Samsung Galaxy S3 review

A phone still worthy of the hype

The definitive Samsung Galaxy S3 review
The definitive Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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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.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.