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Samsung Galaxy S III: disappointment, gimmicks, or good ideas?

0. phoneArena 04 May 2012, 16:34 posted on

We had planned to do this writeup yesterday, but everything felt too fresh. The Samsung Galaxy S III announcement created a tidal wave of news and we didn't want to just post a knee-jerk analysis of what had been announced...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 04 May 2012, 16:37 57

1. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Not bad device, but I'm a bit disappointed. :\

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:19 44

12. cheetah2k (Posts: 1646; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


My disappointments:
1. I thought it was going to be ceramic, not plastic.. meh
2. Quad core Exynos performance is similar to the One X Tegra 3, albeit clocked 100Mhz slower than the One X...
3. Pentile SAMOLED...
4. Similar chassis construction to the SGS2.
5. The brushed metal with gloss looks cheap.
6. No black version (blue and white.. meh)
7. Its huge. Would have rather had 4.3" and 1280x720 resolution

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:21 9

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Talking abou technical expectations, my expectations wasn't high. Actually, I was expecting something similar. But at last I was hoping for better design, better screen (talking about PenTile Matrix) and no physical buttons.

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:25 14

16. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"1. I thought it was going to be ceramic, not plastic.. meh"

Samsung Galaxy S III back is Polycarbonate (thermoplastic polymer) the same as Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC One X.

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:37 11

21. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Difference between the two is that the Sammy is glossy, making it look very cheap. Another thing that makes it look cheap is the stupid chromed plastic casing. They should have made it metal like the EVO LTE

posted on 04 May 2012, 17:43 9

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Difference between the two is that the Sammy is glossy..."

It is called "Hyper Glazeā€ coating.

posted on 05 May 2012, 02:16 3

92. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Humans, we want what we don't have, once we have it, we complain and want something else that we don't have cuz it might be better.

posted on 04 May 2012, 18:21 2

38. ph00ny (Posts: 1331; Member since: 26 May 2011)


2. Quad core Exynos performance is similar to the One X Tegra 3, albeit clocked 100Mhz slower than the One X...

Are we looking at the same benchmarks?
Samsung didn't just use a better underlying hardware but they've also optimized the software (ie browser)

posted on 04 May 2012, 18:25 6

41. abhishek48 (Posts: 164; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


"2. Quad core Exynos performance is similar to the One X Tegra 3, albeit clocked 100Mhz slower than the One X..."
Have u even see the benchmarks,
161k browserkmark, over 100k of one x, 103 fps glbenchmark over 60 of one x.
Right now this is the most powerfull device, but only for 3 months note 2 will take the crown.
pentile matrix is the only real problem

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:17 10

52. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


You can polish a turd and call it any thing you want but it still looks like sh** and kinda cheep. It's weird to me that how awesom this phone is along with the fact Samsung is adopting a little bit of apples bis unless model from the iPhone and iPad but the outer casing is still not built with quality materials like what are in the iPhone. The other thing is plastic can be made to look les cheap that's where I am disappointed. Another thing I am worried about is my galaxy nexus seems to lack the quality in other hard ware parts such as speaker phone and radio for LTE and such. I really wish Samsung and Motorola would make a phone together. My other concern is for all android phones. What's with the micro USB being universal it's where's out. The walls on the inside of the plug and the connectors need to be made alot stronger mine keeps wearing out. I guess I am kind of on the fence on this phone. It's not that much better than my galaxy nexus too be exiteded. I really like it and might get it but the exenos chip is not as dominating as last years chip was. I think it could be from programs and maybe the bench mark deals us all of the cores in the quad core efficiently yet. Probaly not though bringing me back to maybe I will wait to see if Motorola has anything to offer in the next couple months befor the sg3 comes out on Verizon wich I hope Verizon don't get a special lamer model than the rest

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:19 2

53. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


All Androids are disappointments! That's why you guys lust over a new device month after month!

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:30 1

56. dallas90733 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)


I agree with everything you said!, except number 7. IMHO this is the ONLY thing ( Screen size) that might help it sale a lil better; but if you compare this to the HTC E4G LTE, well HTC is the better phone

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:35 13

57. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


I know what it's called, that is a very stupid name anyways lol, hyper glaze?? at least HTC used actual names and processes with micro arc oxidation.
Just like Phullofphil said, you can take a turd and polish it, still just a shiny turd.
The S3 looks even cheaper being glossy.

