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Thursday Poll: Thoughts on the Galaxy SIII?

Now that the live event is over and the Samsung Galaxy SIII has been unleashed, we are ready to hear your thoughts on it. The specs are essentially what we expected, but Sammie really focused on bringing us custom software add-ons, like S Voice (or Siri for Android), a better camera experience that can detect contact faces, new gestures for the lock screen, and more. It’s TouchWiz, but it definitely feels like Samsung has done some innovative things on the software side of this announcement. It would take us an hour to list them all, something we will eventually do.

What are your thoughts on the color scheme, physical home button, hardware menu and back buttons, screen size, overall look, etc.? It’s launching in Europe in May, but could be on some U.S. carriers by June. Is this your next phone? Share anything that comes to mind in the comments below.

  • thatguy

    Once phones have a holographic keyboard or a 23 mega pixel camera am defiantly never gonna get another phone for awhile the only thing better about this phone is the processor which most people wont realize same camera and S voice oohhhh.

  • Edward

    the s3 disappointed me 🙁

  • X

    I feel like GSIII is really underwhelming. It just didn’t have a “wow” factor. Screen is a little better and bigger, nice camera, but majority of improvements came from software and I believe all software improvements will be designed/improved by Google soon. This galaxy really only designed by nature for human instead of out of this world.

  • Amenemhat1

    where’s the poll?

  • Peter Stover

    does it come with free “screen burn” like my gnex after 6mo?

  • MrEnglish

    Wow, all that hubbub and this is the result? Kind of like ending up with your ex on a blind date. Not a fan of the physical looks of the thing. Specs are nice, but really, is this the best their design team can do?

  • j808

    touchwiz is actually nice in the gs3. if devs can work their magic on the Gn and have a perfect port of the gs3 id be more than happy to keep my GN. If not trading it in for this ohone. the battery life on my ohone is frustrating me even with a rom thats suppose to be saving me battery. ohh well

  • alekso9

    This phone is boring. S2 is waaaay better. Spec wise though is obviosaly an improvement. GNEX is sexier though. I think im gonna stick with my bionic for now…

  • I think I’ll buy it

  • wtsamatta

    got my nexus on Monday, and after seeing this, I have no regrets. Quad core or not, I’m sure that my nexus will be able to handle everything as satisfactorily as the SIII. Now if it had a rezound quality screen……

  • people are so stupid saying its so ugly, looks so close to the nexus you can hardly tell the difference,but it would have to be better, way to many children on here

  • Sean

    Galaxy Nexus > Galaxy SIII

  • Tyler

    This phone is downright ugly, nature isn’t ugly why is this?

  • sgtguthrie

    Am I the only one not seeing the poll???

  • EdubE24

    Am I the only person who likes this damn phone???

  • gnex183763

    so will the verzion version have a quad core prossesor

  • Inquizitor

    Am I the only one who thinks the shape just sort of makes it look fatter than it is? Too ovular, disappointed.

    Also gross skin is gross.

  • gnex4839201

    so if verizion gets it will it have a quad core processor

  • andrew z

    I’m relatively happy I got the Galaxy Nexus the day that Verizon shipped them, this is just a Nexus with a quad-core CPU(same A9 base I believe), better camera(biggest plus), and larger screen with the same resolution and pixel arrangement. It doesn’t utilize on screen buttons (which are ridiculously awesome with their customization) and doesn’t have the Multi-Task button, sticking with the menu.

    I’ll take the Nexus, as my upgrade is now 6 months more advance than any new GS3 user. The next Nexus, anybody..?

  • I think I will stay with my Nexus. Look of the nexus is a lot better. Not really impressed the with GS3. Also no onscreen buttons sucks.

  • snobrdr2324

    When this comes to the US with its S4 processor, why would anyone buy this over the HTC One XL? I mean the removable battery and SD card are nice, but this will still have crappy radios, is made of plastic, has the same screen as the Gnex and debate-ably worse screen than the HTC. Oh and capacitive buttons(most likely wont have the hardware button in the US I assume). I just see no real selling point for US buyers to get this over the One XL.

  • Kelly

    Don’t like touchwiz, never buying another non-nexus phone, plus the rumors are saying it wont be getting the quad core in the US so nothing special. My gnex is still awesomeness 🙂

  • Really don’t like the hardware button, and disappointed to see only four icons on the bottom row of Touchwiz… on a 4.8″ screen! I will have no envy of this with my GNex.

  • quiklives

    It’s a good looking phone, but like many others, I still prefer the Nexus overall. The marginal improvements in specs aren’t worth the physical home button and Touchwiz. And I have been lucky enough not to suffer from any of the bugs with the Nexus, so I have no complaints.

  • g_what

    Unimpressed. I’d choose my Galaxy Nexus over the S3 any day.

  • Jay

    all the hype for nothing…

  • Ahku Droid

    It’s much too big. Not everyone wants a phablet… I hope Moto doesn’t start mimicking the monster sized phones.

  • Rodeojones000

    Physical buttons? No thanks.

  • Roboto

    So did they change the font from Roboto?

  • Anthony Semosky

    I’ll wait for the HTC Note.

    #rezound from bionic from X.

  • kwubba

    I’m in ….My Gnex is going to my daughter and this will be my next phone in blue.

