1Samsung Galaxy S III
Touching the S III’s display to wake, it creates a subtle response akin to disturbing a still pond. From the color options—Pebble Blue and Marble White—to the wallpaper and alert sounds, Samsung turned to nature for inspiration, seeking an utterly calming user experience for a device that’s more robot-like that anything on the market.
The S III features one of the largest displays around—a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) with a resolution of 1280 by 720—but is thinner and lighter than the Apple iPhone 4S. The Samsung Galaxy S III measures 136.6 by 70.6 by 8.6mm and weighs 133 grams—or, 4.69 ounces. The iPhone 4S is 9.3mm thick and 140 grams.
Samsung’s AllShare Cast dongle is a tiny device—again bringing to mind an offering of the HTC One X—that connects to a TV’s High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) slot, enabling users to wirelessly stream video and other content between the TV and the Galaxy S III. When it comes to gaming, the S III’s quad-core processor also helps out.
The Samsung Galaxy S III contains six sensors that help it stay attuned to users and their needs. Samsung intends for it to “see, listen and respond,” said an executive, introducing the smartphone. “And, most important, it will predict our intentions.”