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Considering upgrading your smartphone? The new Samsung Galaxy S4 has us wanting to make the switch! With this model, Samsung has outdone themselves once again. Check out our analysis of this device’s features and perks.

Our Samsung Galaxy S4 review compares this phone’s perks with other available phones on the market.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Smartphone

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This week, AT&T started the pre-order process for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phones will begin shipping to users on April 30, 2013. Other major carriers should be announcing their pre-ordering soon.

Screen Display

The Samsung Galaxy S4 boasts a larger screen than its predecessor (the Galaxy S3). This new model comes with a 5-inch screen and 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. This screen size and resolution is an improvement from the Galaxy S3 and rivals the HTC One.

One rival for the S4 is the new HTC One, which also has a 1,920 HD screen with a slightly higher pixel count. But otherwise, most smartphones can’t touch the S4 in terms of resolution and screen size.

Battery Life

Early tests of battery life are promising. Android Geeks benchmarked the S4 against other smartphones and the results were favorable. The Samsung Galaxy S4 had nearly 14 hours of talk time and over 8.5 hours internet browsing.

The Galaxy’s Super AMOLED display is more efficient than traditional LCD screens, helping to extend the phone’s battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy S4’s battery life beat phones with smaller scerens! Woot!

Weight

The Galaxy S4 is a hair lighter than the S3, weighing in at 130 grams. This is more than the iPhone’s 112 grams (but you’re also getting a lot more screen real estate).

Most phones should be protected with a cover case in case you drop them. A case will add some bulk and weight to your phone but it can also prevent a cracked screen.

Storage

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions. For the moment, you can order the 16GB version online with AT&T. These are all standard sizes matched by other smartphones on the market.

If you’re a light user, 16 GB may be enough. But if you download lots of apps, take photos or video, consider the 32 or 64 GB versions.

We’ve heard there are some issues with loading pre-loading pages on AT&T’s website. So it may take a couple tries to complete your order. 

Pricing

AT&T announced pricing at $199 for the 16GB model with a 2-year contract. Pricing for the 32GB and 64GB models hasn’t been announced yet but will likely be $249-$399 range with contract. Expect competing carriers to offer similar deals.

Choosing the Samsung Galaxy S4

We’re so lucky to have our pick of great smartphones. And you can’t go wrong choosing the new Samsung Galaxy S4. In the Moment Computing‘s founder has a Galaxy S3 which he loves and uses obsessively. And he can’t wait to get his hands on the S4.

Once we have an S4 in our hands, we’ll update you with a more comprehensive review!

Are you excited for the new Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know in the comments!