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Samsung Galaxy S3 Wows the Critics, Who Insist It’s a Genuine Rival to Apple’s iPhone

Posted on the 29 May 2012 by Periscope @periscopepost
Samsung Galaxy S3 wows the critics, who insist it’s a genuine rival to Apple’s iPhone

The Galaxy S3 was released on 29 May. Photo credit: Stereopoly

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Samsung have released their new smartphone, the Galaxy S3, prompting many reviewers to comment that this could be a rival for the market-dominating iPhone.

Marrying form and function, the Galaxy S3 has been much anticipated as the Android rival for the iPhone 5, which has not yet been released.

Despite some small niggles, almost all of the reviewers have lavished praise for the Galaxy S3. Stuff said “simply put, the Galaxy S3 offers the slickest Android experience we’ve had to date and brings iPhone-like levels of smoothness to the Google camp at long last.”

So does the reality match up to the hype? The Periscope Post has examined the commentary.

Big and beautiful screen

Commentators say that the large 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen is a success; The Guardian described it as  ”enormous” and “gorgeous.” Trusted Reviews said that the phone “looks amazing, packing in a huge amount of detail and making it great for web browsing.” Stuff said that “the AMOLED display’s colours are vibrant, popping out from the screen and adding an extra spark.” The Verge concurred: “As big as the display is, it doesn’t make the phone feel terribly unwieldy”.

A nice handful 

The Verge praised the feel of the handset - “it’s thin, light, and shaped just right to make handling it a joy” – but dissed the faux-metal finish – “it makes the Galaxy S III look cheap”. The Guardian liked the handset but insisted that it’s perhaps a little on the large size: “people with small hands may struggle. I certainly wouldn’t want a bigger device to use as a phone”.

Auto-brightness is a winner

The new smartphone has an auto-brightness setting which adapts to different light environments. The Verge said that “phone tends to lean toward under-illuminating itself, making it usually a little too dark for comfortable use,” while The Guardian said “although not completely perfect, this is an excellent addition that should become a standard feature on all new smartphones, patent wars not withstanding.”

Snappy snaps

As for the handset’s 8 mega-pixel camera, Stuff said it “fires up in seconds and can snap shots even faster. So fast, in fact, you might not realize you’ve actually taken a photo.” The phone’s face-detection feature only partly impressed The Verge’s reviewer, who said “the phone identified a person’s face accurately, but also put a potential face tag on an area of fencing.”


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By Zeba Taji
posted on 30 August at 02:11

I got it as a gift..and i'm really happy I got S3 n not any other phone.

GalaxyS3 rocks!!!!!

By Chase Lowenstein
posted on 29 August at 21:35

Auto brightness has been an android feature since the original Motorola Droid

By Chris Heilong
posted on 29 August at 18:25

Samsung already matched the Iphone with the Galaxy S2, so of coarse this is better.

By Kim Paterson
posted on 29 August at 04:28

I you bought my Samsung Galaxy S3 a month ago and absolutely love it! I have nothing bad to say about it. Great screen, great size. All around win for Samsung!

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