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The Galaxy SIII is a “Me Too” Device and a Disappointment [Opinion]

 

When you’re on top, there’s little reason to innovate. Based on the latest numbers, Samsung gained 26% of operating profits so far this year. Some have gone so far as to say that the only real competition between smartphone manufacturers is between Samsung and Apple.

Yesterday Samsung revealed the Galaxy S III, the latest version of the very popular Galaxy line of phones. While the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II have been major devices for the past two years (hence Google’s continued partnership with Samsung on the Nexus line of phones), the Galaxy S III looks like a me too device that doesn’t stand out on its own. Personally, I wasn’t impressed with the Galaxy S II, but I think the Galaxy S III is a joke compared to the competition.

 

The Hardware Design

I won’t bore you with admonitions about how important hardware design is. Simply put, hardware design can make a device really stand out next to the thousands of black slabs released every year.  Samsung did everything it could to make the Galaxy S III stand out in all the wrong ways.

The first thing that bothered me about the Galaxy S III was the home button. I understand the appeal of a physical button, but it still makes it look like Samsung is trying to copy the feel of an iPhone. I thought the same thing when I saw the Galaxy S II and the Droid Incredible. It may not have been intentional, but having a physical home button is very reminiscent of the iPhone. To make matters worse, Samsung decided to add a silver rim around the phone. Instead of using aluminum to copy Apple’s tired design outright, Samsung elected to use plastic. It looks cheap, like a mophie case.

I think the 4.8 inch screen is way too big. At this point I think Samsung is just trying to troll me. The Galaxy Note is way too big, but Samsung tries to market it as a tablet and a phone, so maybe it’s gray area. This size screen just reminds me of the Dell Streak. Maybe the Galaxy S III will sell well, but if it does I don’t think it will be because people think 4.8 inches is the perfect size; it isn’t. I find myself unintentionally switching to use two hands with the Galaxy Nexus, so I’m sure most people will have to use two hands to use the GS3 comfortably. It’s also very disappointing that the screen is PenTile.

The Software

Lately there has been some backlash against the term skin because manufacturers aren’t just skinning Android devices, they’re adding features and apps to customize the software on the phone. Skins can be a wonderful thing. TouchFlo made Windows Mobile almost usable. Sense made early Android appealing to me. The latest version of Sense is much less overwhelming, especially with the redesigned clock widget (finally!). TouchWiz, on the other hand, has always felt cheesy to me. The latest version hasn’t changed those impressions of cheesiness.

The skin looks mostly identical to the Gingerbread release on the GS2. In other words, it looks cartoony and cheap. I could possibly understand using a skin to change the design of the operating system if the stock look was horrible (like WinMo and early Android), but this is inexcusable. Ice Cream Sandwich looks great; TouchWiz is not a visual improvement by any means. It would have been much better if Samsung had just added some enhancements on top of the ICS design like CM9.

Samsung also added some software enhancements on top of ICS. Some of these enhancements are actually useful like Smart Alert and Direct Call. Smart Alert makes the phone vibrate when it’s picked up if a notification has been missed. It’s a subtle way to notify the user physically. Direct Call is even more useful – if you’re sending someone a message, you can bring the phone up to your face and it will call that person. It’s not life changing, but it is nice.

Other features, on the other hand, are absolutely ridiculous. Smart Stay, which tries to track your eye to see if you’re still looking at the screen in order to determine if the screen should be turned off or not, seems like a creepy waste of battery life. S Voice is even more insane. S Voice is clearly Samsung’s attempt to rip off Siri in design, with somewhat improved functionality. From what was seen it doesn’t look like S Voice is nearly as conversational as Siri, but S Voice has access to third party apps and a few actions that Siri can’t do. In the end, it makes Samsung look like they’re trying to copy Apple by slightly improving Google Voice Search.

