Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
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 different 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.
Somewhat expected, since it’s the same camera found with the international version, the quality of its 8-megapixel camera doesn’t change whatsoever with these US versions. As a whole, they’re neither the sharpest or the muddiest results, but it has enough of a balance to deliver some pleasant photos. Of course, colors are punchy enough to add some vividness to the entire shot, but just like before, it tends to overexpose brightly lit objects. Additionally, low lighting shots exhibit a fair amount of noise, but the LED flash manages to counteract those deficiencies – though, it tends to produce a noticeable cooler color production.
1080p HD video recording is definitely up there with the best, if not the best. The image is so sharp and detailed, it makes 1080p video shot with other phones seem significantly blurrier. Shooting at a steady 29 frames per second, videos are smooth with barely any slowdown – however, we notice some jerkiness when shooting with the anti-shake feature on.
Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video - Anti-shake on:
Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video - No Anti-shake:
The built-in music player is quite stock-ish at 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. In terms of speaker audio quality, there’s a hint of irritating sharpness at the loudest volume setting, but it diminishes and becomes pleasant at the middle level.
Of course, the Galaxy S III plays 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!
As we’ve pointed out already, the Samsung Galaxy S III has video-out functionality, but it needs a brand new MHL adapter to work. Still, you might as well invest in one if you’re in desperate need of getting a mirrored experience on your high-def television at home. Then again, you can always go with the wireless route by using the AllShare app.
Already, we’ve pointed out the carrier branded apps preloaded with each respective US Samsung Galaxy S III handset, but in addition to them, our two review units pack different set of apps. Well, the AT&T and Sprint versions share common apps out of the box such as AllShare, ChatON, Flipboard, Kies air, Media Hub, S Memo, and S Suggest. With our Sprint version, it gains Samsung’s Music Hub, Samsung Apps, and Google Wallet.