The National, Friday 17th August 2012
SAMSUNG has been playing cat and mouse with tech-writers – over the Galaxy SIII – for several months, finally unveiling the device late last May at a press conference in what was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the tech industry.
Reviewers have only had a quick glance at the new gadget, but early thoughts determined after some quick time with the SIII suggest it may very well be an Apple beater?
Fone Haus launched this smartphone in PNG – three week ago – pipping Apple to the launch of its next genera¬tion iPhone 5, rumored to be unveiled later this year.
The new Galaxy arrived in PNG through Fone Haus with much excite¬ment as shown on its posters, ‘It’s finally here,’ (in PNG).
Samsung Galaxy SIII sports a 4.8- inch HD Super AMOLED display and comes with the latest Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – operating system.
SIII features an 8 megapixel back-facing camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. Advanced new software features like face recognition and eye tracking are some of the key features of the new Galaxy Samsung highlighted as being what makes its new phone better than others currently on the market.
The 16GB version of the SIII is available outright at all Fone Haus stores for K2,799. It comes in two colors; pebble blue and marble white.
Hardware and Features
The Samsung Galaxy SIII is pow¬ered by a 1.4Ghz quad-core ARM processor with 1GB of RAM, and 16, 32 or 64GB of internal flash memory. Another 64GB can be added through microSDXC.
The device itself features a 4.8-inch AMOLED screen with 1280×720 resolution. The front camera is 1.9 megapixels, while the back camera is eight megapixels. SIII is NFC capable, with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Running the Ice Cream Sandwich software, the Galaxy SIII is also NFC capable.
What’s the consensus? The design of the device has been praised, even though the Galaxy SIII uses an unusu¬ally large screen, with TechRadar (gadget review magazine) saying the design of the gadget is good to handle. It also said the plastic finish doesn’t feel cheap, and that it will appeal to everybody.
The publication did, however, say the screen was “beautiful”, and that reviewers “feel sad that this isn’t the first HD screen we’ve seen on a mobile phone”.
“It seems Samsung has tweaked the colour balance on the Galaxy SIII as well – things don’t look as saturated as before, which will certainly help entice those that previously were against Super AMOLED before due to the harshness of colours.”
Software-wise, Engadget said there were some welcome additions as soon as you turn the gadget on, including four lock screen shortcuts, all of them customisable, along with the intro¬duction of new “human gestures”. These allow you to go straight to some features, such as the camera, by using certain gestures, such as pressing the screen and turning to landscape mode.
A few minor things like button placements have been changed, but overall, it remains the same.
Engadget noted the S Voice soft¬ware, it did mention having trouble getting Samsung to recognize voice commands – and said it’s “anything but” an interpretation of Apple’s Siri software.
However, it did say the ability to use files through NFC and WiFi is handy. “Sending video files between handsets only takes tapping them together, and the ensuing transfer is fast – we shot a 1080p sample video from one phone to the other in a matter of seconds,” it said.
“We’re intrigued, and are looking forward to testing how well these soft¬ware additions fare when we can put them through their real-world paces in our forthcoming review.”
Over at PCWorld, the publication praised the speed of the device, say¬ing it felt quick while using apps and browsing through the web.
It also pointed out the gadget actu¬ally follows your eyes through the front camera, tracking your move¬ments, and locking the screen when you move away – saying it worked “pretty well”.
Who’s it for? It’s hard to tell at this point until you have it to know how exactly the SIII will perform, given reviewers enough time with the gadget to judge how it’ll work under nor¬mal conditions. But all the hands-on previews seem to suggest this is a real winner for both consumer and enter¬prise customers.
Time will tell, however, as more reviews coming in. But, as it stands, the SIII is shaping up to be one of the biggest smart phone releases of the year.
source: gizmag, endgadget, pcworld, digital life