There's no doubting the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a tour de force of the latest cutting edge mobile phone technology, as proven by the fact it has sold faster than hotcakes on the coldest day in January, or wettest day in July for that matter. But, for some of us, it didn't quite tick every box. We're going to look ahead at what we'd like to see from its follow up, which we can only suppose will be called the Samsung Galaxy S4.
The Galaxy S3 is a fairly elegant-looking phone from the front but its boring glossy plastic back certainly didn't set our hearts racing. For the S4 we'd like to see a more ambitious design using exotic and premium materials. Nevermind that the S3 is super light and thin - a few extra grams due to a metal backplate wouldn't bother us. It doesn't have to be metal either - just something with a bit more pizazz.
More than the look, though, what really bothered us about the S3 was its size. We know some people are all for phones getting bigger and bigger but we're not among them. Although Samsung made an effort to get around the S3 having a whacking great 4.8in screen, it remains to our minds a cumbersome handset that's difficult to use one handed - the amount of times we've dropped the S3 while holding a pint, and no it's not just because of the preceding five pints.
We'd like to see a move to a slightly smaller screen that retains the same resolution. The 4.3in of the Galaxy S2 was manageable but frankly we'd be even happier for it to drop to 4in. Yes, essentially we're saying we think Apple is on the right track (according to rumours) by only bumping up the screen size slightly for its upcoming iPhone 5, from 3.5in on the iPhone 4S to 4in.
Okay, maybe a considerably smaller Galaxy S4 is unlikely. So if we can't have a big ol' flagship S4 that's smaller than the S3, how about a Galaxy S4 Mini that doesn't miss out on any of the goodies? Mini versions of phones tend to drop features and aim for a budget price but we want to see an S4 that can kick it with the big guns but not require double joints to get a grip on.
We'd also like to see Samsung go to town on the camera of the Galaxy S4. The S3 only matched camera tech that had been available for several months, rather then move things forward. What we'd like is a proper shutter button to make it easier to take snaps at awkward angles, and shoot self portraits in particular. And, having now seen the magnificence that is the Nokia 808 Pureview's 41MP camera, we'd also really like to see a big bump in camera performance - optical zoom, Xenon flash, we want it all.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery is among the largest in its class and the stamina to match. But, there's still room for improvement. Add a couple of millimetres to the phone's overall thickness and squeeze in an even bigger battery and we're well on our way to smartphone nirvana.
The Samsung Galaxy Note caught us all by surprise. Next to no-one thought a 5.3in phone with a stylus would work in this day and age but it has proved hugely popular, and we can see why. There is still something about having a fine-nibbed pointing device that's sensitive to pressure that makes doodling, gaming and plenty of other tasks much more enjoyable. The stylus of the Note wasn't the best in the world but it was better than the dumb capacitive touchscreen models that are the alternative. Heck, we'd not even mind if it couldn't fit in the body of the phone.
Finally, and we know this is a bit of a curveball, we'd like to see the Samsung Galaxy S4 go a bit rugged. Panasonic proved that you can create an ostensibly normal-looking mobile that's fully waterproof, and if Samsung can up the ante by making the S4 a but tough too, we'd be happier than Andy Murray... oh wait, he didn't win did he.
What would you like to see from the Samsung Galaxy S4? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.