The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes at a reasonable price, with some retailers offering it for as little as £26 per month.
The S3 has a lightweight feel as it is made of polycarbonate. It has a Gorilla Glass 2 front and comes in selection of colours. With curved edges and a minimal bezel, the phone has a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen. The home, back and menu buttons are all easy to use.
Users have a choice between continuing to use Android 4.0 to preserve data or restoring the phone to factory settings in order to install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Processing is fast, thanks to the 1.4GHz quad core Exynos processor.
Touchwiz has been re-worked so it is much easier to navigate the phone and the screen is less cluttered. The menu is simple to use, as you can organise your apps chronologically or alphabetically.
The screen on the Samsung Galaxy SIII is fantastic. A 309 ppi pixel density means the resolution is as sharp as that of an iPhone 4S. The colour balance is impressive and the screen works incredibly well in direct sunlight.
Messaging and Calls:
Messages are presented in a clear manner. Another useful Android 4.1 update is the Blocking Mode, which shuts the phone down upon your instruction, or blocks out specific types of contact – for example, no phone calls during a meeting.
Unfortunately, the keyboard was not accurate enough and the predictive text feature could do with improvement.
Making phone calls using the Samsung Galaxy S3 was easy to do. The phone offers noise reduction and good signal quality, as well as voice dial and a feature which enables ‘Extra Volume’ to be added during call if it is needed. This is accessed through the settings menu.
In terms of media space, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has everything you need. The only problem is that the OS takes up 5GB of space, so you’re only getting 11GB capacity in reality.
The Music player on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is high quality and offers everything from smart playlists to wireless streaming. Playback on the video player is superb due to the deep contrasts and the colour reproduction. Sound quality is of a high standard.
Internet usage is good, with zoomed out pages still being readable and pages loading quickly. You are able to browse ‘Icognito’ and the Chrome browser is enabled, which means you can synchronise tablets between your PC, tablet and smartphone.
The camera is only set at 8MP. However, it produces good quality pictures and offers features such as Buddy Photo Share and Face Zoom. In terms of gaming, the S3 offers high quality polygon management and general responsiveness.
The Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery lasts for a day, or for 8 hours with heavy usage. Connectivity is high and the maps app is very accurate. You even have the option to turn on Google Maps Navigation.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is a superb phone, which has everything you need and more.