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Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) – Know its Specs, Features and Price

Samsung Galaxy S3 ups the ante on its fiercest competitor with the release of its “It doesn’t take a genius” ad. The Korean electronics giant is obviously pulling all stops and throwing everything in to preserve its lofty position in the market. Samsung confidently rattles off the advantage points of the S3 over its closest rival and it clearly takes the upper hand on various aspects. Needless to say, it is expectedly silent on areas where the S3 obviously is lagging behind, such as in the app department. And while the Android App Marketplace has emerged to become a robust option, the App Store of Apple remains to be the destination to beat as far as smartphone app purchases are concerned.

Indeed, this is the best time to revisit the S3 and go through its full specs, features and price. The Galaxy S3 is tagged as a feature-packed, fast and powerful mobile gadget. It has gone the extra mile on the aspect of innovation, throwing in a whole new set of features. But what easily stands out is its size as this Android gadget breaches the established convention to join the circle of the new breed of devices that is neither a phone nor a tablet.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Images

The S3 features a 4.8-inch display and this is certainly what makes it a biggie when it is positioned alongside its competition. Still, it is also a slim gadget will smooth edges, and thus, it is surprisingly more manageable than what most of us would think of it. And while most upgrades take a short step from their predecessors, S3 confidently makes a quantum leap from the S2. Most notable difference of the S3 is the lack of that “bulging” feel which we have come to associate with the S2. Owing to the bigger display, which is 0.8 inch bigger across its diagonal measurement compared to the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S3, at 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm dimension, leaves a larger footprint. Still, this Samsung gadget is the slimmer alternative to the RAZR Maxx and One X.

The highly impressive HD AMOLED display is the sole reason for the bigger frame of Galaxy S3 and the positive consequence is a screen that sets the standard in viewing experience. Thus, when watching TV is not an option for you, the S3, at 720 x 1280 pixel screen resolution and a 306 ppi pixel density, is only a shade short of the high-definition viewing experience provided by tablets. S3 operates on Android 4.0 platform, which is also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. And with the unveiling of the Jelly Bean 4.1 version of the Android, Samsung has confirmed that an update on the S3’s OS will happen by October this year.

This Samsung top-seller is powered by a 1.40 GHz Quad Core processor, roaring well ahead of the average smartphones in the market today. It also comes forward with a 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. On the other hand, the 8MP camera in the S3 has a pixel count which is identical to its predecessor, but the former has added new tricks up its sleeves. The Galaxy S3, with its Samsung Nexus, now boasts of a zero shutter lag, and this means that you can now press the shutter as fast as you can without losing a beat. It also adopts an algorithm that incorporates face recognition and smile detection capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Color Variants

Part of the success of the Galaxy S3 is attributed to its set of nifty features, which include Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Direct Call, S Voice, S Beam, Social Tag, Near Field Communication (NFC), Eye Tracking, PopUp Play and AllShare Cast. With its cutting edge face recognition capability and intelligent camera options, the S3 promises an experience that is unerringly natural. For instance, the front-face camera has the capability to identify the eyes of the user and would not lock or go dark as long as the user is looking at the device. The S Voice, hailed as one of the enhanced features of the device, is the user interface for natural language. This user interface can be used in sending emails, playing songs, sending messages and it is used in conjunction with other features as well.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 would set you back by $200 on a 2-year contact with a particular carrier. This is about twice the amount that you have to pay for the other smartphones on the same contractual arrangement. On the other hand, should you decide for a straight purchase of the S3, then you will have to pay $549, and this price tag is nearly 25 percent more than the average price of the other smartphones in the market today.

Mike is a software engineer with a love for tinkering with smart phone devices. He spends a lot of time moving pictures to his SD card, because the Android keeps running out of memory. In his spare time, he travels to different parts of the world and takes one of his Android devices with him.


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