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Hands-On with the Samsung Galaxy S III

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Disappointing

MarryTheNight

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.
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Jayshmay

May 3, 2012, 2:31 PM
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.
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MarryTheNight

May 3, 2012, 2:44 PM
Jayshmay said:
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.


Oh absolutely. I wouldn't take that away. Definately an upgrade for you. All depends on one situation
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Jarahawk

May 3, 2012, 5:32 PM
Droid Charge??? You resemble that smartphonebetatest.com site from Nokia.
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iamajim

May 3, 2012, 9:11 PM
Go for it Jay!! This phone is seriously cool!!
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Jayshmay

May 3, 2012, 10:43 PM
Yep!!! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

What I noticed us even though the S III
has a bigger 4.8in screen than the S II's
4.5in screen, it still weighs 133 grams,
same weight as the S II, very interesting!
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Rich Brome

May 3, 2012, 2:35 PM
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 US versions, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a dual-core Qualcomm S4, which blows the doors off any quad-core chip that's been tested so far. You seem to be holding out for quad-core.... Why would you want quad-core if it might actually be slower?
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Jayshmay

May 3, 2012, 2:37 PM
Plus I heard that not only is the S4 just as fast as the Tegra 3, but isn't it like 20% more efficient on battery power? Every itty bit of power that can be prolonged is a good thing!!!
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MarryTheNight

May 3, 2012, 2:43 PM
Hey Rich!

Yes I did see the screen was a little bigger but I was looking forward to Exynos as I missed it with the GSII moving to Nexus. negligible difference though. Wasn't as dramatic as many put it. But I was thinking Exynos quad might perform better than the S4 though, no?

I know the S4 beats Tegra in tests but S4 beating Quad Exynos??? That wasn't the only thing that turned me off actually. I just can't deal with TouchWiz. I can't. I prefer a stock experience.
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Rich Brome

May 3, 2012, 2:48 PM
I don't know how the new Exynos will perform in hard benchmarks compared to an S4.

As I said in the article, the new TouchWiz is a bit closer to stock than past versions.
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Jayshmay

May 3, 2012, 2:53 PM
People wine about touchwiz, they can always download a launcher! Personally I use Go Launcher EX. All sorts of customizations.

Rich I do have a question, the blue one certainly looks blue on the back, but on the front it looks moreso black, does it? Or is that just lighting?
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Jayshmay

May 4, 2012, 2:41 AM
I have a question about the S3's camera, not the software, but the hardware, is there any significant improvement to the S3's camera lens? Ability to obsorb light, take low-light pix, any thing noteworthy about the lens at all?

Apple upgraded the lens in the IPhone 4S
HTC likes to brag about the One Series camera.
Just wondering if there have been any noteworthy improvements to the S3's camera.
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srich27

May 4, 2012, 9:56 AM
That depends on which Samsung phone your refering to as improving over. From what I've heard its essentially the same optics and hardware that the Galaxy Nexus has (albeit with an 8MP sensor instead of a 5MP one). So hardware wise there's not really that big of an improvement over the Nexus.

However, from what I've seen the Nexus camera hardware is itself much much nicer than what was on the GSII, even with the drop in resolution. So great improvement there.

Either way I'm still rocking an old school Vibrant (not even the 4G) And while flashing ICS to it kept me happy enough to not upgrade to GSII/GNexus, this looks like it'd be totally worth finally upgrading for.
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Rich Brome

May 6, 2012, 8:25 PM
It does have a BSI (back-side illuminated) sensor, like the iPhone. So it should be decent. Beyond that, we'd need to really review it depth to say more about camera quality.
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Jayshmay

May 6, 2012, 8:56 PM
So in your opinion, for someone like me going from a
Samsung Droid Charge to a Galaxy SIII is a big jump?
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