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Melting victim to receive a new handset

Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (KSC:005930) Android flagship phone, the Galaxy S III launched this week, but apparently this hot piece of technology was a little too hot.  The device escaped a last minute sales ban at the hands of Apple, Inc. (AAPL), but at least one of the smartphones couldn't escape its own overheating issues.

A user who goes by the handle dillo2k10 reportedly had his new smartphone burst into white-hot flames then exploded with a loud bang while charging it on the way home in his car.  Carphone Warehouse, the retailer is working with Samsung to investigate the incident.

A concerned Samsung wrote on its blog:

Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question. Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on the situation. We are committed to providing our customers with the safest products possible and are looking at this seriously.

The owner will be receiving a replacement for their molten device.

Galaxy S III
This Galaxy S III didn't survive its fire/explosion. [Image Source: Boards.ie/dillo2k10]

The Galaxy S III is hardly the first piece of mobile electronics to explode, catch ablaze, or otherwise melt down in transit.  In 2010 a smoking iPod forced a Tokyo train to make an emergency stop during rush hour.  Apple, Inc. (AAPL) refused to comment on the incident or acknowledge, at the time, that its device had heating issues.

Sources: Boards.ie, Samsung Today



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RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2012 3:25:57 PM , Rating: 3
Not the only thing fishy here. The most anticipated smartphone release since the iPhone 4S goes by with barely a mention on Daily Tech except for a single case of a faulty battery. Meanwhile there's been about 20 Windows Phone articles and in depth reviews with such lavish praise as to require suspension of disbelief.

If you want to have fun come to Daily Tech. If you want informed tech news, Anandtech has your back.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By retrospooty on 6/21/2012 3:43:08 PM , Rating: 5
"If you want to have fun come to Daily Tech. If you want informed tech news, Anandtech has your back."

I am beginning to agree with that. I used to just think people complaining about the lack of integrity at DT as just people whining and/or disagreeing with the opinion of the writer, but the more time goes by, the more I see it. Dailytech is like the National Enquirer to Anandtech's legitimate news.

What is going on DT? Get some backbone and find your integrity before you go the way of CNN.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By kleinma on 6/21/2012 4:32:19 PM , Rating: 2
The Galaxy S3 isn't that much of a leap forward from the current offerings. Yes it is a progression, and it is better than the S2 or Nexus, and yes I already have one on pre order from Verizon. However Windows Phone 8 is a totally different animal. Bigger news than iOS6 or one given Samsung android phone getting released, that is just the same as all the previous samsung phone releases, with some better hardware specs. WinPhone 8 is actually a game changer in the mobile space for Microsoft and Apple and Google. Will it dominate? Nah, but it will certainly become the 3rd major platform, and that is big news, since no one else has been able to chip away at Apple or Google in recent times.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Mitch101 on 6/21/2012 6:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
True

ANDROID CHANGE EFFECTS ALL PHONES = BIG NEWS
FASTER CPU IN AN EXISTING PRODUCT LINE = NOT NEWS

This is why the Windows Phone 8 was Big News and why the upgrade of a 1 in 300 android phone choices didn't command its own article.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/12, Rating: -1
RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Mitch101 on 6/21/2012 8:44:08 PM , Rating: 3
No you are just a fanatical Android basket case who likes to indirectly tell everyone else they are inferior to your opinions.

Listen to yourself Whaaa Whaaa I want more Android Articles and Im getting rid of all the Apple fans and complain complain a Windows Phone article. Whaa! You called me a hater waaa! What was that 30 posts ago and your still upset? Seems it bothered you that you want to bring it up.

You wont be happy until every article is some glaring Android article and there are no iPhone and Windows Phone articles.

Your glorious S3 blew up you wanted more Android you got it stop being a cry baby.

Now go log into your other accounts and rate me down and you up to make yourself feel better.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2012 10:13:34 PM , Rating: 2
lol you think I would have a poster rating of 1.6whatever if I had other accounts? I don't play that way, sorry. It's not THAT important to me.

Secondly your post was really funny. You're freaking out!

I don't want "more Android". I'm pointing out the VERY obvious bias.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By robinthakur on 6/22/2012 7:37:42 AM , Rating: 2
I own an international (The Exynos version) version of the S3 and it really isn't all that. Yes the screen is bigger than an iPhone, but the text is all fuzzy and the colours are wrong. Not really sure how people don't seem to notice this. The camera takes photos really quickly but the focus is unreliable and the resulting pictures are worse than an iPhone 4S for rear camera (front cam is nicer).

