Samsung Galaxy SIII (JellyBean) Review


The most talked about smartphone of the Year 2012, Samsung Galaxy SIII is no doubt a blockbuster now and topping 40 million sales as of January 2013 leaves no doubt about its popularity. With the Android 4.1 JellyBean update, the interface has gone through many changes and performance has been increased tremendously.

Size & Dimensions
The Samsung Galaxy SIII saw a newer design as opposed to the normal anomaly of being a rectangular casing enclosing the world’s most powerful integration of Hardware and Software. Samsung called it “inspired by the nature”, gave it a curved corners, thinner bezel which resulted more of a pebble like design.
Now as Samsung always does; the use of plastic in its smartphones which has not gone through well with the public, the SIII has been given a hyper glazed coating over the plastic back. The edges of device have a metal encasing too, but that will wear out eventually. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is quite low on the looks front let’s say when compared to the HTC ONE X.
Overall the smartphone is a big having dimensions, 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs about 133 g.
At the time when the device was launched, it was only available in two colors, Pebble blue and Marble white but with its great success Samsung added Amber brown, Garnet red, Sapphire black, Titanium grey, La Fleur to its color palates.

Display & Interface
It features a Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 protected 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display with the screen resolution being 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 306ppi. The display is based on PenTile matrix form which many users complained to be a backdrop whereas I personally find it awesome unless you’re one of those humans who view the display under a microscope.

Samsung Galaxy SIII saw a revamped TouchWiz UI dubbed as Nature UX and now, with the JellyBean update it has been integrated into the “Project Butter” which is said to increment the animation part up to 60 frames per second. Having said that, the Samsung Galaxy SIII was always buttering on the UI and as such except for some delicate changes there is nothing much to experience more. The notification area now has a brightness control, expandable notifications, and digital clock among others. One of the most talked about feature is the Google Now, which in the simplest of terms is Siri for Android but with a deeper integration in the OS. It replies and understands a language much more quickly than its competitor and also keeps a track of your usage patterns and displays cards which is more or less notifications about the trending topics of your search. For instance, you’re a Manchester United fan and frequently search them on your device, Google now will hunt down every upcoming event, news and place it in the cards which you can access more quickly. A new feature termed as Blocking Mode will be seen after the JellyBean update which is similar to the Do not disturb feature on the iOS and there are many customizable options to choose from.

Camera

Samsung Galaxy SIII features an 8MP camera capturing images of up to 3264×2448 pixels. With a Quad core processor onboard one can record HD video and capture image simultaneously. Additionally, image stabilization, HDR recording, burst shot are some of the new features embedded in the camera console. The video recording capability of the phone is excellent and output videos are splendid. It records video with resolution of 1080p @ 30fps. The 1.9MP secondary camera is also capable of recording video with 720p resolution @ 30fps. A new feature that came with the JellyBean update is that now you will get a play/pause button while recording videos for creating multi clip file, this is pretty useful.

Processor and OS
Originally Samsung Galaxy SIII came with Android OS v4.0.4 Ice-Cream Sandwich which was then upgraded to v4.1.2 Jellybean. The device has 1 GB of RAM.
The processor is a Quad core 1.4 GHz clocked on Exynos 4412 Quad chipset supported by Mali- 400MP GPU. The Samsung Galaxy SIII beats every other smartphone in the arena to be the fastest till date and the benchmarks prove the same.

Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy SIII comes with plethora of newer connectivity supports apart from Wi-Fi connectivity and 3G support. Added are the latest Bluetooth v4.0 with a transfer rate topping up to 25Mbps, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, All Share Play and All Share Cast. It also supports micro USB v2.0 with USB on the go support.

Storage Capacity
The Galaxy SIII comes in internal storage variants of 16/32/64 GB which can be further expandable up to 64GB microSD card.

Battery
It comes with 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery that is capable of providing 11h and 40 min of talk time and up to 790 h of stand by time

Verdict

Samsung Galaxy SIII is no doubt the most advanced android smartphone money can buy. If you’re in a search of the best android available, this is it. Samsung has beefed up everything in this device from its predecessor with the technology developing rapidly we will always see newer versions coming up. But for the time being it is going to rule the arena as it has been from its launch. Rumors have now been building up for the fourth iteration of the device close to its launch but well, that’s for another story.

The current price of the Samsung Galaxy SIII 16GB variant is Rs.31,900 and that of the 32GB is Rs.34,900 but one may get it for less in the brick and mortar enclosures.

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