Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd May 2012 20:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Samsung has just unveiled the Galaxy SIII - 4.8" 720p SuperAMOLED display, quad-core processor, 8.6mm thick body. Despite the larger display, the SIII isn't much larger than the SII, which is pretty impressive. Samsung also shoved a whole bunch of new features into TouchWiz, including a few quite kitschy sound effects. Ice Cream Sandwich, but TouchWizzed. I personally really dislike the move to curved and rounded designs (still waiting for a perfectly straight, sharp-angled slab), and there's no way in heck I'm buying this thing. Available May 29, all throughout Europe. Asia, Africa, and the US will follow later during the summer. Will sell like hotcakes. Update: Really - why are they doing this to ICS? This reminds me of that Southpark episode with Spielberg and Lucas raping Indiana Jones. We're all seeing it, but nobody's doing something about it.
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by kaiwai on Fri 4th May 2012 01:53 UTC
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Again this re-enforces the problem I have with Samsung and Android in general - how many months before we suddenly see this device abandoned in terms of receiving either no updates or having to wait almost a year for the next version of Android to appear? (to anyone bringing up the comparison between computers and free operating system upgrades - shut up, please, just shut the hell up, it is a broken analogy that simply doesn't work any more to a person with two brain cells to rub together).

Again we have Touch Wiz which made sense maybe in the early days of Android where consistency was non-existent but ICS pretty much makes the need for such third party enhancements a non-issue - you don't need these third party enhancements to make ICS a usable operating system why keep shipping them? It is the equivalence of a cereal company including laxative with their product and when asked why they don't remove it because it makes people sh-t their pants their only reply is, "well, how else am I able to differentiate my product?" which some here see as a 'legitimate argument' to make.

IMHO the 'thing to watch out for' will be BB10 and Windows Phone 8 - because the only market I see Android gaining in are the el-cheapo carrier branded phones, the $200 Vodafone 'smart phones' being give away on cheap contracts - where as once you get up to $1000 for a phone (which is where the phones are at the unsubsidised price - Telecom NZ sells the HTC One X for $999 incl GST) a good portion of the people I know ask, "well, if I'm going to pay that amount I might as well get an iPhone". The cold hard reality is that Android has been relegated to the cheap end of the market, the people who want an iPhone but settle for the cut price scaled down alternative, the teenager with a part time job wanting a smart phone but wants to only spend a few hundred. Android has branded itself out of the high end market - and quite frankly it'll be interesting to see what happens in the future when you take into account BB10 and Windows Phone 8 thrown into the mix.

Edited 2012-05-04 01:55 UTC

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