Conclusions

The internal specs of the Galaxy S III look great, but at this point smartphone competition isn’t about specs as much as it is about the overall experience. The question isn’t whether or not is has a Tegra or Snapdragon processor, but what kind of experience those specs help facilitate. Most top tier phones can handle anything thrown at them, which is great. Android OEMs definitely helped push each other to release incredible internal hardware, but at this stage in the game there are very nuanced differences in terms of performance between top tier phones, which leaves ecosystem, hardware design, and software.

As a whole Android is a strong ecosystem. Most new apps are launching on both iOS and Android, and more iOS-only apps are making their way to Android. That said, making Flipboard a Galaxy SIII exclusive is a shame – it should be released for all phones at the same time. Flipboard is a great app, but that alone doesn’t make the GS3 more appealing, just annoying for another reason.

I usually don’t care for Samsung’s hardware or software design, but the Galaxy S III is just atrocious to me. The claim that the hardware and software are inspired by nature doesn’t make any sense to me. The colors in TouchWiz are over saturated and unnatural. The hardware looks cheap and mismatched with the silver rim. I don’t understand why Samsung waited to release this underwhelming follow up to the Galaxy S II. It would have blended right in with Samsung’s other mediocre announcements at Mobile World Congress.

It’s a real shame that Samsung didn’t really try and innovate with the Galaxy S III. In a lot of ways, it feels like the iPhone 4S – a warmed over version of last year’s phone. It seems as though most manufacturers have plateaued in terms of design and innovative features. I love the design of the One X, but at the end of the day it’s a slightly altered Sensation. Sense 4 looks much better than 3.5, but it’s not a major improvement for Android. TouchWiz is assaulting to my eyes and a step down from the stock ICS launcher and design. The Galaxy S III should have been a device that challenged HTC and Apple, but instead it looks like a “me too” device. The Samsung Galaxy S III is an unexciting refresh of Samsung’s tired hardware design and over saturated skin, nothing more.

  • Naggor

    One day Ron will stop righting articles on the internet and the world will be a better place.

  • Danny

    This was a disappointing phone for me so far. I am definitely waiting for the Droid Fighter from Motorola at this point.

  • Eric Wrigley

    I like the design, but the material is still plastic, and the inclusion of buttons is a complete failure when the on-screen buttons on the Galaxy Nexus are so effective (and space-saving).

  • Austin

    i agree this is a 6out of 10 at best, samsung can do so much better

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    He lost me at “cartoony”.

  • EdCenter

    All the more reason to wait for the Incredible 4G! BTW, I completely agree with this (something I loathed about Motorola 2011):
    “…but at this point smartphone competition isn’t about specs as much as it is about the overall experience.”

  • J.B.

    I loved the track pad on the Droid Incredible. Never thought of it as a home button. I still miss it to this day. But then again I loved the whole desgin of the phone.

  • http://www.releasedates.co www.releasedates.co

    Samsung has always copied popular trends. that’s not surprising. The company doesn’t innovate unless Google cracks the whip .

  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

    “but I think the Galaxy S III is a joke compared to the competition.” ridiculously strong words for something that you prolly spent 10minutes with.

    Your opinion is a joke for almost slander on something that while is just ‘your’ opinion.. is being infected on on your readers on a popular public website.

    • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

      “I usually don’t care for Samsung’s hardware or software design, but the Galaxy S III is just atrocious to me” wow, this is journalism? you should be fired

      Your opinion on something you don’t own and probably haven’t even used means nothing so get over your hatred for samsung

      • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

        “The Galaxy S III should have been a device that challenged HTC and Apple, but instead it looks like a “me too” device” Challegend Apples iPhone 4s? no your inner fanboy is showing.. iP4s is a june 2011 retread of the 4, added a dual core, no 4g, no bigger screen, no nothing just about and siri a free app on iP4 now forced iP4s upgrade… wow, what a joke this article is

      • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

        I don’t have a personal hatred of Samsung, I just don’t like the Galaxy S III. The GS2 was a good phone, but it wasn’t my favorite design and I don’t like TouchWiz. You’re entitled to your opinion just as much as I am.

        • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

          yes and now, blurting out this much premature hatred for a popular phone on a popular website is the issue. You should have some journalistic integrity (as I’m sure you do, and I have never thought negatively of your writings until now) BUT Ron, re-read your fanboy-ish, child-ish like statements and totally unqualified opinions…

          “…but I think the Galaxy S III is a joke compared to the competition
          …but the Galaxy S III is just atrocious to me
          …The hardware looks cheap and mismatched with the silver rim…Other features, on the other hand, are absolutely ridiculous
          …At this point I think Samsung is just trying to troll me”

          This is journalism? You sound like a raving anti-android blurting out such hate after hate after hate… Your opinion, fine but this is simply not how you write an article on a phone you haven’t barely seen or used or had time to actually review… unqualified I stated earlier because until you get a review phone and actually put it through your paces, you came off like a rambling hater

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            How is saying that I don’t like the look and design of one Android phone the same an anti-android rant? Just because I don’t like one Android phone doesn’t mean I’m anti-Android. All of my opinions are based on what I’ve seen of the phone. I don’t have to actually use it to decide if I like the design or the skin – I can see that in photos and videos.

          • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

            I said you sound like a anti-android, not that you are one.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Technically it’s libel.

  • http://www.flayme.com/troll/ wasteofskin

    samsung schmansung. These guys produce these phones cheap, with shi*ty materials, and sell them by the hundreds of millions. They are the KIA of the cell phone industry. Always copying, always imitating, and always cutting corners. Plastic, plastic, and more plastic… And it’s not even the good stuff we see on other consumer products. No, no, we don’t NEED aircraft grade aluminum or stainless steel. We need lightweight, poor quality, and cheaply made because we don’t know any better. We need touchwiz over our ice cream sandwiches because we won’t know the difference. We need inferior radios, unreliable GPS chips, and plastic 3.5mm headphone jacks with peeling chrome plating(ala 3GS) to feel good about ourselves. Samsung, you guys are the reason good quality(for the most part) companies like motorola and nokia have been struggling for so long.

    Ok i’m done ranting now. As much as I love android I would buy an iPhone over any of sammy’s cheap sh*t if it was the only other choice – thankfully its not.

    MOTOROLA FTW

  • trumpet444

    First of all, Samsung had the singular “home” button FIRST!!!!! Apple copied them.
    If 4.8″ is too big, then you have girly hands.
    Touchwiz sucks.
    Pentile displays suck.
    Plastic phones suck.

    I may be passing over this one.

  • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com Bikram Agarwal

    I didn’t like the make of the GS3 either. Specially the ‘Pebble Blue’ back-cover looks so cheap. It’s too curvy for my taste. And the physical home button is an eyesore.

    I’m not too crazy about the Smart Alert feature and am actually interested in the Smart stay. I do have to keep touching my GNex to keep it awake; which is annoying. Smart stay will solve that. But yeah, it’s creepy knowing that the phone is “watching me”. and the battery drainage from this is also a concern.

    Rest of the ‘innovative’ features are more like gimmicks. I don’t need you to suggest the best shot. I would rather have the time jump (or what is it called..?) feature Blackberry 10 camera app is providing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      And the physical home button is an eyesore…. so you just stare at your phone all day and go around telling everyone ,’see how beautiful my phone is’ ? get over it dude

      • http://geniousatplay.blogspot.com Bikram Agarwal

        I don’t go around telling everyone. But when I’m paying a premium price to get a phone, I expect it to look good and not some cheap plastic toy with ugly buttons jutting out.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

          well I like you sent premium money for that pos nexus,counting the day till my contract with that thing is up

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    Makes you hope for a Galaxy Nexus II that addresses the few reasons not to buy the Nexus (like no SD-slot and small storage)

  • Eazy_Does_It

    Why do they keep putting this guys opinion on here…don’t understand. On another note, this iteration of the Galaxy series is just like the 4s…sad Samsung, very sad

  • CharlesHussell


    The internal specs of the Galaxy S III look great, but at this point smartphone competition isn’t about specs as much as it is about the overall experience. The question isn’t whether or not is has a Tegra or Snapdragon processor, but what kind of experience those specs help facilitate.”

