Samsung Galaxy S III: Slim Sleek Superb

Tuesday, July 17, 2012    

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AS you take the Samsung Galaxy S III out of the box and get that first look, it's pretty easy to see this phone is going to be cool.

But nobody can be ready for just how awesome this phone really is. As a matter of fact, we're just going to go ahead and say this is a SUPER phone.

I could start with how user-friendly it is, or just how effortlessly it browses the Internet, but I'm going to begin by talking about the camera. The eight-megapixel camera is so crisp and clear that when I was using it I almost forgot there was a phone attached to this device. I took several shots of the seven-miles of beautiful Negril beach and I feel that the photographs are magazine-worthy.

With forward camera and HD-quality video-shooting capability, this devise has all your visual needs covered. And speaking of watching videos, a truly fun experience with the landscape format, the screen switches when you hold the phone horizontally — a definite plus on long road trips and boring meetings.

Normally, smartphones like this can leave you scratching your head as you try to figure them out, but the Galaxy S III is surprisingly very easy to use. I had it practically figured out in one weekend. It didn't hurt either that the phone gives you some tips for carrying out various functions as you launch the different apps, which it comes preloaded.

Another feature I really like is the drop down notifications bar at the top of the screen. Running your finger from the top of the screen to the bottom brings down a menu screen that informs you about things like new messages, updates for your apps, missed calls, etc. This makes keeping track of the dozens of functions the phone has much, much easier.

Whether using Wi-Fi or a data plan from a mobile data service provider, browsing the Internet on this phone is as easy as surfing on a laptop or desktop computer. This phone doesn't give you an approximation of the Web, like a lot of other smartphones do, it takes you to the real thing and because of how well integrated the touch screen controls are. nothing is lost in translation.

And with 12GB worth of memory there is more than enough room for downloads — music, videos, apps, books. you name it — you'll probably run out of things to download before you run out of memory.

If there is a drawback to this phone it would have to be its size. Being all of 4x8 inches large, it definitely draws attention to itself if you are using it on the street, especially if you have it in the marble white design.

You should definitely try to get a case for it, although that might affect being able to just stick it in your pocket when you are on the go. But all the functionality you are getting with this phone more than makes up for the cumbersome size.

You should also know that this phone uses micro SIM cards. So getting yours connected may not be as simple as putting your old SIM card into your new Galaxy S III, as your old SIM card may be too big. If that happens, purchase a new micro-SIM card at one of the local service providers and have your old number transferred. But that comes with the hassle of transferring your old numbers to the new card.

Other Special features include the Motion Recognition capabilities:

Hold To Ear: while viewing a message or contact details, pick up and hold to ear to make a voice call.

Tilt: hold two points on the screen and tilt to zoom in and out when viewing images and webpages

Pick Up: device vibrates to alert missed calls or new messages

Shake: device will search for Bluetooth connections or updates the list of e-mails, etc.

Double Tap: to move to the top of contacts and e-mail lists

Turn over: place the device face down to mute audio

Palm Touch: touch the screen with your palm to pause audio

Hand Sweep: capture screen shots by sweeping hand from left to right

At the end of the day, this is a ridiculously awesome phone that is chock full of high-performing hardware and creative software that is right up there with the best of all competing smartphones on the market right now. Do yourself a favour, get one and ENJOY!





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