The Samsung Galaxy S II dutifully and diligently completed its term as a phone and exhaustively in every other form possible, like the phablets and LTE variants using the same family concept. The time has come for an all-new better version, with unseen features and characteristics, and Samsung has understood this need well, with its timely launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Samsung’s main aim is to make the Galaxy S series highly equipped as a move forward, by adding a new quad-core Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch, HD Super AMOLED screen and a host of other features vying hard for the top spot amongst other Android devices. Traces of its other Galaxy phones can be detected at first glance in the new Galaxy S III. Samsung has chosen not to take a leap with this one by giving it distinct do over in terms of design and in saying that we assess that it bears most resemblance to the Galaxy Nexus and far less to the Galaxy S II. The screen is a 4.8 inch AMOLED which gets a nice thin outline instead of a more obvious bezel, to give it definition and the illusion of elongation of the screen’s actual size. The device weighs a wispy 133g and measures 8.6mm across. These dimensions afford good grip. The grip is partially countered by the glossy plastic body on the front and the back. The glossy finish looks very attractive and refined particularly on the Pebble Blue option. A minor variation to the overall plastic casing is seen around the edges to break the monotony, which is a good option against using a metallic chassis that would have damaged the look and feel of the phone altogether. The physical home button is the same as that on the previous Galaxy, with the only difference being its size for it has been shrunken a little to seem less dominating. Accompanying the home button are two capacitive buttons on either side. On the back is the camera module, flash and loudspeaker unit.
The camera is more or less the same with the same picture quality and density as that found on the Galaxy S II. The 8 megapixel shooter generates high quality pictures even in the most challenging circumstances. The camera is quite versatile. Samsung has used a new software interface, which is capable of capturing dual stills and video capture, and can face tag existing contacts. It also has improved face identification and tracking.
The display is a PenTile, which to break it down, implies that pixelation is apparent, in spite of its 306 ppi density, due to the sharing of sub-pixels. However the resolution is clear and very good, except perhaps for the likings of the most critical of critiques. The use of Gorilla Glass 2 in this Galaxy S III is great for giving a wide range of viewing angles. At the core the inside the Galaxy S III works on a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, and an all new GPU which boasts of being 65 percent quicker in comparing it with the Mali 400 graphics chip found on the Galaxy S II. The processor works well even when running high power apps simultaneously, it also offers a smooth experience when browsing and in casual use including media playback and gaming.
The 2,100mAh battery is removable and has a wireless charging option. Beside the battery is a slot for a micro-SIM, and a microSD slot. Expansion possibilities are 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, on the basis of the variant purchased. Apart from these there is a DLNA, an MHL-compatible micro-USB port, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and headphone socket, with NFC attached to the battery unit.
Samsung has delved more on software improvement versus hardware with the new Galaxy S III and for good reason. This device comes with the all new TouchWiz for the Ice Cream Sandwich. To improve the quality Samsung has added a new line of apps and features, with improved gesture-intrinsic features. On the bottom of the screen are five options. The keyboard on the Galaxy S III is easy to use, and offers high functionality. There is a new feature in the form of lock screen app shortcuts. When this is enabled in the settings option, it records gesture movements which open up various options on your phone like the camera app, or calling options. Another Smart Stay feature enables the device to detect whether a face is staring into the camera, or not, which if detected switches on the display. On similar lines is the Smart Alert uses the built in accelerometer to show you a list of missed calls or notifications once you take the phone in your hands.
S Voice is a voice interactive new feature, that is rather unresponsive. It hardly recognizes voice commands, so controlling your phone through it is near impossible. While Samsung is looking to revise and recreate this feature, it is also working with third party apps to fill the gaps in its faltering technology. With the AllShare Play feature you can share media content with the big screen, and with AllShare Cast acts like a projector, duplicating your screen, for big-screen gaming. Another interesting feature is the Pop Up Play using which you can play a video file on top of any other app. However playback is restricted to the parent media player.
Overall, the phone hits a high score with its looks, and functionality. Handling is made easy and comfortable with its efficient keyboard, and UI. The high definition Super AMOLED screen completes the high quality experience along with the new processor which can muscle a lot for the Android handheld. It borrows a lot from its predecessors where design and hardware is concerned, but much needed substantial changes in the software department raise the bar on this device. The Galaxy S III has even set right loopholes in which areas its competitors mastered, to bring it on par with them. The introduction of the TouchWiz give it a never before experience, even for those who are fans of the vanilla experience. A few tweaks to this device like setting right the S Voice feature and exploiting the new processor to its maximum capacity can even take the phone into the battleground of Apple’s creations.
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