The Samsung Galaxy S3 (also known as the Galaxy SIII) is said to be the best and most powerful smartphone on the market. Unless you’ve been under a rock, behind a tree or maybe somewhere in the back-woods of New Zealand you will be more than aware of the ongoing battle between Apple and Samsung. The battle though isn’t limited to high paid lawyers and courtrooms, it’s alive and kicking amongst people like you and I; those who use the products.
The fight has gone through numerous evolutions. iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Tab… the only constant seems to be that Apple and Samsung both claim to have truly incredible products. My experiences with the iPhone have left me with a frustrated taste in my mouth, so I have to ask myself…
Is the Samsung Galaxy S3 worthy of all the hype it gets?
My first smartphone was a Blackberry Bold 9000. When we upgraded 18 months ago we got the Apple iPhone 4 and while the hardware and technology was a massive step forward from the Bold, the heavy limitations Apple put on their products was a constant thorn in my side. iOS6 and its well publicised issues were the final straw. The iPhone had to go, and what better to upgrade to than a shiny new “Pebble Blue” Galaxy S3.
Despite its large size, this is one of the most comfortable phones i’ve held. The ergo edges are tireless on the hands and it’s such a light weight that you hardly feel like you’re holding a phone. The screen is vibrant… and the colours “pop” better than anything else i’ve seen (and yes, that includes the iPhone 5). But the biggest first thought.. it’s fast. I mean, it’s real fast and has such a smooth fluid movement that everything is so effortless. It’s driven by a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM meaning you’re not going to have any problems with speed on this handset. The OS is Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
To top off the processor, the Galaxy S3 boasts a massive 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD (high definition) screen that delivers incredible depth of colours.
Taking into mind that i’ve come from an iPhone 4 to the S3, there is a massive upgrade in technology involved for a users point of view. The S3 really has it all, and if it doesn’t there is probably an App that can make it happen. Standard features such as S-Beam allowing you to instantly send files to other S3 users, FM Radio tuner, 8MP Camera and Google Maps (yes, Google… Apple users may remember those great maps) are just the start with the Galaxy S3.
Everything seems so well connected on this phone. With as little as a click you can take a photo and then send it / use it on almost any App on the phone. I’ve not had that kind of flexibility with applications since my days on the Blackberry. The notifications screen isn’t just there to tell you what’s new on your phone, it also contains instant access to common system settings such as Wifi, Blue Tooth, Audio, GPS, Power Saving and more.
And hey, if you want to stand around looking like a fool talking to your phone you can even play with S-Voice. Apple users will surely love that feature.
Apps aside, it’s the customisation ability of the phone that really has me sold. You control what your home screens display. Whether you want widgets, app icons, or maybe just your full schedule you can do it, and then some. You control the number of home screen (slides) you have on the phone, and what they contain. Take a look at the image to the right to see what i mean about blending widgets, and icons.
What About Apps?
In case you’re wondering, there IS an place to get your apps – it’s called Google Play and much like the Apple App Store, its easy to use and contains apps that have been approved by Google. Accessing it can be done by both phone or browser.
App availability is quite incredible and i’ve been blown away by the number of applications that you can install and more importantly, the number of developers who have started to really push Android app development. Zynga are a prime example of a company who are making a push to ensure Android apps are available at the same time as other platforms.
Has my experience with the iPhone made me a little biased? Yes, absolutely and I make no apologies for that. But mark my words, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is truly a smartphone worthy of the hype it receives. Not only does it reach expectations, it surpasses them and leaves you with a smile on your face.
Samsung have created a truly magnificent product here, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anybody looking to upgrade or replace their mobile phone.
Other great reviews of the S3:
Trusted Reviews: Galaxy S3 tops iPhone 5 as UKs prefered Smartphone
Tech Radar: Galaxy S3 Review