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Hands-On with the Samsung Galaxy S III

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May 8, 2012, 6:03 AM

New S II owner...should I be upset?

So my antique flip Nokia died a slow death earlier this spring leaving me no choice but to get a new device immediately and to keep me from jumping ship TMobile retention gave me a great deal on the SII. I am more than a little bummed Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad to see an "upgrade" to my brand new phone coming out so soon after getting the S II in my hands.

That said, after reading the early reviews and looking at some of the SII vs. SIII comparisons I am not so sure I should be upset. And since my carrier is TMobile, the carrier that tends to get things super late and/or last it very well could be the same time this year (SII launched for TMobile Oct. 14, 2011) before this phone hits TMobile's network. So what do you think fo ...
Looking at it from an outside perspective... it would either have been getting the SII now and waiting, or getting a lesser quality phone and waiting anyway. Personally I'd rather have the SII and wait than getting a crappy replacement "upgrade" and t...
Thats the name of the game w/ electronics, once you upgrade the new one comes out soon after, but the SII is awesome so dont be too bummed theres people signing up now getting the galaxy s4g or sensation not aware of the galaxy s 2 or the amaze or the...
toaster oven

May 7, 2012, 1:54 AM

Just a couple observations/opinions

While watching the Samsung "unpacked" event, I noticed how they were making a big deal about the way that the phone notifies you if you missed important calls or text messages. There is a much simpler, and though I've not yet used the s3 (obviously) probably more efficient way of notifying the user of missed calls and messages. It's been around for a while...LED. I had a Sanyo phone back in 2004 that would notify me from across the room that I had a missed call or message by a tiny blinking light that was easy to spot. Why Samsung refuses to put an LED on their phones (I may be wrong, but I think the Sprint version of the s2 had an LED) to notify a user of missed calls/messages is beyond me. Second, while they didn't actually mention a r...
I could be absolutely wrong here, but I'm pretty sure the S3 does have a notification LED. But that will only tell you that you missed.....something. I think what Samsung was referring to was essentially a new notification page that would show you a...

May 3, 2012, 3:36 PM

Looks cheap

Can Samsung produce anything that doesn't look like a chinese knockoff of something else? The UI looks dated-for-2008, and the fake brushed metal finish looks dated-for-2006.

How Samsung sells a single phone is beyond me.
bluecoyote said:
Can Samsung produce anything that doesn't look like a chinese knockoff of something else? The UI looks dated-for-2008, and the fake brushed metal finish looks dated-for-2006.

How Samsung sells a single phone is
I agree that it would be nice to have a Galaxy phone look as good as it performs. However, I've owned the Captivate and the S2 (att version) and I will admit that while I would like it to look and feel better, I would compromise all that to keep the ...

May 3, 2012, 2:26 PM


- Same screen as Galaxy Nexus
- Ugly design
- Ugly UI
- US variants might have Exynos (don't hold
your breath for a quad core on Verizon)

The only thing it has going for it is the processor and thats even if it's Exynos. Battery life will be improved but thats about it.

No thanks. Sticking with the Galaxy Nexus and extended battery. 4.0.4 ICS solved most of the issues many were having and it'll get Jellybean way before the S III does. That's for damn sure.
If your a current Galaxy Nexus owner, that's fine, stick with that. But I'm a current Droid Charge owner, SIII would be a big leap for me.
It's a bigger screen than on the Galaxy Nexus. (4.8 vs. 4.65) You can see the difference in my comparison photos. Plus it has the keys on the phone instead of the screen, so you can use more of the screen.

I have no idea what processor will be in U...

May 3, 2012, 2:35 PM

Thx for the video Rich!!!

I've got a whole lotta reading to do!!!
This WILL BE my next smartphone. But I refuse to pay $299+. I will wait, and wait and get it on Amazon, so I can at least afford to buy accessories like spare battieries, protective case to keep it beautiful. Desktop charger.

I won't be buying anything at a Verizon store!!! Rip off!!!

Boy am I glad the battery & memory card are removable!!!

So, waiting game, Google I/O, Jelleybean!!!
Yep, Thanks, Rich - I appreciate the nice hands-on. I'm waiting for this or something close to it coming to Verizon.

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May 3, 2012, 6:53 PM

Did Samsung buy up all the worlds cheap plastic?

Do they have a over abundance of cheap plastic which they stocked up on in inventory in which they need to rid themself of? They must have gotten a good deal on plastic. So now they have enough to make the Galay S X in 2019 and after that they will start using quality materials…HTC FTW.
hmmmm-not sure I agree with you on this point. Plastic is just fine as a material, cuts down considerably on the weight and provides greater impact resistance. I've worked for cell phone mfg's can tell you this should be a non issue. If you like so...
Technically, they are using the same materials as HTC is on the One X: curved glass front and a polycarbonate back.

The only real difference is that it's not unibody. Unibody is nice, but non-unibody means you can access the battery on the Galaxy S...

May 3, 2012, 1:21 PM

Get outta my way!!!!! I'm in line here!!!

Hi my neXt smartphone!!! Let me introduce you to my pocket
Same here Jay!
~dances happily into line~ Yay!!! Damn I want this phone!!! Shocked
64GB Internal expandable to 128GB is nice but...I don't think it is coming to Verizon.
bob a

May 3, 2012, 3:27 PM

That's the phone I'd buy

I'd probably put a custom rom on it but i'd take over any other phone i've seen to date
+1 Very Happy !!!!!!
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