Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone Review And Test Report
Samsung’s new Galaxy S III smartphone gets attention. It could be due to the big screen or perhaps the slick interface. Maybe it’s the high-speed Internet access. But another kind of attention it’s attracting is in court, where Apple and Samsung have been battling it out over who copied whom.
It’s impossible to talk about anything Samsung related without addressing the massive, hip, elegantly designed elephant in the room. Apple and Samsung have been traveling the world fighting patent infringement battles; both companies have lost some fights and won others, although with Apple’s recent victory in the U.S., Cupertino is left in the stronger position. In theory, Samsung may have to stop selling many of its Galaxy branded products in the U.S., although that may be unlikely (money solves many problems and Samsung has deep pockets).
With all the legal issues swirling around Samsung right now, it is easy to lose sight of the only thing that really matters to the consumer: how good is the phone? It makes no difference to the user if one company or another invented a shiny rectangle, as long as that shiny rectangle performs well and impresses one’s friends and potential mates.
In that area, there is no doubt that Samsung has won with the Galaxy SIII. The phone is light in the hand and gently rounded in all the right places, with a sharp display and crisp responses to everything thrown at it.
Despite its size, it can be used with one hand for most tasks (typing with the onscreen keyboard being the notable exception), and its slimness makes the phone fit nicely in one’s pocket, another eye-opener, given its generous size.
If anything, the only failure of the Galaxy S III is that many of its more advanced features are not really very useful at the moment, mainly due to their lack of presence on other phones (think of how useful it would be if there were only one fax machine in the world). The content sharing functionality that allows files to be transferred between phones by tapping them mat be impressive, but only works with devices that share the feature. As of now, that list includes the Galaxy S III and the recently announced Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S III Mini. The same goes for the Share Shot feature, which allows photos to be automatically shared with a predefined group of contacts as they are taken. If your friends don’t have one of the supported phones, they are out of luck. These features may become more useful as they spread to new devices, but as of now, they’re not as useful as they might be.
We looked at the Samsung Galaxy S III in T-Mobile- and Verizon Wireless-specific versions but our primary testing was limited to the T-Mobile model.