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The Galaxy S3, a Review

Updated on February 7, 2013

What is the S III?

You have no doubt seen or heard a lot about the Samsung Galaxy S3. It is a smartphone that runs on the Android OS and it isn't exactly very affordable. However, before we go nitpicking on it, let us write down some basic terms and definition that one should keep in mind when they are talking about a device such as this.

First off, this smartphone uses a mobile OS that is called Android which you may or may not have heard about. It is an open-source operating system that is currently developed and maintained by Google and the manufacturers inside of the Open Handset Alliance. Surely you have already heard about other companies such HTC, Motorola, LG, Sony and so forth, well they all have their own sweet Android phones and in spite of the fact that they are competitors, they do contribute to each other in one way or another.

Thus, the Galaxy S3 is a phone that is manufactured by Samsung and is the third in the S-series which has been very popular around the world.

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The marble white model from different angles
The marble white model from different angles

Galaxy S3 Design Specs

The Display

  • Multitouch display screen
  • Super AMOLED technology with 16 million colors
  • 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (~306 ppi pixel density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 & TouchWiz UI

From you can see here, the display is very durable thanks to CGG 2 and the screen resolution and quality is without a doubt superb! The high pixel density, the smooth UI and the AMOLED display technology create a great user experience that you should certainly try out at a local mobile store.

The Body

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm (5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in)
  • 133 g (4.69 oz)
  • There is a back and rear camera

As you can see it is a larger phone than one is probably used to, but it is still not bulky or too big like the Galaxy Note 2 phablet.

Samsung & Exynos - a last partnership.
Samsung & Exynos - a last partnership.

The Hardware

Main features:

  • CPU: Cortex A9, a quad-core processor that works at 1.4 GHz
  • GPU: Mali-400 MP
  • Chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • 8 MP back camera as well as a 1.9 MP front camera
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Internal memory of 16/32/64 GB + microSD support (up to 64 GB)
  • 2100 mAh battery

When it was released the Samsung Galaxy S3 took pride in being a very unique device as no other before it could say it has such a powerful quad-core processor along with many other impressive specs. Today, a lot of new models will be sporting a quad-core processor that may even be more powerful, but the S3 still has more than enough processor power to take on anything that you can throw at it!

The S Voice on a Galaxy S3 with a custom ROM and UI pack from XDA developers
The S Voice on a Galaxy S3 with a custom ROM and UI pack from XDA developers

Software Features

Samsung did a very interesting thing with their Galaxy S3 in order to make it a best-seller - they introduced a lot of powerful software of their own in order to make this device stand out. Here are some of the rather popular software features you can expect from the S3:

  • The S Voice - a powerful Android assistant that will remind you much of Siri from the iOS. This software is nowhere near as advanced or full of options as Siri, but it is by far more reliable and less buggy.
  • Smart Stay & Eye Tracking - a cleaver feature that will make your phone save battery power on its own. If there is no eye tracking detected for a longer period of time, the screen will time-out in order to prevent needless battery drain since nobody is clearly looking at the phone.
  • Advanced Camera Options - this allow you to create HD video and take photos at the same time. Aside from this the included camera app comes with a lot of other options that will help you get a great shot!
  • A great bundle - out of the box the S3 will come with Java, HTML, Flash, a Document Viewer, all sort of messaging, Google apps and much more! It a really great offer when it comes to the software as well as the hardware.

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    • vandanic profile image

      Filip Danic 5 years ago from Belgrade

      Well, it is hard to say as it often comes to personal taste. However, everyone has to agree that the Galaxy S3 is one of the best out there.

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      David 5 years ago from England

      Do you think the S3 is the best phone out right now?