Galaxy S3 - £280
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Samsung Galaxy S3
The Galaxy S3 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on a version of Android KitKat that has been augmented with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. It holds the title of 'most popular Android phone of all time' having sold more than 60 million units worldwide. It was the most advanced phone available when released in 2012 and has a spec sheet comparable to many more recently released handsets.
This phone has a 4.8 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 306PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Galaxy S3 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 1.9MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.4GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 73 out of 100.
The Galaxy S3 has an estimated battery life of around 22 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2100mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Galaxy S3 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Galaxy S3 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Galaxy S3 is able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). It has NFC which enables you to make contactless payments and wirelessly share files with your friends. It is also able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Samsung S3 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It can integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Galaxy S3 has a premium feature list and powerful quad core processor. This combined with its stylish design means that it is still a real competitor and one to seriously consider if you are looking for a device in mid-range smartphone market.