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Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

0. phoneArena 19 Jun 2012, 23:01 posted on

As we’ve seen last year with the Samsung Galaxy S II, it made its way to the US market many months after its initial unveiling – and to top it off, each specific carrier version was different in their own way. So yeah, call it confusion to the max or something else entirely. Thankfully, Samsung’s approach this year with its highly anticipated successor, the uniformly named Samsung Galaxy S III, is more rampant and timely with minimal wait...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:09

38. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ugh.. ng-troll at it again.

On the CPU side, the Exynos is still king, though the spread isnt as wide. On the GPU side it murders both the T3 and S4 and does the dirty dance with the powerVR.
As far as battery goes, the exynos will more than likely outperform the S4 as its made with better tech, and like I mentioned down below, when put to task, 4 cores running at 50% draw less power than 2 cores running at 100%. Also multi threading and such are easier with more cores producing less strain which = better battery life.

I was hoping the extra ram would even out the scores a bit but it didnt. I was gonna just break down and get the US version but now I'm not so sure. Especially when I've seen the international for only 525 compared to the US's 600+ (since its brand new here).

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:36

54. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

WOW the exynos does not have better battery life and Engadget already show that. With LTE on, the US SGS3 got more battery life then then international with only HSPA plus. The 4 cores on the exynos is at 32 nm vs the 2 28 nm.
And no more RAM will not increase benchmark Score for someone who act like he know what he talking about, that is pretty dumb to mistake.

Let me ask the so call a question?
How you ever developed any software?
Are you a computer program?
How you design or help design a chipset/CPU?
Are you a computer program?
Do you first hand experience with both the CPU and developed software for android?
If you answer No to all of this, then how do you know that the Exynos is so much better then all the other chip?
Unlike you I don't know which one is the best, and I just look at score and compare them. It is funny because in theVerge review their international SGS3 with Antutu and it did worst then the T3. And the antutu test the CPU, GPU, Ram and SD speed.
So if the T3 has a worst GPU then the exynos, that mean it make it up in the CPU. Please explain then how do the CPU of the exynos being king?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:05

65. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

yes, just not actively anymore.
no, but my close friends father does so I've seen chip design first hand and asked questions as well as read dozens of articles on the subject.
yes... you already asked this.
no but I can read and I've read dozens of articles on the subject

any other questions?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:57

68. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

With all your knowlegde tell me why in theverge review One X T3 score higher then the international S3?
And with all your "skill" why are you a sale rep at t-mobile?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:15

73. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

1) there are a dozen different reasons, especially since thats the first test that ive seen that happen on.
A) amount of apps running in the background
b) memory usage, memory ghosting from previous apps
c) and more.

2) I no longer program.. its kinda boring typing in boolyan strings all day at a computer day in and day out. I prefer playing with machines to making them work.

3) why do I work at a part time job that has full benefits for me and my family while i go to school full time for medicine? hmm.. oh.. i think i just answered that. Oh, yea, and I have an electronics addiction, if u cant tell.

any more invasive questions you want to ask like a petulant ass? why do you do what YOU do for a living ?? hmm? Why does taco still live with mommy?? Why Didnt Sniggly punch balmer during the Windows 8 announcement??

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:35 2

81. OKendruu (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

personal blows WOW sore loser

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:49

94. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

pretty much. trolls will be trolls.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:42

85. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the higher amount of RAM would have certainly changed the benchmark scores if the S4 actually took advantage of it's dual-channel memory support having 2GB of memory. i was afraid when Samsung announced the change that dual-channeling was gonna be out of the window and i'm pretty sure i'm right here. it would explain why the One X and One S beats the US SIII in most benchmarks most notably in Antutu, a test i know that tests memory. as far as battery life is concerned i think there's something up with the S4 that allows it to have generally more efficient power consumption when it's using a cellular network but on Wi-Fi the T3 (don't forget our low-power companion core pal) and the 4412 beat it.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:49

93. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

that would be the integrated radio chipset into the SoC. :)

its qualcomm's one big advantage.

