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Samsung Unveils the Galaxy S4

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the new-stuff-is-new dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "It's been leaked, teased, accused of being a copy of its predecessor, and celebrated as the likely champion of the mobile ecosystem for 2013. Samsung has finally unveiled the next in their line of globally available smartphones, the Galaxy S4. The phone carries a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution at 441ppi, weighs only 130 grams and is no more than 7.9mm thick. On the inside, the Exynos based Octo-Core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and the Snapdragon based Quad-Core 1.9GHz processor power this machine. Galaxy S4 is also packing 2GB of RAM and a 2600mAh battery, and its microSD slot is accessible though the removable rear panel. The S4 will include several new features, such as Air Gesture, Smart Pause, and Smart Scroll. Samsung's vice president of portfolio planning said many of the software improvements in the Samsung Galaxy S4 could make their way into existing Samsung Galaxy S3 phones."

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Eh, that's it? (4, Insightful)

Spy Handler (822350) | about a year ago | (#43177983)

incremental improvements and an overall nice phone, sure, but the ad I saw said it was gonna be the biggest revolution since the color TV.

Re:Eh, that's it? (5, Insightful)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#43178031)

I have an S3 now and I'm planning on keeping it until it dies. Unless I can get a phone that has two days constant usage on a single battery charge, or uninterpretable signal. I don't see the point in spending $600 every year on a new phone for incremental changes. I probably would still be using my HTC HD2 if it hadn't died on me.

Re:Eh, that's it? (5, Funny)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178111)

What's the point in a wireless device with an uninterpretable signal?

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

The Grim Reefer (1162755) | about a year ago | (#43178153)

What's the point in a wireless device with an uninterpretable signal?

No dropped calls.

Re:Eh, that's it? (4, Funny)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178219)

I suppose if you can't make any calls, you can't drop any.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43178485)

That's how boost mobile worked for me after they "upgraded" the tower in my area. No more phone calls from my house. I went and got service with AT&T and boost called me up and asked why I quit using them. They didn't even seem to understand that I could no longer make calls from my house. Where do they get their customer service people?

Re:Eh, that's it? (-1, Troll)

mozumder (178398) | about a year ago | (#43178039)

This is Samsung & Android.

If you want innovative, you'll have to go with Apple. /ohsnap

Re:Eh, that's it? (5, Interesting)

AlphaWolf_HK (692722) | about a year ago | (#43178257)

I have apple's latest version of iOS (on my ipad,) and it already feels dated.

- Application icons get thrown about haphazardly upon install requiring manual sorting, even for an app you don't even use very much (whereas android stores them alphabetically so they are easy to find - even if you rarely use the app.)
- Changing any common setting requires switching apps followed by menu navigation, whereas on android it's just a swipe and tap without any navigation necessary (e.g. turning wifi on/off, muting, orientation lock.)
- Can't set application launch defaults, such as setting a default email client other than the stock one. (good lord...WHY? every other OS has done this since the 80's...)
- Although apple finally made notifications stop interrupting what you're doing by borrowing the notification bar system from android, the notifications it provides aren't ever good enough to tell you what you need to know without opening them.
- I'm not a heavy widget user, but I like having a brief display of my agenda visible on my smartphone desktop, as well as an RSS ticker on my tablet desktop. Apple offers no such capability without running an app. Every other OS, including (shudder) windows phone has managed to do this, but not apple.

The whole point of a smartphone is having access to information you need quickly, and iOS hasn't offered many improvements in that department in years. The ones that it has added (e.g. passive notifications) it ripped from android, and it didn't really do a good job of it.

It's kind of hard to give the "innovative" title to a company who hasn't really done anything other than incremental hardware updates. While android is also stuck in increment land at the moment, at least it increments both hardware AND software. Also android doesn't call each generation "the best iphone yet" or "the new ipad".

