Samsung Galaxy S3 review

A phone still worthy of the hype

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Today there can be no doubt that the biggest feature of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the price tag. With it now being one of the most affordable smartphones on the market, it asks a lot of questions of the much more expensive handsets that are now dominating the highest ends of the market.

If the likes of the Galaxy S3 can come in at less than £15pm, is there a need for the high price tags that its younger brethren still command?

Simply put, yes. There is no doubt that the Galaxy S3 is still a powerful phone at the price tag that it is being offered at, but that lower price and older age does mean an awful lot of compromises in terms of power and with a phone that is already two years old, support from Korean HQ is definitely waning.

Samsung was also keen to highlight the screen, which was not only a massive upgrade from anything that was seen before it but has also become the bar for any screen to have come since.

It may not match the QHD LG G3's 1440 x 2560 display, nor even the 1920 x 1080 displays that sit on the likes of the Galaxy S5, the Xperia Z2 or the HTC One M8 but it doesn't come with their price tags either.

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a Super AMOLED screen

The Galaxy S3's screen instead fights it out with the Xperia Z1 Compact and HTC One Mini 2 both in terms of size and resolution, although the HTC is ever so slightly smaller. This is a battle that has really heated up, especially given that the Sony comes packing its proprietary Triluminous display.

That said, for me the Samsung still manages to come out on top thanks to the Super AMOLED screen on board.

The Galaxy S3's 8MP camera deserves a special mention. It is by no means that largest camera sensor available on a mobile handset today but in my mind it sits at about the right level.

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The camera might only be 8MP but it works well for everyday life

Test shots show that the Galaxy S3 is able to take more than sufficient photographs for daily life; be it a replacement for a compact camera while on holiday, at a birthday party, holiday or other celebration.

It does still struggle in lower light situations however, and the 8MP sensor will never be able to rival the 20.1MP offering of the Sony's, or the 16MPs sat inside the S5, but beats the Moto G hands down.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported64 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA, HSPA+
SAR Value0.55 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy S III
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 900, GSM 850, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time21.60 Hour
Screen Size12.2 cm (4.8")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)133 g
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density306 ppi
Height136.6 mm
Width70.6 mm
Depth8.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time900 Hour
Product NameGalaxy S III
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeExynos
Product LineGalaxy S III
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Color Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGALAXYS3WHT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Smart Stay

With the innovative Smart Stay feature, GALAXY S III automatically recognises when you are looking at the phone, whether it is to read an e-book or browse the web. The front camera looks deep into your eyes and maintains a bright display for continued viewing pleasure. What a bright idea.


Sharing your content with friends nearby should be easy, quick and even fun. S-Beam lets you bond instantly so you can transfer documents, contacts, pictures, music, videos, you name it. Just put the backs of two Galaxy S III phones together, connect, share and enjoy.

Limited Warranty2 Year