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Samsung Galaxy S4 is Consumer Reports’ Top Rated Smartphone

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After months of remaining on the top of Consumer Reports’ list of best rated smartphones, the LG Optimus G has been dethroned. Taking its place is the Samsung Galaxy S4 (our review), not the HTC One or white Nexus 4 LTE with 32GB of storage (couldn’t help myself, since it doesn’t exist but the media wants it to). Thanks to the “oodles” gesture and sensor-based tools, along with the “excellent” 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, and its multi-tasking abilities,  the GS4 garnered a score of 81, which tops the Optimus G and One with scores of 79. The Galaxy S3 remains in third place with a score of 78, while the iPhone 5 rounds out the top 5 with a score of 77. 

This ranking for the Galaxy S4 certainly doesn’t surprise us at all. In our review, we had very few things to knock it for. I’ll also add that after spending the last few weeks with the HTC One as my daily device, but then switching over to the GS4 for most of I/O last week, it was a refreshing change. The Galaxy S4, even though it’s made of plastic, feels amazing in hand. It has a tiny body when compared to something like the One and is incredibly light in hand, yet manages to house a bigger (and in my opinion) more beautiful display.

I can’t wait for our Verizon readers to finally get a hold of this phone – you’ll be more than pleased with it.

Via:  Consumer Reports

  • If all goes well I shall get my Verizon Galaxy S4 on Friday!

  • LOLOL the Droid Life anti-plastic mafia must be near death

  • kaveman

    yep got my Galaxy S4 three weeks ago and can’t put it down. Sweet phone

  • Wee Ching Chok

    I start hating samsung because they make android “dirty”

  • netomel

    I understand all the great features of the SG4 but I am hearing the problem with the internal storage was this part of the review? Just curious not trying to complain just have to be fair.

  • Mansur Khalimov

    Samsung is on the top. And it deserves it. Even I had never had samsung phone my own. I love Nokia, I love Sony Xperia, Meisu, LG is awesome too. I never want to get back to crap like IPhone produced by the most arrogant and overrated company ever.

  • Radi0aktiveToy

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t CR a monthly magazine that aggregates actual consumer experiences? How in the hell is there enough data for them to deem a month old phone the best? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some GS4, but this seems to be jumping the gun a bit.

    • JasonS

      Consumer Reports actually purchases (just like you and I do) the products they evaluate and has an extensive testing program. They even purchase the cars that they evaluate. They also have surveys to gauge their readers opinions. I am not sure they are the first place I would go for smartphone reviews, but they seem to be doing a good job by the rankings on this article.

  • Ryan

    And the Optimus G by LG was the top device on Sprint and ATT before this device for 4 months in a row.

  • Mike J

    I read all the reviews of the HTC One and GS4 and deliberated back and forth for a few weeks. Tried both out in the store and finally ended up with the S4. My previous phone was an HTC. I was already running a jelly bean 4.2.2 ROM on my HTC, so I didn’t have high expectations for a dramatic experience. I was wrong. I absolutely love the experience on my new S4 and could not be happier with the phone. I had no idea what I was missing on my HTC.

    • Radi0aktiveToy

      What were you missing? I’d take a stock 4.2.2 ROM over TouchWiz any day. Why not try a different ROM? Seriously.

  • sk3litor

    And yet the note 2 is better than all these devices.

  • do they make the cover with the cut out for the S3? i have the full flap one and i wish it had a opening for the clock

    • sonicemerald

      cut it out yourself… 🙂

  • Dr0me

    It bothers me every time some one says an AMOLED screen is better than LCD 3. The colors are over saturated and blown out on AMOLED. Does no one else care about color accuracy?

    • bose301s

      Yes, but according to test data this is no longer true. The S4 gets and excellent as does the iPhone 5.


      • Radi0aktiveToy

        As an overall display, it’s fine. But the charts and review that you linked still dinged the S4 on overall color performance, especially during videos, when compared to LCD3. Although is is a marked improvement from the S3’s overblown color madness!

