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Samsung Galaxy S III: Is it really an iPhone killer?

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by ndetichia, May 5, 2012.

  1. ndetichia

    ndetichia JF-Expert Member

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    It's been hailed an 'iPhone killer' and the 'best smartphone ever made' - so can the Samsung Galaxy S III live up to the hype?
    [​IMG]The keenly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III



    The S III boasts a whopping 4.8 inch high definition screen and runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

    The screen itself is designed to dwarf the iPhone's 3.5 inch high quality Retina display and opts for rival Super AMOLED technology to create the sharpest and most crisp images and colours.

    But within hours of it being launched, the S III screen size had already split opinions, with some pundits arguing it was way too big for a phone. Others disagree, believing it will boost the quality of portable entertainment apps in the future.

    The Galaxy doesn't have it all its own way either. Other notable iPhone rivals like the newly-released HTC One X has had decent reviews and acclaim, something that alongside the S III means Apple's handset and iOS software could be about to see its biggest challenge to date.

    According to analysts Ovum, smartphones are the fastest growing segment of the mobile phone market, with ownership set to reach 1.7 billion handsets worldwide by 2017.

    It is unsurprising, but none-the-less significant that Ovum's predictions show Android will become the dominant operating system over the next five years. Given that the iPhone is the only mobile to run iOS, it was never going to sustain the No1 position.

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    However, with Windows Phone and BlackBerry suffering hard times, Android does looks set to reap the benefits.

    Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum, said: "Android will dominate the smartphone market over the next five years.

    "While Apple has defined the smartphone market since it introduced the iPhone in 2007, we’re now seeing a sharp rise in the shipment volumes of Android, signalling its appeal to leading handset manufacturers."

    In 2010, Android handsets represented just 17% of smartphones but last year that had risen to 44% with its share set to hit 48% in 2017. In 2017, it is said iOS will account for 27%, up from 23% in 2011.

    This duopoloy could spell bad news for the other players in the market but Mr Leach does predict Windows Phone will grow and establish itself firmly over the next five year cycle.

    The launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III - due to hit the streets on May 30 - is though a massive boost for Android, whether people choose to own that phone, or are simply encouraged to explore the software on another manufacturer's handset or one of Samsung's large Android range.

    Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch.com, isn't sure the Galaxy S III will be enough on its own to hit Apple too hard.

    He said: "The S3 has some commendable new features but despite its Apple-esque, near-global launch I don't think this phone is set to be an iPhone killer. An iPhone maimer maybe, but not a killer. "

    The Galaxy range has in the past showed Samsung is able to produce the kind of forward-thinking smartphones that leave Apple playing catch-up.


    [Related Story: Apple iPad outmuscles Android in global tablet sales]



    But with both companies releasing their devices months apart, it simply creates months of rumour and spin until ultimately, the newer handset has just enough up its sleeve to trump the other and steal the headlines and plaudits back.

    For example, while the Galaxy has an 8 megapixel camera like the iPhone 4S, and the HTC One X, much is being said of its intelligent front-facing lens and voice controls.

    Samsung say its "main USP" is to "enhance the interaction between the device and its owner".

    In short that means using the front camera to recognise a person's eyes are looking at the screen. This stops it from turning off. It's clever, but is it a killer feature?

    The 'S Voice' system also aims to surpass Apple's Siri speech controls. You'll be able to tell it to snooze the alarm. But only a full-on test of the device in the coming weeks will prove just how good the voice recognition is for every day life.

    Apple's Siri suffered from negative feedback over how useful it really is, despite a much-hyped launch.

    Andy Griffiths, Managing Director of Samsung UK and Ireland, said: "Our aim with the Galaxy S III was to develop the best smartphone ever made, and by focusing on creating a unique user experience through superior hardware and enhanced usability we believe we have done just that.

    "The Galaxy S III is packed with smart features that enable it to understand and respond to our actions providing the most seamless, natural and human-centric mobile experience."

    Other features include the 'S Beam' to share files fast simply by touching another S III phone, HD video recording from the front camera and NFC technology, potentially for mobile payments, to future-proof it for when this takes off in Britain.

    The Samsung Galaxy S III will be sold by all the major UK mobile phone networks with many already taking pre-orders.

    Andrew Harrison, CEO of Carphone Warehouse, said: "Anticipation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy SIII launch has been huge, it’s one of the biggest launches of the year and marks an exciting and innovative new stage in the smartphone market."

    Stuart Miles, of Pocket-Lint.com, added: "Samsung has achieved so much over the last couple of years going from a relativity small mobile phone player to the only one powerful enough to challenge Apple.

    "The Samsung Galaxy S III has the ability to control the top end of the market, but Apple still hold all the chips when it comes to delivering what the everyday man needs.

    "But the battle is far from over with plenty more handsets still set to challenge Samsung and the S III."
     
  2. Chief-Mkwawa

    Chief-Mkwawa Platinum Member

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    nokia lumia s nayo ndio samsung sIII killer japo haijatoka ila ni baab kubwa

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    Kuna siku mtazamaji alisema nokia wametoa camera ya pureview 41 mp akasema kama mpenz wa nokia subiri version yake ya window phone sasa hioo inakuja

    Nokia lumia s bado haijatoka ila rumors kama kawaida zimetoka

    Video itachukua 2160p compare na iphone 4s yenye 1080 camera ndo hivo 41mp

    For the first time wanatoa double core processor 1.5 na ram itakua 2gb

    Angalia image kwa specific zaid
     
  3. Anheuser

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    Duu, uongo mwingine jamani! Eti Nokia camera ina 41 Mega pixels!! Forty One megapixels????

    hahahhaahhhaa....

    halafu li Nokia lenyewe linatumia Windows, which is a dead end operating system!

