Episode 39: Is the Samsung Galaxy S4 the right phone for you?

In this week's episode, we let the people give the Galaxy S4 a run for its money and take the Huawei Ascend Mate out of the box. Plus, Molly gives her brain a serious workout!

The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a lot of tech to the table. From eye-tracking and gesture control, to its built-in translator and ability to act as a TV remote, the phone is cutting-edge in a plethora of ways. That being said, in today's highly saturated smartphone market, does the S4 have what it takes to be the best? And if it does, is it enough to get people to switch or upgrade with so many good options out there? With these questions in mind, we dished the S4 out to three people, both iOS and Android users, to let them decide if the S4 belongs in their lives.

For this week's unboxing, we unleashed one of the biggest (if not the biggest) phablets in the world: the Huawei Ascend Mate . This thing looked promising at CES and Mobile World Congress, but after playing with it for a little bit, Molly and Jeff were both left unsure (not to mention it might be spying on us!). Don't worry, we'll keep you guys updated on our experience with the phablet as well as the status of Huawei's "ban" here in the U.S.

The size of the screen is great for games, not so great for your pocket.

Finally, a new type of workout is making its way into our lives, but it doesn't involve dumbbells, yoga mats, or a Bowflex. All this workout needs is some computer games and your brain. People have started to exercise their thinker just like they would any muscle. Molly visited two of the movement's leading companies, Lumosity and PositScience, to give it a try.

In anticipation for next week's road trip episode, this week's mailbag focuses on car travel. Our first e-mail tells a bizarre tale about someone leaving his phone on top of his car's engine, closing the hood, and driving away. The next viewer writes of his frustration with mapping, both GPS and the forgotten art of reading a paper map. Caught up in the moment after reading this, Molly and Jeff swear to never use paper...ever. We're sad to say that they might be breaking this promise as soon as next week.

That's it for this episode! Tune in on Tuesday for the premiere of our episode shot on the road in a tricked-out RV. Thanks for watching!

 

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