As one of the biggest challengers to Apple’s crown and one of the flagship 4G PAYM devices that has been launched as part of EE’s 4G network, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is a handset that a lot of people are talking about.
But how does the phone make use of the 4G network? How does its hardware stack up against that of its rivals? And what is the phone actually like to use on a daily basis? Well, for that it’s probably best to look at some of the positives and negatives that have come from the reviews and articles that accompanied its launch.
Testing the 4G – The Telegraph
In a recent article for The Telegraph, technology editor Matt Warman looked specifically at how the 4G reception of the Samsung GS3 compared to the Apple iPhone 5. He found that the Galaxy was the slightly more impressive of the two, picking up a speed of 30.1 megabits per second. The iPhone 5, on the other hand, mustered a slightly lower 29.1 megabits per second.
A look at the hardware – Engadget
When it came to the nuts and bolts features of the phone, Engadget said the 4.8-inch display offered “much better color rendition than some older AMOLED screens” and added that the photo and video applications were also impressive.
The Exynos Quad processor, it explained, would mean “more performance with less battery drain” for users and that a 25-second boot up time was evidence of this.
Should you buy it? – Cnet
Having spent four weeks with the phone, Jessica Dolcourt of Cnet said that those who were already strongly considering the Samsung GS3 should “go ahead and buy it”.
She added that there were some minor quibbles, but the feature set and ability to customise it pretty much however you like would be a big draw for many. “The top-shelf specs are all there” said Dolcourt, “and the phone performs where it counts.”
Of course, the row between which is better between this and the iPhone 5 will continue to rage and will often come down to a simple case of preference.
However, with a recent report showing the handset to be the most popular smartphone in the world, the boys at Apple will be paying very close attention to what has made the Samsung such a hit and how the South Korean manufacturer might want to build on this in the future.