Samsung Galaxy S III specs review
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.
14. SleepingOz (unregistered)
You'll get banned soon again, EARWAX. =]
15. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)
lol 'TROLL' that got banned too
22. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)
We remember that guy
Its u huge stroller. Or eaxvac?
40. LordOfTroll (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 May 2012)
No I am not 'TROLL', he's a stupid Bollywood guy
41. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Its u again, noooo not another TROLL. Ur that guy
TROLL or huge Troller or Eaxvac.
27. osamalone (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
shut up apple takes these chips from samsung and if samsung doent provide it your iphone would have been much bulkier and slower well they still are slow wats a DUAL core against a QUAD CORE
36. simon1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 May 2012)
Nice. Thanks for the post & you are feeling jealous it seems iphone :P
A great review is here too -http://goo.gl/LJH21
3. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
fantastic initial review daniel.
I think the phone deserves much more credit than what people are saying.
47. MEeee (Posts: 280; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Hands on with Samsung Galaxy SIII in Vietnam.
4. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
It's a tough call this one...
I've been with Android for the past 3-4 years now... owning both GS1 and GS2 after moving from an HTC Hero (ahhh, the chin..)
And although I've loved every minute of my GS2... I love the ticker news feeds on live wallpapers, the endless widgets, customising every facet from icons to ringtones... I've tried every ROM under the sun from MIUI to Revolution and upgraded to ICS...
And yes, the flexibility is all there, the screen size and quality is all there...
I bought my other half the new iPad a few months ago, and I started noticing the app store more and more... I've always been against apple and it's poor drip-feeding of technology and it's ridiculous, often false claims, and lack of admission when things go wrong... but noticing the quality apps more and more, and seeing just the wealth of apps that are available, that simply aren't on Android - it is frightening... and that's my point I guess... having this freedom is brilliant, but at the cost of actual application / function / developer support...
That's why I'm waiting to see what the iphone 5 brings (it HAS to have at least a 4" screen to be worthwhile...) and then I need to think long and hard...
Yes I love being able to drag / drop files at will on my GS2, playing every video under the sun and music file... and just generally tinkering all day long... but there comes a time when you want the latest apps, the connectivity to others and the freedom becomes less important because it's the apps you support not the phone manufacturer...
I dunno... I do love the GS3, but I worry it'll be too close to the same experience as my GS2 for another 1.5 years...
18. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
"experience" wise, the SGS2 was a weight reduced lamborghini. It was meant for speed and didnt really have many options that added to the actual android experience. Compared to the SGS3, which is more like a 1200hp bently. Still insanely fast but now is chock full of cushy features that give it an experience above everything else out there.
Will it be enough to upgrade from an SGS2 to an SGS3? Thats up to you. Your not the target audience, however. People upgrading from the SGS1 s well as people new to android are. And as an SGS1 owner, I can tell you that I am rip-roarin ready to go with this phone. It has all the power and enhancements I wanted and a lot more.
I would have been happy with another weight reduced Lambo.. having all these extra bells and whistles makes it even more intriguing.
21. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
You know, I never thought about that... that I'm not their target audience... you're probably right though...
Oh no! WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE ME!?!?
In mobile limbo...
I guess I'm GS4's audience!
I wish Sony would do a Play 2 - I'd be so up for that, to be fair I should have bought an original play and then upgraded to GS3 from GS1!!
30. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol. yea, the upgrade audience is every OTHER generation. :)
no... you in a mobile Lambo. :) Go fiddle with some ROMS. I've been doing that for quite a while waiting for the SGS3 to drop.. lol
39. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I can see what you mean, but remember - apps matter only so much. Remember that all the information apps give you can also be acquired via the web - and on Android - unlike on the iPhone - you can access ALL of the web.
Yes, the sole fact that developers tend to support iOS more than Android is a sad and disturbing fact, but remember than Android is open source. A lot of the stuff is done by tech enthusiasts sitting in basements.
In the long run - we can all live with a several-week delay of yet another Angry Birds space season holiday HD special edition.
58. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i have the new ipad, i think your views will change once you use the iphone 4 or 4s. yes it has the apps but how many apps do you really use? and give it some time android picks up just about all the best apple has to offer.
the only thing that i love about apple is itunes. i just like the fact that all the songs i have are categorized named and album covers are attached automatically without manual input
however, the slow os, the inability to multitask and the sheer amount of forces closes kills the phone. the battery life on 3g is a total joke.
in two years android has closed the gap. the gs1 on froyo was a mess. however the updated android market and tighter integration has really helped android even on my cruddy sprint xprt i think is on froyo works wonderfully. its underpowered and lacks roms or kernals yet it gets the job done and the battery life is stellar compared to the battery sapping of the 4s. i have used the verizon version and sprint. i simply did not get as many forces closes as i did on my normal iphone 4s or jailbroken version.
the ipad is a totally different story. my ipad kills the android tablet. i have a xoom 2. however in a year or two when people begin using lte enabled tablets and computers. android will have caught up.
i guess it just comes down to know. do you want something that works and has the best support now go apple. if you want total customizability, optimization, and patience android is the way to go
65. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Dude, I definitely know what you mean. I was deciding between the SGIII and the One X, but decided to go ahead with One X since it was already out and also because I had 30 days to return. I really loved the phone until I started purchasing applications.......and then I hated it, lol. The applications are obviously no optimized well for each android phone, and its pretty annoying. The graphics on a lot of the apps are low quality, the apps can be "clunky", and I thought that having a bigger screen would mean more content but sometimes all you get is GIANT LETTERS and a lot of space in between..... looks so tacky.
I'm so ready to jump ship, but I still feel like Android is sorta half-baked. Widgets are cool (definitely not a killer feature though) and I loved how I have access to the file system like adding attachments to emails, but I just don't know if I can get over the simple things. The low quality images on a great screen really irks me (I tried hard to ignore it), my images not displaying right in the mail client pissed the hell out of me (I never had to worry about things like this on the iPhone), the clunkiness in general was a surprise. I thought by now Android would be "smooth as butter" like many people say. It's not. I definitely understand the appeal for Android, but I guess its not for me either because I stress over the fine details too much.
I'm not going to lie, trying to jump ship (again) really made me appreciate my iPhone. So I'm in the same exact boat as you. Two weeks ago I was over iPhone but now I'm right back to where I was before, so obviously Apple is doing something right. Its either iPhone 5/6 for me or keeping my iPhone 4S, possibly (but not likely) the buy SGIII and make it my 3rd attempt for Android in the past year. Apple don't let me down please, lol.
But if you liked the SGII a lot, you'd probably also like the SGIII.
67. ilia1986 (unregistered)
E.N. remember that Android is a platform which spans hundreds of different devices, which have several different resolutions and specs. Of course there is going to be a bit of a mismatch between what you download the first time, and what you actually expect to get.
That's why Android allows you to redeem your purchase within 15 minutes after purchasing the app, and get the money back, should you choose to do that.
It's like a PC - you can't just install everything and expect everything to work right away. If an app displays low res textures - (an issue which was present in late 2010\early 2011 on iOS as well, until developers updated apps with retina graphics) - that means that the developer hasn't yet updated the app with the HD resolution graphics. Give it some time. Or - try something else. Or - try finding some insane tweaks like running two apps side by side (it's possible on the Galaxy Note 10.1, maybe someone made a tweak out of it).
I have an iPhone 4. At first when I bought it - I also began downloading hundreds of seemingly cool applications - only to discover a year afterwards that I never use almost any of them. Currently I have about 60 apps installed. On a daily basis I use only Facebook, Waze, 1 -2 news Apps and iBooks. That's it.
I too bought the iPhone 4 and not an Android phone back at the time thinking that I'd rather have this cool unlimited choice of apps - only to discover a year afterwards what a horrible mistake I've done. Apps don't matter much. Personalization, control over your phone, capability and power - these do. So yeah - iPhone might have an "app for that", but Android can do "that" natively, or with some tweaking.
Btw which e-mail app did you try to use that you got the images not displaying right? This happens to me as well sometimes when I use the Mail app on the iPhone and I get a mail with widescreen images inside.
68. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
You mead excellent points, but I think you highlighted perfectly where we differ. I don't spend time customizing with widgets, changing to live wallpapers etc etc. I get a ton of emails, and need something that works well. iPhone definitely has its problems but not enough to make me want to pull my hair. It kinda ironic because I had problem viewing images in such a big screen when they displayed perfectly on my iPhone's small screen. I used the stock mail browser on the One X. I searched the other options in the play market but they looked pretty ugly & super basic.
The browser is kinda of a joke too. Why is switching tabs such a pain in the One X?!?! lol. Clunk, clunk, and more clunk. You definitely gain a lot by going Android, but you lose a lot too.
The whole "give it time" argument is probably the most annoying reason to stick with Android. Let me know when it finally gets there, then I'll switch over for good, but not a moment before.
Based on the spec review of the SGIII, it looks like a pretty legit and high-end device. The camera on the SGII was pretty good so the SG3's camera should give the 4S a run for its money. Still don't think I'm buying the phone though.
69. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Well if you're really heavy into mail - why not use Gmail? As for the stock e-mail client - have you tried using your mail on an iPhone? Did the experience differ?
When it comes to switching tabs on the browser - it's Sense. Afaik stock android or anything else uses a different method. Besides - you can always try another browser.
