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CNET Top 5: Reasons not to buy the Galaxy S4

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CNET Top 5: Reasons not to buy the Galaxy S4

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an excellent smartphone, but that doesn't necessarily mean you should buy one. Here are five reasons to stay away.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is poised to be the hottest Android phone of the Summer. After the blazing success of the Galaxy S3, all Samsung has to do is not ruin a good thing. But maintaining the status quo isn't the kind of thing that typically gets Android fans frothing at the mouth. So if youÃ?re looking for an excuse NOT to buy the Galaxy S4, IÃ?m here to count down five reasons to just say no. 5. Underdog Innovation Starting off at #5: The Underdogs. With the S4, Samsung is just trying to hold their lead, so now it's on the underdogs to try to steal the spotlight. LG has those beautiful screens. HTC has that whole kinder, gentler, hipper take on Android. Nokia is, uh... What are they doing, anyway? [show Windows logo] Oh right, theyÃ?ll come around. Point is, you never know what the next breakthrough feature will be, but you can bet it'll come from a manufacturer with something to prove. 4. Boring design The #2 reason NOT to buy a Galaxy S4: ItÃ?s boring. ItÃ?s a big, fast, totally boring looking phone. ItÃ?s stamped from the same smooth, nondescript plastic design as the S3, and when you take it out, most people will think itÃ?s an S3. If you want to get noticed, go get an HTC One. For the same money, you get twice the storage and a design that is both elegant and unique. I mean really, isnÃ?t standing out from the crowd part of what attracted you to Android in the first place? 3. Galaxy S3 Alright, coming in at #3, the Samsung Galaxy S3. If youÃ?re going to walk around with something that looks like the S3, why not just buy the S3? This is a phone weÃ?ve been raving about all year? And guess what? ItÃ?s still awesome. Plus, the S3 is a steal right now. So just upgrade that thing to Jelly Bean, buy a bigger case, and no one will know the difference. 2. Nexus 5 Coming in at #2: the Google Nexus 5. Google has been putting their stamp on some great hardware recently IÃ?m sure they wish their Nexus phones got more respect. With Google I/O right around the corner, itÃ?s worth waiting to see if they have a killer new phone to show off. A new Nexus could also bring the first taste of Android Key Lime Pie. Man, I always get so hungry when I do these Android stories. Now before we get to the #1 reason to pass on the Samsung Galaxy S4, lets balance things out with some reasons why the S4 rocks. It's on just about every carrier, it has some killer camera features, quad-core processor, removable battery Android 4.2.2, a big ol' screen, and you can even use it as a TV remote. It was honestly pretty hard to come up with 5 reasons not to buy this phone. It won an Outstanding rating from CNETÃ?s Jessica Dolcourt and an EditorsÃ? Choice. So donÃ?t listen to me - go buy this phone. 1. The next Samsung phone. That is, unless youÃ?re the patient type. My #1 reason to pass on the Galaxy S4: the next Samsung phone... whatever it is. You thought I was going to say iPhone, didn't you? Shame on you. Nope, now that Samsung has a hit on their hands, they're their own worst enemy. That company cranks out different phone models faster than Tumblr can crank out animated cat GIFs. If the S4 isn't quite your cup of tea, just wait a minute for the Galaxy Note III or any of the Galaxy remixes that will follow until the Galaxy S5 rumors start bubbling up, and weÃ?ll be treated to another head-scratching launch event. Point is, thereÃ?s no rush, and waiting will only work to your advantage. So there you go, 5 reasons to take a deep breath and maybe wait this one out. For CNET's full review of the S4 and all of the competition, head over to phones.cnet.com. And for more videos like this, check out top5.cnet.com. I'm Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
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