The Samsung Galaxy S3 is Samsung’s last generation flagship smartphone. However, the fact that there exists a Samsung Galaxy S4 does not say that the older model is outdated-it’s actually still a great smartphone that has a lot to offer.
As far as specifications go, this smart phone has 2GB of RAM (more than my old laptop), a summit meeting of the line processor, and a variety of features. But there are some cool software features that Samsung has hidden under its hood that shouldn’t go unnoticed, so here’s an unsorted list of the best five, which are all perks that are actually not available on other more advanced or up-to-date flagships like the HTC One or the iPhone 5. If you do not feel like spending the extra dough on the Samsung Galaxy S4, you can take advantage of a consignment of Samsung’s unique software features that make our lives easier and/or more interesting and fun on a smartphone that is a little cheaper, but is by no means outdated yet. Truth be told the SIII will stay relevant for at least some more years.
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With the Galaxy SIII Samsung have added a bunch of new motion controls that are expected to make our lives easier and our interaction with our smartphones more intuitive. Of the the most useful ones in my respectful opinion is the ability to call somebody while text messaging by simply putting the phone next to your ear. Now this is a smart phone that can understand what I want without me having to tell it anything. Other motion controls include tilting to phone to zoom an image and panning the phone to move an icon from one screen to another. Perfection, as you might know, is in the attention to detail and in the event of smart phones, in all the tiny little ways that your most used piece of technology would make your life easier in.
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Android beam is a special application which is already installed in this Smartphone. This application makes it easier for one to share files with other android devises. Sharing contacts, websites, applications, video s and maps is very much easy with this Smartphone. Just enable the NFC in both Android phones and hold them close together, touch to beam then share the files. Voice typing is another application that enables you to give any directions to your phone without even accessing it physically. By just tuning in the keyboard the microphone you can give voice directions to the phone like typing a text message, emailing or check for the contacts.
The smart phone also have Google which is already installed. Google is some of the built in OS meaning that you get its features automatically. If you wish to share anything it’s also very easy. With the messenger you can bring groups of friends into a simple chat and also video chat with them wherever they are. This chatting application represents one of few application which are already set up in the phone. You can get many other applications from the android market and can install them.
Despite the fact that the camera hardware on the Galaxy SIII is nothing but standard, Sammy have added some useful and pleasant software features that make using it easier, quicker and more fun. The first nice surprise is the best shot feature that automatically takes eight pictures and chooses the best one based on criteria like smiling, blinking, lighting and so on. Another option you get is the burst shot which can last up to 20 pictures at a time with the level of 3 pictures per second.
Samsung Galaxy SIII’s camera has abilities in the sharing department, too like the Buddy Photo Share shooting mode which has facial recognition capabilities. When it detects a face in an image, it lets you tag it with your contacts and later when you’re shooting in this mode, it automatically recognizes who appears on the picture letting you share the picture with him from his name tag. Another variation on that is Share Shot which enables you to share the photos you’re currently making automatically with other Samsung devices that support this feature in the vicinity via WiFi Direct.
The last tricks the GSIII camera has up it’s sleeve are in the video department. It has the ability to take stills while shooting 1080p video and could also run in HDR mode. Even if you do not find it to be impressive, you have to agree it’s down right useful.
Well, this is the one feature on this list that you cannot really use for free, but it’s also something that Samsung (or any other smart phone manufacturer) should have done a long time ago. This is making NFC really fun and useful. Samsung are selling this little stamp-sized NFC stickers in packs of 5 called TecTiles that can be programmed to do various actions when tapped. You can do anything from putting one at your front door, so you would automatically connect to your house’s WiFi, put one on your nightstand, so you turn the sound off just by tapping your phone over the tile before you go to bed, or putting one in your vehicle to activate the GPS mode. This is a very interesting piece of technology that is finally bringing accessibility and usefulness to NFC.
