Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

If you have any interest whatsoever in smartphones, you will have surely seen and heard about the latest Samsung Galaxy S3. The newest addition to the Galaxy range is Samsung’s flagship handset and the most hyped phone of the year by some distance. This new “super phone” is expected to set the benchmark for all that follow and comes equipped with some of the best specs ever seen. All the talk is of just how good this phone is, but hype cannot always be believed. The Galaxy S3 has talked the talk, can it walk the walk?

Design

It can be established fairly quickly that this phone is anything but small. The 136.6 x 70.6mm chassis of the Galaxy S3 make it one of the largest smartphones ever made, second only to another in the Galaxy range, the Note. However, at just 8.6mm, the S3 is also one of the thinnest, making it easy to hold despite its size. A stylish plastic finish and well-rounded corners give the S3 a great look and a weight of just 133g adds to its appeal.

Samsung have opted to stick with the physical home button and capacitive Android buttons which is a recurring theme with the Galaxy’s. Users will notice that the front-facing camera has been relocated from the left of the screen to the right

Screen

As you have probably gathered from the S3’s dimensions, this phone has a very large screen – 4.8 inches large! This is a real standout feature of the phone and the 720 x 1280p resolution display, giving a pixel density of 306ppi, provides outstanding quality with great saturation and contrast. Colours are bright and full and dark colours and deep, the display can be seen clearly from various angles and in even the most testing of light conditions. Everything from web browsing to reading text to gaming is a joy to behold.

Camera

Samsung may have not included the 12-MP camera that many people expected but 8-MP is more than satisfactory, especially when you throw 1080p HD recording in to the mix as well as a range of features that include: simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.

There is zero shutter lag and the clarity and sharpness of stills and video is excellent. There is the added benefit of using S-Voice to program the camera to take stills simply by saying the word “Cheese!” The S3 also features a 1.9-MP secondary front-facing camera with 720p recording.

Hardware

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is top of the pile when it comes to hardware and packs an Exynos 4212 quad-core Cortex A9 processor which clocks 1.4GHz. When backed up with 1GB RAM, there is nothing that this phone cannot do when it comes to performance. If you love watching videos and 3D gaming on a smartphone, this is the phone you need to be buying.

In the storage department there are 32GB and 64GB options and a microSD card slot for an added 64GB should you ever need it.

Software

Android’s latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the S3 OS and is skimmed over nicely with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface, greatly improving the user experience as a result. Using menus apps and swiping through home screens is effortless.

There are also some great features in the Galaxy S3, mostly notably S-Voice which is Samsung’s alternative to Apple’s Siri software. There is also Smart Stay; a program that uses eye detection to ensure the screen never goes dim whilst being looked at and Smart Call which can dial a contact simply by putting the phone toy your ear.

Battery

The S3 comes with a standard Li-ion 2100mAh battery, offering up to 790 hours standby time on 3G and up to 11 hours 40 minutes talk time on 3G.

Verdict

Samsung really have produced a world beater of a phone here and other than the HTC One X, there is nothing on the market at the moment that can hold a candle to the Samsung Galaxy S3. A truly remarkable phone.