Quick hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S III

I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time now and finally today I managed to spend some time with the Galaxy S III at a Croma. Here are some quick observations. 

  • Isn’t as ugly as I thought it would be. At the same time the design is absolutely uninspiring. Only thing I liked about it is the way the keys below the display are completely invisible until they light up. 
  • The size and weight seem about right for a phone with a display that big. I didn’t have a One X side by side to compare but the S III definitely felt a bit more compact. It’s also very light but feels well built nonetheless. 
  • The display looks stunning. I knew despite what the PenTile matrix layout might suggest, the quality is going to be excellent. The display on the One X is still a tiny bit better but overall they are both very similar and very good. 
  • Performance was really good. The phone never lagged or stuttered and everything was smooth. 
  • TouchWiz is still tacky. It is severely toned down compared to older Samsung phones but it still looks bad. I’m not a big fan of Sense either but I gotta say, it does look a lot better than the TouchWiz on the S III. Having said that, as with previous versions, Samsung’s UI is very functional with some clever functions thrown in, such as the shortcuts in the notification screen. 

That’s about all I could gather in ten minutes. I wish I could say I’ll write more when I get a review unit but with Samsung India not giving out any of those that’s gonna happen. 

Still, if I had to choose between this and the One X, I’d go with the latter. The Galaxy S III is a good smartphone, but the One X has a significantly better design and UI and the display is also a tiny bit better. In every other aspect, the two are mostly identical. The One X is also cheaper, which further helps its case. 

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