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US Cellular also gets in on the Galaxy S III action

If you're one of the many smartphone fans that have been waiting in anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones to land in the United States, it will be coming this month with some specifications that are a bit changed from the first time we talked about the smartphone.
 
Samsung has announced that the smartphone will be coming on all four major service providers in the United States. That means no matter if you're on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, you will be able to get the smartphone starting this month. Even US Cellular customers are shown some love by Samsung. The phone will launch at $199 for the 16GB model and $249 for the 32GB model on all carriers June 21st.
 
“The U.S. launch of the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated launch of the year. As promised, we are delivering the ‘next big thing’ for U.S. customers and across all major carriers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Galaxy S III introduces new technological innovation and takes sharing to the next level.” 
 
The S III boasts a 4.8-inch display with a thin bezel for maximum viewable area. The phone weighs 4.7 ounces and is 8.6 mm thick. The device supports 4G LTE connectivity for fast data and file transfers -- that is assuming the buyer is in an LTE covered area.

 
The S III introduces the next version of Samsung's content sharing service called AllShare Play. This technology allows the smartphone to automatically recognize other Samsung devices on the user's home network and remotely access files on those other devices. A Wi-Fi network is required for that feature to operate. The smartphone also supports easy sharing for images and uses S-Beam technology to directly share large files such as video and photographs between compatible devices.
 
The mobile phone runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and has Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. The phone runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual core processor (Samsung announced a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos SOC for world markets) with 2 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S III will be offered in marble white or pebble blue colors.
 
“The Galaxy S III is the most innovative smartphone on the market today. It is an industry first to see five major carriers align behind the launch of a single device virtually simultaneously,” said Todd Pendleton, Chief Marketing Officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “To support the immense excitement for the Galaxy S III we will execute our biggest marketing campaign ever. Consumers won’t be able to miss why this device is the must-have smartphone.” 

Source: Samsung



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RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By abhaxus on 6/4/2012 1:14:06 PM , Rating: 0
I hate to agree with an iSheep, but it's true. I work in a mobile store, and for the EVO LTE launch on Saturday, I sold more iPhones than I did EVOs (granted, I was the only one in the store that sold anything but EVOs, I just got shafted with the shitty moron customers). There were definitely people waiting for the EVO though, nearly as many calls and phones preordered for us as the iPhone before launch, but the iPhone madness continued for weeks after launch day.

In the end, the iPhone is just a "safe" phone. I feel bad selling it, because it's so dated technology and OS wise. But it works, and it's easier to sell that device to someone than it is to explain why Apple is evil, why the iCloud is inferior to Google sync, etc etc etc. If the customer asks my honest opinion I give it to them; if they are super excited about the iPhone, I make a passing reference to the fact that there are other phones that are superior and just sell them the phone they want.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/4/2012 1:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
True... But you have to give them credit. The iPhone IS a great phone for the non-tech savvy. Android does alot more and offers more options, but for the dull masses, the iPhone works really well.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By corduroygt on 6/4/2012 1:38:01 PM , Rating: 2
For the dull masses, there's the iPhone.
For the tech savvy, there's the jailbroken iPhone.

All Apple needs is to make an iphone with a larger screen and open up notification center to 3rd party apps, and the option to enable it by default and it's all set.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/4/2012 1:56:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's not quite all they need.

Removable battery, Qwerty keyboard, larger screen (larger than the expected 4 inch iPhone 5) 4G , open apps, open vendors, update the UI, and heres a nive one MICRO USB for fart sakes!


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By WalksTheWalk on 6/4/2012 5:16:30 PM , Rating: 2
There are many factors involved in a smartphone purchase: self-identify, peer-identity, features and functions, look and feel, etc.

Apple has done a brilliant job on the iPhone. It's also easy to use, works well and has a great software selection. There's no question it's a great device. Apple's marketing also places it in the mind of consumers as a premium device.

I've owned two Android phones in the past 1.5 years and, to me, Android just really began to get competitive with Gingerbread. The delay of ICS was a good thing for Android since it allowed manufacturers and developers to have a longer term, stable platform to code for. With the mid-later versions of Gingerbread, manufacturers could finally ship devices that were as stable as an iPhone. App selection dramatically improved and Google kept building out a great ecosystem.

