The Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) is the most anticipated handset in 2012 so far. It is Samsung's highest end “flagship” Android phone and was launched in May 2012 at an event in London's Earls Court. The specification is incredible and this phone will dominate the market until the iPhone 5 is launched later this year.
The basic specification of the Samsung Galaxy SIII includes:
- A quad core 1.4 GHz processor (ARM Cortex A9)
- Integrated ARM Mali GPU
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16 to 64 GB of flash memory (storage)
- 4.8-inch 1280x720 HD super AMOLED screen
- 8-megapixel-rear camera
- 1.9 megapixel front Facing camera
- GPS and GLONASS positioning
- MicroSD support (up to 64 GB)
The performance of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) is incredible. The quad core version of the ARM Cortex A9, a quad core version of the chip currently used in the iPad and iPhone, provides plenty of power and has been tested to run faster than phones such as the HTC One X. Integrated into that chip is an ARM Mali GPU and the system as a whole provides one of the quickest and slickest android phone experiences out there.
Design and ergonomics
Phones continue to get bigger, and this phone comes with a 4.8 inch AMOLED display. The display is 1280x720 HD resolution which is good but not as high as phones such as the iPhone with its “retina” display. The technology going into the screen has been criticized as not being the latest and greatest, although I think that in real life there won't be much difference. Samsung said that this phone is based around a pebble and that it should feel “organic”. There are no square edges on it and everything has been rounded, to me that isn’t dissimilar to the design of the Palm Pre which had a rounded pebble like design. The phone is made completely from plastic which does mean it feels a little cheap, especially compared to devices like Apple's iPhone and others which feel just slightly higher quality.
Samsung has introduced several new features with this phone. It has introduced its own Siri competitor called S Voice. Initial impressions are that it doesn't seem to be as polished as Siri is, although I'm sure will improve with time. The phone also ships with an upgraded touch with interface, AllShare apps and S Beam which is related to IrDA (Infrared) beaming between Galaxy S3 handsets. Samsung also includes its music hub service which is very similar to Apple's iTunes match. The phone also claims to be able to be wirelessly charged through specific docks.
- Very fast
- Large 4.8-inch screen
- Very thin (8.6 mm thick)
- Comfortable to hold
- Samsung Hub (iTunes match alternative)
- Supports wireless charging
- S Voice isn't perfect yet
- Doesn’t ship with the stylus (like the Galaxy Note does)
- Some criticizes penile display
- Slightly cheap feel
Is the Samsung Galaxy SIII right for you?
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is supposed to be Samsung's flagship high-end handset. In virtually every aspect it fulfills that role, however it's plasticky build quality introduces a little bit of doubt into that statement. In reality the benefits of being lighter overcome the very slight "cheap" feel for most people. Certain pieces of software and functionality such as S voice aren't quite up to scratch and Samsung's music hub feature, its iTunes match competitor, has yet to be activated and so hasn't been tested.
Overall I think it's a good phone and a worthy alternative to others such as Apple's iPhone. As always you should try to compare them in “real life" to check it looks and feels okay–especially how its large screen fits in your hands.
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