Samsung Galaxy S III: Meet The New Android Emperor

Thanks to the previous Galaxy model’s success, Samsung is now the world’s biggest phone manufacturer, a title it will no doubt keep once the slim and pebble-like Galaxy S III hits globally. At 4.8 inches, you can tell Samsung worked really hard at retaining the slightly smaller Galaxy S II’s footprint, so despite the 22 per cent larger display, it’s only 16 per cent bigger than the S II. We hear HTC's One X is already quaking a little in fear.

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Reassuringly, Samsung seems to have cottoned on to the fact that there’s only so far you can go with hardware at the moment. Rather than bolting a silly 16MP camera sensor on, or slimming it down to the slim widths of the Motorola Droid RAZR, they’ve instead focused most of its attention on upgrading Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with some much-needed features, and in several cases, new tweaks and additions that you never knew you wanted before.

Specs

But before we get bogged down with the glossy stuff, let’s talk hardware. The 4.8-inch display is a Super AMOLED panel with 720x1280 (306ppi) resolution. Inserted just above that display? Why, it’s a 1.9MP forward-facing camera which shoots 720p video. Over on the Galaxy S III’s backside, it’s got a simple 8MP camera that can shoot 1080p video. But don’t let that lowly sensor number put you off — Samsung’s got a few camera tricks in store this time, which I’ll touch on in a minute.

Running on one of Samsung’s beastly new 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Cortex-A9 quad-core chips, it comes with 1GB of RAM, and a choice of either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal storage configurations (all of which also let you chuck a microSD card up to 64GB in, as well).

In certain territories (the US, Japan and Korea), the S III will be available in LTE; in the it'll get HSPA+ in the UK. Stay tuned for Australian specs. Seven sensors, including an accelerometer, RGB light, digital compass, proximity, gryoscope, NFC and barometer have been shoved in too.

All of this in a body that weighs 133 grams, measures 136.6m x 70.6mm x 8.6mm, and houses a 2100mAh battery; Samsung’s first smartphone with a battery that size.

The names for the two colour options, marble white and pebble blue, should lead you down the garden path and knocking on the door of Samsung’s inspiration with this phone, but if it doesn’t, then the lock screen and wallpaper skins will scream “nature” at you, even if you live in a concrete jungle with nary a potplant in sight.

Android Tweaks

As mentioned before, Samsung’s overhauled ICS with some nifty new TouchWiz tricks. These include:

- Smart Stay, which uses the forward-facing camera to determine if you’re looking at the phone. You can set time intervals from as little as 15 seconds, which result in a small flashing eye logo in the Android notification bar. If it recognises that your eyes aren’t focused on the phone anymore, the screen dims.

- Direct Call, which will auto-dial a contact if you have their contact details or a message open. By moving the phone to your ear, the proximity sensor; accelerometer and gyroscope all kick into use and automatically dial the contact’s number.

- Smart Alert, which will make the phone vibrate in your hand and flash an LED if you pick the phone up after a missed call.

- S Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature, that you can use to enquire about the weather; take a photo (“Hi Galaxy, please take a photo” to open the camera app, or “cheese” to snap it), and other tasks such as locking the phone or controlling music. Each demand can be configured by the user.

- Social Tag, which links photos of friends in your photo gallery to their Facebook or Google+ accounts, using facial recognition.

- S Beam, which pairs other Galaxy S III phones (and only them, for now) via NFC, shares photos, videos, files or even albums of media over Wi-Fi. If your friend’s S III doesn’t have Wi-Fi enabled, S Beam will automatically turn that user’s Wi-Fi on, and then off.

- AllShare Cast, which pairs to TVs, laptops or tablets over Wi-Fi, mirroring whatever’s on the S III. You can also use the S III as a game controller.

- PopUp Play, which will literally pop a video out of its player, rendering it in a small thumbnail so you can continue watching while surfing the web or doing other functions on the phone. The thumbnail is movable around the display, even if it’s pretty small.

Camera

A bright light should be shone on the Galaxy S III’s camera and its new features, as this brings them right up against HTC’s One series in terms of performance. While I couldn’t get an accurate feel for photo quality during my briefing (there wasn’t enough time, and the room wasn’t the brightest), anyone who’s interested in taking photos on their phones (that’s all of you, let’s face it), will be pleased to hear of these new additions:

- Minimal lag. Samsung minimised reloading time drastically with the S III, so there’s virtually no lag between pressing the button and the shot being taken.

