Some features are lower than what was expected.
With the press event today in London for the “Next Galaxy”, much of what we saw measured up to expectations. The name for instance of the Galaxy S3 or the two different colors being offered. Most of the expectations which have been developed from the rumors for the past several months were met. There were even other items which surpassed expectations with some being somewhat of a surprise. Take for instance the Dropbox offering of 50 GB of storage for free for 2 years. That is a big deal as Dropbox offers 2 GB for free and then you do various activities to increase your available space. Samsung’s Siri competitor called SVoice is more than what we expected to see from Samsung.
There are so many other great things which are coming with the Galaxy S3 when it arrives, it will take days to talk about each one of them. Any many are talking about them. But it is those items which did not measure up to expectations which are important to talk about now and then move on. One of the first items I noticed was the camera on the Galaxy S3. It is an 8 MP and not the expected 12 MP. There are other phones on the market today with 12 MP cameras and it is expected the iPhone 5 in the fall may come with one as well. It is better to stay ahead of your competition and not even with them. Yes, I know that megapixels are not the only thing which determines picture quality and there are other factors. It is the rumor which was circulating and Samsung did not do anything to quell it.
Samsung left a number of items as uncertain in the presentation. There have been rumors that Samsung may deliver a dual core processor instead of the announced quad core due to LTE chip considerations in the US. I am disappointed they did not resolve this issue rather than leave those of us in the US hanging. If they do come with a dual core processor, it will add to my disappointment further. They also left the issue of which wireless carriers are going to be getting the Galaxy S3 in the US. The Samsung sign up page shows 7 wireless carriers and they may get the phone. It is assumed they will not all get it at the same time.
When wireless carriers in the US will be getting the Galaxy S3 is another disappointment. While a large number of other countries will be seeing the Galaxy S3 by the end of the month, there has been no specific dates provided. All that we know right now is that it will arrive some time this summer. That vagueness provides an opening for the iPhone 5. If rumors of the iPhone 5 arriving in late June start showing up, it may cause people to have to make a decision. The best thing Samsung has going for them is beating Apple to market.
The last item on my list is the design change to the shape of the phone. I am not thrilled with the shape, which is a personal opinion. Not much else can be said about that. Rumors of a ceramic case instead of the cheap feel of the Galaxy S II became the desire outcome. We did not get that, instead a cheap plastic one. That is the one item which many have criticized for years and that will continue. Samsung should have made the move to a sturdy case for this great phone.
In general, the Galaxy S3 is going to be a success even though it has come with a much larger screen. Once we get official dates from either Samsung or individual US wireless carriers, we can plan on when we can get our hands on one.
Do you have any disappointments in the Galaxy S3?