Neowin Member Reviews: Samsung Galaxy S3

It's that time of the week again, where we showcase a review submitted by a member in our forums. Remember that we consider all reviews that are submitted here. Who knows, your review might make the front page next week!

This week mrk makes another appearance, this time reviewing a Samsung Galaxy S3.

Introduction

Following on from my popular S2 review I thought I'd post an S3 review, I'll be actively updating this as always but to note, my Pebble Blue S3 isn't due until later in June due to that manufacturing delay that you guys will have read all about so my initial review and impressions are on the Marble White version belonging to my dad which landed today.

Editor note: The Pebble Blue S3 landed before this review was selected for main: link

I will be comparing most things with the S2 (naturally) but I won't do a comparison on daily usage differences until I've had my own S3 a full working week so will only cover things that are immediately obvious and comparable.

Firstly, let's get the bad stuff out the way.

  1. You cannot change brightness by sliding the notification bar like on the S2. This is rather lame and I can't wait to root my handset and get a custom ROM with that feature baked in.
  2. Auto brightness is rather conservative compared to the S2. Even in normal lighting the brightness is a bit low.
    2b: This part would not bother me as I adjust brightness via sliding the bar up top but since auto brightness isn't as aggressive as I'd prefer, custom ROM is the way to go (for me).
  3. The Galaxy S2 MHL cable does not work on this. I tried multiple chargers, the S3 charger outputs 1amp vs 750mA of the S2 and even that didn't work. Looks like MHL dongle owners of the S2 will want to sell up and upgrade to the S3 one.
  4. Using the "antishake" mode in the camcorder causes the video to zoom in slightly regardless of video resolution used. - I understand why this is now, just a slight annoyance that it has to be this way as I'm used to IS on my DSLR but of course it's not possible to bung gyros into a phone sized shell. Or practical for that matter
  5. The LED and button backlights do bleed through the white chassis surround, the same is visible on the white S2.
  6. The music volume via headphones at max level 15 isn't as loud as 15 on the S2 by a value of about 1.
  7. There is a wake delay of about 1 second from when the screen is off and the phone in deep sleep, just like on the S2. Some people dislike this while others don't care either way. I'm in the latter group.
  8.  The home button delay is there too, just like on the S2. This I didn't expect to go because it's by design. The delay is to allow the home button to be double pressed for waking up S-Voice.
  9. You can't long press the notification toggles to access settings for those toggles. You couldn't do this on the S2 either but custom ROMs and themes allowed for this. Since Samsung adopted a lot of tweaks from S2 custom ROMs I would have expected them to adopt this too as it gives quicker access to settings for specific things instead of having to go through the main Settings menu each time.
  10. On my dad's handset the screen had a redder tint compared to my S2. Now here's the thing, I think this is the S2 panel lottery scenario at play here again. Some screens have varying amounts of tint toward a certain colour compared to other handsets. My dad's S2 has a screen that's more blue than mine, for example whereas mine is closer to natural daylight white (6500K). I reckon the S3 is going to be exactly the same here. Without putting phones side by side you'd never tell the difference though unless you're used to using a certain colour tone on a screen for years on end or something I guess. I'll be able to confirm this theory once I put his S3 next to mine later this month.

Now the good stuff.

Read the rest of the review in our forums ->

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Neowin, why do you ONLY show the BAD stuff? Seriously?

If you do a snippet like you did, you're supposed to summarize a few of the bad and a few of the good.

Poor neowin, can't stop itself from sliding further downhill

andrewbares said,
Neowin, why do you ONLY show the BAD stuff? Seriously?

If you do a snippet like you did, you're supposed to summarize a few of the bad and a few of the good.

Poor neowin, can't stop itself from sliding further downhill

Because its not an Apple product, they have to absolutely endeavor to present competing products in as bad light as possible and immediately jump on anything negative about non-Apple companies.

sam232 said,

Because its not an Apple product, they have to absolutely endeavor to present competing products in as bad light as possible and immediately jump on anything negative about non-Apple companies.

Actually it's because that's the order the original reviewer wrote it. They always include just the first section then a link to the forum. No bias here

DomZ said,

Actually it's because that's the order the original reviewer wrote it. They always include just the first section then a link to the forum. No bias here

So it's just pure laziness then... which isn't much better.

andrewbares said,

So it's just pure laziness then... which isn't much better.

Do everyone a favour and stop trolling. If you don't like how Neowin promotes member reviews to the front page you know where you can go.

what said,

Do everyone a favour and stop trolling. If you don't like how Neowin promotes member reviews to the front page you know where you can go.

I like quality editors... Neowin simply doesn't have many of those anymore. I'd hope they would get the message. Countless other people agree that Neowin has gone downhill.

andrewbares said,
Neowin, why do you ONLY show the BAD stuff? Seriously?

If you do a snippet like you did, you're supposed to summarize a few of the bad and a few of the good.

Poor neowin, can't stop itself from sliding further downhill

It's hard to take this site seriously. This site has become a joke. Just came in here and laugh at the jokers in here and get your tech news form (a) more reliable site(s). Trust me, it makes Neowin much more enjoyable when you can laugh at the amateurs in here and never taking what they say seriously.