- Burst Shot/Best Photo, which takes 20 shots in quick succession (six photos per second), and then recommends the best photo (using algorithms to determine which has the best light, and which has all eyes open, for example). You can of course override the phone’s choice, if you prefer those shots where your subject is staring blankly outside the frame.

- Face Zoom, which recognises individual faces in a live view, so you can tap a face and zoom in, taking a photo only of them. Sorry, other ugly people in the shot.

- Photos while filming. Like the feature HTC added to their One series, Samsung also thought about those people who like to take photos at the same time as filming video. It’s possible now.

- Face Slideshow. Once some photos have been taken (or loaded onto the phone), a slideshow showing all your merry photos will zoom across each photo, but also take turns to focus on each person in the frame’s face, so no-one gets left out like they often do on Apple TV, for example.

- Group tag. Auto-generated from your contact groups, you can view all photos of your family, for example, as long as you’ve tagged all contacts in certain categories. Facial recognition will do the rest.

A Few Black Marks

If I had any complaints about the Galaxy S III, based on my brief play with it, the crux would revolve around the build quality. Samsung still hasn’t got it right, in my eyes, however beautifully designed the phones are. Perhaps my heart belongs to HTC and its "batshit-crazy space-age materials", but Samsung’s products always feel too plasticky for my liking.

Saying that, it’s remarkable that Samsung’s managed to trim the bezel down so the overall footprint is only 16 per cent larger than the previous model, and the extra-rounded edges really add to that whole pebble look they’re going for. (Though thankfully they’ve not been as obvious as their Pebble MP3 player from years ago was.) Despite its relative lightness, the phone doesn’t have that too-thin feel; it’s still got some weight in your hand, meaning you won’t easily drop it.

And yes, before you ask: Samsung has pre-installed various apps and a Samsung app store/music hub/game store, etc. Though some of them, like Dropbox (Samsung has thoughtfully included a 50GB allowance for three years), are genuinely useful. The rest, you can ditch ‘em.

Final Thoughts

While we’re waiting for a review sample to arrive on our doorstep, we can’t give a definitive thought on the Galaxy S III just yet. But it should be fairly obvious to all that Samsung’s holding on tight to their crown, won fairly and squarely by the Galaxy S II which stole hearts and took names thanks to the sheer amount of features and specs it crammed inside.

The third iteration under the Galaxy S name feels a lot more polished and thought-out than other Samsung products, and zips about comfortably with its powerful engine and responsive display. I only wish I could say the same about my post-Samsung-conference knees.

Availability

On sale across Europe at the end of May, stay tuned for Australian details... Update: What the? Galaxy S III In Australia: ‘No Plans’ At This Time

Our newest offspring Gizmodo UK is gobbling up the news in a different timezone, so check them out if you need another Giz fix.


Comments

    Nice enough, but not a large enough jump over the GNex for me to consider upgrading. This time round, I at least expected them to have a SAMOLED+ (non Pentile) version of that display. While I have no problems with image clarity with the GNex, there are still issues with Pentile Whites/Yellow.

    MicroSD on top of large internal storage is a huge boon along with great processor/battery but the One X still comes out on top with that display.

    Really despising TouchWiz being overlaid on the beauty of stock ICS. It makes 4.0 with TouchWiz look almost identical to 2.3 with TouchWiz. Expect XDA roms for this thing right at launch.

    If there's an LTE variant down the road that tweaks the screen and hardware build a bit (eg the US carrier exclusives) to change the hardware buttons, I might switch. It's a shame that both of HTC's One S and X phones have better build quality too.

      Your point on oversaturation is moot, because its a problem with any OLED. You'd get an oversaturation of green on the old i9000 Galaxy S, an oversaturation of yellow on the i9100, and an oversaturation of blue on the Note.

      Pentile vs RGBG is pointless, because they both cause the problem you describe.

      I've a year to go on my Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint. Hopefully someone will still be making a phone with a real keyboard next year.

      my only problem with it is the rounded shape. God damn. It looks so cheap. It doesn't know if it wants to be a circle or a square.

        Me too. If only Samsung spent as much R&D on design. Perhaps HTC will come closer next round.

          it's that shape so that they don't infringe on apples patent regarding rounded rectangles.

        I'm with you on that. I read the specs and I thought "this is going to be pretty sweet". Then I saw it and it legit broke my soul. My mind is irreparably fucked from trying to comprehend why a manufacturer would make a flagship look like that. I'm not sure how this is expected to compete with the One X. I guess millions of Koreans will buy it because that's what they do.

    what about the resonance charging thingy she mentioned?

