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  Reply # 782172 15-Mar-2013 11:07
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I'm sure some things will be ok but I'm also sure there will be a few ' underwhelmed' people as always, expectations and all that.





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  Reply # 782179 15-Mar-2013 11:21
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freitasm: It seems Samsung NZ thinks I should drink from 12pm. Being Friday I might oblige:





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  Reply # 782233 15-Mar-2013 12:21
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So it looks the same as the S3.
But looks promising on the inside.

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Music sharing
Augmented photos
3/4G
And an IR blaster (where else have I seen that?)
2600mAh removeable battery
Dual camera mode (put yourself in the picture)




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  Reply # 782236 15-Mar-2013 12:26
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Yeah the looks are a real let down. Yes the insides of the device are what counts. But for a premium price wouldn't mind a premium looking device. Much like the butterfly

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  Reply # 782237 15-Mar-2013 12:27
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LTE "later this year"?

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  Reply # 782238 15-Mar-2013 12:28
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64gb internal. Plus sd up to 64gb. That's me sold haha. Need that storage.

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  Reply # 782239 15-Mar-2013 12:29
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looks ok to me and no surprises thus far but can't please everyone, good we have plenty of choices, glad that black is back




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  Reply # 782240 15-Mar-2013 12:34
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Not sure if I am more disappointed with the phone or this event. Did they really need to do this broadway show thing? The phone looks 99% like my GS3, I think the camera is fine on the GS3 for what I use it for. I don't think I would ever use this "Shoot + Sound" feature, seems like a dumbed down video feature. These guys trying to be funny clearly aren't. They had some guy on who could barely speak English (Although I get the point he is a big honcho, so can understand that).

Really not liking this. Switched off. HTC One here I come (maybe)

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  Reply # 782241 15-Mar-2013 12:35
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Does it have that aluminium or shiny plastic band around the sides that some of the leaks showed?

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  Reply # 782243 15-Mar-2013 12:37
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some cool stuff here software wise.

13 megapixel camera could be cool.

Wonder what Apple will have to do for iphone6?

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  Reply # 782244 15-Mar-2013 12:41
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CNET are a bunch of twats

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  Reply # 782252 15-Mar-2013 12:44
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Dairyxox: Does it have that aluminium or shiny plastic band around the sides that some of the leaks showed?


Probably the same outdated OS and UI. Too small of a screen. Limited. Connectivity. Ya know same boring stuff.

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  Reply # 782256 15-Mar-2013 13:00
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From an analyst:


Jan Dawson, chief telecom analyst at Ovum, provides this initial reaction:

“As anticipated, the device features a slightly larger screen, an improved camera, and beefed up processor power and memory. The company also augmented various features previously available, including its eye-tracking capabilities.

“The Galaxy S 4 is a worthy successor to earlier members of this line, and will doubtless sell well. But it highlights a couple of the key challenges Samsung faces. Firstly, having innovated rapidly over the last several years to vaunt itself into top spot in the world smartphone rankings, Samsung now faces essentially the same challenge as Apple: how to continue to improve its devices year on year when existing phones are already top of their class, and there aren't obvious shortcomings? And secondly, how to set Samsung's devices apart from other devices that share the Android operating system that provides so much of the functionality? As rivals such as HTC and Sony up the specs of their devices and provide ever better hardware, it becomes more and more important for Samsung to differentiate on software and services.

“The improvements to eye tracking and the additions of S Translator and the hover feature and so on are good steps in this direction, but they can be seen as gimmicks rather than game changers. At this point, Samsung appears to be trying to kill the competition with sheer volume of new features – there should be something here for everyone, even if most of these new features won't be used by most users. For now, Samsung can likely rely on its vastly superior marketing budget and the relatively weak efforts of its competitors in software to keep it ahead. But competitors will catch up (as Samsung has caught up in many ways with Apple) and Samsung will need to continue to stretch. It also needs to build a stronger set of content offerings that cross its various platforms, so that it can extend its leadership in smartphones into the tablet space, and give consumers a reason to buy into an "all-Samsung" experience with their consumer electronics.

“Overall, there are lots of features, but based on past experience most people will never even find them on the device.”




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  Reply # 782262 15-Mar-2013 13:13
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I don't know why they keep feeling the need to make the screen bigger.

If you want a giant screen/phone, they have the Galaxy Note range.

If could make this same phone with same specs but a 4.5" screen (Even if it has to be a bit thicker), I'd buy one.




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