I got a review unit of the Samsung Galaxy S3 in Pebble Blue to play around with about a month or so ago. I couldn’t use it at first because I didn’t have a microsim. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S3 uses a microsim. There’s no way you can fit a regular sim card in its default slot.
The first thing I noticed about it was the bigger screen and the rounded corners. It’s like a small tablet, actually. It feels good in your hand though as it’s quite ergonomic in terms of design.
My first instinct was to compare with my own phone, the Samsung Galaxy S2. As you can see, the S3 unit itself is only slightly bigger than the S2 but there’s a big difference in screen size.
Here’s the back view of both phones. The S3 has a shiny, lacquer-like finish while the S2 sports a matte, carbon fiber-like surface.
When I went to Hong Kong last July 27, I brought the S3 along and got a microsim for it. Prepaid microsims are available at all convenience stores in HK so I figured it was my chance. When I got back to Manila, the S3 was roaming. Looking at the photo above, the time and date on the left refers to Manila time while the time and date on the right refers to Hong Kong, which is where the home network is located. I was surprised it showed two sets of times and dates. This makes it a lot easier for travellers to coordinate between timezones.
I was able to try out a key phone feature thanks to the microsim. If someone texts you and you’re like me, meaning you prefer to call than text back, just put the phone to your ear after reading the text.
Voila! The phone will dial the number that texted you the message! It’s so convenient, especially in my case. I always had my hands full when I was shopping in HK, so it was really better for me to call than text. :p
The big screen makes it a joy to surf the net since you can read everything very clearly.
The same is true for apps. Check out how many lines you can check all at once using the MMDA Traffic Navigator app thanks to the big screen.
It takes really good photos. I can actually afford not to bring a separate camera to events if I have this with me.
Screen capturing is so high-tech now. You just swipe your palm or the side of your hand over the screen and boom! You’ve got yourself a screencap.
Here’s the screencap I took.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is also a pretty good music player thanks to its high quality audio. Sounds are very clear and detailed.
I can attest to the Samsung Galaxy S3’s impressive battery life. I dubbed it as my “Bahamut Machine” while it was with me because I could play my favorite trading card game “Rage of Bahamut” on the Android (also available on iOS, if you download use my referral code fky92265 after the tutorial for in-game bonuses!) for 8 straight hours! Imagine that! Woot! Not only that, the processing speed is so fast I can usually beat my enemies and the time limit during Holy Wars thanks to the S3.
This is hands down the best cellphone I’ve ever used!
Other key features and specs:
- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 1GB RAM
- 16/32/64 GB storage
- 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
- HD video recording and playback at 1080p
- Quad-core 1.4Ghz processor
- Android OS v.4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
The Samsung Galaxy S3 retails for P32,900. For more information, log on to http://www.samsung.com/global/galaxys3/index.html.
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