Samsung Galaxy S3 Smartphone Review – Design and Performance

In this second and final part of our review, we discuss the design and performance aspects of the Samsung Galaxy S3, one of the most successful smartphone handsets ever released. oppo f17 pro

S3 Design

The Galaxy S3 is surprisingly light and slender considering the size of the screen. It is only 8.6mm thick (the Galaxy S2 was 8.9mm thick) and weighs 133g. By comparison the HTC One X is 8.9mm and 130g whilst the iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick and weighs a feather-light 112g. The new Galaxy S4 with its Sony Xperia Z rivalling 5 inch screen is 7.9mm thick and 130g.

A smoother, rounder look debuts on the S3 taking over from the more rectangular look of its predecessor, the S2. The pebble-style casing reminds us of the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and although doesn’t look that modern, the gentle curves allow the hand to mould around the device. It is good to see that the camera is now almost flush with the main body of the phone as opposed to the slightly ugly and awkward raised lens housing sported by the S2.

As is now standard Android smartphone fare, the three back, home and menu buttons are at the bottom of the screen, with only the home button a physical one, the other two being touch sensitive. The other keys are the power or lock key and the volume rocker switch, both located on the top right-hand side of the casing.

For a once range topping device the S3 feels a little cheap. Too much plastic is definitely the culprit and although it is of good quality, without any nicer materials such as aluminium, titanium or Kevlar (as found on the Motorola Razr i XT890) it really struggles to feel premium. We’d much rather have a little extra weight if it meant we could loose a bit of the plastic.

The acres of smooth plastic also don’t help with the handling of the device as it is often a little too shiny and slippery to be gripped firmly. For those looking for a more upmarket feel, the HTC One, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia T are three smartphones that offers more premium materials.

The S3 is available in blue or white, but as with most of Samsung’s popular handsets, look out for special edition colours such as red, pink or silver in the future.

S3 Performance

The S3 packs a 1.4GHz quad-core processor inside its slender shell, and although the handset has been superseded by the S4 (although not replaced, it is now seen as a ‘budget’ model) it still has more then enough power, both in terms of data processing and graphics rendering. HD video is handled extremely well and general in-use performance feels really slick, lacking the sluggishness often present on lower end handset such as the Nokia Lumia 520 or Sony Xperia J. It also manages to beat the similarly priced Motorola Razr i, for the most part because the Razr relies on a fast but single core only CPU.