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The Samsung Galaxy S3 And The New Nokia Lumia 900 – Design And Screen Quality Compared

Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Galaxy S3
Nokia Lumia 900
This year we expect to see the Windows Mobile operating system challenge the Android platform more than ever before thanks to some excellent software improvements. The Nokia Lumia 900 is regarded by many as the leading Windows device on the market thanks to some excellent styling and superb specification. We compare this handset to the Samsung Galaxy S3, the brand new Android phone that replaces the best selling Galaxy S2. We take a look at styling and screen quality on both of the devices.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is one of the most eye catching devices currently available and therefore it easily outshines the Galaxy S3 for design. The model is similar in looks to the other Lumia handsets that are available although the materials used on this handset do feel more premium than on its sibling models. Rather than adopt the curved chassis used by many modern phones the Lumia 900 sports a much more angular design. The main body is made from a high quality polycarbonate material and its constructed from a single piece of this material which helps to make the phone feel very robust. In terms of dimensions the phone measures 127.8 x 68.5 x 11.5mm and weighs 160 grammes. The Samsung Galaxy S3 boast some super specification but unfortunately the design of the model is not quite as impressive. We would have liked to see the model sport similar styling to the very modern looking Galaxy S2 but Samsung have opted to use a more pebble like design that is similar to numerous other handsets. In a bid to keep the weight of the handset down to a minimum the phone uses a very lightweight plastic material. Although this enables the device to weigh just 133 grammes the material does not feel very robust in your hand which is a shame from a flagship model. Considering that this model sports a 4.7 inch display the physical dimensions are very good. The model has an incredible depth of just 8.6mm which makes it one of the slimmest devices on the market. In terms of styling the Lumia 900 easily eclipses its rivals thanks to great build quality and a modern design.

One area where the Samsung Galaxy S3 does gain the upper hand on its rival is for screen technology. The model features a large 4.7 inch screen which makes use of AMOLED technology to produce excellent image quality and good levels of brightness. The model is capable of displaying a resolution of 1280 x 720 which means that a superb pixel density of 306PPI is offered. The Nokia Lumia 900 uses a much smaller 4.3 inch screen which also makes use of AMOLED technology. The resolution displayed by this model is much lower than the Samsung at 800 x 480 pixels. This is still a very high standard and material does still look very impressive but the pixel density drops to just 217PPI. When you look at the two screens side by side there is more detail on the Samsung model while the viewing angles are also better.

The Nokia Lumia 900 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are two of the leading handsets on their respective operating systems. The Lumia device boasts superior build quality and a more striking design but the Samsung handset does offer a larger and more impressive display perfect for web browsing and playback of multi media files.


