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Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) vs. iPhone (4S): Review roundup [u]

May 05, 2012 8:59 AM EDT
How does the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3, if you must) stack up, vs. the Apple iPhone 4S? It's time for one of Richi's roundups of reviews from around the Web. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers compare, contrast, and castigate.
[Updated x2 with more opinion: has Samsung caught Apple napping? Or will the iPhone 5 release date bring a better shiny that Samsung can muster?]
        
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Guess the FUNCTION of the THING...
 
 
Matt Hamblen rambles from afar:
[The] Galaxy S III was unveiled by Samsung's...J.K. Shin, at a crowded London media event. ... [It] will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) [with] a 4.8-in. touchscreen with an HD Super Amoled display at 1280 x 720...an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
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the device is not much bigger than...the Galaxy S II, because the bezel...has been reduced. ... Intelligent software in the phone provides face and voice recognition. ... Samsung showed how the phone's screen will go black when a user's eyes are closed. ... Samsung said the Galaxy S III will have a 2,100 mAh battery.
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The 4.8-in.size of the device's screen was an attention getter. The...iPhone has a 3.5-in. screen, but there are reports [of] 4 inches for the iPhone 5.    M0RE
    
Daniel Ionescu has more pomaceous comparisons:
The display of the Samsung Galaxy S III is huge. ... But while the screen is bigger, the resolution has not gone up...making the S III pixel density 306...ppi, which is still below the iPhone 4S’ 326.
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The bigger screen and size of the S III allows for a thinner phone...at 0.34 inches. ... The iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus are 0.37 inches thick...the Galaxy S III is also lighter than the iPhone 4S.
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Samsung packs an Exynos 4 Quad 1.4 GHz quad-core...which is the most powerful processor in this comparison.
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The best front camera comes with the Galaxy S III, while the iPhone is at the bottom of the league.    M0RE

Andrew Williams, joins in:
Galaxy S3 comes in two...finishes - white and a dark blue brushed metal-effect, but it's still definitely plastic. ... iPhone 4S is covered on each side by...glass. It helps to keep the phone feeling ultra-premium, but doesn't half make you worried about dropping the thing.
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iPhone 4S use a variation on the IPS type [of screen]. ... The one chink in the IPS armour is the use of a universal backlight. ... The Samsung Galaxy S3's Super AMOLED screen...uses light-emitting pixels...letting pixels displaying black stay perfectly dark.
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 continues the trend of its predecessor...with at least 16GB of internal [storage] and a microSD card slot.
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Galaxy S3 [is]...MHL-compliant, meaning you can plug them into a TV and pipe across HD video and surround sound. ... The iPhone is a little more constrained, predictably.    M0RE

And Nathan Olivarez-Giles tells us more about the facial recognition:
As Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III...it focused...on the concept that the phone can actually predict your next move — a talent you won’t find in...Apple’s iPhone 4S.
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[The] camera registers when you’re looking at the device...its screen will turn on and remain active as long as you’re using it...[so no] screen dimming in the middle of reading a long email. ... [And it] automatically places a phone call...if you’re in the middle of writing a text and lift the phone to your ear.
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Samsung hasn’t yet offered details on U.S. pricing or carriers, but [the] Galaxy S II was available across all four major U.S. carriers. ... A 3G version of the Galaxy S III will launch in Europe in May...but the U.S. will have wait until later this summer to get its variant...[which] will run on 4G LTE.    M0RE

Meanwhile, JR Raphael gets powerful:
Samsung is bundling in a two-year 50GB Dropbox subscription with all Galaxy S III purchases.
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Unlike many recent high-end...phones, the Galaxy S III has a user-removable battery, so you can easily swap it out if you wish.
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Samsung's Galaxy S III ships with...Android 4.0 that is unmistakably a TouchWiz-flavored version...which, depending on your perspective, [is] either gorgeous or godawful.
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Samsung...talked about a wireless charger for the phone as well as a flip-cover...a desktop dock, car dock, battery charging stand...and "S Pebble" music-playing companion.    M0RE

Update: Ewan Spence ponders all the 'added-value' software, and uses the dreaded F-word:
With Samsung in the number one seat...there is no need to sell the handsets as compatible with [the] Android ecosystem. [Samsung should] pull away from the crowd and stand alone.
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I don’t think the alternatives...are a good fit for Samsung’s current market position. But...Samsung need to be in control of their destiny...and that means control of the smartphone’s operating system...total control. Samsung should fork Android...[and] follow the path blazed by the Kindle Fire.
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[It’s] time to grow up and own the...software that is vital to the continued success of the Galaxy range. M0RE

Update 2: Paddy Smith opines thuswise:
Samsung...at its Galaxy S3 launch...insisted, the latest Galaxy phone was “designed for humans.” ... [It] learned [that] at least in part from Apple’s uniquely intuitive user interfaces.
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[But] Apple – like Aesop’s fabulous tortoise – has been caught napping. ... The iPhone 4S launched to consternation that bordered on revolt. Where was the iPhone 5? ... And the iPad 3 turned up fatter than its previous incarnation.
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Only a fool would claim that any other devices had access to such a rich catalogue of apps. And Apple’s...design still feels somehow more grown-up. ... Meanwhile, Samsung has launched a phone that knows when you’re looking at it...charges wirelessly a la Palm Pre. And it’s got the two things Apple really need[s]...a bigger screen and NFC.
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Apple’s fans have been calling out for changes. ... [But it] seems to be only half listening. M0RE
   
And Finally...
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Richi Jennings, your humble blogwatcherRichi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. He's the creator and main author of Computerworld's IT Blogwatch, for which he has won ASBPE and Neal awards. He also writes The Long View for IDG Enterprise. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, you can read Richi's full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.