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Samsung Galaxy S III Launched, Hands-On Testing

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the another-day-another-phone dept.

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MojoKid writes "One of the most highly anticipated Android phones of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S III, and its official launch is today. This smartphone comes with a number of new features we haven't seen on many Android phones, including improved voice control functionality, new sharing features, and Near Field Communication features. Those include Samsung's new TecTiles, which are programmable NFC tags you can use to control the phone's many features and functions. For example, you can program a TecTile to automatically change phone settings for a particular location, send a text message, open apps, etc. Samsung's S Voice functionality works much the same way as Apple's Siri: you can use plain English to tell the phone what you want it to do. You can set alarms, update your social networks, get navigation instructions and ask basic questions. During tests with the Galaxy S III, the performance and accuracy with S Voice was comparable to Siri on an iPhone 4S. Performance-wise, the Galaxy S III handled well in the benchmarks, with Qualcomm's dual-core SnapDragon S4 offering a very fluid experience across Samsung's 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display."

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Has anyone seen... (2)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about 2 years ago | (#40382855)

Where are the alleged 32GB and 64GB versions? They were announced along with the 16GB versions, but may be no more than attractive vapor to draw in customers (it nearly worked on me, but all the vendors say they only have 16GB models).

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40382887)

I have the 32 GB version in my pocket. But i didn't see the 64GB one here (switzerland)

Re:Has anyone seen... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40382941)

Different phone. You have the international, quad-core Exynos, HSPA GT-I9300. This article is about the US-only, dual-core Krait, LTE SGH-I747 (AT&T), SGH-I535 (Verizon) and SGH-T999 (T-Mobile, only HSPA on this version).

Re:Has anyone seen... (2)

Liambp (1565081) | about 2 years ago | (#40382919)

Can't you just upgrade the memory with a microSD? You certainly could with the original Galaxy.

Re:Has anyone seen... (2)

master811 (874700) | about 2 years ago | (#40383035)

Yes you can, but as always I guess onboard memory is always faster than external SD cards.

Re:Has anyone seen... (2)

Nursie (632944) | about 2 years ago | (#40383265)

While this is likely true, I had thought that SDXC cards were supposed to be pretty quick.

Re:Has anyone seen... (2)

Inda (580031) | about 2 years ago | (#40383515)

I stumped up the cash for a 32GB Samsung Class 10 for my S2 and haven't been dissapointed.

There's no real need to save videos and images straight to the card, so I use it as a media store. Through a USB cable, I'm able to stream 1080p XVID to the TV, so it's plenty fast enough.

The S3 will come and go before my contract runs out. I think I'll wait for the S4....

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

emocomputerjock (1099941) | about 2 years ago | (#40384513)

That's not a bad idea. I'm of the opinion that there will always, always be a better phone around the corner and as long as your apps run and your vendor isn't making your phone unusable with software updates there's no need to upgrade out of cycle. Naturally, if you're a developer and require the newest models for what you do, that's a different story.

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 2 years ago | (#40388833)

In many cases, onboard memory is one of the targets of cost savings. Spend money on a class 10 memory card and you'll likely find it performing better then built in memory.

Re:Has anyone seen... (0)

P-niiice (1703362) | about 2 years ago | (#40383885)

are you asking me to settle for less storage because i will literally kill you

Re:Has anyone seen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40385093)

I don't think that word "literally" means what you think it does. I hope that's the case anyway, otherwise you've literally threatened to kill someone whilst using your userid. I think you meant 'figuratively'.

Re:Has anyone seen... (0)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 2 years ago | (#40382925)

How does vaporware draw in customers? Hypnotized apple fans are known for buying every version that comes out, but for the most part the average android customer, buys the one they want when it comes out. I would imagine unobtainable vaporware, delays if not removes the sale. IE the 32 GB version should be out in a month, I'll wait until it comes out before buying.

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40383313)

Why the Apple comparison? If there's one company known to be the antithesis of vapourware it's got to be Apple - they simply do not announce products unless they are almost ready to ship, and software is only publicly announced if it has a definite internal release date.