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:42 8

58. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Go back to your iphone forums and complain how lame your iphone is..

posted on 04 May 2012, 19:44 3

59. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Why would you want a 4'3" screen??? Yuck

posted on 04 May 2012, 20:23 4

61. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


My opinion:
1: Glad it's lightweight, but I actually care about build quaity and the weight being symetrical so it FEELs right when you hold it. I could care less about the actual material.
2. Who said that? I have a feeling that it easily surpasses it.
3. Agreed, but at least we got 720p....
4. Not too much wrong with that, keeps the iconic look
5. I (personally) could care less
6. Yeah, black ones usually are better.
7. 10000+% AGREED the bezel isn't that small, and a small bezel isn't good for cases sometimes, but 4.3-4.5 would of been the ideal range in screen size. Makes me mad that they went this big.
I am assuming they did this due to the success of the Note, but still, 4.8 is just too big, no matter the bezel.

posted on 04 May 2012, 21:24 6

68. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


We get new devices because Android is supposed to be for everyone. And in order for it to fulfill that, it needs variety. There's low-end, mid-range, and high-end; all depending on what you want. There are big screens, average screens, and small screens; depending on what's comfortable for you. Multiple manufacturers, all with different UI's that go over Android for more functionality and more benefit for the user. Don't like the UI? Install a custom ROM, and get a different one, because you can with Android. With Android, you can be you, and customize it to any way you want it to be, depending on what you want. Tired of the lag on your old Android device? Don't worry, there's a new one with a faster processor and more RAM just waiting for you to enjoy a lag-free experience with it. Want better build quality than that LG or Samsung made out of almost entirely plastic? There's HTC and Motorola with metal accents and ceramic treatments. It's a whole lot better than that iPhone of yours that you can only change the wallpaper on without voiding your warranty! Other than that, instead of the OS conforming to you, you are bending your preferences to it. It's so out of hand, Apple dared try and tell you that you're HOLDING it wrong, because they are so closed-minded and ignorant that they don't want to admit that there is something wrong with their creation. Sure, it works, but does it really work for you, or are you just so caught up in the hype that you're fooling yourself that it works for you? Have you even tried to use a respectable Android device for an extended period of time? How do you know that Android isn't better for you? You don't. Now, I respect iOS for what it is, I just don't like how it's portrayed by the company.

posted on 04 May 2012, 22:00 4

71. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Have you seen antutu, cf-bench, quadrant, smartbench..... not that powerfull...

sunspider/browsermark are more browser dependent anyway.

2.5 ghz quad core Krait will probably rip Sammy's ass.

posted on 04 May 2012, 23:01 1

79. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Well said.

posted on 05 May 2012, 00:00 2

85. akshaye.shenoi (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Apr 2012)


Should've been glass.

Agreed it is fragile but GOD it looks sweet.

posted on 05 May 2012, 01:08 4

87. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


if androids are disappointments, then what is iPhone ? the 4S is the most disappointment device... EVER !!! no changes to it, only camera and cpu lol, siri can be ported to iPhone 4 and other iDevices :)

posted on 05 May 2012, 14:33

151. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


so if the gs3 plastic is ''turd'' then so it htc one x as they are both polycarbonate lol just one is matte and one is shiny..some people like shiny some dont...i find it funny that some htc one x owners and future buyers diss the s3 plastic not knowing that the htc uses the same

posted on 05 May 2012, 01:27 11

90. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


"the outer casing is still not built with quality materials like what are in the iPhone."

Listen to you. Lol The only thing on the iPhone that is a quality material is the metal frame around the phone. Try dropping an iPhone and see what happens. (It will most likely shatter.)

I have dropped my Galaxy S II numerous times (glass side down also) and I don't have any special case and all I have is a few minor scratches. If it were an iPhone I would be s--t out of luck!!

posted on 05 May 2012, 02:36 2

93. chriski333 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 May 2012)


wow man u need to chill dont like it dont buy it i for one think it will be a great phone also this will be my first galaxy phone and im very excited for it

posted on 05 May 2012, 05:20 5

102. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


MoRE THAN DISAPPOINTED......

posted on 05 May 2012, 06:39

108. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't express anything, I just say how it is called!

posted on 05 May 2012, 06:39

109. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't express anything, I just say how it is called!

posted on 05 May 2012, 11:36

138. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


It's funny how the iPhone was plasticky before the i4, but it was top notch materials and everyone praised it. Now Samsung uses even better plasticky materials and they are considered cheap, even though it's much more durable than glass. Maybe the Apple Tv will be all glass with no plastic. Because plastic instantly just makes it cheap. Need to have all the plastic removed from my car too. Metal and glass is the way it should be. Probably would do much better in crash reports.

posted on 05 May 2012, 12:00

143. AndroidShiz (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


If only the masses said that when the iPhone 4s came out. But I guess they did. People still made it the top selling iPhone to date even tho the additions were incremental and just old school lame. People flocked to the 3GS for video capabilities that should have already been on the 1st iPhone.

posted on 05 May 2012, 13:56 1

149. MEeee (Posts: 354; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Bunch of crying babies. The design is nice and I'll buy it when it comes out. Move on with your life and if you don't like it, then go buy something else. Why bitching?

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