NTT Docomo new smartphones and a Tablet

Japan’s NTT Docomo has announced 18 new phones in Japan that includes 16 smartphones, a tablet, a phone for children as well as a mobile Wi-Fi router. All the smartphones run on Android 4.0 and supports DOCOMO’s Xi LTE service. The ELUGA Live P-08D tablet that runs on Android 4.0.
The docomo with series smartphones include
  • ANTEPRIMA F-09D -  Waterproof phone with 3.7 inches (480 x 800 pixels) TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 8.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.4 GHz processor. It would come in Gold and Pink colors and is expected in June.
  • AQUOS PHONE st SH-07D -  Waterproof/ dustproof phone with 3.4 inches (480 x 854 pixels) TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 8MP camera, 1 GHz processor. It would come in Lime, Red and Black colors and is expected in June.
  • Optimus it  L-05D -  Waterproof phone with 4.0 inches (480 x 800 pixels) TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 8.2MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in White, Black, Pink and Purple Colors and is expected in June or July.
  • MEDIAS X - Waterproof/ dustproof phone with 4.3 inches (720 x 1,280 pixels) TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 8.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor and V-High Multimedia Broadcasting Services support. It would come in White, Pink and Brown Colors and is expected in June or July.
  •  ELUGA V P-06D - Waterproof/ dustproof phone with 4.6 inches (720 x 1,280 pixels) TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 13.2MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in Gold, Pink and Black Colors and is expected in June.
  • ARROWS Me F-11D - 3.7-inch (480 x 800 pixels),Waterproof,  Android 4.0, 5MP camera, 1 GHz processor. It would come in White and Black Colors and is expected in August.
  • Xperia SX  SO-05D - 3.7-inch (540 x 960 pixels), Android 4.0, 8.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in Black, White, Pink and Orange and is expected in August.
The docomo NEXT series for smartphones include
  • GALAXY S III SC-06D - 4.8-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels) Organic EL display, Android 4.0, 8MP camera, 1.9MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in Blue and White Colors and expected in June or July.
  • AQUOS PHONE ZETA SH-09D - 4.7-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels) Super CG  Silicon LCD display, Waterproof and Dustproof, Android 4.0, 12.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in White color and is expected in June or July.
  • Xperia GX  SO-04D - 4.6-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels)  TFT LCD Display, Android 4.0, 13.0MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in White and Black Colors and is expected in July.
  • ARROWS X F-10D - 4.6-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels)  TFT LCD Display,  Waterproof and Dustproof, Android 4.0, 13.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 Quad Core. It would come in White, Blue and Black Colors and is expected in July or August.
  • REGZA Phone T-02D - 4.3-inch (540 x 960 pixels) Organic EL display, Waterproof and Dustproof, Android 4.0, 13.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in Pink, Blue and Black Colors and is expected in July or August.
  • Optimus Vu  L-06D / L-06D JOJO - 5.0-inch (768 x 1,024 pixels) TFT LCD Display,  Waterproof, Android 4.0, 8MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in White and Black Colors and is expected in July or August.
  • ELUGA power P-07D - 5.0-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels) TFT LCD Display,  Waterproof and Dustproof, Android 4.0, 8.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor. It would come in Black Color and is expected in August.
  • AQUOS PHONE sv SH-10D - 4.5-inch (720 x 1,280 pixels) TFT LCD Display,  Waterproof and Dustproof, Android 4.0, 12.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Dual-Core processor and V-High Multimedia Broadcasting Service support. It would come in Orange, Black and White Colors and is expected in August.
The ELUGA Live P-08D tablet runs on Android 4.0 and is powered by 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor. It has 10.1-inch(1,280 x 800 pixels) TFT LCD display and would come with One-Seg terrestrial and V-High Multimedia Broadcasting Services. It has 1.3MP front facing camera, comes in Gold color and is expected in August.
The Raku-Raku  Smartphone  F-12D has 4.0 inches (480 x 800 pixels) display and is powered by 1.4 GHz processor. It runs on Android 4.0 and has  8.1MP camera, 1.3MP secondary camera, NFC and One-Seg terrestrial digital broadcasting service. The Kids’ PHONE HW-01D has 2.0 inches (240 x 320 pixels) display and is expected in July or August.
These smartphones and the tablet and the feature phones would be available between June and August from the NTT Docomo.


Airtel launches new 3G plans

Airtel has launched new 3G plans for pre-paid and post-paid customers after Aircel launched new 3G plans last month. They have also introduced Smartbytes additional data usage packs for its postpaid Airtel mobile customers on 3G. Now the plans start at 10MB that would offer 30 minutes of 3G access valid for 1 day. Now Rs. 100 pack offers 300MB free data, Rs. 250 3G pack would offer 1GB of free data, Rs. 450 pack would offer 2GB of free data and Rs 1500 pack would offer 10GB free data that are valid for 30 days.

New Airtel 3G plans for pre-paid and post-paid customers
Airte Smartbytes packs for postpaid customers
Now the volume based browsing charges are down from 10p/10kb to just 3p/10kb. These plans are available for both pre-paid and post-paid customers across all 3G circles as well as dongles. The smartbytes plan is available for post-paid customers.


Samsung Galaxy S3 pre-orders start in India

Samsung has started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 on their eStore. The pre-order price is Rs. 2000 and they promise you a free gift with every booking, but there are no details about the launch date or the price yet.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S3 earlier this month at an Event in London and there were reports that the global Pre-orders crossed 9 million units globally.
The Galaxy S3 packs in 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz Quad-Core and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It has 8MP auto focus camera with LED flash, Zero Shutter and 1.9MP front camera with HD recording at 30fps.
You can pre-book your Galaxy S3 on Samsung India eStore. An electronic coupon will be issued after your payment, you can use it to adjust from the final price while buying it from the estore. You can read the full Terms and Conditions here.
[Update: Samsung has revealed their free gift. They will offer a free Mono Bluetooth HM-1700 worth Rs. 2299 along with the Galaxy S III, but you need to pay the  balance amount within 3 days of launch. Customers who doesn't redeem their coupon within specified time, will not get the free Bluetooth.]