Other than the white iPhone (which did eventually ship), I can't think of any vapourware products from Apple, so I'm not really seeing the relevance of mentioning them, unless you were going for a cheap dig, but you're above that, right?

Re:Has anyone seen... (0)

Riceballsan (816702) | about 2 years ago | (#40383363)

I wasn't talking about vaporware at all, with apple I was referring to the level of loyalty of their fan-base, and the rapidness of their hardcore to upgrade. IE the quanity of apple fans who will buy (rolling way back in time here), the 1GB Ipod, and then the 4 GB Ipod when it comes out a month later, then the 8GB one 3 months after that. There are a handful of those types with any product, but Apple seems to have the largest quantity of that type of person. While more frugal people, will likely not buy until the version with as much space as they need comes out, and hang onto it until it no longer meets their needs, regardless of how many other versions come out in the meantime.

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

iamhassi (659463) | about 2 years ago | (#40390195)

" I was referring to the level of loyalty of their fan-base, and the rapidness of their hardcore to upgrade."

They have fans because they make great products and they support those products. A iPhone that runs next year's iOS 6 [theverge.com] is only 99 cents. [gottabemobile.com]

Cheap and runs next year's OS? Yes please. Oh wait, no 4.8" OMGLOL screen. Nevermind, because, you know, I buy phones for the hardware, not because it runs the all the apps I want now and next year.

Re:Has anyone seen... (1)

trcooper (18794) | about 2 years ago | (#40383943)

My 32GB version is scheduled to ship by 7/9. Preordered through Verizon.

I don't believe there has been anyone touting a 64GB version. 32+SD is what I want though. Don't know if I'd pony up another $50-100 for an extra 32GB on board.

"Official launch"? (4, Informative)

ledow (319597) | about 2 years ago | (#40382911)

Funny, I've had four of them in my office for about a week now, with the brief of setting them up with our Google Apps for Educators accounts.

We didn't do anything special, just rang up our normal mobile supplier and they gave us four business contracts and posted the phones out same day.

Official launch in the US, maybe?

Re:"Official launch"? (3, Interesting)

pinkushun (1467193) | about 2 years ago | (#40382979)

... plus 4 years for African Countries. I just got my upgrade, the S1 promoted as "the phone" to have.

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

Barefoot Monkey (1657313) | about 2 years ago | (#40383139)

Depends on the country, I suppose. In South Africa the S3 has been available for weeks already. Where you you from?

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

inasity_rules (1110095) | about 2 years ago | (#40387805)

I believe we get the 4 core version. :) If it there is nothing better, it will be my next phone when my contract expires in September, though there will no doubt be something better by then...

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 2 years ago | (#40383247)

Yep. Had mine for a few weeks, already had one update and rooted it. Must say I am quite impressed, it is a nice upgrade from the original Galaxy S in terms of speed. The screen is lovely too.

Re:"Official launch"? (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40383893)

it's the US launch.

of the shittier specced version.

so "yeehaa".

Re:"Official launch"? (3, Interesting)

Draveed (664730) | about a year ago | (#40395111)

Is it really all that shitty? The US version gets a 2-core processor but 2 GB of RAM. The international version gets a 4-core processor with only 1 GB of RAM. How many apps will really utilize those 4 cores? Frankly, I suspect having more RAM will end up being more beneficial in real world usage.

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 2 years ago | (#40384003)

Yeah, Slashdot being a little too US-Centric this time.

This is announcing the launch of the carrier-crippled mutant derpbeasts, not the real I9300.

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 2 years ago | (#40385305)

Slashdot is being to US centric for a US website that is US centric?

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

ledow (319597) | about 2 years ago | (#40386147)

Slashdot doesn't say anywhere that it's US-centric. In fact most of the articles for the past few months have been about the Raspberry Pi, PirateBay and UK legislation.

I have always assumed it is US, but there's no reason to pretend this is the ONLY launch date in the world, especially not when it's one of the LAST countries to get it.

And when UK-centric sites announce launch dates, even for UK products, they always clarify it if there are other launch dates out there. It's common courtesy. The "Inter" in "Internet" stands for something, you know. I'd be shocked if more than 70% of the visitors were permanently residing in the US.

