First Look: Samsung Galaxy S III
I got my first look at Samsung’s newest smartphone at a launch party that featured candy in fluorescent colours and Montreal’s Sam Roberts Band. My examination of the blue model was hampered by the anti-theft attachments..I wasn’t blown away by the styling..it is a fairly typical Samsung design..lots of plastic and light enough to feel insubstantial in the hand. Everything is rounded so it does feel better in the hand than its predecessor. Forgetting the ho-hum design this phone is loaded with features..and when I say loaded..I really mean loaded. Starting with a Super Amoled 1280 x 720 pixel full HD screen that is bright and sharp, A fast Dual core processor, a removable battery and a memory-card slot. It runs the latest version of the Android operating system from Google (4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich). Then there is a whole bunch of software features: Starting with Smart Stay. The phone’s front-facing camera looks for your eyes. When you look away, the screen dims to save power; it brightens back up when you return your gaze. Every mobile device with a screen should have this feature. And almost is cool is the picture in picture feature that allows you to watch a video while doing other tasks.
Some other features I liked were:
- Direct Call. If a texting conversation is getting too complicated, just lift the phone to your ear. It calls your texting partner, automatically.
- Instant muting. Mute audio and video playback by covering the screen with your hand, like telling the phone to hush. Palm swipe capture.
- Save an image of the screen by wiping the edge of your hand across it, away simpler than gymnastics with the power and home buttons.
I also got to play a bit with a white model without the anti-theft stuff attached..somehow I liked the styling better..maybe it was the colour or perhaps the cool screen cover..reminiscent of the iPad’s Smart Cover..it added something..perhaps the little bit of extra thickness made the phone feel more substantial. The Samsung Galaxy S III is available just about everywhere in the US and in Canada on June 27th but they will likely be in short supply for a while. Watch for a full review here shortly.