Still, the tests didnt say they were running data the whole time, it just says "battery life". Show me the test where they do the data pull from 100% to dead and tell me how the tests ends up. Just being "LTE" or "HSPA+" isnt the difference, tis USING it. :) Some peeps just dont get that.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:20

97. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well it's pretty safe to say that's where the S4 would draw a lead from because i agree that splitting the voltage between 4 32nm cores should generally be more efficient than splitting it between 2 28nm cores.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 14:28

100. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its not all about the size. :)

and no.. thats NOT what she said.. lolol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 22:40

78. jp26sx (Posts: 14; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Give a little love to the S4 it's tiny and it's got LTE on-board :-)

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:21 1

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:32

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Hmmm. Wondering if I should upgrade my RAZR to a GS III? Or, wait for the RAZR HD? Decisions, decisions.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 07:48

88. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

if you're on unlimited data get the S3 now because you literally only have a week to be able to use your upgrades before you have to start changing your plan when you do. you can always choose to trade your SIII for an HD later if you'd like.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:15 1

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:42 1

21. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

What's up with Samsung not integrating LTE into their Exynos chips yet??!!! LTE has been out for 3+ years already. Time to get on that Sammy! You gonna keep making 3G chips forever? Also, according to the benchmark, the phone only has 1.5 gigs of RAM, not 2. False advertising anyone?

Anyhow, I'd rather the extra battery life in the S4 w/LTE than the Quad Core without. Imagine if the quad-core had LTE? That thing would last for 2 hours and be dead, lol. Battery life is everything. It's much more important than having an overkill quad core. The S4 is still plenty powerful for what you're gonna need it for.

The review also didn't mention anything about the 2 years of dropbox on certain carriers and the internal storage differences available. Imo, Phone Arenas reviews SUCK! They hardly mention most of the features of the phone in detail. They should use these features and write about them, all of them, not just mention a few of the big ones. This IS a review afterall. So review the damn phone in its' entirety. (This is a general comment about their reviews, not just the GS3 in particular)

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:04

37. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

your assumption is mistaken

The Exynos quad will get just as good if not better battery life than the S4. Its all in how its made and optimized. 4 cores running at 50% power take up much less power than 2 cores running at 100%

Also, LTE is a major major battery drain. I'll stick to HSPA+.
You know, I thought the whole point of Qualcom sticking the LTE chip on the SoC is that the battery drain would be negated.. guess not.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:44

61. Mannequinsdenial (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 May 2012)

hmm weird how the s4+LTE= better battery life than Exynos+HSPA+ according to the benchmarks????
28nm>>>32nm when it comes to battery.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:02

64. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if you say so.. lol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:50

67. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Read the Engadget review. It should clearly show that with LTE it was able to get 9:10. And the international one onky got 9:02 without LTE. So much for you knowlegde.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:18

74. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your such a troll. lets keep a runnin average of the tests as they come out? have a little fun.

for someone that admits they know jack crap about this stuff, you sure to spend a lot of time trying to troll me and prove me wrong. too bad it doesnt work out for you so well. stop taking advice from taco.. lol

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 07:58

89. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you know HSPA+ 42mbps eats battery just as much as LTE right? xD

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:51

95. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

show me the test that proves it. :)
they used to do battery drain tests from downloading things. where are those at? maybe its because we dont get unlimited data anymore from carriers they stopped doing them.. lolol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:21 1

27. scrabble111 (Posts: 13; Member since: 25 Apr 2011)

im really and very VERY tempted to just forget my lumia 900 and go for this or even the one X. Darn you mobile world, you can never satisfy the consumer! lol.. microsoft better prove tommorow to why i should stay with them! haha

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:52 1

31. Commentator (Posts: 3691; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Soooo... uh, I couldn't help but notice that "no LTE network to run on" wasn't listed as a con, and considering that this review includes the Sprint version, you'd think it would... because, y'know, it was listed as a con on the Evo 4G LTE... which I can only assume is why the Evo got rated the same as the AT&T One X instead of higher, considering it had added features like an SD slot and camera button, but with a slower network... I'll um... I'll be quiet and let the people who actually know what they're doing run the show now...

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 03:14 2

32. MARKSPEAR77 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

i feel inlove with my sgsiii, all i can say is very nice phone.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:42

34. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

remember htc one x isnt on 4.0.4 as yet. The international one x test version release has beaten s3 both antutu and quadrant

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:02

36. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

really? got proof? i have not seen or heard that.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 10:05

48. MARKSPEAR77 (Posts: 40; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)

ok i will give you a chance your htc one x is way faster than sgs3 but is your htc one x does have POP UP PLAY, DIRECT CALL, SMART ALERT and SMART STAY?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:02

35. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

blah to LTE.

Ill take the same speeds with HSPA+ but with way better battery life. I rather like 1.5-2 days of battery. you guys take the "hip" tech.

