Awesome software features with a beautiful display and specs Galaxy S III stands out in the Smartphone market and if not better it is definitely at par with the iPhone. Physically it’s not much of a looker – with the plastic case built– but generally it performs on the hardware and software front.
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.8-inch 720×1280 Super AMOLED display
- 2GB of RAM
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 8MP rear camera (1080p video capture)
- 1.9MP front camera
- 4G LTE at available carriers
- MSRP: 16GB is $199 on-contract, 32GB is $249 on-contract
- Solid battery life
- Software like S-Beam and Buddy Photo Share stand out.
- Beautiful, large display
- The plastic feel is a turn off.
- TouchWiz is heavy and not appealing.
The Detailed Look
The Galaxy S III has a 4.8-inch, Gorilla Glass 2.0 display, which makes the phone quite large, at least to those who don't already have a larger-screen phone.
Although it is made of plastic, the Galaxy S3 conveys a good build quality. The phone is incredibly thin, considering the size of the display, and with a weight of 4.3 ounces it feels a little too light.
The camera is square on the back of the phone with a speaker grill on the right and LED flash on the left. MicroUSB access is on the bottom.
The Device features rounded corners and tapered edges. The white version is better than the blue model. The design is meant to be inspired by nature, which doesn’t really make sense considering all the plastic.
Samsung Galaxy S III takes away the cake here. Samsung has done something incredible with NFC (Near field communications)and WiDi (WiFi Direct) as the device was designed to interact with “real world objects.”
NFC is a short range wireless communications protocol that enables devices to exchange data within short distances. The distance is so short; you almost have to “touch” in order to initiate the transfer. And this feature also works through a glass. Samsung has modified the NFC feature of Android to support transfers as big as 1GB.
TecTiles programmable tags: Samsung is selling programmable NFC tags that you can program from the device. You can simply download the Samsung TecTile app. This application lets you program a tile to do various actions when tapped.
Each type of action lets you trigger some kind predefined response, like sending a text message, launching an app or update a social network status. This is however only one application, and NFC’s potential is extremely vast. Having said that, TecTile is very cool because it will let you automate a number of actions, and more importantly, it can make things effortless. Here are a few example of what can be done with the TecTiles:
You can set an alarm on your night stand with TecTile, connect me to your home WiFi network with a TecTile on your front door.
The feature works well, and the only complaint is the fact that they cost $14.99 per a pack of five.
Another NFC-friendly support is Samsung’s S Beam. It works similarly to Android Beam but functions over a greater distance, letting users share content in seconds without a WiFi or cell signal. This includes the sharing of photos, videos, music, web pages, etc.
GroupCast: The feature syncs Galaxy S III devices to allow sharing a PDF, PowerPoint, or photo gallery presentation but you need other people to have GroupCast as well.
AllShare:This is the cloud-syncing/sharing service that lets users share content on any AllShare-connected devices like Galaxy tablets, DLNA-capable TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-Ray players, as well as Samsung’s Smart TVs and Windows PCs running the AllShare Play app. This will allow you to pull files that are stored on your home devices and play a movie from their Galaxy S III to the TV.
Besides there are additional features like the ability to lift the phone to your face while in a text message conversation to initiate a call. The phone also dims brightness when it’s set down, saving you battery, and gives a little extra alert when you’ve been away from your phone if you’ve missed a call or message.
S Voice:The Software essentially is a copy of Siri, allowing you to make commands with your voice. To start, it’s not as smart as Siri when it comes to hearing natural language (“show me the nearest cafe” confused the heck out of it). Second, it has less functionality than Siri. It’s a fine feature yet it just seems like a copy that isn’t done quite as well.
Pop Up Player, is a smart feature which lets you continue playing a video in a smaller window above some other task, as multi-tasking becomes ever-important to us.
Flipboard is pre-loaded on the device along with plenty of carrier apps.
The camera on the Galaxy S III is really fast, though the picture quality doesn’t stand up to the ones taken with the iPhone 4S. To compensate, there are plenty of different modes, focus settings, exposure, ISO, white balance, and various effects that should help you get the image you want.
The Camera’s burst shot feature blows you out taking up to 20 photos at a rate of 3 pics per second and the Best Shot feature snaps eight images and automatically offers you the best one based on criteria like blinking, smiling, lighting, etc.
The Galaxy S III will also let you take still images as you record 1080p video, and has an HDR mode.
More importantly, the GSIII camera has a shooting mode called Buddy Photo Share. It recognizes faces in photos and lets you tag them with the contact’s name. From there, the phone will always recognize the difference between the two contact names and let you share photos with them straight from their name-tag.
Share Shot is another important camera feature, as it allows you to share photos as you take them with up to five GSIII devices through WiFi Direct..
So, the GSIII camera does a great job when it comes to wide range of features, but if it’s simply a beautiful image you’re looking for, you may want to capture it on the iPhone.
Galaxy S III has got everything right with this display. Samsung’s HD Super AMOLED screens are the best out there, and at 4.8 inches, the content looks rich. Blacks are clear, colors are bright. The display offers 306 pixels per inch, making it one of the largest pixel-dense displays ever seen.
According to the Techcrunch reporter, Jordan Crook, the Samsung Galaxy S III beats out every Android phone he has tested in all three tests they run. In Quadrant, which tests everything from CPU to memory to graphics, the Galaxy S III scored an impressive 4911. The HTC One S comes in second with 4371, while most other phones (including the Galaxy Note) stay well below the 3000 mark.
The phone is going above and beyond in terms of both hardware and software thanks to its second GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has a 2100mAh battery, which is fairly large compared to other phones on the market may be because of all the extra features loaded on the device.
That said, the Galaxy S III battery lasts for about five hours. That’s pretty impressive, considering that the screen is never off during a constant Google Image search.
Another benefit is that the battery is removable, so if you’re a serious power-user you can always purchase another battery and swap them out throughout the day.
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So Samsung Galaxy S III is your gadget if you’re looking for the best Android phone.