  • C-Law

    Sticking with my gnex. I like the blue but I was only gonna upgrade if it had better radios(will have to wait and see), a non-pentile display, and a larger battery

  • The key buzz word I got out of that session was “Micro-feature” the SIII is loaded with them. They are innovative, but they aren’t giants leaps forward. It looks like Samsung did a lot of connecting dots that were really almost touching across different native apps to make just a more intuitive phone.

    If this is really only dual core for Verizon, I’ll be pretty pissed. Responsiveness is key for most of these “micro-features.”

  • radiohead14

    not gonna make final judgements on the (seemingly underwhelming) design and build quality until i check it out myself, but the software side looks good. i like the wireless charging, automatic features, and in-call volume adjustments.

    the size may be a bit big also. i hope the camera is better than the S2 as well, which is already a good camera. and if they managed to get the battery life close to the Razr Maxx’s.. then i think this should be a good phone.

    i think it’s just the gloss that’s kinda off to me. they should’ve gone matte like HTC did with the One X. that home button also.. really no need. i’d rather they’d have gone with a dedicated camera button.

  • MattSweeden

    Makes me glad I got my Gnex when i had the OG Droid. The one thing i liked about the S3 is

  • dylan84

    Looks pretty good to me. Though I do know pretty much for sure that the Exynos 4 Quad will not show up in the US version of the GSIII. It doesnt support LTE. There’s always the chance that T-Mobile will bring a 21mbps HSPA+ version of the phone packing the quad core…but who knows.

  • AroundTheFur

    So the III is an updated II with new software. So theyre trying to bridge the gap to Apple’s UI. This should have been a software upgrade for the II, but because its that time of year… new phone. Thoroughly safe and unimpressive in the Android ecosystem where the hardware innovation has always been at the forefront of the marketshare battlefield.

  • jerflash

    I dont this the phone that comes to the USA will have hardware buttons.
    The UK devices have always had that home key but once they get here that
    goes away for other designs. Remember that we did see a device leak
    with onscreen buttons…I think that is the device we will see hit the
    USA with LTE and the S4. Who else here is with me?

  • I heard something about a GT-9800 being mentioned, so my first thought was “Maybe Samsung will release a good looking phone with those specs as well” 😀

  • Flyinion

    I have to say the physical buttons with ICS are a complete turnoff. Having seen what you can do with “virtual buttons” on the GNEX with a ROM like AOKP it just doesn’t make sense to me to have physical nav buttons anymore.

  • bakdroid

    Bring on more Apple lawsuits! Apple has a patent on over-hyping phones that don’t do much.

  • meh. not impressed with the hardware.. any phone made for ICS should not have buttons.

  • StoshLabarski

    I don’t want to rock that boat, but when a posts mentions a “poll” and I click ‘read more’ I expect to see a question with a few options for answers to select.

    Something like “What do you think about the S3? a) best phone evah!!!, b) i’ll stick with my current phone 3) what’s up with the home button iv) what did that asian guy on stage say?”

  • Noble.Four

    The most exciting thing about it is that I won’t have any buyer’s remorse getting the One X.

  • Stephen D

    Disappointed and glad I went with the Nexus.

  • shaun.ober

    I might upgrade from my OG droid someday. I currenly on my 8th model.

  • Mikeman247

    DEFINITELY my next phone

  • Here’s the thing about Samsung’s TouchWiz phones.
    They release their phones between Android OS’s.
    US Carriers get the phone 4 months later.
    Verizon gets the phone 5 or 6 months later.
    A new Android OS is released a month or so after that.
    Galaxy S users are stuck asking “Where’s 3.X, 4.X, 5.X for my new phone?”
    Samsung moves on to their “Next Galaxy”.

    Awesome hardware, I do like the SGSIII, but I absolutely won’t fall for that trap again. Samsung customers are almost always 1 version of Android behind.

  • In a word: Lame. This phone looks like a throwback toy. Are GSM Samsung radios better than the CDMA/LTE ones because with phones this ugly and with this crappy of reception it’s amazing they sell any. Full disclosure: I own the NS4G and GNex. And the only reason for that is the Nexus tag. Otherwise I still think Motorola makes one of the best looking phones and their radios are at least twice as good as any Samsung I have seen.

  • I just want S-voice. I really hope it can be ported over to aosp.

  • ShaunOber

    Not so sure until the US event, see if they change anything.

  • Captain_Doug

    Not a big fan of the 2 handed phone trend. It’s 2.8″ wide which isn’t bad for a 4.8″ phone but way too big for one handed use. I think 4.3″(G-Nex too) is the sweet spot. A larger screen doesn’t have to mean a wider phone.

    • ashadan

      agree completly. My droid X is and still is the perfect size for my hands, 1h or 2h usage

      • Captain_Doug

        I’m rocking the Dinc2 which to me is great but I could still handle a little more. Too bad the Rezound is a fatty(depth and weight) and the Dinc4G is still just a 4″ screen. Why can’t we get the Ascend D Quad XL?!?!

  • Hmm….

    Beautiful, but amazingly over-hyped (as usual). Silly reactions due to the hype. Looks like a nice Sammy phone, with all of the expected Sammy stuff.

  • ashadan

    The specs are good, and the voice recognition stuff is fantastic. I’ve been wanting something like that in my phone for a while now that could do more than jsut text, call or open maps. However though, I was really hoping for the elegance and business professional look that the GSII had, this sadly looks more like a thinner version of the original galaxy s. In my opinion, as someone who likes his phone to look as strong as it is inside, this to me…just doesnt cut it

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Looks good. Takes the crown from the One series for me. The only thing about the One is the nipple camera, otherwise its a beautiful device and beats the S3. I like how there is not just a black phone and that they have two non-black colors. Maybe other manufacturers will catch on.