Since the Galaxy S2 release, people using iPhones really started to see what can be done with Android and that it can also offer a great experience that trumps the iPhone in many ways. I still have iPhone users look at my GS2, ooh and ahh over it, and really start to think about what they want in their next smartphone.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By corduroygt on 6/5/2012 2:34:01 AM , Rating: 2
What does the Galaxy S2 have over a jailbroken iphone 4S besides a larger screen? What can you do on it that you can't do on the iphone? I'm really curious.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/5/2012 8:44:47 AM , Rating: 2
The screen is a big deal, it makes everything better... but here is one thing... It can plug into a micro USB charger. You know, the standardized charger that every phone on Earth built in the past 3 years uses (except the iPhone).


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By corduroygt on 6/5/2012 11:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
So it's just the screen then? Micro USB is a non-issue as someone with an iphone will usually have an ipod or an ipad as well, all using the same charger. Not to mention ipod cables cost 1-2 dollars max.
So when the next iphone is out with a larger screen, there won't be any advantage over it?


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/5/2012 12:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
I would imagine not. Its just preference. Android has more options as a platform, qwerty kb's larger screens, removable batteries. If you look at Android 4 vs. IOS 5, IOS is looking pretty old and dated, but its mostly just cosmetic, and IOS6 remains to be seen. They all do the same stuff for the most part, just buy what you like and in true Anandtech/Dailytech fashion, insult all others that bought different products than you!!! ;)


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By testerguy on 6/5/2012 12:39:32 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Android has more options as a platform


I think this is exactly right. It's the variety of hardware which is selling Android, not hardware superiority or Android superiority.

For people with budget constraints or a niche requirement (eg Qwerty or large screen) - it is the only realistic option. They tend to buy it for that, rather than because it's Android.

Regarding removable batteries, if you're prepared to carry a spare battery round you can carry round a portable charging kit which is smaller and achieves the same result.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/5/2012 1:12:43 PM , Rating: 2
Oh thank you so much for chiming in with your biased drivel and all encompassing opinion on how Apple is always better except for the sorry few that buy android (the majortiy of people BTW).

And to hell with people that travel alot to places that may or may not have an electrical outlet readily available while on the go.

As for the rest, I re-post: I said this to your counter ego TS, but I'll say it to you to. When you post here, all people read is "blah blah blah skew the facts toward Apple blah blah" .... You are all over every smartphone article on this board spouting your disinformation... As much as you think it's your duty to defend every move Apple makes and every product they create, I think its my duty to call you on your twisited words. The fact is your debate skills are far FAR greater than the platform you champion.

If you can just once, do these 4 things I could begin to take you seriously... Say something truthful and negative about Apples business practices. Say something truthful and negative about Apples products. Say something truthful and positive about Googles business practices. Say something truthful and positive about Android products.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By testerguy on 6/6/2012 2:38:03 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, what a completely irrational response. Someone is a bit angry?

quote:
Oh thank you so much for chiming in with your biased drivel and all encompassing opinion on how Apple is always better except for the sorry few that buy android (the majortiy of people BTW)


Didn't say that anywhere....

quote:
And to hell with people that travel alot to places that may or may not have an electrical outlet readily available while on the go.


Are you referring to my suggestion of a portable charger which requires no electrical outlet and is the same size as a replacement battery?

quote:
As for the rest, I re-post: I said this to your counter ego TS, but I'll say it to you to. When you post here, all people read is "blah blah blah skew the facts toward Apple blah blah" .... You are all over every smartphone article on this board spouting your disinformation... As much as you think it's your duty to defend every move Apple makes and every product they create, I think its my duty to call you on your twisited words. The fact is your debate skills are far FAR greater than the platform you champion. If you can just once, do these 4 things I could begin to take you seriously... Say something truthful and negative about Apples business practices. Say something truthful and negative about Apples products. Say something truthful and positive about Googles business practices. Say something truthful and positive about Android products.


All of this has no relevance to the discussion.

Once again, if anyone is coming across as irrational and illogical, it's you.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/6/2012 8:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
"All of this has no relevance to the discussion"

What discussion are you involved in? The only thing you do here is post for Apple. When you post here, all people read is "blah blah blah [skew the facts toward Apple] blah blah" There is no discussion.


