Flawless Design and Smooth Power
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was without a doubt the most eagerly awaited handset of 2012 and all of the hype that built up prior to its release wasn’t for nothing. Powering this slick and smooth handset is a super quad core processor, but what you see is definitely what you pay for. If you’re after power, then you should look no further but the high price tag may cause you to re-think. For this, the Samsung Galaxy S3 gets a rating of 4 out of 5.
Android lovers will be pleased to know that the Samsung Galaxy S3 runs flawlessly on the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system although it has not been confirmed yet whether it will be receive an update to 4.1 Jelly Bean.
As well as Ice Cream Sandwich, Samsung have installed their own TouchWiz user interface, and it is here that the S3 loses some of its charm. Although it may look polished on the surface, underneath is a UI that is a little bit clunky and slow to respond at times. But if you really fancy an S3, it’s nothing that you couldn’t get used to.
One new exciting addition that TouchWiz did bring to the S3 was eye-tracking. This utilises the front facing camera so that it detects when a face is looking at the screen. Although this works fine when the user is looking directly at the phone, but if it is propped at even a slight angle, then it will not work.
Samsung have taken a leaf out of Apple’s book and installed a voice assistant called S-Voice. Although it is a nice idea, it is not without its flawless and sometimes it fails to understand what you are saying, but it is good for basic commands.
If you love gaming, then you’ll love the Galaxy S3. The huge 1.4GHz quad core processor is more than capable of supporting the more demanding games that are available in the Google Play store and on screen the graphics look amazing. The whole gameplay experience was smooth and did not slow or stutter even once.
Browsing the web was also excellent, which is no surprise given the combined power of Ice Cream Sandwich and the quad core processor. For maximum browsing potential, it is recommended that you download Google Chrome which has been designed to work in harmony with the S3 in order to get the most out of the Internet.
But, all this power inside is bound to take its toll somewhere, and for the S3, that place is the battery life. Owners should expect the need to charge the S3 once a night and it is also worth noting that it takes an incredibly long time to charge through a USB plug so if at all possible, find a mains plug to charge.
Samsung have really outdone themselves with the Galaxy S3, combining a smooth pebble design with an extraordinary amount of power. The user interface can prove to be a little frustrating at times but this can be overlooked when you consider the power, the crystal clear screen and the 8 megapixel camera. Just think twice about the price tag before you commit to the S3.