      It's just a conductive charging kit, similar to the Palm Pre's Touchstone or other 3rd party alternatives.

        Another 'original' idea from Sansung then?

          What on earth made you think Samsung suggest it was original? It's just an official OEM accessory just like the Touchstone. Until they make the baseless claim of originality, you have zero right to call them out for perceived lies. What part of this don't you understand?

            Your right, not original. Just like most of their stuff. Glad we can agree.

              Let me get this straight... Samsung releases an accessory that wasn't original, was never claimed to be. It's 2012, there is almost no 'leap and bound' innovation from any party. Yet when someone calls out your hypocrisy, you just parrot the same nonsense and believe you came out unscathed? Try again.

                I think what he wants to say is that Samsung just copy Apple, they don't innovate (even though they actually are one of the major innovators when it comes to tech hardware).

                Apple innovates, because they re-badge ideas and give them a new name and a pretty package.

                That about right Corey? You tool.

                  That's not true. Samsung copies HTC too, look at all the camera software =P

                  All I need to respond to this is one jpeg.

                  http://maypalo.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Samsung-Products-vs-Apple-products.jpg

        This thread is a bit weird. It appears Corey is being sarcastic. Steve does not get it and gets aggressive. bdc butts in for a troll.

          Even weirder, my post replies to a message a lot further down the page and not relevant. Am I still asleep???

          He's not. He's one of 3-4 Apple fanboys who periodically post the same tired crap periodically on Android-related articles here. If it was an obvious troll, I'd simply ignore it but I browse here frequently enough to recognise the user name. He's the real deal.

            Fair enough, like WP7 Motormouth then

              Exactly like, but ever more stupiderer

    Samsung isn't the number one 'smart phone' seller because of the Galaxy I/II, they are because of all the cheap and tacky pieces of junk you can find available for prepaid.

      I know you're a frothing fanboy but this incessant need to shit on a company's success just because they compete with the company you happen to use, is really wearing thin.

      You sound like an elitist douchebag for dismissing entry-level devices. This market exists because it fits the bill for countless consumers either through personal preference or financial necessity, not because it doesn't fit into yours. Stick to your iPhone, just stop attempting to belittle this demographic, so you can sit pretty in your ivory tower.

        Not trying belittle anyone, if my iPhone broke I would find it hard to pay for a new one too. All I'm asking is people use logic when reading headlines.

          There is nothing illogical about it. Samsung took the #1 selling crown from Nokia via their 95 million devices sold in Q1 2012, of which roughly 40% were some Galaxy variant smartphone. There is nothing disingenuous or misleading about the text so stop spreading FUD like other is.

            Steve, dude, you need to relax.

              People just need to stop spouting misleading bullshit. As much as I love my iOS devices, it pisses me off that for the same 3-4 fanboys here, it isn't enough to use them, they have to actively spread the same partisan misinformation to comfort themselves. Whatever happened to live and let live.

                We need Motormouth here....

                  Ahahaha, you just made my day Rollz

                  we actually really do....
                  ill point the "motor signal" into the sky, brb

            Um, don't confuse units SOLD, as opposed to units SHIPPED. Samsung fool a lot of people into believing that shipments = sales. FUD? Sounds like you know all about it.

          If your iPhone broke, you'd be one of those buying a Samsung prepaid. Just a matter of time before that little shit brick slips from your hands buddy.

        Epic fail trolling! I see you've spent about 4 hours coming back to this post to preach about how good
        Apple is and how shit Samsung is.... SAD KENT

      Without the Galaxy series Samsung would not be the largest mobile manufacturer. Can you not add up?

    That thing is ugly. The SII was a fantastic looking phone. This thing? Eeeeeegh.

    Also, Pentile. What the heck?

      I don't get Android's justification for home screen and app draw. I mean look how much screen real estate is wasted above. A pointless giant clock, 4 apps in the dock and the rest just empty space. Sure you could clog it up with widgets designed by kids in there basement but surely Samsung could of created a default design that had some level of looks and usability?

        you can actually change all of that in about 5 seconds. i never used an android before my One X and i have to say its easy to use. you just hold down on the bits you dont like and swipe them off. add new ones the same way but hold down on blank space and it brings up a list of things like radio, calculator, music player etc

        The home screen is customisable. If you don't want the clock, remove it. I have a 2x2 clock widget because it's easy to see and also serves as an alarm widget.

        Designed in a basement? Again with the ad hominems and accusations of inferiority... are all apple apologists so transparent? I'll ignore the there/their confusion in your post and say that Android allows unique customisation . None of the supposed negatives you've described must be implemented if you don't want them.

