The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most powerful and versatile smartphones ever, packing a 1.9-GHz quad-core processor and a dizzying array of features. You can answer the phone with a wave of your hand, take photos using the front and back cameras at the same time, and run two apps on the screen at once. But depending on which settings and functions you have enabled, the S4 can feel a bit bogged down.
Not a fan of lag? Neither are we. When responsiveness is paramount, follow these easy tips to make your S4 feel snappier.
Samsung’s S Voice feature, similar to Apple’s Siri, has a long list of talents. You can ask it questions like “What’s the weather for today?”, find restaurants, navigate to an address, open apps, post updates to Twitter, dictate memos and more. However, we strongly suggest disabling the Home Key shortcut for this app, which launches S Voice when you press the button twice. We noticed significant lag when exiting apps to the home screen with this function on, as the S4 seems to be waiting just in case you press the Home button twice. Here’s how to avoid this delay.
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The Galaxy S4 uses transition animations as you move from, say, the home screen to an app, or when you exit an app and go back to the home screen. While attractive, these animations can make the phone feel sluggish. The good news is that you can disable them. It’s a little tricky, but thanks to a great YouTube video by MADDTec, you can follow right along as you read these tips.
The Galaxy S4’s camera runs circles around other smartphone cameras when it comes to features, but it’s the fastest. The first thing you’ll want to do is set a lock-screen shortcut for the Camera app, so you can unlock directly to the camera with a swipe. Here’s how to do it:
The Galaxy S4 could also be faster when it comes to shot-to-shot times. However, if you enable the Best Photo feature, you’ll be able to fire off eight shots in a row and then select the best one. Here’s how:
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By default, the Galaxy S4 offers a nifty lock-screen Light effect that can follow your finger with a tiny beam of light. When you unlock the device, a wider beam of light spreads across the device. That’s cool, but we noticed that with this animation enabled, it sometimes takes a bit longer for the screen to turn on after you press the power button. The actual unlocking action takes only a hair longer. Still, every half second adds up over time. Here’s how to toggle the lock-screen effect off: