Well it looks like I’ll be pre-ordering my own Galaxy SIII today. As with most technologies, I’ve skipped the second iteration to avoid the ‘marginal’ upgrade hysteria. Anyone who has an SII knows that, although neat, it barely outperforms our wonderful Epic 4G. That’s not to say I expect any more of a ‘magical’ performance from the third generation, but it’s already clear that Samsung has put much more effort into new features this time around. Not to mention an even bigger battery (1500 to 1800 to now 2100), plus the US versions of this phone will sport a dual-core rather than a quad, which will likely perform as well while preserving more battery than its European counterpart.
Don’t be fooled, mobile quad-cores are new and relatively untested. Android isn’t yet designed around taking advantage of 4 cores either, so we’ll be more than fine with our 2 :). Plus, we’re being given double the ram, so I appreciate that.
There are a lot of new software and hardware features for us to play with. The moment this phone is safely rooted, I will likely be tearing into it. Removing Sprint crap-ware is always first on the list :-D.
I am not abandoning or selling my Epic 4G (unless someone wants to pay the full $200 I paid for it). I will be keeping it around. New features or not, there’s no denying that both are Android phones and both can do all the same things. Email. Gaming. All the same apps from the app store. I haven’t yet hit an app I can’t run, so truly our Epic isn’t out of date.
The real reason I’m upgrading? It’s upgrade time. This is an 800 dollar phone. I pay 200 now, the other $600 is subsidized by my Sprint bill. Or, I don’t pay $200, and I’m still paying that other ‘theoretical’ $600 into my Sprint bill regardless.
To sum up: I will update my Epic when updates come along. I update all of my electronics. I will be on the Galaxy SIII until my next upgrade.