The Samsung Galaxy S IV is one of the most feature-rich smartphones ever released. The manual is over 140 pages long, and consists mostly of basic instructions for first time owners. Things like the icon guide will be great for first time users:
For more advanced users, or for those of you who have previously owned a Galaxy device, you might be more interested in some of these new features that we found while flipping through the pages of the user manual. Let’s take a look at our top 5 favorite features in the new Samsung Galaxy S IV:
1. Air Gestures
The Galaxy S IV now has 5 air gesture commands:
- Quick Glance: When the screen is turned off, you can bring your hand in front of the proximity sensor to view missed calls, new messages and other notifications.
- Air Jump: While viewing emails or webpages, you can scroll by waving your hand up and down in front of the device–handy if you have dirty hands while cooking or working on a DIY project.
- Air Browse: Wave your hand across the sensors to browse through images, music, webpages, songs or memos.
- Air Move: White tapping and holding an icon, you can wave your hand across the sensor to move the icon to another screen.
- Air Call-Accept: Pick up a call without having to touch your device by waving your hand left, then right across the Galaxy S IV’s sensors.
2. Multi Window
This feature allows multiple windows of certain applications to be run simultaneously on your Galaxy S IV’s screen. You won’t have to switch back and forth between a current message or email when browsing your gallery for the perfect image to attach.
3. Dual Camera Mode
Allows you to take a picture with your rear-facing and front-facing camera simultaneously, allowing you to take a self portrait and a landscape simultaneously. Now you can add the clarity of your rear-facing camera and the personal touch of your front-facing camera to your photos!
4. S Health
S Health is a new feature from Samsung that add’s a full suite of self quantification features to your Galaxy S IV. Once you have set up your profile, S Health’s algorithms can do everything from counting calories to recommending caloric intake. There are accessories in tow such as heart rate monitor, which will further increase the accuracy and usefulness of S Health.
5. Optical Reader
Samsung’s latest feature is there OCR (optical character recognition) tool, which allows users to quickly transcribe text from an image. This is great for those times when you have a physical copy of a URL or a short bit of text (like a quote) that you want to keep/share as text.
To see all of the Galaxy S IV’s features and learn how to use them, check out the official Samsung Galaxy S IV user manual in its entirety: