Topical items and views on the impact of digitisation on publishing and its content and the issues that make the news. This blog follows the report 'Brave New World',
(http://www.ewidgetsonline.com/vcil/bravenewworld.html ), published by the Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland and authored by Martyn Daniels. The views and comments expressed are those of the author.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Want One - Samsung S3
Smartphones are at one end of the spectrum and PC
Laptops at the other with tablets sitting in the middle. You must have a phone
and you take it literally everywhere and it’s seamlessly connected 24 x 7. The
PC Laptop is like a mothership and is the hub especially in business. We may be
the only ones to question whether the tablet will really replace the others or
whether its real threat still comes from the smartphone?
Samsung has overtaken Nokia to become the world's
best-selling mobile phone maker and remains the biggest obsticle to the iPhone dominance
today. Samsung have just announced their latest model the Galaxy S3.
The device will continue to be the Andriod flagsjhip
with the screen increasing to an impressive 4.8 inches. When we measured that
increase against the existing Galaxy 4.3 inches the 22% increase, coupled with
its Super Amoled (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display creates a
definite Wow factor and just outsmarts the latest HTC One X. It leaves the 3.5
inch Apple iPhone 4S and the 4.3 inch Nokia's Lumia 900 looking somewhat small.
So is Samsung edging us towards the phone/tablet
hybrid? Its first venture into that space, the Galaxy Note, has proved to be
more popular than many had forecast and has given them a clear edge as they
We would buy into such a convergence and probably in
2013 it will be a reality.
The Galaxy S3 will be weighed down with value added
extras such as; face recognition technology, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a
1.9 megapixel front camera for video, S Voice which is described as a
"natural language user interface" similar to Apple’s Siri technology and
the S3 can connect to Samsung TV wirelessly . The S3 also has Google's Android
Beam (which can exchange data such as business card details) and is capable of
sending a 1GB file between two S3 phones in three minutes, or a 10MB file in
two seconds by touching them together.It comes in a 15GB or 32GB
version, but Samsung are promising a 64GB model soon.
The Galxay S3 will be available in Europe at the end
of May and initially in pebble blue and marble white, so watch out for them on
a train near you.