Samsung Galaxy S3 was the most anticipated smartphone of 2012 and still is on of the top devices on the market today. With all the technology advancements between the past 2 years, Samsung has really stepped up to their A game with the Galaxy S3. From all the mobile devices and smartphones I’ve played with, the S3 has to be my favourite smartphone other than the Galaxy Note 2 which is my favourite phablet.
My Journey into Android and smartphone technology started just before Samsung Galaxy S2 was released. As a programmer I learned about many programming platforms and as a Java developer I mostly learned about mobile platforms and this is where the love of smartphones grew in me. To be honest I am a fan of Samsung but not because everybody else loves the brand, but because I understand the technology. The Galaxy S3 for me has to be the most advanced smartphone on the market. So lets see why!
The Galaxy S3 explained:
The Galaxy S3 is probably out for about 8 months now and during all this time Google released their latest version of Android so the first thing I did was to update it to Jellybean as soon as Samsung South Africa released it and made it public. The first thing that has to be mentioned the S3 was quite impressive in terms of responsiveness before and after upgrading to JellyBean. With the standard ICS (Android 4.0) firmware you could see a bit of lag here and there (between the transition of pages on the home screens). After the update to Jellybean with its Butter Project implementation the device was so much more smoother. Just looking at some time back at the MWC conference held annually Samsung had won awards for ‘Best manufacturer of the year’ as well as the Galaxy S2 as being ‘The best smartphone of the year.’ Bearing all this in mind Samsung took their accomplishments a step further by creating the Galaxy S3.
“Inspired by nature, designed for humans,” to some the phrase will not make sense but if you actually do think about it, it’s a well crafted phrase if you take the term ergonomics and mix it up with innovation and nature. What better inspiration a designer could find if not in nature? Nature is endless its like the horizon looking at it, a never-ending border. Inspired by wind, leaves and pebbles the S3 spots a uniquely designed pebble-like shape to it, giving you the ergonomic experience even though it has such a beautifully large 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display. While the S2 weighs in at 116 grams, the S3 although much bigger in size at a mere 133 grams (+17 grams weight) you wont even feel the difference, that’s how Samsung’s design process played a huge role in the device. In fact if you hold both devices in the palm of your hands you’d think the S3 is lighter than the S2.
Grouped together the unique features on the S3 known as the smart features include features like Direct call, Smart Stay, Smart Alert, S voice and even pop up play. I am not going to go into much detail but if you do want to read about the features take a look at my personal blog. However, what I would like to highlight is that many consumers have the perception that these embedded features into the s3 are too good to be true, is it? The S3 itself has an amazing 720p HD screen which makes HD videos viewing, a real pleasure.
Packed With Polaris Office a package which allows you to edit and create your documents (especially because it is compatible with Microsoft document formats). I’ve been roughly using the device for 5 months now and I honestly have to say that I am pretty impressed, especially by its 8MP camera which has the ability to capture 1080p videos. As a lover of photography I was too tired of carrying a video Camera and a digital camera with me because it was really hard to multi-task with the two, but the S3 allowed me to record HD Video and capture images at the same time. Another thing that stood out for me was the 1.9 MP HD front-facing Camera.
The super-fast Exynos processor allows for better multi-tasking and also aided the Camera. The 1.4 GHz Quad core processor on the S3 made features like burst shot possible which takes up to 20 pictures in one single 1 action (it takes about 3.3 photos / second), so now I’ll never miss a special moment in my life.
To conclude I am really impressed by the S3’s superb power performance, I actually did a quick test to see how much time it takes from the moment I power it ON to the second I wanted to make a call and it took about 19.7 seconds to boot and dial. The transition speeds between my home screens and application screens have drastically been improved. If you had to actually compare it to its predecesor. Launchig my Apps is way faster on JellyBean, web browsing became a dream, although the screen is a bit to small to view a full web page on one screen (at least for me), but that’s something I could over look. I also love that I am able to play HD Games without any lag at all. Wi-Fi channel bonding which we almost never hear about in blogs for me was fascinating as well double speed, incredible right?
Up to this date Samsung has shipped 100 million of their Galaxy S range including the S, S2 and S3. This makes me very excited and impatient to see what other amazing technology innovations Samsung will bring forward in 2013. I am pretty sure you are excited too. The Mobile World Congress 2013 is right around the corner and the fact that Samsung has several new handhelds prepared for launch like the GALAXY Note 8.0 and the GALAXY Tab 3 creates even more excitement among Samsung Mobilers isnt it?!?