        • zepfloyd

          This is pretty much on. As a former GS3 owner, current DNA owner and spending a lot of time with the S4 last weekend, the FHD on the GS4 is VASTLY improved over the GS3 but still doesn’t match lb for lb with LCD3. White’s are still a little too gray and saturation is too high. Also found you have to keep brightness really high to get that accuracy. And while the PPI is really high, it stil *is* Pentile and at the end of the day it will matter impact comparisons like this. Overall it’s still an excellent display for most people.

    • bionicwaffle

      I agree that LCD is better but not because of the color accuracy necessarily. LCD is better because it’s brighter and on a mobile device that’s pretty important. LCD also uses less power at a given brightness when displaying most things – like web pages, documents, email, lots of things we look at that tend to have a lot of white.

    • Greg

      Personally I really prefer more vivid colors than natural which I see on the S3. I love it like that. I have my Sony Bravia LED set on vivid just so the colors are more pronounced. Any other setting for natural colors makes the screen look dull. If I end up getting the S4 I hope it remains the same or has a setting to choose from.

  • Agree with the ranking. Love mine. I’ll probably hang on to it until it is time for the S5.

  • NorCalGuy

    They need to minus more points for the huge ugly home button on the 4

    • Tim242

      Opinions are like ________

      • NorCalGuy

        Opinions are for the comments section thanks…be sure to remember that when you comment on anything else on this site…

        • Tim242

          Yes I know. But suggesting a reputable company have the same opinion and take points away for it??? Nahhhh

          • NorCalGuy

            Is that your opinion????

          • Tim242

            I’m glad some people can be objective.

      • Sirx

        Sunflower seeds–They come out of your mouth broken, jagged, and covered in slime. And probably still have some salt on them 😀

      • stk

        Stinky farts under a blanket?

    • it looks better than the S3 home button

  • Richard Yarrell

    Glad to see S4 doing it’s thing. The best is yet to come waiting for September that’s the real deal

    • Tim242

      I highly doubt Note 2 buyers will want a bigger Note. I know I don’t.

      • NorCalGuy

        Is that your opinion?

  • Jillxz

    I would love to have the galaxy S if It had 32 GB of storage , but I won’t buy a phone with 6GB and that is all hat is left after all the junk is put on it. . An SD card isn’t good enough. I want the phone to come with 32GB onboard. AT&T has them , unfortunately Verizon do not. Verizon is the one in my Area. AT&T is maybe maybe not as far as connection goes. A lot of failed calls. If it wasn’t for that , I would go back to AT&T. They have the best phones.

    • It’s not 6GB, it’s 9GB. But Samsung has already said they are looking into giving some storage back, how much??? No one knows. I was waiting for the GS4, then I decided to get the Note 2 which I am fine with. To each their own.

      • droidrazredge

        I thought about getting the S4 for my GF, but got the S3 instead because of the glaring problems and the storage space issues. How do you feel about your Note II ?

        • I love it. I had the GS2, so getting the Note 2 was a major upgrade for me. I was on Sprint and I went to Verizon. That alone was an upgrade for me. I have a Nexus 7 so I don’t need a lot of space on my phone to play games.

    • bionicwaffle

      I think Verizon has the best selection of phones personally. It’s too bad they don’t have the One but they do have the GS4 and 9GB with a 64GB MicroSD card would work find for most people. Apps are generally small and large ones let you install to MicroSD. You can always throw media on a card if you need to have it local.

      • Jillxz

        Not for me . I need a 32GB storage that comes on a phone. Don’t use SD cards. Never have and never will. They are simply not for me. I don’t want to have to put things on an SD card to have enough storage.

        • madhobbit

          i too want a 32 gig version and you can special order one from AT&T.
          its 249.95

  • Bionicman

    wow we should all be happy an android phone is on top of consumer reports list!

    • New_Guy

      Top 3 at that 🙂

  • jayrod

    Im assuming this is the global version and not the US version since the US is a dual core etc.. I would rather have the ONE/DNA any day the DNA also has 1080p 5 inch screen and quad core.

    • Owen

      Uhhhhh, US has a quad core, international an octo-core

      • gokusimpson

        Kind of. Not really. more like 2×4

        • What are you talking about?

