Now you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3, you’re probably going to want to accessorise a little bit.
Why not check out our best accessories for the Galaxy S3 and make the most of the Android beast’s capabilities?
With such a stunning screen, you don’t want the display all scratched up. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case comes in a range of colours and attaches to your phone by replacing the battery cover.
It may be a little more expensive than cheap imitations, but it does the job perfectly, keeping the profile of the Galaxy S3 nice and slim, just as it should be.
Want to watch your video content on the big screen? Samsung’s HDMI adaptor allows you to watch all the content from your phone on your TV, whether you want to view YouTube content, a video you made with the camera, photos, documents, games or anything else.
You will need to buy an HDMI cable too, but you can pick one up for a little over £1 on Amazon.
The Globalgig Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to data roam in the US, UK and Australia for just £15 a month. The device will cost £79 upfront, but can save you hundreds, or even thousands of pounds if you’re a frequent traveller.
Although the device will only work in the US and Australia at the moment, it should be heading to Europe and other territories by the end of 2013. Just like a regular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, it has its own data connection and connects to your phone as a Wi-Fi network.
Keep your Samsung Galaxy S3 juiced up at all times with this cover for it. Although it makes the S3 looks a little chunkier, it will give you an extra 2200mAh of battery power while on the move.
The case charges via your standard microUSB charger and when the battery on your phone gets low, just turn the case on and it’ll start transferring power from the case to your phone.
A bonus addition is a hidden kickstand, putting your Galaxy S3 at the perfect angle for watching TV or a film on your journey to and from work.
We’ve been big fans of Etymotic earphones for a while and the HF2s double up as a handsfree kit too.
The in-ear ‘phones come with a range of different sized flanges to fit in any ear canal size, but if you really want to splash the cash, go for the custom fit solution, which costs an extra £100, but is well worth it for the most amazing sound experience you’ve ever felt. Etymotic EF2s come in a range of colours too. We prefer the red.
Certain owners of the Samsung Galaxy S3 are still using the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on their handset, while some others such as Verizon Wireless users have only just received the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update. Almost two weeks ago though Samsung begun pushing out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system to owners, and now the software update has begun reaching some more users.
The company first began the staggered rollout of the new firmware earlier this month but there are still many users that have yet to receive the new software, but as SamMobile are reporting the update has now reached owners of the smartphone in Korea.
Owners that have the SHW-M440S, SHV-E210S, SHV-E210K and SHV-E210L models of the Korean Galaxy S3 can get the new software via the Samsung KIES desktop application or via the settings on the actual handset.
This latest version of the Android Jelly Bean software will again put US owners of the Galaxy S3 behind users in Europe and Korea, which brings with it a number of new features including some that are found on the Galaxy Note 2.
One of these is the Multi View feature that allows users to run two applications at once and split the display into two sections with each one running a separate application. Other new features will include such things as Page Buddy, customizable Notification panel, and a new keyboard that is similar to the Gesture controlled keyboard that is found in Android 4.2.
Hopefully more countries in Europe will also receive the update in the coming days but there is no telling how long it will take individual carriers to give the firmware update the ok and push it out to customers, as for the time being it seems only unlocked versions of the Galaxy S3 are receiving it.
At the time of writing I have again checked my own Galaxy S3 for the availability of the update without any success. Previously it has been suggested that the handset along with the Galaxy Note 2 will get Android 4.2 early next year, but how long it will take to reach users in the US is anybody’s guess. You would have thought though that the likes of Verizon will get the next update pushed out quicker than it did for the upgrade from Android ICS.
Has your Samsung Galaxy S3 received Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean yet?
While all eyes might be on the Samsung Galaxy S3, I’ve been spending time with another flagship Android handset, Sony’s Xperia S. It’s a masculine looking smartphone which has a lot going for it, but there are a few issues in Sony’s first Android powered handset that will make a lot of people think careful before any potential purchase.
Following Sony’s acquisition of the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S is the first ’100% Sony’ smartphone to be released. In parts it does feel rather rushed – the Sony Ericsson logo is prominent on the rear of the handset for some reason, while there are mentions of the joint venture still lingering in the UI and casing.
Attention to detail lifts any smartphone out of the world of ‘stock Android handsets’ and while Sony has made a number of efforts to make the handset feel ‘Sony’ and not ‘Google’ errors like the above undo the effort rather quickly. I want to see my smartphone manufacturers sweat the small software details as well as the broad strokes in the hardware and manufacturing process.
For the technically minded, the Xperia S has a 1.5Ghz dual core Scorpion CPU, the Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU, 1GB of Ram, 32GB of internal storage, no support for memory cards or additional storage, and a 1750 mAh sealed battery.
While many people do buy their handsets on the strength of a spec list, I don’t think that’s a huge percentage. Those that do are going to make a bee-line straight to the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S3, which is marginally ahead in the numbers game when compared to the Xperia S.
