Samsung Galaxy S III Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S III Hands-on
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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!

Inspired by nature's beauty, Samsung has tried to recreate that kind of awesomeness with the design of the S III. The body of the device resembles a smoothly-curved pebble, while the interface features ripple-like lock screen animation. But it's not only that - some of the new features related to how you interact with the device are also inspired by nature, but more on that later.

As we said, the shape of the device is curved - a radical departure from the S II's rectangular appearance. The back side is still plastic - none of the ceramics stuff that was rumored, although it still feels quite decent to the touch. It's a firm, glossy plastic – nothing out of the ordinary.

The front is dominated by a large 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen – significantly bigger than the 4.3" panel of the S II. As you've probably noticed, there isn't a "Plus" in the name of the screen tech, hinting that it's based on PenTile matrix. The good news is that with these HD resolutions that we now have, being based on PenTile really doesn't mean much – the image quality is still great! Of course, the display is so detailed that you can easily make out the smallest detail.

Camera-wise, the S III is equipped with an 8MP sensor, which is now BSI for superior low-light performance, and features zero shutter lag, allowing you to take lots of photos without delay inbetween. Naturally, we'll have to wait and see just how good the photos and video are, but we really have our hopes high for this camera.

Many of you are probably wondering what processor the Galaxy S III has, and the answer is as expected – a quad-core Exynos processor, although it isn't specified at this time exactly which model it is. The processor is clocked at 1.4GHz – enough to support everything you throw at it.

On the software front Samsung isn't surprising us. The Galaxy S III runs Android 4 ICS, covered with TouchWiz. There aren't that many differences between this version of TouchWiz and the previous one, but there sure are some very features added. For example, The Galaxy S III has S Voice – which is a Siri wannabe, so to speak. It will listen to your vocal input and will do the stuff you ask it for. For example, you may ask it what's the weather today, and it will respond with a forecast. Ask it to start the camera for you, because you want to take a picture – and it will. We'll see if it's good enough to beat Siri in a direct one-on-on fight!

Another example is the S Beam functionality, which allows you to transfer media like photos and vidieo between compatible devices using Wi-Fi Direct and NFC. Yet another bonus feature is AllShare, allows you to stream the same content on multiple devices.

There are some more special, usability-centric tweaks that we really find very intriguing. For example, the S III will have that strange habit of tracking your eyes using the FF camera. And, imagine that it's late and you're reading a book. You don't feel like sleeping yet, so you keep on reading. However, every once in a while the screen will go dark, forcing you to touch it in order to bring the book back. Well, with the Galaxy S III that shouldn't happen, as it will be looking in your eyes and since it will see that you're looking at the screen – it won't let it turn off. The same goes for the opposite situation – if you fall asleep, the Galaxy S III will notice that and will turn its screen off as well.

In addition, Samsung has concocted a nice little equalizer feature that will attempt to fix the frequency range of low-quality calls.

So, when you'll be finally able to hold the Galaxy S III in your hands? Relatively soon – starting May 29, the Galaxy S III will be available in Europe and Asia. Release dates for the U.S. carrier versions of the phone are yet to be announced, but this should happen sooner compared to what happened last year.

Finally, we'd like to say that the S III shapes up as a killer handset – both hardware- and software-wise. We're looking forward to reviewing it and bringing you even more details about its new features!

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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)



1. jordan30589

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I love the new Galaxy, I admit the One X looks better but the S3 kills it on everything else. And btw, i like the white version better I dont know about you guys.

14. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I agreed the s3 in white white looks better, The htc one x is a better design also

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

bah its all going to be in a case anyways lol

32. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Agree one looks better but I don't buy phones on the basis of looks.

35. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I was disappointed about the phone design as well...arrrgg but still gonna get this quad version of S3 :) the white version look nice tho was considering OneX but two things drive me away is non-removable battery (i dont care what others think about!) and no expansive card support!

37. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Oops Expansion hehe

36. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I prefer the blue-grayish brushed look.

43. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks nice, but after all the hype, I'm kinda underwhelmed to be honest. Looking at the initial benchmarks, I thought the Exynos would be faster than the global One X's Tegra III too, but instead its just on par or slightly slower. I think the SGS 2's unveiling had a much larger impact. Hopefully Samsung can introduce the i9800 with quad A15's later in the year :) Now that would be sweeeet!

50. Retro-touch unregistered


51. Retro-touch unregistered

Found the actual performance preview and yes confirms S3 is the fastest:

91. darkknight

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

No matter what you or we like or great, phonearena people will say copmaring to iphone the sgsIII is great but still IP is better.

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

touch wiz is soooooooooooooo cheezy!!! aaaarrrghh!! haha good thing android is big on custom ROMS... but my god this phone is nice! if i was up for an upgrade it would be hard to decide SGS3 or HTC OneX i'm sure sammy will sell plenty!

11. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

They will sell a lot. If the S3 and X One were even to me I would go with the HTC every time. Samsung sucks at putting out updates.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm. samsung is beating HTC when it comes to ICS upgrades. The SGS2 already has it and is spreading it around. Wheres the Amaze/evo/sensation ICS upgrades?

44. wendygarett unregistered

you mean galaxy nexus? lol

63. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The sensation (international version) got the update BEFORE the galaxy s 2. Where's the OG Galaxy S's update? Cause the DHD and Des S are getting ICS officialy :P

67. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the sgs1 is 2 years old. talk to me when those other devices actually get the update not just a rumor of an update. besides the sgs1 was one of the first devices ICS was unofficially ported to. I've been running ICS since early December and I waitied 7 versions before jumping on.

64. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

You're wrong. Amaze 4G, Sensation/Sensation XE, Vivid/Raider 4G, Rezound, and Sensation XL already got ICS updates or leaked updates. Samsung has pushed updates only to the international SGS2. HTC is supporting their Desire HD, Desire S, Incredible S/Incredible 2, Thunderbolt, and the Rhyme. The only phones not getting ICS upgrades are because they literally do not have the internal storage to hold ICS and be able to install applications. (OG Desire, Evo 4G, Droid Inc1, etc.)

66. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hunter, I work for T-Mobile .. not a single tmobile HTC phone has the update officially.. in fact I don't think any American HTC device does. all Samsung devices that are getting ics have unnofficial updates as well.. Samsung freely gives them to the community the difference is Samsung devices are already in official upgrade roll out stages for at least its flagship with the rest shortly behind where HTC is still in testing phases

71. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

The Vivid already has ICS, the Amaze has a leaked build available, and the Sensation 4G can run the WWE release for ICS with everything but wifi calling fully functional. Learn more about the products you sell.

74. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

1) i dont sell the Vivid 2) I SAID OFFICIAL UPDATE, LEARN TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE. 3) 90% of actual customers have no idea how to root and install roms, so it DOESNT MATTER. If its not official, its not official.. period. 4) I have no idea what a "WWE ICS" is, but the sensation does not have an OFFICIAL release. why do people always try to buck up to me with wrong info?? if your going to challenge me on something and throw some sass, please do your homework first.

76. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

1. Then don't make broad generalizations. 2. They're functionally the same when you have a leaked ruu. Just up to the customer to download and run it at their own risk. 3. Those who care can get it without rooting or risking warranty as long as there is a leaked ruu. 4. The WWE is worldwide English rom versions, and the Sensation 4G is exactly the same as international variants with only changed antennas.

78. KParks23

Posts: 727; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Yea remixfa. enjoy making ur 10$ a hour and coming to phone arena acting like a hard ass throwing around ur knowledge on tmobile phones lmao!!

79. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

sensations already got the update before the update for the S2 was announced lol. my friend updated his Sansation XE in February

28. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Thats the beauty of android,you don't like one launcher or style,you can simply download a completely different launcher and ui for your phone

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

exactly. Thats why hardware is more important to me than anything else with android. I can change it however i want, but i cant change the hardware.

65. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Too bad the versions sold in the US will have S4 Krait anyway.

68. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I'm not buying an Lte version. nor am I buying an s4 downgraded version.

3. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

The screen is Gorilla Glass 2?

4. jordan30589

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Yes it is.

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