Arguably one of the best Android smartphones to ever be produced, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is certainly our favourite amongst the many Androids we have owned and tried.
Rather than write just another review piece, we present to you our Top 10 Features:
Equipped with Samsung’s Quad-Core Exynos 1.4 GHz CPU, and 1GB of RAM, the Galaxy SIII is always ready to keep up with you. Paired with Samsung’s nature inspired Touchwiz UX interface the whole experience is very fluid and fast. Further proof is the 6000+ high Quadrant scores that are easily achievable with this handset. For extra performance, and if you are a little game, there are ways to overclock the handset up to a staggering 1.8Ghz.
At 8.6mm thin, and weighing in at only 133 grams, you can at times be excused for forgetting you are even holding anything, let alone one of the best phones in the world. With Samsung’s new “pebble” design, the Galaxy SIII fits anywhere, even in the tightest jeans and is really a beautiful thing to hold.
Samsung’s expertise with LED displays is very evident in the Samsung Galaxy SIII, being adorned with a gorgeous 4.8″ 1280×720 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a pixel density of 306ppi. The display is razor sharp and displays games, movies and pictures in wonderful clarity and dimension. The auto brightness is more than sufficient and is able to be used even in the brightest of day light.
4. Touchwiz 5 User Interface
Samsung’s overall desire with the Galaxy SIII was a “nature experience” and it is evident right through the phone. From the second you swipe the unlock screen and get a lovely watery, ripply effect; to the faint watery and natural sounds that occur with everything from messages received to switching screens, etc.. The whole experience as noted above, is very fluid and natural feeling; and for want of a better word is a very “nice” feeling. Built on top of Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich the Galaxy SIII can take advantage of the latest and greatest that Android has to offer and has done so in a very complimentary fashion.
5. S Software Suite
Carrying over largely from the Galaxy Note, the built in applications S Memo and S Planner are two indespensible applications for a heavy business user of the phone. When synched with your Microsoft Exchange server you can receive in all of your appointments in real time and have them displayed in the familiar “Outlook” style grid and can choose from Daily, Weekly or Monthly patterns with the familiar “pinch and zoom” we are now used to with many software applications. Add and change appointments in real time, even drag appointments through the screens to reschedule to another day or change appointment times. Another great feature is that by adding in the email address of your next client, they will be emailed a confirmation of your meeting time, as well as any follow changes or cancellations!
One of my favourite feature of the Galaxy Note and no doubt what gave the Phablet its namesake as S Memo. Whilst the Galaxy SIII doesn’t ship with the S Pen stylus, we have found that widely available stylus’ will still work just the same with S Memo, however you can purchase an S Pen especially designed for the SIII by Samsung. Take notes in real time just by handwriting them, drop in some pics, cut and paste and take notes all over them, then save the notes, or share to your favourite application. You don’t have to handwrite though as you can simply change over to text entry. Never lose that thought again!
6. 8MP Camera with Best Shot
If Samsung’s expertise in displays is evident in this powerhouse of a phone, their skill with cameras and images in general is every bit as evident in the camera. Producing stunning photos with brilliant colour depth and clarity, the camera features a burst setting with Best Shot. This works by the camera bursting off 8 shots within a couple of seconds then automatically selecting the best picture for you, or allowing you to do that yourself. Never miss that perfect shot again because someone’s eyes were closed or didn’t have that “perfect” smile ready just yet. The camera also features a raft of options from Scene Modes, Speed, Exposure and other fun settings to make sure you never miss out on a moment of the action. Videos are shot in full 1080P for maximum clarity.
7. Accessibility Options
Whilst the large display on the Galaxy SIII comes with a very well sized font set, there will be times that we need to increase font size or enlarge an image. In most applications such as web sites or the like, simply swiping out horizontally on the screen will enlarge the font and pics to suit your needs, however for text messages and other items in general, there is an option to set the Font size under Display settings and further again under the Messaging options simply enable “Use Volume Key” to change text sizes with the volume rocker. Don’t like the way messages are displayed? These can be changed as well with everything from the background, to the message or conversation bubbles having many options to increase contrast, colour or readability to suit the user.
Samsung have built some very smart features into the Galaxy SIII, such as “Palm touch to mute/pause” which simply does what it says, by covering the screen with the palm of your hand, whilst media is playing with the screen on, perfect if you don’t want to be interrupted or un-naturally grab for your phones volume or power button! Also Tilt To Zoom you can zoom in our out on the screen simply by tilting the phone; Turn Over To Mute is handy during a meeting if you don’t want to be interrupted and my favourite Palm Swipe, just swipe your hand over the screen from left to right to take a screen capture! By the use of another feature “Smart Stay”, the Galaxy SIII is even able to detect when your eyes are no longer on the screen (if you’ve fallen asleep through a movie for example) and switch itself off! Now that’s clever Samsung.
9. S Beam
S Beam works by transferring data such as pictures, music or videos between two Galaxy SIII’s just by gentling tapping the backs of the two phones together. This is faster and easier than email, dropbox or Bluetooth and is a direct transfer of information between the two devices.
10. All Share
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard for home media sharing the all major media and home entertainment makers abide by to ensure device compatibility. The Galaxy SIII is very well equipped with DLNA functionality, picking up all of your home media servers and DLNA devices to share media to and from. Allshare works by allowing to you to send your videos, music or pictures out to your DLNA compatible large screen TV for example. At home, my Sony Bravia 55HX820, LG 47LM8600, LG BD660, Xbox 360 and PC’s, laptops and tablets are all able to receive data from my Galaxy SIII with the touch of a button. This is particularly handy if we have just taken a funny video and wish to share it with everyone on the big screen. By the inclusion of the just announced Sugarsync partership, Samsung are about to expand on Allshare’s capabilities, to be able to beam out to litterally any Allshare device around the globe! Samsung are also building Smartshare and Sugarsync into all new TV’s and Bluray players to even further enhance the experience.
