Samsung sells 20M Galaxy S IIIs, but did you buy one?

Confession is good for the soul, if nothing more than peace of mind. What better place than before the entire Internet? So we invite you to make your Galaxy S III confession. Yeah, your friends have iPhones and perhaps you feel sheepish about being different -- that you won't fit in for wanting something more, or at least something else. There's no longer reason to hide, or to look at your Samsung smartphone and feel guilty. You're not alone. Today the South Korean electronics giant says Galaxy S III sales topped 20 million in the first 100 days.

Sure, 20,000,000 is a heap big many, but not near the number of iPhones sold -- 28.9 million in just the last quarter, according to Gartner. But don't worry. You're in large enough company to stand out, to confess your S3 love. In May, I posted a buying poll, to which 4,959 of you responded; 63 percent say they will buy (or by now have purchased) Galaxy S III.

Perhaps you don't want to say not for feeling different but being the same as your iPhone friends and dirtied for using an imitation; Apple won its copycat case against Samsung, and maybe you don't want your friends looking down on you for it. At worst, Apple actually validates your S3 as being something special, if it's such a magnificent imitation. At best, your Samsung simply is better on its own, which is what I contend.

Long before the verdict, many bloggers, journalists and other writers branded Apple hero and Samsung villain. They prosecuted the electronics company in the court of public opinion. As for the verdict, I explained two days ago why it's a miscarriage of justice, led by a jury foreman who misunderstood one of the most fundamental concepts about patents -- that after the judge provided 100 pages of instructions for his benefit. You needn't feel ashamed. Profess your S3 love.

Somebody loves you: "I would like to express my sincere appreciation to customers who have chosen the Galaxy S III", JK Shin, Samsung mobile chief, says. "We will never stop providing the latest smart mobile technologies to help users live a life extraordinary". And if Samsung really is a copycat, as the US jury says, well you'll see more the "last smart mobile technologies" after Apple reveals them in iPhone 5, presumably next week, and Samsung follows up soon after with the S4.

But don't you have that "smart mobile" tech now. Galaxy S III has LTE, but not iPhone. S3's screen is huge (4.8 inch), iPhone's puny (3.5 inch). Then there's Near Field Communications, expandable storage and more. Among the big benefits:

  • Front camera detects whether the user is looking at the phone and keeps the screen lit. How many times has your display gone dark while reading a website or ebook?
  • The phone can automatically turn on, if recognizing your face.
  • You're in the middle of texting someone and decide to call instead. Lifting the phone to your face places a call to the recipient.
  • Facial recognition identifies friends, tagging their social networking accounts. Right, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Voice commands are available in 8 languages.

See, you should feel good about your Galaxy S III. Don't worry about iPhone idolaters and their obsession in the next big thing. It's already here!

To celebrate the big, bad milestone, Samsung is releasing new colors: Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Gray. Pebble Blue and Marble White already are available.

Now will you confess? As for my confession: I own Galaxy Nexus. What can I say? It's not iPhone 4S.

Photo Credit: Sham Hardy

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