Samsung Galaxy S3 Review
I played with the Samsung Galaxy S II last year, I absolutely fell in love with that device. Same with the Galaxy Note, and when I got my hands on the S III I really had high hopes for this device to deliver on what was already a solid platform and build upon its past and show me where it was going in the future. Question is did I like what I saw and in the end does the Samsung Galaxy S III really show us anything we haven’t already seen? Let’s find out. If you want a nice accompaniment to this review check out my video review of the phone as well located here.
Under the hood you have a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor. The sad part is that a lot of other phones outside the U.S. are coming packed with quad-core processor but when you really look at it, you aren’t missing those 2 extra cores too much. It can launch apps, watch hi-definition videos, load up websites and handle multitasking without even hiccupping.
The S III also features 2GB of RAM, unlike the 1GB RAM setup found in the One X. But, while the S III clearly had plenty of horsepower, I saw no discernible power advantage over the One X. Both are fantastic performers and equally top-of-class in this regard.
The size of the device is starting to move into the fabled phablet (phone/tablet hybrid) as it doesn’t shy away from its massive screen size and still keep its lightweight design. The S III sports a 4.8-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel, Super HD AMOLED display, which seems massive. The thin bezel around the device keeps the phone from feeling oversize, but it does push the limits on just how big a smartphone should be before we venture into that phablet zone I spoke of earlier. Those of you with smaller hands will venture to say this device is “too big” to use one handed and even I had some trouble but I still was able to manage it.
The display is sharp and bright and some colors feel over bright. Greens, blues and red pop off the screen brighter on the S III than I have seen on other handsets. You also get deep blacks and that makes this device great for watching videos.
I’m also not a fan of the S III’s physical styling. The Pebble Blue and Ceramic White colors the S III is offered in look sharp — the blue especially, which is closer to purple. And the phone’s plastic chassis feels solid, as though it would withstand enough abuse to survive a 2-year contract. But the tooling is all slopes and rounded edges, leaving the handset looking more like a forgettable blob than the flashy flagship phone for the most popular Android maker.Continued on the next page