Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

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Shaun McGill

Samsung Galaxy SIII thoughts

"Kind of an iPhone 4 -> 4S move. This is the Samsung S2, just better in many ways. I like what I've seen and heard." Carel

"Classic move for a south east asian company. Basically copy everything your competition does but make everything just a little bigger. S-voice = siri. Bigger screen. "scan and match" = iTunes match Dropbox = iCloud (at least an attempt at it)

There is no innovation here but still probably the closest thing to compettition for apple. Screams "wannabe" to me but that won't stop it from selling well, especially in Asia and those phobic to Apple." David

"I should be impressed, but I find that I'm not. Am I losing it? Maybe my days of techno lust are over." Tom

"If this had been a couple of months earlier, it'd be much more "WOW".. but as it is, HTC's One X has stolen some of the thunder I think. No doubt this is an awesome phone.. but it's already got competition even before it's launched (and I'm ignoring the gimmicky software "features" like S voice.. purely talking hardware).

However I've not seen any benchmarks for the new Exynos chip so maybe that'll amaze us all with its speed and power-efficiency." Malcolm

"I think the SGS3 will be a success. As successful as the SGS2 I don't know - but I'm sure there's people looking for an upgrade, possibly on an average android, who might pay the extra.

The SGS3 does another clever thing I think - no doubt the iPhone 5 will come out, and I think most of us expect a larger screen. But not a 4.8 inch one. So say they come out with a 4.3 inch screen - it'll still look small against what could be the leading android phone.

Time will tell - could be an interesting future. There's no doubt Samsung are doing well, it's likely they'll continue to do so. Apple I'm sure will be the same.

What it does leave is the entire remaining smartphone base scrapping for some middle ground..." Peter C.

A range of thoughts from the most intelligent readership on the web. Thanks for those.

I was going to post an immediate reaction on Thursday evening, but thought it best to wait and I am glad I have. Varying thoughts enter my mind with regards to the Galaxy S III and I realise that these big new releases are getting harder to write about. Over the past 4 years we have been expecting, and often witnessing, the release of phones that are so completely different and compelling that there has been much to be excited about. For the moment, those days are over.

We probably need to face facts and realise that at this time no company will release a new smartphone that offers as much ‘newness’ as the original iPhone or the wonderfully high-end Android phones. We are at a point where phones will evolve and there is simply no compelling requirement for the manufacturers to offer complete change. Add to this the fact that they probably have no practical ideas for massive changes and you start to see why phones like the Galaxy S III offer what they do.

I personally believe that the Galaxy SIII will sell by the million and that it looks like a much more consumer friendly phone than the SII, which of course also sold by the million. There are some new touches like the voice system and front camera and these should be enough for hardened SII users to potentially make the jump. This will be a very good smartphone and when David says that there is little innovation here, he is right. However, did Apple show any real innovation with the 4S? It would be easy to argue that it is much better than previous voice recognition systems, but surveys show that it is not being used as much as Apple would like and the performance has hardly been stunning so far.

The 4S was an evolution of the 4, in my case a very bad one, and the SIII is an evolution of the SIII, hopefully a good one, and that is what we should adjust ourselves to expect for the foreseeable future. I agree with Malcolm that the One X has stolen a lot of the SIII’s thunder, but this should not been seen as a bad thing. The One X and SIII are some distance ahead of most other Android smartphones and it means that the others will need to play catch up. Apple will do so this year and the arguments will continue as to which is better, but let’s be clear and stress that most people’s personal preferences and the arguments that ensue are platform related and little to do with the hardware. Give me iOS on a One X or Galaxy SIII and I would have what I consider to be the best smartphone for me. I don’t stick with the iPhone because of the hardware, which I personally feel is dated and underperforms in many areas, but because of the operating system.

The Galaxy SIII is a progressive move and likely the best that Samsung can offer at this time. After much thought I do believe it to be potentially very, very good and yet another step toward mobile perfection. A position that we will sadly never reach no matter how much we want it to happen.