Android, of course, is endlessly configurable by phone manufacturers, and while Samsung lacks HTC’s light touch with neat widgets and icons, the TouchWiz interface here is less obtrusive than before. And it includes subtle extras like the way home pages pivot as they slide on and off screen. Or the elegant rippling effect that unlocks the screen, and the wallpaper background which remains even when you’re in the Apps menu.
Gallery and Screenshots listing
The S III has a very cool screenshot capability, you stroke the side of your hand across the screen and voila!
Samsung has its Hubs (music, video, social and so on) which work as music or movie stores for instance and a social networking aggregator. They work fine but none is so crucial you’ll be buying the phone for it, I’d say.
The camera on the S III is the same sensor size as last year’s S II model – not the 12Mp upgrade some were hoping for. Still, 8Mp is decent enough and it’s fast and responsive in the hand. As always, the caveats about low light making cameraphones struggle, apply.
The plastic finish might not appeal to everyone, but its functionality will certainly have plenty of takers
With all those pixels to move about on the screen, and neat features to show off, you need decent processing and a battery with stamina. Fortunately, this phone has both. While the quad-core processor clock speed isn’t the fastest out there, the chipset certainly has plenty of grunt. At no point did the phone do anything less than race along, with web pages loading as fast as the data connection permitted. And on a screen that size, you get to see a lot of a web page at a time.
And the battery lasts a full day with ease – and this is a phone you’ll be using a lot. The phone basics, call quality and signal strength, were both consistently excellent.
Well, as you know, this a big handset. If the extra real estate appeals and if your digits can cope with the scale of the handset, it has an awful lot going for it, from its deeply enjoyable hi-res screen to the genuinely innovative, if occasionally gimmicky, features. A powerful chip with decent RAM, outstanding battery life and good call quality ensure that the basics are well-catered for, while the headline features will guarantee entertainment value down the pub... for a while, at least. ®
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Well, there's always this lovely Batman edition Lumia 900
And at only £100 more than the Galaxy S III, its a real bargain to boot. Certainly not run-of-the-mill and you will get many "admiring" glances and comments** as passers-by notice the striking "Batman" logo and cool Batman wallpaper.
** If you consider someone rolling their eyes and muttering "w**ker" to be "admiring".....
Re: Quad Core?
The question isn't does Android need quad core, looking at many other devices, it quite clearly does not.
The point is that it *can use* four cores. That means that you have the option of having several other tasks running in the background without impacting the core system.
Re: Quad Core?
Winpho runs fine on a single core because Microsoft won't let you do anything with it, it doesn't need extra umph because there is nothing on it and when Winpho get 10000 apps that use extra umph, like Dead space, Mass effect 3 or shadow gun, you will be regretting that it isn't single core. However if mine sweeper, solitaire and some god awful in house apps they have written are your bag, then a single core is fine.
Want to put a background on your front page? No.
Want to remove some of the stupid icons / hubs, tiles or whatever MS PR call them, completely from your front screen? No.
Want to develop your own apps and put them on when and where you want? Without MS saying yes? No.
Nokia the "darling of the mobile phone industry"... Eh, what? When? Struggling monolithic, and desperate more like.
The galaxy's only short coming is the plastic case. Not sure I trust that over an aluminium one.
"Samsung is on attempt number 6 and they still failed"
Exactly. Samsung have put out their third revision of the most popular smartphone on the market and are still somehow failing - I say "somehow" because I don't know how they are failing. So they should switch to Windows Phone, which is now on attempt number 7 and still most definitely failing to acquire a market share.
Troll Score: 0/10. Or should that be 0 out of 7?
Re: Quad Core?
"There are 136 apps on mine..."
Wow! Did you win a prize for getting the entire WP app library onto your phone?