•Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with TouchWiz enhancements
•1.9 GHz quad-core processor
•5.0-inch touchscreen Full HD display (1080 x 1920)
•13-megapixel rear camera; Full HD 1080p video capture
•Front-facing 2.0-MP camera
•16 GB storage + 2 GB of RAM
•Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 + NFC
•2600 mAh battery for a full day of use
Full product name (for tracking and reference): New Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 S 4 S III Unlocked GSM in Black or White
It's the international version of the phone, so if what some of the android modding groups are saying is true, the bootloader hacking will not be occurring on this variant. That may or may not be true in the weeks and months ahead as more people get their hands on the phone, but it is something that i am thinking about at least.
If i am going to spend 700$ on something, i am definitely going to want to be able to use it as i please. When it comes to the capability of having root on a phone versus having an unlocked carrier option, i will take root a hundred times over. When you add the option to have an unlocked bootloader, as long as the phone is not some knockoff, no-name brand, the phone pays for itself.
I currently own the galaxy s1 variant called the epic 4g. The phone is 3+yrs old and Samsung stopped supporting it ~2.5yrs ago. Thanks to the community and an unlocked bootloader, i am able to run the latest nightly version of google's jellybean version of android. Not only that, enthusiasts who still own the phone have fixed hundreds of bugs that Samsung didnt care to, and optimized so much code that the phone runs better and faster than many brand new, untouched carrier roms on phones sold in stores today.
so does the International version not support 4G? is the international version faster than the US version because of the 8-core processor? Also why do all major carriers in the US only offer this phone in 16GB? so confused.
While it does have some advanced technology, especially that processor & Amoled screen, I don't believe that tells the whole story. There is other aspects you must consider, user experience, functionality, and as I am learning now, even design.
The HTC One's stunning design alone makes me want it, sure they didnt put in the biggest screen or highest mhz/cores but thats just not enough anymore. All these flagships run fast, have great screens, but its the blend of all this things together with software that make a great phone. The iPhone is a good example of that always really well designed sure they milk the models with slower changes but why shouldnt they, these oems didn't show they could really build something that feels premium, until the One. Yea cheesy sentence but you get my point?
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