Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) reviews are all praise for the smartphone. Here, Raaj Datta decodes specs and features of the latest Samsung phone
Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S III at an event in London. Billed as the official smartphone of the London 2012 Olympics, the Samsung Galaxy S III generated quite a hype and hoopla. So, rather than inundating you with excerpts of the launch event, let’s dive down straight to the specs of this much awaited smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy S III as anticipated comes powered with Ice Cream Sandwich OS featuring a 4.8-inch 1280×720p HD Super AMOLED display and a 1.9-megapixel camera in the front. The bezel is quite narrow, and inside its sleek 8.6mm is the heart of the smartphone – the 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 processor, a cortex A9 design (basically the same CPU core as the NVDIA Tegra 3 and the Apple’s A5) with an integrated ARM Mali GPU.
The Galaxy S III comes with 1 GB RAM, and 16, 32, or 64 GB of flash. If you are still not satisfied with the memory, there’s a micro-SD slot supporting up to 64 GB SDXC. Also, there’s Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and NFC connectivity. Although a bit of a letdown, the rear sports an 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. There are a host of sensors on this device that includes – an accelerometer, GPS and GLONASS positioning, compass, gyroscope and, a barometer. There’s a 2100 mAh battery that should be enough to keep the unit running for a long time indeed.
The Samsung Galaxy’s 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 processor, based on ARM Cortex A9 technology, enables a smarter multi-tasking environment. That is, it allows more tasks in a shorter period of time.
The display uses a Pentile matrix: each pixel, instead of the traditional RGB, is made up of a pair of either red and green or blue and green sub-pixels. Pentile is weird because makes the text a bit blurry – under certain conditions though. But in normal usage it’s simply an exceptional display.
The screen is big, and as a result, the phone is big. Samsung has cut the size of the bezel down, so the Galaxy S III is only slightly larger than its predecessor. The light weight (133 grams) and the thinness make it comfortable enough to hold it in a medium-sized palm.
Letdown – the galaxy S III feels rather cheap – feels almost like its predecessor, the Galaxy S II. In comparison, the Lumia 800 is also a plastic one but feels high quality. Given the fact that the Galaxy S III is a quad core flagship model, this doesn’t really go too well with critics and users alike. Looks like in sharp contrast to the aesthetics of the phone! To compensate, TouchWiz comes to the rescue. It gives a natural feel to the phone with its intuitive UI.
The Galaxy S III features an updated camera interface that can take bursts of up to 20 pictures at 3.3 frames a second, with a feature to automatically pick the best picture of the lot. There’s interestingly the Samsung’s S Voice which happened to be one of the stars of the launch event. It’s one of the best possible Android-based voice-command alternatives to Siri. All’s well if it works as well as Samsung claims.
Other apps include AllShare programs and the S Beam. Similar to Google’s Android Beam feature, S Beam allows quick and easy sharing of files. It can also use fast Wi-Fi Direct which duplicates the phone’s screen on TV.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a feature-packed evolution of the Galaxy S II. The hardware is about the best one can get at the moment and the UI is intuitive, with TouchWiz enchanting the user with a number of exciting and useful features. There’s so much work on the insides – the hardware as well as the software. It could ring annihilation bells for most smartphones, but was unveiled in ‘cheap to feel’ package – a flagship model indeed!