Consumer Reports: Galaxy S4 best smartphone, Galaxy Note 8.0 beats iPad mini in rankings

by: Chris SmithMay 20, 2013

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Two of Samsung’s latest mobile products, a smartphone and a tablet, have been praised for their performance by Consumer Reports.

We’re looking at the recently launched Galaxy S4 (our review here) and Galaxy Note 8.0 (our review here), with both receiving plenty of positive remarks from the publication.

Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is Consumer Reports’ new “top-rated” smartphone, displacing the LG Optimus G from the top spot it has occupied in its ratings for several months.

The phone has been picked up as the best handset with three major mobile carriers in the U.S. including AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile – it’s worth noting that the Verizon Galaxy S4 model is only shipping now to consumers. In addition to the Big Four, we’ll also remind you that the handset is available from various other regional mobile operators in the region.

The Galaxy S4 has received top scores for various categories, including usability, voice calls and messaging. Consumer Reports found that “battery life and voice quality varied slightly between cell carriers,” just like with the former top-rated smartphone, the Optimus G.

The publication reminds us that a special edition Galaxy S4 device running stock Android will soon be launched and that it could run Android 4.3 right out of the box, as some rumors suggest.

Galaxy Note 8.0

The Samsung-made iPad mini rival has also impressed Consumer Reports, with the device receiving 84 points in the company’s survey, outscoring its iOS rival.

Having received top marks in the “7- to 8-inch Wi-Fi tablets” rankings, the tablet “offers stellar performance.” While being $70 more expensive than its most important competitor, the Galaxy Note 8 packs some features the iPad mini doesn’t offer including a stylus, a memory card reader that makes up for the limited 16GB storage and GPS support.

In addition to the Galaxy Note 8.0, the publication also remarks other products such as Coby tablets (in 7-, 8- and 10.1-inch sizes), the Archos GamePad and the Windows 8-based Dell Latitude 10 Essentials.

  • Surprised the HTC One didn’t make the top list.
    Advertisement will always win :(

    • Abdullah

      U MAD BRO ? the HTC One’s sales didnt even reach 2 million, and the GS4 reached 4 million in just 4 days ! LOL

      • CeleriacX2

        Like the man said, advertisement will always win. As will better sales rep commission.

        • simpleas

          Ads without good products don’t mean nothing. Keep on crying more. I recommend Tums.

  • Dexter Lanning

    Where can I get that wallpaper?!

  • simpleas

    Good job Sammy yet again. People are not stupid. They know a good phone when they see one. Samsung clearly has more awesome practical features than all the other small companies combined lol. (htc, lg, motorola etc) And then they have the best minimal looking designs. (unlike some kid robot toy with the htc) And the best ads the mobile world has ever seen. All this on top of Remov Storage and Batts. Sounds like BILLIONS to me :) Keep on Innovating Sammy!

  • Stranger from a far coast

    Hipster = HTC One
    Everyone else = Galaxy S4

    • HTC One is for hipsters? Are you serious? I’d still pick the S4 over the One, but calling the One “for hipsters” just because it’s not mainstream is just… wrong… It’s still a great phone, in my opinion.

  • Itamar

    Note the negative mention of the GamPad:
    “Also new is the Archos GamePad, a tablet with built-in game controls. It’s inexpensive for a tablet, at $180, but it doesn’t live up to what you probably demand from either a tablet or a portable gaming device.”

  • Rooney-

    Way to go sammy!

  • redbaron

    Hipster = Sony Xperia Z
    HTC One = not many buyers
    Everyone else = Galaxy S4
    Blackberry = what is that
    Nokia = past memories

    • simpleas