Samsung Galaxy S3 Hands on experience first on net

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is certainly impressive. With a large, dazzling screen, super-fast quad-core processor, quality 8MP camera and expandable storage, it ticks all the key boxes for those looking for a truly feature-packed smartphone. Upon first impression, though, we're not totally blown away. This is mainly down to the slightly lacklustre plasticky design, though, and on a technical front it's up there with the best.

Key Features

  • 4.8in, 720 x 1280 pixel display
  • Quad Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video
  • Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Design and Hardware
Samsung has literally taken something of a step backward with this handset's design, bearing as it does more resemblance to the original Samsung Galaxy S rather than the S2. In particular, the back is all curved glossy plastic rather than the squared-off chequered look of the S2 or Galaxy Nexus. The overall effect is a little underwhelming. 

In terms of practicalities, though, we can have few complaints. While clearly not a ruggedised phone, it feels well put together and will no doubt prove to stand up to the rigours of everyday life, just as the similarly plasticky S2 did. Moreover, despite being a large phone (dimensions of .6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm) it sits reasonably comfortably in the hand thanks to nicely rounded corners, and the power button is conveniently placed on the right edge, rather than the top where you might have to stretch for it. Meanwhile the volume rocker is in its usual spot on the left. 
Inevitably it's a bit of a stretch to reach all the whopping 4.8in screen, but then that's the same with all these big-screened smartphones. Also, despite its slenderness, it doesn't feel too unwieldy to handle – it's easy to get a good grip.

Paying homage to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S2, the navigation buttons consist of a central physical Home button (Apple lawsuit beware) flanked by two touch-sensitive buttons, one for Back and one for bringing up the new Android 4.0 Multi-tasking menu. They seem responsive and easy to use. 

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Screen
Some reports were suggesting the Galaxy S3 may feature a bonkers 1080p resolution display but unsurprisingly this isn't the case. Instead we have an essentially Samsung Galaxy Nexus matching 4.8in panel with an HD Ready resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. This gives it a pretty high pixel density of 303ppi, just a jot under the iPhone 4S's 326ppi. It looks amazing, packing in a huge amount of detail and making it great for web browsing. 


Samsung Galaxy S3: already close to 10 million pre-ordered

In the span of just a few days, Samsung has already received nine million pre-orders for its new smartphone, the Galaxy S3, according to an article in  Korea Economic Daily published Friday. 
According to Korea Economic Daily, the factory in charge of the production of the Galaxy S3 is working to its maximum capacity, finishing 5 million units per month. Samsung did not wish to comment on these figures, noted the Korean daily.

The Galaxy S2, the brand's current flagship smartphone, has sold more than 20 million units since its release a year ago. Its succesor, which is bigger (4.8 inch display), more powerful (1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quadprocessor,) and more intelligent (responding to fingers, voice and eye-tracking), is in a good position to smash that figure.


Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III - Full phone specifications

The Samsung Galaxy S3 features a big and bright 4.8-inch SAMOLED HD display running at a native resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Unfortunately, the lack of a “Plus” in the display tech means that the S3 uses the PenTile arrangement, where the subpixels are shared between adjacent pixels
Samsung Galaxy S3 (i9300) Technical Specifications

Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300
TypeSlate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Operating SystemAndroid OS 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Display4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
ProcessorQuad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Mali-400MP GPU Exynos 4212 Quad chipset
Camera8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 1.9 MegaPixels front camera
Video CaptureFull HD 1080p 30 frames per second, 720p 30 frames per second front-facing camera
PortsmicroUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB On-The-Go, 3.5 mm audio jack
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, (4G LTE Version will follow in select regions)
Network2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE (select territories)
Internal Storage16/32/64 GB options, expandable via microSD, supports up to 64GB
SensorsAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro, Proximity, Barometer

Price CategoryHigh-End (2012 Flagship)
Dimensions136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
Weight133 grams
Available ColorsMarble White, Pebble Blue
BatteryLi-Ion 2100 mAh
Value-Added FeaturesFlagship Release, Quad Core Processor, SNS integration, Google Services Suite, 50GB of Dropbox Storage, Gorilla Glass touchscreen, New Imaging Features and Refreshed User Interface
PriceEstimated Price Php 30,000 - Php 33,000


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