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

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Camera:

As usual for a Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy S III's camera application features a lot of settings that let you tweak the photo-taking process. There are different shooting modes (Single, Burst, HDR, Beauty, etc.), focusing modes (Auto, Macro, Face detection), as well as many other options for changing the white balance, metering, quality, resolution, contrast and so on. Video is captured at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080, again with the option to tweak a number of settings like exposure, effects, white balance, quality and so on.

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

Camera interface


Somewhat expected, since it’s the same camera found with the international version, the quality of its 8-megapixel camera doesn’t change whatsoever with these US versions. As a whole, they’re neither the sharpest or the muddiest results, but it has enough of a balance to deliver some pleasant photos. Of course, colors are punchy enough to add some vividness to the entire shot, but just like before, it tends to overexpose brightly lit objects. Additionally, low lighting shots exhibit a fair amount of noise, but the LED flash manages to counteract those deficiencies – though, it tends to produce a noticeable cooler color production.

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

Camera samples made with the Samsung Galaxy S III


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

Panorama samples


Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

Strong

Medium

Low light

3ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
5ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
7ft - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

3ft

5ft

7ft

Indoor samples


The quality of its 1080p HD video recording is definitely up there with the best, if not the best. The image is so sharp and detailed, it makes 1080p video shot with other phones seem significantly blurrier. Shooting at a steady 29 frames per second, videos are smooth with barely any slowdown – however, we notice some jerkiness when shooting with the anti-shake feature on.

Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video - Anti-shake on:



Samsung Galaxy S III Sample Video - No Anti-shake:




Multimedia:

The built-in music player is quite stock-ish at first glance, but it does offer some cool additional features. For example, it features a pretty good selection of EQ presets, but what's even cooler is the so-called Music Square, which lets you choose the type of music you want to listen to, based on your mood, and it'll automatically pick the best-fitting tracks for you. In terms of speaker audio quality, there’s a hint of irritating sharpness at the loudest volume setting, but it diminishes and becomes pleasant at the middle level.

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

The music player


Of course, the Galaxy S III plays all kinds of video at up to 1080p resolution. There's no codec or format that can stop it! OK, maybe there are some, but all the popular ones are supported. And boy do things look awesome on that 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen!

As we’ve pointed out already, the Samsung Galaxy S III has video-out functionality, but it needs a brand new MHL adapter to work. Still, you might as well invest in one if you’re in desperate need of getting a mirrored experience on your high-def television at home. Then again, you can always go with the wireless route by using the AllShare app.


Software:

Already, we’ve pointed out the carrier branded apps preloaded with each respective US Samsung Galaxy S III handset, but in addition to them, our two review units pack different set of apps. Well, the AT&T and Sprint versions share common apps out of the box such as AllShare, ChatON, Flipboard, Kies air, Media Hub, S Memo, and S Suggest. With our Sprint version, it gains Samsung’s Music Hub, Samsung Apps, and Google Wallet.

AT&T Navigator - Preloaded apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Flipboard - Preloaded apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
myAT&T - Preloaded apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
S Memo - Preloaded apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III - Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

AT&T Navigator

Flipboard

myAT&T

S Memo

Preloaded apps on the Samsung Galaxy S III



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posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:18 16

1. dillonc (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


This phone looks absolutely amazing! I feel like I've been waiting since Christmas for this thing to become available, and the time is finally here!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:37 8

13. WTHreally (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


WTF???? really the internationally version scored like 6000 points more on antutu and over a 1000 more on quadrant. The scores are more like my GS2 running on ics... Crapdragons EPIC FAILED here !!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 03:52 8

33. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


your face is epic fail!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:53

83. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


denied911, your comment is an epic fail.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 06:18 3

87. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


my coment is classic, but your butt as a nick are as you took "epic fail"

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:44 1

59. Ivan6479 (Posts: 250; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yeah them switching the processors is quite the disappointment and definitely not worth the upgrade if you have a GS2 as they come pretty close to one another if your running ICS minus some of the fun new features the GS3 has. Either way, I would hold out for the GS4, which by then should probably have a flexible display, so no need to worry about broken screens because Gorilla Glass 2 sucks. Also there is the good ole Google Glass project in the works, that could come to life within the next year or so. There really is just too many possibilities for the near future to spend big bucks on this bad boy if you currently have a GS2. I thought long and hard about it myself, but I keep telling myself I just have to be patient.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:41

60. bruindog (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Go check out the phonedog review. He talks more about comparing the two and he got higher scores as well. He also discusses the difference in fluidity between the two.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:20

84. OMGlook (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


pa clearly states that even the adreno 320 is only a little better than the mali 400 on the gs2 so...

LG-E97 adreno 320

how SAD- people who r defending the s4 with adreno 225- please put your heads down in defeat

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 12:28

119. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


See GLBenchmark site! Or Engadget reviews. Adreno 320 is around 50% faster than Mali 400MP4. In GLBenchmark 2.5:
Adreno 320 = iPad 3's GPU.

posted on 30 Nov 2012, 13:00

120. IHateApple (banned) (Posts: 122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


http://www.glbenchmark.com/
compare.jsp?
benchmark=glpro25&showhide=true&certified_only=1&D​1=LG
%20E973&D2=Samsung%20SCH-
I535%20(Verizon%20Galaxy
%20S3)&D3=Samsung%20GT-
I9300%20Galaxy%20S%20III

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:40 3

20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14180; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It looks like a cheap plastic phone. Why can't Samsung stop using glossy materials for their phones?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:36 1

30. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Samsung needs to stop with the faux-metallic design cues. I'm fine with a phone being plastic, but one that falsely presents itself as metal (i.e. the ring around the side) comes off as slightly disingenuous.

