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Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S3
Developed by: Google
Ranked: 2nd
Overall rating:
Best price: Buy
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Stephen
Qualtrough

Reviewer

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Review summary

Good points Samsung Galaxy S3 review good points

• Large high-quality screen

• Quad core processor

• Beautiful interface

• Latest Android OS

• Expansive amounts of memory

Bad points Samsung Galaxy S3 review bad points

• Low battery life

Our verdict

Samsung’s recent top end models have been some of the best out, and now with the S3 they are hoping to beat all the competition. With the iPhone 5 to be released sometime this year, can the S3 draw buyers in?

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Full review

Design

With more people looking for innovation, the Samsung has been slightly criticized for not bringing any radical redesign to the S3.

We believe that the design is remaining true to Samsung’s new designs, consisting of very large high quality screens and slim chassis that make the phone feel lightweight and durable.

This new design seems to reflect on the S3, it has the biggest screen (excluding the Galaxy Note) of any smartphone out today, with a mega 4.8-inch super AMOLED powerhouse.

Design wise, the chassis is very thin, like all previous, even though the phone has a weight of 133g’s. The phone’s feel is plastic, cheap, but durable. While some may find this to their liking, others prefer a steel coated phone.

Processor

The S3 was always going to have a very good processor and as the quad-cores have just started being fitted in to phones, it seems the perfect opportunity for Samsung to try it out on the S3.

A 1.4GHz quad-core processor is top of the range, and it does make Samsung one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. The real great feature of quad-core processors are cutting multitasking time, even though a dual-core is good for this, once you have about 6 or 7 apps running in the background or a few internet tabs, things start to look bad. With a quad-core, it easily paces through tasks that would take single & dual core quite a lot of power.

That being said, the quad-core will munch a lot of your battery life down, because of its brilliant performance.

Operating system

Even though Android’s 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system isn’t brand new, it is the best thing out from Android. Many phone’s still stick to Gingerbread, an older version, but the S3 has been fitted with the newest.

Ice Cream Sandwich offers a lot of better and more updated and upgraded features and was paramount for the success of the S3, without it, the phone would’ve just felt like the S2 or Nexus, but with a larger screen.

TouchWiz has again been installed as the skin to accompany the 4.0 operating system; this gives you a more “in touch with nature” feel, with animated nature backgrounds and sounds. The TouchWiz does provide a beautiful touch to the phone, especially with such compelling high quality graphics.

Camera

Disappointingly, the camera is not the biggest or best you’ve ever or will ever see. With only 8-megapixels, it feels a bit out-dated, when most new top end phones are being fitted with 12 megapixels.

Even worse than that, it isn’t an upgrade on the S2 models camera; in fact, it is the same pixel resolution and megapixel. This is both disappointing and shows a lack of innovation in Samsung, to not be able to strive for a better camera model.

The S3’s camera has been given some new features though, like burst mode; when you take a lot of pictures within a short time and smile mode, that finds the best picture out of a dozen or so by scanning facial recognition and smile.

They’ve also added Panorama and additional editing features, even though there are better ones on the Android market if you aren’t content with Samsung’s own.

Voice recognition

Even though the bar is not set extremely high in this field, with Siri on the 4S being the best out now, it seems no smartphone has the brass to beat Siri, until the Galaxy S3, with the new Android version.

This voice recognition has some impressive features, including, unlike Siri, using practical voice recognition tones so the phone starts to understand accents more. Even though it isn’t as expansive as Siri, hopefully in the coming updates it will be more integrated into the web and apps, instead of just Galaxy S3’s own applications.

Battery

The battery is huge in this phone and has good reason to be, with a quad-core processor, high-end features, very high density graphics and a good amount of apps, the battery wouldn’t last five hours if it was the size of the S2.

Thankfully, the S3 has improved and is now a 2100mAh, which is capable of 10 hours of talk time, although once you start using apps and watching HD videos, that comes down to about 6 or 7 hours, which is still moderate.

Storage

It wouldn’t be right to have the new grade of phones to only have 16GB’s of memory, even if it takes most people a year and a half to fill them. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has generously added 64GB’s into the model, with a microSD card for removable storage, and apps like Dropbox to have cloud data.

Overall

The Samsung Galaxy S3 beats the iPhone 4S, but will it beat the iPhone 5? We shall have to wait and see. For now though, I believe between the S3 and the HTC One X, there is no better phone on the market.

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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Design
 received a rating of 5 for Design
Reception
 received a rating of 5 for Reception
Processor
 received a rating of 5 for Processor
Operating system
 received a rating of 4 for Operating system
Camera
 received a rating of 5 for Camera
Voice recognition
 received a rating of 5 for Voice recognition
Battery
 received a rating of 5 for Battery
Storage
 received a rating of 4 for Storage