New Gamer Nation is back with the fourth installment of our series highlighting the gaming capabilities of smartphones. Today, our efforts are focused on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Can this latest Galaxy S series smartphone lift off and become one of the best gaming smartphones out there?
As a reminder, our cell phone series is solely focused on the important aspects of gaming.
Screen: 8 out of 10
The Galaxy S series has always had top-of-the-line screens. Again, Samsung has not disappointed its legions of worldwide users. The screen is a whopping 4.8 inches, almost large enough to be classified as a “Phablet” (phone-tablet hybrid); however, by measuring less than 5 inches, the average consumer will not be put off by its size.
The screen is a full-color OLED, packing 720 x 1280 pixels and providing 16.7 million colors. This large, vibrant display provides a great experience for all gamers. However, there is one negative that prevented the screen from obtaining a full 10 out of 10: when on the beach, near the pool, or during any outside activity, the screen can become hard to see. Luckily, this is a minimal inconvenience which is not important enough to sway most minds.
Chipset-and-OS: 10 out of 10
The Samsung Galaxy S3 runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out the box. While this is not the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich does tend to provide users with the best experience. This stable version OS provides little need to constantly reset your device, which allows for constant switching from your favorite mobile game to the normal, everyday uses of your smartphone. Additionally, Samsung has not shut the door on a potential upgrade to Jelly Bean, which is the current version of Android.
The Galaxy S3 is powered by a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor. This beast of a processor can handle even the most complex games.
Availability of games: 10 out 10
The open platform that Google created has allowed for great expansion in the mobile gaming world. There are all types of games available for all levels of gaming. Even though the device runs Ice Cream Sandwich and not Jelly Bean, this can be a positive. Since developers can be caught playing catch-up when the new OS goes to market, Ice Cream Sandwich will ensure a positive gaming experience.
Battery Life: 10 out 10
The phone is powered by a removable 2100 mAh Li-ion battery. This herculean battery provides users with 15 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby time. Users who have adopted Android devices in the past have always complained about poor battery life; Galaxy S3 users will not have this problem. The average gamer/user will easily be able to unplug in the morning and have enough juice until they get home.
This is the easily the best gaming phone to date that New Gamer Nation has reviewed. If you’re due for an upgrade anytime soon, you could do much worse than the Samsung Galaxy S 3.
Today, New Gamer Nation gives the Samsung Galaxy S3 a 9.5 out of 10. Be sure to leave your comments below on whether or not you agree.