  • jldleo

    The only thing I dis-like about the phone is the home button.. Why Samsung? WHY???

    • “It’s our thing.” -Samsung

      • jldleo

        “Keep your thing” – Consumer

    • its just one button, get over yourself kid

  • Mark F

    I love the way it looks though. Granted that its big as a whole but the screen on that beast!!

  • RegKilla

    I will be getting it 🙂

  • Who cares?

    Why does it seem that everyone worries about how it looks so much?

    Can it run my apps? Can it multitask? What are the new/exciting features of the software (S Beam, Direct Call, S Voice, etc)? Can it make/receive phone calls? Etc.

    • Why is everybody worried about looks so much? Maybe because it will cost them hundreds of dollars and probably a multi-year contract? Of course people care about how their device functions (which people ARE commenting on), but most people care about what their stuff looks like as well.

      • Who cares?

        I’m not saying that I want to carry around a 3in thick phone or anything either, but appearance as a function of design seems more worthwhile to discuss than not liking that there is a logo in what would otherwise be empty space.

        I’m good with being in the minority on that if I am, but it certainly appears that plenty of people spend a lot of time “discussing” trivial aspects.

        Wait…I’m on the internet. Forget what I said. 🙂

  • Meh.. its samsung meaning a small radio.. weak signal.. maybe even the one way audio issue… seeing as how the Gnex update didnt fix it.. I will have to rethink my stance on Samsung as a manufacturer..

  • Nice specs, nice feature ideas, design sucks

  • Mark F

    unless we get the quad core processor on this it will be very laggy. I just dont see how you can have all those sensors and services running all the time on duel core.

  • kidtronic

    What is that horrible font they use in their clocks? Roboto would have made a world of difference.

  • I really hope someone kangs some of the features they are implementing, such as the automatic calling when I’m viewing contact details. So many times I click a contact and put the phone up to my ear, only to hear nothing. That’s when I realize I didn’t actually dial them yet and feel silly.

  • Matthew Merrick

    S3 pros:

    -all the new standard stuff (ICS, 720p screen, nfc, ect)

    -quad core chipset

    S3 cons:

    -old-style button setup

    -pentile screen

    -touchwiz still looks like eclair

    -bloated with lots of useless “features”

    -looks exactly like a GSII, and some GSOnes

    so yeah, EVO LTE for me.

  • I forgot to mention: Neither blue nor with are colors that I want my phone to be.

  • Jigga_Z

    Overall I think it’s a really nice phone. I have a Galaxy Nexus, but I appreciate some of the innovations that Samsung has come up with. Since I’m not dying for a quad-core phone, the specs don’t blow me away, but I don’t need them too, since they seem to be solid, especially the 2100mah battery (Moto still takes the cake with its 3300mah).

    So yes, this phone brings a lot of really nice things to the table, and seems perfect for people who aren’t going to be flashing ROMs and other things and want the stock experience. For people on DL where it seems that stock software reigns supreme and hardware is a huge priority, it might not be.

    As a whole, I’m impressed with what they bring to the table. Most importantly, some of the software tweaks were things I hadn’t considered before (eye tracking for screen dimming, NFC enabled Wifi file transfer) so I think even for the stock software fans, we have some new things for developers to get cracking on. Everyone wins in the end.

  • I am glad I went with a Nexus, software updates aside, I don’t see a reason to upgrade and the SIII is very underwhelming, only a slight bump in hardware spec wise. Better proc and camera. Although I love me camera on the GNex with Camera Zoom.

    • Mark F

      Dude this a major bump in hardware. Just the screen size itself is. AS for sticking with the gnexus you have quite a while for it to come to USA.

      • Mike

        it comes out it June in the US

        • EdubE24

          CNET is reporting the LTE version will come out in December…

      • I don’t find the screen size as being an upgrade, personally. Bigger doesn’t mean upgrade for me, necessarily. As a matter of fact, the pixel density went down on the GSIII due to being slightly bigger.

  • It’s really disappointing to see….there is a determined shift going on to larger displays and Motorola and Verizon are standing on the sidelines with their hands in their pockets….

  • Kyle Hoover

    Really disappointed. All this S-branded crap really makes me think this phone will be swamped with bloatware, the same reason why I am trying to leave Motorola. Can’t a guy get a pure Android experience anymore? :/

  • I know I am late to this, but is that a GB notification bar?

    • No its ICS, but its colored to match Touchwiz so it will look very similar sadly…

    • NM. I am an idiot. Please, move along.

  • cryosx

    HOX definitely wins, no argument

  • must come to verizon does not come with google wallet surprise but hopefully can find way to download it onto giii

  • Kyle Fullmer

    This phone with CM9 is going to be wonderful.

  • vawwyakr

    Nothing super exciting, but better than the One X for me with the bigger/replaceable battery and MicroSD. Sort of worried about the number of modifications that seem to have been done to the OS though, seems like it will take even more time before OS updates come out for this thing. HTC at least seems to be moving toward lighter touch on OS changes. Guess I’m waiting on the Razr HD to see if Moto can at least get it right.

