Samsung Galaxy SIII
While this is all a little hyperbolic, the nature theme is certainly present when you handle the phone for the first time.
Brushed polycarbonate – you’ve got a choice of ‘Marble White’ and ‘Pebble Blue’ – adorns the large device, which runs in with dimensions of 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, despite still having to pack in a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen.
If you’ve come straight here and looked at the score, let us put it into some kind of context for you: we agonised about whether this was another five star phone in the same mould as the Samsung Galaxy S2 – but simply put, it doesn’t have the same wow factor.
There is still room for improvement here. Whether it could be achieved without a massively adverse effect on cost, we don’t know, but there are some things that could be added on future models to make it impossible to not buy.
If the Samsung Galaxy S3 had landed with a premium metallic shell, in the same vein as the HTC One S for instance, any question of design standards would have been obliterated.
The email client, the Mac support and the overall erratic nature of the UI at times don’t scream ‘high end’ to us, and for a five star rating we have to be amazed constantly.
And other little things such as S Voice and Smart Stay not being quite up to the task just yet mean it’s hard to state this is a phone almost without flaw, especially given the competition it faces.
But make no mistake: it is the best smarpthone on the market. It’s got every kind of feature we could ask for and more, and raises the bar once again in terms of what consumers should be expecting in terms of battery life, processor speed and media management.