        No smartphone owner uses all their apps equally. The home screen is used for widgets with glance able information or putting the popular apps front and center, completely changing the UX. Less used apps will have a home in the app tray. It's an arguably more elegant solution to iOS where you simply folder away unused apps several home screens to the right and never lets you completely remove them eg. Facetime or Game Center which I never use but forced to abide.

        I don't know whether your deliberate misunderstanding of Android is due to willful ignorance or simply cognitive dissonance. You don't need to spread FUD simply because your worldview is under attack by reality. Using mental acrobatics so your chosen platform eternally remains #1 in your mind, just reeks of insecurity.

          Customisation is simply a bad idea. UX designers study how people use devices to incredible detail to ensure a high level of usability. Then the user comes along, thinks they know better and end up with a hideous, resource hungry mess. If I pay for a device I shouldn't have to spend my own time 'tinkering' with it to make it a usable experience. Just me I've owned a Android tablet, customising was fun until I discovered creating an interface that strikes the balances between attractive and practical is hard and time consuming.

            The world according to Corey,

            Choice it bad, because I'm an idiot and can't decide what I like...also, UX designers study stuff (which is mostly bullshit, like most things he says).

            Well Corey, we owner built our house, and threw out the architects designs and created our own, the house is much better than the house I had built with plans drawn by an architect and built by a builder, and the owner built home was built 20 years earlier...but that can't be the case, architects and builders are experts, surely they know better than the people who actually know what they like and how they use things.

              From the sounds of things, Corey would like every life choice focus group-tested into oblivion so we all receive the exact same experience. Though, considering the number of basic grammatical your/you're, their/there/they're mistakes he's making... Maybe it is for the better that he has someone spoon-feeding and kid-proofing his phone.

                "It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them." - Steve Jobs

                Your arguement is invalid.

                  Please explain how it invalidates my comment in any way. Apple undeniably tests products via internal focus groups to produce a uniform experience across all devices. Also, quoting Steve Jobs doesn't in any way put paid to a discussion. He was a CEO with a vested interest in promoting his own ideology. I don't agree with his statement so why should I accept it as as an explanation?

                  Pfft what does quoting SJ prove? Is he somehow the oracle now?

              "Customisation is simply a bad idea. " - Corey
              lol Sheep will always be sheep

            No. The "we know better than you, so you take what we give you and you'll like it" mentality is wrong. The reason why iOS (an OS with relatively few customisation options) is so unoffensive is because it's so basic. Even the existence of the iOS jailbreak community indicates that there is a desire amongst users for more options.

            The notion that Company X knows what I want is insulting. The only person who knows what I need is myself, I should not have those being dictated by a company that also needs to cater to the tastes and preferences of millions. Let's address this "hideous, resource hungry" canard shall we.

            -Aesthetics: Completely subjective. What might be ugly to one pair of eyes might be irrelevant or even beautiful to another. It might be a productivity powerhouse to its owner, who doesn't care about how hideous his set-up his. To suggest that what he's doing is WRONG is incredibly conceited.

            -Resource-Hungry: I, as an informed user, know what's resource hungry and what's not. How? Because all the data is there, transparent within the OS. I can see exactly what apps and tasks are using the most data, power, etc and adjust accordingly.

              ^^ This.
              Unlike iTroll's some people want to be able to use their phone however they want too. Not have it dictated to them by a company that has to dumb it down to the lowest common denominator.
              How anyone can think choice and customisation is a bad thing is well and truly beyond me.
              However, if that's what makes you happy then go ahead. Who am I to argue. But, in that case please leave off commenting on anything Android related as your opinion is duly noted and the promptly ignored.

            Customisation is simply a bad idea? oh Corey... keep digging that hole mate.

              I shall respond to all comments here. You people can bang your 'open', 'choice', 'customise' drums all you want. But the fact remains the majority of the consumers don't give a dam about it.

              Honestly, of all the non geek people you've seen with Android phones, how many have customised it? General consumers (not you geeks with nothing better to do) have next to zero interest wasting hours searching for decent widgets or installing custom roms.

              If you think customising is fun, good for you, you made the right purchase.

              Android is gaining ground because it's "ok" and it's cheap. Nothing more. If Apple ever released something in the $50 price point of the Samsung Galaxy 5, I'm sure Apple would have the majority market share in weeks. But Apple never want to compete in the budget market. They are not concerned about market share, they are solely interested in profits (which Apple dominates all in).