    This is hilarious considering he just wrote a scathing review talking about how disappointing the phone is, rips every single improvement, then talks about the overall experience…how long did this reviewer spend with the phone? A couple hours?

    I don’t think it looks amazing either but it’s probably the best phone out right now aside from the One X.

    This guy writes like he’s on his period.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I didn’t talk about any specs in my review save the screen size. Everything else was about hardware design and software. I mentioned the specs in the end so that people wouldn’t think I was overlooking them. The specs are good, but the hardware design and software – the things that OEMs can compete with – ruin the overall experience.

  • http://profiles.google.com/irus99 joseph carson

    This phone is such a disappointment

  • PC_Tool

    Sooo…

    “it’s made of plastic”

    “It has TouchWiz”

    “It’s too big”.

    Okay, I think you just covered every troll post made against the Nexus to date. Good job. Haven’t heard enough of that BS for it to be tiresome yet…

    The only bit that I didn’t like about it was the lack of On-screen keys (hoping it hits on the US versions), and the S4 CPU, which I could definitely deal with. Other than that, it’s no worse (and possibly a good sight better in some areas) than my G’Nex.

  • http://twitter.com/wungfu Mikey

    Personally I like the look of the phone, and I am pretty sure the phone will not be that much larger in the hand compared to the GNex which I own. I actually like the look of the software too and think the features they are offering with it are pretty cool. Granted I would have to see everything work under real world conditions, but I think this is the way most of the OEMs are going to have to differentiate themselves. I still love my GNex, and hopefully I would be able to install some of the best Wiz features that are installed with this phone. Just my opinion =)

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I’m sure some people will like it, maybe even love it. I really would love to have that Direct Call feature. There used to be a ROM for the D2 called Fission that let you install whatever parts of Motoblur or stock you wanted – kinda like what you’d like to do with your Gnex. I loved it. Maybe you’ll see something similar come out.

  • Granpa

    I couldn’t agree more with this article. Touchwiz is atrocious and needs to die already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    I do believe the razr is the best phone available, so I will share this with you , friend of mine just traded her rarz for an iphone, I asked her why would you trade a 4g phone for an iphone? she said oh this phone is a 4 also, lol , I said thats the model number, and you just traded away a phone thats 10 times faster than the one you have now and you had to pay extra bucks to get it .., a dear friend,, but how can you have a college degree and be that stupid , I know what you are thinking ,and yes she is blonde

  • edmicman

    Would love to see something like the Galaxy Nexus but with say a 4″ or 4.3″ screen. It works as it is now, but it’s just a *little* too big. Frankly, I’d almost wish to have iPhone 4S hardware but running Android. I just don’t like iOS and it’s ecosystem, but damn if Apple doesn’t make some really nice hardware.

    • edmicman

      In addition, I do think Google and the Nexus innovated by dropping hardware buttons, too. From now on I’ll be disappointed in any phone that has anything more than power and volume buttons!

    • wtsamatta

      I got a nexus to replace my DX, the nexus is only marginally bigger top to bottom, but nearly the same side to side and much thinner.

  • cphilano

    I really don’t get the argument over aesthetics too much. It really is a matter of preference really. I mean, I have a Nexus and think the screen size is perfect for my hand and the curved design very appealing. My wife has the IPhone, and it’s the perfect size for her.

    I personally never got the whole IPhone is the most beautiful design argument. It’s pretty much a rectangular slab to me (let’s stress the “to me” part). I was always taught that it took genius to put the complex into simple terms, and I think the IPhone has done that with their UI.

