Samsung Galaxy S III Review
To know if Samsung Galaxy S III has matched up to its predecessor (world’s best selling phone) or not, please read the review.
With the release of Samsung Galaxy SIII, Samsung is hoping to strengthen its hold over the market as the major producer of android phones. Although it has a faster processor, bigger screen, and many new software features, but can it really compete with its predecessor S II, which has sold more than 28 million units?
The description of Galaxy S III includes:
- Exynos 1.4GHz quad-core processor
- Android 4operating system
- 1GB RAM, from the 16GB storage memory, with a slot for external memory.
- 6 mm length; 70.6 mm width as well as 8.6mm thickness
- A display of 8 inches coupled with 720 x 1280 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 133g
- Price of $500
The S III faced some difficulties on its launch. The build of the phone feels plasticky and very light in weight as compared to its competitor HTC One X and One S.
- The phone is thin and lightweight, but it feels solid.
- The rounded corners make it very comfortable to hold and use.
- In spite of the lightweight and simple design, the S III doesn’t feel cheap.
- On the downside, there is no styling to speak of.
- The build of Galaxy S III is very comfortable.
- There is a single home button below the screen. There are various dedicated buttons on the sides. One of them is a menu button.
- The power button is about halfway on the right edge, easily reachable by your thumb or forefinger, depending on in which hand you are holding the phone.
- Along the left edge, there are volume control buttons.
- There is a headphone jack on the top and the bottom houses the microUSB port.
- Although a connector is not included in the set, there is also an HDMI-out port.
- There are a micro sim and microSD card slot beneath the back cover.
- The 4.8” display screen is really spectacular to look at, although it is not the best screen (HTC One X holds that title)
- With a 720p resolution and more than 300ppi the display is very sharp, even the smallest text can be seen clearly without the need to zoom in.
- The auto-brightness level is a little dim, but you eventually get used to it.
- Even if you increase the brightness, there is no adverse effect on the performance of the phone.
- It has an outstanding camera which gives amazing stills, it also has great video recording.
- On the downside, it feels weaker in comparison to the par set by HTC as many of the features are absent. You can’t adjust the sharpness and saturation as well as shutter lag is to the point of non-existence.
- Everything is great about SIII, and everything requires a charge. You might expect the battery life to be the falling point, but no with a 2100mAh battery, you can easily pass through a full day’s heavy use. If you are frugal, you might not have to reach for the charger even on the second day.
- The phone also charges pretty quickly.
Performance and Storage
- The Quad-core processor is a monster which devoured every task. Incredibly smooth running without a single lag.
- 16GB of internal storage is the lowest of the three configurations, but you can fulfill any space requirement with a microSD card.
- Moreover, users of S II get free cloud storage through dropbox.
Some good points:
- Samsung Galaxy S III uses TouchWiz User Interface along with Ice cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). It isn’t liked by many android users but it is the best so far.
- TouchWiz makes a volume for the phone and notifications independently configurable.
- The latest version of TouchWiz piques real interest as it has bags of extra software, although it has no real value.
- TouchWiz is now less light and less showy as compared to its predecessor versions.
- TouchWiz comes with many apps, this time, all starting with S:
- S-voice can take various commands from you to perform different tasks like checking the weather, composing a message, adding a date to your diary and many other functions.
- You can use Samsung Galaxy S III motion gestures to a dial number by lifting the phone close to your ear, picking it up will remind you of unread notifications.
- Another feature is the pop-up play which allows you to watch the video in a separate window while running other apps.
- One of the best features of Samsung Galaxy S III is the video player, which plays almost all kinds of videos and has an excellent display. It also includes some basic video editing features.
- Samsung’s music play is also really good, with some controls to get the best quality out of your music.
- S III also has some content stores, in the form of ‘hubs’, such as video hub, game hub etc
The points that need improvement:
- The usability of TouchWiz has a few snags; you can’t create folders on the home screen by simply dragging one on top of another.
- You have to do some serious icon juggling on the home screen before changing the icons in the dock as you are required to drop the icon on the home screen first.
- S-voice is limited due to the phrases it can interpret. More than often we get the response that it does not understand what we mean.
- S III’s motion gestures are not of much use either, if the phone is not held in the right way. Moreover, it could go weeks before you actually use any of the gesture.
- Samsung has its own app store along with Google app store, which is confusing to use.
With just a few rough edges Samsung Galaxy S III has the best of everything. Nothing in this set has been compromised. Most people expect from S III due to its predecessor. It isn’t perfect of course but then nothing is utterly perfect, is it?
Galaxy S III has delivered in almost every field would definitely recommend it.
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