Thank you GSMArena. I agree with many here - a very thorough review. .
However I'm confused. You seem to contradict comments that you have made in other reviews. For example:
how other phones have similar or better performance (Meizu Quad, HTC One X (AT&T), ...), how others have "better designs" (HTC, Sony), have batters quality materials, and the pentile screen.
"Samsung have spared no effort to protect the Galaxy S III against any odds", "And because no effort was too much in insuring against any surprises, they ended up with something that's nearly impossible to beat"
Already this is (in your own other arguments) not as clearly the case as you say here.
And what sounds like a glossing over of the downside perceptions that GSMA elsewhere shared many others: "And yes, we still feel the glossy finish is a questionable choice as it lacks the high-end vibe that a smartphone of this caliber deserves. However, the Samsung Hyperglaze coating makes sure the S III doesn't look like a $200 handset in real life as the press photos suggested"
You do comment that "However, once we held the device in our hands, we realized that the Samsung I9300 design is actually not too bad" so we have to accept that your views have changed with time.
There are often comments from readers saying GSMA has a very Samsung bias. I somewhat agree, though I'd say there is room to argue that Samsung devices (generally) deserve much of that praise
My main point is this review really reads like a landslide to SGS3, however your own other articles make it sound like it's a much closer (and less clear) race.
Arsani, 21 May 2012It is a perfect phone spec and feature wise but the design ruined everything. the thin bezel m... moreI agree the size is too big and the design is sooo disappointing, but "thin bezel makes it look ugly"? Seriously??
I wished is had a much thinner bezel! That way the size increase over SII would be much smaller. Just look it this and tell me that an ultra-slim bezel wouldn't be just fantastic!
Oh Samsung - why wasn't this the SGS3 design?!?!
AnonD-49280, 21 May 2012If a handset's got bugs they will say so and have mentioned it on others,don't forget GSMarena... moreGSMArena weren't quick to talk about the lag issues on SGS1. I never saw anything mentioned in their any of their reviews or comparison reviews made more than 6 months after it's launch!
AnonD-43928, 21 May 2012MicroSim a disadvantage? How on earth did you come up with that? And the plastic is actuall... moreMicroSim is a disadvantage because it's not a universal standard, an inconvenience to have to convert one, and you can't swap your SIM to a standard phone if you want (say you need a replacement if yours needs to go off for repairs)
LOL at those cons. Congrats GSMarena.
AnonD-49280, 22 May 2012People complaining about the size of this handset in parrot like fashion don't know the simple... moreGood one mate. i couldnot have said this any better.
and the comparision of Golf and Caddilac is really humurous and to the point.
Hope the moaners get the understanding.
Anonymous, 22 May 2012Must admit I am kind of disappointed. Read entire review and couldn't find one thing to draw m... moreRather than optimising o/s to run smoothly on Single core , its better to optimis for dual core, atleast for andorid 4.0 and above. though o/s is optimised to run smoothly on a single core, there are other aspects which cannot be done better with single core. best example Games. Not every one is into Gaming , but Games do have good share in SMARTPHONE features.
The way you dont like Touchwiz or Sense (although i respect your taste), you should agree that there are people who like them , a lot too. In fact touchwiz/ sense do make a differnece than vanilla. Thats what is ANDORID for, mould the phone the way you want to. Or else it would be another WP/iOS. I shall not deny that there is enough bloatware to annoy us, at times.
Releasing a 4 core device is the sole decision of the OEM and the market trend.not Google's ... right?
Lets seee how the 4 cores scale up in utilisation and how well the added software package helps Gs3 to rise.
People complaining about the size of this handset in parrot like fashion don't know the simple solution to this problem? Don't buy it of course and get one that is the right size for YOU and no one else.
It's like me owning a VW Golf and going on a Cadillac owners forum and complaining that Caddies are way too big and are ugly when it's not relevant to the topic being discussed.
What ever people who won't be buying a GS3 think about it,there are millions of people across the world who are impressed by what they've seen so far and can live with or actually need or want a handset that size.This review lays all that out in as clear a way as possible so that people who do want to buy one and have pre-ordered have some idea what to expect from a new product they have yet to see for real.
Does it actually matter if it's made from plastic or polycarbonate,as long as it does what it's supposed to I couldn't care less if it's made from beaver hair and tram tickets.
samsung galaxy s3 is an angel of life in a holistic purity,it is super sonic with super amazing jet speed performance that does every thing in perfection,...thank you SAMSUNG..for such outstanding product..welcome into our world the super angel of life,Samsung Galaxy s3.
"The Bugatti Veyron of smartphones".....nice one GSMARENA.... :D...And is this true that it has used polycarbonate?? Then what the hell are the 'people' ( mainly you-know-whos) complaining about?? Don't like the phone don't buy it....It's as simple as that.... :-|
Great phone, sure, but i'll wait for the Optimus 4X. It will be not as powerful as the SIII, but will be powerful enough, perhaps have a better battery life (due to the companion core of the Tegra 3), and i think it's much better looking.
HTC has it for the best Droid phone for this generation imo its got the looks the screen and the internals
Samsung has the internals that's it
Please update your review! It's conformed by Samsung that S3 uses Polycarbonate instead of regular plastic.
anonymous, 20 May 2012Really sgs 3 is the bugatti veyron of phones Maybe under the skin - but why couldn't it look like one instead of a Volkswagon beetle?
ZAK, 20 May 2012Awesome phone but, the appearance matters at first sight. For many people it is a make or brea... moreHere here!! Absolutely agree. A premium phone needs premium quality materials and design to match the insides.
It should look and feel the part of a flagship, not jsut act like one.
AnonD-55342, 22 May 2012"Samsung has come up with the name “Hyperglaze” for the specific finish of the utilized p... moreThere are two more articles after, later than, that review that confirm polcarbonate backpanel!
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III -> THD 0.012 ?? :(
ZAK, 20 May 2012Awesome phone but, the appearance matters at first sight. For many people it is a make or brea... moreIt is polycarbonate. It has extra layers of clear polycarbonate to make it much more durable. More durable than the HTC One X. Don't let the gloss fool you.
AnonD-54416, 22 May 2012go to phone arena website and read the article on SGS3 uses polycarbonate, not plastic
"Samsung has come up with the name “Hyperglaze” for the specific finish of the utilized plastic, but we couldn't find anything that special in it. It's just a glossy plastic with an OK texture on it"
Thats what that phone arena site says