Galaxy S4 now on sale in the US and UK

Samsung's brand new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is now on sale in both the U.S. and UK. The S4 will be available online with Sprint and in-store with AT&T in the U.S., and on EE and O2 in the UK.

Now Network subscribers who missed out on pre-orders may need to consider heading over to Sprint's website to get hold of the device. Those porting their number over to the Sprint network, however, will need to cough up $100 for the privilege. In the U.S. we have already seen delays in the launch of the device.

In the UK, the release has been met with unprecedented demand, however carriers have received fewer handsets than orders to fulfill. A spokesperson for the UK's first 4G network, EE, told CNET UK:

We've seen huge demand for the Galaxy S4, but unfortunately we have received fewer devices than anticipated. We're currently prioritising pre-order customers on a first-come, first-served basis, and we're working with Samsung to fulfil all remaining pre-orders as swiftly as possible.

The situation continues with the UK's most-subscribed mobile network, O2 (part of the Telefonica group), with a spokesperson commenting:

For us, some customers (who've pre-ordered their handset before 19 April) will get their handset on 26 April. These customers will receive an SMS to let them know, if a contact number has been provided at point of order. For other customers who've ordered their handset before 19 April they'll receive their handset from 27 April. 

Despite the expected issues with demand on its launch day, the S4 has thus far been met with positive reviews, beating out many competitors in benchmarks and tests.

The unwavering quest for ultimate smartphone processing power Samsung pursues doesn't stop with the Galaxy S4. The device, depending on your region, will ship with either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 or Samsung Exynos 5 processor. Coupled with 2GB of RAM, a roomy 2,600mAh battery and either 16, 32 or 64GB storage (with further compatibility for a microSD card), the S4 is built to be the most powerful Android device on the planet.

Source: Engadget | CNET UKImage via CNET UK

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Spent about an hour here in Beijing playing with the phone. It's nowhere near as good as the Nokia 920 (or 920T). Feels cheap, looks cheaper and runs Android. Yawn.

Major Plonquer said,
Spent about an hour here in Beijing playing with the phone. It's nowhere near as good as the Nokia 920 (or 920T). Feels cheap, looks cheaper and runs Android. Yawn.

One can't help but wonder why, if the Lumia 920 & Windows Phone combo is so good why it just isn't selling well.. I have no doubt S4 sales figures will trounce the Lumia 920 within a few months.

Android is light years ahead of Windows Phone in my opinion.

Chicane-UK said,

One can't help but wonder why, if the Lumia 920 & Windows Phone combo is so good why it just isn't selling well.. I have no doubt S4 sales figures will trounce the Lumia 920 within a few months.

Android is light years ahead of Windows Phone in my opinion.

Honest question - have you ever used a WP for at least a day?

arvindm said,

Honest question - have you ever used a WP for at least a day?

My mobile phone is a HTC Mozart running Windows Phone 7.8.. I have had it about 7 months. So yes, yes I have. And despite giving it a fair shot, I really have come to dislike it I'm sorry to say.

Major Plonquer said,
Spent about an hour here in Beijing playing with the phone. It's nowhere near as good as the Nokia 920 (or 920T). Feels cheap, looks cheaper and runs Android. Yawn.

Did u check if it was samsung or samsun?


what proof do you have that android is light years ahead of wp in any respect???
and yes the 920 does beat pretty much all android devices easily. A new Lumia is also on the horizon, in may. we will see then how much the s4 is ahead of the Lumia then. The s4 is the most current android phone where as the l920 is a 2012 model.

Chicane-UK said,

Android is light years ahead of Windows Phone in my opinion.

I don't know how that is an opinion but anyway I would love to know what parts are light years ahead? Windows Phone excels at social integration, NT kernel which just equals plain stability and its designer, clean UI. Sure you might be able to force close your malware on Android and manage the services but lets face it how many normal users actually use that? They both appeal to different kinds of people. Windows Phone just needs marketing and carrier exposition. Most people don't actively go out and decide to use an S3 or S4 (now) they do it because they want a (new) smartphone and their carrier is offering it and its advertised all over buses and crap.

