Back in May of this year, a die-hard Samsung fan named Shane took to Facebook to try and score a free Galaxy S III with a custom piece of art (read: a drawing of a dragon). While Samsung was pleased with the gesture, they politely declined his request for a free phone, instead offering a drawn picture of a kangaroo riding a unicycle. No, I'm not making this up.


Given its awesomeness, the above image quickly went viral. As a result, Sammy and friends got a lot of attention that day.

Fast forward to today, and Samsung has now given Shane a one-of-a-kind Galaxy S III donning a custom back. Can you guess what it's customized with?


Shane's Dragon image! They even took the time to customize the box:


Given the amount of negative press that Samsung has gotten over the past several days, it's nice to see something this awesome come out of their camp. That's what I call real customer appreciation.

Good job, Samsung. You didn't only make Shane's day, but ours as well.

[Gotta Be Mobile]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Kenny O

    Great Story.....Shout out to Samsung for doing the right thing.

  • Duncan McAfee

    I'm not sure if I'd call that the "right" thing... but that is AWESOME!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000441218947 D.j. Hawkins

    Thats really cool of them to do

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678937465 Michael Quinn

    that is fkn awesome

  • CA719

    It's glorious... I want it.

  • Cheeseball

    Now all they gotta do is make another one-of-a-kind GS3 with the kangaroo on a unicycle. I'll definitely buy it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.fronda Fronda Lishous

    Not gonna lie - that's AWESOME! :-)

    • Gary

      Thanks for not lying.

  • butlerpcnet

    awesome! note: article says Galaxy S II but I think this is a Galaxy S III

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Indeed it is a GSIII. Fixed. ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/Permah Shane Bennett

        Thanks for doing the article on me!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          No problem. Thanks for drawing an awesome dragon for Samsung. Otherwise, none of this would've happened. ;)

          • Guest

            Thanks Shane for making my day!

  • Nicholas Loomans

    I wonder how many they'd sell if they had a custom backing service; just ad a premium to it.

    • manlisten

      Worked great for the Zune!

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      That is a fabulous idea. It would make Apple's engraving service look lame.

      Dell also had some thing where you could choose from different styled laptop casings.

  • Alm0s

    "Given the amount of negative press that Samsung has gotten over the past several days"

    All I see is mostly Apple-bashing, not counting sites like "The Verge", or "PC Magazine" (the obvious Apple fanboys). I've found that those who are not hardcore Apple fans are almost always more sympathetic towards Samsung.

    • tylerbrainerd

      It's funny how when peoples opinions are different then yours, you call it fanboy-ism.

      • Alm0s

        I call it fanboyism because no one in their right mind would think that patenting round cornered squares and scrolling is a normal and acceptable thing.

        • rockstar323

          I agree, getting a patent for a rounded rectangle is ridiculous. I do however think Samsung tried to blatently copy Apple but only with the Galaxy S (i9000). They should be penalized for that phone and not the others. I know this won't be a popular opinion on an Android blog but putting this all on Apple and pretending like Samsung is a victim is no diffrent than the Apple fanboyism that so many people criticize. Samsung f**ked up, they know they f**ked up, own up to it pay some money and get on with making products.

          For the record I've been a huge fan of Android since I rooted my OG Droid and I currently have a Nexus. Just felt like throwing in my $.02.

          • DCMAKER

            I understand where you come from but making a similar phone does not warranty a lawsuit or punishment....i sure dont see them selling a phone that is a 100% clone and called an iphone.

          • DCMAKER

            when that happens i 100% agree with a lawsuit

          • rockstar323

            I agree, but what I was getting at is it looks like Samsung intentionally tried to make the i9000 look like the iPhone with the hardware and TouchWiz. I'm not saying they have to do something besides a rounded rectangle but don't TRY to make it look like an iPhone 3G. With the same shape, chrome band around the screen, offered in black and white, camera in roughly the same spot, the large home key in the bottom middle, and TouchWiz's similarities it's hard to believe it just accidentally looks like an iPhone. None of the other Galaxy S variants look like an iPhone, even the Vibrant on TMobile that is close to the i9000 did away with the large home button and similar color scheme.

          • Alm0s

            I actually have an I9000, and yes, it does look exactly like an old iPhone. If the court said that Samsung should be penalized for this and nothing else, I would say that the patent system is working as it should be. But that's not what's happening here. The SGS2 looks nothing like an iPhone (or as much as a Honda looks like a Ford), and don't get me started on the patent infringement of "single finger scrolling" and "pinch to zoom". Not only these are so trivial that they shouldn't be allowed to be patented, Apple was clearly not the first one to use them. The system is seriously flawed.

          • rockstar323

            I agree completely the patent system is a joke.

