I was fortunate enough to have some hands-on time with the Galaxy S III earlier today. Here are my first impressions:
Size-wise the S III is very similar to the One X but slightly longer without a camera bulge. The screen is a 4.8Ē Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720. Upon closer inspection the screen has a pentile matrix. Touchwiz has a fairly thick font - itís quite flattering so the pentile matrix isnít as noticeable.
Itís available in 2 colors: metallic White or Blue. Thereís a thick clear coat so it looks metal but feels like plastic. Even the beta unit I was handling was very solid.
Compared to the HTC One X there are 2 extra features: a microSDXC card slot (up to 64GB) and a removable battery. The battery is Ďover 2000 mAhí.
On the software side there are a couple of neat tricks:
The Samsung native video player has picture-in-picture. You can drag and position the video so that you can watch it while youíre doing something else.
Thereís more motion sensing capabilities. You can unlock the screen by pressing the display and moving it towards you. You can also launch the camera from the lock screen by pressing the display and rotating the phone. When youíre viewing a phone number you can make the call by raising it to your ear.
The front-facing camera watches your eyes. If it sees your eyes the screen wonít shut off.
WiFi direct is much easier to use using S-Beam. It uses NFC to setup the transfer and then uses WiFi direct to do the actual transferring.