Samsung Galaxy S3 Review: Nothing Is Truly Perfect

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 broke pre-order records and leads the smartphone market right now, but there are some serious complaints about the phone. The guys at LatinoPost have collected some of the more common whinges for your delectation.

Samsung Galaxy S3 review: most reported problems

By far the most common complaint is the plastic body on the Samsung Galaxy S3. It looks cheap, it feels cheap and it’s prone to cracks from normal usage. Compared to the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X, it seems low-rent. It’s also unwieldy for many and the screen has been criticized for being dimmer than the IPS displays on the two mentioned rivals.

Many were let down by the no-show of the rumoured 12MP camera. With the S2 having an 8MP camera, it seemed logical to expect more from its upgrade. The improved sensor which takes 1080p HD videos is a popular tweak, but photos haven’t improved noticeably on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

S-Voice sounds better than Siri, but apparently doesn’t have the personality and wit. Users say that you need to give it very straightforward orders to get anywhere and that you also need to have a very good data connection for the app to work smoothly with the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Social Tag is another niggle. It uses facial recognition software to match faces in photos to the profile pics in contact books, but it doesn’t “see” very well. AllShare Play and GroupCast have both annoyed users by being fiddly and complicated to the point where most can’t be bothered to set them up.

Many have also said that the IPS display of the HTC Once X is better than the Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy S3, brightness levels or not. The phone is also incompatible with iMacs (who’da thunk THAT?) due to the MTP protocol adds LatinoPost.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.