I think you just happen to have the "iPhone" mentality. Can't blame you if you've used an iPhone for a long time before. Maybe you are used to accepting what you get out of the box, and not used to being able to completely change and tweak that. That's understandable. Took me awhile too to realize that I could do so much more with the iPhone if only Apple would have allowed me to.
Btw - I really think that Sense is rather iOS-like when it comes to function over flashiness. It has all these "cool" 3D effects and such, but that's just flashiness.
In short - you really gotta understand that Android is a constantly evolving and changing platform which allows the user unheard-of power over his\her device. For every app which looks ugly - there is one that looks good. For every app which has limited or buggy functionality - there is one that is perfect. Just like in the App store. You just gotta find it.
You can't just start using the device and expect everything to work perfectly for you out of the box, because you have certain tastes and requirements while other people have theirs - and that's fine. Unlike Apple which tries to force-fit a uniform one-size on everyone and if you want something different - you can't have any - Android is like a clothing shop - you gotta try this and try that and try a lot of stuff - until you find something which fits you. That's the whole beauty in it.
70. E.N. (Posts: 2357; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
The mail app was the last straw, it wasn't the only problem. And I'm not new to Android, I do my research. I know just as much about Android as you do, possibly more. Don't you think I looked up possible alternatives? I'm not some new smartphone user who just happened to buy an Android and doesn't know how to use it. Also I've already considered using Gmail as my only email and having all my other inboxes sent to gmail, but I decided against it.
And no, I don't have "the iPhone mentality." I've tried jumping ship twice, which says something in itself. I'm am though, use to things working well out of the box and I think that's an expectation everyone should have. I think there's beauty in not having to look for alternatives and having an option that works perfectly out of the box. I don't consider "beauty" as having to find your way through a load of junk. I don't know where you come from but I call that bullish*t, lol.
You're the one stuck in some sort of disillusioned mentality. It's fine if you want to customize blah blah blah, but everyone's different and I don't share the same desires.You're sounding pretty damn preachy, and no offense but its kinda annoying now.
71. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Well I still don't understand what the actual problem is. You say that some images display incorrectly in the native e-mail app on Android. Aside from the fact that there are alot of alternatives - the same can also happen on the native iPhone mail app as well.
You complain about browser tab switching on the One-X - but as I've said - there are many many alternatives to that, from using a different browser, to using a custom Rom.
You say that you like for things to work well right off the box, but thing is - this is subjective. What's good for you, is hell - pure hell for me. Yes, for me, seeing all these YouTube videos about widgets, tweaks, themes, customizations and control - and the looking at my iPhone 4 is more than enough to make me want to pull my hair. Somehow I'm not bald yet.
You may have found something that works for you well - iOS. And that's fine. Maybe you don't like meddling in all these tweaks and customization options. That's your choice. But remember - some day, some time, you will get tired from this constant static grid of 4x4 icons. Just like I did. And then you might - might - regret that you jumped ship.
I've already made the mistake of buying an iPhone 4. Unless Android somehow dies in the future (which won't happen since it's open source), I will never make the same mistake again. No matter how many "amazing", "revolutionary" and "magical" features Apple will steal from other companies and shove into it's next iPhone models.
76. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
... so you just want another 'fan-phone' then.... have you actually tried the iphone fully?? if you have, then I think there is a Dyson getting nearer to you, having not explored the full extent of android...
5. bigbosspt (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 May 2012)
i only wish that samsung went for a 12 mpx camera instead of 8mpx, besides that, its a great smartphone
10. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I totally agree with you. Rite now I'm usin 12mp phone, so I am lil worried to go back for 8mp.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
for the 10 millionth time, MPX mean NOTHING. Its about quality of the hardware and software, and every initial review says the SGS3 has it in spades. MPX is nothing but the actual size of the picture... and unless your planning to make full sized large pictures, you will never have a use for it. Its a mind game.
32. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and tell me how much zooming you do that needs it? the current high magnifying just isnt enough? Honestly, there comes a point when maybe you should just buy an actual digital camera. lol
37. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3023; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Zooming will never be good when a gizmo provides you only a digital zoom!!
So, if you're all into the zooming frenzy...get a binocular...that can get you a snapshot!!
38. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)
Again, here's an example: it's said that a digital camera should have around 80 megapixels to compete with an analog camera: however, we're happily making photos with 12 MP and noone is crying for low resolution compared with analog photos. If we passed to digital so easily, it means that the loss of resolution is acceptable while costs are reduced and usability is improved.
Unless you're making photos of stars and insects, megapixel is probably the last criteria: lens>sensor>software>...>resolution (if>1920x1080)
Sammy improved the first three criterias, according to the first gathered data.
