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Samsung just unveiled its Galaxy S4 earlier this month, but the circumstances under which it revealed the new Galaxy phone were a bit strange. If you’ve watched Samsung’s Broadway musical-style presentation, you will understand what I mean. The acting was heavy on the “artificial” and seemed worst than typical soaps such as The Young and the Restless (whose daytime drama can be effective at times, ineffective at others). Regardless of the terrible acting, Samsung has produced an awesome smartphone that has a few tweaks here and there and some original software additions. The Galaxy S3 was a phenomenal phone, but Samsung has taken it one notch higher with the GS4. The GS3 was an iPhone contender (it surpassed the iPhone), and the GS4 will be more of the same, no doubt. I say these things as someone who owns both the GS3 and the iPhone 5 (and own the iPhone 4S).
AT&T, the top of the Big Three phone carriers, will be the first to receive the Galaxy S4 to sell to its customers. The AT&T GS4 will go on sale on April 16, 2013 for $249 with a two-year agreement (of course). T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint will all have to wait for their GS4s, though we can imagine that they won’t be far behind.
AT&T will use its GS4 announcement as an “in your face” response to T-Mobile, since the fourth largest carrier has started activating its LTE network this week in eight cities, with a few additional cities since the announcement. AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM carriers and in direct competition with each other with regard to GSM phone users, and AT&T has become somewhat shaken by T-Mobile’s new value plans and LTE network rise. T-Mobile, however, will remain unphased by AT&T’s announcement, particularly because Magenta secured the iPhone 5 this week. Apple will use T-Mobile’s AWS 1700Mhz band to create a unique, T-Mobile compatible iPhone for T-Mo users and looks to sell both locked and unlocked T-Mo iPhone 5s in retail T-Mo stores. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 will go on sale at local T-Mobile stores on April 12, 2013.
AT&T has branded itself “the nation’s largest and fastest 4G network,” though things could change in the future. The GS4 boasts a 5-inch, super AMOLED display (441 pixels per inch), a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution with 1080p video recording, as well as Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) preloaded. The phone will also offer a 2.1-megapixel, front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel, rear-facing camera — considered to be right at 2013 camera expectations (the HTC One being the only exception, with its 4UMP (ultra, megapixel) camera. Some GS4s will come with wireless charging (although no one has confirmed that any US variant will receive the feature). Samsung’s latest flagship phone offers software features such as HomeSync, Smart Pause, Smart Scroll, Story Album, S-Translator, and more. If you are an AT&T customer whose contract has expired or is soon to evaporate, head over to your ATT account on April 16th and place your order for one of the best smartphones of 2013.