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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is quite an amazing smartphone. It has cutting edge technology, hardware, and a large number of features, all designed to make the customer enjoy this phone more than any other phone. For anyone looking to upgrade, it is recommended that you take a look at this phone. However, as is the case with other top-notch phones, the phone has a number of glitches which elicit a lot of complaints. Sometimes the glitches can be fixed by workarounds and sometimes they require the manufacturer to come up with a patch. Here are some of the most common issues and their workarounds.
Lag or Stutter
The Problem: When the S4 is getting into and out of certain apps, it has been found to have some lag time. The same thing happens when you are unlocking, and when you press the home button. The phone has also been found to stutter when performing standard tasks, even right out of the box. Most customers expect that a phone with this kind of power would operate as smooth as silk.
The Workaround: You can select Settings, go to Developer options, and scroll down. Change the Window animation scale, Transition animation scale, and Animator duration scale to Animation is off. The phone may not have the developer option unlocked, so you can unlock yours by selecting Settings > More > About device and then tapping the Build number several times. When the option is unlocked, you will get a pop-up message.
Display Smearing or Ghosting
The Problem: There are times when you scroll down the S4 menus, while it has a black background, and you realize that there is some ghosting of the animation. This brings a purple haze to all parts of the screen that have a grey color. If you turn the brightness down, then the effect is magnified. Some customers claim that the black also gets a red tint.
The Workaround: There is a free app that is called “Screen Adjustor” which can help you calibrate the contrast and colors of the display. Samsung has already released an update that has removed the tinting, but the ghosting still appears for some users.
Smart Pause, Scroll Stay
The Problem: Smart pause and scroll and stay are some of the features that made people buy the S4. It is therefore a great disappointment when you try to use some of these features and you cannot since they just won’t work. After a customer buys an expensive product due to certain features that were advertised, and then cannot use them, then the whole gadget becomes a frustrating disappointment.
The Workaround: Make sure that the smart screen is turned on in the Settings. Go to My device, and select Smart screen. If it is turned on, then you could try to ensure that you are in an environment bright enough to allow the phone to discern your face clearly. If you are in a dark area, then the feature will not work because the phone cannot see you.
Lack of Storage
The Problem: The phone may be running slowly, or may be running out of memory. This could be because there are too many apps taking up room in the memory, or because too many are open at once. It could also be attributed to bloatware pre-loaded in the phone’s 16 GB memory.
The Workaround: The S4 can use a MicroSD card of up to 64 GB, or you can opt to store your files in an online storage site such as Google Drive or Dropbox. However, there are applications that you cannot store on the MicroSD card, and others will not run from a cloud, so you need to get the device jail broken, and then remove most of the pre-loaded apps that you do not use.
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