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Samsung Galaxy S3: Mini Review

As I have posted earlier, I had a very brief hands-on experience with Samsung Galaxy S III. But even with that very brief encounter, I was so much awed with this Android smartphone.  It has an incredible  4.8 HD Super AMOLED display, running on 1.4 GHz quad-core and 1 GB RAM, 8MP rear and 1.9MP front facing camera, and uses the latest Android OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.


This review unit has 16GB internal memory. The other variants have 32GB/64GB internal memory. The memory slot can also be expandable up to another 64GB plus another 50GB from DropBox. Unlike the iPhone 4S, it has an detachable batteries. Its dimensions are 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighs 133g. As I have said before, this is the biggest smartphone yet that I have held.  I even felt that my Sony Ericsson Mini just was so "dwarf" beside it. lol.

Sony Ericsson mini and Samsung Galaxy S 3

"Designed for humans. Inspired by nature."  This is the tagline of Samsung Galaxy S III.  Due to limited time exploring this phone, I was not able to to test some of its "designed for humans" feature so just watch the video at the bottom of this post.



The design of Galaxy S III has round corners and curved edges. As with its tagline, "Inspired by nature" reflects natural elements such as the flow of water and wind.  When you tap and slide the home screen, water ripples are produced as if you are touching water on the screen.  Also, when you take a screenshot, there's a white line that passes across the screen, just like wind passing by.  The available colors are Pebble Blue and Marble White.





Samsung Galaxy S III uses the latest Google's Android OS version 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz "Nature UX" UI.


Here are some screen shots of the locked home screen, Apps icons, and keypad interface for calls and for SMS:





The iSilo app is one of my top must-have apps on an Android phone.  This was also the app that I was requested to install on this Galaxy S3 unit. Because of the large display screen of this phone, reading the .pdb files like Bible or hymns is just so nice and comfortable to the eyes.

    

Also, having such a big display is also very good in browsing your favorite website or blog.




The pull-down menu provides quick access shortcuts for settings, infos and notifications:



The pull-down shortcut menu on landscape mode:



Here are sample shots of the rear camera with 8MP:

  

There are more features that I was not able to cover so just watch the official Samsung Galaxy S III Introduction video below to know more:

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