Samsung Galaxy S III Review: Universally Excellent Android Smartphone

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Design
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 9
      • Total Score:
      • 9.00
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Great design and display
    • Plenty of new smartphone features
    • Superb performance
  • Cons

    • Sharing features largely limited to Samsung devices
    • Thin build leads to some awkward handling

Quick Take

The Samsung Galaxy S III is feature rich and has a great design.  The fact that it also has an amazing display and offers superb performance makes it one of the best phones of 2012.

The Galaxy S III is a behemoth of a machine that offers loads of features and a powerful unit capable of handling them all.  While it\’s true that Samsung had to forgo its quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset due to compatibility issues with US 4G LTE networks, its dual-core Qualcomm (1.5 GHz) CPU still makes it one of the most impressive machines on the market.

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The Galaxy S III is a deceptively large phone weighing only 4.7 ounces, yet its 4.8-inch display dwarves other comparable units. Like other Samsung devices the phone is made almost entirely of plastic, including its removable back and colored trim. The curve-heavy design alleviates the discomfort of the phones huge frame, making it noticeably more comfortable to use.

One of the prized jewels of this machine is its 4.8-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, giving 306 pixels per inch (ppi). The Galaxy S III pairs the impressive resolution with its AMOLED display to provide truly breathtaking visuals. Thanks to the AMOLED display the phone offers a deep vibrant color pallet. Not to mention that the AMOLED display also helps to save on battery life.

Despite not having the latest NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3, the Samsung Galaxy S III still proves to be one of the most capable phones on the market, even beating out the HTC One X and the (quad-core Tegra 3) ASUS Transformer Prime TF201 tablet in several benchmark tests. Web performance is also stellar on this device thanks in large part to its 2GB of RAM. Finally the S II battery offers an impressive 9 hours of regular use (probably thanks in part to its AMOLED display).

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 a 8-megapixel rear shooter. While it\’s not in the upper echelon of smartphone cameras 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 drawback 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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