It goes for without saying, that the Samsung Galaxy S2 was the most dominant phone last year. Yeah, we saw other powerful phones too, like the HTC Sensation, Lg Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix etc, but the Samsung Galaxy S2, with its beautiful 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and powerful dual core processor stole the show.
This year, we were all waiting for the new generation of phones to come around, with their HD displays and quad-core processors. HTC started to create riffs with its HTC One X, but everybody had their eyes set on a particular phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3.
After a whole lot of speculation and waiting, today Samsung finally showed of the Samusung Galaxy S3. Before delving further into the phones various features lets get the specs out of the way
- A 4.8 inch Super AMOLED Display with resolution of 720×1280 with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 Processor
- Mali-400MP GPU
- 8 Mp Camera with LED Flash, capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps
- 1 GB of RAM
- Internal Memory of 16, 32, 64 GB which can be expanded via MicroSD
- Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Other features such as NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a secondary camera (1.9 MP, 720p@30fps) etc
It is clear from the Specs that this phone is a beast when it comes to power. We expect that it will be one of the top competitors when it comes to raw power for smartphones this year. Now lets go into the details of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 appears to be an amalgam of various previous phones of the Galaxy Series. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a more curvaceous body, with rounded corners, akin to the Galaxy Nexus, differentiating it from the Samsung Galaxy S2.
The camera module present on the back of the device, is plane with the surface of the phone, which is a good thing, due to the fact that it will prevent direct contact of the glass covering the lens to touch the surfaces on which it is placed.
The phone is available in both white, and pebble blue. According to us, the pebble blue version looks better, but that is just personal opinion. The pebble blue version has a brushed metallic look.
The phone is very thin (though not thinner than the Galaxy S2), and is also very light weight. The phone is only 8.6 mm thick, and weighs approx. 133 gms. This is a good thing, for sake of carrying convenience, but to achieve this feat, Samsung has again gone for an all plastic body, which does not look cheap, but cannot match the premium designing of the HTC One X.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is powered by a powerful processor, and has a decent amount of RAM, hence using the phone is very swift. Menu Navigation, Internet browsing is flawless.
The Camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is almost the same as present on the Samsung Galaxy S2. It is also 8 Mp, but features many changes on the software front, which have been discussed ahead.
The display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a Super AMOLED Display, but lacks the “Plus”, which its predecessor had. This means that the display will be PenTile, and hence pixelation will be visible when the phone is looked at very carefuly, as their is sharing of sub- pixels. But this is something which most people will not even be able to realise, so it is nothing to worry about.
Samsung has decided to focus more on the software front this time around, as opposed to only going for hardware. The Android ICS interface is skinned with TouchWiz 4.0, which may irk some of us, who like vanilla Android more.
Menus and the launcher see changes due to the TouchWiz 4.0, but nothing which is not bearable.
Samsung has also given some useful features to the phone. The camera app has been heavily customised. It now has better face detection, can take pictures while recording video, can select the best picture from a group of pics etc.
The innovation in software starts right off from the lockscreen. Touching the screen, and turning it sideways will take you directly to the camera app. Other similar uses of the accelerometer are also seen.
Another cool feature which has been introduced is that by using the secondary camera, the phone is able to detect whether you are looking at the sceen, and hence turns off the backlight accordingly.
S Voice is another feature of the Samsung Galaxy S3, by which you can use your voice to perform various actions on the phone, like changing music, or taking a photo.
Pop Up Play is a cool feature which is not only unique to this phone, but also shows off the power of the phone. Using Pop Up Play, you can view a video at the same time, while performing mundane tasks on your phone such as, say, reading messages. The Pop Up box can be adjusted to various sizes, and uses only the native video player on the phone (as of now)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 will be releasing on May 29 in Europe, and will will release in June in other parts of the world. That’s not too far off is it? For those of you who can’t wait, you can always import, if you want the device before it is officially available in your territory.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 has come out to be a worthy successor to the Samsung Galaxy S2. We liked the phone alot, but wish that the body was not plastic this time around. 2 Gb of RAM would also be a dream come true (LG has shown this off recently in their new LG Optimus LTE2) As of now, the only true competitor too the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the HTC One X. We will soon post a comparasion of both. But for what it is, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a charmer.