For the three days, I have been playing with my new mobile Samsung Galaxy S3. And believe me, It’s a beautiful piece of creation and the design is actually “made for humans”.
The way you hold, the way you unlock the device, the way you hold it against your ears while on a call is a wonderful experience.
I know most of us didn’t like the overall design of Galaxy S3, but you have to hold and try it to believe what Samsung wanted to deliver. Up to some extent I agree that It’s not the best looking device on planet but Its not that the design is totally futile. In this post, I am going to deliver my views on Samsung Galaxy SIII as a review.
Quickly Jump over to:
- Unboxing and Design
- Display and UI
- Applications and Games
- Battery Life
- 4.8 inch Super HD AMOLED Display; Resolution: 720×1280 pixels; Pixel Density: 306 ppi
- 8 MP Camera; Zero Shutter Lag; Full HD (1080p) Video Recording; Image Stabilizer; LED Flash
- 2 MP front facing camera | HD Video Recording
- 1.4 Ghz Quad-Core Samsung Exynos Processor to boost the overall performance
- Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Android OS ICS 4.0.4
- 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support; 4G connectivity
- Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor, barometer and RGB Sensor
- 3.5 mm Audio Jack on top
- A-GPS, GLONASS Supoort, Digital Compass
- Just 8.6 mm Slim
- Internal Memory- 16/32/64 GB | External- MicroSD upto 64GB
- Wireless Charging
- 2100 mAh Battery
- S-Voice, S-Beam and few more pre-loaded “only for S3” apps
- All Plastic Body
- Battery cover could have been made out of rich plastic
- Micro Sim Support only
- White Color is not a good option. LED lights blur
- No Camera Key
- S-Voice, is not the Siri for Android, is just a vilingo upgrade
- Not the speediest wake up from sleep mode
- While playing games or browsing insanely (say more than 8 tabs), The phone heats up
Smart stay doesn’t work wellIt works
We have uploaded even more unboxing pics.
Unboxing: The phone comes in a sleek small box which contains the phone (covered with a printed screen layer), Quick start guide (Manual), Power Adapter, USB / Charging Cable, Earphones and ear buds. Unfortunately, MicroSD Card is not supplied in the box but is easily available at a cheaper price.
Design: The overall exterior design of Galaxy S3 is not very impressive. Its similar to those galaxy minis if you notice. If you compete this with other smartphones in the category, you will find that iPhone 4/4S is way better in terms of design. Even if you compete with the other quad-core android giant, the HTC One X, you’ll feel the design difference.
Although the phone, as stated by Samsung, is good to handle and is designed for humans (as if others are designed for dogs: PS). The extra-rounded corners of Galaxy S3 are not the good thing which Samsung did, it could have been made similar to SII.
With just 8.6 mm thickness, the phone is easy to handle, and you won’t find it much heavy while holding because of its dimensions. The ’rounded-corners’ of the S3 is a win but the full-plastic body is awful. Specially the backside. The backside seems like as if its made up of cheap plastic. Dear Samsung, In that price segment, a customer expects high-quality mobiles with good quality build design. The backside is atrocious.
Pebble Blue or Marble White?: If you are confused whether which color to pick then don’t be. Go for blue over white. Those touch key and LED lights blur in white model.
Display: The 4.8 inch giant Super HD AMOLED display is astonishing. You won’t see any single pixel while looking at the screen. All thanks to the 720×1280 pixel resolution screen with 306 ppi density. The display screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 which is 20% thinner and stronger than the previos.
User Interface: The UI is also amazingly beautiful. I am using the touchwiz interface for the first time (for personal and longer use). The phone runs on Android ICS, and the UI is modified for Samsung’s Touchwiz for ease of use. The phone is stocked with a few live wallpapers (regular ones) which you might not like if you have experienced better.
The Unlock Screen: Its a beauty, you are no more bound to those guided unlock screens. Just swipe anywhere on the screen to unlock the device. In addition to this, Samsung added 4 shortcuts on the lock screen for faster access. Camera and Phone being the important ones.
Sadly, I couldn’t find the way to edit those shortcuts. Now I know how to customize the lock screen shortcuts, silly me.
One thing I didn’t like was the wake up time. When you press the power key or the home button, you expect a quick unlock screen. Samsung should work on it for their next update.
