The Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched to fanfare in Australia, in mid 2012. You cannot have failed to be exposed to the marketing hype that surrounds a Samsung annual flagship product launch. You can see from the pictures that the Galaxy S3 looks like it fell out of a Hollywood Sci Fi props cabinet. But what’s the reality ? Where does the marketing end and the truth begin ? Whatphone takes a look and you can see the detail below. However, put simply, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is at least up there with the best phones ever made.
I felt like I was batting above my average every time I looked at my Samsung Galaxy S3. If I’d seen her on the other side of the bar with her supercool, beautiful friends sipping Smartphone champagne,( they’d be iPads in leather cases, iPhones in diamond pouches and new Ultra portable laptops I imagine ), I’d have been too intimidated to go over and talk to her. In either colour, the Samsung Galaxy s3 is a thing of beauty and the way it looks will make you the envy of your friends.
The screen is outstanding
Samsung are the only company which use Super AMOLED screens on their phones. There is no equivalent for depth, colour and saturation. put next to an HTC or Apple product, the screen on the Galaxy S3 trounces them all.
1 ) Features you’d actually use
Best photo : When you’re snapping away, the Samsung Galaxy S3 takes a bunch of pictures in quick succession and lets you pick the one you like most. Obviously, you’re left with the task of filtering them post picture taking which could be a pain but I think Samsung have nailed this one. If you’re like me, you’re always playing with your phone and simple, rewarding tasks like deciding which your favorite shot is of many, are exactly the sort of thing I enjoy.
Smart Call : You’re texting someone, you decide it’s all a bit too much hassle, you lift the phone to your ear and you call them. Brilliant. I found I was using this once a day at least ( mostly at theWhatphone office when I realized halfway through that the conversation was too involved to cover thoroughly over SMS. )
Smart Stay : You’ve probably heard about this one. The Samsung Galaxy S3 looks at your eyes and, like Santa, it ‘knows when you’re awake.’ Obviously, the benefit of this is that it gives you more battery life. It wasn’t a perfect feature but it did work well enough and give me more juice to the point that I thought I’d actually use it.
Smart Alert : Come back to your Samsung Galaxy S3 and, if you’ve got any missed calls or messages while you’ve been away, it’ll vibrate to let you know. Nice. Useful.
Memory, lots of it : Those who love storing media will be pretty happy with this phone. Complete with a Micro-SD card slot, you’ll be able to expand memory even further from the already generous 16GB and 32GB variants. If you’re the type that likes to have movies, photos, music, documents, lots of apps and games – this is a pretty sweet setup.
2 ) Features you probably wouldn’t use
Blokes are funny creatures. In my experience, we tend to buy capability rather than usefulness. What I mean is that I have mates who have dune buggies, remote controlled cars, calculator watches and running shoes for when they go ‘off road’. Do they use them – obviously not. But they feel better knowing that if they wanted to use them they would have the capability to do that. In my mind these Samsung Galaxy S3 features fell under that category.
S Voice : Siri for Samsung. I never use it. It doesn’t understand me. You always have to say things a bunch of times and sound like you’re having an argument with your phone, which is not a good look in Coles. It draws attention to you which you probably don’t want.
When are you in a totally quiet environment so it ‘gets you’ ? You’re either out and about or watching TV from the sofa when you play with your Smartphone. Until they get noise cancelling capabilities ( and I guess that’s not too far away ) then this is a wasted feature in my view.
Social Tag : Just stand there mate, I’ll take your picture, the phone will recognize it and post you all over the internet. Brilliant. Except, as usual, we’re doing something that our neighbor, rabbi, wife, cousin, nan or, ( shiver ), boss, would not approve of.
Get real Samsung, my Facebook posts have several layers of common sense filtering on them to make sure I can still get a job in 5 years and see my family without blushing at Christmas. I will decide what I show to the World Wide Web not my feisty, stupid, too trusting Samsung Galaxy S3.
Pop Up Play : Watch a video in a small window while you’re texting.
Bad bits : The battery
I recognize that I am a very heavy user of my Smart mobile phones. I have push email turned on all day, real time. I often use wireless networks. I have the screen on full all the time. I stream radio for an hour every morning. Even so, I expect battery life to be better than I’ve got on the Galaxy S3. Unless I plug it in whenever I’m near a charger, the battery runs flat late afternoon which just isn’t enough.
Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S3
So, it’s great but how does it compare to the other great devices out there ? Well, if you’d like detailed breakdowns of the comparisons between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and other devices, you can check them out here.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most anticipated android phones of the year and it looks like Samsung lived up to the expectations. The fact you can get it for $20 – $25 less a month now than the newer ( but only slightly better ) Samsung Galaxy S4 means those who choose the S3 are getting a steal.
So if you’re looking for a powerful smartphone and be confident that every dollar has been well spend, look no further. It was the best Android phone of 2012 and in 2014, the prices you can get one for are little short of amazing.