Contacts and Setup
Getting the Galaxy S3 all setup with your contacts, Calendars and social networks is a doddle as on most Androids, though Samsung has complicated things a teensy weensy bit as neither the Facebook nor Twitter apps come preinstalled. Moreover twitter isn't integrated into your contacts, with only Facebook info being pulled in along with your Google account info.
This is all a bit strange when many rivals come with all these built in – the iPhone being the obvious exception. However, the overall contacts interface is decent.
Samsung has replaced the standard Android Calendar with its S Planner app, which is a move fraught with pitfalls. However the app is actually very slick and didn't leave us wanting during our testing.
We were amazed at how good the call quality of the S3 is. Both received and transmitted audio was of a very high standard and notably free of noise. Signal strength also seemed good, though obviously this is a very variable factor depending on networks and such like.
There's little to shout about when it comes to the S3's messaging abilities. Android is excellent for SMS, email and instant messaging and Samsung hasn't changed things enough to break this. The only complaint we have is the colour scheme – all those lurid colours on a black background look distinctly inelegant.
As with messaging, the core Android experience is so good for web browsing that Samsung hasn't needed to change much, so hasn't. Flash is supported so sites like just as they do on a proper PC, and because the phone is so fast Flash elements don't slow the phone down too much either.
Again, there's only one little complaint we have which is that there are no navigation or function buttons arranged along the bottom of the screen where they're easy to reach one-handed. To add a bookmark, switch tabs and everything else, you need to go all the way to the menu at the top – often a two handed job.