Review of the Samsung Galaxy S3

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Review of the Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung claim that almost ten million pre-orders for the new Galaxy S3 were received even before the official launch. Is the Samsung Galaxy S3 really such a must-have smartphone that so many people are willing to pay their hard-earned money before actually seeing it?

Certainly the specifications are reason enough to set smartphone aficionados drooling, the latest, fastest Android operating system and a truly massive 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen. All this packaged in a design that, says Samsung, is “inspired by nature, it sees, listens, responds and allows you to share the greatest moments.

But what lies underneath all the hyperbole? Does it really measure up?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is not small, it comes in at 136.6mm x 70.6mm and just 8.6mm thick, weighing in at 133g, but the “nature inspired” polycarbonate case, available in marble white or pebble blue, gives the whole device a lightweight, unobtrusive feel.

The combination of well thought-out buttons and on-screen icons make the S3 easy to use and the phone feels very comfortable in the hand. The Gorilla glass screen is really amazing, with excellent contrast, colour reproduction and great definition, as you’d expect from an HD screen with a pixel density of 309 ppi.

The user interface has also been obviously subjected to a considerable amount of thought, with several innovative features such as the ability to mute a call, or music while playing, by turning over the phone or simply placing your hand over the screen. A nice touch, again, inspired by nature, is that when the phone is in locked mode, touching the screen with your finger produces a little ripple on the screen, to the accompaniment of a water drop sound.

As with all smartphones the Samsung Galaxy S3 incorporates a camera, but somewhat surprisingly Samsung have elected to stay with the 8-megapixels used on the Galaxy S2. However, the speed of the Android 4.0 operating system means that the camera has almost zero shutter lag and with a wide variety of mode options and camera settings to play around with you’ll be hard pressed to find fault with the camera.

Battery life is always a contentious issue with smartphones, but there are no worries with the Samsung Galaxy S3. The 2,100 mAh battery will give around 8 hours use under very heavy loading, such as massive Internet use, watching HD videos etc. but for normal use the battery is more than adequate.

So what’s the verdict?

Suffice it to say that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the fastest and smartest smartphones around and if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, the Galaxy S3 is the best around, at the moment.

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