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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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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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