The 8 MP Camera works heavenly well. Both indoors and outdoors, outdoor images give more sharpness and crisp. Indoor pictures are not bad unless you are clicking a photo of a field at night. In a small room, the in-built LED flash works really well. The shooting experience could have been better if Samsung considered a dedicated camera key.
UI: The user interface of camera application is very easy and is similar to some other devices with additional features. There’s is everything for a pro photographer. The amazing and most impressive feature is its zero shutter lag. In short, the camera is extremely fast and gives the best results.
Still Images: Others just promise, Samsung actually delivers. That’s the line I had recently read somewhere. Due to the quad-core CPU, you can click the images while shooting videos. S3 offers touch focus, that means you can set the focus on anything you see on screen. You can see the camera samples which has a dedicated post.
- Burst Mode
- Smile Shot
- Cartoon mode
- Buddy photo share
Videos: The new galaxy can shoot videos at Full HD 1080p at 30 framers per second. Videos are crispy, noise-free and striking. Here’s a sample video captured by Galaxy S3. Don’t forget to select 1080p or 720p. The front facing camera can shoot the HD 720p videos at 30fps. Video is saved as .MP4
The Antutu benchmarks results say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the Best Android device. My S3 scored 12149 leaving the Asus Transformer behind.
To boost the overall performance, S3 is equipped with Samsung Exynos 1.4 Ghz Cortex-A9 Quad-core processor which handles tough tasks easily and makes the things faster. It has the same Mali-400 GPU (as in Galaxy SII).
Because of the high performance, sadly, the phone gets heated up and you can feel the heat. The battery crosses 46 degree Celsius.
The phone comes up with few apps (but no games) pre-installed. The Samsung Apps include S-Voice (widely known as Siri for Android), S Memo, S Planner, S Suggest, and ChatOn. And all those basic apps which comes pre-installed with any other android device.
S-Voice: Totally disappointing. If you have ever used Siri on iPhone 4S then you know how awesome Siri is. Samsung and Vilingo tried to clone Siri but failed. They made it look like Siri but unfortunately its not smart as Siri. Actually it doesn’t know anything except some limited commands. In short, It’s not Siri.
S Memo: Generally most of the android mobiles do not come with memo / notepad apps pre-installed. But Galaxy S3 has a decent app for writing notes. You can either write the notes (via keyboard) or sketch/draw.
ChatOn: As this is my first Samsung mobile, I am using ChatOn for the first time and found it quite similar to whatsapp.
Gaming: Playing games on this quad-core device is a bliss. You get to see every single detail and without any lag. Its definitely heaven for gamers like me 😉 Shadowgun gameplay is extremely smooth.
Dropbox: Dropbox offers free 50 GB storage for 2 years exclusively for Galaxy S3 users. and I got mine 😀
Battery life is important aspect. To deal with SuperHD AMOLED Screen and a quad-core CPU, S3 is equipped with 2100 mAh Li-Po Battery which is extremely satisfying and lasts longer than you expect. You can continuously browse or play games for more than 9 hours with a full charge.
The Galaxy SIII is an ultimate mobile phone. This is the phone we all have been waiting. The future is all about quad-core mobile computing. It is what you expected. It’s a piece of innovation. You won’t regret after owning one. For me, its over iPhone 4S. Its not that Its got everything right and doesn’t have any drawback, It has but can easily be tolerated.
The Phone has 4.8″ Super HD AMOLED Screen, 8 MP zero-shutter lag camera, great battery life, the stronger and thinner gorilla glass to protect the display, the latest android flavor, extremely thin, and bundled with many superior features like S-Voice, Wireless charging, GPS with GLONASS Support, etc. So whats disappointing? As mentioned above, It supports micro sim cards, no dedicated camera key and all plastic body; These are the disappointments which can easily be tolerated. But things like over-heating (just sometimes) cannot be tolerated.
BTW the smart stay doesn’t work for me even if I am browsing/ reading some notes in outdoors under sunlight. Smart Stay works guys, I got misconceptualized about this feature.
Considering everything in mind, I rate Galaxy SIII 4.5 out of 5.
Verdict: Strongly Recommended
Did I miss anything? Please do remind me of that in comments. 🙂