The Samsung Galaxy S3 is bigger, but is it better?
Somewhere down the line, I had started to believe that the rise of a new stalwart in the smartphone
industry was imminent; a giant that would dictate on the same scale as Apple, steering the market in its
For a while now, I’d started to think of Samsung as
that company. With its show at CES (Consumer
Electronics Show) and the MWC (Mobile World
Conference) this year, its plan of complete
domination at your homes was very ambitious,
indeed. And with phones like the Galaxy S2 and the
Galaxy Nexus, it had shown that it had the mettle to
make it possible.
I’m saying this perhaps because last week’s
announcement of the Galaxy S3 left me a bit befuddled. Don’t get me wrong, this phone looks like it’ll
carry forward all the Android goodness you’ve come to expect from the Galaxy brand, but all that I could
see in the announcement were two glaring things I’ve come to be a bit wary of in the business — “make
the biggest and thinnest phone possible” and “unremittingly emulate Apple despite their repeated attempts
to sue you”.
The S3 is big, perhaps too big, at least from the general consensus. With a 4.8 inch, 306-ppi, 720p
display, you’d take Super AMOLED Plus to be a given. Why Samsung chooses to remain without the
Plus, that too with a PenTile display, remains a mystery till now.
The device sports a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos processor, and at this point, I don’t think it even matters
as long as the end-user experience is smooth. Rest assured, hardware-wise, the phone perches somewhere
on the upper strata of the lists.
However, it’s beautiful. But that brings me to the second problem with the software, which Samsung
seem to be pushing extensively with the phone, they look like they’re just ;mulating an iPhone. Consider
this, S Voice is a Siri clone, and they’re bringing in a lot of iOS apps to their marketplace.
AllSharePlay is just AirPlay, except with DLNA-enabled. And the multitasking is more like iOS. Also,
TouchWiz still manages to spoil the whole ICS party. Some innovations are still worth a look, though.
Like SmartStay tracks your eyes to predict what you’ll do.