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Samsung Galaxy S III blue Review

Samsung Galaxy S III blue

According to Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is "inspired by nature – it sees, listens, responds, and allows you to share the greatest moments". What this means is anyone’s guess, but the nature theme is present in the colour schemes and feel of the lightweight brushed plastic chassis. There is a a choice of Marble White or Pebble Blue on the S3 and they both look as "natural" as plastic can be! The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a large device, with dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm but feels very lightweight in the hand, so light in fact some may feel it's a little cheap. However, there is no doubt the handset is well made and there is little evidence of any flexing or creaking when the phone is handled. Looks wise the S3 resembles the original Galaxy S more than the Galaxy S2, with it's curved edges, and overall is much like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The screen is simply beautiful, in a different league to the Galaxy S2, with a pixel density right up there with the iPhone 4S. In fact, when the screens of the iPhone 4S and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are viewed side by side, it becomes immediately apparent that even though the Apple Retina Display is lovely, 3.5 inch screens simply won't cut it any more in the high end smartphone market. The Samsung Galaxy S3 screen makes the iPhone 4S display look "ordinary", still decent, but not exceptional any more. Expect the iPhone 5 to feature a much larger display at launch or to be left behind.

In keeping with the "inspired by nature" theme, Samsung has re-tooled the Touchwiz overlay for the S3, and the screen is more interactive than ever. For example, touch the screen and you get a pleasing water ripple under the fingers. This re-worked Touchwiz interface does offer some concrete improvements though, it's not all about feelgood  gimmicks, there's a real sense that the whole interface has been simplified with less clutter on the large screen.

There are a number of new features available on the S3, Samsung are touting their "natural language processing" (aka S Voice) as a rival to the Siri voice assistant. According to Samsung voice activation will be much more accurate in hearing what you say that previous versions. At the time of writing it was not possible to verifiy these claims however. What we can confirm is that the S3 is designed for media, the video player takes centre stage and codec support has been upgraded to the point where you'll struggle to find any unsupported formats. The S3 offers what Samsung refer to as "true multitasking" with applications such as "Pop up Play" which allow you to watch videos at the same time as doing boring functions like replying to texts. This does not seem particularly useful but it does give a good demonstration of the processing power available. You also get "S Beam", a customised version of Android Beam which allows you to send content between phones using the NFC capability to connect, but using Wi-Fi to transfer data. Once connected via NFC, data can be transferred at 300Mbps.

Storage has been improved too with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions of the S3 available plus an additional 64GB via microSD card and 50GB of Dropbox storage as well (free for two years).This storage will be a major selling point for the S3 as it easily beats the competition right now. All the good stuff from the S2 is still present, just improved in the latest model. With great messaging and contact management capabilities, rapid internet browser, all the Ice Cream Sandwich bells and whistles and an excellent 8 megapixel camera. Some might have expected a 12 megapixel sensor on this flagship phone but it's really not necessary, the S3 takes crisp and clean snaps even in low light thanks to excellent optics and blindingly bright flash.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 could well be the best Android phone yet, perhaps even the best smartphone on sale. This is a cracking phone and a worthy successor to the S2.

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