Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone Review

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By Vincent Funaro , Christian Post Reporter
August 7, 2012|4:38 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is arguably the hottest smartphone in the market at this time and The Christian Post can say first hand that it does not disappoint. We had the opportunity to spend some time testing the device and for the most part, it lives up to the hype. Here is our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

  • Official Image of the Samsung Galaxy S3
    Photo courtesy of Samsung
    Official Image of the Samsung Galaxy S3

Display

The 4.8 touch-screen Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy S3 seems somewhat intimidating and clunky at first, especially in comparison to the iPhone and Galaxy S2. However, its HD resolution is crystal clear displaying videos in high quality, outclassing most of the competition. The size also caters to a gaming audience, since playing on a bigger screen leaves more room for touch-screen controls. Games such as Sonic of the Amazing Spider-Man can really be enjoyed on the Galaxy S3's screen in a way they weren't able to be on the Galaxy S2. YouTube videos can be watched in HD and the screen's overall appearance is one of the best I've seen. However, the third-generation iPad still has the clearest and most detailed display on a mobile device. The S3 could be second or third, with the HTC One X also featuring a top-of-the-line screen.

Speed and Performance

CP received the U.S. variant of the Galaxy so we did not have the opportunity to test out the quad-core processor on the international version. However, the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip functions just fine, making the phone extremely quick and allowing it to multi-task at speeds that far surpass its predecessor. It also has 2GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity, making it one of the quickest handsets in the world.

S Voice, S Beam

S Voice has to be one of the weaker features on the Galaxy S3. It feels like a Siri knockoff that doesn't even work as efficiently. It often misinterprets what a user says, leading to botched up answers and unnecessary aggravation. This is a feature that- like Siri- should get better with time, but for now, it is certainly not a selling point for the Galaxy S3.

S Beam, on the other hand, is a convenient feature that allows S3 users to share videos and photos by touching their smartphones together, utilizing the NFC chip in the device. We experienced little to no problems using S Beam and enjoyed its accuracy in transferring files from phone to phone. Its only weakness is that it can only be used with other Galaxy S3 handsets.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is arguably the finest smartphone on the market and certainly is the best Android handset at this time. If you are looking to purchase a top-of-the-line Android device then this is the handset for you.

 

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