  • Rumor has it that the Verizon version will come with the Snapdragon S4. If that becomes true, then you can keep your GSIII with it’s need for a physical home button, I’m happy with my G-Nex

  • Guest

    Touchwiz = NOOOO

  • LLcdPH

    Nice. But you’d better like what you get when you buy it. After all, it’s Samsung and software updates are rare, at best.

  • MrBlonde04

    After this fiasco I’m not sure if I trust Samsung with the next Nexus……..*crosses fingers for Asus*

    • Liderc

      Agreed. I’d almost rather see HTC get their hands on the Nexus again. They’ve done a good job before and the One X is very nice.

  • Seems like the general consensus is that everyone is still happy with the Galaxy Nexus and the SIII was way over-hyped. The SIII has some nice features, but it drifted too far away from Google’s ICS for my taste. All in all Motorola still has my vote for best made phones out there.

    • Mark Ackermann

      I would love to see a Motorola Nexus, but it seems like Samsung has the Nexus gig wrapped up.

      • agreed. Its strange how they get it year after year.

        • I would LOVE a Moto Nexus. I more excited to see how Google handles selling the new Nexus on the Play Store.

      • And with Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobile I don’t see Moto getting a Nexus anytime soon… Google probably doesn’t want partners to be crying favoritism. =/

        • Even if Motorola doesn’t get the Nexus, I’m sure the Razr Maxx HD will be built with Google in mind. I mean you have to impress the new boss somehow, right?

          • hkklife

            No, highly unlikely. These phones are conceived and designed ~18 months ahead of the time they hit the market. They have to contract manufacturers, secure components, write the software and the bloatware. I would not expect to see a Google-influenced Moto handset until late 2012 at the absolute earliest. Remember, there had been a huge gap between Google announcing their intent to acquire Moto Mobility versus when the deal is actually approved and done.

      • kidtronic

        I think HTC has made a case for themselves, and Samsung practically shot themselves in the foot with this release.

  • BoomBoom Shake the Room

    I WANT I WANT! I would be more then happy to get rid of my gnex, too many issues with this phone. This phone looks great!

  • achaf86

    This will be my next phone that IS if verizon gets it!!!

  • TouchWiz will always be Cheez Whiz.

  • Joseph George

    samsung disappoints..hopefully galaxy s4 will be a lot better. no 12 MP camera, no super amoled plus screen, no virtual buttons. this phone was what the galaxy nexus was supposed to be.

    • the words Samsung and disappointing go perfectly together

  • TimXer


  • Rob Spano

    Was there supposed to be a poll somewhere?

  • Smooth918

    It looks nice and Im thinking that the next Nexus will be a whole lot better, so Ill just wait.

    • Mark Ackermann

      I was trying to imagine the next Nexus during this entire presentation. I’m way more excited to see what Jelly Bean is going to have to offer.

  • hkklife

    Gnex was and remains a disappointment last year from a hardware standpoint aside from the screen and CPU. But the SIII looks absolutely killer spec-wise but I’m not digging the aesthetics. What I’d KILL for would be the SIII hardware running stock ICS or a quad-core Note with LTE, virtual buttons, and ICS.
    Touchwiz is certainly improving but I’m curious to see what Moto has on tap for ICS Blur *IF* they *EVER* get around to showing/announcing *ANYTHING*. Methinks Moto is in cash hoarding/hibernation mode (ala Palm in 2007-2009) and is eagerly awaiting the Google deal to close so the handset biz can be spun off to Huawei. Motorola seems destined be the next “undead” classic American brand that is slapped onto cheap “me too” Chinese CE gear (think Philips/Magnavox, Bell & Howell, Polaroid, Emerson, Sylvania etc)

  • Paolo_Ozaraga

    My contract ends in August and this phone is pretty much already bought, assuming Verizon carries it. I know this isn’t the most popular opinion, but as a DX user I’ve come to be fond of the physical buttons, and really like using the Home button to wake up my phone (instead of the top lock button). Assuming Verizon keeps it, I would be okay with it. And assuming I don’t like TouchWiz, I can’t wait to try out some of these ICS-only launchers I could only drool over the past few months

    Then again, if the One X also comes to Verizon with expandable storage and removable battery (I heard somewhere this is what is coming to Sprint), that complicates the decision a little bit

    • hkklife

      One X is coming to Sprint as the Evo 4G LTE. It will have expandable storage and a beefier battery but it will sadly be a fixed battery and not removable.
      The Incredible 4G IS coming to VZW soon and that will basically be a refreshed One S but with expandable storage AND a removable battery. See Kellex’s article of rumors for 2012 from yesterday for more details.
      I predict we’ll basically see a variant of the One X or EVO LTE this fall for VZW to replace the Rezound.

  • Mark Ackermann

    Add me to the list of folks that are sticking with their G-Nex. I would still be interested in a Verizon Galaxy Note (Journal?) or the rumored HTC Phablet, though.

  • Palmer Nyako

    I like how the designers all had brain lapses when they were designing the sgs3.
    now, before someone tries to argue that design is unimportant, they should stop, drop and roll themselves to their deaths.

  • Flat_Stanley

    The battery life can’t be anything other than horrendous. Especially since it has nearly the same battery as the extended G-nex, which still isnt that great, PLUS it’ll have all these other services running on it to check and see if you are holding it/looking at it, etc.

    • Second battery post I’ve seen… The battery is like 2100mAh, the Galnex has 1750mAh. How do you come to this conclusion?

      • Flat_Stanley

        Galaxy Nexus LTE extended battery is 2100 mAh, that’s how.

