Samsung Galaxy S III Hands-on
0. phoneArena 03 May 2012, 17:29 posted on
There she is, folks, the phone that we've been waiting for so long has finally arrived - the Samsung Galaxy S III itself! Introduced at a glamorous event in London, the Galaxy S III comes to freshen up Samsung's flagship Android handset offering, and it really brings a ton of new features...
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42. annonymous1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)
this guys voice is annoying!!!! jon v should do all reviews on all devices!! and im very dissapointed in the size of battery they chose to give this phone. imma wait to see of the razr hd is just as good.
47. ananya22 (Posts: 92; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
I expected it to completely blow away the one x but i dont think it has done what the sgs2 had in terms of destroying competetion. Had htc not removed essential features like microsd slot and removable battery i would have considered onex.
48. issa8 (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2011)
Man, I was really hoping Samsung would step up their game in terms of design of their phone. Curved edges and plastic make it look like a 2009 phone..c'mon Samsung!
This was their chance to just completely take over the industry. They''ll still do well, but if it had the design quality of the One X or the iPhone it would taken serious market share.
I still expect it to do pretty well though.
49. manzl (Posts: 24; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)
what the hell sammy...even lg is putting 2 gb ram in its optimus lte2 phone...
54. FoneAddict (Posts: 125; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I like Samsung, but I have to say what happened to their design department? This is meant to be a Flagship product yet it looks like a mid tier phone. Yes it's powerful and super fast but if I am going to spend hundreds of dollars on it I expect it to look the part. This looks like your standard Samsung plastic box. Using a Pentile screen is also unforgivable, so disappointed with Samsung.
Kudos to HTC for going outside their comfort zone and coming out with a fresh cool looking design in HTC One X.
55. pimpollofelice123 (Posts: 29; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)
Im guessing they chose to make it more rounded and added the two capacitive keys to avoid a lawsuit from Apple??
56. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
I don't know about you but this TW on ICS looks much like new LG's ICS UI...just saying...specially the weather widget...
57. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Overall it's a great phone. No doubt about that. However:
1. It's too big! The 4.8" went to the height giving a more elongated form factor. I'd rather the screen be wider than taller.
2. The home button. It's TINY! It's smaller than the home button of the SGS2. That means that not only it will be difiicult to find, for a button with such an important purpose as multi-tasking I don't think that it will be comfortable to hold down.
3. 1Gb of ram. This is a failure for me. The SGS2 has 1 GB of ram. That means that theoretically any version of Android SGS3 will handle in the future - the SGS2 will be able to handle as well. And that is because of:
4. Only 1.4Ghz Exynos processor. Yes - It's quad core. However benchmark shows that it's only 5200 on quadrant. The SGS2 can get over 5000 on quadrant as well via overclocking:
5. All of the major improvements are software features. Even touch-wiz 5.0(?) isn't that different from 4.0. That means that there is NO REASON any and all of these will end up as either stand-along apps on Google Play, or more likely parts of custom roms. As soon as the XDA guys will get the SGS3 and dissect it's stock rom - they will find a way to get those S-features to other phones as well.
Conclusion: the SGS3 is a GREAT phone. However, I seriously don't think that it's life expectancy is going to be much more than that of the SGS2. At least not when it comes to potential. Unless in 2 -3 years someone makes an app which specifically relies on 4 cores (something which is unlikely to happen given the S4 dual core variant in the US).
Btw - I'm probably getting an SGS2 for free next month. :)
69. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Ilia. you are.comparing a rooted and overclocked phone vs a pre release phone. the sgs3 with the same mods will burn doughnuts around the sgs2.
multicore is multicore. it doesn't have to be optimized for any specific number of cores.. once its dual core (multicore) optimized it can handle any number of cores.
there's a great reason why many of these features won't be seen playing nice on other sets. they are constantly running in the background. you don't notice them because of the high power quad cores ability to multitask well, but it will probably be a noticeable drag on lesser chipsets..
a big reason why I won't be picking up an s4 version.
77. ilia1986 (unregistered)
As I said processor speed and more cores is nice, but that's still 1 gig of ram in there. Sure, your apps might open faster, and might in the very far future run without lag (when on the SGS2 they do lag), but the amount of active widgets\open apps which you can have on your phone at any given time is the same.
I'm getting an SGS2 next month, and even if I didn't - I'd seriously wait another year for the SGS4
80. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
well, we will see.
Ive been riding my SGS1 for 2 years, no matter what the SGS3 is a massive massive upgrade for me. Im quite content.. with the Exynos version... for now.
At least until they unveil whatever that i9800 is :)
59. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
honestly, aft seeing the Optimus LTE2, LG has my money
61. gtrxman (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)
Seems like a nice phone, Everyone complaining about S4 vs. Exynos should read up and realize that although dual core, it is newer architecture and yields better performance. I wouldn't be too concerned about the PenTile. Given the pixel density, you probably won't even notice. Sammy's strong point is the display. I doubt that this will be much of a real world issue (except for some tech types).
