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Smartphones galore this holiday season

Gulf News takes a look at some of the best smartphones in the market to help people narrow down their choices.


Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Electronics flagship product – Galaxy S3 – is powered by 1.4GHz quad core Exynos processor and features 1GB of RAM.

The 4.8-inch, 1280 x 720 pixel, Super HD Amoled display is massive, sharp and bright.

The S3 ships with Android Jelly Bean operating system with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface on top of it. It has a voice-recognition app which Samsung calls SVoice, which is the company’s challenger to Apple’s Siri.

Pop Up Play allows videos stored on the S III to play in a pop-up window (just like picture-in-picture on a TV) so you can watch a video and perform other tasks at the same time.

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If you want to share photos with other Galaxy S III owners and let them keep the files, you have to use a different feature called Share Shot, which automatically distributes the photos you’re taking by sending them over WiFi to other S3 handsets on your WiFi network.

When you’re composing a text message on the S3 and then bring the phone close to your ear, it automatically dials the person you were messaging.

Samsung has added its own NFC sharing system called S Beam, which shares files when the two devices are tapped together, but it only works with Galaxy S III phones.

The Smart Stay uses the S3’s 1.9-megapixel front camera to detect when you’re looking at the phone or not. The rear shooter is a very capable 8-megapixel unit that’s paired with an LED flash.

It is priced at Dh2,399 for 16GB.