          • gokusimpson

            The Octocore doesn’t run all 8 cores at once. It has two sets of 4 cores. One set is high powered for gaming and intensive tasks. It uses a lot of battery power. The other set is used for low intensity tasks and standby. This design is for power savings. It’s kinda like driving a hybrid car that has battery power and nos. It will run nice and quiet on the battery, but not go very fast. If you hit the nos then it will ball out, but won’t last as long.

          • I do believe everyone knows that. No has issues with that. Only a select few as I am seeing. But I have seen video that it is a few milliseconds faster than the Note 2, so I could care less about that.

          • gokusimpson

            Ya I thought there was still some confusion on the octocore thing. The 600 is already a quad core and we’re wasting our time with this clown. Bleh

    • Dude, where have you been?? What have you been reading for the past 3-4 months???

  • Capt. Crunch

    (Insert HTC One comment)

  • Bionic

    X phone rating is 98

    • Steve Benson

      I don’t think there’s a ratings system that can handle the X Phone.

    • Ian Smith

      see, this isn’t winning you any points buddy

      • Bionic

        Is called joking around.

    • EC8CH

      seems low…

      I thought for sure it would be at least OVER 9000!

    • Pedro

      It must have lost 2 points for not actually existing.

  • I-Troll-U

    To each their own I guess…

  • Stephen Freeman

    Still holding out for Verizon to get the HTC one. I’m sold on that.

    • btod

      Same here. I refuse to believe that Verizon is gonna let the S4 be their only 2013 flagship phone until the next iphone.

      • droidrazredge

        XFON mini and XFON will be their second and third 🙂

        • Stop lieing to yourself. the XFOn isn’t a flagship

    • michael arazan

      It’s going to be a DNA variant now, since verizon passed on it, they would of announced if it was delayed like the GS4.. Leave it to Verizon to have to still capitalize on the Droid branding, they must of paid a butt load for Droid to have to run it into the ground.

      I wish we could get the Nexus like GS4 on VZW

  • Consumer Reports jumping on the bandwagon of most sold phones.

    • I dunno about that….the LG optimus G (while a sweet phone) didn’t sell nearly as many as the S3 did. mostly due to to not being available on all carriers and no advertising. but the LGOG was a great phone….still one of my Favs.

  • troy studnicka

    Um duh 🙂

  • Best Buy pre orders come in on the 24th… Now if there is a way to get Vanilla Android on it I’ll be set!

    • antny
      • zepfloyd

        Yea, not for (most of) us Verizon peeps, especially those of us with unlimited LTE.

        • You mean not for any of Verizon.

          • zepfloyd

            Sorry, I meant most of us as in readers here.

          • Steve Benson

            That number is shrinking every day.

          • zepfloyd

            A strong vocal minority by a few does a majority not make…

          • PhoenixPath

            The avalanche has already started; it is too late for the pebbles to vote.

            Wishful thinking, I know, but…

            ….I just really wanted to use that quote.

            /hangs head in shame

          • Steve Benson

            A Verizon site only, this no longer is…

          • zepfloyd

            Obviously, and never said it was. However every time a poll gets run on this topic every few months, the results only change a little and not nearly as loud as the whining / crowing that goes on in some of the trolling comments. The readership is still largely Verizon based as opposed to say something like Androidcentral that’s diversified.

      • Yeah for $650…………..

      • Tim242

        Not for Verizon…

    • nixk

      according to who its coming on the 24th? there was an article confirming that the s4 will arrive at bestbuy on the 23rd

      • That’s what they said when I ordered it, and that’s what they said today when I called to check.

        • nick

          im going to choke them. my store said the 23rd >:0

  • LaceyJ

    Consumer Reports… for the 42 year-old mother of three in all of us.

    • Thomas

      Well said.

    • jhouk

      Yet the i5 is only #5…

      • T4rd

        Lol, yeah. If there had to be a target audience for the iPhone, it’s a 42 year old mother.

        • Greg

          AND her 3 children

    • Couldn’t have said it any better myself..