Posts tagged with: Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the flagship Android smartphone from Samsung. Available on all US carriers and all major global carriers, the Galaxy S 3 features either a quad-core Exynos CPU or a Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip. It has a large 4.8" Super AMOLED HD display with 1280x780 resolution. It features an 8mp camera on the rear and a 2mp camera on the front. It's available in a variety of colors like marble white, pebble blue, amber brown, and others.

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    The debate over build quality, design, and materials in the smartphone realm will never end. The matter is largely, if not entirely, subjective and typically boils down to preference and personal experiences. No one material is wholly better than another. Plastic bends, scratches, cracks, and it often feels incredibly cheap. Metal typically feels nicer and gives phones some much-needed heft, but scratches and dings even worse than plastic. Unlike easily replaceable plastic battery doors, metal usually is not easily or affordably replaced. And glass is also weighty, but it shatters, ...

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    Samsung has long been the king of Android. Its Galaxy S smartphone has far outsold any of its competitors' Android handsets by the millions, quarter after quarter, year after year. It's aided in pushing mobile hardware and Android as a platform forward, and has even attempted to fork the Android ecosystem by instilling its own ecosystem within Android, selling movies, music, and other digital content through its own store. Samsung has, for the better part of its smartphone career, largely steered the direction of smartphones and led the industry. That is, until recently. Over the last two ...

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    It's hard to deny that every iPhone ever launched has gained a significant level of popularity. Apple may not sell most of the smartphones in the world, but with the amount of iPhones seen in the public these days, it's clear that Apple has a significant lead. If you're interested in seeing just how popular a device like the iPhone 5s is today, the numbers are in. ABI Research has just published its report for Q1 2014, and the firm is declaring the iPhone 5s as the most popular smartphone in the world for that quarter. Sadly the details as to how this ranking was determined are hard to ...

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    As the leak suggested last month, owners of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Sprint's network were able to install the latest official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their phones starting February 13. Additionally, Note 3 owners on the Now Network joined the KitKat party on February 20, but now the carrier is publishing further details regarding Samsung phones and the 4.4.2 refresh. If you have a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, you shouldn't worry, because Sprint is planning on updating these devices as well. While there is no  estimate of when ...

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    Samsung will eventually update all versions of its -- for now -- latest devices (like the Galaxy S 4 and Note III) to Android 4.4 KitKat, as its competitor HTC is doing with the 2013 One flagship, but a recent report claims that the South Koreans will go the extra mile of upgrading 2012 devices too. Now, before we get too excited, the information comes from "a source close to the matter" who has talked to PhanDroid, so treat it accordingly. The Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317, Galaxy S3 SGH-i747, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a, Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537, Galaxy Mega SGH-i527, Galaxy S4 ...

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    One of the recurring themes we've heard in discussions of Samsung's plans for the Galaxy S 5 has been dissatisfaction over the reception the Galaxy S 4 saw. It's not like Samsung isn't moving mountains of hardware, but it's clear that the company's once runaway smartphone growth has stalled. As we wait to see if a Galaxy S 5 might be able to jump-start consumer interest in Samsung's phones, we get a little more detail about the GS4's failures, learning just how many GS4 owners were in a hurry to offload their phones. Gazelle is a company that buys used smartphones from their owners, and as ...

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    Samsung always outsells Apple's iPhone when it introduces the latest Galaxy flagship; that's mainly because their announcement and availability policies are leapfrogging, so it's just normal for the newest Android to perform better than the older iPhone. ...and then the iPhone outsells the usually six-seven-month old Android when it is introduced, so there's really nothing to be surprised about when it comes to the chart below. Regardless of who's on the top spot at any moment, Samsung and Apple are comfortably leading the pack; when it comes to the beginning of Q3 2013 though, Apple ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's new sale whenever you buy the new Lumia 2520 Windows tablet. We later go through more deals as retailers have dropped the price of the Google Nexus 7. Motorola follows the news as the company has just hired a 3D printing firm to take care of Project Ara. Leaks of Samsung's plans to upgrade the Galaxy Line-up to Android 4.4 KitKat follow after that. We end today's show talking about certain leaks showing a metal frame for the possible Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia offering free Power Keyboard ...

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    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the much-expected Nokia RX-114 tablet reaching the FCC, along with Nokia's first phablet, the Lumia 1520. We then talk about the leaked displays of the HTC Butterfly 2, and what to expect from this device. Sony is next as we've got some press renders that point to a smaller, but still powerful, Xperia Z1f. Google follows the news as we've got the company selling apps on vending machines in Japan. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3, and when we expect it to reach your device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia tablet ...

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    We already have a series here at Pocketnow lamenting the choices of smartphone and tablet manufacturers, and trying to learn something from their most visible mistakes. It's called Worst Gadgets Ever, and it's a fun little video series that you should check out. But sometimes, a broader look at the industry's development is useful - and given the right attitude, it can also be fun. Earlier this year, our own Taylor Martin took you on a tour of smart phone form factors that are officially dead - not necessarily due to poor decisions, but owing to the constantly shifting mobile landscape ...

