The Galaxy S4 is available on AT&T's 4G LTE network. Currently AT&T is only stocking the 16GB version, but it has said that the 32GB version will be available May 10. The Galaxy S4 is available in white and black from AT&T. The carrier has not yet announced plans for any additional colors.
AT&T has put a light amount of branding in its S4s, including a Globe logo on the back of the phone. There's also the AT&T name on the lock screen, and the upper left of the home screen, whenever you don't have an active notification.
The space available on the Galaxy S4 has become something of a sticking point for customers. Many have been disappointed to find that there 16GB S4 has only 8GB or so available, after the Android OS, Samsung software and carrier applications.
Samsung has responded, saying that S4's microSD slot, which lets users add an additional 64GB of space, more than makes up for this issue. However, apps cannot be installed to an SD card, so this only helps for storing media such as videos, pictures and music.
If you plan to have a lot of big apps such as games on your phone, you may want to spend a little more on the 32GB version, once its available.
Our AT&T Galaxy S4 review unit arrived with a little over 9GB of free space on it.
AT&T devices always arrive with a selection of the carrier's own apps, most of which users will likely never touch. Most of these apps are not installed by default, and will only install once you open them and give them permission. That way they don't take up much room, but you're not able to delete their icons, and will always see them in your app drawer.
Many of these apps, such as AT&T Navigator, AT&T Family Map and Mobile TV, charge $9.99 a month. Be wary of starting their 30-day free trials, as they will start to bill you after that one-month period.
We've always been somewhat mystified by AT&T and it's expensive, wonky software. AT&T Navigator is the strangest, as it offers service that's below the quality of the free Google Maps. There's literally no reason to use it.
AT&T Messenger is the one app we'd actually like to use, since it allows you to send SMS messages from you computer's browser, soft of like Apple's iMessages. Unfortunately, it works in tandem with AT&T Address Book, and both apps are unreliable. If you're looking to message between your phone and computer, we recommend Google's Talk app, which meshes nicely with Google Plus web chat.
AT&T's call quality and 4G LTE service
AT&T caught a lot of flack back when it was the only US carrier with the iPhone, and dropped calls were rampant. Thankfully, that's hardly an issue these days. We've used AT&T for a ling time, much longer than our testing period with the S4. We've found both the connectivity and voice quality on AT&T to be very good.
We never have static on the line, and dropped calls are practically a thing of the past. We're not sure if its just competition that's driven AT&T to step up its game, or the power of 4G LTE, but we'd put AT&T among the best carriers as far as quality.
For data service, AT&T's 4G LTE network is nationwide, but there are still gaps where you'll find yourself on slower 4G service. Yes, 4G and 4G LTE are different, LTE being faster.
In the city of San Francisco, we found ourselves on 4G LTE more often than not, though there were pockets of the city where we would dip into regular 4G. However, we were never without data service, and always able to browse the web and get email.