It’s no secret that the Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the must-have phones these days. The Samsung Galaxy S III launched a hype level typically reserved for the Apple iPhone. Samsung has earned its reputation for delivering some of the best Android hardware, most recently with the Galaxy Nexus and both the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a gorgeous 4.8-inch 720p resolution display, an extremely slim and light casing and a super-powered quad-core engine. It’s the Ferrari of the Android circuit so it’s quite expensive…
The dual-core 1.5GHz CPU is quicker than anything your typical consumer needs and it shines when doing your mundane stuff like downloading apps, playing games, checking the calendar, and playing with media. Paired with 2GB RAM, the Galaxy S III is ultra-fast and more than able to handle whatever you throw at it. And ultra-light with only 133g!
The 4.8-inch 1280×720 display is downright gorgeous and it will grab the attention of anyone within range. The handset looks clean, classy, and sophisticated. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass so I know it’s going to handle pockets just fine. I would caution anyone from keeping it in their back pocket however, for fear of sitting on it accidentally, and maybe cracking it. It is only 8,6mm thick remember.
There are also other features in the camera and its app that I found really cool, including the smile detection, panoramic mode, HDR, and Buddy Photo Share face tagging. Upon taking a photo of various people, the phone will ask if you’d like to identify the people in the photo.
Once you tell it who is in the picture, the Galaxy S III will automatically tag and sort images around them. Similarly, it’s easy to access all of those specific photos in your gallery and share them with contacts. The front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera is great for self-portrait shots and video chat, however I didn’t spend too much time on this.
There’s a sizable list of things that can be done here, including checking the weather, countdowns, alarms clocks, navigation, emails, Google searches, timers, appointments, phone settings, messages, and more…
For example, AllShare gives users the ability to share movies, photos, music.
Watching a movie on your phone? Why not push it out to the projector or television? The same goes for files you’ve got stored in the cloud, or outside your home. Just look for the logo in the corner and share it! Impressive!
Did you know that the Samsung Galaxy S III supports smart gestures? Dialing phone numbers or even tapping a contact’s name to place a call? That’s so 2011. The Galaxy S III’s motion controls allow you to place a call simply by moving your phone to your ear when you’re viewing a contact or a text message. Simply remarkable!
The phone’s voice controls also allow you to answer and reject calls by voice. And if you really feel the need to touch the screen, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy S III speeds up this process too: When you’re viewing a contact, you swipe left to send a text and swipe right to initiate a call. So easy!
Apple has made a big deal about the Siri voice-control features included in its latest iPhone. When you enable the voice controls for the S III’s camera settings, just say “Shoot,” and the camera will automatically capture a snapshot. And it can be used to snap self-portraits, too. I’m sure you will love that function… It could help to update some personal profile! If you like to take landscape pictures, just switch your shooting mode to panorama, and you can pan across some gorgeous scenery as the Galaxy S III goes to work, snapping the photos you need and stitching them together to make a panoramic image.
If you have some difficulties to get out of bed sometimes… what better way to face your day than to be prepared for what it has to offer. Using the “Briefing” setting on your Galaxy S III’s alarm clock, you can have your phone wake you up by reading the time, weather forecast, news headlines, and any appointments you may have lined up.
One last thing: Even with its light battery inside, I have been able to go all day long, five days straight, but I was on vacation. So for a normal workday, it should be more than fine.
So after this test, hype confirmed! This handset is everything I expected out of Samsung’s flagship device on just about every front imaginable. The Galaxy S III stands as good a chance as any to knock the iPhone down another notch.
With Samsung’s new smartphone you’ll come for the gorgeous and stay for the experience. Yes, some of the features can be found in third party apps or on other devices, however it’s presented in a total package with which I have fallen fast in love.