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Would/Will You Buy A Samsung Galaxy S III (N. Am. Version)?

  • Already pre-ordered one

    Votes: 9 20.9%
  • Gotta pre-order one ASAP

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Will wait for release and user experiences

    Votes: 17 39.5%
  • Can't afford one

    Votes: 2 4.7%
  • Not interested (please explain)

    Votes: 15 34.9%

  • Total voters
    43
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The dual CPU North American version of the Samsung Galaxy S III mobile phone is coming soon to all the major carriers in Canada that offer LTE networks. The expected release date has been pushed back from June 20 to June 27 due to concerns about enough stock for what is likely to be huge demand. Pre-orders are being taken.

Reviews of the already-released International version have been extremely positive.

Would/Will You Buy A Samsung Galaxy S III (N. Am. Version)? (take the poll)...
 

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In March I replaced my iPhone 4 with a Samsung Galaxy Note and I haven't looked back. I absolutely love my mini-tablet and would buy a SGS III in a heartbeat if I was looking for a new phone. IMHO, the SGS III has the best balance of beautiful design, screen size and powerful performance to lead the pack. I still own an iPad 2 (an amazing device!) but find I'm using it less and less, when my Note also makes and receives phone calls. It does so many things so well, and will only get better when the ICS update arrives.
 

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I pre-ordered from FS... Blue but with the promise i can take white if I dont like the blue.(just cannot make an honest decision on that blue color without seeing it in person)

For me this will be my first NON HTC smartphone. Since the HTC touch to my Desire i have now..... My first choise for my next phone was the ONE X but of course TELUS don't have it. Im all about subsidized phones so i opted to go for the GS3.... I pray that touchwiz keeps me as happy as SENSE always has. As a ROM flashing adict i try alot of stuff and constantly come back to SENSE.. please touchwiz be good to me :)

Totally sucks im not picking up my phone tomorrow.. Ordered my cases and a USB ON THE GO cable last nite.. :)
 

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I voted "not interested" as I already have a Galaxy Nexus with ICS which has everything but LTE** And as yet Rogers don't have LTE in my immediate area. Now it maybe I am wrong here 'cos for all the things the Nexus does well it is not much of a telephone and maybe the SIII is better at that.

** I read somewhere that a jailbroken Nexus only needs a different battery from an LTE Nexus to do LTE...that the battery contains the LTE antenna
 

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While off-topic, that is simply untrue. The GSM/HSPA version does not have the baseband processor containing the LTE radio. The battery only has an NFC antenna. Even if it had an antenna for LTE, you'd still need the actual radio.
 

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I'll probably skip this generation.

I have a Galaxy SII running ICS (CyanogenMod 9) and absolutely love it. Stable, fast, great battery life. Why would I upgrade just for a bigger screen and quad-core. Most apps won't even use them to their fullest anyway.

Now, if my wife's SGS dies, I could contemplate the SIII and pass my SII to her ;)
 

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Cyanogen himself now officially works for Samsung and there is already a CyanogenMod for the Galaxy S III. :)
 

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He does, but there is a huge team behind him. I doubt he's had actual hands on with his ROM for quite a while.
 

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Why would I upgrade just for a bigger screen and quad-core. Most apps won't even use them to their fullest anyway.
The North American version is not getting the quad core. We are stuck with the dual code only.

One more reason not to upgrade? At least, not from the SII.....
 

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Would like one but...

I had to check the "Not Interested" button. That's the closest one to my decision.

If I were in the market for a new smartphone, this would be the one.

However my Nexus S is only 15 months old, and working great for me. So I cannot justify changing my phone just to get the latest and greatest. I suspect that there are many people like me.

For those that are getting the Galaxy S III, you're getting a sweet phone. Once you get it, don't look back for at least 2 or 3 years, because new phones come out every month it seems.
 

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rfielder, there is a difference in the processors due to inherently different requirements for LTE, not in regards to performance of the handset itself.
 

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2gig of ram is the bonus for the lack of cores...
 

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Aside from graphics performance, the latest dual-core phones (like our Galaxy S III & the HTC One X) are still performing very well compared to the quad-core Exynos. The 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor is quite a bit better than the dual-core Exynos found in the Galaxy S II & the Note.

Given how Android may not be optimized the best for multi-core use, it's not out of the ordinary to see why a dual-core CPU may be able to keep up with a quad-core.

As for the Galaxy S III, I've decided against it myself; mainly because of the fact I'm getting tired of Android fragmentation, and I especially don't like Touchwiz. I'm also not a fan of the ever-increasing size of these phones.
 

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touchwiz has me worried.... i am really not sure if i will like it..
 

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Clarification

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As for the Galaxy S III, I've decided against it myself; mainly because of the fact I'm getting tired of Android fragmentation
I should have been more specific in the OP and the poll that this thread is specifically about this single phone model so that we don't get off topic or restart OS wars that have been discussed elsewhere in great detail. ;)

As for Touchwiz, that's two of you who have misgivings about it, so I'm curious if you'd both explain further and help me understand what the problems might be so I don't find out the hard way. :)
 

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@TK

TouchWiz is only Samsung's default "Launcher". There are literally 10's of other launchers that you can use, most of which are free and work much better.

If you don't like TouchWiz, go to Google Play and search for Go Launcher Pro, ADW Launcher, Nova Launcher Prime etc and install one of those. Go Launcher is very popular and comes packaged with a simple "HowTo" to switch. You're not removing TouchWiz, just switching to a different one.

There are some beautiful, highly functional/customizable launchers. TouchWiz is just one. Personally, I use Nova Launcher. It is SO good, I paid for the Prime upgrade. Very, very similar to TouchWiz, but much quicker, easier and more stable.

That said, apparently the "new" TouchWiz in Samsung's edition of Android is much improved over previous Gingerbread iterations. I'd probably suggest to try it first for a while. If you don't like it...simple to install something else.
 

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Thanks for that, cambo - Touchwiz is not a show-stopper then if you can easily replace it. I'm all about customizing everything I own, so that sounds great.
 

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Ya i know about other launchers. I guess i am more worried about missing htc sense. I have used it for so long. I just like way it works with my contacts. It finds links between a contact i add with facebook and twitter without my having to do the hard work... I have used many roms on my desire, and always end up going back the sense based roms..

That said i purposefully installed a vanilla ICS rom over a month ago to ween me off of sense in anticipation for touchwiz! :)
 

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Given how Android may not be optimized the best for multi-core use, it's not out of the ordinary to see why a dual-core CPU may be able to keep up with a quad-core.
If Android is built on a Linux kernel, I would wonder why it would not be good to handle multicore CPUs.
 
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