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    Updated to include battery-charging figures below. Samsung’s official Galaxy S III wireless charging kit was announced alongside that 2012 flagship, but it didn’t arrive on the market until long after - and many regions are still waiting to get their hands on it. This year, Samsung appears committed to avoiding a similar situation with the new Galaxy S 4: the company has just sent us a sample Galaxy S4 wireless charger for review, and we've spent a couple days getting to know it. Because we haven't given it the usual weeks-long review treatment -and because accessory reviews are the ...

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    As smartphone theft has become increasingly common in the last couple of years, we've seen companies like Microsoft and BlackBerry pioneer with security features to wipe your device remotely, or other companies like Apple who give you options to find the device without the need for a third party vendor, and with recent changes in iOS 7 to now even allow the unit to not accept re-activation after a wipe. This has left a tremendous amount of pressure on other smartphone vendors, and reports show that Samsung is already close to nailing a solution. We've heard rumors in the past about Samsung ...

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    It seems that the "new thing" for 2013 is celebrity endorsements, as we've seen Alicia Keys join BlackBerry and Jessica Alba join Windows Phone, among others. For all of those curious as to what Samsung and Jay-Z had in store for us after some teasers last week, well, let the rumors reach a halt as of today. It turns out that Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is slated for a launch on July 4th, and as a benefit to current owners of the Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note II, Samsung will be offering an app on the Google Play store on June 24th that will give Jay-Z's new ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    A little earlier this week, Verizon subscribers using Samsung's Galaxy S III started getting a long-overdue update bringing them some of the manufacturer's great software enhancements – stuff like Multi-Window View and Best Shot camera mode – along with a ton of smaller tweaks. Great news, right? Well, it would be, if it weren't for reports of some majorly broken features following this update's installation. The biggest problem seems to be an inability to properly connect to Verizon's LTE network. From the sound of things, the severity of the issue varies wildly – some users are ...

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    When Samsung announced the Galaxy S 4, it unveiled a horde of new software features, features that many existing Galaxy device owners hoped would someday trickle down to their older devices. Quickly, Samsung confirmed many of the features would, in fact, find their way to other Galaxy-branded devices. But it was still unclear which would make the cut. Today, we got our hands on some leaked Galaxy S III 4.2 firmware. The update, while not totally complete, includes many new features and interface upgrades found on the Galaxy S 4. Unfortunately, this update may foretell a bleak update ...

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    Yesterday we've seen a video recording capability comparison between the Lumia 928, the Apple iPhone, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Today we have a new video, this time looking at audio recording features. Before that, we get our daily Lumia 928 render, seen above. We're seeing the white flavor showing off its back with the microphone, camera, Carl Zeiss lens, and flash. On to the Nokia Lumia 928 vs Samsung Galaxy S III audio recording comparison: you can check out the video below. The Finnish phone maker emphasizes on the distortion-free recording on its upcoming Lumia phone while the ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    Nokia Lumia 928 vs Apple iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III video comparison, courtesy of Nokia, that's what we have here. There's a lot of smoke recently concerning the Nokia Lumia 928, and there surely must be a fire too. We've seen a lot of leaks and heard a lot of rumors about the upcoming Lumia phone and, a couple of days after its landing page went live, Nokia has updated the info with official renders and a comparison video -- though we'll hold off on conclusions until we test the phone against other models in our own labs and environments. Above you can see the official images of the ...

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    While phones with a lot of metal like the iPhone 5 or HTC One may look nice, they have a reputation for taking on dings and scratches pretty easily; for as cheap as plastic may feel, it can also be a whole lot less likely to receive minor damage. We've heard Samsung sing the praises of plastic as a smartphone material not just due to its resilience, but also because of how it makes the manufacturing process quicker and easier. That's why we're a bit surprised to learn of the Galaxy S 4's breakability report, where warranty provider SquareTrade ranks the GS4 as more damage-prone than both ...

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    There are devices that deserve a modicum of coverage, and then there are devices that call for a maelstrom of coverage. Samsung's Galaxy S 4, the most hotly anticipated Android smartphone of 2013 so far, easily falls into the latter category, and we have no qualms about devoting an entire podcast to discussing the latest Google-powered beast out of Seoul. Tune in as Master Chief Stephen Schenck, Figurine Boatswain Taylor Martin, and Captain 2 Phones take you for an auditory tour of the high and low points of the Galaxy S 4, calling on the kind of strung-out expertise that only nine days ...

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    It seems like ages ago that we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S III, first in its international garb, then in its various U.S. carrier variants. Back then, we said we'd "confidently recommend the Galaxy S III to someone looking for the best smartphone experience possible," and our sentiments were, for the most part, echoed across the internet's various tech news outlets. The public, it seemed, took the recommendation to heart: Samsung sold untold millions of Galaxy S III devices, furthering the legacy of what was already a legendary line of Android smartphones. Today's nostalgia for 2012 is ...

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