        • Ah I missed the “extended” part of your post, my bad.

          • hkklife

            Bigger screen and faster CPU will use more juice, yes, plus all of these background services running. Better bring along a spare battery! Ideally, I’d like to see Samsung release a 2500mAh or so extended battery for the SGS3. I’d gladly take a little extra thickness over having a non-replacable battery.

      • Tim242

        he said same as gnex extendes….it is 2100 mAh, and sucks.

  • button: junk
    touchwiz: junk
    radios: junk
    gps reliability: junk

    samsung quality control: horrible

    I used to like samsung’s mobile devices years ago… Now they are multimassproduced, cheap, shoddy, receptionless south korean vehicles for the masses. Crap crap crap!
    If you want quality stick with motorola handsets(most of them) built within the last 2-3 years.

    The fact that Google repeatedly picks Samsung for the nexus shows me that the boys in mountain view are cheap and greedy – all they want is a quick buck, and using poor android OEMs like sammy here they are going to get it. It will come back to bite them in the a*s one day though, when folks get sick of sacrificing hardware and radio quality for the pure google experience.


    • hkklife

      I agree for the most part but Moto seems content to sit on the sidelines with their thumbs up their collective butts: no ICS updates, no new devices shipping with ICS pre-loaded, no 720p screens, no screens larger than 4.3″, no quad-cores or next-gen SoCs. No retail presence for their wi-fi tablets anymore. Jha’s uncertain “still here but gone” status. What a disaster. All signs are pointing to massive cost-cutting, cash-hoarding, layoffs and a likely and immediate jettisoning of Moto’s handset division to someone (likely a Chinese firm) as soon as Google can do so.

      • you are correct on all points… and this is why I feel android will begin a decline sooner rather than later. Android is more and more becoming associated with the “cheap smart phones” idomer. Who knows maybe moto will get a change in management? Maybe Google will start to take an active role in preserving one of the(if not the oldest) communications companies in the world? I can only hope.

        I think a moto nexus would be absolutely amazing, but anymore I’m not so sure we will ever see one. Indeed the closest thing to that would be the og droid, which is now almost a relic in the tech industry.

        • hkklife

          Well, the wi-fi Xoom is the newest thing we have by Moto to a “Nexus” but I agree 100% on the OG Droid being both the beginning of something awesome and also the last device of its kind. And people are really starting to equate Android to 2nd-tier and/or “unsupported” offerings. The iPhone 3GS is 3 years old yet still getting OS updates. Yet there are Android devices hitting the market regularly that will never see a single official update of any kind.
          If Google is so obsessed with giving Samsung every Nexus handset, at least they could get Moto to do the lead “Nexus tablets”. The Xyboard/Xoom2 line is REALLY well-built and has decent specs, just ruined by no expandable storage, overly high pricing, and the usual ruination by trying to force carrier LTE models on consumers who only want wi-fi versions.

  • I like it! I still want to see the US version just to see if they change it, but I like what I saw.

  • Tim242

    How do I turn off comment update? It makes reading comments on my phone almost impossible. It is also making my phone hot. Oh, and this new disqus doesnt use auto correct, or even capitalize the first word of the sentence.

  • I look forward to a massive amount of kanging from our community. I’m pretty confident the nexus can do all of the important stuff. I think touchwiz and a physical home button are terrible ideas, and carrier makes all the difference.

  • Stewie

    Same here, want no skinning/theming on my device. Pass ….

  • ostensibly

    My wife has a tbolt and an upgrade at the end of the month, this may be her new phone. I’m in no hurry to move on from my GNex.

  • Greyhame

    At least there’s still jelly bean to look forward to this year..

  • Good looking phone, good hardware. Some neat features that are unfortunately part of Touchwiz. Probably a great option for those who aren’t on something like the Galaxy Nexus (or HTC One X, or whatever). If I didn’t already own the Nexus I would probably be thinking about getting it. But as a Nexus owner I just don’t think it’s enough for me really want it. Hopefully some of the features can be ported to the Nexus, though! =P

  • big_Stefano

    I thought there was an actual poll! Hehe

  • Meister_Li

    I like it. I think I would’ve taken it over the Gnex, but I love my Gnex and don’t regret getting it. This one is certainly very nice too, but it’s not worth loosing one’s pants over it. 😉

  • Motosurf

    its super ugly, getting my maxx tmr

  • It’s better than the Nexus, but if you want stock android, then there’s nothing spectacular enough to make you get the SIII over the Nexus IMHO.

    It’s a good phone. I’m extremely disappointed in the hardware buttons more than anything. I didn’t expect them to find a way to bring Super Amoled + to full HD yet, so if they went that route, I was actually expecting a qHD. Otherwise, it is what it is. Pretty much on par with HTC’s new flagship.

  • MattM1974

    Assuming it does come to Verizon, I’m definitely there. I was never really feeling the Nexus, but I want this. I’ve had a Droid X since the original one launched almost 2 years ago. I keep waiting and waiting for the “next big thing.”

    • brando56894

      If you keep waiting for the “next big thing” you’re going to be waiting for ever. Just take the plunge and get one that you like, something is always going to supersede it in a few weeks/months anyway.

  • Mark Lewis

    Their ad campaign is creepy, and saying it has things like “human emotion” and “inspired by nature” reeks of marketing mumbo-jumbo.

