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Exclusive: First Look at the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4

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For whatever reason, Verizon has remained uncharacteristically silent since we saw Samsung stand on stage and announce the new Galaxy S4. While T-Mobile, AT&T, and US Cellular have either announced pre-order dates or scheduled launch times, Big Red hasn’t even acknowledged that the device exists. Thankfully, we saw their version of the device cruise through the FCC at the end of last week, so we know it is indeed on the way. And today, courtesy of a long time and trustworthy DL source that dropped some goodies into our inbox, we now at least know what the device will look like once it does arrive.

What you are looking at are the official press renders for Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S4. Yes, you are looking at the evolution of the 2013 and beyond vision of Verizon’s marketing department. Clearly, the branding of the home button on the Galaxy Note 2 was only the beginning.

With the Galaxy S4, we’re seeing “4G LTE” logos diagonally tiled along the entire backside. All I can say, is that I hopeย the logos don’t fully wrap themselves around the sides, as this painful sight could easily be removed with a new battery cover. While that will obviously cost you extra in order to rid yourselves of this eye-sore, it will be worth the extra $15 or so.

Oh but wait, it gets worse.

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If the tiled backside wasn’t enough to ruin your Galaxy S4 appetite, wait until you see the new physical home button on the front of the device. Over the last year, we have seen Samsung stick to a one size fits all approach to their phones, similarly to how Apple does it. However, with the GS4 we’re seeing Verizon flex back. We’re now understanding why we have yet to hear about the phone from Big Red – the modification to this new and extremely large home button is clearly going to take longer to produce. We’ve seen delays of devices like the HTC One due to their new UltraPixel camera, a situation that appears to be repeating itself here with Verizon’s Galaxy S4.

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The last we heard from sources suggested that we wouldn’t see the device until mid-to-late May. If these modifications in hardware are anything to go by, I may start to wonder if it won’t be later.

Dying to hear your thoughts.

Update: ย If you are just now finding this post, yes, it was an April Fools’ joke. Look at the date.

Cheers ___!

  • Bryan


  • LOL I believed the backside but WOW thats a bigass button!

  • Masta Marc

    if any of these hardware modifications are true, i’ll get getting the iphone 5S or iphone 6. 1 reason i have an iphone now is that there is no verizon branding on the phone.. or ugly logos.. just 1 symbol for Apple. if Verizon had like a V or something i’d be cool with that, but all that LTE 4G ish is ugly.. and Verizon is too long a name.. ppl don’t need to know who I’m paying for cell service.

    • FelisLachesis

      Good Sir, please check today’s date on the calendar, and deduce what “holiday” this is.

  • Grant

    Leave it to Verizon to ruin a perfectly good phone. I am still rocking the Droid Incredible and was looking to upgrade to the S4, but that home button is so ugly there is no way I will buy that phone. No way I can look at that disproportionate button everyday for the next couple of years. Hopefully this is an April Fool’s joke, because this is really disappointing!

    • Tim242

      You are gilullible, my friend.

      • LionStone

        *gullible ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Tim242

          Yeah, I don’t know how I managed that one haha

          • LionStone

            Gotcha ๐Ÿ™‚

  • wolfedude88

    I am seriously disgusted with you Kellex, don’t you know how popular droid-life is now?

    Verizon is probably watching and now you gave them their next big idea.


  • I was about to cry until i realized it was april 1st, but Verizon would pull some BS like this.

  • Rodeojones000

    Thank you, fellow DL readers. If not for those of you posting comments regarding April Fool’s Day, I would have actually believed this (because Verizon doing something like this isn’t as much of a stretch as this joke implies it would be).

  • Christopher Riner

    Well at least I don’t have to check what day it is, lol.

  • erron

    lol @everyone who thought this was serious.

  • Detonation

    I was legitimately disgusted until about halfway through the article when I remembered what day it was….

  • Obvious April Fools Joke is Obvious


    FlossyCarter said that home button is a go!!

  • Nicktrance

    Seems legit… and I’m not even being completely sarcastic…

  • Drey

    Happy April fools day!

  • Best April Fools EVAR!

  • burkett375

    haha….nice April fools try! it just screams FAKE!!!

  • zepfloyd

    Check your calendars people…..

    LOL Kellex.

  • James_Kernicky

    April Fools Troll!

  • Benjamin Mackie

    I read the title and thought, yep, DL is doing an april fools joke

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Well played DL… Well played!

  • Austin Warren

    The amount of people who don’t realize it’s april fools amazes me.

