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The Galaxy S III Is Trying So Hard It Catches Fire

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The new Samsung Galaxy S III is a great phone that's just trying too hard. So hard, in fact, that it's bursting into flames under the pressure.

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Engadget is reporting a case of the phone catching fire while being used in an in-car holster. Apparently the device sparked into white flames, before making a loud bang. What's left is a pretty substantial burn and a reasonable amount of molten plastic. Fortunately, nobody was injured. Samsung has since announced:

"Samsung is aware of this issue and will begin investigating as soon as we receive the specific product in question. Once the investigation is complete, we will be able to provide further details on the situation. We are committed to providing our customers with the safest products possible and are looking at this seriously."

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It's not the first phone to catch fire—but that's not really the point. Sort it out, Sammy. [Engadget]

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It's been, what... 12 years? 13 years?- and I'm still pissed at Samsung. When I first entered the cell phone market I was looking to upgrade my brick of a piece of shit Airtouch Cellular phone and I saw this really cool Sammy that had texting and was compact and had a cool sliding antenna, all for the low low price of about $350. It was awesome for about four months until I noticed that the battery was starting to take forever to charge and wasn't holding a charge very long at all. Called my cell phone company (now Verizon) and they said to go to the manufacture; called the Samsung and they told me that 1) they stopped making that phone and 2) they stopped making that battery and 3) no they couldn't do the right thing and replace my phone. So- two months later- I had an unusable phone and got pounded in the ass when I had to replace it. I swore then and there that I'd eat my own feces before buying another Samsung phone. Since then- car fires notwithstanding- I'm sure that their quality control has improved and the difference between the phones of yesteryear and today are stark- but I'm holding firm on my promise not to darken their door ever again. I feel great empathy for anyone screwed or injured but am just glad it's not me again.