A few days ago, various reports revealed that Samsung’s Pebble Blue Galaxy S3 color may be changed to Metallic Blue, a darker blue than what we would have initially expected. In fact, some U.S. carrier press releases announcing availability dates and prices for the American Galaxy S3 mentioned the same Metallic Blue hue cited by previous reports.

But all the U.S. Galaxy S3 press shots we’ve seen so far showed the device in the same two colors initially announced by Samsung, Pebble Blue and Marble White.

Now, we hear from Sam Mobile that various stores in the Netherlands including The Phone House, Coolblue, and Castle Telecom have received the first batches of blue Galaxy S3 units, and the first units should be shipped to consumers by the end of the week. According to an employee from The Phone House, the blue Galaxy S3 color is “indeed a little bit different from the color presented in London,” but we don’t have any new press pictures from Samsung to show you this new Galaxy S3 version.

Although important for some buyers, color should not be a factor when deciding whether to buy a brand new smarphone, especially the brand new Galaxy S3, which will surely make a serious play to become the best sold Android handset of 2012. Let’s not forget that this isn’t the first time a handset manufacturer had paint issues with a highly anticipated handset, and we’ll probably see similar problems with future devices. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the device in whatever color it’s available initially, in this case Marble (or Ceramic) White.

Does the color of your Galaxy S3 matter for you?