 441 ppi
      Display Image
      Corning® Gorilla® Glass Icon
    • AP

      • 1.9 GHz Quad-Core Processor / 1.6 GHz Octa-Core Processor
      • The seletion of AP will be differed by markets
    • Network

      • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE): 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
      • 3G (HSPA+ 42Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
      • 4G (LTE Cat 3 100/50Mbps) : up to 6 different band sets (Dependent on market)
       
    • OS

      • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly bean)
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    • Memory

      • 16 / 32 / 64GB memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB), 2GB RAM
    • Camera

      • Main(Rear): 13 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
      • Sub (Front): 2 Mega pixel camera, Full HD recording @30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BIS
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      • Camera Features

        • Dual Shot , Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, 360 Photo, Animated Photo, Eraser, Night, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports

What really impressed us & cinched the deal are the following S4 features:

1.) Air Gesture. You can navigate without touching the screen. Just move your hands around to flip from page to the next, scroll webpages, or even accept calls.

2.) Samsung Smart Scroll/Pause. If you’re watching a video and something catches your eye, looking away will cause the video to be paused automatically pauses the video. The video will resume when you look back at the screen. The same goes for reading. Looking down automatically scrolls the page for you!!! It’s like there’s a retina sensor. zOMG!!! <3

3.) You can even caption your pictures with a short voice clip with the Sound & Shot feature. The audio clip can be made before or after the shot is taken. It’s a great way to make memories even more special as you add details to the event.

4.) Drama Shot allows you to take 100 shots in 4 seconds then lets you combine several shots in the same frame like in a collage. Not only does it let you add to the experience, you can even erase background stuff you don’t want (photobombers, be gone) in the pictures.

5.) There’s also modes like Best Face, which takes five frames and allows users to find and meld those with the best expressions for a perfect shot.

6.) Safety Assistance helps you in an emergency by taking pictures using both the front & rear cameras. It alerts your emergency contacts to your situation by sending them messages with the captured photos & your location. (Must enable safety assistance mode to work) To use the safte assistance just press & hold the volume UP & DOWN keys for 3 seconds & voila!

7.) S Health. For exercise fans, the S4 is the best companion for you. Since you take your smartphone with you everywhere, pairing it up with the S Band (fitness wristband), Body Scale, Heart Rate monitor and other similar accessories, makes the S4 the best pedometer, calorie-counter, habit-tracking device you can have, all in one

To know more about Samsung S4, click HERE.

Galaxy S4 Vs. The Rest

Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4
HTC One
HTC One (M7)
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
LG Nexus 4
LG NexuS4
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920
Sony Xperia Z
Sony Xperia Z
Blackberry Z10
BlackBerry Z10
Manufacturer Samsung HTC Apple LG Nokia Sony BlackBerry
Price (USD) n/a TBA $199 (2-Year AT&T Contract) $299, $349 (Unlocked, No Contract) $99.99 (2-Year AT&T Contract) TBA $199.99 (Pre-Order, 2-Year AT&T Contract)
OS Android 4.2.2 Android 4.1.2 iOS 6 Android 4.2 Windows Phone 8 Android 4.1 BlackBerry 10
Dimensions (mm) H136.6 x W69.8 x T7.9 H137.4 x W68.2 x T9.3 H123.8 x W58.6 x T7.6 H133.9 x W68.7 x T9.1 H130.3 x W70.8 x T10.7 H139 x W71 x T7.9 H130 x W65.6 x T9
Weight (grams) 130 143 112 139 185 146 137.5
Resolution 1920×1080 1920×1080 1136×640 1280×768 1280×768 1920×1080 1280×768
Display Size (inch) 4.99 Super AMOLED 4.7 SUper LCD 3 4 Retina Display 4.7 WXGA IPS 4.5 IPS LCD 5 TFT 4.2 LCD
Processor 1.6GHz Octa-Core Exynos 5 / 1.9GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 1.7GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 600 1GHz Dual-Core A6 1.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz Dual-Core Krait
RAM 2GB 2GB 1GB 2GB 1GB 2GB 2GB
Battery (mAh) 2600 2300 1440 2100 2000 2330 1800
LTE Available Available Available Available Available Available
Storage (GB) 16, 32, 64 32, 64 16, 32, 64 8, 16 32 16 16
Expandable Storage Micro SD Micro SD Micro SD
Back Camera (Megapixels) 13 HTC UltraPixel Camera, F2.0, 28mm lens 8 iSight 8 8 PureView 13 Exmor RS 8
Front Camera (Megapixels) 2 2.1 1.2 1.3 1.3 2 Exmor R 2
Extra Features NFC, IR Blaster, Temperature& Humidity Sensors NFC, Beats Audio NFC, Wireless Charging NFC, Wireless Charging NFC, Water-Resistant NFC, Micro HDMI
Almost enough to turn me into a BELIEBER believer!!! ;)
And now, mommy can sleep with a big satisfied smile on her face knowing all her 3 piggy-wiggies are happy & are finally on equal footing! <3 Love you, ate! :-*
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