Samsung Galaxy S III Review: The International Version

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 10
      • Performance
      • 10
      • Total Score:
      • 10.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Fantastic display
    • Exceptional processor speed
    • Harmonized software, hardware, and battery
    • Photo and video quality
  • Cons

    • Casing and design are not photogenic
    • No camera key

Quick Take

The Samsung Galaxy S III is the most impressive Android smartphone launched this year.

There is little room for doubt when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy S III. Built with a quad-core 1.4GHz it boasts both impressive speeds and performance. Pair that with its beautiful 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, HD resolution (superior to other HD display), a huge 2100 mAh battery, and the Android OS 4.0.4 operating system (Ice Cream Sandwich) backed by TouchWiz, and you have device that is unlike anything we have seen before.

The device is deceptively large thanks to carefully placed curves and contours, which makes the device far more comfortable to handle. Made of a plastic the casing is exceptionally solid, resistant to scratching and damage.

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Thanks to the Exynos 4 Quad-core processor the Galaxy S III is almost miraculously fast. It performs flash and scrolling functions flawlessly where other phones would lag. The only comparable performance is seen with the iPhone, but it does not have Flash performance making this phone superior. It is even possible to open a video window and perform other tasks thanks to S III\’s impressive chipset.

Sold with Android version 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Samsung offers a slew of great features including many tweaks in the form of TouchWiz. Samsung does such a great job of naturally implementing these features that it\’s often difficult to ascertain where the TouchWiz features end and the Android ICS begins. Probably most notable is the addition of S Voice, Sammy\’s answer to Siri.

The Galaxy S III has both 1.9-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear shooter. While it\’s not in the upper echelon of smartphone camera\’s the image quality meets mid-to-low standards and will suffice for quick casual shots.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a feature rich phone that is sure to give users plenty to tinker with, even months after their initial purchase. With strong hardware performance and loads of features that enrich the experience, the only serious draw back to this device is the consistent sharing restrictions that are often limited to other Samsung smartphones. With more Samsung smartphones being sold every day this becomes less of problem, but still the S III\’s limited sharing feels counterintuitive when compared to the openness of Android.


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