Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 set the mobile world alight when it first made its appearance in the earlier part of 2012. With it’s incredible hard spec and the massive fanfare that was created when it launched, I was looking forward to doing a review of Samsung’s flagship phone.

Back Cover Is A Little Cheap

With it’s nicely rounded chassis and the 8.6 mm thickness, it makes a really great impression out of the box. It weighs just 133g and feels quite robust and comfortable in your hand. The only criticism is the back cover which is made out of plastic feels really flimsy and can’t help that think Samsung and either cut the cost here or have tried to trim back on the weight by making the back cover so light and flimsy.

Beautiful Screen

With the main critcism out of the way, what really dominates this phone is the 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) display which is simply beautiful. In fact, I’d go a little bit further to say it looks stunning. The sharpness and contrast is one of the best I’ve seen on a modern smart phone and it somewhere I can see Samsung has made improvements from the S2.

Struggled In Direct Sunlight

The guerilla glass did really well when standing up to a lot of use, however, did struggle a little bit in direct sunlight. To power that display, Samsung has produced a massive 2,100 mAh battery under the hood. Now, even though that’s considerably larger than other smart phones in the marketplace, the performance over the many days of testing could be seen as above average.

With its 1.4ghz quad core processor and 1g of ram, the Samsung Galaxy S3 can easily handle the complexities of the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. With the new Touchwiz UI, it actually looks really good too!

The user experience is highly customizable, in fact more so than it’s older siblings. One of the best examples of this is with the lock screen options where swipes and gestures are all available in the lock options.

Voice Recognition

With regards to voice recognition, Samsung have developed their own piece of software away from ice cream sandwich called S-voice which allows you to control most of your menu options, but takes a little getting used to. When I tested it, it didn’t actually work a lot of the times and would suggest that manufacturers have a little way to go before they perfect this.

Camera and Video

The camera is really impressive with:

Sub (Front): 1.9 Mega pixel camera, HD recording
@30fps with Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

and

Main(Rear): 8 Mega pixel Auto Focus camera with
Flash & Zero Shutter Lag, BSI

You could say that my favourite feature was the lightening fast burst mode. Not only does the phone take stunning pictures, but it also captures 1080 video with a spec: VC-1, VP8, WMV7/8, Sorenson Spark Recording &  Playback. Very impressive.

Web browsing on the S3 was an absolute delight and I can’t remember a better experience on any other phone I’ve tested recently. With the hardware spec that comes with this phone, means that all of your apps and the browsing experience is smooth and with little delay. Whether you’re connected to WIFI or 3G, you can rest assured that the experience is the same and without problems.

The usual NFC and Android Beam options are available on the S3 with the added S Beam connected to your WIFI for a superfast connection.

Pop Up Play

samsung_pop_up_playerPop Up Play offers a new feature to playback. This allows you to multitask between apps whilst playing a movie clip or video. At the moment, this is probably more of a novelty, than a useful feature (that’s coming from a man though).
I don’t know, I found the image really too small and probably wouldn’t watch the pop up display if I was doing something else on the phone. However. you might find the feature useful and I’m sure Samsung have doe their research in regards to what people want from their user experience.

Verdict:

Probably my favourite handset on the market at the moment. Not only does this Samsung Galaxy S3 come packed to the hilt with features, it also has the power to back them up!
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