  • Greyhame

    Backwards, hardware keys ruin what would otherwise be a nice looking phone.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Reminds me of the iPhone 4S announcement. Impressed, but not that impressed. It’s all about the One X so far! Still awaiting for what the Droid RAZR HD has to offer! =)

  • mustardhomie

    Well. at this point… anything is going to be an improvement from my DX. So yes… i’ll probably take this phone.

  • You lost me at TouchWiz

  • duo

    Looks pretty neat, lol @ the insecure Gnex owners though.

  • Acid’sMark

    Likes: Facial recognition in photos, staying awake while looking, quad core, raise to call, and the best is the pop-up video!…
    Dislikes: Small battery, dual core for U.S., hardware keys!

    • Small battery? It’s like 2100mah isn’t it??

      • Trueblue711

        My thoughts as well. Most phones don’t even come with 2,000 so this isn’t a small battery.

  • monoik

    I’ll wait for the Galaxy S4, my GS2 is doing great, no need to change it. Not a huge fan of the glossy back. GNex looks much better. And the PenTile, huge letdown.

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    Which one would you pick and why?

  • moelsen8

    get rid of touchwiz and the capacitive buttons and it’s the best phone yet.

  • I’m digging how everyone is redesigning their stuff. The one X has an awesome look to it and the SIII grew on me after looking at if for a few minutes. It’s very curvy. I think they’re both in the same league, i just really hope the quad core comes to america. If that is the case i’ll get it. Overall i’d say the SIII will probably be the better of the two between it and the One X, if only because of Exynos.

    Also, here’s to hoping for better radios and build quality! If it’s got better radios then i’ll sell my Gnex and get it.

  • AndrewScottRox

    I was underwhelmed.

  • Tim242

    Galaxy Nexus is better The two things I hate most about the SIII are the home button and the shiny plastic. TouchWiz doent help their case.

    • Doan


    • :-p

      It still runs Grindr just the same. :rollseyes:

      • Tim242

        [email protected] That app does not reside on my phone. I don’t need that : )

      • kidtronic

        Just looked up grindr. That was funny

  • austin

    hate the phyical home button, everrything eles im on board with

  • MrKevinH

    Dear Samsung, give me Exynos quad-core playing well with LTE and I’ll give you all my money.

  • Poker_Vol

    Sounds like same problem I had with the Nexus, more plastic construction. I had waited since the announcement on the Nexus only to hold it and it just felt poorly made in my hand for something I was going to drop $300 on and have for 2 yrs. Not bashing, just my honest opinion. I was really disappointed.

  • Liderc

    Disappointing. Didn’t improve the screen(other than size), still used a physical home key and a HIDEOUS BUTTON at that, so sad.

    I liked some of the other stuff, but it’s mostly stuff we can do already, other than the floating apps that was interesting.

    I’d take the camera over my Nexus’, but that’s about it.

    • As far as the floating video player just use OverSkreen and watch them from a browser.

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  • I am disappoint. Sorry Samsung, not enough for me.

  • One thing to get excited about, is that the live comment stream is working! 😛

    • Brian Wingert

      gotta love that new disqus 2012 😉

    • stush0104

      I can’t see comments on Chrome, for what it’s worth.

      • Papasmurf

        I saw comments on Chrome

        • Brian Wingert

          same here is saw comments and i’m on chrome

          • brando56894

            Another Chrome user here, everything is fine.

        • brando56894

          Are you using the desktop or Android version?

          • stush0104

            Desktop. The comments load fine with Firefox and IE, but not with desktop Chrome.

        • meijin3

          Weird, using Chrome here, too.

      • tvjrc603

        I saw comments on Internet Explorer.

        …just kidding.

    • brando56894

      It keeps bugging me out when all the comments shift to the left lol

    • Liderc

      too bad they too away the reply button, makes it more difficult to post and whatnot.

    • I love the new up and down voting, but I wish they were more prominent and easier to click.. like the old + and – from engadget.

    • Kelly

      The new input box isn’t very nice with Swype, unless it’s a chrome beta android thing. Keeps scrolling up when I type

  • MrKevinH

    i thought the presenters ruined the device.

  • jjrudey

    Nope. I don’t like it. Galaxy Nexus will keep me happy for a good while.

    Also, Disqus 2012? What is this?

  • Doan

    I’m severely disappointed that they would ruin Ice Cream Sandwich with physical and capacitive buttons. Google is trying to move technology forward, and here Samsung takes a big step back. That’s my only disappointment. That, and possibly the rumor by an “anonymous Samsung employee” that the LTE version will have the S4 instead of the Exynos.

  • Michael Forte

    Well Apple did nothing amazing with the 4S, so like the followers they are, Samsung did a slight spec bump. And it even comes with its own Siri clone.

  • ceejw

    It seems pretty good except for two things. 1st: The design is lacking, The One X looks much better. 2nd: Why are there hardware buttons? Did they not realize when creating the Galaxy Nexus with google that ICS works much better with onscreen soft buttons. Also why is there no multitasking button? Wasn’t the whole point of creating the new multitasking UI and button to make it obvious to people how it works? Holding down the home button was never obvious in previous versions of Android, that’s why they changed it.

    • Trueblue711

      Holding the home button down is also annoying because you have to pause for it to register it as a hold. The button seems really pointless.

  • theentropic

    I’m really interested to see just how well all the “human recognition” features work. I can see accidentally moving the phone a bit and it automatically calls a person, when that’s not what I wanted to do.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Pentile display, the device looks fugly, plus my carrier, Verizon, will likely get the dual-core Snapdragon model? Ehh, I’m not so sure I want this phone anymore.

