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Samsung Galaxy S3: Hands-on first impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S3, it’s finally here, in our offices and in our hands. Blazing 1.4-GHz quad-core Exynos processor coupled with 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and ergonomic, curvaceous pebble like design, this phone is doing something very different to the Samsung Galaxy S2 – it’s going aux natural.

With nature in mind, Samsung are pitching the S3 as the phone made for humans, loaded with a UI called Touch Wiz Nature UX and sensors detecting everything from your eye movement to the environment. The question we’re here to answer though is this: How does the Samsung Galaxy S3 feel after fifteen minutes?

It feels like a phone. A very smart phone, a positively delectable phone but in the wake of all the hype, holding it reminded us, this is a mobile at the heart of it. Still excited? You should be. Offering a similar tactile richness to the HTC One X, just with more gloss, the Samsung Galaxy S3 sits in the hand with a little imposition but no angles. It’s smooth and shiny. We got the white one, though having seen both at the launch event, we definitely prefer the alternative, metalic blue.

The HD Super AMOLED screen shines brightly, popping right out at us and complementing the vibrancy of the Samsung Galaxy S3 user interface exceptionally well. Immediately, it offers responsive tactility and is a comfortable size for our larger than life hands.

Our one gripe with the Samsung Galaxy S3 early on is the back cover. The plastic flexes to the point of terror with every clip on and off, so anyone planning on taking advantage of spare batteries may might want to order themselves spare back covers as well. Otherwise, so far so good. In fact, so far, so very good. 

Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy 3 will be up in the next few days so keep an eye on Recombu for that, however in the meantime we’ll be posting an unboxing video and a what’s in the box to give all you wannabe GS3 owners a holistic taste of what you can expect from Samsung’s ever nearing Galaxy.


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