                "Honestly, of all the non geek people you’ve seen with Android phones, how many have customised it?"
                The overwhelming majority. Whether this involves choosing which app icons take the centre homescreen, what their wallpaper is, or which widgets they use, this is customisation. Indeed, stock Android phones typically have several open widgets as a serving suggestion.

                "not you geeks with nothing better to do"
                You don't know me, you're posting on Gizmodo, a blog for tech enthusiasts, so don't presume to think you know anything about what I, or any other user is like. Passive-aggressive insults like this only cheapen your position and make you look incredibly juvenile and petty.

                *Mindless waffle about Apple's moral superiority, profit margins*
                What does this have to do with anything? We're discussing customisation, yet you bring up marketshare (like it means anything) and profit margins (like it means anything more). You seem to be under some serious cognitive dissonance that has convinced you that your heroic Apple is under siege by the unwashed masses of poor people using cheap Android phones, yet has the moral highground for never wanting marketshare in the first place (sour grapes).

                You're throwing irrelevant information around as if it supports your statements (it doesn't). The sheer number of logical fallacies I've read from you is staggering and belies someone who's becoming increasingly agitated and defensive that their precious worldview is under attack by reality and those who might disagree. Grow up.

                  I know your excited but your sweeping statement "The overwhelming majority" requires evidence. Most smartphone users I know have NOT tinkered with their phones. My sample size is small though

                  By the same argument then, you can say iOS is customisable too. You choose which apps live on homescreen one (you can also choose to have one app or 16 just like on android) you can choose your wallpaper, admittedly you don't have widgets, but i can read the time in the header perfectly well :P. Saying iOS is uncustomisable and then saying such basic things are customisation is your own logical fallacy right there steve.

                I actually have to agree with Corey. Android is very average from a usability perspective. It's just cheap enough and good enough to be successful. People want phones that DO things. Android phones seem to believe that people want phones to play with the settings. It's a bit like Linux in that respect *ducks*. Seriously though, if toying with phone settings is your hobby Android is a good choice.

                  "It’s just cheap enough and good enough to be successful"

                  That must explain the 20million of Galaxy S and SIIs sold then, which are priced comparably (or even more than) iPhones, or any of HTC's Desire, Evo 4G and One series. It's a misconception that iPhones are more expensive and those who use Androids are 'settling,' as I paid more for my GNex than I did my iPhone and was happy to do so.

                  While I agree with the sentiment that people should use their phones rather than tinker with them (just as I think people should drive their cars rather than work on them), it's not analogous in any way. I've never rooted or jailbroken any of my phones, I like the choice to customise because when I open the box, I can tweak it to exactly my desired set-up and I never change. It's vastly different from the stock experience but optimised for me. With iOS, my iPad is largely the same as when I unboxed it.

                  When an Android user criticizes an Apple product you will see reason, facts and not always personal opinion. When an Apple user criticizes Android, all you see is hate, opinion and "what I think it is" mentality.

                  I wont go into detail about how usable Android is compared with iOS but trust me, having used both, Android's functionality, integration and flexibility makes you want to laugh at you people talking about things you dont even know about. It was only last year with iOS5 that Apple implemented a proper copy and paste feature. Opening attachments from email is a pain on iOS after using the click-to-open feature where you just click on a link in a email or picture in an attachment and it will open it up right away in your browser of choice. Choice is another thing iOS does not have as well as integration (no Im not talking about facebook or twitter). Its basically like a PC in your pocket which makes an iPhone look like, well, a phone.

                  All in all you clearly have never been an Android user. You're just like Corey up there: used an Apple device; hey its good! I think I will use it forever and not consider something better. "Cheap" is the word iFanboys use to justify any argument. If its cheap, its not good. Google maps is free, turn by turn navigation is free, Google service integration is free, using a paid app from the market for 15 mins of "test time" is free and one hell of a good thing, most of what Android offers is free and BETTER than what iOS does. That is why its successful. Understand :)

                Err, actually, my mother, who bought a galaxy sII just because her feature phone died and needed a new one.

                She can use excel (just), and yet she's got a fair whack of her own thing going on with that phone.

            Corey, this argument would have a little more merit if you hadn't clearly failed to realise in your previous comment that Android's home screens are customisable and you can delete or add a clock (or anything else) in 2 seconds....

            Apple's choices are fine for some people. I moved away from iOS because I was tired of mobile web browsing on a mere 3.5 inch screen and with no Flash, not especially for the customisation angle, but at the same time I find some of it quite handy- exactly because I like the tasks and information I use most to be available the most easily, and that wasn't the case for me in iOS. One size does not fit all.

