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Why the Samsung S3 could be the phone of the year

by Sahail Musil on 25 April 2014

mobiledevelopmentcycle The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most popular phones available on the market right now, and it is not hard to see why. While it may not be an iPhone (and that phone is still very much an industry leader) it has so many amazing aspects and features that it has plenty to offer even the most jaded of customers.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the most popular phones available on the market right now, and it is not hard to see why. While it may not be an iPhone (and that phone is still very much an industry leader) it has so many amazing aspects and features that it has plenty to offer even the most jaded of customers.

Your first real bit of excitement comes when you realize that it has a 4.8 inch display. Big enough to show movies with some impact, as well as music videos and games, it is a real selling point of the S3.

Then there is eye tracking. This is part of Samsung's own 'add-on' operating system (or skin), and it is pretty ingenious. The phone will turn on and stay on as long as someone is actually looking at it. A small flashing eye icon comes on when this feature is running, and it generally means that the phone is actively watching you watching it. A little strange as a concept, but definitely something that makes it a little more space age and technologically advanced than its market rivals.

The phone benefits from a quite generous freebie from Samsung. They give you two years of Drop box storage. Drop box is the innovative virtual hard drive that allows you to store pretty much anything on the cloud. With this add-on, Samsung have given you 50GB of storage for two years. If you like keeping your photos and music files in one place without the need for backing up, you've come to the right phone.

Voice assistant

Like Apple, Samsung have attached a voice personal assistant here, called S-Voice. This feature is particularly exciting, in that it can listen to what you say and then respond accordingly. It allows you to send messages, surf the Web, as well as a host of other functions you may want to take advantage of with your phone. It works really well, understanding what you say to it with ease, and providing useful service. It can even make a call for you, as well as the more mundane stuff like tell you what the weather is going to be like. This service is a definite boon for the handset, and makes it real contender against the Apple products.

Like the majority of Samsung handsets, with this one you get Music Hub, which is the music player and store link. This is one of the best players around on the market at the moment for use with a mobile device, and one of the very best features allows it to create custom playlists according to the music you listen to the most. It's high quality stuff, and it allows for a lot of listening pleasure. Thy have also attached a radio app so you can listen to high quality radio output whole on the move. It is the little touches like these that we really appreciate.

You also get S-Planner, which we feel is one of the more accessible calendar apps available today. It has a very easy to use interface, which makes zooming in and out of appointments and events very quick and very easy. We also like the fact that it has a seamless integration with Google Calendar, making it almost impossible to miss out on anything important in your life.

Alongside S Planner comes S Memo, which is a fully featured memo app. It has a lot going for it, with some neat features, like the ability to scribble out a picture or a note rather than just type in the note. This means that it is quite easy to email directions to somewhere, for example, just by drawing a map on S Memo and then shooting the email to someone else.

We really like the slick messaging interface on the S3. You can slide right over a contact's name, for example, and be taken straight into a call. You can slide left over that same contact's name, and a whole host of messaging options comes up. It's quicker than an Apple interface, and we think it makes things a lot smoother if you are trying to reach someone promptly.

The Samsung S3 is a great handset. The jury is out as regards how it fares against the iPhone, but it is still a fun and exciting addition to the Samsung family.

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