The differences in the scores between the international and the US version is going to more than likely be from the much weaker Adreno 225 GPU in the S4 compared to the O/C mali400 in the international. I was hoping the doubled ram would make up some of the difference.. guess not.

hmmm.. decisions decisions...

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 08:26

90. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

seriously, look at the reviews for the Amaze and the Galaxy S II for T-Mobile and the Bionic and Rezound for Verizon.

Bionic: OMAP4 1GHz, qHD, LTE, 1735mAh battery,
10 hours

Rezound: S3 1.5GHz, HD, LTE, 1620mAh battery, 10 hours

Galaxy S II: S3 1.5GHz, WVGA, 42mbps, 1850mAh battery, 11 hours

Amaze: S3 1.5GHz, qHD, 42mbps, 1730mAh battery, 6.25 hours, over 2 hours less than the Sensation which has similar specs and a 1520mAh battery.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:54

96. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

the amaze also has the up clocked S3, a higher resolution screen, and even more bloat running on it. The sensation never got 8 hrs, i can tell you that. Most people I knew ran to the charger within 4-5 hrs. lol.
those battery tests dont mean anything because they are done under "perfect " conditions. you know that. Real life is such a range its not funny. My SGS1 is probably rated for like 7 or 8 hrs, but I get 1.5+ days out of it with regular use. Its all in how its set up. HTCs get worse battery life in real word because sense likes to drain it.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 13:30

98. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the Rezound has an even higher resolution display and the same S3 beating at the same clock frequency. these are tests done by the Phone Arena team and while they may be more "scripted" if you will it shouldn't be too far off from solid projections. while i agree that you can get more from these projections if you tried different forms of battery optimization but doing so would only change the magnitude of the comparison. the same means of battery extension used on these 42mbps devices can be used on the LTE devices as well, the differences between them with forms of battery optimization can be surmised by these projections Phone Arena has given us because they're the same tests.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 06:15

105. gtrxman (Posts: 122; Member since: 10 Sep 2011)

Kinda like saying that you'll stay with the '62 Fairlane and you guys can have the '12 M3.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:37

41. ajoshi06 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

did anyone read the news on phone screen... man chopping of daughters' head??? wtf !!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:55

42. chriski333 (Posts: 22; Member since: 05 May 2012)

Sounds all good but now i have a problem i just got the Samsung note 3 weeks ago now do i return the note for the s3 or keep the note? Please help out?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:01

43. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

is it the american note? then take it back. lol. you will get a small bump in processor and battery life with the SGS3 due to the S4 chip being about 30-40% better than the S3 chip in the note. if its the international note vs the american SGS3, keep the international note.. .only minor differences there.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 10:51

51. ChafedBanana (Posts: 381; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

The phone ought to be compatible with the MHL adapter I bought from Samsung for my Galaxy Nexus. But you're saying that it is not. Why? MHL is terrible in the first place. Why not put a decent micro HDMI jack on the side like Motorola? The included Samsung chargers won't even keep it charged while mirroring video on the TV and they are required to be plugged into the MHL adapters for the adapter to even work. Now I have to buy another piece of crap? Sweet.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 11:58

57. Feanor (Posts: 713; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

I cannot warm up to this phone. Whenever Samsung tries to avoid copying Apple design, they create something generic. I was playing with the international version today and I must say, its design can be described as either generic (white) or cheesy (the cheap looking blue).
The interface also looked like trying to turn ICS to Gingerbread. I also couldn't understand why on earth the app tray launcher was just placed randomly amongst the other buttons at the bottom bar... Looked like you could customize it and bin it, but then how would you go to your apps?
Other negatives included the cheesy sound (ploink!) everytime I was moving through settings (hopefully one can remove it) and the usual -oh apple please don't sue us for not bothering to come with something original- UI design.
The only thing that impressed me was how well the display modes work. I don't like the past oversaturated screens of Samsung but this time choosing the Natural or Cinema modes eliminates the problem completely.
Generally, perfect working phone, rich specs but I'll give it a miss and buy something lighter on specs but cooler, like a Sony Xperia S or even an LG Optimus 4X HD.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 12:39

