The Galaxy S II confirmed Samsung are leading the way in Android powered smartphones. Trying to re-crate such success with a successor is a challenge that any company would find daunting but the Galaxy S III is a worthy replacement.
The S3 from Samsung takes the fundamental hardware components that makes a phone great and paired it with the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and enhanced it to make this without doubt the new sought after phone.
A definite rival to the iPhone the S3 is designed for humans. We have all had bad experiences with a phone but the new Galaxy is designed to feel more natural, more intuitive and all round simpler to use so there are less if any bad experiences.
Countless enhancements go beyond what most of us would consider needed improving form the Galaxy S II. The S3 has rounded edges and a HyperGlaze coating that makes it feel comfortable, robust and stylish when in the hand.
The Android operating system gives you the power and flexibility you need in your personal life and has the necessary functions to work with you and meet your requirements if used for business.
From changing the home screen layout, to changing the ringtones the process is simple. Easily expand the capability of the device by downloading applications from Google Play store to make the device more personal and productive to you.
Standard features such as GPS navigation with Google Maps, Gmail, text messaging, phone functionality, video calling and web browsing are all features which are present and should not be overlooked. However the S3 goes beyond the basics to offer something more.
Browse the web, stream media or share content through one of the devices many wireless connectivity options. WiFi (802.11b/g/n), 3G, Bluetooth (version 4) are just the start. NFC, S Beam and AllShare Cast make the wireless world more of reality. Maybe we should mention here, that wireless charging is an option on the Galaxy S3!!
Quad-core processing power means there will be no lacklustre performance from the S3. Game playing or busy typing out emails the performance of the S3 is second to none.
Add a 4.8” Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen and together it’s a dream gaming device or simply a phone that you wont mind using for watching movies or photos back on. State of the art technology gives a crisp, bright and immersive experience. New technology means that the backlight on the screen wont turn off until you have finished using the device. You will no doubt understand how frustrating it can be when the backlight goes off even though you are still reading things on the screen.
An 8 megapixel camera is found on the back of the Galaxy S III and can record HD video at 30 frames per second. There is too a front facing 1.9 megapixel camera. There are plenty of added features here too.
Where are you going to store all those photos and videos? Well the SG3 comes with 16GB of on board memory as well as having a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 64GB in capacity. Add too 50GB of FREE Dropbox cloud storage and there is no end of potential storage.
All of these features consume power but a 2100mAh battery will keep you going as long as possible but if you do need to replace the battery you can, because its removable, not fixed like the HTC One X, Motorola RAZR MAXX and more.
All of this in a device that weighs just 133g and is 8.6mm thick – simply superb.
There is so much to the Samsung Galaxy S3 there is more to it than meets the eye. The following are some of the added enhancements you will find on the Galaxy S3.
Best photo - With the S3 you can automatically take a burst of 8 pictures and choose the best one. No more missing that perfect shot.
Buddy photo share - Want your phone to intelligently recognise your friends faces in photos you have captured? If the answer is yes, then the Galaxy S III does this too. It recognises a friends face and allows you to share photos with them instantly.
Social tag- Social networks can be so important in keeping up to date with your friends. Social tag keeps track of loved ones, friends and family, showing their social network status as you glance at their photos.
Smart stay - No more frustrating tapping of the screen or power button to put the backlight back on. The Galaxy S3 knows when you are still looking at the display, so it wont turn off until you are finished.
Direct call - The Galaxy S III is intelligent enough to know when you want to talk. You may be texting a friend and think, it might just be easier to call. Simply lift the phone to your ear and it will call the contact.
Smart alert - It is all to easy to miss a call or a message because we may be distracted. A gentle reminder is what we often need. With the S3 a Smart alert feature means that the phone will vibrate to give you a little nudge to check your phone for missed calls of messages. It is a simple feature like this that makes a smartphone smart.
S Voice - A voice command system that responds to your words such as take a photo, wake up and answer. Making small and simple tasks that bit easier.
S Beam - It is Google Beam taken one step further. Place a Samsung Galaxy S III back to back with another Galaxy S III and you can transfer, without wires, pictures, music, videos and more.
Pop up play - More useful than you may think this feature allows you to do two things at once. Pop up play allows you to watch and move video content around your screen in a box whilst you do other things such as text, read a web page or respond to an email.
AllShare Cast - Your trip round Africa has come to an end. You captured some great images and now you want to share them. Whilst the 4.8" screen is big, it might not be big enough. Simply share it without wires to a big screen and use your Galaxy S III as a controller.
AllShare Play - You have no doubt left a file on a home computer when you are at work or thought it would be really handy if I could access something that you have stored on your home computer when somewhere else. With Samsungs AllShare Play you can access documents and multimedia files remotely, allowing you to achieve what you could not before.
Complete the story. A full range of official Samsung accessories from cases, to screen protectors to docks are available for the Galaxy S III.
Seamless and intuitive this is a phone designed for humans, thinking and working with you to give you the best mobile experience. It is today’s most powerful smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Marble White Features
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED (1280x720) display
MicroSD card slot that supports up to 64GB memory cards
50GB Dropbox cloud storage
3G (HSPA 21Mbps)
8 megapixel auto focus camera with flash & zero shutter lag
Front facing 1.9 megapixel camera, with zero shutter lag
HD video recording @30 frames per second
133g in weight
S Beam – share content with other Galaxy S III devices
Pop up play –Watch video whilst doing other things
S Voice – Intelligently communicate with the phone
Smart stay – No more tapping the screen to keep the backlight on
Smart call – The Galaxy S III initiates the call so you do not have to
Smart alert – Leave less time before responding to missed calls or messages
AllShare Play – Share content with the big screen and control from the Galaxy
Samsung Galaxy S3 Marble White Box Contents
Samsung Galaxy S III handset
Samsung Galaxy S III battery
Stereo headphones with changeable earbuds
UK mains plug
USB sync charge cable
Quick start guide
See the video below for our review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.