Yesterday, Samsung announced the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III, a phone that it hopes will compete against the likes of the HTC One X for AT&T, the HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint, the iPhone 4S and the upcoming iPhone 5. Instead of being excited about the launch though, I was disappointed.
And unfortunately, I woke up today feeling the same as I did yesterday. The Galaxy S III was supposed to be the Android device of the year, it was supposed to raise the bar. However, in my opinion, at least from what I saw, it appears to merely be one of the Android pack.
I touched on the many issues (and things that I liked) that I had with the Samsung Galaxy S III yesterday and today, I am going to outline five changes I’d make to the device if I were able.
I think my biggest issue with the Samsung Galaxy S III is its screen. In 2012, it appears that Android manufacturers have it in their heads that bigger displays equals better phones so they are slapping these massive screens on just about every flagship device.
To their surprise, there are people out there, like myself and millions of others, that don’t have any use for a screen that large. In fact, I find that large of a screen to be a detriment to the entire experience.
As I said in my critique of the Galaxy Nexus, the footprint of the Galaxy S III and big screen smartphones like it is just too big. I also have issues using my thumbs on screens that large. I use my thumbs a lot when using my phone so that’s a huge negative.
And it isn’t just the size of the Galaxy S III screen that bothers me either.
Yes, the HD Super AMOLED display looks nice but it’s also PenTile Matrix. PenTile Matrix does mean better battery life but it also means that the color white looks bad. White shows up a lot, just in case you didn’t know.
The screen will do the job, but Samsung could have done better.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 2100 mAh battery on board which is the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus extended battery. As I’ve said many times, battery life on my Nexus is inadequate.
I wish Samsung had taken the same path Motorola took with the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX and plopped an enormous battery inside the Galaxy S III. It did wonders for the Droid RAZR MAXX, it’s the best selling Android phone on Amazon right now.
It also did wonders for the people that I know who own one. They love the long battery life and are excited about pairing up the battery with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Remember, Samsung is trying to catch Apple here and don’t you think Apple is going to have ridiculous battery life when and if it releases a 4G LTE iPhone?
I shouldn’t have to buy an extended battery to get good battery life and it looks like Samsung is going to force some people into doing that again.
Let’s just get this out of the way. The blue version of the Galaxy S III is ugly. It’s terrible. I would never buy it. The white? It’s alright but I’m just not a fan of white-colored smartphones. Never have been, never will be. But the color of the phone isn’t my issue.
It’s the plastic. Already we’ve been hearing about the glossy back. And I am willing to wager that the plastic makes the device feel cheap. Disappointing, especially after all of that talk about a ceramic design.
I’ve said it a million times. When I pay $200-$300 for a phone, I want that phone to feel like $200-300. I don’t see that happening with the Galaxy S III.
The User Interface
Plain and simple. I hate TouchWiz and it’s going to steer me away from any Samsung product that has it on board, Galaxy S III or not. The Galaxy S III has TouchWiz and from the sound of things, Samsung hasn’t done much, if anything, to make it better.
It’s still pretty ugly and it often gets in the way. It also can be laggy and boy is the launcher hideous. I honestly can’t see myself buying another Android device that doesn’t have Vanilla Android on board, plain and simple.
I honestly wonder how many more Samsung Galaxy S III’s Sammy would sell if it came with stock Android.
Last but not least, I would change the phone’s camera. Yes, some of the software features looked pretty cool but I think Samsung should have included opted for better optics or a better sensor.
I had a conversation last night with some folks who were asking me which phone I think they should upgrade to. Guess what one of the first two questions was across the board?
“How’s the camera?”
I sincerely doubt that the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S III is going to be better than the camera on the iPhone 4S. Samsung could have made a statement by including an extremely good camera.
It’s very clear that people are moving away from point-and-shoot cameras now that phones have great sensors so this decision, to focus on the social aspect of photography, is perplexing to me.
Hey, there’s always the Samsung Galaxy IV right?
What would you change, if anything, about the Samsung Galaxy S III?
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