Re:Eh, that's it? (2)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year ago | (#43178523)

(whereas android stores them alphabetically so they are easy to find - even if you rarely use the app.)

Android will let you sort them by install date, frequency of use, alphabetical, or user order (Apple's only choice). There may be others, but those are the only ones I remember from having moved things around.

The whole point of a smartphone is having access to information you need quickly, and iOS hasn't offered many improvements in that department in years.

That was the point if Siri. Whether it worked or not is not something I can speak to, but that's what it was there for.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | about a year ago | (#43178609)

I have apple's latest version of iOS (on my ipad,) and it already feels dated.

Lucky you. I have an original Apple iPad and it won't let me update to the latest version of iOS. (Apparently it doesn't run on first generation iPads.) One of these days I'll get around to jailbreaking it and installing XBMC or something else that's useful on it.

It's a feature (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178665)

Lucky you. I have an original Apple iPad and it won't let me update to the latest version of iOS.

I have a first gen iPad that won't let me update to the latest version AND I have a newer one that would. But I haven't updated because I don't want Google Maps updated to Apple Maps ... be happy.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0, Flamebait)

epyT-R (613989) | about a year ago | (#43178287)

oh yeah, apple's real innovative. After all, they release almost the same outdated hardware in a slightly different shape, increment the major version, then have droves of their L Ron Hubbard cult rejects rush out to buy it at exorbitant cost.

Face it, the concept of innovation is truly lost on today's tech culture. Why innovate when you can stagnate at the top?

Re:Eh, that's it? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178401)

Let's all face the truth - you're a bunch of whiny fanbitches who can't stand the idea that your opinions on things aren't held up as objective truth the world over, so you spend your time insulting each other on message boards like the useless pussies you are.

Re:Eh, that's it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178597)

Versus the other "useless pussy" who just pops into a room to shout "NERRRRRRDS" for no real reason at all.

Dick.

Re:Eh, that's it? (5, Insightful)

sayfawa (1099071) | about a year ago | (#43178059)

I'm surprised by how many people expected it to be so much better than the S3. When does a phone ever completely change in less than a year?

More importantly, who buys a phone in less than a year after their last? This isn't for people with an S3, it's for everyone else. Like me. I can't think of any line of phones where I would want to have each iteration. But I'll get this, and then I'll happily skip the S5, whatever it happens to be. The S3 isn't outdated now, and the S4 won't be outdated for a couple of years when the S6 comes along.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

sd4f (1891894) | about a year ago | (#43178089)

It took me a little over a year to upgrade my samsung galaxy s 1, as it was complete load of fail, and needed to be replaced. It still works, but OS is so buggy and as a phone, it was very unreliable.

Re:Eh, that's it? (4, Informative)

mrbester (200927) | about a year ago | (#43178317)

A custom ROM would have helped.

Sent using my SGS i9000 running CyanogenMod 10.1 M2

Yeah I'll probably upgrade...

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

sd4f (1891894) | about a year ago | (#43178615)

I just didn't want to have to bother with custom roms, i wanted a good phone out of the box. It's good that android is able to get the community support like it does, but for me, it's just not worth the trouble. With stock firmware, it had battery bugs killing the phone in 4-6 hours while it was sitting in my pocket, it would be unresponsive at times, needing the battery to be pulled out almost daily. It had uninstallable bloatware. The hardware was fine, i'm not criticising that, by problems were purely software.

If anything, the fact that the only people who praised the were ones who rooted and ran cfw, says something. It's like buying a new car (yes obligatory car analogy), replacing the engine, the gearbox, the seats, the suspension and wheels, and only then saying it's the best car you've ever bought. It annoys me that, to get a good android phone, you have to do all the tinkering, researching; I just couldn't be bothered, so i bought a nokia lumia 920 instead, and while WP8 has its problems, i'm very happy with the phone.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178355)

I'm still using a Galaxy S I9000 with CM10 Jelly Bean. It's a nice, well-built phone, with no reliability problems so far.