Typically for Sammy, it leaves a little to be desired in the materials department. Why can't they make a flagship phone without crappy plastic all over?
Not so sure about the screen size too. My RAZR @ 4.3" is approaching too big in the hand, and I have big hands. This phone is getting close to Note size.
70. BenCjamin (Posts: 76; Member since: 13 May 2011)
I love samsung and i have the S II, It's been amazing but being in the U.S. and all and most likely getting a phone with the crap dragon in it, doesn't sit well with me. I'm also a little disappointed about the screen, that it's still a pentile display, little bit of a let down. If i do buy the new galaxy S it'll be the international version. If not i may look into some competitors phones Like HTC's One X and maybe even take a look at Sony's Experia Ion. Samsung usually delivers all the goods but they didn't do it for me this time.
72. babyk (Posts: 188; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
samsung strategy is to be the fastest phone all time so they fool users into purchasing but they are not the best phones on the market. if you compare samsung to htc you will see overall htc is better.
73. bucky (Posts: 1096; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Am I the only one that thinks these phones are getting too big??? It's just not practical to use on a daily basis for phone calls and texts.
75. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)
my word people in the background i swear they were trolling the guy at some point
81. Jonathan41 (Posts: 524; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
It just my opinion of course but I think Samsung has one of the uglist ICS skins. That no biggy at all. The the spec sheet looks great and I like the design and the metal martial and some of the new ambitious features. Still extremely happy with my HTC One X I still would of bought it over the S3.
82. gammaSharma (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
The phone is UGLY as s**t. Samsung should really hire new Phone Designers.
94. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
agreed. S2 and the original iconic S looks a lot better than this oversized beast of a machine.
83. MariusM (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2012)
Did he just say "where her for galaxy S2 event" on video? :D :D :D
84. angelesmec (Posts: 107; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I am from the Philippines. Even after the release of SGS III I am still continuing my original plan to buy SGS II GT-J9100 two months from now July 2012 because the specs are just enough for me and of course much cheaper now. My savings are near completion. The only thing that concern me is if this phone will still be available at Authorized Samsung Retailers by this coming July 2012 although SGS III is now Samsung's new flagship? This is really important to me please answer me anybody and do not tell me to buy a different phone because this model what I really want.
85. angelesmec (Posts: 107; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I am from the Philippines. Even after the release of SGS III I am still continuing my original plan to buy SGS II GT-I9100 two months from now July 2012 because the specs are just enough for me and of course much cheaper now. My savings are near completion. The only thing that concern me is if this phone will still be available at Authorized Samsung Retailers by this coming July 2012 although SGS III is now Samsung's new flagship? This is really important to me please answer me anybody and do not tell me to buy a different phone because this model what I really want.
86. angelesmec (Posts: 107; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I am from the Philippines. Even after the release of SGS III I am still continuing my original plan to buy SGS II GT-J9100 two months from now July 2012 because the specs are just enough for me and of course much cheaper now. My savings are near completion. The only thing that concern me is if this phone will still be available at Authorized Samsung Retailers by this coming July 2012 although SGS III is now Samsung's new flagship? This is really important to me please answer me anybody and do not tell me to buy a different phone because this model is what I really want. Thank you.
87. angelesmec (Posts: 107; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
what i mean is GT-I9100 sorry for repeated posts.
88. MobileCellularSolutions1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 May 2012)
I think its a Flat battery job in 4hrs. Wouldnt last a day which means constant charging then you damage the battery life then its U/S lol
89. legospace9876 (unregistered)
It is obvious that the producers forgot to produce mobile phones. Instead they work to optimize the number of cores increases. Rather than improve the optics they increase the number of megapixels. Instead of improving color reproduction they increase the size of the screen. The same goes for the Samsung. Instead they increase the the functionality OS they tweak. Otherwise, the design is awful because of buttons and a the lack of black version.
90. Emad1641 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 May 2012)
I have samsung galaxy s2 should i upgrade or not? :)
93. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
its really up to u then :) the SIII is bigger than the SII, and it would not be that easy to hold and put in your pocket as the SII. But, the SII is very fast anyway :P you want enormous power, get s3. you want moderate size and power, stick with your trusty S2 ;)
92. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)
I just do not get you all, always siding with the newer phones instead. one second, you were siding and love the One X, next minute, you hate the One X and love the SIII
97. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I'm still in love with the One X, but I still wish One X would have the SGS3 hardware goodness and features in it.
95. gifted11 (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 May 2012)
nice, but not the best!
one think for sure ITS AN UGLY DESIGN PHONE!
98. rich618 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
Which carrier are expected to offer the SIII?
99. anthony60415 (Posts: 15; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Can anyone tell me which is better? The Exynos 4210 or the qualcomm snapdragon3 MSM8660 ?