The highly anticipated follow-up to its popular S2 model, there were high hopes for the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Officially released in the UK this month, the Galaxy S3 has been a buzzword in the world of technology for many months – but how is it performing now that it’s out in the real world?
Considering the device racked up an impressive nine million pre-orders prior to its official release, many would expect it to be performing well.
Yet, while it has been labelled as ‘more popular than the iPhone’, it has been criticised as being inferior to the Nokia Lumia 900 – so where does that leave us Galaxy fans?
Samsung Galaxy S3 specs and features
Kitted out with a fairly impressive selection of features, the Galaxy S3 boasts some decent specifications.
However, in comparison to the Nokia Lumia 900, some have suggested the phone falls short of expectations, with some of its dimensions more impressive on paper than they are in real life.
A perfect example of this is the S3′s expansive 4.87 inch touchscreen display. While such figures inspired enthusiasm before its release, they are now being labelled as ‘too big’ by some reviewers who find the phone’s size cumbersome when it comes to everyday use.
Of course, while certain features may let the side down a little, the S3 still performs well when it comes to technical aspects.
A powerful quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 8MP camera capable of HD (1080p) video recording, 1GB RAM and up to 64GB of memory, with the option to extend this via a microSD card slot, are specifications which are hard to argue with.
In this respect, the S3 could be seen to offer the best credentials of any high-end smartphone currently on the market.
Perhaps this is the reason why a recent report by the uSwitch.com Mobile Tracker revealed the Samsung S3 is more popular than the iPhone4S.
Samsung Galaxy S3: sufficient but unimpressive?
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has performed well after its enthusiastic release, although there are claims that the device lacks the ‘wow’ factor which mobile users are so desperate to see.
Being labelled as inferior to the Nokia Lumia 900 but superior to the iPhone4S, the future of the S3 remains somewhat uncertain and it will be interesting to see how it fares when the eagerly awaited iPhone5 is released later this year.