About the only thing I miss compared to the Jiayu G4 (which my wife "borrowed") is the flash for the camera.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43178121)

The only thing I really want for mu S3 is wireless charging, otherwise as you say it is pretty much the pinnacle of phones right now. I suppose they new 1080p screen will be nice.

It will be interesting to see what Apple do. The iPhone 5 doesn't even have a HD (720p) screen or NFC, so an incremental update might not be enough.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about a year ago | (#43178351)

I guess the S3 doesn't have a wireless charge back available for it? My old and lowly Galaxy S Droid Charge even has one available.

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43178507)

Is wireless charging that big a deal? I can't see why I'd want it but maybe there's some benefit I can't see.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178179)

Apple users buy new phones every year.
2007 we were been blessed with the iPhone
2008 the iPhone 3G
2009 the iPhone 3GS
2010 the iPhone 4
2011 the iPhone 4S
2012 the iPhone 5.

I'm going to hazard a guess that we'll have an iPhone 5S or 6 in 2013

Re:Eh, that's it? (2)

tsotha (720379) | about a year ago | (#43178271)

That doesn't mean Apple users buy a new phone every year, just that apple releases one every year. Most people skip a generation unless there's something major they really want (like LTE).

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about a year ago | (#43178213)

More importantly, who buys a phone in less than a year after their last?

I do, or I'm about to.

So I had my smartphone stolen and I needed to replace it. Being the Apple fanboy that I am, I opted for a iPhone 5.

I hate my provider, and my plan is up in May. So I'm thinking about switching to Verizon. Which would necessitate a new phone. So I'm going to switch to a 5S when that gets released.

I agree though that the notion that every year needs to deliver NEW! NEW! NEW! is ridiculous. However, with the case of Samsung, they've dug into Apple and RIM for stagnating and what do they do...? Release a spec bump of their previous flagship model.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0)

fredprado (2569351) | about a year ago | (#43178521)

A very big bump mind you. Much higher than any spec bump Apple has provided between models, for example. GS3 was already superior to the IPhone 5 and it was launched first, now it will happen again with GS4 and the 5S, that is, if the 5S comes before the GS5.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178423)

I can't think of any line of phones where I would want to have each iteration.

The problem that carriers in the US don't give you a discount when your out of contract. So if you don't upgrade with each release the money you were paying at part of your monthly profit is now wasted.

I don't know about the galaxy but I have been able to sell my iPhone on eBay and upgrade to the newest iteration without any extra cash out of pocket. Even though the improvements are marginal at best and I would never pay for them. If I can get them for free then I'll do it.

Re:Eh, that's it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178097)

But but ...it is bigger..
does it not count as a BIG change?

Re:Eh, that's it? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178107)

You must have misread its the biggest resolution since colour TV. The first 1080p phone.

Re:Eh, that's it? (5, Interesting)

shatfield (199969) | about a year ago | (#43178399)

441ppi is AWESOME, by the way! The "retina" display is only 326ppi! Your eyes will not be able to see individual pixels on that screen... it'll look as good or even better than print.

First 8 core phone (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178303)

The two biggy here are the 8 core Exynos, the 2 core one was the fastest processor in a phone, now it scales to 8 cores. And the insane resolution needed to put full 1080p in a 5 inch phone.

Oh and the gestures thing.

Here's the sad part, where Apple? It use to be, Apple would come out with a curveball and win the game, now they're just twiddling with screen aspect ratios. It's all a bit sad.

Re:Eh, that's it? (2, Insightful)

fredprado (2569351) | about a year ago | (#43178487)

Full HD screen, a 1.9GHz processor, and a 13 Megapixel camera. What exactly more did you expect from this phone? That it would cook for you and make your bed? All improvements are incremental improvements in this market, because the functions the device must perform do not change that much. That said, GS3 specs were already higher than those of the iPhone 5, now with GS4 Samsung leaves Apple far behind.

