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Samsung Galaxy S4 – is £630 too much for a phone?

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Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S4 has finally been revealed, and even Apple’s iPhone 5 is £100 cheaper to buy. So is this latest Android smartphone value for money? We’ve been scouting for views.

If you want to buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 Sim-free, it looks like you’ll have to cough up an eye-watering £630. That makes it the priciest smartphone (apart from those diamond-encrusted luxury ones) on the market.

So, how will that price go down with prospective buyers? Not well if Robert Follis’ (@robfol) tweet is anything to go by:

Get your Samsung Galaxy S4 on contract

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a top phone. I can’t wait to see how it fares in our expert tests against the HTC One and Apple’s iPhone 5. It could even be the most powerful smartphone yet.

However, judged on today’s pricing information, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is simply too expensive to buy Sim free. It’s certainly out of my price range. The Sim-free market isn’t huge, but any handset that costs £100 more than the iPhone 5 is likely to struggle. Traditionally, Android phones have managed to sell like hotcakes thanks to their affordability. Just think about Google’s own Nexus 4, for only £239 Sim-free, as tweeter SinkingShip points out:

Getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 on a contract is a different story. After shopping round, I found Samsung’s latest flagship handset was available for the same price as the iPhone 5 or slightly less. I suspect most people will still prefer the allure of an iPhone, although many may be minded to keep the apps and files they’ve been using with their old Android.

The strength of Samsung’s Galaxy S brand will be really tested in the coming months. People with money to spend on a premium phone could put a massive dent in Apple’s past dominance over the mobile world. But those of us without the spare cash to spend will be rubbing our hands with glee at the impending deluge of Galaxy S3 deals.

So what do you think about paying £630 for a smartphone? Does it only make sense to get such a pricey phone on contract?

Comments
Member

One HUGE advantage of the Galaxy S4 is that it is NOT made by Apple (Control Freaks R Us)..

Member

Like those who brag about having the fastest/newest/most expensive company car or the biggest expense account, I can see the appeal of an expensive mobile phone to business users. 🙂

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Disagree says:
28 March 2013

I would pay anything to not have an iPhone – probably the poorest mobile phone there is – yet people fall for the hype.

The sim free price will also be much lower than this.

The Nexus 4 is subsidised by Google, so you can’t compare to this.

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Graham says:
29 March 2013

I’ve had a Samsung galaxy for 2 years and changed to iPhone 5 2 weeks ago. I much prefer the iphone: more responsive, smaller, lighter, better battery life, can operate with one hand, simpler to use, cooperates with my ipad via iCloud. But I appreciate that some may prefer a bigger display or lower price…each to his own.

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Bob says:
29 March 2013

You are comparing a 2009 phone to a 2012 device.

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Anita K says:
29 March 2013

Far too much to pay for a mobile phone for me but if people are silly enough to pay for one then leave them to it. Better than blowing their money on fags or alcohol. I somehow don’t think they will gain the popularity of the iphone though. I love my iphone and would no way swap an iphone for a more expensive other make.

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outwar6010 says:
29 March 2013

so specs dont matter to you? you dont mind spending a close enough amount on a vastly inferior product because of the apple brand?

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Maybe the Apple product is inferior, maybe they are control freaks but I’ve not experienced the endless crashes and freezes I had with my Android phone, which I’m sure could have been fixed by jailbreaking it, rooting it or whatever, I just need a phone that works, I have a PC that I use for computer science stuff and a Mac for everything else, same applies to my phone, an Android is more customiseable and interesting to use, but like italian exotica cars is not exactly what you would use to go shopping in. So my ancient Lambo is for impressing people, making a lot of noise and draining my bank account, but for shopping, moving bags of cement and just generally getting me there in a boring but reliable way my Focus does the trick. Same with phones. I bet most of the people who want the S4 have huge wide screen HD TVs, so why would you want to watch even HD movies on a 5, 6, 7 or any other size screen?

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outwar6010 says:
1 April 2013

i have owned a htc desire(first android phone) galaxy s iphone 4 and then the galaxy nexus and i havent experienced any of the above issues. I watch movies on my tv at home i just prefer higher resolutions where i can remember all that marketing crap jobs was saying about the iphone 4 had a retina screen with a resolution higher than the eye can perceive but you will notice a sharper texts etc. The iphone 5 has 1136×640 resolution 326 ppi while the galaxy s4 is 1920 by 1080p with a ppi of 440. Why not get more for your money? you say that andoird phones are like “exotic cars” but apple stuff are priced like them for incremental updates(and overpriced for more memory)