Cape Town - The Samsung Galaxy SIII is touted as an iPhone killer and
Samsung is unapologetic about its desire to take on the California
company for the global smartphone crown.
The latest Galaxy has a
massive 12cm super Amoled (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode)
touch screen, but it's not fragile as the Gorilla Glass limits breakage
The big screen may be uncomfortable for some, but
the compromise is worth it as you get a great display for video, and
web browsing is easier on the eye.
The body is plastic, but doesn't feel cheap and is framed in metal with recessed buttons which is an elegant touch.
the Galaxy SIII is more than a pretty face: The device has a fast
1.4GHz quad core processor and 1GB of RAM that delivers a smooth
experience when using demanding apps.
don't buy the Galaxy SIII to make calls and send text messages: Calling
this device a phone is quite an understatement and one can understand
why Apple wants it banned.
It has several touches that make it
unique in a crowded Android market. Samsung has taken Ice Cream Sandwich
and added its own brand of polish on so that the device literally
watches your face to detect what it should do.
The main 8
megapixel camera records video in high definition and along with regular
features like geo tagging and picture stabilisation that we have come
to expect from high-end devices; it also has smile detection and face
recognition, making photography easy and there is no excuse to carry
around a point-and-shoot camera.
Daytime shots are fast with zero
shutter lag. In low-light conditions though, the device does struggle
to get the shot, but it's a short wait to focus rewarded with better
pictures than budget digital cameras can manage.
You can also
take pictures while shooting video and zoom by pinching the display.
This is where the large display comes into its own: Clumsy large fingers
don't hit the wrong buttons and the result is a smoother experience
creating video, and a better one watching the results.
Onboard is 16GB of memory and thankfully Samsung has also included an internal micro-SD so you can expand the memory up to 64GB.
biggest competition for the Galaxy SIII is other devices running
Android and Samsung has added a widgets category in the app directory so
that one can easily choose which widgets to add to one or more of the
seven home screens so that the display never looks cluttered.
You can also pinch the screen to view all the home, app and widget screens for faster access to a particular program.
in an apparent nod to Nokia's N9, the Galaxy SIII employs several hand
gestures: A palm swipe captures a screen grab, a palm touch mutes the
device or pauses music playback. A shake of the phone tells it to scan
for Bluetooth devices. The Galaxy will also call a contact displayed on
the screen automatically when you bring it to your ear.
passing the device around, showing pictures to friends on the display,
it recognises that people are looking at the screen at won't dim until
you either look away or your eyes close.
is proud of the Galaxy SIII, but it has gone a bit S-berserk in naming
its calendar application S Planner, it's app suggestion program S
Suggest, and a voice program S Voice (Take that, Apple).
the SIII is great, especially with the speaker located at the rear of
the phone and one can load content onto a micro-SD card, or send it
directly to the phone via the supplied USB cable.
two devices can also be exchanged wirelessly at high speed via the S
Beam functionality, but at a recommended nose-bleeding retail price of
R7 999, you won't be seeing many of these phones at the mall soon.
also launched Video Hub in SA which allows users to rent or buy movies
from the phone or compatible tablets. The company said that the TV
series and movies will be expanded over time.
iPhone maker will have pull something much better out of the bag than
the "same old same old" when it launches the next generation device to
compete with the Samsung Galaxy SIII and growing competition from the
While diehard fans won't switch because of the
Apple ecosystem, many others are moving not only to Android in general
but to Samsung, specifically.
The South Korean company has a
device offering in almost every category of cellphone, feature phone and
smartphone and has overtaken Nokia to be the biggest mobile phone
manufacturer in the world.
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