Our full first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which may be the phone to beat this year. Learn how its many new features like S-Voice and Smart stay stack up against the might of the iPhone 4S and HTC One X.Check our out full written review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The Samsung Galaxy S2 was a turning point for Samsung. While the company has long been inching its way up the ladder of phone makers, the success of the S2 and ‘Galaxy’ brand of devices gave the company a huge boost, even helping Samsung overtake Nokia to become the top phone maker in the world in the first few months of 2012.
If that doesn’t seem like an accomplishment, change your reading glasses. Nokia has been the top phone maker in the world since 1998. In the cell phone market that pretty much means, Nokia has always been the top dog. Its dethroning is a huge sign of the times, but also puts major pressure on Samsung. Last week, it unveiled the highly anticipated Galaxy S3 at an event in London. At CTIA this week, we finally got a chance to check out Samsung’s next big phone. Our impressions are below.
Is it designed by human emotion? Maybe!Samsung’s marketing claims that the Galaxy S3 was ”designed for humans and inspired by nature.” The phone is also supposed to embody human emotion. We’re not sure about these lofty claims, but it certainly got us excited. The S3 looks and feel very modern and quite comfortable.
The best phone we can compare it to would be the HTC One X, which is clearly the phone that Samsung is trying to beat (aside from the iPhone 4S). Both devices are about the same size, with screens just under 5 inches and top-notch specs and cameras. From a pure construction standpoint, the One X definitely feels a bit more premium than the entirely plastic Galaxy S3, so if you’re a stickler for top-notch materials, you may opt for HTC.
Having said that, as much as we criticize Samsung’s heavy and continuous use of shiny lightweight plastic shells and battery covers, Galaxy phones keep flying off shelves. Perhaps people just don’t care. We must admit, there doesn’t appear to be a huge downside to it from a user perspective.