Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III Review

The phone's design and two colors -- marble white and pebble blue -- immediately compelling. The handset's plastic looked far more premium than other devices. Yes, the white version is shiny plastic, but the silver accents give it a more premium look and feel. The "pebble blue" color (which to my eyes is more like a slate gray with bluer overtones) looks like it has a brushed finish.
The design is also accessible, with the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1,280x720 pixels) taking center stage. Samsung does this purposely, to make the handset as universally appealing as possible.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
The Galaxy S III features Android 4.0 ICS with its TouchWiz interface. And the phone navigable and easy to use. 

One of the most impressive features is the 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core processor on this global model. It felt very fast, but of course the data network also contributes to impressions of speed when it comes to data-heavy tasks like loading Web sites and uploading photos.
The camera is another major area of interest. Here it's an 8-megapixel shooter that can shoot 1080p HD video. The photo software looks familiar and indoor photos taken in the terrible convention center lighting didn't do the phone any favors. The front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera supports shooting 720p HD video, something new for Samsung. There's some sensor intelligence in there that can keep the screen lit while you look at it, a scenario suited for video chats.

Samsung has put a lot of work into differentiating itself from rivals with its apps. There are a lot, many involving sharing using AllShare Play, a DLNA protocol app, and many involving Wi-Fi Direct. For instance, you can open the AllShare Play app to view content across your AllShare apps on the smartphone, tablet, computer, and so on.
There's also a group photo-sharing app that leverages AllShare, and an enhancement on Android Beam, which uses NFC technology, or near-field communication, to "beam" URLs, map data, and smaller chunks of information between compatible phones. S Beam uses Wi-Fi Direct to send files up to 1GB in size, including photos, music and video files, and documents. You don't have to have Wi-Fi on to use it, but you do need a phone with S Beam.
The app that probably captured the most attention is S Voice, a Siri-like presentation that builds off Samsung's voice actions app. It works as promised, doing things like fetching the weather or a map, placing calls, and so on.

Key Features

  • 4.8in, 720 x 1280 pixel display
  • Quad Core 1.4GHz CPU
  • 8MP camera with 1080p video
  • Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz

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