Samsung Galaxy S III Preview
The Galaxy S II was among the best camera phones of the last 12 months. With the Galaxy S III's new 8MP camera, it's only natural for us to expect a similar, or even better performance. Indeed, the manufacturer has done a lot of improvements in its camera technology. First of all, the sensor is now back-side illuminated (BSI), allowing for more light to come in for the shot. There's also the Burst/Best shot feature (also available on HTC's One line), which lets you take up to 20 shots in quick succession and then choose to leave only best one. This is all possible thanks to the zero-shutter lag, which means that it takes less than a second for the phone to auto-focus. The latter is actually a feature introduced by Ice Cream Sandwich, not Samsung, but anyway, it's good to see the manufacturer take full advantage of it.
As usual for a Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S III's camera application features a lot of settings that let you tweak the photo-taking process. There are difference shooting modes (Single, Burst, HDR, Beauty, etc.), focusing modes (Auto, Macro, Face detection), as well as many other options for changing the white balance, metering, quality, resolution, contrast and so on. Video is captured at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080, again with the option to tweak a number of settings like exposure, effects, white balance, quality and so on.
Samsung Galaxy S III Preview Sample Video 1:
Samsung Galaxy S III Preview Sample Video 2:
The Galaxy S III is a real multimedia powerhouse. With its giant high-resolution AMOLED screen, enjoying whatever multimedia on the phone is an awesome experience. Since this is an Android device, you can just easily put all of your movies, MP3 and other stuff on the phone's memory and you're set – no syncing required.
The built-in music player is quite stock-ish on first glance, but it does offer some cool additional features. For example, it features a pretty good selection of EQ presets, but what's even cooler is the so-called Music Square, which lets you choose the type of music you want to listen to, based on your mood, and it'll automatically pick the best-fitting tracks for you. Basically, it's a square grid, with the horizontal axis going from passionate to joyful, and the vertical one from exciting to calm. It did work pretty well with the tunes in our library.
The video player of the Galaxy S III is amazing. Upon launching it, you'll be presented with a preview grid, populated with your clips. What makes it so cool is the fact that the clip thumbnails are actually animated, showing you a short preview of the respective movie. It's really impressive to see the handset give you a preview of every single clip at the same time without slowing down – it just makes the experience a lot more pleasant if you happen to be the type of user who watches a lot of video on their phone. In addition, there's the pop up play feature, which allows you to display the currently played video in a separate small window. You can then put this window in whatever part of the screen you want, allowing you to do other stuff on the phone at the same time.
Of course, the Galaxy S III play all kinds of video at up to 1080p resolution. There's no codec or format that can stop it. OK, maybe there are some, but all the popular ones are supported. And boy do things look awesome on that 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen!
Samsung Galaxy S III is surely a spectacular phone. A big part of what makes it spectacular is its incredible specs sheet. Well, yeah, although its specs can easily be rivaled by strong competitors like the HTC One X, which also has a quad-core processor and the other beloved tech goodies, the Galaxy S III manages to shine brighter, thanks to its superior user experience. It doesn't falter as far as core functionality goes, and it even take care of the minor stuff, trying to improve every possible aspect of your usage.
For a first time ever, TouchWiz actually feels like a good thing. It doesn't completely cover up the great ICS UI, but changes just enough to make the phone feel different from the stock experience. It adds a lot of nice touches here and there, providing you with more options and customization, without appearing cluttered. We absolutely loved the fact that Samsung has left little hints at some places, which definitely help make the learning curve a lot smoother.
Our single biggest complaint about the phone (for now) has to do with its size and appearance. It's just not the phone that will help get you noticed. Its appearance is bland at best, and we can imagine this would be one of the major factors that could put consumers off, and this is a pity. And when it comes to its size, we definitely appreciate having a big screen, but 4.8” is really an overkill. In case you won't be watching really LOTS of movies (and why would you choose a phone to watch movies on?), we can't really see the point in having such a big display, when you have in mind that this makes the whole device harder to hold and operate with.
Anyway, except for these gripes that probably a lot of users will be OK with, we really don't think there are any other significant problems with the Galaxy S III. Of course, we'll have to wait for the final unit to come, so that we can check its camera quality out, but by the looks of it, Samsung has once again nailed it with the Galaxy S III. HTC better sell as many of those One Xs while it still can, because the king of the Android jungle will soon be back from its pebble collection trip. And it seems to be very pissed off.