Also, Samsung should have added a dedicated camera button. The one on my Evo is a perfect "R-button" when using console emulators such as N64oid.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:42 3

44. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


They can't because Apple will strike a "P-A-T-E-N-T" on them like they always do, Apple always whine about these little things.....Now you know now? :))

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:05

79. durag1 (Posts: 35; Member since: 29 May 2012)


Apple starting to get a taste of their own medicine! Samsung sued apple now and won!!!http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-scores-a-3G-patent-litigation-win-against-Apple-will-seek-compensation_id31444 Also Kodak company is seeking software compensations from apple that they so called own but never did! Apple SUX!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:53 2

45. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


because a phone will fall on hard floor many times. if it was metal or glass it will be damaged. Plastic can fall many times without any problem.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:29 17

2. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


should be at least 9.7 out of 10

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 23:48 5

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


PA is really the only site that said this, both cnet, engadget, and theverge say it on par with the One X/evo LTE

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 00:39 6

14. WTHreally (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


r u blind the US version CRAPDRAGON sucks compared to the internation just look at the benchmarks it clearly shows which is the more capable phone

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:04 5

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


I'll just leave this here,http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/20/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-review-shootout-atandt-vs-sprint/
http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/20/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-review-shootout-atandt-vs-sprint/
with LTE on the US version has better battery then the international version without LTE.
And here is some benchmark for ya comparing
http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/25/3042640/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-review
Beside GPU the Tegra 3 is on par with the 4414.
And there is no app/game will take advantage of the extra power before most people upgrade. Hell people has yet to take advantage of the mali underclock on the SII

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 01:49 6

22. CrapdragonCRUSHED (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Ok don't know which benchmarks your looking at but the one on engadget clearly shows the international one crushing the US by a large margin except for quadrant which I think is a typo. But also look at the egypt test where the fps was 99 vs 54. Are you seriously telling me that despite all the benchmarks this the two phones are on PAR????

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:01 1

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


kidding me? Antutu just show you that the T3 score higher then the international.
So all your score is base on the GPU not CPU, you know there is a different. Wow for someone who act like he know what he is talking about you know nothing. The nenamark test show that the both are similar. Let not look at the other two test showing that they are no par with each other.
Troll keeping on trolling. Unlike you I look at other site to see a review.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 02:29 3

28. The1upper (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


OK OK I'll settle this for u 2 engadget reports:

inl wins in quadrant (I really think this is a typo), antutu, glbenchmark, CF bench, and sunspider.

where the US version wins are mainly the bench well are from apps develope by qualcomm like vellamo and nenmark but look at the egpyt test where the intl version scored around 99 fps.

so yeah I think benchmark wise the intl def wins qualcomm isn't really known for superior gpu.

And the charts in the article clearly shows the intl out benchmarks the t3 and the s4 in antutu so where are you coming from?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:53

121. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


HTC One X (Source=Anandtech):

Sunspider (less is better):
AT&T: 1608 ms
Intl: 1737.7 ms

Browsermark:
AT&T: 102640
Intl: 110038

Linpack (multi threaded):
AT&T: 207.207
Intl: 115.842
It is not a typo. In Linpack, S4 is a hell lot faster than Tegra 3.

GLBench Egypt (Offscreen 720p):
AT&T: 56 fps
Intl: 63 fps

GLBench Pro (Offscreen 720p):
AT&T: 95 fps
Intl: 90 fps

It is not a typo. S4 variant pulls out ahead again.

But I agree with the fact that Adreno 225 is slower than SGS2's Mali-400.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:14 2

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


you really are the biggest anti-samsung pro Qualcomm troll on the boards.

The ONLY test where YOUR websites even show that the OneX comes close is on VELLAMO, WHICH IS A QUALCOMM MADE TEST TO SHOW S4'S STRENGTH.

Dude.. get a grip.
The US version is great. Its still the BEST phone in the US. Its certainly better than any barely functioning camera, HTC OneX
It just doesnt measure up to its brother international.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 06:10

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


Except that in the real world, the limiting factor isn't the chip. It's that the signal is delivered by the carrier. In actual usage, the US LTE version will stomp the International version on anything that requires streaming data.

It's a shame, though, that we have to have this discussion. I still haven't heard a good reason why the US version doesn't get the Exynos. Maybe they can't produce enough to meet demand?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:54 2

63. bruindog (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


im all for benchmarks but if its real world functionality is kick @$$ then thats more important to me.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:43 3

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


the US version kick NO @$$ notice the review says that there are some slow down and lags well... thats the s4. There was no lag for s2 with exynos and there is no lag or slow down with the s3 intl. i can assure you there will be none for the gs4 with exynos as well.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 19:15

69. Endruu (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Personally judging a phone by its benchmarks is like judging a guy/girl based on their looks, and we all know how those kind of relationships turn out.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 20:10 3

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


hot sex and over before your bored?

works for me.

Anyways, thats BS, because only the worlds ugliest people say "only personality matters". Truth is, we dont hit on people we dont find attractive in the way they look, carry themselves, and act. Its not shallow, its our base nature to find mates with the best features to pass on.

unless were drunk then none of that matters, they just have to be willing.. lol.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 21:53

76. Endruu (Posts: 13; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I didn't say "only personality matters", but really if we based the phone on one aspect such as benchmarking, it really doesn't help determine if the phone's overall performance.

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