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The speculation hadn't dreamed that Samsung Galaxy S3 would go high on innovation, even, with such a whole load of new features. But the size is the first thing you'll notice. This new breed of device that is somewhere between a tablet and a phone has tremendous description.
The Build of Samsung Galaxy S3
Firstly the S3's 4.8in display is, certainly, big. and so slim is the phone from front to back - thus manageable. But, actually, what helps most in terms of comfort is the glossy finish. It is like a flat-worry and smooth stone that can, through your fingers, be rolled seamlessly. A matte finish would not have felt as pleasant.
The glossy coat, for some, though, might look a bit plasticky. But the coat feels reassuringly solid and appealingly shiny. Moreover, contrary to other rivals, the S3's look is pleasingly noncreaky, and it doesn't matter how you hold it.
Some time, a new phone, might be, just, a mild upgrade over its previous model - but the S3 is way ahead of the S2. And while it may not be quite slim (8.6mm), it, at least, lacks the bulge of the earlier phone.
And it is, still, thinner than many other smart phones. In terms of other vital stats, it's 136.6mm long, 70.6mm across and 133g heavy.
The Sleek Display
While video playback on a mobile has, always, been a questionable priority, the S3's 4.8in, high-resolution Super AMOLED screen has made this (video playback) a possibility. Especially so, with contrasty blacks and vivid colors.
The screen resolution is similar to the HTC One X. And while the pixels per inch may not be as high on S3's, slightly, bigger screen, both displays look exciting and lush, with the S3 winning in terms of rich, bright colors.
Samsung Galaxy S3 - Ice Cream Sandwich
The S3 utilizes the ultra latest version of Android, 4.0.3 - Ice Crean sandwich. And since this version has, such, a cleaner look than before, it is, certainly, the best version operating system of Google.
The system lets you, like on the Galaxy Nexus, put onscreen buttons as virtual icons. And besides the physical home button - an elongated strip that is in the phone's face center at the bottom, on either side are 2 virtual capacitative buttons. Back and Menu options have been favoured by Samsung.
Contrary to previous iterations, this entire new interface, has been reengineered throughout. And among the nifty features is the face unlock which links you to a previously taken photo in order to launch the phone from idle.
And while ICS has brought Recent Apps, the S3 has, again, de-emphasized it. Samsung always adds its own refinements, for instance, the capability to take a screen shot by wiping your hand across the screen. You may, however, long-press the home button in case you need to bring up the Recent Apps screen.
Features of Samsung Galaxy S3
The features of this classy phone, truly, stand out. Firstly there's S Voice, and it's a voice recognition service - after Siri's heart - designed by Vlingo.
While the S Voice may be competent, it lacks Siri's whimsy, so you are best sticking to commands that are straight forward. Like Siri, however, S Voice isn't, invariably, accurate. It's server driven too. Which is why it won't work, at all, minus a decent data connection. But even so, it is wicked fun plus there's something, slightly, magical about it.
The Smart Stay feature utilizes the front-facing camera to, periodically, check if it can recognize a pair of eyes looking at it; but if not, it switches the screen off to save power.
Next in line is Smart Call. By raising the phone to your ear from your contact details screen, this feature will dial a contact's number for you.
And, perhaps, the most gimmicky of all is the Social Tag. This feature will match faces in photographs with your contacts' profile photos, by use of facial recognition. If the profile photo isn't of a witty poster or a dog, the phone will show the contact's latest status update. Which is why it'll be easy to call or, even, message them.
Samsung is, certainly, not far short of the mark. There is the contactless technology, NFC, that has, yet, to find widespread use. But, to transfer contacts between Android handsets that are compatible, the NFC is, quite, handy.
And this step has been taken further to include S Beam, a feature that adds WiFi Direct to the connection of wireless transfer so as to enable quick beaming of video files between S3's.
Did I mention Smart Alert? It alerts you about messages or missed calls by, gently, whistling or vibrating a merry tune.
S3's Game Hub has a selection of recommended titles. And while some may be free, the premium Apps are paid for. But prior to coughing out your money, you can, at least, try on some games.
The music hub, which is up to version 3.0 HD, promises to be S3's compete music solution. It has both a neat interface and a whopping catalogue of up to 17 million tracks.
There's the video hub too and, like the Game Hub, it has helpful recommendations - from staff picks to best-selling.
The S3 has the same snapper as the S2's 8 megapixel camera. It's, still, a decent sensor and delivers powerful results. You can, also, capture full HD 1080p videos.
The front camera has a 1.9 megapixel sensor. This captures 720p videos, simultaneously, as taking still pictures.
The battery is removable, and you can, as well, carry a spare. This battery doesn't conk out quickly. It can, thus, go on and on unlike, in the past, when some Android phones used to conk out after lunch.
The best part: Samsung Galaxy S3's Performance
While the onboard quad-core processor isn't, quite, as fast, it is such a power house that never slows down. And it doesn't matter how much demand you place on it.
What's more, the fact that the device has a 2nd microphone, means that there is legitimate call quality and strong, solid signal strength. S3's microSD slot is handy too.
- Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support
- 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
- 4.8" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Android OS v4.0.4 with TouchWiz launcher
- 1.4 GHz quad-core CPU
- 1GB Ram
- 8 MP wide-angle lens autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection
- 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n
- GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
- 32GB internal storage, microSD slot
- Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
- Standard audio jack
- microUSB port with USB host and TV-out
- Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
- FM radio
- Great audio quality
- Super slim at only 8.6mm
- 2MP secondary video-call camera
- Full Flash for the web browser
- NFC support
- Document editor
- File manager comes preinstalled
- Extremely rich video and audio codec support
- Impressively large 2100 mAh battery
- 1 Year CaCell warranty
It's pretty hard for Android lovers to criticize the Samsung Galaxy S3; afterall, the only, other, handset that comes close is the HTC One X - oh it comes pretty close. But the S3 wins for both innovations and features. Certainly, Samsung Galaxy S3 is such a mighty, powerful phone that is both feature-packed and, exceptionally, reliable, go ahead and buy your Samsung Galaxy S III today.
|This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 29 May, 2012.