Samsung Galaxy SIII review

  • $499

The Samsung Galaxy SIII - a phone worthy of the hype

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The gaming experience on the Samsung Galaxy S3 is meant to be one of the best thanks to that Mali-400MP GPU running at the heart - Samsung is promising big things from the gaming side of things as a result.

It's still something of a tradeoff though - in our opinion, the ability of the Nvidia Tegra 3 chip at harnessing all those polygons at pixels is still the most impressive on a smartphone or tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

You can also compare the respective gaming hubs on offer - admittedly, Nvidia has created a dedicated TegraZone portal to get your hands on as many high-power games as possible, but the option from Samsung is currently almost useless.

You get two zones: one for premium games, and one for the more casual player (noted as 'Social Games). However, the premium offerings are far away from a) taxing the phone in any way and b) worth paying for in reality.

Sure, there are some half decent ones in there, but nothing that compares to the likes of Riptide GP on the HTC One X.

However, a note on that title - while you don't get all the whizzbang effects, like water splashing up at the screen and the turbo mode causing the graphics to speed up (both of which Nvidia has stolen for its Tegra 3 devices... and are really only window dressing) the experience is still awesome.

We're also finally starting to see evidence of proper gaming to tax the Samsung Galaxy S3 - for instance, we're able to play N.O.V.A. 3 on the phone too, and it's quite the match of the iPhone variant, proving that all that power isn't going to waste.

Any criticism of the gaming capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is hard, as it's clearly a handset that's able to handle most things you can throw at it.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

However, Google's Play Store needs to up its game (so to speak) as there's really very little to help out the more interested gamer. You can find casual gaming as its own section, but the more resource intensive titles are hidden among the cutesie tower defence and stick man games.

But try the likes of Grand Theft Auto 3 or Dead Space and you CERTAINLY won't be unimpressed by the polygon management or general responsiveness of this, Samsung's greatest gaming device yet.

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