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Samsung wants to rival iPhone sales in July

Samsung has big goals for the month of July when it comes to sales for its Galaxy S III smartphones. That smartphone has turned out to be one of the most popular devices Samsung has ever made and has been selling in huge numbers around the world. Samsung's goal for the month of July is to rival the iPhone in sales.
 
Samsung is predicting sales of over 10 million units during the month of July. That number would make the Galaxy S III Samsung's fastest selling smartphone. Samsung is also predicting that earnings from its handset division will be higher in Q2 that in Q1. If that turns out to be correct, Samsung will set aside some concerns that short supply of the popular S III and a weak economy around the world could hurt earnings.
 
Not everything has gone smoothly with the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone's launch, however. Supply has a bit constrained due to limited availability of some components, particularly in the case for the blue version of the smartphone.

The device launched in the U.S. last week on all major carriers including Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. None of those carriers have been able to offer the 32 GB version of the smartphone due to availability issues.
 
"Due to overwhelming demand for the Galaxy S III worldwide, Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch," Sprint said on its web site. It has yet to start shipping pre-orders for the 32 GB version.
 
"We're getting far better reviews on S III than we did with its predecessors globally ... and supply simply can't meet soaring demand. We've sent executives and staff to almost all our (component) suppliers to ensure a smooth offering and hopefully things will get better from next week," said JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division.

Source: Reuters



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Better than alternatives
By B3an on 6/25/2012 11:25:04 AM , Rating: 2
I compared the Galaxy S3 to the HTC One X before buying, and also messed around with a friends One X for atleast a couple of hours. What reviews/benchmarks often dont tell you (which is extremely annoying because this stuff should be mentioned in a review) is that the HTC just doesn't run as smooth as the S3 in everyday usage. Basic things like navigating the UI and the overall experience and feel of it. With One X the live wallpepers lag and just navigating the menu's isn't always smooth.

All this stuff on the S3 is perfect. It reacts quicker to touch, it's more responsive and things dont lag at all. I would go as far to say that it's the first Android phone i've used that really is smooth/lagless (as we all know Android has suffered from a laggy UI since release). People always comment and say their Android phone is smooth or this custom ROM is smooth... then i try them and they're not. Only thing i can say to these people is go use WP7. Thats a smooth UI! Constant 60FPS. And the S3 pretty much matches it. Although it's sad that the hardware is vastly better in the S3 to current WP7 phones and that Android/Samsung need this level of hardware to match WP7... but it's finally happened.

I also had an S2 and once again many reviews failed to mention is that Samsung just make better firmware. The S2 at the time was also easily the smoothest Android experience around. The only place i know of to verify this is Anandtech where they did tests to prove it. Samsung also optimises the GPU accelerated browser performance very well too. All other browsers i've tried on the S3 don't run a smooth as the stock browser.

Another great thing is the battery lasts long. Always longer than my friends One X. Although i have the international S3 (quad-core + better GPU + Wolfson DAC, but 1GB RAM instead of 2GB in the U.S version).




RE: Better than alternatives
By retrospooty on 6/25/2012 11:50:05 AM , Rating: 1
Was the One X that you played on the Tegra 3 version or the Snapdragon S4 Krait version? Jus't curious to see if its an HTC UI or the crappy Nvidia chipset issue.


RE: Better than alternatives
By sprockkets on 6/25/2012 2:32:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'm willing to be you aren't seeing any "lag" - you are seeing the difference in an LCD screen vs an AMOLED screen. That same "lag" you refer to can be seen btw a One S and the HTC sensation.

BTW, the OneX doesn't have live wall papers that I know of.

And please, WP7 has its own "lag". Just compare a Lumia 900 to a crappy Samsung WP and you'll see what I mean.


RE: Better than alternatives
By messyunkempt on 6/25/2012 5:22:40 PM , Rating: 2
I got one on release (UK version, so the quad core tegra 3) and have never noticed any lag on it. The screen looks fine and runs smoothly even when playing 720p video.