There's no reason to continue to be an arse, just because the rest of the world thinks you already believe US = World.

Re:"Official launch"? (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 2 years ago | (#40386339)

Slashdot doesn't say anywhere that it's US-centric

It used to. Since it was bought by a company though they have removed that bit of knowledge so as not to offend any potential new readers I guess.
Your UID is low enough to have read many postings pointing this out in the past though.

In other parts of the world... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40382961)

... the Galaxy S3 has been available for a while already. The USA is not the center of the world is this is not an "Official launch" but merely a "local one".
I know, it must be hard for once, not to be the first on the line.

Try to bear with it..

Re:In other parts of the world... (2)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#40383095)

Same name, different phone. The US model is very different. So, yes, this is an official launch.

Re:In other parts of the world... (4, Funny)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40383319)

So that's how they're getting around Android fragmentation! Just call everything the same name and model number. No more fragmentation!

Re:In other parts of the world... (0)

gstrickler (920733) | about 2 years ago | (#40383511)

They learned from Microsoft and Apple. If you just name it the same thing, you can make people think it's the same.

Re:In other parts of the world... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383609)

I know right?

I was at a phone store the other day. This sales guy was showing some lady these Android phones, pointing out how one had a 4.5 in screen and keyboard, one had a 3.9 in screen and 3D, one had a 5 in screen and stylus, and so on. I went up, grabbed her away, and yelled 'FFFFFFFRAGMENTATION!' at the top of my lungs, and shoved her to the iPhone section. She ended up buying 500 iPhones for her small business.

Another victory for Apple. Thank god for iPhone.

Re:In other parts of the world... (1)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40383737)

Cool story bro.

Also, you fell for it. ;)

Ah, you can tell the real problems with a platform by how touchy the extremely brave anonymous fans are who take the bait when you post a joke about it.

Re:In other parts of the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40387373)

You're a well known iFanboy. You don't get to make jokes about Android, because we know you're just trolling.

And try making jokes about Apple products and see how quickly the devout fanbase goes nuts over them.

Re:In other parts of the world... (1)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40387529)

You're a well known iFanboy. You don't get to make jokes about Android, because we know you're just trolling.

And try making jokes about Apple products and see how quickly the devout fanbase goes nuts over them.

What? That the name "Finder" is an oxymoron, because even Apple realised it didn't work and gave us Spotlight! That sort of thing?

Or how about "feels snappier" as a reply to any update to an Apple product? No? What about posting the Fry "shut up and take my money" meme in discussion threads about upcoming products?

And as far as being a "well known" fanboy - yes, that's what tends to happen when you log in to post and spend a lot of time in a community. How is this a bad thing?

Why don't I get to make jokes about Android? Is it because you can't stand to hear any criticism, even in jest? There's a difference between trolling and having a joke in a community - as you'll see from my previous posts (that's what happens when you log in - you have a posting history) I'm not mean spirited or malicious, and I have plenty of positive things to say about Android. It's more telling that you, the brave AC, forbid me from joking about it because you're too sensitive a "Fandroid" (can I call you that, given that you're categorising me as an "iFanboy") to even consider that people might make jokes about your platform of choice. Of course, there are *never* any jokes about Apple products or Apple users from non-Apple users on slashdot, right? Or am I allowed to go around like a petulant child and whine that they're not allowed to make jokes about Apple because they're "well known non-Apple-users"? If the answer to that rhetorical question is "no" then the term you're looking for is hypocrite.

In the mean time, try not to take any jokes about your beloved Android so personally; you'll have fewer nerd rage incidents that cause you to forget to log in.

Re:In other parts of the world... (1)

Luckyo (1726890) | about 2 years ago | (#40388905)

One size fits all. Also true for shoes. Don't want to fragment them toes, do we?

Re:In other parts of the world... (2)

Miamicanes (730264) | about a year ago | (#40395069)

> The US model is very different.

