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Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy S II: Intergalactic

Samsung Galaxy S III vs. Galaxy S II: Intergalactic - read the full textWith the dust still settling from one of the most exciting smartphone battles the industry has seen, and clouds of stardust swirling around a complete review, it's time to step back and take a sober look at two great phones. Two glorious chapters in...

 

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Looks like the delay due to an issue with the battery cover on the pebble blue version is correct.VF have emailed me to say delivery is now pushed back 2-4 weeks due to a shipping delay from Samsung.

Feck.

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  • 2012-05-29 00:34
  • mpUD

very good,

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  • 2012-05-29 00:23
  • P4bK

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-05-28 16:40 from PxaK - click to readWhat a refreshing breath of air compared to the normal brain dead drivel we normallly read on here with comments like "crappy plastic Samsung","too big and too ugly" and "another iPhone copy" to read a good piece by someone with an open mind willing to admit he was wrong.
It's nice to read about what a device is actually like to use by a user and not a journalist who tends to look at these sort of things differently,and have the things covered even the mighty GSM arena miss from their reviews.

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  • 2012-05-28 21:51
  • 3GCn

> In reply to nightd @ 2012-05-27 04:36 from IaHa - click to readpress the home button (on 2.0-2.3 based device) open 12 Apps and u only see 8 and u only see the icon, even my sony ericsson K310i can do that, just press the home button on the right side and it show an option to switch apps and the apps still running (i Played NFS/Java Version, while receiving a text) so what multitasking??, compare it with meeego, wp, Syimbian u can see the apps (the position when u left it) not only the icon.
ooh u need a higher CPU for what?? ever played Empire Total war on i7 Based PC?? just check how many CPU's working, only 2 core and the rest is Idle, want to play with autocad and 3d max with your Phone???..Lol

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  • 2012-05-28 21:21
  • tA$U

I have a confession to make. When I first laid eyes on the Samsung Galaxy S3, I thought the design was unappealing and uninspired. I felt that the styling was a bit dated; akin to a slight upgrade of the Nexus One. From the initial launch invitation which featured marble white and blue blobs, I expected something more raw, more edgy. I was expecting a fusion of liquid metal and styling from Verizon’s iconic Droid campaigns. I was expecting to be impressed, to be blown to pieces with something completely revolutionary. Thankfully, I was invited to the launch event here in Malaysia, and my first impressions have been ripped to tatters. After having had the opportunity to spend some quality hands on time with the Galaxy S3, I have realized that my initial impressions were unfounded. The leaked images of the S3 that appeared in the few days leading up to the S3 launch did not do justice to this amazing piece of technology I hold before me now. Honestly, I am in love. It was love at first touch, and all preconceived notions I had about the S3 design have melted away, and been replaced by pure technological bliss and delight.
"Designed To Make Sense"
Right out of the box, the battery was amazingly thin – thinner than any removable battery I have ever seen or handled. That’s 2100mAh of power that will keep you going for long. Once popped in, the plastic battery cover snapped on easily – something that Samsung has used previously in the S2, Galaxy Nexus and Note. Even with a gigantic4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, the phone feels incredibly light and very comfortable in my hands. Getting the device for the first time, I find myself in a perpetual state of what can only be described as ‘eureka moments’. The whole ‘inspired by nature’ talk began to make sense. It’s a design that works perfectly. Quite simply, the design of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a breath of fresh air in the midst of sharp and edgy ubiquitous mobile design. The Samsung Touchwiz Nature UX is fast and fluid; like the way water ripples with your every touch. This is the most refined version of Touchwiz ever. It is a welcome from the ‘raw and efficient’ versions of homescreens currently on Android. I also commend Samsung for their proper execution of the app drawer. Previously (on the Note), grid view was a mess. However, this time, they included alphabetical grid view, which arranges everything nicely. I wish they gave the same option to the Android 4.0 update to the Note (they didn’t). Going through the ringtone options, the soothing ‘nature’ sounds that are incorporated made me love it more. It’s not just love at first sight, but love at first touch and sound. To be honest, there isn’t anything revolutionary about the hardware. Yes, it does have a 1.4GHz quad core Exynos SoC – which is among the best there is right now. This time though, Samsung actually went above mere raw hardware, and really took their software to the next level. Having used the phone nonstop for the past few days, I can confidently write that Samsung has actually improved on stock Android 4.0 ICS in ways I thought no manufacturer was capable. Spec wise, the device hold its own among the best devices of today, including the HTC One X (both international quad core and its dual core S4 LTE variant), and rips to tatters the best devices of yesteryear, including the S2, the HTC Sensation, and other similarly spec’ed devices. Even though the camera is a ‘measly’ 8MP, it has a new BIS sensor for low light shooting, which really helps to take fantastic shots in low light situations, – with no flash. Apart from these obvious changes, sticking to the 8MP camera makes everything seems quite normal. The amazing, attention grabbing display, all the powerful specs, and the most mature, refined and robust version of Android yet work to create what is arguably the finest performance of any smartphone ever devised.The 1.4GHz quad core Exynos completes any task you throw at it in record time. The result of having the Exynos is extreme fluidity and smoothness, a kind of fluidity that is unparalleled at this point in time. I cannot stress how fast this device is. It’s unlike any device I have ever used – everything occurs instantly. Honestly, i’m speechless. I love everything about the Samsung Galaxy S3. It’s modern, it’s human and it’s closest to being perfect that I think a smartphone could ever be. To see Android having come this far, leaves me in awe. It’s display is the best I have ever witnessed – better than the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, iPhone 4S, or that of any mobile device I have ever laid eyes on. Its speed and fluidity of operation are unrivaled, and near instantaneous. Despite its relativley large size, it is remarkably well balanced in the hand, and feels fantastic to the touch. It is, in my opinion, the best Android device – no – the best Smartphone – ever created.
"Courtesy: http://www.androidauthority.co...89883/"