Waiting for the Galaxy S 9 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43177999)

Wait until Tim Cook, Steve Wozniak and all t he Apple faggots stop being trolls. I gave mac a chance, but I went back to Windows.

Sent from My Windows 8 PC, with NO start menu!

Screen size (2, Insightful)

sd4f (1891894) | about a year ago | (#43178025)

While 1080p is impressive for a 5" screen, i think it's over the top. Can't see the additional detail so why give up battery life to drive more pixels. Also is the sub pixel layout pentile?

Re:Screen size (0)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about a year ago | (#43178057)

You can see the additional details. You can't see the individual pixels, but text rendering will be MUCH crisper and I believe color reproduction gets better.

The only misstep here is that Android doesn't seem to have robust support for >320DPI screens and I don't think that going to 1080P is good for the ol' supply chain(then again; they manufacture these things so...)

If Android were truly resolution independent, then sure. It makes perfect sense to stuff the highest density display.

What I don't understand is the IR port. Between that and the stylus with the Note, it makes me wonder why Samsung wants to drag us back to the bad old days of Windows Mobile.

Re:Screen size (5, Insightful)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#43178093)

What I don't understand is the IR port.

Don't like what's on TV in the bar? Change it!

Re:Screen size (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about a year ago | (#43178331)

If my entertainment depended on the entertainment at the bar, then my life took a wrong turn somewhere.

Or the airport lounge. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178635)

Wish all android devices had the diode..

Re:Screen size (2, Insightful)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178095)

Apple stopped buying Samsung LCD's and moved to the second-rate LG ones. They have to put the best LCD's in the world somewhere.

IR port? It would be nice if I could get an app for my phone that controls my TV. Like a universal remote I don't have to look under the couch for all the time. My ancient Pocket PC can do that. Why can't current devices?

Re:Screen size (-1, Troll)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about a year ago | (#43178169)

My experience with IR in PDA/Smart Phones has been limited range, power consumption and flaky angles meant that IR went the way of the dinosaur.

Also, these aren't the same LCDs that Apple used. Apple NEVER used those awful PenTile displays.

The best displays are by Sharp, not Samsung. So...

Re:Screen size (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178277)

"They have to put the best LCD's in the world somewhere."

But not in the S4, it has AMOLED.

Re:Screen size (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178299)

Apple uses Sharp's LCDs. Which are generally considered better than Samsung's. Not just my opinion; Samsung agrees. A couple months ago, they bought a 3% stake in Sharp.

Re:Screen size (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178569)

Like a universal remote I don't have to look under the couch for all the time.

But you still have to look for your phone. Honestly, when I'm at home I don't usually know where my phone is, the good thing about it is you can always find it when someone calls you, you can even call yourself if you have to find it, but I don't think it's that much better than finding a remote, which should be at least somewhere near the couch.

Re:Screen size (2, Informative)

sd4f (1891894) | about a year ago | (#43178405)

I suppose you could see a difference, i like amoled screens because the blacks are incredibly good, and colours are quite vibrant, but i googled about it being pentile and there doesn't appear to be solid confirmation, but some sites are saying it's a pentile screen, which in effect means 2 sub pixels per pixel.

If you compare subpixel density, the SGS4 is 882 subpixels per inch, my lumia 920 is 1280x768 with a pixel density of 332, comprising three sub pixels and 4.5 inches, therefore the subpixel density is 996 per inch, therefore if it was pentile it would be 498 ppi. Both of them are really small, and not really a big difference, but i think it's a bit misleading to directly compare pentile screens with proper sub pixel layouts.

My old SGS1, that was obviously inferior with its pentile arrangement. It couldn't draw straight lines, and on a solid colour screen, one edge was green. Pictures were very nice to look at though, but web browsers and text, were not very good at all.

Re:Screen size (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178203)

Can't see the additional detail so why give up battery life to drive more pixels.