        • tylerbrainerd

          Yeah, and I find that to be a blind and one sided view of their opinion, merely for a matter of disagreement.

      • reverend_house

        The Verge has especially adopted a completely uncritical tone of the court case when many mainstream news publications are questioning this decision.

        • DCMAKER


      • carbonated_turtle

        No, you obviously don't understand what a fanboy is. There are no logical reasons to support a company like Apple, or but their products, yet some people still blindly do it. Those people who love the smell of Steve Jobs' rotting asshole, and have never taken 2 seconds to research Android, are fanboys.

        • tylerbrainerd

          Hey, why don't you yell at me til I agree with you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/lesf72 Les Fowler

    This is awesomeness! This proves that this company cares about their customers! This Is why I been a Samsung fan for awhile! I have 3 Sasung tv's and samsung GS3 and my draughter has a Samsung intensity II messaging phone and I have the front loading washer and dryer by Samsung aswell! More products to come soon one of Samsung's refrigerator!

    • aLdZ Tapeceria

      they gave the customer a phone coz of the publicity he caused (as a 'thank you' of course). So maybe it's safe to say the company cares bout the publicity?

      • http://www.facebook.com/lesf72 Les Fowler

        There are multiple ways to look at this. This could be because of publicity and it can be to reward loyalty it also could be the compan cares for their customers. One thing for sure is Samsung does make a quality product hands down! which brings loyalty because the product is good.

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    Having come from iOS to Android, it's always great to see stories like this. That's why in my humble opinion, Samsung/android makers > iOS

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Apple do lack that caring attitude, good to know you came from the dark side to the brighter side like I did.

      Cynically though I think Samsung really need some positive publicity after the court battles, they must get a lot of hate from the iSheep.

  • bossmonkey

    Have not been a Samsung fan for awhile, but this is pretty neat for them to do. The dragon is pretty damn cool too.

  • http://twitter.com/blackout3333 Sal Marchese

    Congrats Shane!!!!!!!

  • Blaine Magee

    Awesome story is AWESOME!

  • troydoran

    samsung i must say that is an awesome gesture to fans of your products. it can only help... Keep up the support to your fans dont shy us away... i would rock that for sure.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    This is the greatest thing ever. I love it when companies actually treat their customers like people every now and then, instead of just doormats. It almost makes me forgive them for the atrocity that is Nature UX.

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      Nature UX? Nothing that a Custom ROM and a 3rd party launcher can't fix :-)

      • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

        Yeah, that's true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719314646 Curtis Bigelow

    I agree this is about as epic as it gets. Way to go samsung

  • grievousangel

    How long will it be before Apple patents the custom dragon back design and subsequently sue Samsung?

    • Keith Myers

      Well, the Dragon does have a few rounded corners, so I am sure they are already filing the patent.

    • Alex Luckett

      This circlejerk is really becoming tiresome.

  • Risk

    100% EPIC. This is why I like Samsung.

  • twin

    Awesome I want one!

  • GazaIan

    That's fucking epic, in addition to the epicness that already came from Samsung's kangaroo.

  • GazaIan

    Okay, all my hate from Samsung that I got from owning a Galaxy Tab is gone, I fucking love Samsung for this.

  • Bby Twitty

    I bet Samsung is now scrambling to draw some crap cartoons to send it to Apple and beg for the $1.05 Billion compensation to be pardoned.

  • http://www.huntingcows.com Ian Armstrong

    I'm sorry, Apple has patented awesome. Please pay $30 per dragon reference.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Joecascio2000 Joseph Cascio

    I love this story. It makes me want to hug a Samsung employee. But to the employee who did the awesome reply, he or she deserves a kangaroo on a unicycle GSIII phone. I believe they both played an equal part in making this story viral. I'm sure Sammy rewarded them though.

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  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    It's still early, but this is the greatest thing I've seen today.

    "Designed for humans, inspired by Shane"

  • UniBroW

    between this and their phones not coming locked down I am starting to become a rabid Samsung fanboi

    • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

      Welcome to the club, bro :-)

      Although I'm still somewhat disappointed that they won't upgrade my phone (Galaxy W) to ICS/GB, I am somewhat satisfied that all their 'International' versions are wide open (relatively speaking). Heck, they even open-sourced their latest ones!

      Strange, they seems to be the only big Android phonemaker that actually 'gets' what Android is about...

  • Kellic

    God damn it I want a Galaxy S3 RAWR edition!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    This reminds me of the Australian dude who was in debt and drew a picture of a spider (which had 7 legs!). http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=665847

    Still I want to say well done Shane!

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  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    I'm not impressed

  • http://mobilepricesnews.com/ Mobile

    Galaxy S4 is the best device, Apple is great device but there is iOS 've most bug and lacks it may be unique one device of Apple by iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 level.