You know that thing where you look forward to something so much, you get really excited, you count the sleeps until the day? And then the day comes and you get an essence of "meh"? That.
OK, so I’m going to make myself sound like a bit of a saddo here but that’s what I felt like with the Samsung Galaxy S III which launched just over a week ago.
Here’s where I’m coming from – I was a proud Galaxy S II owner. I am very hard to please and change my gadgets every few months. The fact that I had my Galaxy S II for almost six was a real testament to its longevity. Indeed, I only replaced it with an old iPhone 4S because I sold it in anticipation of how great the new Galaxy S III was going to be.
So, come launch day, I was one of those at the Samsung store in Stratford. I queued up and volunteered two hours of my life I’ll never get back, though the free champagne, canapés and entertainment did go some way to mitigating this. And I excitedly got home, tearing open the bag to reveal my new precious.
Which is where it started to go wrong. For me, it was just one thing that managed to ruin my love of the S3 and in managed to do it over the course of a single day. A small thing, but a biggie. If you’re a Mac owner – and using the Galaxy S III as your PMP is your goal, prepare for disappointment.
Google has changed the way storage is handled in Android 4.0 ICS. It's become a fan of the MTP protocol (which, we're told, is for good reason). Unfortunately, MTP and Mac OS X are not friends. The only invites to that party outside the Apple circle of trust are given to Windows users.
What does this mean? Well, in essence, mass storage mode has been removed. Mac users have to download a plugin, which is buggy at best and creates a kind of alternative mass storage mode that no longer plays with dedicated syncing apps like iSyncr or DoubleTwist.
So, I spent three days of the long weekend sitting in front of a computer and wasting my life on trying to find a solution that, quite frankly, doesn’t exist. From XDA to Android Forums and beyond, I begged, pleaded for help. But nobody knew the answer.
In fact, the most elegant solution ended up being dragging and dropping using the faux storage mode mentioned above. And even then, only 3500 of 7000 songs (DRM free) would go.
iSyncr was a brilliant piece of software that sync playslists and playcounts and one that played so harmoniously with the SII on Gingerbread. But using it on an SIII is like pulling teeth. Painfully.
To be fair, all the technical help peeps I spoke to were great, with the developer contacting me personally trying to sort it out, but also admitting that he has spent months working on an MTP version which Google and Samsung seem to have ruined and now he is having to code like crazy to keep his loyal fanbase loyal.
And here’s where this early adopter has to eat humble pie and swallow the fact that being one of the first to get the latest piece of tech was not necessarily a great thing to happen this time. Those friends who had to endure me waving my new Galaxy S III in their faces and telling them that their iPhones were rubbish are having the last laugh now. My S3 is now winging its way to a new owner who won’t be troubled by such things.
And therein, for me, lies the lesson. Don’t get too excited, because technology can let you down in one fell swoop.
Yes, this was a personal experience and many others will feel differently - after all, many users will never face this problem as I have, and looking at the reviews it seems the Galaxy S III has otherwise been well received. But for now, my latest mobile love affair has lasted about as long as a Kardashian marriage. And I can’t hide the disappointment.