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Samsung introduced the world to the new Galaxy S III on Thursday, showing off what some may find to be incremental hardware upgrades over the prior Galaxy model. But Samsung spent even more time highlighting the phone’s new software features. Here’s a peek at some.

Galaxy S III handset

Samsung introduced the world to the new Galaxy S III on Thursday, showing off what some may find to be incremental hardware upgrades over the prior Galaxy model. Indeed, many of the specifications are on par with other high-end handsets currently available thanks to the 1280 x 720 display, support for NFC and high definition video recording. The new Samsung Exynos quad-core chip, however is already proving to be a winner when it comes to early benchmarks.

Still, I noticed that while Samsung showed off new hardware yesterday, it spent just as much time, if not more, focusing on new software features that improve the user experience. To that end, Samsung published a video on Friday to show some of these, which are nice touches that I think users will appreciate. Missing is a demo of S Voice, but if you’ve seen Siri demonstrated on an iPhone , the concept is similar. Take a peek at Samsung’s software improvements here and let me know what you think.

Although it’s the hardware that enables it, I like the software function that allows for video playback while multitasking. Thanks to that new Exynos chip, the Galaxy S III handles it with ease. The zen-like approach to phone is a little gimmicky to me — and it reminds me of the first Palm Pre presentation in 2009 — but other than that, I’m impressed with what Samsung is trying to accomplish through improved software that can take advantage of hardware improvements.

  1. I think they had some good ideas with some of the new software. I’ll have to wait for reviews to make up my mind on that. But I don’t like Touchwiz, and I don’t like how they are going completely against some design decisions of Google. Google announced they are deprecating the menu button – and then Samsung keeps it? Why?!

    The processor is probably the best on the market right now, definitely the best GPU wise, which makes me even more excited for the Exynos 5 chip. Browsing is also significantly faster than anything else out there through a combination of hardware optimization and new code they implemented in the Android browser.

    Other than that, I’m very disappointed with pretty much everything else hardware wise: design, build (although some say it’s also polycarbonate, but I don’t like the glossy look), physical buttons, not having a much better camera than GS2 (at least from what I hear so far).

    The most disappointing of them all – the Pentile screen. I really can’t believe they used Pentile for their flagship device. They should stop using it in all their products. It worked in 2010 when it was so much better than LCD’s, but in 2011 they were already pushing it, and in 2012 it’s unacceptable, considering some LCD’s like One X’s Super LCD 2 have already surpassed it.

    Off-topic, but take a look at this – I know you’re a fan of the blog:

    http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2012/05/what-do-we-now-know-after-nokia-shareholder-meeting-that-the-future-is-far-worse-than-we-thought.html

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    1. Good points, Lucian. I think many came away feeling let down by the GSIII but I still think it will top GSII sales. Pentile doesn’t bother me, but I have poor vision anyway – I know that’s a huge disappointment for many. Thanks too for the Nokia link: I saw Tomi’s article in my feeds but didn’t get a chance to read it yet; you usually need to block off 30 minutes to get through his posts! ;)

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    2. Redwan Huq Friday, May 4, 2012

      Pentile is a non-issue at 300 dpi+. You can’t tell the difference between RGB and Pentile unless you’re looking under a microscope. This anti-Pentile mindset was warranted for low-res displays like the original Galaxy S where everything came off as blurry, but it’s one of those things that a) the average consumer will never care about or notice, b) is just arguing for the sake of arguing at this day and age.

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      1. I’m sure the average consumer who just goes into the store to buy a phone will still love the display because of its deep contrast and so on. But besides the bigger text fuzziness compared to non-Pentile, there’s also a pretty strong green hue (not surprising considering it uses 2 green subpixels for ever single Red and Blue subpixels):

        http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/48145-image/Mixed-02-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II.jpg

        http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/48144-image/Mixed-01-Samsung-Galaxy-Note.jpg

        http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/48138-image/100-Crop-Text.jpg

        The one in the GS3 will still be a top 2 or top 3 mobile display on the market. But my point was that Samsung’s display used to be #1 in my opinion, and now they are slipping, so something is wrong with that picture. By now I would’ve expected some kind of non-Pentile Super AMOLED 2 display (next-gen technology).

        But it feels like they are losing the mobile display race, with others catching up and even surpassing them. Samsung should be worried and do something about that, because their display used to be a big selling point for their devices, and if others can make them just as good or better, it won’t be anymore.

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  2. Peter John Friday, May 4, 2012

    Is that flipboard on android I see?

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  3. Very uninspiring video. Seems like they are just forcing the ‘inspired by nature’ theme, which gets irksome.

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  4. As long as it has a sd card, descent screen and fair graphics. Im good

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  6. Neil McElwee Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Will Samsung fix the major problem with all its Galaxy models? The phones freeze up at random, frequent times. Only way to unfreeze them is a hard reboot–remove and replace battery to restart. There are class action lawsuits about this. Samsung has known about this problem yet they continue to sell defective phones. So, the only way I would considet looking at this new Galaxy phone (to replace the defective Samsung Galaxy Fascinate I am stuck with is to know for certain that they have fixed the problem and that they offer a lifetime guarantee with a no-questions-asked return policy.

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