The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the most highly anticipated phones of 2012. And rightfully so, after all, its predecessor the Galaxy S II is one of the most popular smartphones in the world. With the Galaxy III, Samsung has upped the ante, but not just where you would expect it. That is because instead of just focusing on improving hardware, Samsung has made a concerted effort to bring software features to the Galaxy S III that you won’t easily find else where.
The Galaxy S III has been designed to accommodate a massive 4.8″ display. This display is nearly as big as the display you’ll find on the popular Galaxy Note. Fortunately for us, Samsung has designed the Galaxy S III in such a way that it doesn’t seem like the Galaxy S III is unwieldy at all. Samsung says that the design of the S III has been “inspired by nature”, and its design features smooth and “gentle” curves. As a result, the Galaxy S III feels quite nice to hold in your hand. Weighing just 133g, it’s also quite lightweight for its size. This lightweight body is made possible thanks to its plastic materials. And while a plastic body might make some wary, the quality of phone seems like it will hold up pretty well with time. Also, because it’s made of plastic, that means that the device is practically shatter proof. We also like that the soft touch buttons on the S III only illuminate when necessary, leaving the phone with a minimalist look.
Plus, we appreciate that the S III is available in a choice of three colors – blue, white, and the just recently announced red version. But while we do like the form-factor of the S III very much, our biggest gripe with the device is that it tends to pick up grease very easily. It’s also worth mentioning that the S III takes a Micro-SIM, which is starting to become the norm for smartphones.
The Galaxy III sports a 4.8 HD Super AMOLED display made of Gorilla Glass 2 with a 1,280 x 720 resolution. There has been some criticism directed at Samsung for using a PenTile display on the Galaxy S III. Especially since the older Galaxy S II has an amazing 4.3″ SUPER AMOLED Plus display. And it’s no secret that we practically loath PenTile displays. Fortunately, the PenTile display that can be found on the S III is the best one we have seen yet, and is definitely superior to the ones you’ll find on the likes of the Motorola Droid RAZR. So for anyone who is worried about the PenTile display on the Samsung Galaxy S III, the device still sports a great display with vivid colors and pretty sharp visuals. It’s just not as good a display as what you’ll find on the like of the iPhone 4S or HTC One X – It’s just not as bright or sharp.
We have all been there – you want to share a photo or video with your friend, and the process becomes a hassle. Especially when it comes to videos! First you have to upload the file somewhere or attach it. The process often takes too long and can be frustrating. But now thanks to S Beam, sharing photos with other Samsung Galaxy S III users is super easy. All you have to do is place two Samsung Galaxy S III’s back-to-back, and with a tap, you will have transferred your file to your friend’s handset. The catch? For the moment, the S Beam capability is locked to Samsung Galaxy S III users only, and we would love to see this type of feature become available cross platform so that more phones could all just get along together!
Speaking of sharing photos, the Galaxy S III is so savvy, that using its new Buddy photo share it is able to automatically share photos with your friends. The way it works is that as you snap photos, the phone recognizes your friends’ faces, and offers you the option to share it with them via email, etc.
Samsung has also come up with some unique features for the S III which make the phone fit in more seamlessly with your everyday life and your everyday interactions with your phone. For example, Direct Call is a neat feature that lets you automatically switch to making a phone call while writing a text message. All you have to do is lift the phone to your ear while comppsing a message and the phone will automatically dial the person that you are busy texting.
Furthermore, the new S Voice feature on the Galaxy S III has also been getting affair amount of buzz because it’s being touted as a Siri competitor. You can double-press the home button on the S III to launch S Voice. Powered by Vingo, S Voice essentially lets you take control of your phone. With it you can launch apps, tweet, get your weather info, make a call, adjust the volume, answer a call, snap a photo, and more. But we would hardly call it a complete Siri competitor. S Voice still feels quite rough around the edges, and it didn’t always understand our commands. However, we’re hopeful that future software updates will improve S Voice.
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