Have Android Smartphones Become Boring?
No, because –
Compact camera convergence is getting closer
Once upon a time, people would often complain about the lack of optical zooms in cameras. We did too at times. But then folk started to realise that there were bigger problems – autofocus speed, features and low-light performance. Oh and that having a great big lens sticking out the back of your phone was never going to be a good look.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 offers a bunch of neat features that bring it closer to a dedicated camera feel. Its snapper is extremely brisk to focus and initiate, can shoot upto 20 shots in quick succession and offers group tagging and a best shot mode. The latter shoots a bunch of images and automatically selects the one it thinks is the best. Its sensor may only have eight megapixels to its name – phones of this spec have been around since 2008 – but it should turn out to be a little special.
It may be the best mobile media player, ever
Samsung packs more video skills into its phones than just about any other major manufacturer. And it’s no different here. The Galaxy S3 supports a wide array of codecs, and with a powerful quad-core processor it should be able to hack 1080p video files without any fuss. Codecs in on the action include DivX, WMV 7/8 and Sorensen Spark. We imagine it’ll be able to handle MKV and Xvid too.
Perhaps even more impressive is its dedication to audio fans. On top of the standard Android music types, it can play OGG and FLAC, and also supports the apt-X Bluetooth codec. Matched with expandable memory, the Galaxy S3 should make one of the best music players, ever.
It takes NFC a step further
NFC, or Near Field Communication is one of the key mobile features that could change the way people behave over the next few years. The Samsung Galaxy S3 tries pretty hard to use the NFC chip built into the phone. S Beam is a development of the NFC file transfer feature seen in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, making it all the more useful. You can transfer a movie to another phone within about three minute – much, much faster than it’d take to download it with most broadband connections.
In similar fashion, the Samsung Galaxy S3 features an optimised Siri-style voice recognition app called S Voice. The jury’s out on quite how effective it is, though. We’ll be back with the verdict in our full review.
So, boring or brilliant?
Just a few hours after the phone has been unveiled, we have to admit we haven’t been bowled over by the Samsung Galaxy S3. Without any dazzling stand-out features, it is – to use a commonly-cited saying – an evolution rather than a revolution. But it’s one we’d love to live with thanks to its dazzling, class-leading video and audio abilities.