Will Samsung's Galaxy S III be your next BYOD buddy?
The smartphone will arrive on five, count 'em, five American wireless carriers this month -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular -- in a fashion that harkens to storming the beaches of Normandy.
(Hyperbole? Almost definitely. But it's rare to see such a wide release for a phone, even for Apple's iPhone.)
Here's what you need to know about the Galaxy S3:
It's 4G (a.k.a. LTE and HSPA+)
It weighs 4.7 ounces
It is 8.6 millimeters thick (about one-third of an inch for you fans of the Imperial system)
It's got a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 2.0
It runs Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay
It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU with 2GB of internal RAM
It has a removable 2100 mAh battery
It has 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage, as well as an expansion slot
There are a few other things of note. Samsung is pushing its content-sharing service, AllShare Play, which aims to facilitate sharing files between multiple devices -- HDTVs, tablets, laptops, and so forth. A "Group Cast" feature allows for document, presentation or image collaboration between multiple users, and a "Share Shot" feature allows someone in a group to share photos automatically and locally, which should come in handy during those office parties. (Or...not.) And the "S-Beam" feature allows two Galaxy S III owners to share a large file over (what I *believe* is) a Wi-Fi Direct connection.
Finally: Samsung's "S-Voice" feature is a not-quite-Siri speech recognition layer, and its "Smart Stay" feature tracks your eyes to make sure the display is on when you're looking at it -- which is both an odd problem to have and a creepy solution to it.