            By your logic, WP7 must be the best smartphone o/s available, due to the fact that the UX is often touted as being the most intuitive, and pretty damned quick about it too.

            ... Dude seriously, don't like android? don't read articles about android. Lame troll is lame.

            Please don't pick on Corey. That's the way some people are AND THEY CAN'T HELP IT!
            Just because he wears the clothes his mum puts out for him each morning.
            Just because he has a SPECIAL pen that he draws an i in front of everything he likes.
            Just because he always has to sit on the same seat on the bus (and groans and hits his head if he can't).
            Just because he dribbles a little.
            Just because he has to stroke his favourite Gonk five times before he types on his keyboard.
            People like Corey don't like customisation and like to do what they are told.
            They don't like things different, they like things the same.
            They are special people.

              You just pinned most iOS users out there, if not the entire Apple cult. Nice one, lol

        that's very insightful of you Corey. I totally do not understand why Android does that either, nor do I understand Apple's justification for making a smartphone in the first place....I mean, sure you can use apps designed by people who also happen to make widgets for their Android apps, but surely Apple could have just created a phone that has some level of resemblance to their company motto of being minimalist right? Oh and by the way, I am a perfectly rational and respectful person.

        Finally!! A phone that can hold my entire music collection. This bodes well for the future. Its a shame it is so generic looking and boring. The Galaxy Nexus looks much nicer than this, it is a little disappointing in that regard.

        You're clearly an iPhone user.

    Its an ok phone. I have a Galaxy S II and an iPhone 4S so I'd be comparing it to those. One thing im interested in is the touchwiz UI. In my eyes it keeps the Samsung devices in 2010 mode (I guess its better than Apple being stuck in 2008 with just incremental updates) Pick up something with the new HTC sense UI and it feels like you have something modern.

    so far, not so impressed. glad i stoped waiting becuase it looks a little feminine for me and i dont like flimsy feeling devices

    Well said Steve at the sheep crowd. I'd much rather listen to someone that uses both apple and samsung, not just someone that switched from the one to the other.
    And also like the side by side comparisons. Some are better on apple, some are better on samsung. I then base the decision on which one of the 2 will suit my needs better based on the available features. As of right now, HTC one X gets my vote because of availability. Things however will change in a month from now when samsung goes on sale.

      Choosing to buy something by comparing your options and then deciding on the one that best suit's your needs? That's just crazy talk! Please pick a side and the rabidly defend it against all comers in an effort to justify your superiority over everyone else. It's the way it's done around here and you really wouldn't want to be the odd one out would you? Plus the mobile phone OS wars are, as the name states, wars! You need to pick a side man! There is no Switzerland here!

      Well to be fair, I switched from one (iPhone 4) to another (Galaxy Nexus). Though I recently purchased a new iPad, so I still do use iOS, and at some point would love to use WP7 as my primary driver. You need perspective from all sides, otherwise you turn into a frothing loon like Corey.

      It does bug me that I have to be the bad guy here. The role of an idiot is always easier than the job of someone calling for sense and reason, as the idiots don't play by the same rules we have to. As easy and tempting as it is to drop F-bombs and stoop to his level, you can't wrestle with the pig because you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.

    I'm concerned with the old button layout. This seems to keep it stuck in the past without a dedicated multitask. I see what samsung are doing, by keeping the experience the same over all the models it encourages people to stay with the phone layout they know. However I think this will begin to screw with the UI as apps are updated to ICS.

    Why so big??!!?!!?!!?!!11/?? I'd much rather have a slightly thicker phone with a smaller screen than this monstrosity.

      If you like to surf the net a lot and watch you tube all the time, a big screen is essential. I can rest my galaxy note on my lap and comfortably read sites without needing to zoom and scroll all the time. Different people have different needs from their phones. That's why we have such a large choice. Every person I know that has an iPhone, rarely use it to surf the Web. Most times they just use it for phone calls and the occasional game. Because of that, they are comfortable using the tiny screen on their iPhone

    Most of the above makes me laugh .....
    Now everybody stop step back count to ten and look at what you've typed .
    I for one would love to have a new phone but will be happy I have a galaxy S eating my money .......
    As for iOS vs android how about you pick one and stop complaining about the other ?

    wow, looks like HTC have made another One series phone...

    wait.....

