After listening to the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting a sleek design with awesome hardware and software. I was a little underwhelmed at the announcement, particularly because of the design. Considering the previous Galaxy releases everyone was expecting a little more. I think many Samsung fans were a little let down after the fairly awkward announcement.
The hardware of the S3 is top notch, no arguments there. Powerful quad core processor, support for removable battery, Micro SD slot, and lots of memory. It lived up to all my expectations hardware wise, no doubt.
I was a little let down by the design. First of all, I’m not too big into the color options: blue and white. The blue isn’t a solid either, it has a pattern to it which makes it look pretty weird. I really wish they would offer an optional black phone as well. It also has a menu and back button which Android Ice Cream Sandwich definitely doesn’t require. Android has definitely been trying to back away from the need to having physical buttons, but Samsung apparently is not.
I’m not a huge fan of TouchWiz either. It’s clunky, ugly, and reminds me of previous Android versions like Ginger Bread. ICS is sleek and futuristic and TouchWiz takes away from it. Samsung claims it wants to keep their user experience consistent across all phones and versions. However, with consistency comes sacrifice which they’ve demonstrated.
After reading a Samsung Galaxy S3 review, I’m pretty impressed with some of the built in software. One feature in particular, Smart Stay, which will keep your phone unlocked if you’re looking at it. It uses the front facing camera to recognize facial features, eliminating the need for an auto-lock feature.
All in all, I probably won’t be pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy S3. I’ll probably wait for the next “big thing” to come out. While I definitely won’t be considering an iPhone, I will be looking out for other Android smart phones.