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Samsung Galaxy SIII

by on July 2, 2012
 

The creme de la smartphones has finally arrived; Allow me to introduce the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

The third generation of this powerhouse packs in just about every trick you could wish for; including a dazzling screen, wireless charging and a microSD slot. The first thing i noticed was its big size. Personally, I’m not a fan of big phones; and i think Samsung are taking it a little too far.

I can’t remember when a smartphone (that wasn’t an iPhone) garnered as much attention as the Galaxy S3. After the huge success of the Galaxy S2 last year it is this reincarnation that many people have expected to again be the flag bearer for Android smartphones. Is the Samsung Galaxy S3 worthy of being called the Android Flagship? Has Samsung finally done it? Lets take a look…

Galaxy S3 Lock screen

Galaxy S3 Lock screen

Galaxy S3 Front

My HD AMOLED Screen

Samsung Galaxy S3 Profile

Samsung Galaxy S3 Profile

Design and Build

Anyone that’s already familiar with the Galaxy S3 will know that its design and build are an epic fail. Abandoning the premium feeling of the iPhone 4S or HTC One X, it uses a glossy plastic back which is a finish more associated with cheaper handsets.

Don’t get me wrong. By no means does the design make the phone undesirable because if you put it next to the Sony Xperia S it really shows just how much Sony slipped up on that design, but next to an iPhone 4S or HTC One X it’s these two that give off a more pungent whiff of smartphone craftsmanship. However, the S3 really makes up for its build when it comes to features and performance.

Let’s be honest, there are a few genuine issues with the Galaxy S3 too. While the back-piece is very tough, it isn’t very scratch resistant. Even with an extra scratch resistant coating, the iPhone 4S or HTC One X  will standup to more punishment. That said, it should be relatively inexpensive to get replacement backs for the Galaxy. Samsung’s choice of finishes – glossy white (Marble White) and faux brushed metallic blue (Pebble Blue) should wear any scratches reasonably well too. That said, I’m actually not a fan of the styling of the blue version because real metal is cooler than pretend metal.

Features and Performance

This Android OS smartphone phenomenon is embellished with features beyond belief. Its HD AMOLED Display Screen, 8 MegaPixel Camera, Automatic Social Media Tagging & Updates, S Voice Assistant and much more will blow you away. I have to say, the Galaxy S3 (in terms of features) is possibly the best phone i have ever used. The user interface isn’t much different from other Androids, but Ice-Cream sandwich really speeds up the phone. The Quad Core (Yes Quad Core) processor makes the S3 one of the fastest (if not the fastest) smartphones i have ever laid my hands on. I don’t mean to jinx my luck, but since I’ve bought the phone it hasn’t lagged once; and I’m a VERY heavy user. Social applications such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram are a real treat for the eyes on the HD Amoled screen, and rest assured that the audio quality is up there as well.

The never-ending list of features will without a doubt impress you. The feature i love most is the Smart Stay option. This option monitors your eye movement, and basing its start up on whether you are focused on it or not. Its Direct Call technology senses your movements, as soon as you lift the phone up to your ear it automatically calls the person you are texting. It really does work, no joke. That’s not all, its Smart Alert feature can detect your presence giving you a slight vibrating nudge alerting you of any missed calls or messages you may have overlooked. All of the above is basic compared to its other wireless “All Share” features, and thunderbolt LTE connectivity which i am yet to fiddle with.

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  • abboodeh
    July 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    aside from the Smart Stay feature (Which is by the way in my opinion is the greatest feature in the phone! i suffer a lot when i’m reading in my mobile and the screen light goes off!)

    aside from that, i guess the feature which is even more important is that you can connect the phone to a TV wirelessly !
    NO, this is different than S2, Galaxy Note…etc
    YES you can view photos, videos wirelessly with your Android devices, but the viewing is just limited to videos and photos!

    With S3 you can turn your phone into a JOYSTICK! and display games on the big screen!

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  • Abass Fadhel
    November 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I have purchased S3 recently from Xcite and it was defected from the factory. I used it only for 2 days.I was advised to take it to Samsung workshop here in Kuwait. It took one week for diagnostics and after another week of several telephone conversations with technical support Kuwait and Dubai, to announce me that it is repaired. Do you think that is normal to wait for 2 weeks to fix it? It is not acceptable to pay 180KD and to have it opened and repaired being brand new. The correct action is to replace the device immediately! Is Samsung Scrooge?
    I am very disappointed with the service.

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