I've read lots of posts that said they "had" to use dualcore "because of LTE", but why, exactly, did the LTE-equipped US models non-negotiably *HAVE* to be dualcore? Is there some insurmountable engineering reason why they couldn't have just slapped a separate LTE radio module onto them, like Sprint has done with all of their high-end phones for the past 3 years to add wimax to them? I mean, did they make prototype SGS3 phone with Exynos, MDM6600, and Beceem LTE chip, then discover that the combination had a major problem with feedback or harmonics that nuked EVDO or LTE? Or was it just a matter of Samsung trying to save a few bucks by going with a cheaper dualcore SOC that has onboard LTE instead of spending more to build it with an Exynos and a separate LTE radio modem?

Re:In other parts of the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383537)

Try to RTFA

Re:In other parts of the world... (1)

BenJury (977929) | about 2 years ago | (#40383879)

As all the interweb kids are saying 'misleading title is misleading'.

If the FA is about the US version, then maybe this post should be titled 'US Specific Samsung Galaxy S III Launched'? You know, as the rest of the world has had a Galaxy S III for some time...

Re:In other parts of the world... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40383905)

that's how other sites did it..

they specced if it's the at&t or sprint version etc.

Re:In other parts of the world... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40386095)

Ha! But you don't have the nice features from the US:

A big AT&T logo, and tons of crapware that cannot be installed such as their paid navigation or the awesome yellow pages app!

improved voice control functionality? (2)

Grudge2012 (2662391) | about 2 years ago | (#40382995)

How can something that "works much the same way as Apple's Siri" be an improvement, when Siri is supposedly just a lame copy of Android voice control?

NFC has been on others for a while now (2)

F'Nok (226987) | about 2 years ago | (#40383019)

This smartphone comes with a number of new features we haven't seen on many Android phones, including improved voice control functionality, new sharing features, and Near Field Communication features. Those include Samsung's new TecTiles, which are programmable NFC tags you can use to control the phone's many features and functions.

I have a Sony Xperia S, released in January, that does these things already and came with several NFC tags.
Not exactly new really...

Re:NFC has been on others for a while now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383797)

Furthermore, it's a functionality that exists since a lot of time (since phones have NFC actually). It's "new" that the vendors are starting to put it in built-in apps. But you could do exactly this months ago (with a NFC enabled phone and e.g. Tasker)

Re:NFC has been on others for a while now (2, Informative)

HarrySquatter (1698416) | about 2 years ago | (#40385937)

It says 'haven't seen on many', not 'any'. As, in only a few phones have already had it which is true.

I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (5, Interesting)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 2 years ago | (#40383031)

Disclaimer: I'm an ex iphone user who switch to Android 18 months ago.

I love it, I goddamn love this thing, I upgraded from a Galaxy S2 - knowing it was kind of a very unecessary upgrade but I can't help it, I guess I got "must have latest" from being an ex Apple person.

So at first I thought, ok it's prettier and bigger but it seems quite similar to my Galaxy S2 - but the subtleties have grown on me.
I specifically like the motion based silence mode, if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk - silenced, love that.
Battery life is really bloody good, better than I expected.
Pentile screen, I was shitting myself, worried I'd hate it - don't notice a thing, it's great.

People claim there's some high end audio chip and music is better in the thing, it SEEMS better but that could be a placebo.
I have tiny tiny little hands and found the S2 I could only just hold - however the S3 despite being larger, is about the same due to the curved corners, it's still one hand-able - not easy but possible. I also figured before hand, we're going to 2 hand if we like it or not as the 'all in one' tricorder, tablet, phone, portable tv player, electronic wallet merges - so I have to deal with bigger eventually.

It's fast (duh) - and even on 3G on a good network (Telstra Australia) - surprisingly damned fast.
Only "con" I know of is that there's some issues installing swype to it but that can be gotten around. (it FASCINATES me that Apple users don't know what this is, as far as I'm concerned there is no other alternative on a touchscreen, PERIOD - swype is without question leaps and bounds ahead of other keyboards - hunt and peck keyboards to me are like watching newbies type, it's ghastly!)

