Hey gang, Valkor here. I wanted to have this up earlier, but the heat in NY/NJ area and lack of A/C had me crawling to find a cool spot just to chill until things cooled off. Thankfully I spent a good chunk of my afternoon hanging out with the folks at Samsung mobile as they unveiled their latest smartphone – The Samsung Galaxy S III. It was actually a more extravagant affair than I had expected filled with food, drinks, plenty of units for some hands on time, and celebrities, though I missed my chance to see any of them. But a good time was still had and it looks like Samsung's latest, might possibly be their greatest.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is the latest in the series of Galaxy phones, which includes the Galaxy I and II, Note, and Nexus. The Galaxy S III is not just a smartphone but it also doubles as a tablet with tons of features and the event was held to showcased some of the of what this phone can do. Since I have an in-depth review forth coming, I'm gonna go over a few features that won't necessarily be in the big review, given the "sharing" nature of the software/hardware; I won't necessarily have access to multiple devices, but should that change, I'll be sure to note it in the full review.
S Beam – This is one of the most exciting features I've ever witnessed on a phone. The S-Beam allows two users (with the Galaxy 3) to share their data using NFC technology and Wi-Fi, sparing your data limit some hardship. In the demo we experienced, we actually used the technology to order drinks – Gabe and I would select from a hi-res menu on one phone and place the order directly with the bartender who had another. It was actually pretty cool and I can see using this idea in other applications. While that was fun and it helped the two of us get our drink on, the main purpose of the S Beam is to share data. We got to see how the tech worked in sharing pics and small vids (20MB) from one phone to another with ease. Gabe took it up a notch creating a vid nearly 150MB and the speed of the exchange was pretty decent. It's great if you and a friend have a Galaxy S 3, and you wanna share and image or vid but you don't want to go through the hassle of attaching it to a text or email – it's simple and very effective.
Allshare Play – This piece of software will allow you to share any piece of data from photos, music, videos, and even documents between 8 devices. The devices are connected via Wi-Fi and enter what is known as "groupcast". After a pin is entered whatever media you've decided to share will be readily available on the other devices (they'll also have to enter a pin to access the item). I actually thought this was pretty cool; it's similar to the S Beam without having to be directly connected. Plus you're not limited to phones, but you can share items on televisions and tablets as well.
Share Shot – Imagine you're at a party, you and your buddy both have a G3 on hand and you wanna share in the photo fun - enter Share Shot. This will allow you to connect your G3s and share in the photos that each of you takes. Just be sure turn it off if you're about to get into some shenanigans that you don't want your friend to hold over your head later on.
Samsung 3D Audience Experience – You know when you go to the movie theater, you get there a little early and you have to sit through advertisings, play some trivia, or watch promos until the actual film starts (i.e. coming attractions, etc). With the Samsung 3D experience, it's taking that idea to a whole new level by creating something truly unique and fun for everyone (especially if you happen to have a G3). The demo was first introduced by Josh Brenner and David Barry – the guys in the Samsung Galaxy commercials (Dude, you're a barista… commercial below), who set us up for a pretty cool 3D experience where we the audience went into a "wave" of sort, moving our hands left to right to catch floating Galaxy 3s. This idea will get make its appearance in front of Disney/Pixar "Brave" and play out until the month of August.
This is only a sampling of what you'll expect should you decide to pick up this phone and believe me there's stuff in this device that wasn't mentioned in the main presentation, but will find its way into my full review. Expect it soon as I go through all the nooks and crannies of this unique smartphone/tablet. Until then enjoy the pics and vids, and stay tuned for more.