    I have HTC phone and the wife has Iphone. Both are good in their own way though lately, Icons have been installing themselves on my home screen and I've been getting spam emails saying that I've won an iPad 3. I can say thus far that this has been upsetting me to the point that I want to just get an iPhone and be done with it.

    As for the customisation arguement, yes you can customise your Android phone to buggery which is all exciting and new and amazing......for the first 5 days, from then on, I could'nt give a toss and haven't customised anything on it for 12 months. Once the novelty wears off, it's a non-issue.

    I still think the wife's iPhone and its retina screen absolutely smokes mine and because it's iOS, I can navigate it no problems as it's exactly the same as my ipad. Walled Garden uniformity.....it makes sense when you look at the bigger picture.

      The amount of spam on you receive has nothing to do with your chosen handset. It boggles my mind that you think this is due to your HTC phone. If your inbox is being targeted by spam, it would appear in your mail client regardless of whether you're using an iPhone or HTC. The phone itself has no spam filter.

      As to your arguement (sic), of course you don't have to customise constantly. I haven't significantly changed my current load-out in months, precisely because I had the tools to get an ideal set-up that provides me with all the glanceable information I want and need. Having the option to customise isn't a feature you're compelled to change for the sake of change. Whatever gave you that impression?

      The argument (correct) regarding the Retina display is completely moot because there is a litany of Android phones in all shapes and sizes with a swathe of different screens. The current crop of 720p screens smoke the iPhone 4/S and come in both LCD and AMOLED flavours depending on whether you value contrast, true blacks/whites or brightness. The general consensus is that the HTC One X possesses the best display on the market.

      Your preference for walled garden uniformity is a valid point but again, is just personal preference that stems from your familiarity on the iPad.

        actually the spam is coming from an app that I use because to have the app you have to accept the permissions to be able to get it. Strongly considering dropping it altogether as its just not worth it. As for the random icons installing on the screen? Got any ideas? Everyday there's a different one and I just bin it rather than click on it and see where it takes me.

        You gotta admit, Android has a clear problem with malware and shitty apps that apple would never even allow through the gate. There's something to be said for their incredibly tight quality control. My two year old ipad 1 has NEVER had any spam email, unknown icons installing or shitty apps that ruin the experience altogether. How can you say that it's not Android related if my iPad isn't suffering the same issues. Not a single one....ever.

          What app is this? I'm genuinely curious because I have never had these spam issues since moving to Android. There is no clause that requires you to join a mailing list to install an app, this violates Google's T&C. And which random icons are we talking here? Are they partnered apps or what?

          I don't think Android has a malware problem but you do have a point with the shitty apps. This is not an Android-exclusive issue, it is simply impossible to police the number of apps seeking approval. Just as obvious spam and scams like the pirate Pokemon Yellow or Beautiful Witches make their way to iOS, they also do the same on Android with its looser approval system. This comes down to responsibly using your phone and reading user reviews, numbers of downloads and ratings.

          Install 'Ad Network Detector' from the Play Store. It'll show you which app you gave permission to add icons to your homescreen and then you can uninstall it.

        Whoa, you jumped the shark there Steve saying the current 720p screens "smoke" the 4S. Marginal improvements in some areas are great, but not devastatingly better. If you think they are, you have apparently forgotten how much the "retina display" raised the bar in the first place. Unless you are just talking size, which is more of a user preference.

        Oh and drop the p from 720p. These aren't TVs, there's no interlaced phone screens as far as I know, so no reason to import a TV description unless you are some kind of marketdroid.

          My galaxy note has a retina display

          I'd say that the One X SLCD is comparable to a iPhone 4/S display only larger and that the SAMOLED variants offer something else, while retaining the same ppi. The Retina Display was easily the best display on the market at launch, which is why I used an iPhone 4 and I'll be the first to acknowledge its legacy in superb clarity, but this isn't 2010. Newer displays are offering better brightness, contrast and screen size with just as much clarity.

          As for '720p', I don't really like adding the 'p' either, it makes just as little sense as saying '720i' but it seems to have become accepted nomenclature to describe these new batch of Android phones as such. I believe it's an heirloom from the TV industry, but I appreciate the input.

          Well bring in the first iPhone with a retina display, see how well it does against current Android phones with 720"p" dispays.

          Maybe not the One X but you need to know: the retina display was manufactured by LG and is only a retina display because it fits an average resolution (640x960, no biggie nowadays) into a 3.5inch screen (since the iPhone 4); other than that its just another IPS display. LG has their own "retina displays" and they're called Nova displays. The newer versions of this, for example LG's Spectrum, does "devastatingly better" than any iPhone's display with 326ppi (same as iPhone 4S) but on a larger screen with a resolution of 720x1280. So even though, the ppi is still the same, I'd call the Nova far better because of the larger screen size and higher res.

