Samsung tells S3 camera users to upgrade to the S5

A new Samsung advertisement published online appears to be designed to convince users of its ex-flagship device, the Galaxy S3, to upgrade to its much-newer successor, the S5. The S3 is now over two years old and only officially runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the stock firmware.

The advert focuses primarily on the improved camera hardware found on the S5 and emphasizes how the 16MP sensor, up from 8MP on the S3, vastly improves the level of detail in captured photos. It also shows how the S5 handles varying light situations much more efficiently than its younger brother in a bid to grab the attention of S3 users.

Although it is doubtful how many people will actually upgrade to the S5 after watching the video, it's certainly interesting watching manufacturers attempt to get users off their old handsets to upgrade to newer models by speaking negatively of their own products. Just two years ago it was the S3 that Samsung needed everybody to buy. Now, however, it's more than willing to remind people about its shortcomings so they can ditch that device.

The S5 can have a couple of years of fame before its inevitable fate meets it.

Source: Samsung via Phones Review

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Galaxy S3 is still a very popular phone, and if it runs Jelly Bean it can run Kit Kat. Given they specifically dropped the system requirements for it.

yep, but Sammy canned KK for S3 as they can't fit all their crapware in the ROM - plenty of custom KK ROMs for the s3 already..

20legend said,
yep, but Sammy canned KK for S3 as they can't fit all their crapware in the ROM - plenty of custom KK ROMs for the s3 already..

and all of them are buggy crap and mostly unusable for people who actually need to USE the phone.
Samsung will update the international Galaxy S3 version to a newer 4.3 with fixed bugs, so I couldn't care less about not having 4.4.

the CM nightly 4.4.4 rom i'm using is stable and runs great. That being said the Slimkat 4.4.4 rom I was using before that was buggy.

audioman said,

and all of them are buggy crap and mostly unusable for people who actually need to USE the phone.
Samsung will update the international Galaxy S3 version to a newer 4.3 with fixed bugs, so I couldn't care less about not having 4.4.

yeah CM11 nightless for 4.4.4 have been fine, been uses nightlies every 4 days and they have been so darn stable

DKAngel said,

yeah CM11 nightless for 4.4.4 have been fine, been uses nightlies every 4 days and they have been so darn stable


Yeah, right. Just look at the list of acknowledged unfixed bugs. Major stuff not working properly or at all.

audioman said,

Yeah, right. Just look at the list of acknowledged unfixed bugs. Major stuff not working properly or at all.

like what? ive been using it as a general driver for ages now and from what i can tell i havnt found anything that stops me from using my phone at all

DKAngel said,

like what? ive been using it as a general driver for ages now and from what i can tell i havnt found anything that stops me from using my phone at all

Ditto!

There's a cynical angle on this article when its common practise to advertise better features of newer models. Everything's advertised this way (new model has improves x over last years model).

Maybe I read too much into it but the headline sure makes it sound like dodgy business practise when in fact its standard.

They want you to upgrade because of the CAMERA? A phone camera will NEVER beat a high quality Nikon or similar standalone digital cam or DSLR.

How high quality do girls want their selfies to be?

Not many people carry around a DSLR everywhere they go, but they usually take their phone. It's convenient to have a phone that takes decent pics.

Open Minded said,
Not many people carry around a DSLR everywhere they go, but they usually take their phone. It's convenient to have a phone that takes decent pics.

Not many girls know how to take selfies on DSLRs either. :D

Samsung won't tell you that S5 (and S4 for that matter) has much worse sound quality than S3 (the international version, at least). Because apparently people never use their phone as a music player, right?
They also won't tell you that S3's camera takes much smoother videos, while videos from S5 (and S4) look ridiculous in comparison, despite possibly better detail (but not much). They even managed to mess up the motion more than in S4.

Everyone knows people's ridiculously long cellular network service provider contracts are ending and Samsung is trying to milk this as much as possible.

Love my s3 wont be upgrading the camera does a good enough job, i got a good camera for anything serious anyway. Also its not new and expensive enough to worry about repairing myself. Like i changed the front glass on my s3 myself with a hair dryer and a £5 replacement screen lol would never do that on a s5 would feel to risky.

Running a rom also rooted phone soon as i got it (was a hand me down free jobby with a broken screen) smooth as hell never lags.

The article is incorrect as far as the, "...only officially runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the stock firmware" statement. It all depends on the carrier, not Google nor Samsung. I'm with Ting (a Sprint MVNO) and my unrooted, stock S3 is on 4.4.2, via an automatic OTA update. Others of have already noted this in their comments also, on other carriers.

While I'm currently happy with my S3 as is, the hardware spec benefits of a S5 are a trade-off to the increased bloatware that Samsung adds in. If I were to opt for a S5, rooting would be a must in order to clean out the unnecessary cruft.

svim said,
The article is incorrect as far as the, "...only officially runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the stock firmware" statement. It all depends on the carrier, not Google nor Samsung. I'm with Ting (a Sprint MVNO) and my unrooted, stock S3 is on 4.4.2, via an automatic OTA update. Others of have already noted this in their comments also, on other carriers.

While I'm currently happy with my S3 as is, the hardware spec benefits of a S5 are a trade-off to the increased bloatware that Samsung adds in. If I were to opt for a S5, rooting would be a must in order to clean out the unnecessary cruft.

the gt-i9300 is the only one staying on 4.3

The statement applies to the official Samsung updates which include their own Touchwiz(?) afaik Samsungs most recent release is from the 4.3 branch.

I miss my Galaxy S III. It was the only "S" model I ever owned. After I got the Note, I considered the S to be a downgrade in comparison. my wife has had the S4 and now has the S5. I actually like the S5 more than I thought. Even tho Neowin didn't give the S5 a good review, it should have gotten one. The S5 is done very well and is more than just an upgrade over the S4.

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