The S3 dips under £200 from a respected retailer. Still a decent phone at this price, especially if you are looking for something with a decent camera that is a little bit smaller than current flagship devices.
Battery size (in mAh)
This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1
The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.
Standby time (up to)
The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.
Talk time (up to)
11 hours 40 minutes
The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.
136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.
The weight of the device in grams.
The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.
720 x 1280 pixels
The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.
The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.
The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.
The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.
Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.