Samsung and Sony launch the Galaxy S3 and Xperia Ion, while Research in Motion continues to struggle.
Game of Phones is our weekly podcast that takes a look at the biggest releases, news and rumors in the world of smartphones.
Transcript: Hello, everybody. Welcome to episode one of the Mobiledia Podcast Game of Phones, where each week we'll be taking a look at the latest releases, news, and rumors in the world of smartphones. We start this week right off the bat with a big one, the Samsung Galaxy S3, available at AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile for $200 with a two-year contract.
It's the highly anticipated follow-up to the Galaxy S2, and it's bigger in just about every single way. It features a 4.8-inch super AMOLED display, runs on a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor with 2-gigabytes of RAM, easily making it one of the most powerful devices on the market today. It has an 8 megapixel camera and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
One of the only issues I see customers having with the S3 is its size. It is noticeably larger than its predecessor, the Galaxy S2, but it's just 0.34 inches thick, making it fairly easy to slip it in and out of your pocket or your purse. So if you can get past the awkwardness of holding a device that's so large to your head to make phone calls, you'll be rewarded with rich experiences in gaming, video and taking and viewing pictures.
Next up is the Sony Xperia Ion from AT&T for $100 with a two-year contract, a big device for Sony as they look to distance themselves from Ericsson and branch out on their own in the smartphone business. It features a 4.6-inch 720p display. It's nearly a half-inch thick, runs on a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor with 1-gigbytes of RAM, has a 12-megapixel camera -- and possibly this device's biggest downfall -- runs on Android 2.3.7.
The Ion has some nice features for its price point. But for just $100 more, the Galaxy S3 is a far superior device. Even where it looks like the Ion has the Galaxy S3 beat in the camera area, tests show that the S3 actually takes better photos with its 8-megapixel lens than the Ion does with its 12-megapixel one. So, sorry Sony. Better luck next time.
Let's move now into some of the biggest news in the wireless industry. Right now, it's all about Research in Motion and its BlackBerry platform. Yes, sadly that effect is all too appropriate right now for Research in Motion, as the company announces terrible numbers for its first quarter. It's laying off 30 percent of its employees, and the BlackBerry 10 -- the platform it's been banking on to be its saving grace -- is going to be delayed until 2013.
Right now, the company is looking to cut costs any way it can without any real revenue coming in, as it limps toward that BlackBerry 10 finish line. At this point, it's unclear if it'll even have the marketing dollars or the resources necessary to help get that platform off the ground when it does make it to the market. Early looks show the platform does have some promise, but it might be too little, too late.
Let's close the show with some rumors. Yes, many rumors can be silly, but maybe not this one. The official product page for the Motorola Atrix HD was inexplicably leaked on the company's official website this week. Before it was quickly taken down, people were able to get a good look at the possible specs. It features a 4.5-inch display, an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor. Judging from the branding on the picture of the device, it looks like it'll be headed to AT&T sometime this year.
That does it for this week's episode of Game of Phones. Let us know what you think. Is Research in Motion dead in the water with BlackBerry 10? Are you picking up a new phone this week? Is it going to be the Galaxy S3? Or maybe you want to hold out and wait for the Motorola Atrix HD. Have a great day everybody.