Samsung Galaxy S3 review

A phone still worthy of the hype

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Moto G

When it comes to budget devices there is one go to device, and right now that device has to be the Moto G. There is very little doubt that this smashed many bars when it was released, and must have left many manufacturers reeling at just what can be achieved at such a low price point.

Samsung Galaxy S3

The Motorola device comes with a number of perks that make it more desirable than the S3. The smaller screen still looks amazing, the quad-core processor gives the Samsung a run for its money and it even comes with stock Android 4.4 on board.

It might seem like a little point but if you're looking to sign up to a two year contract I can imagine it being a massive drag using software that is already a year old. With Android L right around the corner, the Galaxy S3 might get lucky but I wouldn't be my life savings on it.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

If you're looking for a high-powered Android handset with a smaller screen, there can only really be one winner. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact really is an awesome device.

Its high-powered insides and massive camera offer just about everything of a full sized flagship but at a much more finger friendly sizing.

Samsung Galaxy S3

This really highlights the age of the Galaxy S3, which at the time launched with the most impressive specs on the market. For those looking for a flagship model at a smaller size, the Sony is definitely the device of choice.

However, all this power does come at a cost, being significantly more expensive than the Galaxy S3 on both contract and on SIM-free deals.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

It might seem a little unfair to put the Galaxy S3 against a device that hasn't launched yet, but the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini could be the final nail in the coffin for the veteran flagship.

It sports a 4.5-inch 720p display, 1.4GHz quad-core chip, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2.1MP front snapper, dust- and water resistant body, fingerprint scanner and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Samsung Galaxy S3

That's a decent level of specs and it means the Galaxy S5 Mini overshadows the Galaxy S3, although it is more expensive.

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