Through nearly six years of blogging about mobile phones, I’ve owned quite a few. Some were personal phones, others were tested and used for these websites. While the mobile market has changed drastically in that time span, one aspect has remained constant. In fact, it remains constant precisely because of the industry’s rapid change:
The next model is always better.
I got the BlackBerry 8830, knowing it would trump my old 8700, but a few months later Verizon released the Curve 8330, which was exactly what I’d wanted. (The 8830 didn’t even have a standard headphone jack, if you’ll believe it.) Later on I got the Google Nexus One, which at the time was hands down the best handset I’d ever owned — even better when rooted. But the Nexus S came and smacked that down.
My current personal phone is the Samsung Galaxy S III. Like the Nexus One, it is the best phone I’ve ever owned. I’ve tried many of the models that tried for the same effect, including the Galaxy Note II. None of them are quite as perfect as the S III. But that will change soon enough.
Rumors are flying heavy about the Samsung Galaxy S IV, which we could see as soon as May. It will almost certainly rule the smartphone world shortly after launch — and I will again be trumped by a new phone. But this time I won’t care. Why? Because the Galaxy S III is just that good. And I haven’t even rooted it yet.
We’re already starting to see the wheels set in motion for the S IV release. Best Buy has the Samsung Galaxy S III on sale for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and it’s lower than I’ve seen it anywhere else: $150 with a two-year contract. That covers multiple colors for each carrier, so you can get it looking just how you like.
Yes, you’ll be buying in just before the new model hits. But will it really matter. The Samsung Galaxy S III took Android to new heights. A new, fancier model might become available soon, but this one is going to remain a premium handset for years to come.