Hey,what's up DF's people? Time for another article for the Nexus section!
As you all already probably know, the Galaxy SIII was announced just two days ago. However, with all the anticipation that came with the device before it was even announced, a lot of people seem to have been really let down by the device. Probably because the rumored specs were not all factual after we figured they were pretty much set in stone due to all the "leaks" that came out. The specs themselves are actually really good. It's a top-tier phone without a doubt, but I think we were all expecting a little more. But the thing a lot of people really do not like is the design of the phone itself.
There were rumors of ceramic backing/coating on the device and I believe a lot of people thought it would look just about as nice as the HTC One X if not better. However, we are "stuck" with a glossy, plastic backing. Not only is that not what we were expecting but the phone itself is just different than most handsets all together. Minor changes, but enough that definitely makes it stand out - and not in a good way evidently.
The reason? Well, my favorite reviewer on YouTube (marquesbrownlee) has put up a video on why he believes these changes were made, and that reason is Apple.
Take a look:
For those not watching the video, you may already know that Apple sued Samsung for the Samsung Galaxy S for these following reasons that the Galaxy held too similar to the iPhone:
• A rectangular product shape with all four corners uniformly rounded;
• the front surface of the product dominated by a screen surface with black borders;
• as to the iPhone and iPod touch products, substantial black borders above and below the screen having roughly equal width and narrower black borders on either side of the screen having roughly equal width;
• a display of a grid of colorful square icons with uniformly rounded corners; and
• a bottom row of square icons (the "Springboard") set off from the other icons and that do not change as the other pages of the user interface are viewed.
This is assumed to be the reason why there was quite a few ergonomically changes to the SGIII hardware design and even UI. The video goes a bit more in-depth in terms of specific changes, so check it out.
Now this isn't surprising. Samsung really needs to differentiate themselves to avoid another further lawsuits with Apple so I really do love the fact that their taking steps to stay away from all things like that. However, I do definitely think they could have done better. The One X looks absolutely nothing like the iPhone 4S and managed to be very unique and very beautiful design wise. The same can be said for the Nokia N9, 800, and 900. I even almost like UI Design of HTC Sense over this new, "cartoon-ish", looking TouchWiz "Inspired by Nature" redesign.
Generally speaking I’m all for anything non-Apple. However, sometimes I get a terrible feeling when a large company is fighting with Apple for cell phone supremacy.
It seems to be somewhat general consensus that builds quality has gone down since the days of early Android. The G1 was no prize in terms of speed and the like, but my brother still has his and it does, in fact work. The DROID was no exception; it was built like a brick stinkhouse. The recent phone, which includes the recent iterations of the GALAXY line, has been mostly plastic. Now, don’t get me wrong, plastic is fine, as I’m sure my DROID 3 has plastic all over it. But, it doesn’t feel like plastic. The phone has a good weight to it. Now before you get all crazy on me, I’ve held the Nexus. I know it has a good feel, but there is something about it that says “wow, I think if I held each edge of this in my hand, I could snap it in half.”
I put my phone in my cargo pants front pocket. When I am working, I generally am on the floor of somewhere or kneeling at a baseboard. There is nary a time, I say, “geez I hope I don’t break my phone” because, my DROID used to be in that same pocket, and I know with all that stress, it didn’t break either. I don’t get the same feeling about the Samsung line of phones.
Sure, I’m an exception. I’m a blue collar worker, and maybe Motorola is the last bastion of phone providers that understand that. But I just feel like the newer phone are toys, not devices of utility.
Samsung is going in the right step and I think we can all agree on that. However, they need to put more into it. This looks so much like the original Galaxy S. The Nokia Lumia 900 and the One X both show we do have the necessary materials to go further with phone design. It’s sad that most phones these days still do not come close to making a popular design similar to the iPhone 4/S.
Thanks for reading/watching and be sure to comment with your opinion on whether or not you think design matters or not.