Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III and S III Mini in South Africa

Yet another price comparison.


Admittedly the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is out of the range of many users.  For this reason, I have decided to check out how much it would cost to get either the Samsung Galaxy S III or the little brother, S III Mini on contract or cash. Continue reading Pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S III and S III Mini in South Africa

Samsung Galaxy S III – Audio demonstration and opinion

Thanks to Samsung, I am able to bring you a taste of the new Samsung Galaxy s III.

Specifications are at the end of this post.



Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

  • EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHZ)
  • HSPA+ 21 (850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • WiFi Direct
  • GAP, SSP, HSP, HFP1.5, A2DP, SPP, OPP, PBAP, MAP, AVRCP 1.3, HID NFC available
  • DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support
  • KIES, KIES Air support


  • 16M
  • 4.8″
  • 720 x 1280 (HD)


  • 16 / 32 / 64GB


  • Marble White

Services and Applications

  • Samsung Apps available
  • Game hub
  • ChatON available
  • ActiveSync available
  • B-to-B Compability : Sybase / Webex / Device encryption / Cisco etc.


  • Android 4.0 (ICS)


  • 2,100 mAh
  • Upto 1,300 min (2G) / upto 650 min (3G)
  • Upto 900 hrs (2G) / upto 750 hrs (3G)


  • Quad Core Application Processor
  • 1.4GHz CPU Speed


  • USB2.0
  • 3.5pi, Stereo
  • MicroSD (upto 64GB)
  • MicroSIM
  • Micro USB available
  • MHL available

Audio and Video

  • MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1. DivX, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, DivX 3.11
  • Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback
  • Recording up to 30fps
  • MP3, AMR-NB / WB, AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Physical Specification

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133g


  • 8 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear)
  • CMOS , 1.9MP
  • LED (1EA)


  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, RGB Light, Barometer sensor


  • Assisted GPS / GLONASS available

Please note: Features & Specifications may vary per country and are subject to change without prior notice

Samsung Galaxy S III, accessibility, part one

5:23 PM

After a full charge and having inserted the Micro Sim into the S III, I asked my Brother-in-Law to tell me what screen I was on after I’ve turned the phone on.

It turned out that the phone had to go through a reset for us to get back on the setup screen.

Once on the setup screen, I attempted to draw the rectangle that supposedly would activate Google’s Talkback. I even asked my Brother-in-law to draw it as well.

Just to make double sure that I wasn’t dreaming, I pulled up the Youtube video, showing in detail how to draw this miraculous rectangle but, to no avale; TalkBack was as silent as a Samsung S III that’s not in the mood of talking to a blind bat.

I then asked him to go through the setup and we quickly activated the accessibility feature in settings/system..

I then tried the touch-and-explore feature but, this seem to have been broken somewhere along the line. I don’t know if is just isn’t my day but, moving my finger across the screen actually activated stuff and I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

I’m going to install Mobile accessibility in a moment, just to see what level of accessibility I can gain on this device.

Until then, take care.

6:11 PM

It turned out that there was an option that my brother-in-law overlooked.
He had to tick the option that said: [explore by touch].

So, for now, I’ll hold on with installing Mobile Accessibility. I’ll do that tomorrow.

I’d honestly say that my biggest gripe with getting started was the fact that I couldn’t get the speech to work without sighted assistance. It would have been nice to get this beauty to speak without intervention.

Anyway, I can now safely say that I am on track.

Just a note about unboxing:
The outer shell of the box has two parts. The bottom part is the deeper part and the second part covers the bottom one half way. This is now when the box is laying horizontal.
The phone is laid out in the bottom or the deeper part of the box but, it is right on top. So, if you are opening the box, be careful that you don’t open the box upsidedown; I doubt if you’d want the phone to fall, first thing, out of the box.

It comes with a few booklets, in various languages, a headset, USB cable that can be used as both a data cable and a charger by plugging it into the USB charger. All this is packed neatly right at the bottom of the box.

There’s a few modifications that I’ve already made to the phone but, I will tell you about those in the next post, in the podcast.

For now, I’d say that it is going to take a bit of practice to get use to the accessibility on this phone. I will look at the keyboard, making and receiving phone calls, the features available, etc. in my next post.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S III

Hopefully by next week, we might get the Samsung Nexus back after a software update.

According to reports, the update of ICS addressed various accessibility issues. We’ll have to wait and see.

The availability of the Samsung Galaxy S III is also somewhat of a challenge. I know that many of you have asked me to do a review of this beauty however, this phone is in such high demand, that they can only let me have one of the test phones in July.

I promise, I will post news the moment I get it.

Hang on and don’t upgrade just yet….