Smartphone giant Samsung Electronics introduced the Galaxy S3 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which became an instant hit among tech buffs. The phone is an all-rounder, with an up-to-date hardware, enormous battery life, bold looks and latest operating with lots of trendy apps. With a plethora of new features, the phone can be used as an entertainment device as well as a substitute for your workstation. Coming in two different colors, the Galaxy S3 is the latest buzz on the internet.
Samsung has proved its credibility as a smartphone manufacturer with its Galaxy series. The S3 too keeps up the reputation. Let’s check out what the Seoul based company has got to offer with this top end addition to the Galaxy series.
Design and display
Unlike other phones in the series, the Galaxy S3 has curved edges. The phone measures 5.4 inch x2.8 inch in length and breadth respectively. It cannot be ascertained whether it is big or small as it will differ with individuals’ perception. Much like Apple’s iPhone, the S3 gives you an impression of unibody design and is sleek and user-friendly, weighing 4.7 ounces. Despite the glossy finishing, the phone gives you a good grip and is not slippery as it looks like.
Coming to the display, the phone has a 4.8 inch high definition display with Super AMOLED technology. The screen resolution is set at 1,280×720-pixel. What’s more, the Galaxy S3 comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, to give you added protection from scratches. It is much more sleek and receptive than the older Corning Gorilla Glass and makes colors appear brighter and sharper. However, the phone is stated to have a dim display compared to its rivals.
Operating System and Apps
One of the most striking reasons for the Galaxy S3 to create buzz is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). The Touchwiz interface coupled with ICS makes it a stunning device to use. You can use gestures and system control access in the drag-down notification center. Apps like AllShare Play and GroupCast can be utilized for sharing content on the web. The set-up may appear tedious to many. Nevertheless, credit goes to Samsung for incorporating such advanced features.
Lots of apps have been added for tech buffs and general users alike. The most appealing among them are the S Beam and S Voice. You can get android Beam and Wi-Fi together as a wireless interface for transferring heavy files (photos, videos and documents) using the Near Field Connectivity (NFC).
The S Voice is a voice recognition software from Samsung that aims at taking on Apple’ Siri. Although much downplayed compared to Siri’s number of functionalities, you can use voice driven commands for some navigation and other functions. Besides, there are more features like Face Unlock, Social Tag and Smart Stay. You also get pre-installed Dropbox app that offers 50 GB of free storage to Galaxy S3 users.
Hardware and Performance
The Samsung Galaxy S3 houses a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor that is clocked at 1,5 GHz. You get 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in storage. Reviewers who tested the phone found its start up time to be incredibly low at 25 seconds. Moreover, the phone never lags or delays in responding whether you watch 1080p HD videos, browse pictures, or surf websites that are loaded with heavy content. The apps open up almost instantly and its hardware configuration is never a concern.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery which is not an eye-popping specification for smartphones these days. Nevertheless, heavy use of the Galaxy S3 by critics revealed that the phone has a praiseworthy battery life. However, you are advised to recharge the phone regularly so that you do not run out of battery when required. The Galaxy S3 has intelligent features for battery saving in almost all its applications.
With Galaxy S3 Samsung has added one more feather to its cap. It has a larger display and battery, much powerful processor and better camera with more features. An ardent Android fan would love to own the Galaxy S3. However, the users may not find its interface as good as other phones in its segment. Few critics argue that Samsung has made attempts to innovate the design but has chosen to stick to the successful old one. But for tech enthusiasts who are willing to explore the Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung Galaxy will unquestionably be a good purchase.