Following our brief introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S III at Earls Court we were fortunate enough to be invited to the company’s HQ to get to know the much-anticipated handset a little better. The Korean manufacturer has clearly set out to ensure that the S III is the most cutting edge smartphone in the world, so it was with some excitement that we headed to Samsung in order to really get to grips with the device.
- Quad-core processor
- 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display
- 16/32/64GB internal storage options
- 8MP camera with burst mode
- 1080p HD video recording
- 8.6mm thickness
- 133g weight
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS
With its curved edges and smooth finish, the Galaxy S III certainly lives up to its billing as ‘designed by nature’. The device feels comfortable, if a little underweight, in the hand and cuts a minimal outline in the pocket thanks in no small part to its svelte 8.6mm thick frame.
We were dazzled by the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display when we tried a unit at the launch event and after a little more time with it we can safely say this is one the best screens seen on a smartphone to date. Colours are vibrant but realistic and the contrast is second to none, providing a totally immersive experience whether browsing images or watching video.
The stunning display provides the perfect platform to show off the all new TouchWiz Nature UI, an interface which offers the user a vibrant yet familiar experience. Android Ice Cream Sandwich is unsurprisingly the operating system of choice for the S III, with the handset’s powerhouse 1.4GHz quad-core processor dealing with the platform without lag or any sluggishness in menu browsing.
The on-board camera is an 8 megapixel unit which includes a number of great features such as burst mode and zero shutter lag. One particularly interesting feature is the Best Shot function which allows the user to capture 8 images in a mini burst with the camera app itself then auto selecting the best shot. Full HD 1080p video recording is also possible on the device, with a reduced quality mode available if required.
A major selling point for the Galaxy S III is the idea that the phone is both intuitive and effortless and much of this is ideology manifests itself via the software on the device. One such feature is the Pop-up Play video functionality which allows the watching of video content while carrying out other tasks at the same time. With multitasking considered an incredibly important aspect of today’s flagship smartphones, Pop-up Video is sure to grab the S III a number of headlines.
S-Voice, a competitor to Apple’s Siri, is another intuitive feature and offers the user various ways to interact with the device using voice recognition. Particularly impressive is the ability to unlock the phone by simply speaking to it, with options also included to personalise the phrase used to ‘wake’ the handset.
Some other intuitive features that we only had the time to glance over include Allshare Play, which uses DL NA and the internet to connect the S III wirelessly to your other personal devices, and Direct Call, which uses motion recognition to make answering calls as simple as moving the handset up to your ear.
With functionality at the top of the priority list for Samsung, there is a host of features we did not have the time to test out during our brief visit. However, we are really looking forward to spending some extended time with the device and as soon as we do you can expect a full review right here on the Dialaphone blog.