You're making an assumption which may not be valid. First of all, the primary driver of screen battery life is brightness, not resolution. Second, if you're not doing something graphics intensive on your phone, the battery will get you through the day anyway. So your concern is mostly applicable when doing things like playing games and watching movies. Now, if you're watching a 1080p movie on a smaller resolution screen, the phone's graphics processor has to downconvert the image. So the question becomes, which is more of a drain on battery life - downconverting a 1080p movie to a 960px screen, or playing a 1080p movie on a full HD screen? This I don't know the answer to, but I suspect that it's a close call.

smafti

Re:Screen size (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178503)

Now, if you're watching a 1080p movie on a

five inch screen, you have to be nuts! Right?

Re:Screen size (1)

sd4f (1891894) | about a year ago | (#43178577)

I just look at it from a PC gaming perspective. Doing things at 1080p reduces frame rates somewhat more than 720p. There are 2.25 as many pixels, all requiring, data, so that's 2.25 times the data that needs to be sent, you need more bandwidth, and your processing, to be at the same level, clearly needs to be better. Yes screen brightness plays a major role, but that will only relate to screen size. Upscaling or downscaling is trivial computationally, maybe they just upscale things, but it would look awful.

Smartphone? (3, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | about a year ago | (#43178033)

With a five inch screen it's a small tablet! I wouldn't mind having one, but I'd still need a phone, my pocket isn't that big.

Re:Smartphone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178375)

"With a five inch screen it's a small tablet! I wouldn't mind having one, but I'd still need a phone, my pocket isn't that big."

Well said. For me, 4" is the proper screen for a smart phone.

Re:Smartphone? (1)

fredprado (2569351) | about a year ago | (#43178407)

If that is your problem at least with Samsung you have the mini models. With Apple you are stuck to a single model, and Apple is following the Galaxy S trend of increasing screen size.

Re:Smartphone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178585)

Thanks for bringing up Apple. You smartphone fanboys can't seem to go 5 mins without taking jabs at 'brand I don't like X'.

Re:Smartphone? (4, Insightful)

macshit (157376) | about a year ago | (#43178661)

...5" screen is too big and bloated...

If that is your problem at least with Samsung you have the mini models.

The problem is that the mini models aren't just smaller screens, they're lower-spec generally. I suspect that most people that don't like the current bloat-o-phone/phablet trend actually want a nice fast processor, high-resolution display, lots of memory, a good camera, etc, they just don't want the ridiculously oversized phones. I know I certainly don't.

It isn't just Samsung, this sort of simple-minded "bigger = better, smaller = old phone for kids" mindset seems very common amongst all the smartphone manufacturers. [Samsung perhaps deserves a bit more of the blame, though, as they're an industry leader, so other makers probably tend to follow what they're doing to some extent.]

Re:Smartphone? (2)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43178551)

Actually I find 5 inches to be about perfect. It'll fit my pocket okay and I can actually hold it. The nice thing is I can actually see the screen without a magnifying glass. Anything under 4 inches is to me unusable. Of course some people like tiny phones and it's nice for them as most of the phones out there are small. Don't bitch about those of us with larger hands having something we can hold.

Tim Cook spread his fud (3, Interesting)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178041)

Didn't he say yesterday the new S4 would come out with a 1+year old version of Android? Looks like 4.2.2 is only 1 month old.

Re:Tim Cook spread his fud (3, Informative)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#43178069)

Oops, my bad. It was Apple Marketing Chief Phil Schiller who said that

Re:Tim Cook spread his fud (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178307)

Are you serious? A chief of marketing named Schiller?

Re:Tim Cook spread his fud (2)

NJRoadfan (1254248) | about a year ago | (#43178377)

Knowing Samsung, they'll release a x.1 Android ROM upgrade for it a year after it comes out and then EOL the device. It happens way too often with these phones.