Another useful and interesting implementation of NFC is the S-Beam feature which allows seamless file-sharing among Samsung Galaxy SIII users much like the Android Beam. The only problem with using it all the time would be that all your friends and colleagues also needs to be using an S-Beam enabled Samsung device. If that is the case S-Beam would prove to be priceless. If not, apps like Bump will still do the job using other technologies.
We all live very busy lives and the ability to multitask is fundamental to our modern survival, so it’s something that our smartphone should be in a position to do, too. And one of the more common situations that we like multitasking in is when we mix business and pleasure. How ofter have you been in the position that you’re watching a video on your smart phone, but you need to prevent it in order to conclude some boring mundane task? Well, you do not need to worry about this anymore since Samsung have incorporated a simple yet invaluable little feature in your Galaxy SIII-a pop up video player. It means that anytime you’re watching a video, but you wanna do something else simultaneously, you can resize the video to a smaller window and use the remaining part of the display real estate to carry out the pressing task, without giving up on being entertained at the same time.
Additionally, the latest Android Jelly Bean update came with an even better version of Samsung’s unique multitasking goodness-Multi Window. Samsung added the ability for true multitasking with two different apps running at the same time on a spit screen with this update. Both of the apps are fully functional and there’s no limitation to which apps can be used like this. The feature is accessible by holding down the back button. The pop up video player sure is nice, useful and interesting, but this is all the more powerful and gives you even more freedom to use your smartphone in pleasant, intuitive and productive ways.
When the HTC announced they’d be offering 25GB of free cloud storage through DropBox for their almost latest flagship the HTC One X, we simply knew that Samsung wouldn’t let its Galaxy SIII fall behind. So they decided to double that and now the best Android phone from the older generation is offering 50GB of free Dropbox storage capacity which is much good news. But the good things about Samsung Galaxy SIII’s cloud storage and sharing go beyond mere numbers. One should also notice the brilliant capabilities offered by Samsung’s AllShare Play service which allows users to share content like videos and pictures across any AllShare-connected devices like Galaxy tablets, BluRay players, DLNA-capable TVs, set-top boxes as well as Samsung’s Smart TVs and Windows PCs running the AllShare Play app.
Now this is another feature that depends on how many people around you have adopted this exact same device. However, it still deserves to be mentioned. The GroupCast feature syncs Galaxy SIII devices and allows people to share all kinds of presentation-PDF, PowerPoint or image galleries. This is a clear step into corporate and it is in fact a welcome one. This software feature even allows users to make temporary marks on the submission that disappear after a degree of time. This isn’t mind-blowing. However, it is surely interesting and could turn out to be very useful in some settings.
We can look at many nice and well-thought-out features of the Samsung Galaxy SIII. However, there is something that might be the most significant detail for many people wandering what to buy. It’s something simple, yet penetrating all aspects of a device and it is its pure computing power. Yes, there are already smartphones that are even more powerful, but the Samsung Galaxy SIII is still holding up and might be an excellent choice for the ones that do not feel like forking out the premium cash for the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone has a very capable mobile CPU paired with 2GB of RAM and anything that you might throw at it would be handled with no problem. This used to become the most productive Android smart phone available on the market literary months ago and it certainly beats some popular devices like the iPhone 5 in pretty much every technical department. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is simply packed with software and hardware features that are required to make it an extremely useful companion (like the rare barometer sensor).
Cool update:The Samsung Galaxy SIII has been updated to Android Jelly Bean which makes it perform even better and ads all kinds of new and useful features some of whom are again exclusive to this device.
You can also look at the iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy SIII vs HTC One X comparison or the complete Smart Phone Buying Guide 2012.
Cool Smart phone. My contract for my HTC Iphone expires this year, I hope I can upgrade to Samsung Galaxy on renewal. Brilliant Review.
Thank you Lady E. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is really a brilliant smartphone and you should take it, but be careful if they offer you another Galaxy model cause not all Galaxies are created equal if you know what I mean. You can also look into getting the HTC One X. This is what I will actually go for on my next contract renewal.
Thats cool. I actually just bought a Galaxy S3 (late to the party. However, I use a discount carrier). Learned more about my phone here and your TecTiles write up is fairly interesting.