    Na hiyo Samsung S III mbona hamsemi specs zake?
     
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    Usimake judgement kabla iPhone 5 aijatoka tulia uone
     
  5. Achahasira

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    hiyo ni romours mkuu, fikiri 41mp kwa 9mm hiyo haiwezekani kwasabb nokia ya kawaida tu ni 11mm lumia 900 alafu ina 8mp, hiyo s lazima iwe na sensor kubwa itafika upana kama wa 808 pureview au 13 lkn sio 9mm.

    S11 ilishaipita iphone vibaya mnoo, alafu eti wauliza s111? s111 ni kali lkn design ugly hebu icheki kama cheap hivi, plastic body. Htc one x ni mtambo kwa nje sana imerudi nyuma kwenye benchmarks lkn kwa kawaida naona samsung wanataka kutangaza sim nyingeni Q4 maana hii wameileta kwasababu ya pressure.
     
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    Nokia/Microsoft wanarudi kwa kasi . Tena na hivi iinasemekana Microsoft wanawalipa watenegeza apps. Ndani ya mwaka maprorgammer watatengezaza apps za kutosha . Mambo ya programmer kuuza kwenye market(Kama iivyo kwa iphone na Android) sometime hayalipi.
     
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    Tatizo Battle ya Samsung na Apple sio tu madukani ni hadi mahakamani.SIjui sasa hivi wana kesi ngapi bado ziko pending
     
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    People really need to knoe why samsung cant really kill iphone.

    Iphone got loyal customers unlike samsung, have ever heard people queing waiting for new samsung? No!! But iphone ikitangazwa tu si mchezo watu wanavopanga foleni. The market is so keen to get a hand on a new iphone. Computer generated videos about new iphone in youtube, never seen any about samsung, not even blogs talking about new samsung.

    Killing iphone is hard, the guys knows how to design. How to differentiate between a new iphone and previous models. Would you really feel comfortable holding a 5 inch unknown whether phone or tablet? 4.8 inch?? For what? The 3.5 inch iphone is much comfortable on hands and in pockets!

    Besides the S3 did not amazed anyone at the show, especially its shape,,,
    They got a long way
     
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    Mbona nime google hiyo q4 imetoka 2011 na iliwapatia profit 4.7 billion dollars? Sasa unaposema bado haijatoka sielewi
     
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    Yo, u need to be up to date. Nokia wanayo simu ya 41 megapixels and its a symbian OS powered phone!
     
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    It is not a killer but guys in Samsung have tried to copy iphone 4S size and features. The only significant features will be for users to be able to take HD videos and making payments through NFC.

    On NFC it can be used, for example, to transfer files between devices with a touch, to collect multimedia information from kiosks, for electronic money integration with prepaid cards and for electronic public transport ticketing.
     
  12. ndetichia

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    umeona enhee na hapo ndipo panapokuwa pagumu..yetu macho..:eek2:
     
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    Na habari iliiyopo now ikitoka hio windows 8 apollo samsung wana mpango kumove kwenye windows phone maana still android haina uwezo mkubwa kama apollo(labda wa update now)

    Nokia walifunikwa now wamerudi kwa kasi na kinachowafanya warudi ni research zao.
    -cover zisizo na scratch ambazo rangi na chuma zinayeyushwa pamoja
    -41 mp camera pureview
    -real hd recording 2160p
    -wame update ovi maps now zimekua ndio ramani zenye vijiji vingi zimeipita google maps

    Ila tatizo linakuja nokia si wamarekani wakifungua kesi wanashindwa, promo ndogo, wananyanyaswa ila i hope ipo siku watarudi kama zamani
     
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    dont joke with i phone 4
     
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    Iphones looks pathetic next to this baby!! U cnt compare that tiny **** to this behemoth piece of tech!! Kuna mtu yyte ashawah kutumia high end phones za samsung,galaxy nexus,note...iphones is so 2007!!!
     
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    mkuu nacho maanisha sio sim inaitwa q4 bali robo ya mwisho wa mwaka huu, maana s2 inamuda kidogo alafu wapinzani wa samsung katika adroid wametoa vifaa vya uhakika, alikuwa hana jinsi isipokuwa kuitoa s3. lkn anaogopa iphone 5 maana iphone ana muda mwingi kuangilia mapungufu ya samsung, nokia, htc ili atoe kifaa chake, iphone anamiezi kama mitano hivi ya kukaa chini.


    Lkn s3 inavitu va kawaida sana maana kama smart stay s voice vingeweza kuwepo kwenye s2 na ku run freshh tu lkn kuna kitu watu wamekosa kukitaja hapa


    s3 ina support wireless charging! sio joke.
     
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    Hapo kwenye read u wish! Si wangeanza na mafriji na Tv lol
     
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    haha najua itakuwa tabu kuamini lkn hata lg wamesema na wao wanatoa wakiongeza na 2gb ram, sio utani samsung bado hawajaeleza vizuri hiyo ikoje lkn wamesema kuna gadjet,


    gonga hapa uone mavitu



    HAPA
     
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    Chief, ni nzuri, ndio, lakini ujiandae kuchaji betri kila baada ya saa 4 au 5!



     
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