Gift FoneGuide: Samsung Galaxy S3

Gift FoneGuide: Samsung Galaxy S3
The first edition of FoneGuide for Christmas gifts sees us discussing the whys and hows of the highly popular Samsung Galaxy S3.

Samsung Galaxy S3
With Christmas celebrations fast approaching, some of you might have even gotten their shopping out of the way. Some of you, on the other hand, might still be stuck in planning stages, perhaps undecided or simply intimidated by the huge selection of consumer tech that is on offer. It can be even more frustrating if it's mobile tech that you're hunting - there's the size, operating system, specs and, of course, the price to consider. With so many different variables and so little time left, we thought to make things easier for you by highlighting some of the most popular phones here at Fonehouse. To keep things simple, we're going to select one phone per issue, where we'll quickly go over the main points why that particular gadget is interesting, and why it simply begs to be on your Christmas shopping list this year.
Samsung Galaxy S3
It's hard to imagine an Android phone that is currently more popular than the Samsung Galaxy S3. Truly, Samsung's flagship smartphone has made its way up the pedestal relatively quickly, earning quite a few notable awards in the process. As we stated more than once during our 2-part review, there's a simply overwhelming amount of things to love about the Galaxy S3.

To start with, it's a high-end phone in its truest sense, meaning you get all the muscle under the hood you need in order to experience the very best of Android. Its phenomenal 1.4 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB of Ram is still as impressive as on the day the handset was released - more than 6 months ago. In terms of the ever-evolving smartphone tech, that's saying quite a lot.

And yet the most obvious star here is the 4.8 inch Super AMOLED display that sets Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in a league over other smartphones, even in the prestigious high-end range. The screen is crystal clear thanks to the HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution, and the displayed colours are deep and gorgeous no matter what angle you look at them. With a screen of such generous proportions, reading even the tinniest text while browsing the web poise little to no challenge. Watching movies is a particularly eye-opening experience, and, with the option to stream 1080p content via TV-out or MHL, the Galaxy S3 can easily become your new and favourite portable entertainment centre. Smaller and more technical features, such as Smart stay, that keeps the screen running for as long as you look at it, only add to the overall impression that you're using a high-end device.
Galaxy S3 - back side
And, perhaps, it's more so shocking the moment you register that all of those technological marvels have been tucked away in an impressively slim and light body. You'll get, of course, a full set of latest connectivity features like A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 or NFC, and, if you decide to opt for the 4G LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S3, you'll be also able to enjoy the blazingly fast download speeds of next-gen networks.
Galaxy S3 - side picture

There're only a few points that we didn't quite dig about the Galaxy S3. The design, while minimalistic and clean, might appear a bit too simplistic for a flagship product. And, while the S3 feels pleasantly light given its sizeable dimensions, Samsung could have used a slightly richer assortment of build materials, not just the glass and plastic that we've seen virtually everywhere before. Finally, there's also the size to consider - with its massive 4.8 inch touchscreen, the Galaxy S3 is clearly not the most pocketable or ergonomic handset that we've encountered.

If, however, the above-mentioned issues doesn't really seem so important to you, then the Galaxy S3 can easily become the best long-term investment you'll make this year. Samsung gets additional plus points in our books for regularly updating the Galaxy S3 with new software features, an important area where other Android manufacturers often fail to deliver. Even the S3's now almost 2 years old predecessor, the Galaxy S2, still enjoys high demand due to the excellent value for money that it offers.

To briefly go back to what we've asked ourselves during the review, the all-important question that was on everyone's minds back then - is Samsung Galaxy S3 the next big thing?

Why yes, yes it is.

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