Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Review: Buy or Move On?

By posted on April 2, 2015 8:00PM

Samsung has launched many devices in the country since last year and from the last year they are not seeing a huge amount of profit which they saw a few years back. Apple the arch enemy of Samsung is going to take their place if the Korean tech giant didn’t do anything. Apple launches only high end smartphones, but the Korean tech giant launches both high end and low end devices. So, they have launched a budget friendly device named Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo to gain some attention.

5The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is a mid-range budget friendly device which can be quite healthy to the Korean tech giant. Well, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was a major hit and the Neo variant can provide similar results too. The device is having some nice specifications and also, you should know that it is a budget friendly smartphone. So, if you are looking forward to buy this handset then, you have arrived at the right place as today, we are going to tell you whether to buy this handset or not via our Samsung  Galaxy S3 Neo Review.

What’s in the box?

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo
  • User Manual
  • Warranty
  • Charger
  • USB to microUSB based data cable
  • Headphones


Design, Display and Touchscreen:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo comes with the old Samsung’s complicated design which no one love these a days and that is why the Korean tech giant has changed their Galaxy S6’s design to gain some attention. The Galaxy S3 Neo is big and it is having a 5-inch multi-touch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display which offers a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The device is solid and it feels solid in the hands. The drop test of this mobile is not done but we can assure you that it can break. It is not a rugged device too. So, you cannot expect some high end features from this smartphone.

The design is old and there are same speaker grills present on the back and the display is quite convincing. If we compare this handset to the other smartphones then, we can see that the others are taking away the race as they have better design and better display. The touchscreen of this handset is nice and it is very sensitive. So, you need not to worry about the touchscreen but if you like the design then go ahead for it. In this price range, there are many smartphones like Huawei Honor 4X, Asus Zenfone 5 and Micromax Canvas Nitro 311. They can give tough competition to this smartphone also by paying less you can get the Micromax Yu Yureka and with this device you can enjoy the Android Lollipop too as the Cyanogen OS 11 is there and it will receive the Cyanogen Oxygen very soon.

4The device is having an okay pixel density and the brightness of this handset is quite okay. There are no special features which we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S4 but there is Smart View. The brightness and the display are not exceptional and that is why the battery life is good too. At the bottom end of the front side there are three buttons. The two capacitive buttons are there surrounding the menu button. So, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is not having something very unique or bright or special in this segment.

Keyboard and Speakers:

The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo comes with a 5-inch screen and thus, it provides enough room to the users to type. Well, in the portrait mode the keys are having a lot of space in between them and thus you can type quickly and precisely as compared to the QWERTY devices in this price range. The landscape mode provides even more room and thus, the users with large hands are not going to find any trouble while typing. Well, we use Whatsapp a lot of these days thus, the keyboards have become a necessity for every user. If you are having small hands then, you need not to worry as you can type via your voice too. Also, the small hand people can use the portrait keyboard very well.


The keyboard looks quite nice and it works well, but what about the speakers? Well, today a lot of people use their smartphone for listening music. The speaker grills are placed on the back of the handset and thus, if you are going to place the device somewhere then, you have to obviously place it upside down. The handset is not that much premium as there is plastic present on the back and as compared to the Huawei Honor 4X it stands nowhere when we talk about the premium feeling. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo stands average in this segment.



The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo comes with an 8-Megapxiel camera on the back and this device is capable of shooting 1080p HD videos at 30fps. If we compare this handset to the other handsets then, we can see that the other devices can shoot 1080p HD videos at 60fps. So, the devices present in this budget are going to thrash off this device as the specs of the other devices are high as compared to this device. Even, there are some devices priced under Rs. 10,000 having better features in camera. On the front of this handset there is a 2-Megapixel camera for making the video calls. Well, we have not got any camera samples at this moment, but we have tested the camera and it works very well, but you should not expect any high end stuff from this camera. Overall, the camera is just satisfactory but you can get better options too.

Operating System and Processor:

6The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is running on the Android 4.4 KitKat and it also comes with the TouchWiz user interface.  The handset is not going to get the Android Lollipop upgrade. Well, if we compare this handset to the Huawei Honor 4X and Micromax Yu Yureka then, we can definitely see that they are going to get the Android L update and thus, they are better than this handset and are also cheaper as compared to the Galaxy S3 Neo. The TouchWiz user interface is also a little messy and we think that the company should work on the TouchWiz user interface for sure. The Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is packing a 1.2GHz quad-core processor long with 1GB of RAM. The device is having an internal storage of 8GB and you can also expand the external storage unto 32GB via a microSD card. Well, the processor is also not satisfactory as there are many phones in this budget which are providing the octa-core processors. So, the Galaxy S3 Neo is also lacking in this segment too when we are comparing it to the other handsets. The phone has not hanged in front of us but we can assure you that this device is not made for high end gaming.

The Verdict:

1Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo Review has been done thoroughly and we are going to give this phone 3/5 because of the old technology.The marks have been deducted because it is neither a rugged device and nor is having great features like a better processor which will surely be seen in the future smartphones. Software is no one issue in the history, and there is no need to worry about as the company has been working with the latest technology which is good for all the users.The price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo is not justified and we do not think that most of the people will buy it as the competitors are also there. Well, for now you can check out the image gallery below.

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