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

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Samsung Galaxy S III Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
Testing out the AT&T Galaxy S III, we’re pleased by the handset’s overall calling quality. Listening to the earpiece, there’s no distortion with voices or background noise to muddy the conversation. Switching to the speakerphone, voices have some sharpness to them, but nevertheless, we’re able to still comprehend voices with relative ease.

In our time using the AT&T version within the greater New York City and Philadelphia regions, its signal strength was steady at all times – with no major fluctuations or dropped calls.

Under the warmth of HSPA+ connectivity with the AT&T Galaxy S III, we’re happy to say that battery life is more than adequate, as we’re able to easily get a single day with normal usage. However, we also managed to use it under LTE connectivity, which quickly drained the battery like no other. Yeah, we appreciate the 50 Mbit/s speeds, but poor battery life is the inevitable consequence with it all.


Conclusion:


Frankly folks, we have to reiterate things once again! Simply, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III are still spectacular on so many levels – even despite their choice of using a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip as opposed to quad-core. Honestly, they’re still capable of delivering a rigorously paced performance that dictates them as top-shelf caliber Android smartphones. And to make it sweeter for most of the versions, they pack support for LTE connectivity for superior data speeds that the international version dreams about in its sleep.

Underneath the hardware specs sheet, the US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III, much like its international sibling, stand out primarily for the updated TouchWiz experience that they’re packing. For once, it simply feels complete from top to bottom, plus it takes the sharing functionality to a whole new level. Considering that they’ll be priced at that golden price of $200 on-contract, it’s going to be a guaranteed buy for many consumers.

So which carrier version should you buy? Well, that’s all up to you, but if we’re going to throw in some other factors to the mix, the AT&T and Verizon versions might prove to be the most bang for the buck. Why’s that? Well, they both have 4G LTE networks up and running in various markets across the county, so you’ll be able to take advantage of that. In any event, they’re all class-leading devices on their respective lineups, so either way, it’s a win-win situation for you in the end.

Software version of the AT&T review unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Build Number: IMM76D.I747UCALEM
Kernel Version: 3.0.8-599060-user

Samsung Galaxy S III US Video Review:



Pros

  • Revamped TouchWiz experience
  • Lots of easy sharing functionality

Cons

  • The polycarbonate used doesn't give the impression of something premium
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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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