|Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone SPH-L710|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Phones | Handheld|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 18 December 2012|
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested, which may differ from future versions of the same product. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Beginning my summary conclusion with performance, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an extremely capable phone. The 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4-Plus MSM8960 SoC and 2GB RAM is all the more processor and memory a phone should ever need, since very few users will work with multiple applications actively running simultaneously. Still, I did my best to act like a smartphone power-user by working in several applications all at once: web browsing, synchronized email, Facebook updating, all while YouTube, a lossless song in FLAC format, and a MKV movie all played disharmoniously in the background... all without any stutter.
Appearance is a much more subjective rating, since everyone has their own favorite color or phone style. Samsung's Galaxy S III features a large 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen that renders a 1280x720 resolution on scratch-resistant glass, which is considerably larger than the 4.0" Apple iPhone 5 screen (1136x640) by comparison. This phone is a bit wider than others, but also quite thin and still lightweight at only 4.7 oz (133 g) with battery. Samsung offers the Galaxy S III in several colors: Marble White, Pebble Blue, Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black, Titanium Grey.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is constructed with pure sophistication, and like most cutting-edge smartphones there's little room for accidents. Normal wear and tear won't dull or scratch the screen, but since it covers the entire face of the phone and lacks a rim or lip for protection, dropping the phone onto a solid surface also has a good chance at breaking the glass just as much as it could with any other phone on the market. I highly recommend a protective phone case, or at least a clear screen cover at a minimum. Comparied to the Apple iPhone 5, the Galaxy S3 has a user-replaceable battery, allowing the phone to continue working well after it's one-year warranty expires.
In terms of functionality, you're really not going to find a smartphone more capable than the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Apple iPhone 5 comes close thanks to the Siri IPA, but Google has similar features in Google Now intelligent personal assistant. Galaxy S3 is faster, offers a large 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen with higher resolution, more storage space, a replaceable battery, and a better front camera. The Samsung Galaxy S3 also offers several sharing functions not found elsewhere, capitalizing on NFC and Wi-Fi Direct.
There's plenty of external functionality as well. Using an USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) cable adapter that connects the phone's micro-USB port to a compatible printer, users can print directly from their smartphone. If the printer isn't natively supported or detected by the Galaxy S3, applications such as PrinterShare could bridge the gap to help make most unsupported printers work. Additionally, users can connect their Samsung Galaxy S3 to any HDMI display, such as a monitor or HDTV, simply by using an USB Micro-B MHL to HDMI Smartphone Adapter. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity further extends this phone out to other devices, as well.
As of mid-December 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III/S3 smartphone, model GT-I9300, was available for $199 with contract activation, or $564.99 Unlocked without contract from Newegg and Amazon. This price places the Samsung Galaxy S3 directly against the Apple iPhone 5 in most markets.
Technology is ever-changing, and it grows based on the needs of people who require it. The Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone is a pivotal product that rides the cutting edge of phone technology and begins to deliver more power than most can find good use for. Future phones are expected to utilize quad-core processors, a technology generally limited to the enthusiast realm of desktop computer systems. Soon, we'll see a point when the smartphone relegates the other platforms theoretically irrelevant. Until then, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the brightest shining star among the constellation.
+ Large 4.8" HD Super AMOLED screen
- Expensive cutting-edge product
Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Would you choose the Samsung Galaxy S III over the Apple iPhone 5?