Yes you can tweak all the options, but the basic stuff like touch responsiveness and actual useful touch features like tap to go to the top of a list, or tap to suggest auto-corrections, as opposed to pointless ones that try to use the motion controls, are lacking. Do I really want to tap and hold an icon then move the move phones left and right to move it between desktops in a completely imprecise way? Not really! Would I like to be able to actually take a screenshot by waving my hand over the screen like the settings tell me I can? Yes, but this feature seems to be completely non-functional, as is Smart stay eye detection and the Siri like S-assist which can't understand any names in my phonebook.

The Google Play store is a complete joke and its hard to find anything you are looking for. I'm still trying to find the Swype KB I've heard so much about to replace the p*ss poor stock ICS one, but I don't know which one to get because if you search for either Nuance or Swype in the store, it isn't obvious which one I should get.

The build 'quality' on this device is shockingly bad for a flagship device. Considering I paid about £400 in HK for it, you certainly wouldn't know it from the back cover which feels made of such thin, flexing plastic that puts me in mind of a worse version of the old covers for the Nokia 3210. Yer the mapping is better, as is Gmail, but is this seriously the best Android phone on the market?

The performance might be great but other than Angry Birds Space, is there anything of the quality of e.g. Infinity Blade to take advantage of this power or is it all used trying to make the Android experience smooth? Multitasking is significantly worse as a user experience on this than it was on my old 4S, completely regardless of whether it is "real" MT or not. Holding down the button to see all active app then scrolling through a pretty long list of icons with screen caps means that I rarely use the feature whereas on iOS I used it all the time. So far, not very impressed, but it is interesting to finally see what Android is like on a device I attempt to use daily.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Cheesew1z69 on 6/22/2012 8:48:59 AM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure Swype is built in, no need to download it. If you go into the phone settings under language and input, under input method.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Reclaimer77 on 6/22/2012 9:53:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes you can tweak all the options, but the basic stuff like touch responsiveness and actual useful touch features like tap to go to the top of a list, or tap to suggest auto-corrections, as opposed to pointless ones that try to use the motion controls, are lacking.


Correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe those are "lacking" because Apple claimed a patent on those gestures and forced Google to remove them from the OS.

The rest of your post is, well, garbage. I believe you're some Apple loyalist flat out lying. I simply cannot find ANY reviewer who's claimed any number of issues you say you're having, and nobody is saying the build quality is "bad".

quote:
Multitasking is significantly worse as a user experience on this than it was on my old 4S, completely regardless of whether it is "real" MT or not.


This is the big clue that you're an Apple poser. Nobody in their right mind is objectively making this claim. Android gives you a back button, which makes switching between applications seamless. NOBODY is saying iOS is a better multitasker than ICS, it's simply an impossible claim to make and back up.

So thanks for the lies, the ignorance, and the nice try. Apple fanboi.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By retrospooty on 6/22/2012 3:23:05 PM , Rating: 2
This guy is either full of crap, or has a defective phone, or has somehow ganked his settings.

All reviews I have seen all say the S3 is ridiculously fast in every way. Especially just poking around in the UI. I am on an old Droid 3 running Android 4 (Cyanogenmod9) and it's fast. The S3 is way faster than that.


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By Reclaimer77 on 6/21/2012 7:01:00 PM , Rating: 2
lol I'm not talking about the Windows 8 article. That's legit. Just Windows Phone in general getting a far more disproportionate amount of coverage than anything else. When it has the least users of any platform by far, so the least reader interest. I get that Jason bought a Lumia 900 and loves it, but don't you think the Galaxy S3 should get just a bit more coverage?? This is a tech site!

If you went to a car review website and all the journalist did was rave about his 1985 Yugo, wouldn't that be a bit suspect?


RE: The guy who owns this phone
By tayb on 6/21/2012 10:34:50 PM , Rating: 2
There have been a ton of articles about the Galaxy S III and a humongous review from Anandtech. A simple dailytech site search for the keyword "galaxy s iii" reveals 10 pages of results.

Samsung didn't release the phone simultaneously across the world and didn't hold a huge press conference announcing new features of their phone. On top of that, the Galaxy S III is running a version of Android that has been out for 8 months now so there is not much new to report on the software side. It isn't being ignored, it just straight up doesn't generate as much buzz. Microsoft and Apple held huge events to showcase new software updates and new hardware updates and Anand/DT reported on them.


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