If consumers are not talking about the iPhone, it’s all about Samsung. With an impressive line-up of smartphones, the largest Android manufacturer continues to raise the bar of creation, ingenuity and production. Samsung has created a winner from its Galaxy line-up from the Rugby Pro to the newest Galaxy S4 Zoom. Here is a list of some of the better options from Samsung and a review of this dominating and fearless brand.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, S4 and S4 Active
Consumers have been entranced with the Galaxy S4; sporting a 5-inch screen running on an 1.9GHz quad-core processor and the Jelly Bean operating system- the phone continues to sell very well. When Galaxy S4 was released, it became a lead competitor against iPhone 5. Samsung has developed and refined aspects of their smartphone features that iPhone has yet to complete. Consider the NFC technology for Samsung owners to share pictures and files. In addition, Samsung offers a bump in features with its capability to carry a memory card.
S4 specs and feaures: 13-megapixel camera, universal remote control, memory card compatible, picture-in-picture mode, Android Jelly Bean, resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with Gorilla Glass 3.
Galaxy S4 Zoom
The Zoom is outfitted some of the best features when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy line-up. The dominating factor here is the camera. With 25 pre-set camera modes, consumers will enthrall in the ability to have a true camera and phone in one. The zoom feature is equipped for 10x optical zoom and an image stabilizer. If one is looking to take their phone with them during a vacation to a new town, look no further than this image stealing phone.
S4 Zoom specs and features: 10x optical zoom, 16-megapixel camera with xenon flash, 4.3-inch screen size, resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Android Jelly Bean OS, 1.5GHz Samsung Exynos 4212 dual core processor, front facing camera is 1.9-megapixels.
Galaxy S4 Active
The Galaxy S4 Active included the features customers love from its predecessor, such as the television remote use, Air View and the Galaxy camera. With the camera, water lovers can immerse the phone up to three meters for 30 minutes. The Aqua Mode allows users to take underwater photos and post immediately to Facebook after emerging from the watery depths. It doesn’t hurt the screen will relay a powerful resolution with 1920 x 1080 full HD quality.
S4 Active specs and features: 8-megapixel rear camera able to move into aqua mode, 2-megapixel front camera, waterproof, 5-inch screen, Android Jelly Bean OS, 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, and the touch screen works with gloves.
Price: Major carriers AT&T and Verizon sell typically all for $199.99 or refurbished for $149.99 for the S4 with a 2-year contract. Consumers can also add the phones to the installment plans all carriers have currently.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S III mini, Galaxy Rugby Pro and Galaxy Mega
There is something undeniably attractive about larger screens. The Galaxy Note original created a long list of fans which trickled into the Note II and now the Note 3. The Action Memo feature allows users to easily jot down contact names with the S-Pen and add it to their contact list at a later time. The S Finder is a gem in a jam as it easily allows consumers to locate items from their phone, including handwritten memos. With awesome benefits like the Scrapbook, which is sort of a localized Pinterest, it allows users to clip and pin web pages, text and even videos. Since the release of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is now available, the Galaxy Note 3 is its merry companion.
Galaxy Note 3 features and specs: 5.7-inch screen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, Android 4.3, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 3GB RAM, S-Pen, S-Finder, Scrapbook and compatible with Galaxy Gear, 13+megapixel front camera with LED flash and a front facing 2-megapixel camera.
Galaxy S III mini
Packed with the original S III punch, this Samsung new addition is quickly becoming a favorite for consumers who don’t believe big is in. The S III mini has the S-Beam feature to share files, photos and videos with other Galaxy devices, S-Voice for commands, add friends and family to the Share Shot or Group Play to manage pictures and songs with family members.
Galaxy S III mini features and specs: 4-inch screen, display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel rear facing camera with auto-focus and night modes, front facing camera with a video capture resolution of 720p HD, 8GB can be expanded to 64GB with memory card.
Galaxy Rugby Pro
Samsung received such praise for their rugged, Rugby flip phones, consumers were curious about a rugged smartphone counterpart. That can be found with the Rugby Pro. With the Enhanced Push-To-Talk and intended to work around areas with water, dust and dirt the Rugby Pro is a construction worker’s dream. While not an advanced marvel like the versions listed above, the Rugby Pro is just a good, old-fashioned, well built, phone.
Galaxy Rugby Pro features and specs: Push-To-Talk, 4-inch screen, Android 4.0.4 OS, resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.5GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, waterproof up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Rugged for resistance against shock and dust, 5-megapixel camera with a front facing camera capable of video capture.
The Galaxy Mega is the big poppa on the block. Noted as the largest smartphone in the industry, Samsung blew the doors off the 6-inch mark. It also marked the beginning of a beautiful term called Phablet. Users can very easily multi-task on this larger than life phone and even copy and paste from window to window. Like the Galaxy S4, the Mega has the Air View feature. New users can simplify use in the Easy Mode selection and increase to Standard Mode to check out all features.
Galaxy Mega features and specs: 6.3-inch screen, 1.7GHz dual core processor, resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels, Android Jelly Bean OS, 1.5GB RAM, 8+ megapixel rear facing camera with a 1.9 front facing camera. Offer Simple User Interface, Smart Remote and ability to watch movies in landscape view.
Price: The Galaxy S III mini over at AT&T was $0.99 with a 2-year contract. The Rugby Pro is $99.99 with a 2-year contract. The Galaxy Mega is $149.99 or less with carriers with a 2-year contract. The Galaxy Note 3 has been reported as high as $299.99 with a 2-year contract. All phones are eligible for the installment plans provided by carriers.
Samsung Galaxy Wrap-Up
This was just a snapshot of the available Galaxy line from Samsung. From the older Rugby Pro to the newer Galaxy S4 Zoom, Samsung continues to provide selections for a diverse consumer crowd. This was not a complete list of Samsung phones or Galaxy pre-paid options. These were considered the most popular for review after reviewing carrier websites. Samsung has unleashed a dominating line-up with the Galaxy smartphones. Have a favorite? Share in the comments.
By Angelina Bouc