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  • 2012-05-28 16:40
  • PxaK

> In reply to DirkVanBonner @ 2012-05-28 16:07 from S9u} - click to readTrue but how did you end up in this page?

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  • 2012-05-28 16:21
  • nTpT

It's funny how some people are drooling over phones, yet some people are drooling for some slice of bread...this is what the world have come to, hm?...it's a sad-sad place to live anymore...

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  • 2012-05-28 16:07
  • S9u}

> In reply to blueglue @ 2012-05-28 13:18 from 9xRf - click to readGuys my point is simple Why cant U understand that people buying phones for a lot of purposes,,, Urs could be different than mine but that doesn’t give U the Right categorize them as OUTDATED and if there any apps will be released in the near future as U said that doesn’t mean that all people will be interested in them,,, Smartphone wasn’t build for gaming essentially even SGS2 as I remember can’t run Some games in Android Markets (the G version)… Phones R made for different of purpose as I mention before but PSP made for gaming and that’s what U should be walk around with …. And that was my point from the begin with DON’T LABEL CONSUMERS AS URS DESIRE

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  • 2012-05-28 14:24
  • nTpT

> In reply to Guest 5 @ 2012-05-28 07:50 from v0qK - click to readAgree, i could not have said any better. Note is spectacular for me.

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  • 2012-05-28 13:20
  • 9xRf

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-05-27 17:42 from nTpT - click to readHey, just being curious.
What ever you said , applies to you as well? doesnt it?

If you believe 4 cores are waste, then there are poeple who need it, probably gaming freaks? and how could you adise them to buy a ps2 or anything? dont you think game lovers already have them, and they expect more from their mobiles?
and lastly, there shall be apps/ os that'll utilise the extra cores efficiently (in near future) which is a huge plus to the customers like you and me.

buddy, the other guy's post makes lot of sense.

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  • 2012-05-28 13:18
  • 9xRf

This is why Samsung should have made the S3 Full HD.Bummer. I am happy with my S2. So Galaxy S4. See you next year! GW. .... *insert "InterGalactic" song by Beastie Boys

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  • 2012-05-28 13:08
  • jPVH

What I don't get is why is the apple iPhone in some of the benchmarks but not others no its being a bit silly but still would like to see a more constant in the reports given

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  • 2012-05-28 11:52
  • 9Cma

> In reply to Guest 5 @ 2012-05-28 07:50 from v0qK - click to readits weird true. been using my note over months now and when i put my hand on my wife's phone, dangg why is it so small, and problems when i try to type text.. haha.. note rules!!!

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  • 2012-05-28 10:13
  • Kgwv

> In reply to Imagewerx @ 2012-05-27 14:07 from 3GCn - click to readi dont care about the camera flash, i just need more RAM...

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  • 2012-05-28 10:11
  • NqXc

I own a galaxy note for less than a month now, upgraded from htc desire hd. It continues to surprise me each day. I knew about the s3 coming, but I still went for the note. And as proud as it gets, no way in a second I have regrets in purchasing the galaxy note.

It is the best fon for me now. Go get it, there will be no regrets unless of course size matters.

At first size was an issue for me, but after some days use I surely won't go back to smaller screen. Heck no.

Cheers!

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  • 2012-05-28 07:50
  • v0qK

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-05-27 17:42 from nTpT - click to readAhh finally you got it, but not just games, there are such as simulation software and 3D modelling that need more cpus and faster graphics out there created by companies to run on Android devices, I think you don't know it even I told you.

So tell me what do you think SAMSUNG create the S3 for? to make comment in your facebook status? Oh man...

And you are such Mr. OutOfContext, first you talk about the CIA and even Larry Ellison's Oracle, now you hit the PSP.

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  • 2012-05-28 03:24
  • uCcw

I like S2 but S3 is to Good ....

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  • 2012-05-28 00:53
  • ITZs

I like S2 but S3 its realy such a phone off world apple ph not b fight Samsung ......goooood

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  • 2012-05-28 00:52
  • ITZs

SGS3 IS much,much more better then Nokia Lumia 900!!!.

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  • 2012-05-27 22:01
  • mhT3

> In reply to Dean @ 2012-05-27 12:35 from tVvu - click to readFor me the extremly bad S2 sound quality is the biggest reason to upgrade to S3! S3 with the Wolfson DAC and the Voodoo Sound drivers by Supercurio have perfect sound quality!
S2 is good, but the sound quality is so very bad that all the good things can not compensate for the very bad sound quality!

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  • 2012-05-27 19:45
  • J5M5

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