ANDROID FANS can breathe a sigh of relief, as the long anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is finally out. We managed to get some one on one time with the official phone of the London 2012 Olympics, and although we're not too keen on its "pebble-like" case design, we think it's undeniably going to set the smartphone world on fire.
Samsung has binned the rectangular design of the Galaxy S II and opted for a curvaceous Galaxy Nexus-style case, which supposedly has been inspired by a pebble. While's Samsung's intentions to keep things natural are all well and good, on first impressions the handset feels cheap in the hand, its rounded casing lacking the feel of importance that came with last year's Samsung Galaxy SII flagship.
The handset is available in blue and white flavours, which could put off those after a safely black-coloured smartphone. However, we quite liked the brushed metal effect of the "pebble blue" model, but the glossy white version looks quite tacky.
One thing we did like about the Samsung Galaxy S III's design is the presence of a home button, offering fuss-free access straight to the home screen. However, as practical as this is, it gives the Galaxy S III the air of a budget phone compared to the seamlessly smooth Galaxy Nexus.
In terms of size, the Galaxy S III is big. In fact, it's really, really big. The phone, despite measuring just 8.6mm thick, is noticeably larger than the Galaxy S II, and ideal for those looking for a large screened phone. However, those looking to upgrade their Samsung Galaxy S II to a more upmarket, quad-core model might be put off by the fact that the Galaxy S III is one the largest phones available on the market. This also could alienate a large portion of the female market, as the phone felt gargantuan to handle in my small lady hands.
Screen and power
Its size might not have won us over, but there's no denying that the handset's 4.8in 1280x720 resolution HD screen is lovely to look at. The Super AMOLED screen delivers gorgeous colours and the blackest of blacks, and continued to shine even when dimmed. Sure, the colours aren't as natural as those on the Iphone and Samsung's AMOLED 'Plus' technology is missing, but this strikes us as one of the best screens available on the market today.
This screen is accompanied by Samsung's own 1.4GHz quad-core processor, which performed just as well as it sounds on paper. Flicking through home screens is very slick, as is loading web pages and HD video playback. However, we have yet to see how this speedy processor affects the phone's battery life, although Samsung is promising that the 2,100mAh battery will "last longer than your average smartphone". We'll see.