Samsung Unveils Galaxy S III with Siri and ‘Natural Interaction’

Today in London, Samsung held an event to talk about their “Next Galaxy.” When first reading it, I thought I’d stumbled upon an astronomer that was soon to announce a brand new Galaxy in this universe — boy was I wrong. Even though their phone was one of the most anticipated of the year, Samsung couldn’t even wait until the event started to announce the device and all its specifications, leaving the event a bore for nearly anyone who already read the coverage of this new phone.

Now you’re probably wondering, is this device even worth all the hype? No, not really, and I’m going to tell you why. First, they brought “S Voice” to the device as an alternative to the iPhone’s voice assistant Siri. It has pretty much every feature Siri does, but that’s expected since Samsung just loves to copy things of Apple’s.

Next up in the list of interesting features is “Pop up play,” which acts like the traditional window system on a computer by playing video on top of other apps. If you want to, you can continue using anything in the other apps while watching the video. This is what a 720p display does, but imagine doing all of this on a 1080p Galaxy Note — it’d be like a full computer in your hand.

In the world of specifications, the Galaxy S III has a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.4 GHz, 4.8-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel and 1.9-megapixel (front-facing) cameras, a 2,100 mAh battery, and is available in 16 GB and 32 GB sizes with microSD expandability. It will have HSPA+ connectivity with 4G LTE models coming to regions that support it.

The phone itself is pretty ugly (see gallery here) and looks rather bland. I’d not want to own one of these even in the light of how speedy its OS may be, to be honest. Their Galaxy Nexus was so much better and I feel like they went backwards with things. Other than that, the build quality itself looks cheap and some hands-on reports have also backed this. It’s plastic, feels like a budget flip phone, and is by no mens a competitor to the iPhone in quality.

If you want a nice looking phone that’s just as powerful with good build quality, just go with the HTC One X. It’s solid, has great reviews, and isn’t as ugly as the Galaxy S III.

I’m not yet sure how to take this whole “natural interaction” thing, but it seems a bit strange and intrusive. It’s like Samsung wants you to use the phone all the time instead of just when you want.

With the innovative ‘Smart stay’ feature, the GALAXY S III recognizes how you are using your phone – reading an e-book or browsing the web for instance – by having the front camera identify your eyes; the phone maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure.

The GALAXY S III features ‘S Voice,’ the advanced natural language user interface, to listen and respond to your words. In addition to allowing information search and basic device-user communication, S Voice presents powerful functions in regards to device control and commands. When your phone alarm goes off but you need a little extra rest, just tell the GALAXY S III “snooze.” You can also use S Voice to play your favorite songs, turn the volume up or down, send text messages and emails, organize your schedules, or automatically launch the camera and capture a photo.

In addition to recognizing your face and voice, the GALAXY S III understands your motions to offer maximized usability. If you are messaging someone but decide to call them instead, simply lift your phone to your ear and ‘Direct call’ will dial their number.

And if that’s not bad enough, just watch their advertisement for the phone below and you’ll really get the idea. Samsung wants you to know that this device is “made for humans.”

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