I seriously can't think of a thing wrong with it. I was enamoured with my iphone 3G when I got my first smartphone, my 3GS was incremental as an upgrade, my Iphone 4 was bloody pretty in style and the screen - but then my switch to a HTC HD2 was also quite impressive and my Galaxy S2 - but none of them have impressed and continue to impress me like this. I love the weight and size, it feels completely right. Complaints about "plastic phones" being awful are ludicrous, the S2 pulled it off as does the S3 - it weighs less, less inertia, lighter in the pocket - less chance of damage when dropped. Nope it's just great.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (-1)

Quakeulf (2650167) | about 2 years ago | (#40383127)

I am planning to switch from my WalledGarden4 to the WalledGalaxy S3. The price point right now is a bit steep but from testing it in the store I quite liked it, save for its enormous size. How is the battery life on this for regular/heavy usage?

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 2 years ago | (#40383185)

Extensive use the battery is like most smartphones - with such a mammoth screen, they got a mammoth battery. However the HTC One X battery is an utter guzzler for some reaosn.

If you leave the S3 idle without use, it's bloody good - 2days, 7 hours on idle and 37% remaining last weekend (wifi was on) - I find it more than acceptable.
It chews it in use but nothing more excessive than anything else.

I'm going to sex this phone.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40385871)

How do you find it compares to your S2

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

Nursie (632944) | about 2 years ago | (#40383193)

Enormous? You should try the Note!

And I mean that, you should try it. Got mine a couple of weeks back and I absolutely love the thing. Even at it's enormous size it fits in my pocket fine, and the screen is gorgeous. Also enjoying the handwriting recognition.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

Andy Dodd (701) | about 2 years ago | (#40384043)

I have a Note (the real international one, the N7000, not AT&T's mutated version) and love it. I would have major issues if I were to ever return to a smaller phone. My Galaxy S II (which has a monster 4.3" screen compared to the iPhone) feels like a tiny little toy now.

Like you, due to how thin the device is, it fits in my pockets without any issue at all. I don't use the stylus that much, but the big screen is wonderful.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (4, Interesting)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | about 2 years ago | (#40383525)

WalledGalaxy S3

You mean one-click rooted [xda-developers.com] and Cyanogenmod 9 supported [xda-developers.com] and therefore totally open Galaxy S3?

I almost upgraded to the S3 a couple of days ago. Instead I put ICS on my Desire HD. Saved myself £480 in phone tariff charges over the contract term (£10 pcm no minimum term compared to £30pcm 2 year term), and got all of the functionality except for NFC, which I wouldn't use.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

SpooForBrains (771537) | about 2 years ago | (#40383201)

I don't know whether the audio is better than the S3 but it is almost certainly better than the Note. In fact my (positively prehistoric) HTC Desire's audio was significantly better than the Note.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383203)

"So at first I thought, ok it's prettier and bigger but it seems quite similar to my Galaxy S2 - but the subtleties have grown on me.
I specifically like the motion based silence mode, if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk - silenced, love that."

Nokia phones have had this for ages. I recently discovered, that my N9 also snoozes when I turn the phone face down. This is quite brilliant, as at least for me, it always was a pain to look at a bright screen right after waking up. BTW can you adjust the snooze time in Android? I couldn't believe when I heard that this is not possible in iOS stock clock app.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

Nursie (632944) | about 2 years ago | (#40383231)

Yes, you can adjust the snooze time, and the number of times it lets you snooze.

Having recently moved from the N900 to the Galaxy Note there are a few things I miss, for example Android does not seem to handle multitasking as seamlessly as Maemo did.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (2)

Lincolnshire Poacher (1205798) | about 2 years ago | (#40383211)

if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk

/me tries that with wife's S2... yep, works just like that!

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 2 years ago | (#40383355)

Interesting, I was under the impression that was one of the new motion controls! Well ok the notification light is awesome and the little tiny vibrate when you pick it up with a message you haven't checked is just adorable. It just feels /smart/

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (4, Funny)

jo_ham (604554) | about 2 years ago | (#40383337)

Who says Apple users don't know what Swype is? I have been pretty vocal about how much I wish it could be included on the iPhone. I thought it was great.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383535)

I specifically like the motion based silence mode, if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk - silenced, love that.
Battery life is really bloody good, better than I expected.