          I'd assume you are another iFanboy because you mentioned the "glory of the iPhone when it first came that no other phone will ever compare to" as well as "marketdroid".

      enjoy taking a sh*t in your 'itoilet' then james...

    I think the real Winner in this situation is HTC. Apple has nothing to worry about because even if they release a phone with Windows Vista on it they are at a point in there professional life cycle where they will sell craploads of them. HTC however have been starting to loose a LOT of customers over there midrange, confusing product line. They product line is now attractive to a huge range of customers and because of lack of supply (Australia especially) with the Galaxy S3 and an underwhelming product launch their will be a whole heap of people considering HTC again.

    Obvious Corey-troll be trolling

      Browse through Giz AU's article history of Android/iPhone tags for posts under Corey. I wish you were right though.

    Samsung design always bores me. It's a bit shallow, I guess, but then the specs aren't exciting me either. MORE POWAH! but it doesn't sound like there's been an improvement to the screen, plus they're starting to push the size too close to the Galaxy Note. And the additions to ICS sound one and all like gimmicks that I don't care about. Pass.

    Well, that's Samsung's entry for this year. We've seen HTC's and they didn't knock my socks off either. Sony seems to be stuck 6 months behind the power curve and without ICS (shame, because their phones are otherwise consistently more interesting). LG's software always sucks. I guess I have to see what Motorola and, gulp, Apple pull out of their hats this year.

      Is there any phone designs that have ever excited you? A mobile phone is generally just a rectangular prism, some with curved edges, some without. And if a quad core and potential 128GB storage isn't sufficient to excite you then not sure what you are after in a phone exactly. Not that I think this is an amazing offering by Samsung, I think the design of the SII was far superior.

        The One S and Lumia series excite me. Yes, most phones are just rectangular slabs but Samsung is one of the biggest phone-makers on the planet. They can afford to be a little playful. If HTC can come out with this truly innovative ceramic/metal coating and Nokia can produce high quality plastic phones with true blacks, then Samsung really has no excuse considering this thing looks about the same build quality as the half year old GNex.

    Actually, that is the shittiest thing of all. I want to buy a smart phone but the Motorola, Nokia and now Samsung release their hero phone OS but not in OZ, for F sake the Razr Maxx has been out for months. I guess our small population is not worth the effort.

    Wow, such hardcore trolling...
    The external design is pretty dull and boring (to me). That's disappointing. I'm sure the guts and interface are great, but the externals let it down.
    The "soft" button in the middle down the bottom again reminds me of Apple, even though they don't copy the design anymore (like the S1) and it's could be more practical than the capacitive buttons you can sometimes brush by accident, but moving buttons on a phone face just seems tacky these days when you've got so many good designs that move beyond it

    Overall I'm not really wowed. I'm sure it'll be a mega-popular model, but I think the HTC one X is preferable (even though THAT has a stupid micro-sim and no SD card)

    Will still get smoked by Windows Phone.

      Typically those have much slower specs than the latest Androids. I think the point with the latest Windows phones isn't spec porn and "smoking" the competition, rather it's about streamlined usability according to the fans.

        Exactly!
        After all the high specs its still slower and more cumbersome to do the most common, every day tasks.

    I just got the Sony Xperia s, and I'm pretty sure this phone will have alot of similar features when ics becomes available to it...

    nice try... but still lacks anywhere near the pollish of the iphone.. will be forgotten about and superseded in a month.

    I have no idea why anyone would willingly put money on a gadget like this. It's another non-entity. It's like walking into a shop and saying "Could you please get me the non-iPhone?". Why throw your money away on trash made by also-rans?

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      Because most people don't want to use a magnifying glass to read the stupidly small pox screen on the iPhone.

    Why oh why can't a phone manufacturer just release a phone with bevels 3ml thick on the sides and a maximum of 5mls to and bottom. Why the huge ugly bevels that always look ugly. Surely since the screens are so big that they can fit all the hard ware under it. That way we can have a large phone screen that isn't in a large ugly case. Look at the over hangs on this phone. Its frigging horrible. Its always the bevels that make a phone ugly. I have the galaxy note and if you take away all the bullshit bevels, it would be smaller than the gs3. Wake up you dumb shit companies and start listening to the people who buy your phones.

    And noone had a problem with the thumb-ring in the first picture!?

    not a good style

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