The Galaxy S III has been a runaway smash hit for Samsung. The 4G LTE enabled smartphone has zoomed past the 50 million global units sold mark, and is closing in on 60 million sales. The popularity of the phone is a combination of its wafer thin and light form factor, large high-resolution display, speedy processor and high-end feature package. And while the handset has multiple Android features which are popular with smartphone shoppers, it also delivers voice-activated controls.
Like most phones there are voice dialing features, but Samsung added a really smart camera steadying capability to their Galaxy S III camera. Here’s how it works. The 8.0 megapixel camcorder/camera built into the back of the Galaxy S III has optional voice controls. To activate the voice activation the camera offers, go to Settings > Language and input > Voice command for apps > Camera. This will allow you to use voice commands such as “Shoot” when you want to take a picture instead of having to physically tap your phone.
We have all taken pictures with our smartphones that looked like they were going to be outstanding, but as soon as we tapped our phones and moved the touchscreen, we ended up with an off-center or out of focus shot. This feature keeps you from having to tap a physical or virtual shutter button and jostle your phone, ensuring that your shot is steady and in focus every time. Another benefit of this feature? While Apple talks up its Siri virtual personal assistant, it does not have this voice activated camera feature.
That rear facing camera also delivers a built-in LED flash and back illuminated sensor (BSI), making shot taking and video capture at night simple and effective. The Galaxy S III camera also delivers high-end features like a CMOS image sensor, simultaneous high definition video and image capture, a multishot burst mode and high dynamic range mode (HDR). Video is captured in 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1,080P HD resolution) and at a rate of 30 frames per second.
There is also a front facing chat cam of VGA quality which offers Skype and video call support. Built-in online services include Facebook, YouTube, Picasa and Twitter, and the phone was recently spotted running on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network offered at a price of $29 on contract. The slim and lightweight phone measures just 0.34 inches (8.6 mm) in thickness, and weighs just 4.70 ounces (133 g). The large 4.80 inch screen offers a resolution of 720 by 1,280 pixels, and the handset is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core central processor.