Expedition with Exynos: Taking Photos with the Samsung Galaxy S III
John Velasco, mobile phone fanatic and editor for Phone Arena November 9, 2012
John Velasco, a full-time mobile phone fanatic and editor for Phone Arena , traveled to San Francisco as part of our Expedition with Exynos program. John spent four days and three nights exploring the city, using an Exynos-equipped Samsung Galaxy S III as his guide. In this post, John tells us how the Galaxy S III helped him get around San Francisco and take high-quality photos of his adventures.
Seeing as we didn't get much time to go sightseeing during our first day in The City by the Bay, my friend Shushaank and I decided to do the only reasonable and expected thing on our second day - go check out all of the cool hotspots while riding on one of San Fran's very own trollies. We again relied on the Samsung Galaxy S III to get us directions to the nearest trolley stop, which was only a few blocks away from our hotel. Having never been to San Francisco, I quickly learned that walking around requires a lot of stamina, mainly because the area is covered with steep hills left and right. Thankfully, after a brisk walk and a chance to catch our breath, we finally made it to the stop - only to find out that the trolley system was down due to a faulty wire. By chance, we were told that a nearby trolley stop was unaffected, so just like that, we found ourselves walking yet again.
After finally reaching our destination, it didn't take long for the trolley to make its stop; and once we got on our way, I started taking a ton of photos with the Galaxy S III. Interestingly enough, I didn't know that you could actually hang onto the sides of the trolley as it was moving at its normal pace. Without much hesitation, I made sure to snap plenty of shots along the way. And to tell you the truth, I rarely missed an opportunity because the Exynos processor makes camera startup time so fast. I was able to snap my first shot within five seconds from the moment I unlocked the handset.
Eventually, we made our way to one of San Francisco's famous hotspots - Crooked Street. Well, its name says it all! Indeed, it's a street like no other, as the single, one-way street zig-zags down yet another steep incline. Call us crazy, but we actually decided on traversing the hill to reach the top of Crooked Street. Of course, while slowly moving up Crooked Street, there were many photo opportunities at hand because we were able to get a great view of the city the higher up we went. Once we reached the top, I whipped out the Galaxy S III to snap some wicked panoramic shots, which, I have to admit, look pretty professional. The ability of the Exynos processor to handle stitching the various photos together to produce the panoramic shot goes to show off its heavy processing power.
Towards the end of the day, we ended up having a light dinner and drinks with some of my Moshi friends, after which we headed to our first San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park. When you're at a grand place like that, there's no arguing about a photo opportunity - especially considering our great view of the entire field. Interestingly enough, the Giants were playing against their cross-city rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fortunately, it was all good news for the home team, as the Giants ended up winning. With day two done and over, I realized that you'll never miss a beat when taking photos with the Samsung Galaxy S III since its quad-core Exynos processor is fast enough to handle nearly anything.