Chicane-UK said,

One can't help but wonder why, if the Lumia 920 & Windows Phone combo is so good why it just isn't selling well.. I have no doubt S4 sales figures will trounce the Lumia 920 within a few months.

Android is light years ahead of Windows Phone in my opinion.

We had Samsung reps in our office promoting this device last week. I asked him why Samsung didn't promote the Ativ S at all (which is on the market in the UK). "The what?" was his response. When I showed him it, he looked somewhat surprised. To paraphrase, "Ah, a Windows phone... we're really all about Touchwiz 'now'...".

I recently switched to WP8. The Ativ S is awesome, feels like 2/3rds the weight of the 920, bigger screen too. My Nexus 7 is an appalling lag-fest in comparison.

WP8 feels like Android v.6. Unfortunately many in the industry-types and pundits want to keep that quite. Hopefully Microsoft have the resolve and resources to persevere.

I have a GS3, installed custom ROM, 2 days later went back to stock. Why? Because Samsung actually has a few very useful apps that outweigh my love of custom ROM and Google NOW. Video Player has a popout screen that floats over anything I'm doing and works well. BT Mono only works on Stock ROM allowing me to use my Jawbone to listen to podcast and the MOST important issues, I use my phone for work and transfer large files every month from my 64GB SD card....NO other custom ROM could copy consistently without errors....deal breaker.

Hahaiah said,
I have a GS3, installed custom ROM, 2 days later went back to stock. Why? Because Samsung actually has a few very useful apps that outweigh my love of custom ROM and Google NOW. Video Player has a popout screen that floats over anything I'm doing and works well. BT Mono only works on Stock ROM allowing me to use my Jawbone to listen to podcast and the MOST important issues, I use my phone for work and transfer large files every month from my 64GB SD card....NO other custom ROM could copy consistently without errors....deal breaker.
You must have done something wrong. Google Apps are part of custom ROMS (if installed correctly) usually as a separate package (see: Cyanogen Mod) and most of the *great* Samsung apps you talking are done by other apps. For Video Player replacement use Popcorn Player or Any video player with Overlays app. As for copying files I never had a problem having Cyanogen Mod ROM and funny you mention that because I have lots of problems on pure stock firmware.
I prefer to install apps separately than getting bunch of crapware just for few apps

I watched a video review on the verge a while back. If samsung stopped pre-installing apps/bloatware I would get it, and also if the casing was better quality. I would like to get the Nexus 4, but they do not enable LTE by default, yet it has the chip =/. Just going to play the waiting game I think.

Dude, this is android. You can get rid of the bloatware with ease, without even reinstalling/installing a modded os. That shouldn't be one of the reasons to skip a device you want.

Pupik said,
Dude, this is android. You can get rid of the bloatware with ease, without even reinstalling/installing a modded os. That shouldn't be one of the reasons to skip a device you want.

But he doesn't want it because of having to do that? And no getting rid of Samsungs crap is futile, may as well install custom ROM and most users wouldn't even know where to start.

Since 4.0 you can actually disable system apps which won't regain the space used but essentially removes its influence on the system. While not perfect it seems to me to be an acceptable middle ground between having control over the system and preventing users from completely removing essential system components.

That said, I spent a year with Touchwiz (Something you can't remove as easily) and became quite bored with it, opting for vanilla android instead which is why I doubt I'll buy a Touchwiz device again. However for those wanting the features of Android with some tweaks commonly found in custom ROMs Touchwiz isn't half bad.

Also Bucko, there is a rumor that a 32GB LTE enabled Nexus 4 is in the works for Google IO so you may not have to wait too much longer!

bucko said,
I watched a video review on the verge a while back. If samsung stopped pre-installing apps/bloatware I would get it, and also if the casing was better quality. I would like to get the Nexus 4, but they do not enable LTE by default, yet it has the chip =/. Just going to play the waiting game I think.

I have the black S4 and believe me, the casing is fine on it. It looks and feels very slick these days.