    It just doesn’t make sense to try and force your personal preferences on others especially when discussing beauty. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” No truer statement than this for this discussion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

    ive yet to be amazed by anything phone samsung makes

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    To each his own. I like the home button and I really like the large screen. People want tablets and they want phones, but don’t want to pay for data on both. A big phone screen alleviates the need for a tablet for some, which takes a bite out of Apple, so to speak. I think Samsung is chasing after normal folks, not the tech folks that commonly visit this and similar websites. I for one switch back and forth between Android and iOS and this phone seems more appealing to me than any others I have considered, except for maybe the Galaxy Note – but I am not moving to AT&T.

  • http://profiles.google.com/pdenson Paul Denson

    The Droid Incredible did not have a physical home button.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Right, but the optical trackpad reminded people of the iPhone.

  • Damien Raine

    I think I’m going to have to stop reading your opinion pieces, almost every one of them has been negative in some way towards anything and everything that OEMs do. The Android Community kind of knew going into the SGS3 launch that it wasn’t going to be something that was a major redesign of the SGS line, hell even different Samsung Execs said it themselves.

    Does it shock me that Samsung kept with the physical home button for this phone, no. That is something Samsung has done with every other SGS phone, so why change now. Anyways it won’t matter to those of us here in the States, because the design will change between the one that was launched overseas and here.

    I see a lot of comparisons to the HTC One X in the comments, that is doing the same thing that the SGS3 is doing, Tegra 3 Quad-Core internationally and Snapdragon S4 Dual-Core here in the States. The thing I don’t understand is that the Exynos 4412, the processor in the SGS3, supports CDMA, GSM, and LTE modems, so why not release a Quad-Core LTE superphone.

    Personally am I wow’ed hugely by the SGS3 announcement, no, but at the same time, it is the next logical step in the progression of the Galaxy S line from Samsung.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I have been very impressed with the HTC’s One series, which I mentioned in detail on the Hardware Design Matters article. I’m negative towards a lot of what the OEMs are carriers do because a lot of it isn’t good for consumers.

  • sojizy

    yeah i like how the title of this says opinion not review. im happy someone who sees and uses a lot of devices can give their honest opinion. if i want the phone i will still buy it. Thanks for being honest

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Thanks. That’s the point of these articles. Just sharing one person’s view. :)

  • ashadan

    Thank you for this! I’ll agree with you on all the points that ya made, especially since I was really hoping for something really classy and streamlined looking with a powerhouse interior. Sadly overall the GSIII really doesnt bring anything new to the table at all, and this was the device that should have been the miracle in innovation. I guess now it’s a waiting game to see if the new optimus will reach the states. I dont really know why the makers are obsessed with making screens bigger than 4.3, that’s the perfect number for anyone with small, ranging to large hands like I have. My upgrade is coming quickly and I hate to say this, being the lover of android that I am, that in terms of screen, size, efficiency, power and that streamlined business look, the iphone is slowly growing to be a bigger choice now…..

  • MattM1974

    I don’t disagree with this assessment. The plastic is a huge fail. My co-worker got the Galaxy Nexus when it launched and I was very disappointed by the “cheap” feel and weight of the plastic. I also agree with the physical button. Total fail, especially if it’s to somehow emulate Apple. I have to imagine Apple will be doing away with a physical button anyway at some point. It’s also regressive, in my opinion, to have physical buttons today.

  • allyn

    my wife has an international galaxy note. as far as i can tell, this new GS3 is just a galaxy note with a slightly smaller screen. i’m not seeing much of a difference. i’m glad i have my galaxy nexus; i have no intention of ever buying a phone with a physical button again.

  • onDroid

    Samsung also needs to fire whoever is doing their marketing. “Designed for humans”… Seriously? And what, all other phones were designed for cows?

  • Asimoalex

    i was expecting the s3 to be the “Galaxy B ” we kept seeing pop up and with them saying it was groundbreaking design …i new the phone was to over hyped

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I didn’t have to read the whole piece to know I generally agree. The title said it all.

