Write The Smartphone Champ 6-1-12
I am trying to decide if I should buy a Galaxy S3, when it releases here in the United States. I currently have a Galaxy Nexus, and I know when the next Nexus comes out, I am going to want it. Do you think I should buy the Galaxy S3 or wait on the next Nexus?
Maxwell, I have been making the same decision myself. I previously told myself I would only buy Nexus devices from now on, because I had grown tired of the screwed up update process currently in place with manufacturers and cell carriers. The tech junkie in me wants the Galaxy S3 just because it’s a very nice phone. However, the rational me says there isn’t a large enough difference in the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S3 to warrant me getting rid of my Nexus in favor of the Galaxy S3. If you’re coming from the Galaxy S2, then the Galaxy S3 is a major upgrade, but coming from the Galaxy Nexus it isn’t as big of a leap forward. Personally, I’m leaning toward just waiting on the next Nexus to be released. One thing that makes me want to do that, is Jellybean rumored to be releasing soon, and of course the Galaxy Nexus will get that update long before the Galaxy S3. If history is any indicator, the Galaxy S3 will probably get Jellybean around the time the next Nexus gets released. All in all, I think it’s probably better to wait on the next Nexus to be released. However, if you must buy the Galaxy S3, I don’t necessarily think you’d be making a poor decision. Heck, you can always sell the Galaxy S3, and buy the next Nexus when it comes out.
I’ve noticed a lot of the recent superphones (or as you call them, beastphones lol) that have been announced, have cameras with large megapixel counts. What the heck is the point of a 12mp camera on a phone? Why do I need to take pictures that large? I’d much prefer they focus on more advanced optics than more and more megapixels.
Andrew, I agree completely! All this 12 megapixel talk is quite ridiculous if you ask me. I have no need of taking photographs to print on a poster. And if I did want to take a picture that large, I’d use a real camera and make it a higher quality photograph. All they accomplish when they make the megapixel count that high, is making the picture file size large. From a practicality standpoint, it is lacking. Like you, I feel they’d be better served focusing on making cameras that are of better quality, instead of focusing on more megapixels. The problem is the average consumer thinks the more megapixels, the clearer the picture. Phone manufacturers know people think this way, so they use megapixels as a marketing tool. Since most people think an 8mp camera is better quality than a 5mp camera, they will most certainly think a 12mp camera is much better than an 8mp. Until people are made aware that megapixels do not equal quality, you will continue seeing manufacturers push the megapixels, because they don’t want to appear to have been outdone by the competition.
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