Three months ago I replaced my aging and broken HTC Legend with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4. I loved my HTC Legend but being stuck with Android 2.2 and seeing more and more apps becoming unusable was starting to become a big problem and an upgrade was needed. My Galaxy S4 is that new top-of-the-line phone powered by Android (which I am a big fan of) is from a different manufacturer with more updated Android and additional bells and whistles that illustrates how far smartphones have come in a few short years.

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My New Samsung Galaxy S4 when it fresh out of the Box

The screen is easily its best feature

My new phone can tell me the current temperature of wherever I am, has voice controls, gesture controls and can record videos with better quality and clarity than my Kodak Zi8. Its super lightweight with a beautiful (almost) 5 inch screen that makes my tiny HTC Legend scene feel like comparing the screen of a movie theatre to that of my home TV.

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Old Faithful – HTC Legend

Metal > Plastic

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a VERY powerful phone but the build quality and hardware design is where is really disappointed me. I LOVE metal phones – HTC spoilt me, so moving back to a plastic phone without the weight and most importantly durability took a lot to get used to. I scratched this new phone up within days of acquiring it as it was so new when I got it that there were not even cases on the market yet. My HTC Legend was a tank, while my Samsung Galaxy S4 is a princess, a not very attractive but very fragile princess with a supercomputer for a brain and more features than a Swiss Army knife from the 22nd century.

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Test picture of the sun rising in Ocho Rios

Lots more app related content coming

Overall I like my Samsung Galaxy S4, it has reignited my app addiction so I will be doing a new post about Japanese learning apps (to update/replace the old one) on Android soon, as well as other related app reviews, videos and features here on Jamaipanese.com and my rejuvenated Jamaipanese Youtube Channel (SUBSCRIBE!).

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Test picture under controlled lighting conditions

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Which phone are you using now? Which Japanese learning apps are your favourite? Any Japan related apps you want to share? Subscribed to my Youtube Channel? Sound off via a comment below of tweet me @Jamaipanese.

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