Galaxy S III Review – TechRadar’s Take On The New Galaxy

We’ve already told you what The Verge thinks of Samsung’s latest smartphone. Now let’s take a look at what TechRadar has to say.

Galaxy S3 in Palm of Hand

Right from the start of their review, Tech Radar are critical about the plastic design.

The plastic feeling of the Galaxy S3 won’t appeal to all. It feels very lightweight (despite tipping the scales at 133g) in the hand, and some people will read this as feeling a little cheap.

It’s a similar opinion to what The Verge offered, and we can see that this will be a common theme amongst Galaxy S3 reviews. But all is not lost! Tech Radar did have some kinder words to say about the physical aspects of this device.

But in the hand, the Samsung Galaxy S3 feels superb. The design contours well against the palm, and while the screen size may be a little big for some (you’ll need a bit of shuffling to reach the upper section of the screen) it’s definitely useable in the hand.

Based on sales figures for the Galaxy S2, we’d hazard a guess that there is definitely a market for large screen smartphones.

As far as the software interface goes, TechRadar are happy to see improvements in Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz skin.

With the re-worked Touchwiz, there’s a definite sense the whole process has been simplified, as the phone has got a much easier feel to it when swiping around. That’s not to say there aren’t loads of widgets to be played with, but there is less clutter on the larger screen.

And for media geeks, you can’t go better than the Galaxy line. Last year’s Galaxy S2 was the best media device of the year, and it looks like the Galaxy S3 will live up to this reputation.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is designed for media – which is what you’d expect from a phone that’s the sequel to the phone we dubbed the best out there for media on the go.

Of course, don’t forget the humble web browser. Samsung’s packed plenty of life into this utility too.

While the focus of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is all about the new things it can do, spare a thought for the humble internet browser – it’s goshdarn good on this large screen as well.

Over Wi-Fi, the loading speeds were noticeably better than a Galaxy S2 from a standing start – around two or three seconds on most cases.

The words on the screen look pin sharp and really ping off the screen, as do pictures and Flash video where necessary.

The Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera on the back, which is the same pixel count as the Galaxy S3. But don’t let that fool you. The new model brings a heap of new features on board, plus enhanced lens definition. So an 8MP shot on the Galaxy S3 will look much better than an 8MP shot on the Galaxy S2.

It’s not necessary to have a 12MP sensor on here though, as the S3 is more than capable at taking snaps and brings a much more intuitive experience compared to the Galaxy S2.

From a blindingly bright flash to a backside illuminated sensor, our quick snaps came out crisply and clearly – and when we say quick, we mean it.

One of the amazing new features of the Galaxy S3 is the speed at which it can capture images. The standard camera can actually shoot 3 pictures per second in manual mode – and up to 20 in a row (at 6 per second) in burst mode.

There’s a whole heap of extra functionality built into the camera as well, including HDR effects, high quality digital zoom, and automatic face recognition. So you’ll be able to tag your friends, and the Galaxy will automatically detect their faces in any future photos you take. Pretty incredible technology actually.

Besides the camera, Samsung has also included all of their standard additions to the Android ecosystem – the Games Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub and Video Hub. Not much has changed here – they have a plethora of content partners lined up, so your Galaxy will be ready to purchase and consume media right out of the box.

The Galaxy S3 does come with a particularly handy feature, called S-beam. It’s an extension of Google’s Beam NFC technology, and allows large files to be transferred almost instantaneously. It achieves this by using NFC to setup a local WiFi Direct connection, which the files are sent over.

So instead of being only able to send links or map directions to a buddy, now you only have to hold the phones together, wait for the beep, tap the screen and you can send content at 300Mbps… and it really comes across that quickly too.

With all these extra features, you’d expect the battery to struggle to keep up. But Samsung’s promised some heavy lifting power here too.

Samsung has managed to keep the thickness of the Galaxy S3 pretty comparable to the Galaxy S2 (OK, 0.1mm thicker) but upgraded the battery from 1650mAh to 2100mAh, promising a much larger capacity and therefore longer life.

Overall, Tech Radar seem very pleased with the Samsung Galaxy S III.

We’re really excited about this phone – following up the Galaxy S2 was always going to be a difficult task, but with the S3 we’ve definitely got a phone that could be worthy of that crown.

We’d tend to agree. Samsung have put all the essential aspects together – improved specifications, a spattering of new features, and an overall polish to the software interface. The screen’s been made even bigger, while overall feel in the hand remains much the same. The Galaxy S III is definitely a worth successor of the S III – Samsung’s flagship phone from 2011.

Read the full review at Tech Radar.

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Check out our Pricing Page for more information about where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S III. It’s available for pre-order today from Amazon and other retailers.

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