2012 in smartphones has been dominated by one device, the Samsung Galaxy S3. In the months leading up to its unveiling, the S3 was the most talked about thing in cool technology, and now that it has finally arrived, pre-orders are off the chart. From build to features the new Galaxy seemingly has it all, but does it really have enough to become the next best smartphone, finally ending the rein of its own predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S2?
A quality display is a big selling point in new smartphones and this is an area where HTC’s famous One X sits at the top of the pile with its 4.7 inches. To have any chance of being declared the next best phone, the S3’s display must equal, or better that of the One X – and guess what? It does!
The S3 comes with a super 4.8-inch Super-AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels and 306ppi. The screen is also protected with Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 2 and uses Samsung’s own TouchWiz 4.0 UI. Viewing angles are superb and contrast is beautiful. Simply put, the Galaxy S3 has everything you could ever want in a smartphone display. And it’s nice.
The processor used is always going to be of major importance for any smartphone that wants to be the best. Samsung has opted to use its own Exynos 4212 Quad chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The fact that the S3 is quad-core is enough to outdo all other phones on the market and the performance is every bit as slick as you would expect from such a processor.
The camera in the Galaxy S3 is somewhat of a letdown, that is not to say it isn’t any good – it is, it’s just that everyone was expecting 12MP’s, and to end up with the exact same camera that was in the S2 is a little bit disappointing – especially when you’re gunning to be the next best phone!
What the 8MP camera does offer is a great picture and 1080p HD recording. Photo taking is totally lag-free and there is also a range of features, including LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging, smile and face detection, photo stabilization and the ability to take photos simply by saying the word “cheese!” The cheese factor aside though, there is nothing that the S3 camera has that can outdo other high-end phones.
The front-facing camera, at 1.9MP and with 720p video recording, is better than rival phones and restores Samsung’s claim to the throne.
If the honor of next best smartphone is awarded based on storage, then it is game over – no-one can compete with the Galaxy S3, not even Apple. With three internal storage options: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, the S3 has enough about it to better most phones and rival the iPhone 4S, however, add a MicroSD card slot to the mix and the possibility of expanding storage by a further 64GB – and you have a device that is unrivaled.
Features of the Next Best Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich v4.0.4, which is currently the most recent version of 4.0 ICS. In addition to this is the proprietary TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. This makes the S3 and outstanding phone. There is also a host of “intelligence” features; these include Smart Stay which uses the front-facing camera to the display does not time-out when the user is looking at the screen, and S Voice which is Samsung’s answer to Apple’s Siri. As well as doing everything that Siri can do, S Voice goes a step further by giving the user the ability to initiate calls, send messages and emails, request songs and wake the phone. You can even turn off the phone’s alarm by saying ‘snooze’ – genius!
At the first sight the price of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 seems to be rather high, but when you think twice you see it’s quite fair. For the SIM-free version you’ll have to pay about 600EUR/$740/£480 (at least that’s what GSMArena says), and the contract version will come for free in most European countries, its monthly fees being rather competitive. Most high-end phones cost almost the same, so you won’t have to overpay for the new Galaxy S3.
So is the Samsung Galaxy S3 the next best phone I hear you ask? Well, I have yet to see a better smartphone, have you?
This guest post was put together by Amelia – thanks!