Hands on review of the Android 4.0.4 powered Samsung Galaxy S3
Over the past two years I have been fortunate enough to get my hands on a multitude of Samsung products for testing purposes, I have managed to lay my hands on everything from the Galaxy Gio to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and now the time has finally come for my review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The model available to me for testing was the international version sporting a quad core CPU and 1GB of RAM and 32GB’s of internal storage, it should be noted that the US version differs in specifications by shipping with a dual core CPU and 2GB’s of RAM.
My first impressions while unboxing the GS3 were all directed to the phones large, almost gargantuan size due to the 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED screen with a native resolution of 1280×720. Although I was shocked by just how large of a device the GS3 is, I was somewhat taken aback but just how light and comfortable it feels even when held and operated with a single hand, I know many people have voiced concerns about the difficulty that comes with operating a phone of this size, but as a man built like a lumberjack I found the GS3 to be a workable form factor and the on screen keyboard easy to use even with my large digits.
While on the subject of the GS3′s display I feel I should mention that HD video playback is an absolute delight with the immense depth of colour and resolution available from the AMOLED screen, although in some lighting conditions it can appear slightly dim when screen brightness is set to automatic. You can of course overcome this by manually setting the display to maximum brightness, although if you do the battery will drain quite quickly.
In keeping with the aforementioned power consumption, I have managed to squeeze two days of frequent use out of the GS3 on a single charge but constant use including watching HD video over WiFi will see the battery depleted in around 16 hours. The two heavy users of the batteries charge are of course the large capacitive screen and the 1.4GHz quad core processor.
The build quality of the device is surprising well finished and solid to the touch, but as a result of Samsung once again choosing to stick with their favourite scratch and shock resistant polycarbonate plastic the GS3 does give the feeling of fragility with the 4.8″ screen being a primary target for drop damage, as a result purchasing a good case would be well advised.
Samsung have seemed to go out of their way to impress with the GS3′s features, the 8MP camera takes beautifully clear and high resolution images at a shutter rate that would rival most still cameras on the market, another notable camera feature is the ability to shoot photo’s in “Burst Mode”, burst mode takes up to 20 images in rapid succession and automatically selects the best image to keep.
Another great feature of the GS3 is an adaptation of NFC called “S Beam” which allows you to transfer various file types from audio play lists to video files using short range wireless protocols to other supported devices.
I could quite easily fill another ten paragraphs with the Galaxy S3′s features but I feel this post is becoming long winded as it is, I will instead publish another article that covers the GS3′s features in a greater depth at a later date. I shall finish this article by listing the specifications below.
Samsung Galaxy S3 specifications
4.8″ HD Super AMOLED (1280×720) covered by Hyperglaze.
International version: 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad-core system on a chip (SoC) processor
U.S. version: Qualcomm’s dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
16GB, 32GB, 64GB
MicroSD Slot (64GB exFAT Support)
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Rear: 8MP Auto Focus with flash, HD recording @30fps
Full HD Recording and Playback, 30fps @ 1080
a – n Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, Blue Tooth 4.0
Stand-by: up to 790 hours for 3G
Talk time: up to 11 hours 40 minutes for 3G
136.6mm x 70.6mm x 8.6mm