Software version of the previewed unit: Android 4.0.4, Baseband I9300XXLE6, Build IMM76D.I9300XXALE6
18. frmrVZguy posted on 12 May 2012, 16:31 0 7
Just Good? :-) I predict that in 6 months we will have a new expression in the business world: 'Heins-sight". I'm speculating that with this 'last-minute' reversal to include 3 'Blackberry-style' buttons that this is going to be the launch phone for the re-birth of Blackberry as a service and appliction add-on. For a short while Samsung will have the only hardware ready to support the BBOS - through the typical exclusivity deal. As a manufacturer that knows how hard it is to capture new customers, the idea of suddenly having the FIRST NEW phone available for the millions of Blackberry users world-wide, mustt be an opportunity too good to let a little button adjustment get in the way. They are about to scoop up a huge percentage of the market 'overnight' .....IF my speculation is correct. And everyone knows how well Samsung builds their phones....compare that to BB user experience over the last 5 years....
49. frmrVZguy posted on 14 May 2013, 16:39 0 0
OK, it took 12 months.... I was still correct .... BBOS is dead, long live BBM. Today at Blackberry World Heins has effectively given up on the BB hardware platform..... porting BBM to iOS and Android.
2. Evil_SaNz posted on 12 May 2012, 13:12 2 0
Not watching movies, but browsing webpages with desktop UA, not a minor thing. There's still someone watching sites in mobile version =)?
27. bobfreking55 posted on 12 May 2012, 23:33 5 0
I second that! Should be 9+ beside the Nexus, the iPhone 4, Tprime and the Gnex.
5. mas11 posted on 12 May 2012, 13:21 7 0
I really wanna know how long that 2100 mAh battery will last. If it can get me through a full day with moderate usage I would buy this phone.
9. decent4u posted on 12 May 2012, 13:37 7 1
according to battery test on some sites it lasts more than a day with normal usage
16. galanoth posted on 12 May 2012, 15:38 3 1
gsmarena just put up their battery test for the galaxy s iii if you want to take a look.
22. henrickrw posted on 12 May 2012, 20:31 2 0
28. mas11 posted on 13 May 2012, 00:47 1 1
Thanks for the links. The test results are pretty impressive, considering that the phone has a large screen 4G Lte and a powerful processor and it's all powered by a 2100 mAh battery.
36. henrickrw posted on 13 May 2012, 11:15 0 0
Exactly. Altough I know extended batteries will be developed as well.
6. cGmC11 posted on 12 May 2012, 13:22 4 7
The Pantech Vega Racer 2 debuted one day ahead of GSIII looking much better & it have the glory of ceramic coating material!
7. ilia1986 posted on 12 May 2012, 13:22 15 6
Awesome article. I agree 100%.
So whether I'm getting the SGS2 or the SGS3 - I'll sure as hell will be one happy man :)
8. SlimSoulja86 posted on 12 May 2012, 13:29 15 3
One of the first articles i enjoyed reading from Ray S. Lol, luv the last two sentances "HTC better sell as many of those One Xs while it still can, because the king of the Android jungle will soon be back from its pebble collection trip. And it seems to be very pissed off."
10. strikercho posted on 12 May 2012, 13:37 1 16
Well, excluding the downside that they both run on Handroid, I still prefer the HTC because of its superior monoblock body and display. As for the screen size - its's ridiculously large and it is hardly a phone, more sort of an iPad. Between 3 and 4'' is the largest screen size for a smartphone in order to operate it normally with one hand.
39. Raymond_htc posted on 14 May 2012, 08:54 0 1
i agree with you strikercho. as my name says, i am a pure HTC Fan and i will support this great brand till its last day. i agree that a phone with 3'' to 4'' is good for me as i dun wanna operate a phone with 2 hands. one hand operating FTW
11. ryq24 posted on 12 May 2012, 13:53 4 4
htc will always have a hard time competing with samsung which is a huge company with large cache of cash.
38. ph00ny posted on 14 May 2012, 01:48 1 0
It's not all about being large either. It's the fact that they don't really rely on others for components. They can also hand pick components and change whatever is needed on the fly
Look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1. They announced a thick version and the ipad2 came out. They went back to the drawing board and the newer slicker version was out in matter of weeks. No one in the industry can do this
12. clevername posted on 12 May 2012, 14:16 5 0
Sounds great but if the att variant uses dual core for lte I wouldn't see a reason to get this over the galaxy nexus. I just prefer stock Android.
14. x7black7x posted on 12 May 2012, 14:47 3 1
great review sir
and its a great phone in its own ways htc cant even compare to it
it has a better processor, better battery, better camera, and although htc sense 4.0 contains more eye candy but touchwiz nature ux is better cause it has more features
smart stay, pop up play, sbeam, all share, svoice and much more....
