Samsung Galaxy SIII review

  • $499

The Samsung Galaxy SIII - a phone worthy of the hype

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Video recording follows the power of the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S3, meaning you've got a strong tool for movie making that doesn't come over-stuffed with modes to play with.

In truth, the options are pretty streamlined – and it's good that it defaults to 1920 x 1080 video recording from the off, as other phones don't manage the same trick and will have people recording in lower resolutions for ages before they notice.

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The Galaxy S3 will record at 30fps as well, but apart from that the settings are pretty limited – no slow motion video here. You can tweak the important things though, such as white balance and anti-shake (which actually does a relatively good job and keeps your footage looking all slick when you're jiggling around like a bowlful of jelly).

Toggling the video light during filming isn't an option, so you'll need to get this sorted before you start up your home movie - but then again, when you compare this to the fifteen or so menus you had to go through on a BlackBerry to simply turn the thing on, this perhaps isn't as bad as it seems.

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During the filming there are some decent options though, such as being able to turn the auto-focus on and off. One of the worst parts of any self-made movie is when the camera inexplicably will start blurring up your beautifully balanced scene, so you can tap to make it focus on the area you want and then simply turn off the AF so it doesn't happen again.

Zooming in and out is also well catered for, as you can just pinch to zoom to get a larger or smaller image. The quality doesn't degrade too much either, which we were pretty impressed with, and overall, there was very little we wanted for on the video recording side of things from the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourWhite
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
ManufacturerSamsung
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 Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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.

S-Beam

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