The Samsung Galaxy S3 has reigned supreme over the smartphone world, but the iPhone 5 has presented it with a serious challenge. This fight promises to be a dirty street fight, too, far away from the sober old courtrooms. So now that the hype behind the Samsung Galaxy S3 has died down, let’s stake a look at what the S3 is all about and whether it is in good enough shape to take on the newer iPhone 5.
Samsung Galaxy S3 review roundup (a second look)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 battery, chip and media management is fabulous, but two areas that have come under serious fire from critics are the poor battery life and the cheap-looking design. The HTC One X and the iPhone 5 trounce the Samsung Galaxy S3 in design terms, and this is a serious chink in its armour.
Despite this, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still a heavy hitter, especially among those who like to play games and watch videos, thanks in no small part to that 4.8” screen. There’s also some brilliant software and features, but the iPhone 5 has loads of new features thanks to iOS 6, performs very well indeed AND looks amazing.
Android fans will love the Samsung Galaxy S3 regardless, but pint-sized Android lovers might find it a bit too big to handle with just one hand. If you’re still wondering whether to go for a S3 or one of its rivals, check out these hand picked expert reviews which we think sums up the Samsung Galaxy S3 best.
T3: For Android lovers, it’s hard to fault the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the only other handset to come close is the HTC One X – and it comes very close. The S III wins out for features and innovations. But, be warned, it’s going to be too big for some hands.
CNET: The S3 is a phone for people with serious power hunger and a healthy bank balance. If you want a device for 3D gaming, HD video streaming and surfing the web like a pro — I don’t mean faffing around with mobile versions of websites or lightweight apps — the S3 has the superpowered engine and massive display you’re looking for.
Consumer Reviews: The large screen attracted me to the phone. Once I started playing around with the phone at the store, I noticed the sophistication and beautifully integrated user interface of the Android operating system. Without larger screen offerings, I would have never been shaken out of my Apple fan boy apathy.