There are many who cannot wait for the US release date for the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be finally announced, while others have mixed reactions about the device ever since it was unveiled earlier this month. Many fans felt the Samsung Galaxy S3 is not all that it had been flouted to be. The US models will unlikely be getting the quad-core Exynos processor, some of the TouchWiz tweaks have been called gimmicky, and the 4.8-inch AMOLED display is Pentile. I for one am looking back at my first two choices now – the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus still has benefits over newer Androids like Samsung Galaxy S3 & HTC One X
Starting with the AT&T HTC One X, it does appear as powerful as the Samsung Galaxy S3 on paper. On the downside the import ban on the device in the US showed us that some features had to be removed so as not to step on the patent toes of Apple. One of these was the ‘Complete Action Using’ which featured pop up screens. Another problem is seen with the Sense user interface of the HTC One X when working in conjunction with Ice Cream Sandwich. This has caused havoc with power users who are said to have complained about the fact that it closes windows aggressively, making multitasking cumbersome.
The pure version of ICS is of course only found on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and at this moment in time it is the only device that is sure to get Android 5.0 Jellybean. So while its hardware may be outdated, I can’t help but feel that it will soon receive a new lease on life. While newer hardware may come in just a couple of months and put the current row of announced smartphones to shame, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will continue to be the best at what it was designed for (at least until the Nexus 4 arrives).
The Samsung Galaxy S3 US release date is set for this summer while the HTC One X & HTC EVO 4G LTE are already on sale. As for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, it is available at a bargain over at the Google Play Store – $399 unlocked.