Try the Verge (a much better site for tech news). Visit Neowin just to laugh.

I wouldn't be surprised if this comment is mysteriously deleted or my account gets banned.

andrewbares said,
Neowin, why do you ONLY show the BAD stuff? Seriously?

If you do a snippet like you did, you're supposed to summarize a few of the bad and a few of the good.

Poor neowin, can't stop itself from sliding further downhill


The point of the article isn't to post all of it, or in a different order than it was submitted, the point is to get readers over to the original forum thread..

4. Using the "antishake" mode in the camcorder causes the video to zoom in slightly regardless of video resolution used.

Doh! That's how anti-shake features work, why have you put it as a negative?

By zooming in slightly, it gives the phone a few pixels at the edge of the scene in which to move the image to compensate for shake. Again, it's how the feature works. It's not a negative.

Exactly what I was thinking... he simply doesn't understand how image stabilization works.

Neowin needs to edit the article ASAP. Any tech website would know this...

andrewbares said,
Exactly what I was thinking... he simply doesn't understand how image stabilization works.

Neowin needs to edit the article ASAP. Any tech website would know this...

Why? It's a member-submitted review. If it's such an issue, take it up with the original author.

what said,

Why? It's a member-submitted review. If it's such an issue, take it up with the original author.

I actually updated my review on another channel but forgot to make the same change on the Neowin thread.

Regardless though, I know how image stabilisation works on dedicated SLR cameras. I've just never encountered (or needed/bothered to) on phone cameras and other similar sized devices which use pixel crop based methods as opposed to hardware gyro based methods found on SLR cameras and lenses.

what said,

Why? It's a member-submitted review. If it's such an issue, take it up with the original author.

Because Neowin published it on the FRONT PAGE, they're responsible for editing the content.

If they posted porn that someone posted in the forums, it would surely be changed... same thing.

andrewbares said,

Because Neowin published it on the FRONT PAGE, they're responsible for editing the content.

If they posted porn that someone posted in the forums, it would surely be changed... same thing.


Updated.

it is a nice looking phone and Samsung did a good job, I just wish it wasn't an android OS because we all know android doesn't or cant take advantage of all the great tech that is on the phone.

korupt_one said,
it is a nice looking phone and Samsung did a good job, I just wish it wasn't an android OS because we all know android doesn't or cant take advantage of all the great tech that is on the phone.

Lol, what?!?! notsureifserious.jpg

How about:

- being able to play N64, PS 1/2 etc. games on the phone
- 1080P video recording (smoothly)
- super fast and smooth in operation
- extremely fast web browsing, just as good as desktop browsing even on flash, gif etc. intensive pages
- watching a video whilst browsing, messaging or whatever else you want to do
- other intensive games such as shadowgun, dead space, GTA etc.
- playing back 1080P films smoothly

Along with many other reasons, oh and to top it off, connecting it to your big TV and having all the above being mirrored on a 42"+ 1080P/I TV

Also along with the great hardware and software optimization, the GS 3 also gets great battery life, which you would not expect considering the screen, 720P 4.8" screen.

If anything android is the only mobile OS that can take advantage of the hardware unlike IOS, windows etc. lol.....................

Nexus18 said,

If anything android is the only mobile OS that can take advantage of the hardware unlike IOS, windows etc. lol.....................

I wouldn't be surprised if Windows Phone one day does all that with just half the horsepower.

FalseAgent said,

I wouldn't be surprised if Windows Phone one day does all that with just half the horsepower.

Maybe it will (most likely is probably a better term) but at the minute it doesn't and by the time it does advance to the same level, android/google may/will have moved on even further then and probably bring something new/unique to the table. Unfortunately no way of knowing how things will go. One thing for sure is that we have reached the point where better hardware is no longer necessary any more, we have all the power we need, now we just need something to use it fully or take advantage of it even more.

Nexus18 said,
- being able to play N64, PS 1/2 etc. games on the phone

Wouldn't that be really hard to control on a touch screen? It's bad enough trying to play 2 button Nintendo games on a phone.

Enron said,

Wouldn't that be really hard to control on a touch screen? It's bad enough trying to play 2 button Nintendo games on a phone.

It is quite hard (particularly for the n64 emulator) but since it is android, you can connect controllers etc. to your mobile and use them instead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46IiRyigUH0

Same can be done with pretty much every other android phone there is, although for some phones you have to root and flash a tweak in order to do the above.

a question that's probably been asked and answered before, but is the only difference between the one from Europe and the US one the processor? same everything else?

Buttus said,
a question that's probably been asked and answered before, but is the only difference between the one from Europe and the US one the processor? same everything else?

Yeah and iirc the USA version also has 2GB RAM as opposed to the 1GB RAM on the europe version.

Buttus said,
a question that's probably been asked and answered before, but is the only difference between the one from Europe and the US one the processor? same everything else?

LTE, snapdragon s4, 2gb ram, crappier gpu