Five awesome new features in the Samsung Galaxy S III

Five awesome new features in the Samsung Galaxy S III
The Samsung Galaxy S III is here and it's not just about the hardware – this time Samsung got serious about adding new software features and a couple of nice tweaks to the overall experience. Five of them caught our attention for either bridging the gap with competition or coming up with totally new ideas. And when you think about it, it's the overall smoothness and functionality of a platform, not just the hardware guts that define it.

Of course, we've only scratched the surface with what we think is really some neat new features, but there's plenty of apps and functionality that we left out. PopUp Play for example allows you to play a video on top of what you're doing at all times, but we just don't see much real value in that, so we've skipped it. Others like S Health are welcome additions, but couldn't fit into the tight top five format, so make sure to let us know what's important for you in the comments below. Now, with no further ado, here's five areas where Samsung brought additional value and why that matters. 

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)

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50 Comments

1. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

actually, IMO it doesn't look like any other phone even if it's plastic. I have to say it's unique and simple - too simple that we have been let down. I'm disappointed with the screen too. :( but I have one thing to say though: the HTC One X and the SGS 3 are like Zeus and Poseidon. They have their specialties and they are both gods of this phone's generation... coming soon, Hades and the others... lol. *too much wrath of the titans for me*

28. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

If you don´t like it, don´t get it. Your opinion would not avoid this handset to sell MILLIONS of units

29. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Best phone ever. Followed by the GS2 & Galaxy Note

33. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

Well yes design is not grt but not bad either... it just looks bigger gs2 of tmobile... power is uncomparable.. competion has no chance as usual

38. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

you-have-posted-the-same-bs-on-every-sIII-article.​-now--stfu-please.-i-mean-for-once-its-understanda​ble-but-10-times-its-irritating. i-personally-think-its-a-nice-design-and-would-loo​k-even-better-in-hand. PS-sorry-guys-space-is-not-working.

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Haters gonna hate, but this could easily be the most successful Samsung phone ever because of all the hype. Just saying, cause all the people would be back and say, RIP SGS3 and all that. like I said, "It's an upgrade to the SII, not the Nexus and Samsung has really done a good job with Touchwiz and all that. When the SII came out, there was not much hype and fun over it but give it time and you'll see the full potential. It may not be the phone for geeks like us, but I'm sure it will lead the way in sales and all that because everyone knows Samsung is the anti-iPhone."

4. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

S3 is good phone but not Great. Its still lacks in some areas are like- Only 8mp camera, y not 12? Led flash, y not xenon? Looks like this phone still has cheap plastic body. DISSAPPOINTED.

8. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

LED has advantages to Xenon, and I think LED can light up on Video Recording while Xenon cannot. The design is subjective and please stop with the cheap part. It may be plastic but I don't think it will feel cheap in anyway. Let's wait for camera samples. :)

10. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

xenon uses more battery power

58. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

But u get better result with xenon.

11. Adithya7184 unregistered

read the article clearly...you will understand why only 8MP? why not 12MP?

15. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

Are we really at the point where "only" 8mp is considered substandard??

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Did you not read the camera section of this article?

30. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I suggest you to send your resume to Samsung & ask them to hire you. People alway critizise. Is so easy to do it. Nothing in life is perfect. I won a Note & GS2 & they´re not perfect. Apple Iphone is not perfect. We will never have a perfect phone. If you don´t like it your oipinion would not avoid others from getting it. I wish I could get it right now.

42. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Looks like this phone still has cheap plastic body." The same "cheap plastic body" have Nokia Lumia 900 and HTC One X and it is called Polycarbonate!

5. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

No thanks samsung, my waiting was for nothing. I'll go with htc one x.

6. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Ok enough of these type of articles. Where are the camera samples.

7. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

great phone

9. Jericho unregistered

bulls**t optimus lte2 is gonna blow this phone away.

12. Adithya7184 unregistered

2GB of ram will not make a good phone.....

43. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Why won't it make a good phone? The pixel density alone in this phone calls for more RAM. I believe that Samsung made a mistake by not including at least 1.5 gigs.

35. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

it will if it has better processor too, which i doubt

40. manzl

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

only if lg could re do its rectangular shape....

13. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Looks average at best, but has nice features

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Only feature I would use on this device is the S Voice... TO TELL THIS POS PHONE TO GO F*CK ITSELF ! LIKE SAMSUNG IS F*CKING THEIR CUSTOMERS !!!

16. amircajani

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 2012

waited so long for this!! cmon...ok its specs really something...but guys...design sucks...plastic !! for that money!!..i regret waiting so long...htc one x looks way better with ceramic body than this.also removable battery is not good ...hate to admit but true...htc one x's better

18. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

One X is also cheaper & available NOW.

31. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Then get the ONE X Idiot.

36. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i know if you not going to get the bloody phone then why complain lol...one x is cheaper by £20-£30 quid...i rather pay that extra to get removable battery,removable storage and the exynos chip...personally the 1st 2 are the most important to me in any phone i purchase and if it does not have them i dont get it...(learnt my lesson from the ip4 which was a great phone but hated the fact i couldnt just put in my sd card and judt drag and drop)...one x does look better in my opinion but the hands on have said the s3 feels much better in the hand which is more imprtant than looks.

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