5 months old... (5, Informative)

mtb_ogre (698802) | about a year ago | (#43178473)

Jelly Bean was released in November, making it 4 months old, 5 months by the time the SIV is generally available. Jelly Bean will be obsoleted by Key Lime Pie at Google's I/O developer conference in May so you get a whole month to enjoy being on the current version of Android, that might be some kind of record. After which you get to wait another 4-5 months for Samsung to get the OS up and approved by US carriers.

It's time to stop calling these things "phones" (3, Insightful)

treadmarks (2528414) | about a year ago | (#43178071)

What does a "phone" need 8 cores for? Is it supposed to multitask many phone calls at once?

Re:It's time to stop calling these things "phones" (5, Insightful)

KingSkippus (799657) | about a year ago | (#43178325)

People used to ask why desktops would need multiple processors. Most software now takes advantage of multithreading capability, and trying to use a single core process is downright painful.

It may not need to multitask many phone calls at once, but it most certainly may need to multitask a whole bunch of apps at once, especially on a phone that can do things like instantly translate written or spoken text, record and composite two video sources at once and audio in real time, receive notifications such as texts, keep track of calendars, locations, temperatures (?), heart rates (!), etc. while you go about whatever it is you're doing, running a pretty sophisticated operating system with a pretty sophisticated user interface, and oh yeah, take and process telephone calls. And don't forget that it might have to do some of these tasks twice, given that the phone can be configured to be running an entirely separate virtual OS for your work stuff.

Never ask why any electronics device would need more resources, whether it's CPU cores, memory, storage capacity, network bandwidth, or anything else. It's a sure recipe for looking back in five years and say, "Wow, I sure was dumb back then. I never dreamed that devices today would be able to [insert amazing capability due directly to advancement in hardware specifications]!"

Re:It's time to stop calling these things "phones" (3, Interesting)

Electricity Likes Me (1098643) | about a year ago | (#43178483)

Given that my plan for my next smartphone (which will probably be an S4) has been to install a full version of Linux on it to replace using a laptop when travelling, I'm pretty happy about the 8 core processor. It's too bad it doesn't have another 2gb of RAM.

Re:It's time to stop calling these things "phones" (1, Informative)

geek (5680) | about a year ago | (#43178639)

Only 4 cores will ever be active at any one given time. 4 high power cores and 4 low power cores for battery efficiency.

Re: It's time to stop calling these things "phones (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178475)

To run Android if course (it's a pig)

Samsung Galaxy S IV teardown (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178081)

If you can't wait for a more detailed one, here is a teardown.
http://micgadget.com/34139/chinese-tech-site-disassembles-the-samsung-galaxy-s-iv-before-it-gets-official-release/

Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178087)

Finally! I might be able to get a S3 cheap enough that I don't have to change my grandfathered in Verizon plan.

Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178125)

So when does Apple sue them to stop them taking Apple share of the market?

Where's the Mini? (3, Insightful)

MatthiasF (1853064) | about a year ago | (#43178127)

I'm tired of huge phones. Why can't they give us a freakin' 3-3.2 inch phone for those of us that don't enjoy carrying around a small television?

Re:Where's the Mini? (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#43178267)

I dunno. I somewhat agree with you--I like the size iPhone 4S and it's 3.5" screen and I'm not sure about the iPhone 5's bigger screen.

That said, I understand the allure. One, video looks very nice on the S3 and I could see enjoying it on an airplane or for some other hunk of downtime. Two, having used an S3 and a Motorola Droid X for websurfing, the extra space is nice. For doing everything except using it as a phone, the larger size is probably much nicer.

Re:Where's the Mini? (1)

shatfield (199969) | about a year ago | (#43178419)

My wife has an iPhone 4S and I have a SGS3... the screen on the 4S seems very tiny in comparison.

