Linked by Alexey Eromenko on Fri 1st Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Many people think that all Androids are equal and it's a race to the bottom where the cheapest vendor wins. This could not be farther from the truth. For me, it all began half-a-year ago, when I bought the Samsung Galaxy S III and was absolutely stunned by it, then exploring and comparing it with other Androids. Now that Google has fired a shot across the bow with its low pricing for the unlocked Nexus 4, where does that leave Samsung and its flagship handset?
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by _txf_ on Mon 4th Feb 2013 19:44 UTC
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Shortcut to screen brightness in 2 clicks (this is simple to implement, very small, yet super-useful feature, as I tend to change screen brightness very often, and this is super-easy with the S III)vWhy hasn't Google done it? Because Samsung UI team does a better job of human User eXperience (UX) testing. This is why I value it so highly, and can easily justify another $20 or so on this feature alone. [+4]

bombastic user experience claims aside, there have been power toggles since froyo, or the market, since forever...

Better icons (TouchWiz UI theme) [+3]

I find them hideous. Too colourful and don't fit well with most third party icon palettes.

Launcher: Samsung clearly divides between applications and widgets. Much easier to navigate and start applications (than vanilla Google Android 4.0). [+3]

Has this guy even used vanilla? There IS a tab separating them....

Samsung gestures (screen-shot, double tap, ...) [+3]
I can swipe my hand over Galaxy S III screen, like a scanner, and it will take a screenshot. This is very cool!

Most people don't need to take screenshots that often. However all sorts of roms have incorporated this and JB has the capability.

Extra codecs : *. wma, *. wmv (Microsoft Windows Media Audio/Video; I'm surprised, that Samsung intervened so deeply in the OS. Sadly none of the Androids support the older MPEG2 format, *.mpeg ) [+3]

Who even uses wmv,wma these days?

S Beam - I call it "The Kiss of the Galaxy!" It allows transferring pictures, videos and music between Galaxy S III phones simply by touching them, in several seconds.

how about non galaxy-sIII? wifi-direct?

If you don't believe me, just use the Samsung Galaxy S III for a month, then try the vanilla Google Android for a few days. You will understand the difference very quickly. You will not want to go vanilla.

I don't, because I have done so, and feel completely the opposite way

CPU Quad-core +1 (potential of HEVC/WebM2 decoding, future-proof)

Seeing as even quad core ARM cpus choke on 1080p h.264, HEVC is definitely not going to happen (not to mention the battery drain)

Edited 2013-02-04 19:55 UTC

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