  • Destroythanet

    Nothing that really compels me to replace my Gnex with the GSIII. It IS pretty obvious Samsung put a weak camera and old graphics chip in the Nexus on purpose to try to make the GSIII look better, though.

  • 4.65 vs 4.8 not really a big diff in screen the features seem good quad core is nice but not really grabbing my attention Im pretty satisfied with the Gnex right now!

  • RedPandaAlex

    I had waited until the announcement before getting an unlocked Gnex. Kind of wish I hadn’t. There are very few software innovations from manufacturers that don’t get in the way of the stock Android experience.

  • Jon

    To say I’m underwhelmed would be a major understatement….

  • As a Nexus owner, an HD Super AMOLED Plus display, would have made me jealous. But without the Plus, this does not impress.

  • Lots of hate from people that want to legitimize their current phone (which is fine, I don’t blame them) but I have a Droid Bionic and I’m very disappointed with it. That being said I want this phone. Waiting to see which carriers will get it (hopefully Verizon) and what they do to it.

  • Me

    It looks great, but I’m not sold that this is my next, “zOMG! I gotta have it!”, device. Right now I have a lot of questions and not a lot of answers.

  • mattyb1085

    Galaxy Nexus. FTW!

  • Brian Wingert

    I would love to test this phone out just for what it’s worth…. heck i wish we could port some of the new features that they have innovated upon and get them into other phones coughgnexcough…. love what samsung has done but, i love my galaxy nexus too much to shelf it for this phone

  • NoMoreHUGEphones

    Too big. Disappointed.

    Why must they keep making phones bigger and bigger? I was hoping this
    wouldn’t be so big. My hopes were up, and now they are down.

    • Alpha_Axl

      Go big or go home…lol

  • viewthis66

    i love it. i want it. i hope it comes to Verizon. if it does i will sell my G-Nex.

  • littleperry04

    not impressed

  • Kinda…. disappointed. Now i know how the Apple fans felt about the 4s

    • cryosx

      but those apple fans didn’t have an alternative iphone to go to 🙂 get the HOX

      • Apostrafee

        Wait for whatever phone has OMAP 5

        • meijin3

          I’m waiting for a phone with great specs, unlocked bootloader and Ubuntu for Android!

    • r0lct

      Not picking a fight but what feature in particular did you feel was left out?

      I think the design had a lot to do with being lawsuit free and also differentiation. But I am not saying that to defend it to someone who doesn’t like it. Just my take.

  • John

    That commercial they previewed towards the end sucked ass.

  • florious80

    Did they officially mentioned that Verizon would get the dual core? I didn’t hear them say anything about that, other than quad for europe at launch… otherwise this is way overhyped…

  • Michael_NM

    Frankly, I’m a bit underwhelmed. Also, since summer lasts until September, I’m sure this phone will be sufficiently bloated and neutered if/when it gets to VZW that I’ll be looking for something else.

  • Realistic87

    Ill hang to my gnex Waiting on gs4

  • LiterofCola

    Looks like a pretty solid phone, but I’ll stick with my Razr.

    • RadicalPie

      I can’t wait for the Razr Maxx HD or w/e Fighter. Give my GF my Nexus lol.



  • Meh…

  • the one thing i liked was the direct call thing where if youre in a text if you move the phone towards your ear it auto calls. but thats it.

  • underwhelmed. in fact, the whole hoopla probably turned me off even more toward the device. this is one time i actually hope vzw doesn’t pick up a device.

  • cashclay

    I’m so glad this was finally annouced. Bring on the G Nex price drop. Assuming this actually hits VZW, I’ll gladly save $100 to pass on a minimal upgrade on a few specs. Not to mention, not having to deal with CrapWhiz.

    • cashclay

      Not to mention the fact that most of these “software features” will be so easily ported over to the G Nex in a matter of months once the GS3 hit the market, it’s not even funny. My money is with the Nexus and the dev community.

  • bitbank

    meh – My Galaxy Nexus doesn’t feel threatened. S3 is a Galaxy Nexus 1.1 instead of 2.0. An Touchwize getting in the way of the pure Android experience is a downgrade.

    • RandomRant

      That makes sense. Especially considering it’s the direct successor to the Galaxy SII. Not the Galaxy Nexus.

      • It actually does make sense.

  • Dave

    Not going to miss anything. I’d rather get the One X if I were shopping for a new phone. Regardless, happy with the Nexus!

    Also, no soft keys! Come on, Samsung…get with the times!

  • Andrew

    I hate the home button, but otherwise I think this phone looks great. I still am not sold on TouchWiz getting out of the way, since there really is no need for it.

    A good manufacturer skin should be like makeup for a woman: I shouldn’t be able to tell that it’s there.

    • That home button is a major fail. Who approved that design? They should ashamed.

    • cryosx

      the nipple camera on the HOX looks bad …. but the back of the gsiii is just disgusting

    • I really like the physical home button. Maybe I am not thinking right, but it seems like a physical button is better able to get the user out of trouble should the phone be locked up or having some other issue. A physical button can break/complete a circuit whereas a screen button can’t. It also serves as a ‘panic’ button and is easier to use for non-technical folks. Not sure what to do? Push the only physical button on the face of the phone and you will go back to someplace you recognize – the home screen.

