Reviewers have praised the Samsung Galaxy S3 as the best phone on the market, outclassing its competitors – and even beating the iPhone at its own game.
TechRadar said ‘if you’re picking up an iPhone 4s: forget it’ and Trusted Reviews concluded ‘the S3 is light years ahead of Apple’s profitable darling’.
And Stuff Magazine said the S3 has succeeded in ‘toppling Apple’s ageing starlet’.
In fairness to Apple, theie latest phone is now nearly nine months old – a lifetime in the fast-moving mobile world. If Apple follows previous form, the next iPhone will arrive in October at the earliest.
Reviewers also gave the nod to the Samsung phone over its nearest Android competitor, the highly-rated HTC One X,which was released last month.
The Mail Online asked Stuff Magazine for its verdict, and the magazine in turn threw down the gauntlet to Apple.The magazine said: ‘The most hyped phone since the iPhone 4S has lived up to the hoopla, toppling not only Apple’s ageing starlet but all of its Android rivals.‘The Galaxy S3 offers the slickest Android Ice Cream Sandwich experience we’ve seen thanks to a 1.4Ghz quad-core Exynos processor, which eats 1080p movies for breakfast and can even play them in a pop-up window while you browse the web.
‘Extras like the microSD slot and larger battery give it the edge over HTC’s One X, and the 4.8in superAMOLED screen is sharp and vibrant.
‘We can’t wait to see how the iPhone responds.’
Trsuted Reviews concluded: ‘We like the look of the Galaxy S3 from the front, with its simple design, curved corners and metal trim.
‘However, the glossy plastic back really puts a damper on things – it just doesn’t exude class or luxury.
Otherwise this phone is either class-leading or at least on par. The processor is stunningly fast, the screen stunningly dazzling and the microSD slot stunningly practical.
‘It may lack a certain wow factor but for features alone this phone has been worth the wait. Just.
‘So all in all and in my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 stands above the iPhone 4S and laughs at it. It is far thinner, lighter and delivers more for your money.
‘In terms of the user experience, the fluidity of operation, the feature set, and in virtually every area that counts, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is light years ahead of Apple’s profitable darling.’
The respected website TechRadar, despite some criticisms, said: ‘Make no mistake: the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best smarpthone on the market.
‘And if you’re thinking about picking up an iPhone 4S: forget it. You’ll need to wait to see what response Apple is cooking up with the iPhone 5, as a 3.5inch screen and the same high price tag it launched with are no longer acceptable.’
The website also gave the phone the nod over the S3’s nearest competitor, the HTC One X – although said camera-buff would prefer HTC’s offering, as would those who preferred the metallic shell over the S3’s plastic, although durable, finish.
And reviewer Gareth Beavis knocked half a star off for some niggles such as the ‘not quite up to the task’ S Voice – Samsung’s competitor to Apple’s voice-control software called Siri – and the perfectly fine but not best-in-market camera.
However, he recommended the phone, saying: ‘It’s got every kind of feature we could ask for and more, and raises the bar once again in terms of what consumers should be expecting in terms of battery life, processor speed and media management.’
The S3 is released tomorrow, coming with built-in face-tracking and voice control – allowing, Samsung claims, for a more ‘natural’ control system.
It comes with the largest screen on the market, a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen which is great for movies and photos, and the phone has a ‘more intelligent’ lock system, which watches your eyes to determine when to stay awake, and when to sleep and save battery life.
The launch of the S3 has not been without niggles.
Earlier today it was reported that, due to a manufacturing error at one of Samsung’s production plants, the company has had to chuck out up to 600,000 back covers.
The error only affected the blue version of the battery covers, and Samsung is now urgently ramping up production to fix the shortfall.
Many shops are likely to be pushing the white model on to owners until new batches come in.
Source: Daily Mail (UK)