The much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone is now available in Canada!
Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S3 smartphone arrives in Canada June 27th, and will be available through all major wireless carriers. This latest version of the Galaxy phone will have a high-definition touch screen that's nearly twice the size of the iPhone, while being thinner and lighter than Apple's phone.
Like previous Galaxy phones, the S III will run Google Inc.'s Android software. The processor, or ``brains'' of the device, will be upgraded to include four computing cores. The iPhone and most other high-end phones are ``dual-core,'' but there are some quad-core devices on sale already.
The added computing power will be put to use in the S III's expanded voice-command features. When the phone screen is off, owners will be able to ``wake'' it up by saying "Hi, Galaxy.'' They can then give further spoken commands. Think iPhone 4S Siri, only with better voice recognition.
- Pop-Up Play – The ability to continue watching a video while also web browsing through a floating window.
- Burst Shot – The 8MP camera offers a 20-shot burst mode that automatically chooses the best photo for you.
- Zero Shutter Lag on both the rear and front cameras.
- S-Beam – High speed file transfer between two phones touched together
- Facial Recognition – Snap a friend, tag them in one photo, and every subsequent picture you take of them is automatically tagged.
- Dropbox storage – 50GB of free Dropbox storage.
- Direct Call – If you’ve got a contact on your screen, there’s no need to hit call: simply hold the device up to your face and the number will be dialed automatically.
- Smart Stay –The phone tracks your eyes, so as long as you’re looking at it, the display won’t dim or turn off.
- Charge Pad – Samsung will sell a pad that charges a phone placed on it, with no need to connect a cable.
- And much more…
Samsung said the phone will go on sale in 145 countries with 296 phone companies, making it the company's biggest launch so far. The company doesn't release phone shipment figures, but most analysts believe its smartphones outsold Apple and its 35.1 million iPhones in the January-to-March period. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley believes Apple and Samsung together accounted for virtually all the profits in the phone industry in the first three months of 2012, with three-quarters going to Apple by virtue of its singular focus on the high-priced iPhone.
Both the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 have a lot going for them, each with unique bonuses and drawbacks. Still confused? Use this comparison chart to help you decide your next smartphone purchase.