By Jay Fidell
The Sam Sung Galaxy SIII is a fabulous smartphone. I don’t care what Apple says about it. We are lucky to be alive in these days of rocket ship consumer technology, and those of us with the Galaxy SIII are particularly lucky, and happy.
You can get this phone in dark blue or white (I prefer the blue, but some people will certainly like the white). It’s light and thin, has a slightly larger screen, with one physical home button and two LED buttons that show through below the screen. Its on-off button is on the top right side and the volume buttons are at the left.
You can get it with 16GB or 32GB inside and then you can put in a fingernail chip for additional memory, so 16GB inside is ample for those of us who don’t tank up on downloaded movies.
The Ice Cream operating system is much smarter and cooler than the one that came on my previous phone, the Motorola Bionic. It’s faster, more intuitive, and well fun. One of my bugaboos with the Bionic was that if you tilted the phone just a little it would go landscape when you didn’t want that. Ice Cream is much better on that.
The home page design and customization and the color scheme, graphics and aesthetics of Ice Cream are in fact better in general. The speakerphone is great, the email is faster and better. The sounds are really cute. The keyboard and swipe function is easier and faster. The camera is much better than the one on the Bionic.
In short, this takes Android a giant step further, and confirms that despite the relative simplicity of the iPhone 4S, Android is the one for me. And I’m finding that the Android apps have been upgraded and the ones I’ve been using, especially my favorite Speak-Write (for dictation), are much more polished.
Verizon is my carrier, and the reason is they don’t drop calls. With my previous carrier, I was dropping calls several times a day. Since I switched (back) to Verizon, I haven’t dropped a single call. There’s a great comfort in that.
Beyond that, Verizon, and particularly the store in Commerce Tower on Keeaumoku at Kapiolani is a picture of efficiency and attentiveness. Actually, I always have good experiences there, and I did again this week when I bought my new phone. Hooray, Verizon.
Sure, smartphones are expensive but that expense is moderated by the fact that (a) the technology is incredible if not miraculous these days, (b) you are empowered to do so much of your life and business on them, and (c) their functionality takes you so much further and allows you do to so many things you couldn’t do before. Empowerment soon becomes dependency.
As you invest more of yourself into a phone like this, it gets a little scary thinking about what would happen to you if you lost the phone. But if you play it right you can backup your contacts and calendar data to the cloud and not have to worry about it. The trick is making sure the data in your apps is also backed up into the cloud
Who would have thought 20 years ago we’d all have picket size phones with us everywhere we went. Who would have thought 10 years ago that we’d have smartphones that did email and calendar too. Who would have thought 5 years ago that they’d be anywhere as powerful and pleasing as these are.
For me, the Galaxy SIII and Ice Cream are state of the art in what could be the most ubiquitous and helpful technology of all, your best friend and personal assistant, pushing the envelope, and it’s where I want to be at least for the duration of my new contract. Take that, Apple.
I’m not saying that Apple is a slacker. I think we’re all going to be impressed with the iPhone 5, which is just coming out now. It also looks like a beauty, with lots of new innovation. See http://www.apple.com/iphone/#video and you’ll be impressed, as I was.
Ah, but if only the contracts were shorter. So much disruptive technology. Who knows where these devices will go in the next year. We’re already way beyond Dick Tracy.