This has been working on my SII since launch.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

k(wi)r(kipedia) (2648849) | about 2 years ago | (#40383705)

I seriously can't think of a thing wrong with it.

An Android phone that you don't want to root? There must be something wrong there. Seriously, I'm green with envy. Just one question. How's the face "lock" feature?

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383793)

it's great. quicker than pin and safer than nothing.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

cdp0 (1979036) | about 2 years ago | (#40383931)

I specifically like the motion based silence mode, if I see a call I don't like, just upturn the phone face down, put it on the desk - silenced, love that.

My Nokia N9 has that. It works for calls and alarms of any kind (clock, calendar).

Only "con" I know of is that there's some issues installing swype to it but that can be gotten around.

Nokia N9 has Swype by default and it works extremely well. Although I thought I would never use it, now I use it for everything.

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

gutnor (872759) | about 2 years ago | (#40384911)

You got a iPhone 3G then 3GS then 4. You switch to HTC, then the S2 and now the S3 ? That is like 6 phones in 4 years - thank you for doing your bit to save the economy !

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#40394319)

He/She is Aussie, theres nothing wrong with our economy thanks

Re:I've had mine for about 3 weeks. (1)

AbRASiON (589899) | about 2 years ago | (#40392749)

One over rated moderation, I love it. Someone is crying in their turtle neck. Post more pictures on instragram fucktard!

My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383085)

... that they feel so goddamn flimsy. I like the weight and robust feel to my iPhone, it's one of the most satisfying aspects to it. Every time i hold a Galaxy S i feel like i have to be careful with it. I've dropped my iphone from a decent height on numerous occasions and it's practically spotless and faultless.

Are the Samsungs equally good at resisting falls?

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383119)

Lend me yours and I will let you know.

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 2 years ago | (#40383123)

The fact that the plastic casing may take some damage may be a plus. Only old cars have metal bumpers, as plastics are impact absorbent, and its not the end of the world if you have to replace one.

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383455)

Also, plastic weights almost nothing compared to, say, glass.
This is important because most impacts will be due to dropping it, and the energy thus imparted is determined by (mass * height * gravity)

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383647)

Only old cars have metal bumpers, as plastics are impact absorbent, and its not the end of the world if you have to replace one.

Is that why they went to plastic? Silly me. I thought is was the cost and weight benefits. Now I learn that they were looking out for my safety.

I've got a warm fuzzy feeling now.

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about 2 years ago | (#40390961)

Nooooo...

They went to plastic cos the slightest touch and it breaks, and they can sell you a new one.

Long long ago, bumpers were required to survive a 4mph impact without damage. The auto manufacturers lobbied to have the law removed so that disposable bumpers could be used "on safety grounds".

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (0)

ami.one (897193) | about 2 years ago | (#40383513)

Yeah, and iPhone feels so goddamn flimsy compared to my decade old, 1 pound Motorola. I like the weight and robust feel to my moto, it's one of the most satisfying aspects to it. Every time i hold an iPhone i feel like i have to be careful with it. I've dropped my Moto from a decent height on numerous occasions and it's practically spotless and faultless.

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383581)

I'll just drop this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKxgsrJFhw (Galaxy S2 vs iPhone 4 drop test)

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

Inda (580031) | about 2 years ago | (#40383667)

I've dropped my S2 on to hard laminate flooring more than once. No damage.

It's just over 6 months old, lives in my pocket (no coins or keys), no protective cover, not a single scratch.

I'm sure they are breakable, but I know they can take some abuse.

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

fifedrum (611338) | about 2 years ago | (#40383923)

my beef is they don't work. The original galaxy S' gps doesn't work. At all. Rooted though, it tethers nicely. Can we still tether on the new one?

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

P-niiice (1703362) | about 2 years ago | (#40383995)

I've dropped my Epic 4G (GS1) on numerous occasions and haven't had a single problem. That was 22 months ago, and my contract is up on July 1st. GS3 for me!

