New doesn’t always mean better, right? In a new study done by OptoFidelity, they claim that the touchscreens of the new Apple iPhone 5c and 5s are nowhere near as accurate as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III. The study explored touchscreen responsiveness triggered by a robotic finger.
In the image above, green is showing accuracy within one millimeter and red is showing over that measurement. As you can see, it is quite obvious how much better Samsung’s accuracy is than Apple’s. For Apple, this is strange as these devices just launched. On Samsung’s side, they must be proud of the parts used for their handsets.
If you’ve been itching to pick up a Galaxy S 4 on the nation’s new uncarrier, now’s an excellent time to be shopping around. For a month, T-Mobile is dropping the price of Samsung’s latest flagship to just $99 down with $20 payments over 20 months. This brings the total price of the phone down to $579. Alongside the S 4, T-Mobile is also dropping the down payments of the Note II to $169 and the Galaxy S III to $49, so there are some pretty great savings on other Samsung flagship devices as well.
If you want to take advantage of these deals, you have until July 13th. You’ve got a month, go grab a new phone.
‘Tis the season for sweet deals on new devices. In the past, T-Mobile’s been known to run a few buy-one-get-one deals. Well Sprint is getting in on that action this season with their holiday BOGO deal. This deal is good for the Samsung Galaxy Victory, S II, and S III. The deal will run from December 7th through 24th and will be available for new and upgrading customers. Anyone signing two years of their life away and jumping on this deal?
We already heard that Samsung would be releasing more colors for the Galaxy S III. The Garnet Red version is now available exclusively at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and is available at the same price as other colors and on all the carriers that Carphone Warehouse serves. In the US, AT&T has been carrying the Garnet Red version for a little while, but this is the first we’ve seen it in Europe.
So if you’re in the UK and fancy a flashy red S III, hit the source link.
source: carphone warehouse
AT&T and Verizon disappointingly opted out of the free two-year 50GB Dropbox offer for Samsung Galaxy III owners. This caused some speculation that some Canadian carriers may follow suit.
Luckily, Canadian tech blog Mobile Syrup received confirmation from Samsung that all Canadian carriers will indeed be offering the deal. This gives all Samsung Galaxy S III users 50GB of space on Dropbox for two years, which is twice the amount HTC is offering with their Dropbox deal. 50GB normally costs $99/year on Dropbox, so this is a great value.
Here’s the full statement from Sammy:
New GS III users will receive a basic 2GB of free space with Dropbox (It is permanent). When they create their own Dropbox account or link their existing account to Samsung Apps, the user will receive 48GB more space through a promotional offer, for a total of 50GB. This is available for 2yrs.
source: mobile syrup
The Samsung Galaxy S III is coming to pretty much all Canadian carriers, including TELUS, Bell, Rogers, WIND, Mobilicity, SaskTel, Videotron and Virgin Mobile. The Canadian release date was announced as June 20th, but yesterday on Twitter, Samsung Canada let everyone know the date has slipped by a week to June 27th.
The folks at MobileSyrup received a more detailed statement:
“Due to unprecedented global demand for the highly anticipated Samsung GALAXY S III, with more than 9 million carrier pre-orders to date, the date of availability for purchase of this device in Canada, is now June 27th. In advance of the GALAXY S III availability date, most carriers and retailers are offering customers the chance to register on-line for updates, and some partners are offering their customers the option to pre-order the Galaxy S III. We expect any shortages to be short lived as we ramp up production to meet this unprecedented global demand.”
I guess it’s not a bad problem for Samsung to have.
source: @samsungcanada, mobilesyrup
US Cellular was the third carrier to announce they would be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S III. They then announced pricing and pre-order details, and finally the day has come. Starting today, June 12, pre-orders can now be placed online at US Cellular’s site.
The 32GB version will be coming in Marble White, and the 16GB version will also come in white as well as Pebble Blue. Looks like when all the mail-in rebate math is done, the 16GB version will run $199 on-contract, and the 32GB will go for $249.
I’ve really got to hand it to Sammy. So far, six U.S. carriers will be carrying their latest flagship phone, and all are being released within the same time frame. Even Apple hasn’t accomplished that feat.
Hit the source link to get your pre-order on!
source: us cellular
AT&T has yet to officially announce a release date for their Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, and last week we reported that pre-orders could start shipping on June 18th. Now, according to Droid Matters, it seems that when AT&T Premier customers pre-order, they are being told that the S III will arrive “on or before” June 21st. This is the same date that the S III will be available on Sprint and T-Mobile.
This is still not an official release date announcement, but June 21st is really starting to look like Galaxy Day. Not too long now, folks!
source: droid matters
Many new devices are using Mobile High-Definition Link ports (MHL) to output video to a compatible HDMI port on a TV or monitor. MHL is an industry standard that adds video output through the existing microUSB port. Unfortunately for owners of a Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung has changed the configuration of their MHL port slightly and it now requires a special MHL adapter cable rather than the standard MHL cables that are commonly available.
Apparently, Samsung changed some pinouts in their MHL configuration, possibly for supporting future accessories or for some other currently unknown improvement. At least we’re hoping that’s the reason rather than Sammy trying to make more money by selling special adapters (which would be a very Apple-esque move).
In any case, if you plan on getting an S III and want the ability to output video, you’ll need to plunk down an extra $30 for their custom adapter.
Check out videos of the S III and its MHL adapter after the break.
We speculated that Verizon would release the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 21st, the same day as Sprint and T-Mobile. But now sources tell Android Central that the Verizon availability will begin much later on July 9th. Let’s hope this is just a rumor. We can’t see the logic in Verizon waiting weeks after the competition releases their shiny new toys.
Grain of salt = taken.
source: android central