Today was a big day for me. I saw and played with the Samsung Galaxy S III for the first time. First of all, it’s way cooler that what I thought. Press renders just don’t do it justice. Even though the screen size is much bigger than on its predecessor, it didn’t feel or look that big. Samsung has just managed to remove a lot of the extra space outside of the screen. The phone also felt really good in your hand. I don’t think it was too big in any way.
Second, I think this was the best performing Android device I’ve tried. The HTC One X is also fast, but I’ve experienced some lags with graphical transitions in the software (Sense UI). It felt as the Galaxy S III couldn’t be put into a situation where it would lag. The device was able to play and display a video file while simultaneously using the phone normally. It’s like a picture-in-picture from the TV world, but with a phone.
Video-capabilities were also great. I was shown the WiFi streaming hub accessory, which seemed to be working more easily than for instance DLNA streaming. The picture on the HDMI-equipped FullHD 55-inch TV looked great. Installation was just simple plug-and-play action, and in mere seconds the movie was wirelessly playing on the TV. This accessory will make it much easier to connect your phone to a TV/projector. This accessory will apparently be exclusive to the Galaxy S III.
During the weekend I wrote that I had my doubts about the screen. Samsung chose to use an PenTile array of sub pixels instead of the inferior RGB array. A better explanation on this technology can be read from my earlier post here. To my eyes the screen looked gorgeous. Contrary to my belief, lines were really straight on the screen. I couldn’t see a fuzzy line. So apparently Samsung’s decision to opt for a PenTile display instead of a RGB display was good, since the lower amount of blue sub pixels will lead to a longer life expectancy for the screen itself.
The phone will hit Europe with force on May 29th. Here in Finland we should see the Samsung Galaxy S III retail for roughly 620€.
Hit View Post to see a few accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S III.