58. teerex42 (Posts: 210; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

You people and your benchmarks..benchmarks don't mean s**t on phones in real world usage. S4 is similar or better in some cases such as for web browsing. Pluuus, the us version is 4G unless you're on tmobile sorry guys and 2GIGS of ram which more than enough makes up for not having the quad core. Do your research and compare phones with both versions before bitching about (oh it don't have quad core)..boofreakinghoo!!!!!! If you need something to where benchmarks means that much to you, you shouldn't be using your phone for gaming or for what those benchmarks really mean anyway. Use a laptop or desktop!!!
Search for the various tests that are out there between both versions and see what really happens, but all in all the S4 is just as worthy as the quad core in most cases and better in some others.
And the not showing 2 GIG of ram is because of portion of that is for other things on the phone. My nexus has 1 GIG of ram but only always show that 675MB of it is usable because the rest is being used for other things on the phone.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:50

62. Mannequinsdenial (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 May 2012)

I hate how when PA shows off the web browser in their reviews they only go to their site. I would like to see a more graphic intensive site be used. The Phonearena website runs smooth on my old droid eris!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:09

66. davidneary01 (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Nov 2008)

i currently have the original, legendary htc evo 4g and i love the phone today as much as i did when i bought it which never happens with me..

i skipped on the evo lte to wait on the sg3 but now im not sure..i love htc sense but i just thought i couldn't pass up the quad-core processor..knowing now it doesn't have it and having never owned a samsung before, i am wondering if i should go with the evo lte???

i am with sprint and after looking over the specs, it really looks like a dead heat..i would like to try something different but also know i would absolutley love an even better version of my evo with upgraded sense and ics..plus i like the kickstand cause i use it as a table clock at night..

no trolling could someone familiar with the galaxy family tell me some of it's strongest selling points..


posted on 20 Jun 2012, 19:48

70. phoenixpr (Posts: 167; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Can't wait for my SGSIII from Verizon, just cancel my order with Sprint, only because now Verizon offer a better plan than what Sprint would ever offer, Plus 4G LTE.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:10 1

71. Stone23 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Not like anyone cares, but that Black Honda Accord at the stop light at the end of his video was my car. Didn't know John lives in Morristown, NJ.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 21:12

75. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

John V.! *fangirl squeaks*

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 05:48 2

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posted on 21 Jun 2012, 08:42

91. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Failed in India facing many problem my friends those who purchased s3. They sold in less price. Don't go with s3 try to go for lumia 900 or one X.

many people are hating now.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 13:00

106. shammont (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

This is an awesome looking phone. Very feature rich. I couldn't care less about the bench mark tests. This phone ROCKS!

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 15:34

107. tggoulart (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

This phone is epic!!

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 14:33

108. Jodabro (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

I have a GS2, the universal design of the GS3 is going to be great. Apple is able to sell cases everywhere including gas stations, cause every iphone 4 and 4s is the same. Looking for cases of the GS2 you need to know which version you have. Also on the design, the alignment of the flash, camera lens, and speaker is a great idea in my mind, cause it leaves a large space below. This space can be taken advantage of. I put my license and CC under my case in that location, but it currently covers the speaker a little. If someone would make a TPU, or leather case with credit card slots on the back. That would be awesome.

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 16:44

109. teerex42 (Posts: 210; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)

Because the exynos and 4g lte don't play well together yet is the reason why the us version is dual core and it will work juuust ;-)

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 21:32

110. Qui3tStorm (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

Hope the radios are better than the GNex... Such a let down compared to my older droids.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 14:09

112. edpad90 (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)

Guys why am i seeing some videos of benchmarks from at&t Gs3 that are way below than one x??

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 07:23

113. babyk (Posts: 308; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

the bottom line is the one x is just better extra software galaxy s3 has can be downloaded from market

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 11:52

115. Nuyslady (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

I lost my iphone and jumped to Galaxy III & love it, I pre-ordered and received it 6/21/12 like promised. However I have not been able to bring my contacts from iTunes over, I tried the Easy Phone Sync app but it seems to be only for the UK not the US.
Any advise?

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 09:34

116. kvenderley (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Aug 2009)

Nuyslady.... download the "bump" app for both phones and go to the contacts page on each and bump them together, its so easy and quick. I got my S3 yesterday and its so much better than the iphone, i love it! Once i get the hang of Android and this phone along with rooting it in the near future, it will be the best phone i can own! Everyone with an iphone needs to take a look at this beast and think about switching!

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 19:36

117. scsa852k (Posts: 329; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Best phone out in the market period including iphone5.
Once Note II is released, we'll have discussions.

posted on 08 Nov 2012, 12:01

118. onektwenty4 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)

is that a pic of the courthouse in morristown, nj?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 19:35

122. fabian10 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

you know Alexander Redknapp or henry smith?
is that they offered me phone online

I hope you can help me thank you very much

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