By testerguy on 6/7/2012 11:13:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think the fact you're replying whilst asking what the discussion is says it all.

If you're going to respond in future, make it relevant to my points instead of deflecting accusations which do nothing to address my logical assertions.

;-)


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By donileo on 6/5/2012 1:57:40 PM , Rating: 2
That's not all they need? All they need for what? Apple makes more money per phone (profit) than Samsung or any phone manufacturer. So as company who has over $100B in cash why would they need what you are talking about? As far as I know they have everything they need. Now as far as what you need - then yes, removeable battery qwerty keyboard etc etc.. Since you need all these things definitely pick an android phone or bb phone.

The way I see it its pointless to argue with others whats best and what isnt. Its all in the eye of the beholder. What you might consider a beautiful girl (Android and its fragmented OS) can just be a Fat chick to me...That is all, Thank you lol.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By retrospooty on 6/5/2012 2:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
"That's not all they need? All they need for what? "

Calm down man, read the thread you are replying too. It was in a context of tech savvy users. The conversation was about Apple doing a great job at making things seamless and easy and for non-tech savvy users, its great. Most tech savvy users prefer Android because of its flexibility. Need for what? To be preferred by tech savvy users.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By donileo on 6/5/2012 3:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
Hey.. Yea I definitely didnt see that context.. But yes in the sense of the tech savvy user I would say you are right. The Iphone is for the people who cant be bothered about the techy stuff which i think is the general user. I still think its good for even techy types though if they jailbreak it which im sure they will do.


By testerguy on 6/6/2012 2:46:01 AM , Rating: 2
It's like the guys in here believe complexity is a good thing.

It's like going to buy a new Ferrari, and saying 'oh, anyone can drive that car. I therefore don't like it'.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, a smartphone is a means to an end, whether that end is communication, web browsing, taking pictures or apps, and complexity adds nothing to this. Simplicity in all systems is king, provided functionality isn't impaired. If you're a true tech guy, you can do anything you want on iOS that you can on Android, and it's a more pleasant more usable experience.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By testerguy on 6/5/2012 12:33:39 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
In the end, the iPhone is just a "safe" phone. I feel bad selling it, because it's so dated technology and OS wise


Comments like this are why I lost a bit of faith in you 'techy guys' in general.

The iPhone 4S overall hardware is faster than every single Android phone except one, which isn't even properly released yet, and that's the SG3. A phone released 7 months after the iPhone. Furthermore, the iPhone has a track record of being instantly upgraded to the latest operating system immediately upon release. Contrast this to Android, where every handset sees massive delays or simply doesn't get upgraded. Finally, look at the respective app stores and the numerous examples of where apps come out on iOS before Android.

There is simply no logical or justifiable reason to describe the technology as 'dated', or to describe any other phone as 'superior' with conviction. What's actually important to the customers, has been done perfectly.

The lack of 4G is irrelevant to the vast majority of the world, screen size is subjective, and the OS is subjective. There is nothing technically inferior about the iPhone 4S, and you should be ashamed for believing that in your position as a salesman.


RE: Does anyone "wait" for a Samsung phone?
By donileo on 6/5/2012 2:45:46 PM , Rating: 1
'techy guys' are exactly what they are "fake techy guys" and just that.. Im a Computer Engineer and Ill tell you my reasons why overall the Iphone4S and iOS are my Device + Platform of Choice:

1. When you buy Apple you get serviced by all their products. Its all one nicely knit ecosystem. Have an iPhone? You get Airplay, iTunes the Music Manager plus the Store (Music + Movies) , AppleTV, iBooks, iCloud, iMessage..etc. They are all interconnected and are all great services. No one company gives you all this. Their Laptop lines are considered the best as well. Look at what all the Tech Startups use - theres a reason why.

2. Because Android releases more devices and apple releases their "best" phone only 1x per year, by the end of the release cycle it may seem Android has better "marketing" specs on their phone. But this doesnt matter as they dont translate to realworld improvement, + a couple months later Apple always catches up with "real" better specs. These so called better specs that these android "fanboys" go ga-ga over are really BS.

