I have been using an iPhone for about 4 years now and I must say, it looks like it is time to switch! The new Galaxy S III is going to make it hard for me to rationalize buying another iPhone even if the latest one comes with sharks with lasers on their heads as a feature.
There are a couple reasons I have been very resistant to changing to the Android eco-system and now that most of these issues are a thing of the past and the fact that Samsung has hit a home run with their up and coming release, I think it is fair to say that the tables have turned and it is now time, at least for me, to retire my old iPhone.
Do You Love Blue As Much As I Do?
As the title of this article suggests, the Galaxy S III will be coming out in blue, which I have an unhealthy affinity for. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to jump to this device, just because it is blue, but it definitely helps and how slick looking is this phone. The small curve to the back only complements the hand holding it and with a very thin case this phone is said to slip in and out of a jean pocket seamlessly. The squared edges of the iPhone may have looked nice, but definitely did not bring anything to the table as far as ergonomics go.
One of the biggest reasons that I have been ready to move from the iPhone is it’s tiny screen. I don’t care how many pixels the screen has, if you make it bigger, movies, games and everything look better. The 4.8” HD Super AMOLED™ screen on the Galaxy S 3 is not as high of a screen resolution as the iPhone 4, but it should be bright and very smooth looking regardless.
NFC Finally Lands With Real World Uses
The new Galaxy S 3 will also come with NFC (near field communications) on board. This will allow you to do all sorts of cool things and in the years to come you will be able to use your phone instead of a credit card using this same technology. NFC is still in it’s infancy, but there are sure to be some awesome uses coming soon. Right now you can use the TecTiles app along with customized NFC enabled stickers to make your own commands.
Imagine putting a sticker on a picture of your mother that sits on your desk and when you put your phone close, it calls her for you. This is just one of the many ways you can use this phones NFC integration and ability to read and write NFC “tiles”. Another cool suggestion is to use these to change your phones settings, put one by the bed and one by your breakfast table to automatically change your volume controls and more to suite your lifestyle.
Some Cool Camera Tricks
You will find this phone a very capable device for video and photography. Taking 8MP pictures with the main camera and also a 1.9MP front facing camera make it a solid choice for video chat and more. There are some neat features built into the software, one allowing you to take 20 super fast shots to make sure you grab the perfect moment. This is not where people get blown away because after all most of these features are not groundbreaking.
The real camera tricks happen when you are not even using the camera. One cool feature keeps the phone from sleeping while you are looking at it. So you never have to worry about the screen going black while you are reading an ebook or an email, then when you set it down it instantly dims which is nice for extending the battery life. It is kind of scary thinking about the phone looking into your eyes, but the end result is pretty damn cool!
Another feature that may be more interesting to me than others is a very neat way to call your friend you are chatting with. I don’t know how many times I have been texting somebody and then decide to call them because I don’t want to write a long message. The Galaxy S III deals with this differently, just put the phone to your ear(the camera senses this) and the phone automatically dials whoever you are chatting with.
Siri Watch Out – S Voice Is Coming!
S Voice is a voice command application that is built in and this lets you take pictures, make calls and a lot more. In theory it sounds very cool, but until we see how well it learns you voice, it is hard to say if it is as good or even better than Siri and other similar voice recognition software around right now.
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