The SAMSUNG GALAXY S III is an ideal combination of outstanding design, elegant display, and other fine features.
The Galaxy S III is 5.37 by 2.78 by 0.34 inches and in comparison, the older Galaxy SII on T-Mobile (which has a 4.5-inch display) is 5.11 by 2.71 by 0.37 inches. The Galaxy S III feels light, like it's predecessor, but it also feels a bit plasticky. It comes in two colors: “Marble White" and "Pebble," a bluish-gray.
The phone has a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED sharp display with 1280-by-720-pixel resolution. Colors looked brighter and more vivid, and had a greater range, thanthose on the Galaxy Nexus (which uses the same display technology), but some bleeding between the colors was noticeable, which is a sign of oversaturation.
The Galaxy S III runs An¬droid 4.0.4 with Samsung's TouchWiz 5.0 overlay. Like previous versions of the overlay, the new TouchWiz looks and feels slightly cartoonish, however the interface in this version is simple enough to navigate.
Samsung has integrated a number of new gesture controls into the mix, such as tilt to zoom, shake to update, and flip to mute. In addition, you can take a screenshot by swiping across the screen from right to left with the side of your hand, however, my attempts on doing this often resulted in my phone performing an entirely different operation—such as enlarg¬ing the image—by accident.
As on the Galaxy SII, the keyboard’s keys are so small and narrow that I made a lot of mistakes while typing a message. However regular use should lead to discontinuation of this being a problem. Also, the inclusion of Swype might help to make typing a bit less painful.
S Voice, Samsung's voice- activated assistant, works similarly to Apple's Siri: You can use it to look up answers, schedule appointments, call people, and more.
The Galaxy S III delivered a satisfactory performance on our benchmark tests. In our test of pageload time over Wi-Fi, the phone loaded the page in 11.5 seconds, versus 10.3 seconds for the LG Optimus 4X HD and 6.5 seconds for the HTC Evo 4G LTE.
Call quality was pleasant. My friends soundedclear and natural on the line, with no static or disturbance of any kind, and they praised the call quality at their end, too. I did not experience any dropped calls during my hands-on time.
Using the FCC-approved Ookla app, average download speed of 23.28 megabits per second and an average upload speed of 8.66 mbps was achieved near my San Francisco office. Downloading applications took mere seconds, and I enjoyed browsing the Web and stream¬ing videos on the phone.
In my hands-on time with the Galaxy S III, it's battery life was acceptable. The phone lasted through a full day of heavy use (including lots of Web browsing, picture taking, and game playing) be¬fore I needed to recharge it, which is rare in smartphones today.
The 8-megapixel camera on the Galaxy S III captures high quality images as it should have.
My Outdoor photos looked beautiful, and indoor photos appeared sharp, but their col¬ors seemed a bit washed out, and details weren't as clear as I would have liked. The clean, simple TouchWiz camera interface provides quick access to a nice variety of shooting modes, such as HDR, macro, and burst shot, the last of which allows you to take up to 20 photos in succession with a very minute interval between them which allows you to capture a video moment in pictures, or lets you find the best picture without having to click 20 times.
© Athena Goodlight (repost from 2012)