15. x7black7x posted on 12 May 2012, 14:53 4 1
and yes it has a removable battery also.... so now tell me htc one x vs galaxy s III
once again samsung is on the top of the android food chain with this beast
17. medicci37 posted on 12 May 2012, 16:25 2 4
The screen is gonna suck. I have the Galaxy Nexus. & Was very disappointed with the screen. Colors don't look natural. amoled screens are supposed to be great at reproducing black. But black looks awful on this screen. I always use black as wallpaper. & could see alot of discoloration. Same problem when i am watching a movie. Can't understand why I haven't heard more complaints about the screen.
26. Lboogey6 posted on 12 May 2012, 22:56 0 0
Hey idk if you got to read but an article before this showed the screen being newer than the nexus.
19. darac posted on 12 May 2012, 17:28 1 3
I disagree that 4.8 inch screen is an overkill for a device that thin and light.
Most of "average Joes" are wowed by galaxy Note's handling/using experience despite of it's size and weight.
Even some small handed women are more than happy with Galaxy Note.
A larger screen doesn't just mean a plus for movie watching. EVERYTHING looks better - movies, photos, web pages, e-books, and games.
It's a major advantage.
43. animeware posted on 14 May 2012, 18:37 0 0
Do you prefer a device that is iPhone where it's 3.4 inch screen. NTY I prefer the phone if I can test it and if it feels good in my hands I might consider on getting it.
20. APPLE_R0YALLY (banned) posted on 12 May 2012, 18:28 5 1
WE LIKE™ the Review "RAY.S"
EYE™ all so like the Galaxy S3....
30. adi4u4882 posted on 13 May 2012, 02:05 0 1
First Time your getting Thumbs Up in an Android Thread :)
21. gtrxman posted on 12 May 2012, 18:35 0 1
Seems like a nice phone. Great specs, I don't see a problem with the PenTile arrangement. Touch Wiz is finally not a liability. I see two downsides so far. First is the battery. The Jury is out until I see a few real world user reviews. A 4.8" screen and 2100 mAh rating does not seem to add up to a long life. Second are Sammy's choice of materials. Why can't they deliver on a PREMIUM phone. How about some METAL and some soft touch coatings on the back? Is it that hard to understand that people want quality throughout, not just specs?
23. henrickrw posted on 12 May 2012, 20:51 1 1
meet the beast
As mentioned by Mobile & Phone Expert and Geek Murray Winaiate from AndroidNZ:
While some have criticised the launch of the SIII saying it was as disappointing as the iPhone 4S launch, I beg to differ. The iPhone 4S has an almost identical physical design to the iPhone 4 while most people were expecting a departure from this including a larger screen. The SIII provides not only a larger and higher resolution screen, but a progressive new design which has curves inspired by nature.
When it comes to design often it's something you like, or something you don't, the rest of the criticisms are arguably minor. Build quality is much less subjective, but often confused with build materials used. The original Galaxy S I9000 and Galaxy SII I9100 both used very similar materials, both of them also had high build quality and durability. As NZtechfreak has stressed so many times, using premium build materials does not ensure high build quality. In fact, while HTC often uses more premium feeling materials, their build quality is often appalling and most of their recent devices have been affected by one issue or another.
While you might have been shocked that Samsung used a Pentile Matrix Super AMOLED HD 720p display on the SIII, you really shouldn't be - the full RGB stripe technology just isn't ready yet. In fact, you shouldn't even be disappointed, as at over 300 PPI its very unlikely that you will be able to notice any tell-tale cross-hatching or any issues with luminance inconsistency, the latter of which affected the Galaxy Nexus. Sure, it might not best the amazing SLCD-2 display on the HTC One X, but it comes close, and it's a huge step up from the resolution limitations of the Galaxy SII.
While the software enhancements were a major focus; and some feel a major let down, there were actually a few ideas I found to be quite appealing. Keeping my screen on while I'm looking at it might seem fairly minor, but its small usability tweaks like this that become things that annoy you when they are no longer present. Another feature I'm looking forward to is the pop up play functionality, which would allow me to continue watching a video while texting the Fiancée on the train to/from work.
24. Mube1 posted on 12 May 2012, 21:04 2 0
Well I m not against design but the design of s2 is much much better than s3,and overall it will be new hw/sw king sure
29. REYNER posted on 13 May 2012, 01:33 2 0
nice preview fairly justified, and it makes me much more excited about this phone i have to agree that the only gripes in here is the size (and the plastic back cover?) but over all performance and innovation samsung seems to really nailed this one in. this will definitely be the next android pack leader.. im also excited about the additional accessories that you can buy the moment that SG III will be release the C-pen(much like the s-pen in note),waterproof house cover ow yeah!
