Samsung Galaxy S III coverage complete roundup
Samsung Galaxy S III coverage complete roundup
We run our standard set - Quadrant Standard, AnTuTu and NenaMark 2. In the video below you'll find all the details, as well as the results from our tests. Anyone wanting to try and guess how the Galaxy S III scored? (Hint: It ROCKZ!)
TouchWiz is more streamlined here in the Galaxy S III, and at the same time has gained plenty of new features like the S Voice communication user-phone, the ability to watch a video picture-in-picture while doing something else, and many other innovative features.
With it you can text, chat or email, and have the video window on top of things, so you can comment on it at the same time, how cool is that? Of course, with a 4.8" screen you have plenty of real estate to do that, then go back to full screen mode to enjoy the video on the HD Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
The back-illuminated sensor on the phone is capable of a Burst shot mode, that can shoot 6 frames per second, compared to 4 on the HTC One series, up to 20 frames in total.
In Best Photo mode the phone takes 8 shots at that speed, and afterwards you can let the software decide which one of those is the best looking, and keep it for you, or you can do it yourself - this is present with those HTC ImageChip new One phones as well, so Sammy is just playing catch up here. Nevertheless, with the 1080p video recording and those new modes, the handset will be future-proof in the camera department for a while.
Samsung says that S Beam will allow Galaxy S III phones to exchange a 1GB movie for three minutes and a 10MB music file for two seconds, and it all works even without a Wi-Fi or cellular signal. Now, those speeds are achieved using Wi-Fi Direct, but if you look at NFC transfers, it’s much slower and in reality is closer to Bluetooth speeds. If the person you send a file to doesn’t have Wi-Fi on, S Beam will be smart enough to turn it on for the transfer and off when it’s done.
The bad news? S Beam pairs only Galaxy S III phones, and no others, so compatibility is pretty limited. We’ve tried the feature in London, but couldn’t quite get it to work - still here’s a video of our attempt and the S Beam interface.
Samsung is using Wi-Fi Direct connectivity in AllShare now for a complete set of categories like AllShare Cast for video streaming, AllShare Play for file sharing, and Group Cast for sharing screens with multiple other devices on the same Wi-Fi network, pretty cool.
The camera department is not forgotten either - the Buddy Photo Share sends photos directly to the people whose faces it's recognized after you take the shot, for example, and you can set it to be automatic. There will be an SDK for application developers to take advantage of the new AllShare possibilities.
Don't have a DLNA TV? Fret not, as Samsung is providing an All Share dongle that steps directly on the HTC Media Link HD accessory's toes. Watch our demo of the AllShare services that come with the Samsung Galaxy S III in the video below.
2. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
The phone of the year is finally here. Take a good look at it Steve Wozniak it owns your Lumia 900 in every way.
25. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
Phone of the year? Not the S3. And I thought Samsung could do no wrong. This handset is 4 months too late to be important.
3. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)
I like the phone but I been reading a lot of people's comments that it wasn't what they thought it would be or it didn't live up to the "hype". Well I got news for you Samsung never hype this phone up the people who make comments on this website did. This is a upgrade to the S2 and the phone beats it in every way don't get mad at it because it didn't have every single thing know to man in it. Some people say it's ugly well dont buy it then real simple huh. A bunch of people on here are just big babies because it didn't have a plus with the screen or its to plastic again blah blah blah. I'm not a Samsung fanboy I just hate to see people get all worked up over nothing. At the end of the day it's still a phone people seem to forget that
6. wendygarett (unregistered)
Still, I hope its not a final design
18. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Interesting....Beats the s2 in everyway? I'll take the design of the s2. I'm pretty sure they're both going to have dual core in the US. Same camera....So tell me besides the junky pentile display what's so great about this phone? I'd rather save a couple hundred bucks and wait for ICS on my s2.
Oh and samsung did hype this event, you must have not seen the adds making from of sheep.
This is a similar launch as the iphone 4s which was a crappy upgrade also. Only blind sheep from both platforms would think otherwise.
The difference with andriod is we used to demand the best...
22. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
i need you to tell me how the phone isnt an upgrade? dude when your eyes become superhuman tell me when you're going to need a res that high. the potential for a quad core model in the us is still here and have you not seen what the phone was capable of ? theres nothing new about the one x at all. soo you need a list
pop up video
bigger battery also removable
touch wiz is very fluid
benchmark scores beating everything hands down
speak to wake up
camera lens is wider zero shutter lag.
id go on but your probably still looking for a phone that can cook clean and drive you to work
27. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)
Actually no, I think that me and most people just wanted a nice new design, a better camera, and an all around smoother and better performing phone.
So no I don't care about most of the features you mentioned and I definitely don't want a phone that can cook and clean, seems like you do on the other hand.
