I got lucky and was able to get hands-on with the Galaxy SIII before its release date thanks to Wataniya. I must say although the hardware specifications didn’t change a lot they have massively improved Touchwiz. The first thing you notice while playing around on the touch screen is how smooth the user interface has become with the new Quad Core processor.
Touchwiz now comes with “S Voice“, basically a Siri duplicate with a similar interface. The voice recognition is very accurate, way better than what I have on my Galaxy Nexus. S Voice can do commands like opening an application, browsing the web, setting the alarm or even unlocking your device with your voice. The device also comes with “S Beam” which is similar to Android Beam except you can send large data files like videos and pictures. I still found the nature sound effects irrelevant but the overall performance of the device is impressive. “Burst Shot” as seen on video lets you take 20 shots in a matter of seconds.
The device is expected to be released in the US on May 25th with a price tag of $799 (KD ~223). That’s the price of the 16GB version, the Galaxy SIII comes as 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and includes a memory card slot. It’s thinner than my Galaxy Nexus and lighter. The physical feel isn’t amazing but is better than the Galaxy SII.
Update: For details in Samsung Galaxy SIII prices click here.