[From Lughaidh] I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S3 for about 5 months now and I love it. In terms of the phone itself, the battery life is tedious. I use this phone a lot but tend to find I charge it a lot. It is a replacement from my original so that might be a factor and I hook into Wi-Fi so there’s no surprise that it’s a battery killer.
Functionality of the phone is pretty sweet and feels solidly built. I really love the 4.8” HD Super Amoled screen. Watching movies or videos on Youtube in high definition really enhances the overall viewing experience with a strong Gorilla screen for added clarity. The camera is crisp and clear, and since a recent software update you can easily take a series of snapshot photos if you hit the capture button too fast which can be a bit of a pain. I fully make use of the S-voice features, so talking a front facing photo is a lot easier when saying ‘cheese’ or ‘smile’ rather than trying to stretch my thumb for the button. I can literally talk to my phone and dictate a text or message in Whatsapp and set an alarm. Yes we have seen this with Siri on Apple, but it’s great on Android as I don’t have to necessarily have an iPhone to have this great feature.
Since my original phone was lost on a night out I have since upped the security on my device and there are some cool apps available that can mean losing your phone isn’t the end of the world. One app makes use of the front facing camera, as I found out one day when I entered my security pin incorrectly 3 times in a row. I received an email from the app with a photo attached of my face as I tried to enter the pin informing me of who was trying to get into my phone. Little features like this keep this phone fun and innovative.
The navigation screen can be quite difficult to navigate if, like me, you have a lot of apps. There are 4 initial pages full of apps or customised widgets and another set which pop up when another button is pressed. This can be tedious to a degree but this can be rectified with some simple organisation, and there is even the option of creating named folders to keep it all in order.
The phone is relatively light, with roughly 11GB of free memory available. I have recently invested in a 32GB micro SD card for about £20 and have transformed with my music and movies available, which is a great addition to phone in terms of expansion. I would highly recommend investing in a memory card as your phone will slow down greatly with the more things you have stored in it.
There are really cool motion features such as ‘Direct Call’, where the phone knows when you want to talk if you’re sending a message but wish to call instead. All you do is life the phone to your ear and it will dial your friends number. This is really handy when you’re in a rush. The phone also has a ‘Smart Alert’ feature which means it vibrates when you pick it up if there is a notification you may have missed. I find this useful if I need to check my phone discreetly but can’t actually look at it. It will vibrate when touched, letting me know I need to check my phone. The Smart Stay feature will ensure the screen maintains its brightness as long as you’re looking at it. This is good and bad. Great if you want to reserve battery but not so good if you don’t maintain enough eye contact when reading something. The Multi-window is a new addition to the software which can be moved around the screen. It lets you go between different apps by simply pressing a button on the side of your screen. You can scroll through the apps and quickly access the apps you use the most such as Twitter, emails or Youtube. I find this very handy as I may be going between text messaging and Facebook a lot.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a brilliant smartphone on a great operating system, the Jellybean 4.1.2. The navigation menu, like most smartphones will grow with the addition of apps, but its customisable features outweigh this, making the phone more than easy to use. The front and back camera are very impressive whilst the option of widgets can be available for some apps with shortcuts for things such as Facebook, allowing you to upload a photo, check in or update your status without opening the app. If like me, you’re a fan of Samsung you will find this phone a pleasure to use and will be surprised with how much you can do on it. If you’re looking for something new I would recommend you give it a try, especially as the mini has recently been released. You will be able to afford the same fantastic phone at a cheaper price and on a slightly smaller scale.