    • rombobulance

      I saw the home button and was just like…”You were the chosen one!”

    • Tim242

      Some people just look for any reason to bash Verizon, regardless of how obvious their motive.

      • Dave

        Those people are awaiting an X phone tweet from Moto today.

      • Jeff McLean

        Tell that to those of us who own a Note 2…..haha.

        • Tim242

          I own a Note 2 on Verizon…

  • Don’t give them any ideas…

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Well played DL team… Well played

    • do you think it will come preinstalled with this ? http://www.google.com/landing/nose/

      • zepfloyd

        No. It come’s preinstalled with S-Nose instead.

        • TheWenger

          And VZWNose.

        • Brian Parkerson

          … and of course Gmail Blue!!

          • michael arazan

            April Fools!!!!!!!!!

            Seriously, hope verizon doesn’t get any ideas from this

    • Sirx

      Very well, indeed! If only the Verizon logo had not been skewed so badly to cover the entire button (maybe could’ve add more space between letters), I would’ve bought it hook, line, sinker.

    • Brandon Golway

      I didn’t know Dr. Sheldon Cooper was a DL member!

  • Tex

    And Happy April Fools day to you too good sirs

  • Jehu

    You guys dont seriously think this is real. Couldn’t be more of a joke.

  • Justin Barrett

    I started laughing half way down. Well done, DL.

  • zaggs

    Thanks for the home button, was about to cry before I saw that.

  • John Davids

    this has to be april fooly

  • Grasshopper09

    Hahahahahaha that would be so rich, if it were true. Those images are priceless, thanks for the laugh.

  • Nate


  • Steve Benson

    This is a diamond in the rough…

  • Tyler

    Yo dawg i heard you like logos

    so i put them all over the phone

  • Not a chance that I would buy this. Have been a lifelong Verizon customer due to coverage, but this may be the straw that breaks the camels back. Will wait to see more info on the mysterious Motorola X phone, and will be looking to jump to T-Mobile or AT&T (maybe monthly) after that. Absolutely HIDEOUS and over the top RIDICULOUS

    • Austin Warren


      • S&*t, didn’t even think about that. Bad part is that I could see Verizon doing this.

        • noc007

          Ditto. Even with the bad Pshop, I wouldn’t put it past VZW doing this.

  • EraserXIV

    lol nice one

  • Ryan

    Besides TouchWiz and the home button; this confirms my reasoning even more for not getting it.

    • Chris Batson

      I hope you’re April Foolsing and April Foolser…

      • Ryan

        oh fark. I totally got trolled.

      • rossguy

        You can’t triple stamp a a double stamp!

    • Tim242

      Oh, gullible boys…

  • Frank

    I don’t know about you guys but I like it.

    • minus all the Verizon branding and that huge home button I like it!

  • Nex__

    Had me till i saw the home button LOL .

    • jnt

      ditto – was skeptical, but lol’d at the home button

    • Big_EZ

      There’s no way that could be a Verizon battery door, it’s missing a Verizon logo. The battery door doesn’t look that bad, the actual one will look worse.

    • Xphone_or_GTFU

      Had me till i saw the “Well played DL team… Well played” comment above. LOL

    • Yep. Me too.

    • gnexreppin

      Had me until I read the comments. Had a mini heart attack.

  • The background is a live wallpaper, if you shake the phone the kid holding the balloons gets violently tossed around inside the frame of the picture. Realistic bone snapping sounds are customizable with screams or ohhh ahhh sounds. !!!

    • Kim Kennedy

      eeeerm ok yeah, sure. wish you could hear the sounds i was making at you right now. lmao

    • Brandon Golway


  • DroidModderX


  • triangle8

    Funny. Happy April Fools Day.

  • Tuna

    April Fools

  • WProcter

    ugggly. see ya later Big Red. your marketing department is a bunch of idiots.

    • Simon Belmont

      So are some of its customers, it seems. JUST KIDDING.

      Come on. It’s a joke.

  • LemurOfWrath

    You had me in a slight panic until I realized what today is…

    However, I wouldn’t put it past Verizon to wrap the battery cover with the 4G LTE logo.

  • you actually had me fooled until the terrible home button photoshop……almost, but not quite ๐Ÿ™‚


  • JetRanger

    Seriously? Fail indeed. :-/

  • Austin Warren

    This is perfect

  • Jonathan Bunch


  • boardjnky4

    april fools fail

    • Austin Warren

      way to not have a sense of humor