Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is in stores in India. The phone comes with a price tag of Rs 43,000 in India. With features like eyeball tracking, face recognition, pop and play etc, the phone is one of the most anticipated phone of the era. Here is a review of the phone with awesome pics.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Design
The design of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is similar to its predecessor but different at the same time. For starters the phone is much more rounded with smooth flowing lines and rounded corners and edges, somewhat like the Galaxy Nexus. It looks much sleeker than the Galaxy S2.
One design flaw is the lack of a Recent Apps button to access the multi-tasking feature of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Instead you have to hold the home button down, not something we found intuitive at all.
The buttons and ports are spread out around the handset with Power on the right, Volume on left, microUSB on the bottom and the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. The buttons are easy enough to reach and have a nice action.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is very thin and light for such a large phone at just 8.6mm and 133g. It is comfortable to hold, partly because Samsung has reduced the bezel size keeping the dimensions down as much as possible.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Build quality
Galaxy S3 has a plasticy feel, mainly brought about by its flimsy removable rear cover which effectively peels away from the back. This is a let-down and not something we want to see from such a ‘premium’ smartphone with such a high price tag.
Despite the overwhelming use of plastic, the Galaxy S3 feels well made. The thin metal rim running around the edge gives the phone good strength, offering only a small amount of flex when put under strain. The one-piece glass front feels especially nice so ignoring the rear cover it’s a good effort.
Samsung Galaxy S3: Hardware
The Galaxy S3 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 4 Quad processor. It is a 32nm chip based on the ARM Cortex A9 quad-core architecture and has a clock speed of 1.4GHz.
From a user perspective the Galaxy S3 is almost flawless. Samsung has managed to achieve the kind of smooth performance only reached by Apple’s iPhone. It’s the kind of situation where you might struggle to make the Galaxy S3, er, struggle.
For example, the phone can play video content in a pop-out window while you do other tasks. If you want proof of performance then there you have it. Other demanding tasks such as scrolling and zooming on a desktop version of website just happen with no lag; the processor puts up no fuss whatsoever.
The 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen has an HD resolution of 720 x 1280. In terms of internal storage, the Galaxy S3 matches the iPhone 4S and has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacity options. Much to our delight it also has a microSD card slot for expansion of up to a further 64GB. This choice is a big win in our opinion.
The S3 has an 8-megapixel camera, which is the same resolution as last year’s Galaxy S2. It might not have bumped up the pixel count, but this blower does have a few new tricks up its sleeve, including the zero-shutter-lag trait seen in the Galaxy Nexus, and a clever feature that automatically suggests your best shot after you’ve fired off a few similar snaps, basing its decision on factors like smile detection and face recognition.
A new feature, also seen on the HTC One X, is the ability to take still images while you’re recording video — perfect for when your pet is doing something adorable.
Why is the phone so special?
The S3 is a phone for people with serious power needs and a healthy bank balance. If you want a device for 3D gaming, HD video streaming and browsing the web — I don’t mean faffing around with mobile versions of websites or lightweight apps — the S3 has the superpowered engine and massive display you’re looking for.
The Galaxy S3 is running on Android, Google’s mobile operating system. Specifically, the S3 is powered by Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, which is the latest, greatest version.
There are new goodies on board, including a ‘Pop up Play’ feature that lets you watch videos while performing boring functions like sending a text, and a transfer tool called S Beam, which lets you send large files over a Wi-Fi connection.
You can get S Voice to tell you the weather or perform tasks like making a call, setting an alarm, controlling music playback or taking a photo.
The much-trumpeted eye-tracking technology that keeps the screen on if it detects a face looking at it — one of Samsung’s ‘designed for humans’ touches — is more irritating than useful. If you’re watching the phone at an angle so your face isn’t directly in front of it, it won’t see you anyway. It also doesn’t appear to be active on the home screens or app screens so it only kicks in when you’re using apps, the camera or web browsing.
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