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

FranktehReaver (2441748) | about 2 years ago | (#40386967)

Plastic casing may be a little fragile but impact absorbent. The screen is Gorilla Glass 2.0 so it is very tough and should handle impacts and such very well. It is all detailed in the FA :P

Re:My only beef with the Samsung Galaxy phones is. (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | about 2 years ago | (#40389947)

Hell yeah. They're a lot tougher than they look. My sister-in-law gave me her Galaxy S when she switched providers (it's a Fascinate - Verizon); she had apparently dropped it hard, many times, as the edges - especially the top left where the USB port is- are not just scratched, they're chipped up.
The thing runs like a champ though, the display is almost perfect (it's fine from the falls it took, but she burnt the screen in having the brightness all the way up too long )-: ), and all ports are good.
I'll probably stick with this for a while, it does what I need, and hey, it was free ('cept for the data plan of course) and runs most apps fine. That said, I'd love to have a Galaxy Note.. that size is appealing. I wonder when they'll release a Note II?

IT cant be new (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383113)

Apple havent applied for an injunction to stop it being sold!

Re:IT cant be new (1)

Chrisq (894406) | about 2 years ago | (#40383377)

Apple havent applied for an injunction to stop it being sold!

Maybe they haven't released it in East Texas

Re:IT cant be new (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40388299)

Apple havent applied for an injunction to stop it being sold!

Actually, Apple did:
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/06/apple-files-preliminary-injunction-against-the-samsung-galaxy-s3/

Hope they put Tizen on this (1)

UpnAtom (551727) | about 2 years ago | (#40383341)

A proper, unlocked Linux. Probably still as slow as Dalvik but with enough horsepower to be a worthy upgrade to my N900. And hey, maybe someone will port Qt.

Re:Hope they put Tizen on this (2, Insightful)

gl4ss (559668) | about 2 years ago | (#40383919)

you high or not been keeping up? tizen isn't meant to be proper unlocked linux for the user. it's meant to be html5 shitapps. even android is more real and open linux than their plans for tizen(even bada is).

Why is the VZW battery life so much higher? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40383655)

Up to 15/17 hours 3G/LTE, where other carriers are up to 8-9 hours (3G/LTE unspecified)? I am skeptical of their numbers. Same proc, same battery. What's going on here?

Make sure you like it out-of-the-box (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40384431)

My Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still sitting with Android 3, with nothing but rumors of a 4.0 update for more than 6 months. I'd only buy an S III if I was 100% happy with the way it is today, not how it might be with Androi 5, etc. (which may never come to this device).

S Voice (1)

dmt0 (1295725) | about 2 years ago | (#40385029)

In terms of CPU this phone is not that much faster than the previous ones. I wonder if it would be any way to install some of it's apps like the S Voice on the older phones - like S2 or Galaxy Nexus.

Re:S Voice (1)

iampiti (1059688) | about a year ago | (#40395333)

Some time ago the .apk of the S Voice app was actually leaked and it worked perfectly on other Android phones, the problem is that, like Siri, it requires a server on the Internet to work so when Samsung detected it was being used on other phones they blocked it server-side.
So no, there appears to be no technical reason why it can't work on other phones just business ones.

I'm sorry (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40390625)

Did May call and ask for their SIII launch back?

I've had one so long I'm a bit bored with it. Anyway, the HTC One X has a much better overall feel (not the silly North American version though).

Fail - depending on who you read (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40390631)

I've read articles that bash this shiny new gizmo for a multitude of reasons, but the one that stands out is that (yet again) Samsung
has done something to hose the Android OS from it's full potential. Of course this is the case with all the other manufacturers of phones, and in this case, this instance was the "golden child" which shouldn't have mattered which carrier you got the phone on- which really is a
first for the non-iOS users.
For the Android fans, SWYPE is known and sucks for the most part still - similar to the now antiquated Palm language with a stylus of old.
As for the falls and spills - might wanna look that up and the damage compared to a 4s - it's not pretty despite it's thinness, lightness and
in-hand feel

uummm this has been out for quite a while in AUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40392303)

This is OLD news. Already Launched in Europe and Australia.
      Just because the USA is so behind everyone else - doesnt make it news.

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