Expedition with Exynos: Traveling with the Galaxy S III
John Velasco, mobile phone fanatic and editor for Phone Arena November 12, 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 final post, John recounts how the Galaxy S III simplified his travels.
And just like that, our last day in San Francisco quickly came around the corner! Indeed, our time in The City by the Bay was short, but for this finale, we decided to visit as many popular destinations as the great city had to offer. Fortunately enough, a week before heading out for the trip, I managed to make arrangements for a tour of San Fran's most popular prison - Alcatraz, also known as "The Rock!" I used the Samsung Galaxy S III to look up the details surrounding the tour and even managed to purchase tickets. The handset's quad-core Exynos processor helped me surf the web quickly and multi-task across several windows and apps while gathering information about the best tours.
Before getting to Alcatraz, we decided to visit another landmark spot in San Francisco known for its breathtaking view of the entire cityscape - Coit Tower. After walking for about 30 minutes with the aid of Google Maps and its pedestrian directions, we finally reached the foot of Coit Tower. However, there was only a single elevator to the top in operation - so the wait was another thing. Once we finally made it to the pinnacle, we were presented with some killer views of the city. Of course, I didn't hesitate for one second to snap some amazing shots with the Galaxy S III. The device's front-facing camera relies on the Exynos 4 Quad's embedded Image Signal Processor, so if you're into self-shots, you can expect some high-quality, DSC-like photos.
Eventually, we made our way to Pier 39, where the ferry to Alcatraz awaited us. Arriving early, we managed to take a little bit of a break at a local shopping area, and naturally, I had to check out some of the Alcatraz-related souvenirs. In no time at all, we were on the ferry bound for one of the most infamous prisons in U.S. history. Being a common practice on this trip, I took several shots while on the ferry - especially some wide-angle, panoramic ones. As usual, I was amazed at how quickly the Galaxy S III was able to stitch all of the photos together in no time at all, which goes to show the processing power and performance speed of the Exynos CPU inside.
After spending several hours on Alcatraz, we finally made it back safely to Pier 33, where we ended our final night eating at one of the many restaurants in the area. If there's one takeaway that I've learned on this trip, it has to be that a candid moment is never missed - thanks mainly to the Samsung Galaxy S III's speedy nature in launching its camera and snapping photos. Especially useful as well, the Burst Mode feature of the handset allows me to pick and choose photos I want, as opposed to settling on one that isn't particularly amusing. Last, but certainly not least, I'll always have plenty of memories about the great scenery found in San Francisco, since the smartphone is adept in taking some phenomenal panoramic shots.
The more I thought about it, the quad-core Exynos processor really contributed a lot to the Galaxy S III, making it wonderful to use during the trip. It all came down to the processor's ability to blow through most operations with minimal effort. Beyond its high performance, it's quite efficient in the battery life department as well, enabling me to get through a solid day with a fully charged battery in tow. The Exynos 4 Quad's impressive power management and various system level power optimizations ensured that I got the most out of that full charge. All in all, some of us might not think about it all that much, but it's the high-speed, quad-core Exynos processor inside the handset that enables everything to happen so seamlessly.