Re:Where's the Mini? (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about a year ago | (#43178413)

Re:Where's the Mini? (4, Insightful)

rsmith-mac (639075) | about a year ago | (#43178495)

The problem with the S3 Mini is that it had almost nothing to do with the S3. It was a redressed version of one of Samsung's midrange smartphones. Even the Galaxy S2 was more powerful/capable in most situations, never mind the S3.

Re:Where's the Mini? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178469)

They will, just like there is an S3 mini, there will be a 4. I on the other hand absolutely LOVE the big screen. That's cause I use the phone to read and look at pictures.

Re:Where's the Mini? (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43178571)

Isn't the size of the antenna for 4G the reason for the bigger phones? If you want a small one I know there are some 3g ones that are pretty tiny.

"441ppi" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178223)

Good to know that finally its as good as a fax machine.

Contract vs. Vendor (2, Interesting)

phoebe (196531) | about a year ago | (#43178241)

The real question with Samsung's new phone is how the sales will perform. Samsung obviously think they're hot but that is ignoring the fact that the majority of purchasers of the S3 were iPhone 4 owners who finished their contract and the iPhone 5 was delayed. Now we are in a situation that the S3 purchasers are still in contract and not open to free choice and might not want another Samsung device.

Re:Contract vs. Vendor (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#43178385)

Now we are in a situation that the S3 purchasers are still in contract and not open to free choice and might not want another Samsung device.

You also have the iPhone 4S customers coming off their contracts this year and they might not want another Apple device with a tiny screen.

I'm not certain of this, but I believe AT&T has let iPhone customers get the latest and greatest iPhone with no penalty as long as they re-up for another two year hitch. Perhaps they'll make a similar offer for Galaxy S3 users.

Battery (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178281)

You're going to love that you can pop in a brand-new battery. The more the phone does, the more it will use up the power, the more recharge cycles, and the faster your battery wears out (note that battery running times become unacceptable long before the battery is actually gone).

Re:Battery (1)

olddoc (152678) | about a year ago | (#43178493)

Upvote this! Li Ion batteries are good for a year of daily charging. By the second year of phone ownership you will see less battery life and popping in a new battery will get you through till you get your next phone.

WTF (2, Insightful)

7-Vodka (195504) | about a year ago | (#43178353)

All I care about is whether you have complete control over the hardware you buy.

Is it like the galaxy nexus, I can do anything I want with it, or is it like most other phones: Locked and useless?

Re:WTF (1)

houbou (1097327) | about a year ago | (#43178531)

Got a Nexus, if it wasn't for the battery life, I would give it a 10 out of 10. But if the S4 really does have a better battery life and does everything the Nexus does, then I'm flipping to S4.

Re:WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43178603)

All I care about is whether you have complete control over the hardware you buy.

Is it like the galaxy nexus, I can do anything I want with it, or is it like most other phones: Locked and useless?

Blame the service provider, not the manufacturer.

Excellent (2)

corychristison (951993) | about a year ago | (#43178409)

My contract is up on August 4th. Assuming the S4 comes out before then, perhaps the cost on the S3 will come down and I'll be able to afford it sans contract renewal. Doubly because I want to switch providers.

Software improvements? Really? (1)

ilsaloving (1534307) | about a year ago | (#43178593)

"many of the software improvements in the Samsung Galaxy S4 could make their way into existing Samsung Galaxy S3 phones."

You mean Kies will finally work? Samsung should be ashamed of themselves for releasing such half-baked crap. I certainly won't be buying another Samsung device. Maybe they need to spend less time coming up with cool new gee-whizbang features and spend more time making the existing ones actually work as advertised.

Where is Wireless Charging? (3, Interesting)

bjwest (14070) | about a year ago | (#43178671)

Why in the hell is induction charging not a standard feature for phones yet? Battery life would be less of an issue if we could just set the phone down on a charge pad and not worry about having to plug the thing in all the time. I'd be more than happy to have several charge pads around the house and at the office.

Hell, toothbrushes have had this technology for years.

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