The Samsung Galaxy S III made quite a splash yesterday when finally revealed to the world. The phone won’t be available for shipping till the end of this month but it is already drawing comparisons with various competitors out there. The HTC One Series phones and Nokia Lumia as well as older devices such as the iPhone 4S by bitter rivals of Samsung are some that have been compared to the SGSIII on various sites. All of that aside, here’s why you might want to consider buying the SGSIII and why it beats pretty much every Android device currently out there.
The device, after creating unparalleled hype (for a non-iPhone device) for months, was finally unveiled at the Samsung Unpacked event just yesterday. Following the trend of taking what’s already good and simply making it better, the Samsung Galaxy S III is not exactly revolutionary or highly innovative. It improves upon the S II model and most of the improvements lie in the software rather than the hardware.
It comes with Android 4.0 with Samsung’s own Touchwiz overlayed. The UI resembles Gingerbread Android 2.3 more than it does the Ice cream Sandwich Android 4.0, which is sure to offend some. But the thing is that it works great with the new technologies branded in this device whatever it looks like. The Camera app has been updated significantly as well and the camera itself improved overall.
The device has already also taken it up a notch with a large number of radios, some you may not have even known you could have needed. These include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS but there’s also GLONASS, NFC, LTE and HSPE+. These radios have been seen on several other devices in the past. What’s special here is that now they’re all together on only one device now. That’s pretty awesome. AllShare Cast and AllShare Play are also present. AllShare Cast is a pretty cool feature which will allow you to wirelessly stream content from your smartphone to your television set. This is achieved by a base station connected to your television with an HDMI cord to which the SGSIII will then connect without the need for another cable. For this sharing app to be used however, people will have to first purchase the All Cast Hub accessory.
The Android beam has been updated and renamed to the S Beam. This is yet another wireless connection which will allow you to connect with a number of other devices. The cutting cords theme has been prevalent throughout the Samsung event, with the Korean company introducing accessories such as a Wireless Charging Kit. Other accessories also include an interesting MP3 player called the S Pebble which is pebble shaped, to no one’s surprise. This independent music player will come with earphones and will work with the SGSIII, bypassing the need to use a PC.
Then there’s apt-X integrated within the Samsung Galaxy S III, also in the Motorola DROID RAZR and the recent HTC One Series. The technology has also been seen on products such as Apple’s Snow Leopard and is basically all set to revolutionize the Bluetooth streaming media with apt-X. Basically owners of the SGSIII will be no longer have to worry about loss of quality and audio distortion over Bluetooth and can enjoy using Bluetooth earbuds, headphones and the like. It’s all about going wireless.
Smart Stay has also been incorporated. It would’ve been better if Samsung has advertized this technology in a less creepy way but it still seems impressive. This claims to follow every move you make and the phone acts accordingly. If you’re reading, the 1.9 MP front facing camera monitoring you will realize this and the backlight will not go off. If you fall asleep while watching a movie the display will turn off.
Then there’s Samsung’s iteration of Apple’s Siri, the imaginatively named S-Voice which does what any such voice command program does. Say something and the S-Voice will carry it out for you, with commands such as Direct Call and even Snooze.
In conclusion, the SGSIII is not exactly a revolutionary device. The software improvements are numerous but the device fails to impress physically. Samsung has been accused of making cheap-feeling devices in the past and a ceramic casing was expected to cover that shortcoming this time around. However, the polycarbonate device with a ‘hyperglaze’ coating on it still feels cheap, reportedly, gets smudged too easily and looks too much like a mashup of the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S. But once it begins shipping at the end of May, it is likely to exceed the Samsung Galaxy S II units sold so far. Most people out there would want to get their hands on the latest and greatest Android device out there and this device is it.
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