    Samsung spent a lot of time and energy saying yesterday they were redefining smart phones – so many lame and trite platitudes and montage slick videos made me sick. There is NOTHIG, NOTHING in this phone that redefines shizzz. They should be ashamed and embarrassed to have said it so often and with some much pride – they are delusional. LG upped the game hours later with less pomp and circumstance with the LTE2 specs: better screen, bigger battery, better styling (IMHO), also wireless charging, as slim if not slimmer, etc. The 2GB alone as more “redefining” than anything in the SGS3.

  • bakdroid

    Thank you Ron. You have finally written an article that is dead on and not some crazy nonsense. Well done. Now stay like this!

  • Anthony Semosky

    With all the phones, there isn’t that many variations you can do when everyone wants it as thin as possible. You want a triangle phone maybe? I HATE Samsung, but this looks like a decent device. Even I’ll recognize that.

    • LionStone

      Me too :)
      However, I do have and like, the SGT10.1, but do not prefer Sammy for my cell phone. This one looks pretty long in the tooth, ie. over 5″ tall. My TB is about a quarter inch under 5″ which, to me, is about the right size.

  • http://profiles.google.com/cvananden Chris VanAnden

    I wasn’t overly impressed with this phone. It looks alright….but i’m not a fan of the home button. The phone looks very GNex like to me.

    Also I love having stock ICS and think touchwiz is a joke.

  • Anthony Semosky

    HTC Note. Nuff said.

  • http://twitter.com/gotteric Eric Gottlieb

    http://i.qkme.me/36cs7w.jpg

    Just kidding. But I do disagree. Not because I think it is such an awesome device, but because I think you are being EXTREMELY overcritical towards a device you have not even used.

  • http://www.facebook.com/walmes1 William Almes

    you know its seems like you hate on every new phone that comes out. i bet your into the older phones that are dual core, and a regular UI. please stop hating on the newer phones.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I gave the One X a lot of praise in my Hardware Design Matters post.

  • kazelement

    as much as you may believe the phone is too big, everyone said the same thing about the samsung note, and that phone seemed to sell like hot cakes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngovanhoi Hoi Ngo

    haters gonna hate….

  • http://twitter.com/JByckowski Jake Byckowski

    As an owner of the G-Nex, I have to agree with this post. I was looking forward to the next step in the Galaxy line but instead it feels as if they took a step backwards. Screen quality over quantity should of been their focus as well as the phone design. The faceless look of the G-Nex should of been carried forward into the S3. Overall, Ill just wait for XDA to port the software features over and hang on to my G-Nex.

  • http://twitter.com/_OMJ_ OMJ

    Ron I honestly dont get why you are a writer for an android blog. All your articles are very negative, its like you dont like android at all. There is certainly value in pointing out flaws in android and the manufacturers but you seem to just be trying to piss people off with some of your articles.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I really love Android, but that doesn’t mean that I love every device out there. I think Android has some issues and they stem from OEMs. HTC seems to be going in the right direction now, Samsung not so much. I guess it depends on how you look at my articles. Are they critical? Yes, but the goal is to highlight things that need improvement. I’m definitely not just trying to piss people off.

  • Dude

    Verizon’s phone lineup is a joke compared to the competition.

    There fixed it for you.

  • Hmm….

    Waah, waah, waah. Unreasonable expectations.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      I didn’t have any expectations set. Just wanted Sammy to make a good phone.

      • Hmm….

        If you were disappointed, then by definition, you had expectations.

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          No, if I was disappointed then by definition I was reacting to what I saw. I avoided the rumors on purpose because there’s no sense in building expectations off of rumors. My only expectation was for Samsung to release a phone. They did, and I don’t like it.

          • Hmm….

            Evidently, you need a dictionary, Ron. It is impossible to be disappointed unless you have an expectation of something better. If your only expectation is that they released a phone, that expectation is fulfilled, and you have no reason to be disappointed.

          • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

            You’re totally right. My brain clearly lapsed with what expectation means. I guess it’s been a long weekend. :p Let me try to rephrase what I meant. I don’t think I had unreasonable expectations. I expect that manufacturers should be able to make attractive hardware at this point. I hoped that Samsung would tone down TouchWiz, but I honestly didn’t expect it. They had no reason to change like HTC did. Sorry for the confusion. :-/

          • Hmm….

            There ya go, Ron! :) If I’m hearing you correctly, you’re basically saying you don’t like TouchWiz (neither do I), and you aren’t particularly excited about the design. Ok, that’s a reasonable position. I believe you said mentioned something about not being all that enthusiastic about the design of the SII, either? Since that was a worldwide best seller, it would seem the majority disagreed that it was attractive hardware. Frankly, other than the Moto RAZR variants, and that LG from the other day, I think they’re all more or less the same basic idea with different sized screens and camera pimples.

      • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

        if this isn’t a good phone then the retread iPhone4s is what? Galaxy has double the ram, 4 cores, higher resolutions, 4g, more of everything than their last phone.. and the iPhone 4s added 1 core, no 4g and Siri which was a free iP4 app before the required hardware purchase.

        Why am I bringing up iPhone because you said “The Galaxy S III should have been a device that challenged HTC and Apple:” Galaxy stomps any offering from Apple, yet this isn’t a good pone to you.. whatever

        • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

          Spec-wise the 4S is still very competitive (also, it’s dual core). What makes it competitive isn’t the specs, though. Every flagship phone has great internal specs (except the Lumia 900). That’s why I said that the smartphone race isn’t about specs at this point, it’s about the experience. iOS and Android tend to be in parity with experience, but I don’t think TouchWiz offers a good experience. Everyone is entitled to like whatever they want. I don’t like the GS3 and I don’t think it’s as competitive with the iPhone as the One X. It’s good in terms of specs, but that’s not all that matters.

  • Greyhame

    Wow.

    Ok Ron, what would’ve made the S3 into the phone you wanted? And I’m sorry, you weren’t impressed with the S2? It was THE phone of 2011. Are you talking aesthetically? Or just turned off by Touchwiz? I understand and share some of your points, but your delivery was elitist. Just a lot of complaints.

    So honestly, what would’ve made the device for you?

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      Most of my criticisms are aesthetic, yes. Honestly, I would have liked the device more if Samsung had a much cleaner design (like the One series) and ditched TouchWiz for something toned down like Sense or slight tweaks like CM9.

  • skant153

    you use 2 hands for the gnex? stopped reading the article there. 4.8″ is fine, actually gives you 4.6″ of usable space. stop trying to shrink all these phones.

    that being said, this looks like a iphone for grownups

  • http://twitter.com/_OMJ_ OMJ


    Personally, I wasn’t impressed with the Galaxy S II, but I think the Galaxy S III is a joke compared to the competition.”

    I stopped reading there. Even if you dont like TW, a phone with the best specs on the market is not a joke when compared to the competition.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      If you think it’s about specs still then you don’t get it. Also, do me a favor and read the whole article before commenting.

      • http://twitter.com/_OMJ_ OMJ

        Honestly with android it is about specs. A crappy skin like tw or sense can be overcome by aosp roms which most phones from HTC and Samsung get.

        I havent read the article and dont plan to so if you are talking about anything else its the actual look of the phone which I find completely unimportant. Apple’s iphones have been wildly successful and the first 3 had the exact same body. Innovation in terms of the look of a phone is far from the most important thing. In fact phones that have been very innovative in terms of body style havent been successful, like the Kyocera Echo.

        When you post an article that doesnt have a completely ridiculous statement in the first few paragraphs I will read the whole thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=653878033 Charles Blackmon

          well said, I think the S3 looks way better then the isuck phone

  • Metakarma

    I had higher expectations from SIII. Does not motivate me to jump from Galaxy Nexus (even though that has horrible reception, that I am hoping might be fixed with the update!). SIII is mostly an update to SII. :(

  • Cam

    Why can’t the One X just come to Verizon with raw ICS on it? Don’t you want me to love you HTC?