Resolution it's a gimmick for photo ignorants: ask ANY photographer.
If you don't want to see pixels after 100x zooms, then buy an analog camera.
55. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Digital zoom? It's like cropping the picture, you lose a lot of the original picture's quality! Go make some research before posting s**tty comments.
57. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)
additionally having the extra pixels crammed into the same space on the image sensor causes more "noise" in the photos... true story
60. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
compare N8's pictures and other 8mpx. And don't tell me you don't see the difference.
51. baldilocks (Posts: 541; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)
Megapixels have nothing to do with picture quality. When will people realize that?
6. sid07desai (Posts: 268; Member since: 03 May 2012)
The white looks more shiny and classy compared to the blue one. When I buy, if I buy, it'll be the white one.
8. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)
white looks great in front. But the backside of the white phone dont look so good. It looks like cheap plastic shine.
12. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Let's be honest, who isn't going to buy a back-cover for this phone? You'll never see it!
19. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
dunno why u got thumbs down, its true.. lol. There will be a case on my phone 3 seconds after purchase.. then again, im going with blue. :)
23. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
I can't imagine every buying a brand new handset and not putting in a case immediately...
26. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Now please stop this "adding case to the phone , so design is not important" . Do you guys think all other OEM's concentrating on designs are stupids and only Samsung is intelligent .
Just accept the fact the Samsung is not able to make a well-designed phone and SGS3 is not bad but still not anything innovative .
You guys are becoming Samsung she*ps trying to justify or give reasons for the negative points in SGS3 .
29. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
People will stop with the "adding case to the phone" when people stop with the "the back is so ugly omg."
Seriously, I've never known ANYONE with a smart phone who didn't use a case.
45. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1643; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I hate cases, never used one, never will. Now you know one person
50. Xquisite (Posts: 87; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
You're a random person on the internet, I don't know you. So it still stands. I don't know anyone with a smartphone that doesn't use a case.
64. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1643; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
sounds like you need to socialize more then and meet new people
33. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Design is in the eye of the beholder. Just because you dont like it doesnt mean others wont.
The design isnt bad, it looks just like an American Hercules/Skyrocket SGS2 with a central button. Guess what, in real life people LOVE the way it looks. Its minimalist to focus your eyes on a that big screen. Its on purpose.
Plastic, love it or hate it, is extremely durable and light weight. Im not a fan of the ultra shiney coating they put on the phone, but its a minor inconvenience.. especially since the large majority of people put on cases.
Its not about one manufacturer being smarter than the other or people being some sort of sheap because they dont feel as strongly about it as you do.. which is a ridiculous argument anyways..
its reality. Most people put cases on phones. So if you dont like the looks, buy a case, problem solved.
I dont think the design is beautiful or ugly. I think its purposefully minimalist to show off the screen. HTC does have some of the nicest designs, but dont u dare drop it or you will be behind the iphone guys in the screen repair line.
Say what you want, but SGS phones take a beating without breaking.
44. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
As if we're all so shallow that we use a case for aesthetic reasons alone...
Take a look at an iphone 4... now drop it... doesn't it look fantastic with all those cracks along the back and front?!!
It's for protection more than anything...
(which in itself kind of defeats the argument for glass / metal)
Honestly, I accidentally put my GS2 in the washing machine a few months ago... dried it out... works perfectly and not a scratch on it... I'd love to see what happens if an iphone, etc. went in the wash... I'm sure it'd turn out to be one hell of a well-designed paperweight...
66. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
If design wasn't based strictly on personal opinion the you'd almost have a point.
53. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
even if you dont like the shiny gloss i bet that a 3rd party matte back cover will be available...i have a 3rd party metal back on my s2 which adds a bit of weight and makes the phone feel great in the hand but i stopped using it as it affected the gps signal strength...what am saying is if you dont like the back there will more than likely to alternate back covers for you to buy.
77. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
yeah white look fine on anything.... UNTIL it gets well used, and starts to show all the dirt, scratches, etc... hey even the *most* careful user eventually gets it... :(
dark colors mean they just don't show the dirt.. no *wincing* every time you put you phone down, grab it with dirty hands, even miss a call because you cannot pick it up due to hands covered with pastry, cheese, etc, etc.... :/
9. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
why does this phone reminds me of the sensation xl
13. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Preview? BRING IT ON. please make it the best review ever - since i'm kinda a nerd and i usually repeat those stuff even if I don't intend on buying --------- this I wanna see.
17. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Nice round up daniel. Thanks for getting rid of a lot of the crazy fanboy whiny crap that inhibited all the initial reviews.
20. Daniel.P (Posts: 102; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)
Thanks, really enjoyed diving in. The missing piece are low light samples, but we are going to make some soon and post...