The Samsung Galaxy S3. Now that we (the general public) have had two months with the super phone, how does it compare with the myriad of other products on the market and who actually is this phone for? This analyst has had many smart phones over the past decade, even starting with the Palm Treo back when apps were still called programs and they sold at Staples for up to $50 a pop. The times certainly have changed. And even though Samsung has been hit with an expensive lawsuit, the product itself is cutting edge. And certainly worthy of being called a “super phone”.
Upon release of the Droid 4, this analyst commented, “The phone just works.” Well, this phone doesn’t merely supply an adequate alternative to the apple products that are out there. The GS3 possesses a magic, build quality, and reason in and of itself to purchase the product. A combination of ease of use, and Android flexibility make this phone suitable to a wider audience than is customary for Android products.
It has been noticed that many buy Android products, but not every consumer truly knows how to use the phones they are purchasing properly. Multiple User interfaces exist, everything from HTC’s Sense, to Motorola’s Blur, all competing to be a respectable alternative to IPhone’s IOS while still being flexible enough for the core super user customer base. If one is dissatisfied with their phone’s interface, other alternative are out there such as Apex. Or, one could even root, and install a custom Android ROM. The point that is being made, is that many have tried to bridge the gap between Android functionality and IOS ease of use, and nothing meets that need as well as the GS3’s Touchwiz interface. It is the perfect balance between ease of use, and customization. Yes, one can root. Yes one can install a different UI if one so chooses. But, if you are Joe Schmoe out shopping for a phone, it’s functionality is more self explanatory than other Android options that are on the market.
This phone is fast. With 2 gigs of RAM and a dual core 1.5 ghz processor, there is enough fuel in the engine to power the multi tasking ability Android as a platform so generously gives the user. Samsung has also gone out of its way to give added functionality that one cannot find on other android devices. There is S Voice, S beam (nfc), and a host of other customizations that make this product “innovative”.
The phone is sexy. This beast is well designed, with nice build quality, and in this user’s opinion, 4.8 inches is the optimal screen size. Yes, this is a big phone, but after using the phone, it will be hard for any user to go back to a non Super AMOLED display that is smaller than 4.8 inches. I found watching a movie to be actually pleasant on this device, as well as reading and perusing news stories.
The phone is spendy, with my 32 GIG device costing roughly $250 out of pocket with a 2 year contract, so for the price sensitive, this phone may not be for you. But, if you are looking for a sexy, innovative, fast, non iPhone product with the freedom of Android, there are very few options on the market that compete.
Apple definitely does not have a monopoly on Awesomeness. There are two companies that can play that game.