Samsung Galaxy SIII
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.
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.
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.