Expert Review of Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB White
Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with the dimensions of 131.3 mm by 63.7 mm by 8 mm and weighs 126 gram. The device comes with touch sensitive controls as its display is super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and gives 16 million colours. The screen is 4.7 inches in size and gives a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 312 ppi. The screen is also powered by various sensors including accelerometer sensor, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, compass sensor and barometer sensor. The multitouch screen device is backed by a huge storage capacity, with an internal storage capacity of 16/32 GB with 1 GB RAM while the external memory can be stretched upto 32 GB with the help of a microSD card slot. The data connectivity features offered by the device include GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth that supports A2DP and EDR profile, and wireless LAN with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot. The NFC enabled device also comes with a microUSB v2.0 port (MHL) and USB on-the-go port that allows the user to transfer data to the PC or receive data from it. The camera is very powerful with a strength of 12 megapixel powered by the features of autofocus and LED flash that allows the user to click pictures with precision even if the person taking the pictures have shaky hands along with the fact that they are not too dull either. The camera gives a resolution of 4000 by 3000 pixels and comes with some additional features as well including Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization. Then the device is also packed with a secondary camera of 1.3 megapixel along with the facility of video recording. The device is available in the colour of black and comes with the facility of active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic.
User Interface and UI functionality
Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 4.7 inch screen giving a screen resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 312 ppi and is powered with the super AMOLED capacitive touch screen giving you 16 million colours. Its multitouch screen is protected by the cornering gorilla glass technology with touchwiz UIv4.0. As far as its physical dimensions are concerned, the device has a length of 131.3 mm, a breadth of 63.7 mm, a height of 8 mm and weighs 126 grams. Interaction with the device can be done through its touchscreen controls.
Samsung Galaxy S3 offers number of multimedia features including a music player that supports formats including MP3, WAV, eAAC , AC3 and FLAC while various music videos can be downloaded and watched in formats like MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.263 and H.264. Then there is a a provision for TV output with MHL A/V Link. The music can be heard through the loudspeakers or through the earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a standard 3.5 mm jack.
Pictures and Video quality
Samsung Galaxy S3 comes loaded with a very powerful 12 megapixel camera giving a resolution of 4000 by 3000 pixels ensuring the pictures clicked by the user are of highest quality. The autofocus feature gives the user the desired stability while he is clicking pictures and the LED flash assures that pictures are never too dull even when the light is not satisfactory. The camera facilities comes with other features as well like Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization. There is also a provision for a secondary camera that comes with a strength of 1.3 megapixel working at 720p@30fps. The video recording is also pretty formidable working at 1080@30fps.
Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a pretty strong internet facility powered by the HTML and Adobe Flash browser. Apart from SMS (Threaded View), other internet facilities include MMS, Push Mail, IM, RSS and Email. Since the device is powered by the Android 4.0 icecream sandwich operating system, the internet speed is more than formidable. Other facilities include A-GPS support and GLONASS along with Java MIDP emulator.
Internal and External Memory
Samsung Galaxy S III comes with an internal memory of 16 GB or 32 GB, as per the user's preference, along with 1 GB RAM that would obviously speed up the system and allow faster access to resources. Its microSD card allows the memory of the device to be stretched to 32 GB and since the already built-in memory is huge, the additional 32 GB storage capacity would prove to be more than a handful to say the least. The massive storage capacity would specially come in handy for the music fans who love to store a huge collection of music wherever they go.
Applications and Gaming
Since the device is powered by the latest NFC technology and the operating system is the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the gaming experience is bound to be awesome. The 1 GB RAM in addition to the huge storage capacity with the high speed internet would only make the gaming experience even sweeter.
Samsung Galaxy S III comes powered with a standard lithium-ion battery of 1750 mAh that allows the user to enjoy the features of the phone, listen to music, watch videos and surf the internet for longer hours without their entertainment getting interrupted.
Samsung Galaxy S III offers plenty of data connectivity options including EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM evolution) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) that allows the user to send messages and have the "always on" internet facility and assists in smoother broadcasting. It provides with high speed uploading and downloading along with wireless LAN with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n , DLNA, Wi-Fi direct and Wi-Fi hotspot. Samsung Galaxy S III also provides Bluetooth v4.0 supporting A2DP and EDR profile. It allows the user to connect with other devices wirelessly in order to transfer data to the device or receive data from it. The data can music files, video files or documents of some sort. The latest NFC (Near Field Communication) technology is also packed with the usual USB port, except here you have the microUSB v2.0(MHL) port along with the USB on-the-go port.
The real competition for the Samsung Galaxy S III is with the iPhone 5 that has 4 inches wide LED Backlit IPS TFT capacitive touch screen. Even with the bundle of feature offered by Samsung Galaxy S III, the competition is expected to be neck and neck between the two smartphone manufacturing giants. The major difference between the two that can take Apple iPhone 5 a notch higher than Samsung Galaxy S III is the operating system where the latter one is running on Android version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich that is upgradeable to Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean, the former is running on iOS 6 that is the most advanced and technically updated operating system in the current scenario. The another difference is the camera sensor where both stands on the same position as both the droids have 8 megapixels auto focus primary camera with LED flash support.
It terms of secondary camera, Samsung Galaxy S III takes the advantage as it has 1.9 megapixels camera sensor whereas in Apple iPhone 5 the secondary camera is 1.2 megapixels only. In terms of processor, Samsung Galaxy S III has faster quad core processor that throbs at the rate of 1.4GHz whereas Apple iPhone 5 has a dual core 1.2Ghz processor only. The other smartphones that can stand as rivals to Samsung Galaxy S III, apart from Apple iPhone 5, are Motorola RAZR, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy S Plus, HTC Desire S, Sony Xperia Ray, Samsung Galaxy W, HTC Desire HD, Apple iPhone 4S, Apple iPhone 4, Nokia Lumia 710, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 800, Samsung Omnia W, HTC Wildfire S, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola DEFY, Motorola RAZR M, HTC Desire S, HTC Desire X, HTC 8S, HTC 8X, HTC One V, HTC One S, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia 920, Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia 808 PureView, and many more.