The Samsung Galaxy S3 has been available in the market for a while now, but with the recent update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (the 4.1.1 platform), not only has the S3 been given a speed boost; there’s also a lot of interesting updates.
Compared to the previous model, S2, the new smartphone, Galaxy S3 is more rounded. The large dimensions, 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, make it difficult to slip into pockets and more difficult to hold in hand. The phone is easy. Despite the large size, it only weighs 133 grams.
Samsung has remained faithful to plastic as shell material, although it has a metal-glossy looks.
Above the touch screen you can find the proximity sensors, the ambient light and the secondary camera with 1.9 MP. At the bottom of the screen there is the physical home button, which you must get used to by hitting it harder because is very narrow. On the back you’ll find the rear 8 MP camera, flash light and speaker. On the side is a button that can controlled the volume and another to start the phone. There is a also a jack of 3.5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8-inch HD screen Super Amoled with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which means a density of 306 ppi. The large screen helps a lot when browsing the Internet and watching your favorite movies or videos.
Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Cortex A-9 processor quad-core with 1.5 GHz and a Mali-400 GPU. The smartphone comes with 1GB of RAM. It allows you to watch HD videos smoothly in a window while sending simultaneously a text message or an email.
The device has a battery at 2100 mAh, which provides a range of up to 790 hours in standby. It is worth mentioning that the processor is designed specifically to optimize power consumption.
Interface, applications, Web browsing:
Android 4.1 runs the Galaxy S3 interface, TouchWiz, look great. The icons design was also improved, and some of them occupy a different position. The number of quick settings is higher, and they can be accessed from Notifications.
There are several interesting features, such as Direct Call: if you write an SMS and you bring the phone to your ear, the message recipient is dialed automatically. Another is social tags, which come into action when you take pictures of friends. Photos can automatically be linked to the social networks through facial recognition technology. Also, Galaxy S3 can distribute or receive files with NFC (Near Field Communication) via the function S Beam. A plus is the Cast All Share function, which lets the phone to communicate via Wi-Fi with smart TVs, laptops or tablets.
The S Voice, a kind of alternative to Apple‘s Siri, there would be room for improvement. The virtual assistant, a male voice is slower than his colleague on iOS. You can launch S Voice clicking the home button twice.
Samsung Galaxy S3 has a main camera of 8 MP with LED flash. The 8 MP is not the highest on the market, but it’s everything you need to take quality photos. A larger number would have meant a thicker and more expensive smartphone.
South Korean company has successfully used the camera 8 MP on its predecessor, the Galaxy S2 and the S3 is seeing some significant improvements over the software. Photos taken with this phone are clear and beautiful colored.
Regarding the video department, Samsung is not content with less. The front camera records videos in 720p HD. But this is the thing that surprised us the most. Autofocus is working OK.