31. aoikemono27 posted on 13 May 2012, 04:18 1 0
Ha, the way you were passive-aggressively talking about how middling the phone's build and design was while tossing it around in your hand and a few nerve signals away from squeezing it to a pulp and slamming it against a wall. :-p I know the feeling. Frustration from getting something that's near perfect, but then finding this gaping gigantic flaw about it that you cannot ignore. Samsung really lost it with the design here.
Samsung can always be counted on for great performance, great camera, great battery, and overall quality. But it can also be counted on for very cheap feeling phones and an undying dedication to their boy the SuperAMOLED, which I like less and less of as I own more devices with it. I think it's easier for Samsung to change than for HTC, since in Samsung's case it's more stubbornness and ignorance, while in HTC's case, they seem to completely lack the skills, talent, and tech to make their cameras competitive with Samsung and Apple. Ditto to smooth phone performance, optimization, and battery life.
34. REYNER posted on 13 May 2012, 09:46 0 0
i have to agree with that samsung phones for me are almost there but its only about the quality of is materials the phone feel less expensive and premium but i still consider this as a great achievement for samsung .
32. louay_joumaa posted on 13 May 2012, 05:02 0 0
we need a samsung gs3 vs htc one x really soon ;)
35. gearboxboi posted on 13 May 2012, 10:59 0 4
LOL Ray S. This article is one of the reasons you can never count on PA for sensible articles. You can smell the bias on this guy from a freaking mile. "Samsung has once again nailed it with the Galaxy S III". SERIOUSLY?!
Wanna read something more sensible? Here.
So what did we get? The Siri-imitating S Voice, a quad-core SoC that's already been announced for the Meizu MX, a suite of camera enhancements that rips off HTC's ImageSense wholesale, and a signature animated lock screen that emulates interaction with water, something that's been a live wallpaper option on Android phones since 2010. Oh, and industrial design and build quality that you'll find on any anonymous South Korean MP3 player — Samsung seems to have tried trickling its design language up, never a good idea.
37. henrickrw posted on 13 May 2012, 11:25 1 0
I don’t agree with the article or anything the verge has to say for that matter, but I think Samsung dropped the ball here.
First of all, the S voice copies no one. They used Voice software for the GS2. Second, if S voice works as it could, it will be 50 million times better than Siri. Now with that out of the way.
Samsung is a HARDWARE company first and foremost. If they couldnt put an AMOLED + in time, delay it like Apple did with the 4S. Or if you can’t come up with a new crazy design in time, just use the last one, like Apple. Or they could have spent all the money they spent on software and put it into the hardware, where they excel and clearly have more resources than everyone else. It’s depressing.
40. Lboogey6 posted on 14 May 2012, 09:56 0 0
I'm not going to thumb down cause you're entitled your opinion but its understandable to dislike a phone I'm not an iPhone fan while millions are mostly cause they're friends have one but I won't deny it works well in this situation not everyone is a techy needing the thirty five cores and hologram screen or 82 MP camera does the phone is the job done? Does the phone have a good screen so that it performs well to the human eye is it fast does it bring about nice features? Material if someone cries about it one more time look guys if you have broken your "plastic" phones buy looking at them get a Casio I've worked with cell phones for yearshis whole plastic thing isn't that serious some people feel better in a 66 stang made of Steele and some people like the 2013 fiber glass Ferrari. Another credible source GSM arena gave it great marks and spoke about the negatives. You're not forced to buy this phone but if you want something different I suggest the Vega or something not as mainstream sense is the same touchwiz the same blur better but still the same calm down and get something from overseas
41. WILDCAT1935 posted on 14 May 2012, 16:08 0 0
Perhaps the people who sell the larger battery will have a better back panel.
42. animeware posted on 14 May 2012, 18:19 1 0
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a wonderful device don't get me wrong. if you choosing a smartphone do research on it before you go out and buy the device just a tip
44. animeware posted on 14 May 2012, 18:42 0 0
I'm so confused does the S3 have Super Amoled Plus or is it HD?
some people say it's HD and some people say it's Plus i'm confused if it's only Plus it's not as good as the HD is because the HD has a better pixels then the Plus Version.
45. adi4u4882 posted on 15 May 2012, 07:39 0 0
Its Super Amoled HD Display. Which means its using Pentile pixel Arrangement Sysyem.
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