Blue Galaxy S4 coming to America via Best Buy, and it’s Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint compatible

BY Stefan Constantinescu

Published 8 Nov 2013

First launched in Japan back in May of this year, the Arctic Blue Samsung Galaxy S4 is finally coming to the United States via an exclusive deal with Best Buy. The big box retailer will be selling the device starting November 14th with your standard price tag of $200 with a two year contract. If you’re a T-Mobile customer, I’m sorry to say that you’re not going to be able to buy this thing since it’s only meant for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Sure, you could buy the AT&T model and unlock it, but that’s a pain.

Now for the important question: In November 2013, is the Galaxy S4 still a competitive device? In my mind, absolutely. It’s more expensive than the Nexus 5, but it also has better battery life and a far superior camera. It’s slower than the Note 3, for sure, but I understand that not everyone wants a 5.7 inch smartphone. About the only device I’d encourage you to look at if you’re considering the Galaxy S4 is the LG G2.

Wait, what?! Stefan is telling people to go LG?

Yesterday I had my first meeting with LG after spending years and year trolling them in my articles. They let me play with the Nexus 5, the G Pad 8.3, and the G2. To say I was impressed with the G2 would be an understatement. The screen is ridiculously good, the phone is fast, and the software is nowhere near as terrible as I thought it would be. That and it has a camera with optical image stabilization, so it’s better than what’s in the GS4, by a long shot.

But truth be told, unless you need a phone right now, I’d say stick with what you have for another six months. By then we’ll have the Galaxy S5, the LG G3, and whatever HTC decides to name the successor to the One.