16 Megapixel on your android phone? Really.. So is that why the 8Megapixel iPhone 4S camera is still the best? as proven by the review sites? Do your research fools..

on the CPU being better..So yea.. your Tegra Quadcore phone may be marginally faster then the iPhone. But let me guess, your daily workflow, On your Phone, consists of decoding/re-encoding bluray movies to x264 every day right? Yea.. sure.

On the Screen being too small? I agree on this.. 4" is the ideal size but not these monstrous display sized android phones which are only getting released to make money off people.. A phone is not a tablet its meant to be mobile, small and pocketable.. Feel free to buy these ginormous Display android phones. Ill just laugh at you as you struggle pulling out a mini-notebook sized phone out of your 1990's baggy sized jeans the next time we are in the club. Ill let you guys decide who gets the girl lol!

3. Apple supports you way more then android manufacturers through your ownership of your device. I have friends and plenty of people who have had simple issues with their iphone or any product. What do they do? They go to the apple store and exchange it for a new one all in 30 minutes and this nearly a year after having the phone! I challenge any and all you Android (Samsung, HTC, MOtorola ) people to do that. Id be surprised if they even let you exchange at all even after 2 months.

4. On the OS level? Can anyone explain to me why it took all the way to Android IceCream Sandwich to make the UI even remotely as smooth as Apples? Ill tell you why: Fragmentation.. Android is a one size fit all bloated coded OS that has to be written this way to FIT all Android Devices.. thats hundreds of models.. iOS? specifically designed for 3 products.. iPod, iPhone, iPad. Done. Software that is specifically designed for your intended hardware is always faster and better from many technical standpoints. Also can you guys please explain to me how after google released Ice Cream Sandwich plenty of Android phones were released without this OS? Not only that.. The consumer then has to buy an android phone and hope.. HOPE that their phone can be upgraded.. Can anyone say obsolete right after purchase? Can the Samsung Galaxy S2 please stand up?? Thank you.

5. Apps on iPhone are better than on Android.. Why? again.. read up on the fragmentation issue and how developers have to kill themselves to support as many android users as possible. When good apps come to android its after theyve been on the iPhone for a lonnng lonng time.. Instagram anyone?

6. Does anyone need more reasons.. Let me know.. Ill go on ALL DAY.

Apple iOS and the Apple iPhone.. My Favorite OS and Phone. Thank you.


By donileo on 6/5/2012 3:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
oh - let me end by saying no disrespect to anyone. Even if it may seem that way in my previous post.. Your choice is your choice, we have better things to do then argue about phones. More choices is always better, so my previous post is hopefully to inform users about making the right choice for them :).


By abhaxus on 6/8/2012 3:56:53 AM , Rating: 2
The overall hardware is slower than the GS2, much less the Krait in the EVO LTE and One X. The GPU is faster, for the VERY small percentage of customers that play 3D games on the tiny screen relative to the vast majority that will enjoy a 50% faster CPU on the GS2.

You say 4G doesn't matter, yet there is a clear difference using the iPhone to watch video on youtube vs a 4G Android device. Much less that 3G on CDMA iPhones is atrociously slow relative to 3G on most Android devices. That wonderful diversified antenna is just industry code word for "software trying to fix a bad hardware design."

As for software, the iPhone also has a track record for having OS updates that diminish the utility of the phone drastically. Pretty sure most iPhone 3G users aren't happy with the performance of iOS 4 relative to older versions, same with 3GS customers and iOS 5's battery life. The version of 2.3 running on GS2s is more than sufficient for most people, and 4.0 will be even better. I don't see how updates factor into the discussion at all.

Simple fact is, for those of us not drinking the koolaid, the iPhone 4S was a 'catch up' device, put to market with its limitations because Apple didn't want to go another holiday season without a new phone and LTE onboard the SOC wasn't ready. It was not superior to any Android device at the time of its launch, and as websites become more media heavy the 3G connection is more and more sluggish. You may like the OS, that's your prerogative. To a user who is not already invested in either economy, I think the iPhone is less productive and customizable than Android. Let me know when iOS supports widgets and proper multitasking, then I'll agree with you that it isn't dated OS wise.

I'd consider an iPhone, if they came out with one that had a 4 inch screen, LTE, widgets, and a file system that was accessible to the end user. Otherwise it's just a toy for people to keep on the default ring tone so they can announce to the line at Starbucks that they have an iPhone, too.


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