Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon Wireless 4G-LTE Network

Samsung Galaxy S3Verizon Wireless was kind enough to send over an evaluation unit. First impression, nice phone, like the style, like the rounded edges. Compared to some other phones, this one is easy to hold and doesn’t cut into your hand with hard corners.  The screen is impressive, with the 1280 x 720 resolution on a 4.8″ screen size makes for great web browsing and the keyboard is easy to use in the portrait mode.  I like the native Samsung keyboard as well. After playing with the keyboard, you have the ability to trace letters and entire words onto the keyboard area by touching the pencil at the bottom.  On some apps you are also able to speak where you would like to type.  The Gmail client allowed me to fill the entire email out and push the done key to send an email.  I am impressed with the accuracy of the voice recognition software on the phone.  Even better is the S Voice app from Samsung, right out of the box without training the phone, you can begin to send text messages, and make phone calls by just activating the S Voice app.  The default activation words are “Hi Galaxy”, but when you setup the app you can choose any activation words you want.  You can also double tap the home key to activate the voice command software.

I am looking forward to playing with the other features of the Samsung Galaxy S III phone over the next couple of days.  For those looking there is a spec sheet listed below.

Camera

  • Camera: 8.0MP rear facing camera with zero shutter lag and LED Flash, 1.9 MP front facing camera
  • Camcorder: 1080p HD video capture (rear camera), 720p HD Video Capture (front facing camera)

Video

  • HD video, 720p HD on–device viewing
  • DivX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8
  • Video Player

Music

  • Audio Formats Supported: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Music Player
  • Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack

Bluetooth 4.0

  • Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Stereo, Phonebook Access, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only), Human Interface Device, and MAP Profiles

Web

  • Mobile Hotspot Capable
  • Video Chat/Conference Capable
  • Backup Assistant Capable
  • Wi–Fi® Capable (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Wi–Fi® Direct
  • DNLA Capable
  • Gmail; Google Talk; YouTube™, Google Calendar, Google Search, Google Maps, Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, Latitude, Google +, Places, Play Store
  • Over 400,000 apps & widgets available on Play Store
  • Device Software Update – upgrade firmware over the air

Communication

  • Text, Picture & Video Messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • Speech to Text Feature
  • Integrated Google Mobile Services , Microsoft Outlook Exchange contacts & calendar
  • S–Beam
  • Allshare Play
  • Shareshot
  • Face Unlock
  • Media Hub
  • S–Suggest (app recommendation engine)
  • Tools: Calculator, Alarm Clock, World Clock, Stop Watch, Timer, Calendar, Memo & Voice Commands
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Phonebook capacity dependant upon available memory
  • A–GPS/E911
  • TTY Compatible
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4

Specifications

Network
  • LTE, CDMA/PCS/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
Dimensions
  • Dimensions: 5.4” x 2.8” x .3”
  • Weight: 4.7 oz.
Operating System
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich Platform
Display
  • 4.8” 1280×720 16M HD Super AMOLED™ display
Keyboard
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
Battery
  • Standard Battery – 2100 mAh
  • Usage time – up to 15 hours OR; Standby time – up to 200 hrs
SAR
  • Head: 0.48 W/kg ; Body–worn 1.29W/kg
Memory / Processor
  • Dual core 1.5GHz processor & 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal memory (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • Supports up to 64GB microSD card (sold separately)

 

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