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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Not all S3s will be quad-core
by phoenix on Thu 3rd May 2012 21:02 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Only the international (non-LTE) versions of the S III will use the quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC (4x Cortex-A9 CPUs). The North American (LTE) versions will use the dual-core Qualcomm S4 (aka Krait) SoC.

Personally, I find a quad-core CPU to be pointless in a smartphone. Makes sense in a tablet, but I don't see the use-cases for it in a phone. Even if you use it more as a pocket computer than a phone.


On a side note, I'll never understand some of the button layouts on Android phones. To me, and to all those I've spoken to about this, the most logical button layout is:
< back > < home > < menu >

The back button icon is always an arrow pointing to the left, and back buttons are always on the left in browsers and other apps, so it's logical to put it on the left.

The home button should be in the middle, as it takes you back to "home" and centers things onscreen, and it keeps the symmetry between Android, iOS, WebOS, RIM, etc.

The menu button acts like a right-mouse-button-click, bringing up context menus in apps, so it makes sense to put it on the right.

It's logical, it's intuitive, it's easy to pick up. Even folks I've talked to who have phones with other layouts wish it was this way (back, home, menu).

Yet, it seems that every phone manufacturer needs to "differentiate" and do their own thing. Some have 4 buttons (adding search, which doesn't make any sense whatsoever). Some reverse back/menu. Some do other things. And some even get rid of the hardware buttons completely.

It's too bad Google didn't do more to mandate the button order.

Edited 2012-05-03 21:02 UTC

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

On a side note, I'll never understand some of the button layouts on Android phones. To me, and to all those I've spoken to about this, the most logical button layout is:
< back > < home > < menu >


The Galaxy Nexus (stock ICS) has three buttons - Back, Home, and a third one (don't know what it's called) that brings up a list of recently used apps. For better or worse, they're trying to get rid of the menu button. (It still shows up when needed.)

On the Galaxy Nexus, these keys are configurable on custom roms, so I actually added back the Search button. You may think it's pointless, but it's actually a nice extra ;) If you hold it down, you get a prompt for issuing voice commands, which is mainly what I use it for.

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sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

Yet, it seems that every phone manufacturer needs to "differentiate" and do their own thing.


If they don't change enough, the patent trolls will grab the designers while they sleep and swiftly feed them to the hungry lawmakers.

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