Samsung Galaxy S3 Jelly Bean Review
Androids Jelly Bean has a lot to offer and is said to be the most stable Android OS yet. So what happens when it’s paired with one of the most powerful phones around today?
Let’s start with project butter, it promises better and smoother animations with consistent sixty frame rates per second. The concept sounds simple but the results are better than you would expect. The interface was already fluid but with Jelly Bean added to the mix the animations are simply great. Opening applications, browsing through the app drawer, switching between applications, and swapping between home screens feels smooth as ever. Jelly Bean also offers a new and improved notification area/window. You will now find a brightness control scrubber which is something that was missing from many previous updates, this gives you much easier and better access to your brightness control and if you are someone who likes to have a decent amount of battery health this feature will definitely come in handy. The clock and date design has also been slightly tweaked. You will now see a bigger and more noticeable digital clock with the date placed at the top. Speaking of notifications you can now expand individual notification as you wish. For example if you receive a message it will naturally pop up in your notification area, now what you can do is simply expand it (similar to the multi touch zoom function). This will reveal a few extra lines of the message and when you’re done simply use the opposite gesture and collapse them again. Then we have the Home screen mode. This feature lets you switch between two different kinds of home screen arrangements, basic and easy. You can switch between them as you wish but they both have their specific purpose. The Basic mode is your usual Samsung look. You will get your usual widgets and shortcuts. The Easy Mode on the other hand will trigger a few newer more efficient widgets with larger and more accessible buttons. You also get favorite contacts, favorite applications and surprisingly a keypad n your homescreen. This was clearly designed with minimalistic design in mind. You can also modify these modes as you wish and they will be saved automatically, which is very useful if you want to use different layouts for different situations which is similar to HTC’s Scene modes. With Jelly Bean widgets are now much more customizable and easy to use. They automatically resize and reshuffle. Now if you try to add a widget onto a home screen that doesn’t have ample space it will automatically resize and reposition for you. Moving on to folders, with Jelly Bean folders are clearly much more efficient and easier to manage. You can now simply tap and hold your home screen to create folders (something that was only available with third party applications before). The newer folder icons are also much more noticeable and feel clearer to the eye, though some might still prefer the old design because of its mini icon app preview of the contents inside. The settings menu has also been redesigned and feels much more efficient than before.
The Jelly Bean update gave the Samsung galaxy S3 a minor but satisfying performance boost, Take a look at the benchmarks below:
As seen in the chart above though minor the Jelly Bean update overall improved the already great performance of Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Despite being nearly undetectable in real life, this definitely gives the Samsung Galaxy S3 more bragging rights when it comes to performance.
Camera and Battery:
As expected the Jelly Bean update didn’t make any drastic improvements when it came to the camera, the only noticeable difference was brighter pictures with more accurate colors. However the battery performance changed a lot after the Jelly Bean update, Take a look at the benchmarks below:
As you can see Jelly Bean made a noticeable difference when it came to the battery life. As for the better video playback time of ICS, that’s because Jelly Bean consumes more GPU power then ICS. But the overall battery life is definitely better than what it was.
It’s safe to say that Jelly Bean is the best and most stable Android OS yet and Samsung Galaxy S3’s lightweight UI, powerful hardware and above average optimization makes full use of its potential.