does this have apt-x Bluetooth?
0.86mm thick chassis?
Now that is thin.
Indeed it would be! Now corrected. Apologies.
Had mine a couple of weeks, and I thought the S2 was impressive, this is a whole step up better. The sound quality of spotify "Extreme Quality" through a pair of Etymotic HF3 phones is very good indeed, add dB Poweramp and play some FLAC files and you've got as good a quality travelling music source as you can practically get and use. I've also used it to stream music wirlessly over a network into a TV soundbar / sub system which is ideal for parties etc when perhaps you really don't want to be using your valuable hi fi system.
One of the most useful features is being able to take a screenshot simply by swiping your hand across the screen, very clever.
What reviews don't tell you is how powerful this phone is, and when benchmarked like with Pc hardware, only the HTC X one can compete. The sony Experia S in comparison trails badly.....so much so the company is working on a new phone!! Sony's experia S is a joke of a phone.
E.g Experia S despite its 12mb camera, it compresses the image with no way of adjusting it?? Two cpu cores, we need 4.
I ditched the brand and went samsung....
Nice review. I like you're phone reviews becouse no one else care about audio fidelity which is very important to me.
I must say that I found Amoled display painfully oversaturated on previous galaxy models, which you oddly never mentioned (I don't know if it was hype or what). This time I heared about screen mode called natural, which suppose to have more natural colours. I understand that typical mobile reviewers doesn't care about that, but I find it dissapointing that you again didn't write anything about colour reproduction. I mean you are What Hi-Fi, and only reason I spend time and money with What Hi-Fi is becouse care for high fidelity.
I realy do think that you should pay more attention on this little AV details, even if it's not interesting to most readers, if not you who else will?
I had big concerns regarding the AMOLED display too. Many previous such screens have displayed a colour imbalance of the blue/geen variety (especially on whites) and are too oversaturated.
I must say that I do not see the same issue with the S3. Whites are clean and colour balance is good. Standard and natural modes are best imo.
Well the review does say:
"Most pertinently, video quality is superb. Edges are drawn brilliantly sharply, there's excellent detail – especially with HD videos – and the colour balance is weighted perfectly, with punchy colours alongside rock solid black levels and clean whites.
We simply haven't seen a big-screen smartphone deliver as dynamic and sharp picture as the Galaxy S III delivers."
Great tip Spiceweasel:) That’s really sped the button up!
The small delay from the lock screen is due to the phone waiting to see if you double press the home button, this will activate S Voice btw. You can speed this up by disabling S Voice in the settings. Less than a second on my SIII with S Voice disabled. Can still access it from the apps if needed.
There was also a firmware update last week which seems to have improved a few glitches some people have had with their phones.
Loving my phone so far, 47hrs odd before phone switched off. That is with moderate usage, very impressive by smart phone standards. Bonus being if you are a heavy user you can carry a spare battery with you. The phone is a bit on the slippy side but have cured this with a cheap S LINE tpu case that has a rough texture along the sides below the volume buttons/power key.
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A system with stacks of detail, but its laid-back nature loses too much excitement for our liking
The Note 8.0 might have been a great tablet once, but now it looks outclassed and outdated
A classic example of style over substance. Given tweaks to the sound it could be far better, but that’s not to be for now
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