Samsung's flagship phone had high expectations before its announcement. It's still a top phone but I won't be buying it.
I have a Samsung Galaxy S II (SGS2) updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S III (SGS3) brings some significant upgrades like:
- Impressive graphics and CPU benchmarks
- Bigger display with denser pixel (PPI)
- Lighter TouchWiz UI
- Suite of Samsung software: S-beam, S-voice
- Bigger battery and better battery life
- 8MP camera with backside illumination, zero-lag, and HDR support
- Barometer sensor
- Multiple built-in memory: 16MB, 32MB, or 64MB with support for SDXC
From the front, the SGS3 looks a lot like the Galaxy Nexus except for the added physical home key and captive back and menu keys.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (center) compared to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (left) and Samsung Galaxy S II (right)
So here is the list you've been waiting for, the 10 reasons I won't be buying a Samsung Galaxy S 3:
- Google's next version of Android Jellybean (JB) is coming out later this year and my experience with the ICS upgrade for SGS2 means a JB update for SGS3 probably won't come out until well into 2013 and most features in JB will be covered up by Samsung's TouchWiz UI.
- Very few apps or games will take advantage of quad-core or the added performance. Also important to note is Cortex A15 will be coming out soon and a dual-core A15 solution has been benchmarked to easily beat current quad-core A9 solutions like the SGS3.
- Same amount of RAM: 1GB - but dualcore versions have been found with 2GB
- I already have a 32GB microSD with the built-in 16GB which I've only used 25% so I won't need more. The SGS2 supports the SanDisk 64GB SDXC anyways.
- I don't need NFC yet since very few apps need it and few merchants in the US and Canada support it
- I don't need any of the Samsung software suite since S-Beam which will only be Samsung devices only and I can easily send things via Bluetooth. Their software will likely get ported to SGS2 anyways like S-voice.
- If I was sick of TouchWiz I would've loaded another ROM on my phone like CyanogenMod 9 so a lighter TouchWiz doesn't serve me any good.
- 8MP camera quality in daylight is, to me, same as SGS2 and night photos are good enough on the SGS2 (Mobile-review).
- No 3rd party apps will take advantage of the barometer since no other phone has it.
- Pentile Display - I'm just kidding here. In seriousness, the higher PPI should compensate for it so you won't notice the Pentile layout unless you're reading text like e-mails. The SGS2's PPI is good enough for me and I have a 10 inch iPad if I wanted a bigger screen.