Lights are off. Rumors are put to rest. Dust has settled. The phone is launched. Everybody has weighed in. Samsung’s newly launched Samsung Galaxy S3 has all the likes of being a iPhone beater. It got the processor, it got the screen, it got the Gingerbread eye-candy and most importantly it got Samsung’s marketing machine puffing. But there is still one question lurking : Is this the one?
Samsung Galaxy S3 is a beast of a phone. It got the best of hardware. Samsung’s quad-core Exynos processor, 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED screen with 1270×720 display, 8 Megapixel camera, 1.9 MP front-camera, 2100 mAh battery, NFC, 4G and whole lot of Gingerbread goodness. Simply Put, this is the best Galaxy series phone. Looking at HTC One X, this is the best Android phone money can buy.
Probably this is the first time the software and hardware are talking to each other too. That’s the hope anyway with Google’s latest OS. In addition to Gingerbread, Samsung is providing 50 GB of free Dropbox storage for Galaxy S3 users.
There’s one thing missing though. The cool factor, Samsung Galaxy S3 doesn’t have it. The one we had when we first saw the iPhone 4 or the Nokia N9. The design (from the pictures) doesn’t stand out. The reasons as laid out by Android Police are more legal related than design related. That probably is the only thing against Galaxy S3.
In fact this could actually work in favor of Galaxy S3. Galaxy S3 with its longish design could provide better grip for a such a big screen (4.8 inch). It’s not as big as Galaxy Note but S3 is big enough and if not held properly could bring heartburn to the owner.
From what we have seen so far, iPhone never had the latest and greatest hardware when it launched iPhone 4 or the 4S. With iPhone 4, it was the industrial design. With iPhone 4S it was Siri. Apple might soon change the industry one more time with iPhone 5. In all the cases, Apple has never focused on what the phone is about. It has focused on what the phone do for you. Samsung seems to be getting a wind of that.
Galaxy S3’s real test isn’t over yet. It has to stand the next iPhone’s onslaught, whenever that happens.
As per Samsung, Galaxy S3 is a phone designed by humans and inspired by nature. I hope that turns out to be true.
PS : Samsung Galaxy S3 is rumored to be priced at Rs. 34000 in India.