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.
Have you ever wanted a dual boot smartphone with multiple cores, able to boot from android when used as a handset, and able to function as a fully functional desktop when docked? If you visit this site, chances are this is the achievement of nerd Nirvana! This functionality, according to Canonical, the makers of popular Linux distro Ubuntu is coming to a handset near you. Soon, Android smart phones will be able to dual boot from a docking station that is plugged into a monitor and keyboard
for use as a portable desktop. Rumor has it that phones are expected to ship with this dual boot capability by the end of the year. It is this website’s opinion this could truly revolutionize the information technology environment. Setting up an environment whereby every android phone owner is distributed a working copy of Linux, could challenge the omnipotence of the Apple Windows paradigm. This would give every information technology person, every business executive, and every student, a free working operating system with computer. All one would have to do is add the peripherals. In a sense, this almost sounds like unfair competition, almost worse than packaging a free web browser in with one’s operating system.
Not so long ago form factors in cell phones seemed to be decreasing in size. Small was in, with flip phones predominating due to their thinness and their ability to fold in half, reducing the size of what a consumer has to put in their pockets. Enter the Iphone. What one could arguably call the rebirth of the candy bar phone, beefed up with accelerometers, processors, and RAM galore.
The Iphone 3G, 4 and 4S screens are just 3.5 inches, the HTC Thunderbolt sported a 4.3 inch screen, while the recently released Galaxy Nexus has expanded to 4.65 inches. Everyone originally thought the new Iphone, the 4S would also increase in size, that expansion however, has presumably been delayed to the entrance of the theoretical Iphone 5.
Just recently however, the concept of “big is in” is now truer than ever before, with the establishment of the new 5.3 inch Amoled display of the Galaxy Note. The new trend in bleeding edge mobile technology seems to be display, clarity of it, and screen real estate.
The LG Optimus has recently been announced and it will contain a 5 inch screen, and both megaphones will sport dual core 1.5 gigahertz processors, with 1 gig of RAM. Both the Optimus and the Note will be stylus friendly, with the Note coming with one built in to the device. Whether this trend in size will continue or not time will tell. We will have to wait to see whether or not consumers will want to break the 5 inch barrier in display size.