The big news in the Android world over the last week or so has been the launch and release of the Samsung Galaxy S3 – the latest offering in Android based technology. With rumors buzzing around that the iPhone 5 will be launched later this year and its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy s2, having already exceeded expectations, there is a lot of pressure on Samsung’s latest product to shake up the market.
Before we can give our own assessment of the Samsung Galaxy S3, let’s look at the specifications of the phone. In terms of the design, the phone not too different from its predecessor. The differences are that the S3 has smoother curves and the home button actually has two touch sensitive counterpads for Back and Menu. In terms of actual specs, the S3 is an incredibly thin 8.8mm and for a phone of its size, an impressive 133g thus making it comfortable to hold. The dimensions of the phone are71 by 137mm thus making the phone a little on the large side. It comes in both dark blue and white so users have a choice there.
In terms of hardware, the S3 is powered byt Exynos 4 Quad. The phone is a 32nm chip that is based on the ARM Cortex A9 quad-core architecture. Its performance capabilities exceed 1.4GHz. In terms of memory, similar to other smartphones on the market, the S3 has three options – 16GB, 32GB and 64 GB. At this stage the amount of RAM in the phone is unknown. There is, however, a microSD card slot for storage expansion. The screen of the S3 is also impressive with it have a 4.8-inch SuperAMOLED screed with a resolution of 720 x 1280.
One of the big things that makes it different from other phones on the market is that it has wireless charging! This really makes the S3 stand out. The phone as all the standard features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and microUSB amonst others.
Finally, in terms of Software, the Galaxy S3 is running on Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system – that is version 4.0.4 together the TouchWiz user interface overlay. Another positive is the much improved version of TouchWiz as it has a much sleeker and more modern look to it. Similar to Siri on the iPhone, the S3 comes with S Voice, its own voice recognition software. There are many amazing software features like Direct Call, Smart stay, Smart alert and Allshare Cast that make this phone really impressive. The Smart stay feature really caught our ‘eye’. This feature uses eye tracking software that can tell when the user is looking at the screen and thus turning it on.
Take a look at this video of the official launch of the Galaxy S3:
As soon as the phone was launched there was a flurry of activity with everyone wanted to give their views on what could be a market changer! Here are a few of those reviews:
Some will see the new social, voice and notification features as being compelling reasons to buy the phone. Some will see them as an unnecessary drain on the battery and will spend their first few hours with the phone deciding which of the features to deactivate first.
Either way, there’s no denying that the S3 is a powerful phone that could well be a contender for the Best Android Phone crown.
If there’s anything we were slightly down on it’s that the back panel feels a little plasticky, especially when compared to other brands’ flagship phones, such as the Panasonic Eluga dL1 or Nokia Lumia 900, but at least it keeps the weight down.
Samsung has created a powerhouse of a smartphone, one that can truly make claims to being a portable computer in your pocket. We’ve seen enough to know that iPhone 4S fans will be sick with envy.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has got all the hallmarks of the best Android phone yet – exactly what Samsung wanted to achieve.
Samsung’s decision to focus on services and interaction as much as design will be the area that makes or breaks the Galaxy S3 – if they all work as intended, the rest of the competition will really have to work to catch up.
If the likes of Smart Stay or S Voice don’t live up to expectations, this is still a cracking phone – it’s the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on steroids and covered with Samsung’s own overlay, which will divide opinion for Android lovers.
The plastic build may not be to everyone’s liking, but the hardware and software improvements give smartphone buyers good reasons to get this handset. If the image quality of the Galaxy S III’s camera can match or best the One X, the S III will likely be one of the best Android handsets you can buy this year.
This is a good-looking phone, with an impressive high definition Super AMOLED screen and a processor that looks likely to spar for top spot among Android devices. However, Samsung hasn’t responded to the recent trend for stand-out build and materials and this new flagship feels a lot like all its older relatives; given the whole “nature” spiel, some smart new finish would have been nice.
Samsung’s new quad core processor – much faster and more energy efficient – plays high-definition video without lag or shuddering, even when I played the video in a minimised window in the foreground and used other applications in the background.
Overall, the Galaxy S3 is an impressive phone, likely to capture an even larger marketshare than its S2 predecessor managed to carve out.
Now with all the information at hand, stay tuned for our own assessment of this seemingly ‘top of the range’ smartphone!