      • Andrew

        They shouldn’t design high-end phones for non-technical folks. There is a reason the phone costs as much as it does. Samsung is clearly missing their target market if that’s their reasoning. I assume they just wanted to be like the iPhone as much as possible.

        • I suspect they don’t see the GSIII as a technical-person-focused phone. GN fits that role much better. I suspect they want the GSIII to sell big, not to a niche group.

        • Are you kidding me? High-end, expensive, and designed for technical folks are mutually exclusive concepts.

          • Andrew

            You’re missing the point. I’m simply saying that non-technical people are less likely to drop $300+ on a phone, so why base a major design idea to cater to people that aren’t your target demographic.

          • steelcity1

            That is not true. You do not have to be a geek to like high end devices. None of the women I know are technical, but they all have expensive phones.

      • JB

        I just hate the idea of wasting pixels on buttons. If the bar minimized in full screen mode it’d be a different story.

        • With you 100% – Plus they tend to have more accidental hits. Looks prettier without physical buttons… but no other benefit for me.

  • Daryel Villavicencio

    Software looks nice, Hardware looks “meh”.

  • I can’t say I like the look of the hardware or software…

    • RadicalPie

      I agree Ron

  • Sqube

    I think I’m disappointed. I thought it was going to slaughter the GNex and make me jealous.

    Instead, I’m looking longingly at the One X, wishing Tegra and LTE were compatible.

  • Underwhelming.

    • palomosan

      I guess it’s hard to follow the success of the SGII.
      But again, it’s a fine phone, I guess we wanted something out of this world.

      • Android1997

        Thats the whole point of the galaxy, a phone thats out of this world, Thats why its called the galaxy

  • Tyler

    Disappointing external hardware. I really think it’s hideous. Makes that HTC One X look even better!!

  • Looks extremely ugly on the back, Touchwiz is ugly, i just want S Voice and Flipboard

    • Flipboard, yes!!!! Probably the BIGGEST news of the day IMHO!

  • sc0rch3d

    makes me even happier i went with the nexus

    • Heck yeah. My gnex is sexier.

      • Gnex is definitely sexier, but I’d take the performance that the SGSIII has.

        • Yeah. Looks-wise, GNex is MUCH better. But it stops there. Everything else about this phone appears to be much better.

          • That is simply a function of time. The Gnex is 6 months old.

          • vitriolix

            The crappy OS skin is more than just looks. Also, wtf are they doing putting the 2.x buttons on a 4.x device? Menu is nearly useless on ICS, whereas the task switch button they removed is amazingly useful.

          • sc0rch3d

            well it seems that “skinning” is the new religion in the Android world. rollz eyez

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          • Androidfan81

            your on crack thinking that the gnex is sexyer pls

          • feztheforeigner

            How about stock Android?

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          your on crack thinking that the gnex is sexyer pls

        • Tyler

          I would take the camera as well. 🙂

      • Androidfan81

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    • Samvelavich

      the gnexus will live on for a while…. the only thing I would want from the GSIII would be the S-Voice

      • Wonder if something like S-Voice could be ported to the GNex?

        • Samvelavich

          I hope soo… just have to wait and see after the devs get their hands on the device

        • kidtronic

          The Gnex definitely has the dev power to do it. I just hope the processing isn’t done on Samsung servers.

      • This will probably be included in the next version of Android, not S Voice, but Google’s own version of it so I would anticipate something like this coming down the line whether it be official or ROM wise that those of us with GNex will benefit from.

        • vitriolix

          Yeah, and I trust Google way more than Samsung to make sure a feature works well and integrates with the OS as a whole. Samsung likes to throw a bunch of features on top of Android without really thinking about integration.

      • jeremyt727

        and battery!!!

    • DSaif

      Just few improved features, Galaxy Nexus is the sexiest!

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      • sc0rch3d

        thank you kind stranger. i’ve had that avi pic for years and you’re the first person that’s ever called it an STI. had to give up the Rex Wagon a few years back due to an accident. Wanted an STI Wagon, but the 08-10 were not really STI worthy. Looks like the 11-12 models are primed to give some real street cred to the STI legacy.

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    • yarrellray

      I wonder how this device will look like when it arrives to Verizon or other carriers they always like changing something. No Question here that the Galaxy Nexus looks sexier to me but their are elements of touch wiz that look good too. This is a great device in my mind now the only question would be which network would be the best to purchase it on. Plus I still want the GALAXY NOTE2 with ICS then let’s see what we are working with.

      • sc0rch3d

        i was watching the live stream and thot i was gonna pee myself when the speaker said 4.8″ screen. sammy spent all the time and money marketing the note, probably didn’t work. the GNEX is really about the biggest phone anyone can carry comfortably. love the screen size, just wish the bezel was a smidge smaller.

        • kidtronic

          The Galaxy Note has actually sold very well so far, especially considering that it is a niche device. Skinny jeans notwithstanding, it’s pocket/purse friendly and two handed operation isn’t a deal breaker for everyone. But personally, the Gnex is probably my upper limit for screen size.

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  • Amazing internal specs, disappointing externals/aesthetics. I prefer the Gnex’s cleaner logoless, buttonless look.

  • Samvelavich

    They pretty much copied siri from iPhone.. other than that its a must have phone

    • You’re living in a dream world if you think companies don’t “borrow” ideas from each other all the time.

    • iceman23

      like apple didn’t copy android with the notification system…

    • c4v3man

      Which pretty much copied Google Voice Actions. So it’s a copy of a copy of a copy.