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How Would You Change the Samsung Galaxy S III?

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the premier flagship droids right now and stands tall against the rest of the competition. The smartphone has been praised by millions of users (literally) and they still continue to do so. Sure the smartphone has some niggles here and there, but its performance has been perfect so far and it is scot-free when it comes to hardware issues as well (despite the Exynos exploit). However, as with any smartphone there will be a few things we like and a few things we’re not huge fans of. So let’s just go through a few features which we would like to be changed with the current Galaxy flagship.

The Design:

This comes right up in our list as we’ve not been huge fans of the smartphone’s overall appearance and its durability. You might have checked out plenty of drop tests of the Galaxy S III and realized how non-durable it is. One would feel that the point behind getting a rather plasticky body was to eliminate the accidental scratches and scuffs and provide better build quality overall. But sadly, that’s not the case with the Galaxy S III. Not only is it unappealing to the eye, but it also doesn’t bear any real purpose. Sure you want to add in a removable battery door, but that can be achieved with better materials too. Also, I’m not a huge fan of light weight phones, so I don’t really mind adding a few grams if it means that we’re getting a good looking phone and not something which looks like a slab of plastic. Most of the durability issues can be resolved by purchasing a simple hard cover case online, but wouldn’t it be much better for all of us if the device is that durable when it is taken out of the box? We would also like to see some square edges on the smartphone instead of that curved shape which apparently makes it easier to hold. It’s actually quite the opposite, since the phone itself can get quite slippery and prone to a lot of accidental drops.

Samsung Apps:

While we love the array of apps bundled in by Samsung, we would also love to see some of them improved and made usable. Well, I’m talking about S-Voice of course, as it is one of those features which you won’t really use often but you know it’s there. Maybe with the successor of the Galaxy S III, Samsung could improve the usability or remove the app altogether. Improvements are in order and as much as we love those Samsung apps, they hardly come to use.

Battery:

The battery of a smartphone is an area where we’re always left asking for more. The same logic applies for the Galaxy S III as there have been several complaints of the battery draining heavily when performing CPU heavy operations like games, video streaming etc. So with Samsung expected to bump up the display to Full HD 1080p resolution with the next Galaxy flagship, we would certainly love to see a bigger battery pack. Not to mention the rumored Octa core processor, which could literally drink the juice out of the battery in no time. We hope Samsung makes sufficient arrangements for that.

Hardware Keys:

If there’s one feature Samsung has retained from the original Galaxy S smartphone, it’s that iconic home button at the bottom of the smartphone. This in fact garnered a lot of criticism from Apple fanboys as the functioning of Samsung’s home button was pretty much the same as the iPhones. However, I guess the time has come to get rid of the universal home button and implement something more functional, say like the onscreen keys on the Galaxy Nexus and the recently launched Xperia Z. There’s actually plenty to learn from new smartphones for Samsung and we’re certain it will, but only in due time. Also, the lack of a hardware camera shutter button is appalling. Not that we’ve seen any other Android OEM except for Sony come up with a camera shutter button for its smartphone, but this in my opinion is the least these manufacturers could do especially when they boast of superior camera sensors. Even the iPhone for that matter doesn’t come with a dedicated two stage camera button. Others have complained about the creakiness of the volume and power buttons, I guess this is a standard problem with Samsung devices as two of my 2010 Samsung smartphones have suffered from the same issue.

Other Changes:

We would have liked to see an LCD panel on board, mainly because AMOLED’s don’t quite provide with the superior visibility that come with LCDs. That’s not to say that AMOLED panels are bad, there are in fact a lot of areas where AMOLEDs absolutely trump LCDs. This is a subjective point and we don’t think Samsung will mess with the natural order of things. Perhaps a 2GB RAM would have been very welcome too, but I guess that’s asking too much for from a mid 2012 smartphone when 1GB of RAM was considered good enough.

These are the areas where I feel Samsung can slightly improve the Galaxy S III. Besides this I can’t think of any other areas where the Galaxy S III needs improving. There have been a few software issues as well which have been fixed by Samsung right on time. So when it comes to software issues, Samsung is always the quick to resolve it, quicker than competitors at least. If there is something you would like to add to this, kindly let us know by dropping a line below.