Up until the S3 was launched, the Xperia’s big advantage was the screen size – at 4.3 inches and a pixel resolution of 720×1280 it was one of the most densely packed screens in the Android world. Even though it is ‘just TFT LCD’ the Xperia S screen is impressive. The Galaxy S3 might be Super AMOLED with the same resolution, but at 4.8″ the larger physical size on the S3 does lead to some issues in terms of handling that the Xperia S does not experience – such as one handed operation. With a relatively small bezel around the screen, the Xperia S is as close to a one-handed smartphone as any other 4.3 inch Android device.
Acronyms aside the display looks gorgeous.
The Xperia S excels with its camera – a 12 megapixel shooter, capable of recording in HD with a 16x digital zoom. It’s still not comparable to a digital SLR but it’s sufficiently high quality to replace any point and shoot camera in your pocket. It’s also very fast in terms of taking a second shot. With nifty fingers it is possible to take a second shot in under a second.
There’s something utilitarian about the design of the Xperia S. The angular lines are only broken apart by two elements – the slight curvature on the back panel that helps the handset sit in the palm of your hand, and the clear perspex strip at the base of the device.
If you look carefully through the strip, you’ll see a tiny criss-cross pattern of wires, part of the radio system on the device. You’ll also spot the three Android buttons of back, home and menu. For the first few days I was pressing these , hoping for the function, when the actual capacitive key is just above the bar, signified by three white dots on the casing. The perspex bar gives just enough feedback to my fingertips so I know where to press for the three default keys, but it is disconcerting for the first few days to hit the perspex bar and see nothing happen. This may catch many people out when they try the device in a store.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III
Android 4.0 phone is generating so much buzz, you could almost forget the Olympics are being held this summer.
U.S. fans of the Galaxy S series have been closer to the back of the line this go-round, as the flagship Android phone is rolling out elsewhere across the globe while we twiddle our thumbs over elder-generation smartphones. Finally, the picture is becoming a little less cloudy as to when the S III will finally land stateside.
We already know that T-Mobile and Sprint will start selling the thin taste of Ice Cream Sandwich on June 21, but now it appears that ATT is telling customers who preorder the Galaxy S III that they can expect it to ship on June 18, according to droidmatters.
As for Big Red, Droid Life says Verizon customers who preorder are seeing messages that the phone will ship by July 9th, but there’s also evidence from Best Buy that it could be as soon as June 28.
There could be another bit of good news for current Verizon subscribers who are on one of those grandfathered unlimited data plans. Folks who preorder the Galaxy S III are being given the option to port that unlimited data plan over to the new phone without any hassle. Verizon had previously said it would begin moving off those unlimited plans as it updated to 4G plans, but it seems that may not always be the case, especially when you’re trying to push a cherry phone like the Galaxy S III. Sprint will also be offering an unlimited data option for the GS3.
Then again, these are the carriers we’re talking about, and the sweetest deals can sour pretty quickly. In fact, there’s one pretty big wild card out there right now threatening to keep our galaxies and the Galaxy S III from colliding — Apple has requested an injunction that would keep the Samsung phone from hitting U.S. shelves, claiming it infringes on two of Apple’s patents.
(Via Boy Genius Report)
Samsungs Philip Berne, a marketing manager, discussed the PenTile instead of RGB matrix decision. (RGB stands for “red green blue,” referring to the subpixel matrix used in displays. The PenTile pixel system uses sub-pixels in a different formation than do RGB displays.)
Berne told MobileBurn that the choice came down to durability and longevity. Samsung, he said, determined that PenTile AMOLED displays have proven to be more reliable than those with RGB layouts.
Displays that use AMOLED technology have a tendency to deteriorate over time. Blue subpixels on AMOLED displays degrade the fastest, quicker than the red or green subpixels. With a PenTile layout, the subpixels are arranged RGBG (red, green, blue, green), so they feature more green subpixels and fewer red or blue subpixels than an RGB format.
As a result, AMOLED displays with a PenTile layout have a longer lifespan than those with RGB layouts.
Those who have panned the PenTile arrangement in the past complained that the screen does not look as crisp as an RGB display and that, with the PenTile display, images may appear fuzzy around the edges. Berne, however, pointed out in MobileBurn that improvements were made. He said that, in comparison with the 4.65-inch 720p Super AMOLED screen on the Google Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung 4.8-inch display on the Galaxy S3 features smaller gaps in its subpixel matrix, to minimize fringing effects in a PenTile layout.
Still, it seems that the PenTile decision this week has generated mixed reactions, if not emotions, from smartphone bloggers and developers. No plus here, was one reaction to the news that the panel is featuring a PenTile RBGB pixel arrangement. Another comment was Nice processor, shame about the PenTile.
Longevity may be a bigger plus, however, for average Samsung consumers than for a more demanding, pixel-sensitive, user base. Whats more, favorable reactions among Samsung Galaxy S3 reviewers were also forthcoming. They said they found no problem created by the display design.
We really could not see any issues with the screen, wrote Dan Seifert in MobileBurn. Elsewhere, several Android forum contributors said that PenTile effects can only be seen if you are really looking for them.
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