The Samsung Galaxy S3 is without doubt one of the best mobile phones ever released, however it really is more than just a device for making phone calls. Just like most mobiles these days it comes with a wealth of features that are screaming out for you to use, however with its super-fast processor and large 4.8inch screen, the S3 really is the ultimate media device that can easily fit in your pocket.
What we have here then is a more in-depth look at some of the S3′s features that some people might not be aware of, or simply don’t use for some reason. If you haven’t read it already, be sure to check out our Samsung Galaxy S3 review article.
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Movies, videos and photos
With its huge 4.8inch screen, the S3 makes a brilliant device for watching video. I have thrown every video format at it that I have in my collection, and the installed default player plays them all without any problems.
I have added a 32gb micro-sd card to the already huge 16gb, which means I can take a large film collection with me wherever I travel. What’s more, the S3 has a huge 720×1280 resolution, meaning the images from the video look better than you’ve ever seen them before. With the brightness turned up full, the images are bright, clear and show real colour definitions. As its an AMOLED screen, blacks are super black.
The S3 streams video content using H+ extremely well, so you can install TV and Movie apps from your favourite provider very easily. As my plan includes unlimited Internet browsing and streaming I have spend many days streaming movies from movie channels and Netflix. They all look stunning in 720p, and again because of the screen size you don’t have to squint to enjoy the video. Of course, YouTube at 720p also looks pretty sweet, and I’ve found myself using this more than ever before on my S3.
Looking at photos on the S3s screen is also a very pleasing experience. Due to the resolution and realistic colours, they look as good as the real thing. Again with the huge memory, you can save hundreds of photos and not worry about running out of space. The S3 comes with a zero lag 8mp camera, and in use this camera really is something special, producing some truly impressive results.
A feature of the S3 which people forget about is the stunning 1080p video recording. This is a brilliant feature and again the S3 has enough memory to make the most of this feature. With an added memory card this recording facility can be a indispensable for people who like to take video.
The media capabilities can not be underestimated on the S3, they make a great phone even better, and thanks to that brilliant screen everything works better than compared to almost every other device.
In my original S3 review I originally touched on gaming on the S3. Since then I have had a lot more time to play games and really test the machine a lot more. Again, thanks to the amazing quality and size of the screen, the S3 is ideal for playing games.
Dead Trigger with settings turned up full looks stunning and is silky smooth, as is Jetpack Joyride, Mutant Roadkill, Real Racing 2, Windup Knight, Virtua Tennis and every other game you throw at it. The larger screen means games with virtual keypads work well, and games that want you to swipe or poke the screen work because of the larger area.
One genre of gaming also works really well, and that is emulated 8 and 16bit consoles. Playing classic Genesis (Megadrive) games on the S3 is a joy, and the games look so much better now because of the screen that it’s like playing whole new games! Different emulators work with different success as far as roms go, but overall retro gaming is fun on the S3.
You can download games from a number of stores such as Samsung’s own store and Google Play, however I urge people to download the Amazon App Store as they give away a free app every day, and quite often these apps are games.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s true that most phones these days can perform these tasks, however the size of the Samsung’s stunning screen, combined with one of the most powerful processors available means that the above mentioned tasks now look and react better than you’ve ever seen them before.
The edition of a micro-SD slot to the already hefty memory is just a media users dream, the memory cards are so cheap these days that you can upgrade with a 32GB card for around $20 (£13). Mobile phone users have a huge choice of phones, and with the imminent release of the iPhone 5, the Samsung S3 looks like it will really be able to hold its own against all rivals.