Whilst there are just too many features to list them all (such as S Voice, NFC, Pop Up Play and more), we have tried to capture our Top 10 Features of the Galaxy SIII from a real life users’s perspective.
Everyone has different tastes and these are the features that after some two months of every day use, really catch us as outstanding.
I was just this morning asked to comment on what I like so much about the Galaxy SIII from a prospecitve buyer, my reply was “Light, fast, powerful, beautiful screen, excellent battery life and zero lag”.
That about sums it up. Let me know what your favourite features are below.
If you are like us and love your Android like it’s your best friend, then you will certainly be after the very best in protection for it.
Look no further than Ballistic Cases. Offering a large range and near bullet proof protection for your techno pride and joy is what the Ballistic team are all about.
Stocking a large range sold directly from their website at http://www.goballisticcase.com.au you will find a range of heavy duty yet stylish cases for HTC, Motorola and of course Samsung.
The Galaxy SIII range is even coming on line now, as advised by Sales and Operations Manager, Craig Scott. Customers can place a pre-order on the web site now, with shipping following very soon there after.
With the precision engineering that goes into every device, not to mention the large HD screens and super light weight bodies that now adorn our Droids, it just makes sense to give them some adequate protection.
From Ballistic’s own words, “Our designs include many unique features, such as rubber on the inside to prevent scratches, absorb shock and promote cooling airflow. “
Here’s a look at some of the Galaxy SIII range:
The sleek, modern and colourful Lifestyle Smooth case
Then we have the tougher SG Maxx with belt clip and the ShellGel range
So whatchya waiting for?
Head on over to http://www.goballisticcase.com.au and make your choice. Your Droid will thank you for it.
Look for a full product review in the near future with the Ballistic team!
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Bargain Hunters rejoice! We have just found Australia’s best deal on the slammin’ Samsung Galaxy SIII Superphone.
Available from Dick Smith, in store only, and dependant on stock levels, you can purchase the sexiest phone on the planet for only $747!
This is outright and unlocked!
You better get crackin’, you’ll have to beat us to the door!
Samsung have just confirmed their LTE and 42Mbps HSPA+ versions of the popular Superphone, the Galaxy SIII for Canadian and presumably North American markets.
Codenamed the SGH-i747 (LTE sporting) and the SGH-iT999 (42 Mbps HSPA+ flavored), each will be powered by a Dual Core 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 CPU with 2GB RAM, rather than the Exynos Quad Core and 1GB RAM variety for World markets.
The SGH-i747 will be available in 16GB and 32GB versions and is the variant most likely to come to Telstra, with some tweaking to make it play nicely on the Telco’s 1800Mhz 4G network. Currently the LTE Galaxy SIII will be available in Canada only on Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile, SaskTel, TELUS and Rogers, while SGH-iT999 will be available from Videotron, Wind and Mobilicity.
We will be keeping a keen eye on this product as it develops for other 4G World markets.
Source: GSM Arena
Full Spec List:
- Snapdragon S4 Dual Core 1.5 GHz
- Qualcomm MSM8960 Chipset
- OS (Shipping): ICS 4.0.4
- Data: LTE (SGH-i747 variation) and HSPA+ 42 (SGH-iT999 variation)
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Dimensions: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 133g
- Memory: 16/32GB internal memory (SGH-i747)/ 16GB internal memory (SGH-iT999)
- Expandable microSD up to 32GB
- Display: 4.8 HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 (306ppi)
- Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, MHL Video Out
- Camera: 8MP Rear-facing, 1.9MP Front-facing
- Battery: 2100 mAh
- TouchWiz with Motion UX
- S Beam
- AllShare Play enhance functionality
- MP3/ACC+/WAV audio player
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.263/ H.264 Video Player
If you are heading through Dubai to or from Europe or perhaps have a relative posted over there, ask them to drop by Dubai Mall and pick you up a brand new Samsung Galaxy SIII right now!
Yes, that’s correct, Dubai retailers have put stock of the World’s most pre-ordered Superphone out on shelves a full week ahead of the global release date.
Website theverge, were sent full retail snapshots of the Samsung Superphone out for sale in full retail kit.
We can see from the above shot that the retail pack contains the usual suspects, USB charger adaptor, battery, USB cable and headphones with ear plugs. Oh and the ever gorgeous Galaxy SIII of course.
The reporter noted the phone was on sale for approximately USD$680, which is quite a bit under the average RRP of $799, however once you add the airfare to Dubai it will soon get pretty expensive!
However, if you just can’t wait, best you get yourself over to Dubai Mall (in your Ferrari 458 no less), and pick one up. Get one for us too!
Samsung have upped the manuals to their Support Site already for the impending superphone, the Galaxy SIII.
For those lucky enough to have one on pre-order, you can get to know your new toy early!
All the new features are listed in detail in the full manuals, such as S Voice, NFC, Dropbox and Flipboard to name just a few.
Interesting, there are listings for GT-I9300, GT-I9300T and GT-I9303T. This leaves speculation wide open to a Telstra optimized Next G variant (9300T) and a 4G LTE version (9303T).
Only time will tell!
In the mean time, hit the relevant image below to download your very own Galaxy SIII User Manual.
Source: Samsung Support