The Samsung Galaxy S4 May 23 release date for Verizon has finally come and Android fans, as well as new consumers, are hitting the doors of the mobile-service provider to purchase and review Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. Though Verizon is the preferred network of many with lightening-fast speeds and extensive coverage, competitors like AT&T were not ready to go down without a fight. Pulling an ace out of it's sleeve, AT&T announced today that it would be the sole seller of a coveted Aurora Red Galaxy S4, available for Pre-Order, Friday, May 24 - just one day behind the Verizon launch. These, however, are just a few of the reasons Samsung's Galaxy S4 is killing the competition like iPhone 5, HTC One and Blackberry Z10. Check out our review below

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review: What New Colors Are Coming? AT&T Claims Exclusive "Aurora Red"

Up to this point the Galaxy S4 has only been made available in Black Forest and White Mist, but today the company announced good things come to those who wait. A full range of new colors is coming including Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn. But as to Red Aurora, this color is going exclusively to AT&T and can be pre-ordered beginning Friday, May 24. The Aurora Red Galaxy S4 from AT&T will be $199.99 with a two-year contract and will be available in-stores and online, on June 14. (To see the full range of colors that will be available for Galaxy S4 check out the slide show above, or click here to start the slideshow now.)

With new colors and a wide range of killer features and specs Samsung's S4 has easily positioned itself as a mobile market leader. We're only in the first month of Galaxy S4 sales after release to major carriers and already Samsung's flagship smartphone has accrued 10 million buyers. When broken down by time, the numbers are astounding. One Samsung Galaxy S4 has been sold every 4 seconds since its release. To put in perspective just how popular the Galaxy S4 has become with consumers, it took Galaxy S3 nearly two month to reach 10 million units sold, while the Galaxy S II took 5 months to meet this goal. With numbers like this, no review is needed to see why the Galaxy S4 is killing the competition

Samsung Galaxy S4 Features and Specs Review: Why This Smartphone Is Killing The Competition

With the launch of the Galaxy S4 at all the major mobile carriers, competing devices like the iPhone 5, the HTC One and the Blackberry Z10 really don't stand a chance. A quick review of the Galaxy S4 specs and features and you'll see it outperforms each of these competing smartphones.

In case you weren't privy to the features of the Galaxy S4, here's a quick rundown of the devices specs and coveted features:

The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes equipped with a 5-inch 1080p display. It sports a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and high-resolution 13MP camera. Despite some very solid features the Samsung smartphone manages to maintain a lightweight design. Fans were delighted to discover the Galaxy S4 like its predecessors comes a removable back for changing out the battery. In addition, the Galaxy S4 brings with it plenty of storage as micro SD card slot is part of each device for expanding memory past the 32 GB most devices at US carriers are advertising. The latest Samsung smartphone also comes with the newest Android operating system, 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Galaxy S4 Release Date Review: Problems Arise With Samsung's Latest Smartphone

In reviews of a new smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, one has to take a look at the positives and the negatives. It seems some consumers have already begun noting issues with the Galaxy S4  like problems with Wi-Fi connectivity at times, which Samsung has acknowledged. Some consumers also note problems with the S4 battery drain, particularly when using some data-heavy apps Google Play Music and Media Server. Samsung's S4 also appears to have some issues with heating which could be contributing to some of the battery drain.

Galaxy S4 Named Top-Rated Smartphone By Consumer Reports

Overall, though, when reviewing the new Samsung S4, fans seem to be pretty satisfied, and the smartphone was even named Consumer Reports' top-rated smartphone. The title was previously held by the LG Optimus G. Here is what Consumer Reports had to say about the Galaxy S4

"The Samsung Galaxy S 4, one of the most advanced Android smart phones ever, is our new top-rated smart phone. The S4 delivered top-notch performance in the most critical areas of our tests, including the camera ... The S4 has an excellent 5-inch, high-definition (1080p) touch-screen display, as well as oodles of gesture- and sensor-based tools for accessing and sharing content you create and capture on your phone. The display is sensitive enough to use with gloves on-handy during cold weather ...The S4 lets you run two apps simultaneously in a split-screen view. For instance, you can watch a video while checking e-mail, or you can use Google Maps and Messaging simultaneously."

These are just a few of the many features that are drawing AT&T and Verizon customers to the mobile carriers.

With such an amazing first month of release for the Galaxy S4 it seems the sky is the limit for the Samsung flagship phone, proving that if there is any company who understands what consumers want, it is Samsung.

Which Galaxy S4 will you review  and with which carrier? Will you be buying AT&T's Aurora Red model? Share your thoughts in the comments below.