Samsung Galaxy S3 review
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s latest Android smartphone. It comes running the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system out of the box, powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz processor. The Galaxy S3 also has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera. Its 4.8-inch display can display HD images. For storage the Galaxy S3 has up to 64GB of room for music, movies and photos.
With its 4.8-inch screen, the Galaxy is a bit of a beast. But don’t let its size fool you into think it’s a cumbersome thing. The Galaxy S3 is slim, light and feels great to hold. Into the nitty gritty of its performance, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is blisteringly quick. Webpages take just a few seconds to load up. The Galaxy S3 is one of the fastest Android phones around, if not the fastest.
The 4.8-inch AMOLED screen is also a beauty. There’s little fault to be found. Pictures look glorious, and full of colour. Some would say that Apple’s Retina Display is just that bit sharper, but that's only because it's physically smaller, and on immediate glances both look as fantastic as each other. Full HD 1080p video on the Galaxy S3 is another wonderful sight to behold. This is a smartphone you’ll want to watch movies and play games on.
The Galaxy S3 is littered with cool features such as Smart Stay, which prevents the screen from blacking out when you’re still looking at it - handy for when reading long passages of text. You’ve also got NFC technology built-in to let you pay for goods using your smartphone - although admittedly this technology isn’t so widespread at the moment.
Photo quality is up there with most of the best cameraphone images around. The snapper is reassuringly fast in operation. Colours look natural, without the wash-out you get with a lot of phone cameras, and the autofocus also works a treat.
Battery life is similarly impressive, you’ll easily get a day out of the Galaxy S3, even if you browse the web, listen to music and indulge in a bit of social networking over Twitter or Facebook.
A downside to such a large handset is that one-handed operation can be awkward. Unless you own some large fingers, that is. Stretching your fingers from one of the device to another proves uncomfortable.
Like Apple’s Siri, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has a voice assistant. Here it’s called S Voice, which in truth feels like a bit of a gimmick. It does work, but we’re not used to talking to speaking to our smartphone just yet.