It definately does have live wallpapers as i use them (Again i can only speak for the UK version of the handset)

I wanted to hold out for the S3 initially but was months away so got a one X but overall im happy with my purchase.


RE: Better than alternatives
By sprockkets on 6/25/2012 6:18:52 PM , Rating: 2
I should clarify, yes, it has them, but isn't there by default. Even in stock android that will take some extra resources to run.

So why should the OP complain about something not set to run upon startup is beyond me.

And his complaints about battery life? Where? The OneX always wins, even against the RAZR MAXX. AND, it has a smaller battery!

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6022/samsung-galaxy-...


RE: Better than alternatives
By messyunkempt on 6/26/2012 1:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah i must admit, I've heard loads say the battery life sucks but I havent experienced it. Always lasts the day, and I work up to 15 hours some days if I'm busy.

Amittedly I'm not thrashing it but I browse the net, use facebook and use the mp3 player for a few hours a day at least without any battery issues.


RE: Better than alternatives
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2012 3:14:45 PM , Rating: 1
HTC would be great if they would dump "Sense". It's still the biggest problem with their phones, and also gives people a false impression that Android is "laggy". Any OS would be laggy with that much garbage placed ontop of it.


RE: Better than alternatives
By sprockkets on 6/25/2012 6:24:33 PM , Rating: 2
But then you lose their features they put into the phone app (the same ones they have on WP phones), lock screen control of music, and others.

Besides you obviously haven't used an HTC phone with the new Sense 3.6 on ICS or 4.0 on their new phones. "Lag" isn't there period.


RE: Better than alternatives
By zephyrprime on 6/26/2012 11:29:39 AM , Rating: 2
I want to add one thing I've discovered with Android's laggyness. If you set your phone so that it is always running at maximum clock speed, then it will not be laggy. Of course, doing this will kill battery life so it's not a viable option and WP7 and iphone are not laggy even with variable clock speed.


Great phone
By Neodude007 on 6/25/2012 9:04:25 AM , Rating: 3
I have the Sprint 16gb white version from pre-order. It arrived on the 21st around 11am which was nice, as promised. It works very well and is simply stunning how thin and light it is with a nice big screen. This was an upgrade from the original Evo 4G which was starting to die on me. It is just butter smooth operating it.

I do have to get used to the hard button though. Coming from the Evo which had 4 soft buttons and of course in a different order, this will take a little time. Thanks to 2gb of RAM, this thing seems to be able to hold a bunch of apps running in the background without problems unlike the Evo where the task manager showed like 40mb of free RAM when I had about 2-3 apps running (like Gmail and Internet...sad)




RE: Great phone
By retrospooty on 6/25/2012 10:10:02 AM , Rating: 2
Sweet... How is the screen and web browsing?


RE: Great phone
By Neodude007 on 6/25/2012 10:39:53 AM , Rating: 2
The screen is awesome. It is very sharp. I made a high quality background/lock screen for it at 1280x720 and it's great. Web browsing seems improved from my Evo. It is very fast and you can zoom in and out smoothly and quickly even while the page is still loading.


RE: Great phone
By retrospooty on 6/25/2012 10:41:09 AM , Rating: 2
sweet... thanks.

/Drool


RE: Great phone
By Omega215D on 6/25/2012 10:16:17 AM , Rating: 2
Could you share on how the battery life is so far? I'm still on the fence about pre-ordering.


RE: Great phone
By Neodude007 on 6/25/2012 11:22:09 AM , Rating: 2
Battery life seems pretty good. I am happy with it but have not run any tests. It does not die on me during the day but I also am not using it all the time either.


I got mine...
By retrospooty on 6/25/2012 9:03:09 AM , Rating: 2
On pre-order with Verizon. Cant wait to get it.




RE: I got mine...
By AMDftw on 6/25/2012 10:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
So do I, 32GB version. :) SO EXCITED!


RE: I got mine...
By Chadder007 on 6/25/2012 1:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
Same here, why does Verizon have to wait till next month!?
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