31. gkostadinov (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Why do you think the camera isn't better? You think that a 14MP camera shoots better pictures than the 8MP one? And that Nokia's nMP phones make the best pictures? You must be joking...
As for the design, everyone's got a taste. I personally don't like S2's square design.
32. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)
NO NO NO man, Coming from the "MIGHTY S2" or so they say, This phone SHOULD HAVE been what people were expecting and I think we all know that!! The people that aren't admiting it was a let down, are the ones that DONT want to be let down, so they pic what they like about it and say its good...While this phone IS better than the S2, it still should have been "UnMatchable" AND worth upgrading too! People are most likely going to stay with there S2....AND heres the kicker, later on this year, about two months from now phones like the iphone 5, The Sony Xperia Hayabusa, and the Motorola Atrix 3 will DEFINTELY show you where The S3 fell short lol!! Not hating man its just the truth.....Samsung is up right now because it is the first of the Flagships this year but man o man like i said in about JUST two more months Samsung will almost be out the picture....
4. intos (Posts: 87; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
there are many people waiting for galaxy s3 to deside between htc one x and galaxy s3 ...without a doupt the clear winner is the htc one x...
8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
nah not really. can't you all guys admit that we gave this phone too much hype? there are advantages and disadvantages, like a removable battery, sd card slot, exynos and all the software though.
the design, UI and screen is subjective. cameras, we've yet to discover. and there is actually a lot of new stuff not found on other phones like wireless charging and the voice commands and all the nature something (which I don't quite like lol)
we overhyped for the galaxy s3 like the poor iPeople with their 4S...
at least we made it a little more accurate though.
and... stop comparing the One X and S III. Stop making androids fight each other. :)
12. wendygarett (unregistered)
Android fight each other make me more envious as an iphone4s user :(
I cant even fight with those beast just to be honest
23. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
why? no one has replied so im still waiting how the one x is a "Clear" winner this phone has everything it does and more.
30. intos (Posts: 87; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)
between the samsung and htc ... htc has make the big step for this year... the UI is very friently with the new sense ... also the car mode ... the design is really sexy ... special the white model.... and the screen is really FANTASTIC !!!
5. wendygarett (unregistered)
It looks like 'Apple vs Samsung' is over. Im quitting this pointless sheeps war. :)
Right now 'HTC vs Sony' is the real deal here.
Im looking forward the verizon's sense 5.0 phablet and hayabusa...
Not just in term of spec...
I want to see more about design, beats audio vs walkman reborn, good ui, etc.
I wonder... will international oneX upgradable to sense 5.0? another question for HTC
Without looking for the pointless concept, pointless rumor, and pointless leaked, I say Samsung has built a wonderful good-looking phone (screw you cnet!!! Is that what you called an incremental updates?) If you really like exynos, I'll fully support and recommend you to purchase it (eventhough I wont buy it lol), but dont regret after you bought it when you see another f**king beauty exynos phone. After all, no phone is perfect phone :)
9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
they just released Sense 4.0, you're going to at least wait 6 months or more before Sense 5...
and yeah, I agree with you. Sony's rising. I'm expecting cybershot cameras, walkman, bravia and all their technology in their next flagship...
would be cool if they considered the next nexus... oh wait it just came to me...
RUMORS FOR THE NEXT NEXUS START NOW! Lol.
7. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I love Android, but I also like the iPhone 4S in many ways as well. Just physically, does it seem to be inferior once laying my hands and eyes on the various Android devices out there. I must give it to Apple for producing the iPhones with beauty though. Now, for the SGSIII, I was extremely hyped about this upcoming "flagship" phone from Samsung, but I was only hyped from the rumors that were yet to be scratched by Samsung and the truth. I was hoping for the RGB Matrix screen with Super AMOLED HD Plus display, a 12MP, and possibly a quad-core processor with a little help of 2GB of RAM. If anything, the screen display (both the RGB and AMOLED HD Plus) would have been real nice with the 2GB of RAM, or even a little more than 1GB for that matter. The MP isn't a must have upgrade, but would've been a nice area for improvement over the last two Galaxy Models (SGSII and Skyrocket). Actually, I feel like this is more of like the Skyrocket HD since it's going to have a HD screen, LTE, but not in reality. Whatever happened to the Skyrocket HD??? It was mentioned, but I guess won't be hitting the produciton line and shelves, unless Samsung really plans on producing them... Anyways, for me this smartphone will be a true upgrade from my HTC Inspire 4G, and all I can do is wait from my upgrade to come any sooner... I can't wait, all these new high-end smartphones are really making me impatient. Samsung has failed to satisfy and meet all of my desires for a true upgrade and improvement from the SGSII, but still has done a great job where the room for upgrade was needed, imho, with all due respect. I just wish there was a little more, but I guess that's just me being a little too greedy. Well we all know what to expect from the next "flagship" or the true "flagship" smartphone from Samsung within the next couple of months to a year!
28. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Yeah. I am a die-hard Android fanboy because of all of the incredible things that Android can do. However, I have to admit the design of the iPhone 4S is beautiful. It really is a beautiful phone.
10. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)
Shut the f**k up and take my money! This is the best phone i have ever seen in my life!
11. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
people are hating this phone without any reason because
1. you do not view your phones screen with a microscope and the pixel density is on par with the retina display conditions so you cant identify the pixels side by side
2. 8mp camera its ok i know every one was expecting a 12mp but the optics of the camera are more important than the mp count (thats why a dslr with 18mp is better than 44mp can on the nokia pureview 808)
3. and the design is not bad its new it looks awesome in white paintjob
4. and the best thing that you get with this phone is the software not hardware (i am an android fan or u can say fanboy :-P but do you know why people buy iphones 2 reasons 1software 2hype)and the software is just awesome
I. pop up play
II. s voice
III. s beam
IV. eye tracking
so its a great phone and for sure better then htc one x
24. Lboogey6 (Posts: 269; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
thank you if i could give another thumbs up i would!
14. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)
To b honestly it was totally unexpected fm samsung,there is no reason to upgrade fm galaxy s2 to galaxy s3,bcoz s2 is already fast and smart,full of features and design is better than galaxy s3,i can still wait for another galaxy series may b 2013th model,till than I m happy with my galaxy s2 bcoz it can fullfill my all needs btw my galaxy s2 is still fast no lags at all.sry samsung :-(
15. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)
Freedom of choices if you don't like S3 move on.
16. SAM_FAN (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2012)
I think sammy is fooling us, they have made a tactical move of giving us SGS3 so dat v cn buy it consdring d hype. later on they will release d original SGS3, Or shud i say SGS4, which will be better dan IPhone 5.
17. hritikbhimani (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
those who r trolling @ design .....its a minimalistic user friendly design,the ergonomics r perfect for one hand use and when u r talking abt a phone wid 4.8 inch mosnter of a scrren den ergos matter most
it looks a lot like the original galaxy s i9000 which was my fav phone ...n samsung has released a worthy successor to the s2.....no doubt abt it
21. kabu7x (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 May 2012)
if i recall from previos samsung reports this is just an incrimental upgrade.
isnt something better coming out in the fall i can hold out till then.
26. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
Hi hi whe it comes out I hope the Note will be available for $100 only
This is the one I still want.
33. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
Too big, too ugly, and all plastic. Even the model they use looks like a loser holding the phone.
40. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
Too big=personal opinion, too ugly=personal opinion, all plastic= poly carbonate, looks like a loser =you
35. MegaAceGuy (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 May 2012)
My opinion. The Samsung Galaxy S 3 is amazing. All of you haters aren't seeing the goodness in the phone and I don't know what for. First of all your complaining about the plastic structure of the case on the back of the phone, when actually plastic turns out to be the best thing for it. Glass phone, 1 drop=SMASH! RIP! Plastic phone, 1 drop= a few dents. oh well! Metal isn't that bad either though I must say. It also makes the phone alot lighter and easier to carry! Secondly, your complaining about the 8MP camera. What do you want it to be, a movie camera so you can be famous with lots of money? No. 8MP has totally stunning quality. I have the first original Samsung Galaxy S that came out exactly two years ago from now. It has 5MP. Thats already excellent as it is. My final points are that your complaining the handset is too large. Oh yeah, avcourse it is when your bragging about the Samsung Galaxy Note being better. It's ok I suppose, though but SGS3 is more advanced in my opinion. If you don't like the size of it, then find another phone and stop trashing the SGS3 pages with negative comments about it. Pebble blue and marble white are so georgous. I think I'll upgrade my contract later on this year from the SGS1 to the SGS3. Thanks, the likers and lovers! :-)
37. mrochester (unregistered)
What a shame they went with making this bigger than the S2 rather than smaller :(. Where's the powerhouse Samsung device with a 4" screen?! Still waiting for someone to feed me some Android goodness in a one handed sized design :(.
39. kyledharvey (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
Lost a customer at 4.8". Why are these phones getting so big? I have small hands. I cant touch the screen in the upper left hand corner with my right hand.
42. tmcr7 (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
It’s Official: Samsung Galaxy S III is the Next Galaxy
43. Emad1641 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 May 2012)
I have samsung galaxy s2, should i upgrade or not? :)
44. kabu7x (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 May 2012)
i would wait alittle before upgrading to see what else comes out