Posts Tagged ‘Samsung Galaxy S3’
A recent study reveals that the resale value of the iPhone is higher than Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
According to AppleInsider, “The inaugural report shared with AppleInsider compared U.S. eBay auction prices for the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II , a method that looks to determine the current consumer climate for Apple’s handset.
“According to analyst Gene Munster, the index is “a pulse on what consumers are willing to pay for unsubsidized phones in the US.”
Munster wrote, “The key takeaway from 8 weeks of data is that the iPhone is holding slightly more of its value compared to the top two Galaxy phones.”
AppleInsider adds, “Despite being 46 percent more expensive than the Galaxy S III, Apple’s latest iPhone 5 shed 11.2 percent of its value compared to 13.7 percent for the Samsung smartphone.
“Interestingly, the highest performing handset in the focused study was the iPhone 4S, which managed to lose only 7 percent of its value over the two month period. Coming in second was the iPhone 4, which lost 8.8 percent, followed by the iPhone 5. Median iPhone 4S pricing wen from $349 in March to $312 in May, while the iPhone 5 fell to $465 from $535 over the same period.
“Samsung’s Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II were the biggest losers, dropping 13.7 percent and 15 percent, respectively. Median pricing for the S III fell to $320 from $360 over the eight weeks, and the Note II moved from $550 ro $444.”
Munster adds, “We believe that the iPhone aftermarket price should continue to decrease as we approach an iPhone 5S launch which we expect at the end of the month of September.”
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Sony does admit that it has failed to go up against the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, it does promise that the successor of the Sony XPERIA T will give the next flagships a run for their money.
Dennis van Schie, a Sony exec, said, “We will create in the near future a flagship Sony model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S3.”
In an interview with the Financial Times in Germany, Schie also confirmed that Sony would be making handsets running Windows Phone 8. In the past, the Japanese company focused on only Android devices. If Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 proves to be a success, Schie says, “If it succeeds, we won’t be caught off-guard.”
Sony has made decent smartphones such as the XPERIA S and the XPERIA T. However, none of its smartphones have succeeded in challenging the two most popular flagships in the market, the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. This is all about to change once they unveil their new flagship at CES in January of next year.
Sony has also revealed that it is planning to launch new Android tablets. However, it did say that “it has become very difficult to earn money with tablets”. It has made Android tablets in the past, but failed to be popular devices among buyers. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of Apple’s iPad. Furthermore, Google’s Nexus 7 has been selling like hotcakes due to its dirt-cheap price tag. It has also launched a 10-inch tablet, the Google Nexus 10, which was sold out the moment it went live on Google Play.
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If you own a SIM-free (unlocked) version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, we have good news for you. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update, which is the latest version of Android, has just rolled out S3s that are not locked to any network.
If planning to download the update, beware. The file is a sizable 284.36MB. So if the update is available via OTA (over-the-air) update, make sure you’re not downloading the update via 3G if you’re not on an unlimited data plan. Furthermore, make sure your batteries are fully charged. You don’t want your S3 suddenly dying on you during the update process. If the OTA Jelly Bean update still isn’t available for your phone, you don’t need to wait. All you have to do is plug your phone into your computer and download the update via Kies software.
The update was first rolled out to S3 on three phone networks. The first network operator to roll out the update to their S3 customers is Three, which was last week. O2 and Vodafone both rolled out the update to their S3 owners on Monday. The update is yet to roll out to S3s with Orange and T-Mobile.
We’re not sure why Samsung rolls out updates first to handsets locked to networks. Ordinarily, SIM-free handsets get updates first, since they are free from bloatware.
If you’re looking to download the Jelly Bean update for your S3 via OTA update, hit ‘Settings’ and then hit ‘About Device.’ This will allow you to see if the update is available. Once you see a notification telling you that an update is available, you can go ahead and go through the update process.
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