Sam­sung Galaxy SIII

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Pro­cess­ing Power

The Sam­sung Galaxy SIII was among the most awaited smart­phones of 2012. This flag­ship phone has a quad-core 1.4GHz pro­ces­sor paired with 1GB RAM. The speed is no­tice­able as the SIII pow­ered on in around 19 sec­onds and was con­nected to the data ser­vices as well. We could eas­ily zoom in and zoom out of hi-res­o­lu­tion im­ages. We could also switch be­tween the apps with­out any lag.

Porta­bil­ity & De­sign

Smart­phones are get­ting big­ger dis­plays and the SIII packs a 4.8-inch screen. With 136.6mm height and 70.6mm width, the SIII is quite a hand­ful. But Sam­sung has thank­fully re­stricted the thick­ness to 8.6mm and weight to 133 grams. How­ever, the size isn’t com­pact enough to slide it inside a jeans pocket. The 4.8 inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is smooth and min­i­mal­is­tic con­trols have been added to the sides.

Data Stor­age & Trans­fer

This is one seg­ment where no one can beat the SIII. Along with the reg­u­lar 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Blue­tooth, it has the NFC-pow­ered An­droid Beam and S-Beam. The model we had had an in­ter­nal stor­age of 16GB with an ex­pand­able mem­ory card slot that can fur­ther add 32GB stor­age card. We also got ac­cess to 50 GB stor­age on Drop­box for first two years.

Web Ac­cess

Though the browsers on An­droid smart­phones haven’t changed, the Galaxy SIII’s hard­ware can pro­pel it to great heights. The pages loaded quickly over the Chrome browser thanks to the in­built pro­ces­sor. The phone’s browser also sup­ports pinch and zoom along with full HD 1080p videos. We up­loaded and down­loaded con­tent over Wi-Fi and cel­lu­lar net­works and there wasn’t any lag.


Not all smart­phones can han­dle heavy graphic games, but the Galaxy SIII is all geared for all such stuff. From launch­ing the game to con­tin­u­ous gam­ing for hours, the SIII sur­vived ev­ery­thing with­out any strug­gle. But the phone did heat up a bit af­ter a some time of se­ries gam­ing.


Not all smart­phones have a good on­screen QWERTY key­pad, but typ­ing on the SIII was very smooth. This An­droid Ice­Cream Sand­wich phone doesn’t have any ded­i­cated of­fice suite on board, but we could down­load doc­u­ment apps from the Google Play store. There are plenty of apps one can choose from to per­form all tasks.


One of the big­gest high­lights of the Sam­sung Galaxy SIII is its 8 megapixel still cam­era that can cap­ture im­ages of up to 3264x2448 res­o­lu­tion. It has a f/2.6 aper­ture and zero sec­ond shut­ter lag. There are var­i­ous set­tings like touch fo­cus, face and smile de­tec­tion and dig­i­tal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Im­ages cap­tured are sharp and do not have a lot of noise. The SIII can also cap­ture full HD 1080p videos.

Au­dio Video

The video watch­ing ex­pe­ri­ence over the 4.8 inch Su­per AMOLED HD res­o­lu­tion dis­play was good. The video player on­board of­fered set­tings to ad­just bright­ness, colour tone and en­able out­door vis­i­bil­ity. It could eas­ily play WMV, .AVI, .MP4 files with­out any prob­lem. Even the sound out­put was loud and ex­tremely clear, with­out any dis­tor­tion.


A 2,100 mAh bat­tery in a smart­phone is huge. But then it also has alot more fea­tures to con­sume this power. Un­like tablets and ul­tra­books, our smart­phone stayed ac­tive 24x7. This in­cluded calls, mes­sages, push emails, brows­ing, so­cial net­work­ing and mul­ti­me­dia. De­spite all this, the Galaxy SIII used to die only by the end of the day. Auto bright­ness and turn­ing off vi­bra­tions helped in sav­ing juice.

Value for Money

The SIII now sells for 37,500,

` a 5,000-ru­pee drop from its

` launch price. But even then, it comes across as an ex­pen­sive smart­phone. Any­thing over

30,000 is a bit too much in

` our books.

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