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Samsung Galaxy S III Review

0. phoneArena 15 May 2012, 05:19 posted on

Well, it is now 2012, and the time has finally come for the Galaxy S III to show up on stage. The difference between this launch and those of the Galaxy S's before it is that the expectations of the audience are much higher now. It is time to take a good, in-depth look at the device and see just how much of a Galaxy S this new Galaxy S III happens to be...

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

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:46 2

92. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I don't know about the bias part. There may be some bais in there though. He just really inconsistent when it comes to score. He gives phone with very similar capability dramatically different score based off of personal opinion and other very little things that he dosen't like. It's hard to be objective and denotative.

posted on 15 May 2012, 06:38 5

22. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

2 things

1) quit taking off for "premium materials". It should be "premium build". Glass and aluminium are NOT premium.. That was an artificial score lowering over absolutely nothing. I'll take the plastic phone that takes drops over the "premium" phones like HTC and Apple that crack when you look at them wrong.

2) Ray, are you sure that its only capable of 21mb/s, and not fully supported for 42mb/s? I was under the understanding that it was 42mb/s.
If its not, then you just confirmed the S4 version is coming to T-Mobile, because they wont have a non 42mb/s "superphone" .... @#$@#%^#$#$!@%$!#$%!#$!#@$!@#$

Other than that.. good review. A little overly negative on minor things, but for the most part it was very fair.

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:37 2

40. Ray.S (Posts: 263; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

Yep, it goes up to 21Mbit/s on the downlink according to the official specs.

posted on 15 May 2012, 10:20 4

59. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


posted on 15 May 2012, 13:59

95. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

So, what now, genius? What's it gonna be..crapdragon? Lol

posted on 15 May 2012, 14:01 2

96. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

no.. I'm going to piss.. moan.. stomp.. and well.. that's about it.

posted on 15 May 2012, 10:50

67. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

HTC cracking? I didn't hear about that. There was screen cracking when people dropped and it landed on the screen, which could pretty much happen to any phone. iPhone, no disagreement there.

posted on 15 May 2012, 11:23

69. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i think a good many people disagree with you on the premium front there pal. :P

posted on 15 May 2012, 06:45 3

24. thethird92 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 May 2012)

They rate the Galaxy Nexus 9.5,..IMO, the stock ICS is still the bomb for me, the S3 wins mostly on its hardware and cam.. GNexus better design.

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:49 4

32. Mittal (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

The ratings are always relative...GN getting 9.5 doesnt essentially make it better than the S3..... It was given 9.5 coz the reviewers were unaware of the existence/performance of a better phone (S3)
Hypothetically( and a bit unlikely), if the LG 4X HD turns out to be far better than the S3, it will only have 10 - 9.3 = .7 points window to signify a lead which might be inconsistent with the reviewer's actual feelings
The point being, numerical rating are generally misleading. Better go with the detailed review and see what you want is there or not!

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:13 1

35. thethird92 (Posts: 10; Member since: 15 May 2012)

i am not basing my judgements fully on their ratings, and yes the S3 was not released during that time and yes the S3 has all the best features prior to typical newer high end phones released this year. But what we get from their ratings was that, during their review of the GNexus they were impress that is why it was given the 9.5 rating, and today a better phone has come, the S3 rated at 9.3 is not a bad thing but why on the the hell PA rated this when it has better features than the GNexus?..
I watched detailed and video reviews, but then again it all boils down TO OUR OWN PREFERENCES.

posted on 15 May 2012, 06:58 1

25. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

About this:
Camera photos tend to be a bit overexposed
is not a problem, cause in Android exposition can be set with the camera application's settings :-)

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:04 1

26. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Everything is Perfect except Camera quality in Low Light.

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:11 4

27. jellmoo (Posts: 700; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

I'm fine with the S3 scoring higher than the One X or One S, but the difference seems excessive given the relative abilities and performance of the devices. Whether this means that the S3 scores too high or that the One X and One S score too low is up for debate.

All in all the review is solid, if a little fluffy as quite a few of the negatives seem glossed over or shoved aside.

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:35

28. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1389; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

It is a great phone for sure. I'm not sure if I like the design though, bc its design looks like a mid range phone. Not sure I can justify the fact they gave One X 7.5 and SGIII 9.5.

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:44 2

30. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

It´s time to add the S3 to the family.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 has got all the hallmarks of the best Android phone yet – exactly what Samsung wanted to achieve.

The specs are all industry leading: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED+ HD screen, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 64GB internal memory, eye tracking and so much more. The design may be lightweight but is certainly iconic, and the feel in the palm and pocket is impressive.

Samsung's decision to focus on services and interaction as much as design will be the area that makes or breaks the Galaxy S3 – if they all work as intended, the rest of the competition will really have to work to catch up.

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:52

33. Mittal (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

there is no + after AMOLED and 64 GB is not the 'Internal' memory, its the total possible

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:02 4

34. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

there are supposed to be multiple versions of the device, both 32 and 64 gig.

also you can add another 64 ON TOP of that with removable memory for a total of 128gb of storage.

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:21

39. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

128GB reminds me when there were the old classic iPods without touchscreens.

posted on 15 May 2012, 11:36

72. Mittal (Posts: 434; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

In that case Sammy really nailed it!

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:15 4

36. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

At first I didn't like the S3, but now it's starting to grow on me.

Good review.

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:19 2

37. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

mmmm one more month til i have enough money to purchase this beast.

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:15

102. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)

A few more months and we'll have something better.....

I'll pass on the Galaxy s2.5

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:44

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

Wow great score this phone will be amazing i'll take one please usa release date?

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:50

47. sonisoe (Posts: 332; Member since: 06 May 2009)

i was wondering how the battery would hold up despite more juice in it.... fantastic...am definitely getting this phone...samsung flagships have been the best android handset in terms of software... i dont know what other manufacturers have done w/ android, but with my current sgs2, i experience "force-close"/other bugs as often as ios or windows which means sooooo rarely....(i happen to have an iphone4 and a lumia 800...am trading in one of them for this)

posted on 15 May 2012, 08:51

49. sonisoe (Posts: 332; Member since: 06 May 2009)

btw.. where's the video ? did pa review the same unit as that in the "preview" video ?

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:01 2

51. becazican (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

i think your score and review is bias to samsung, very apparent you have something against htc, but phone arena has always had a prejudice side ..

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:09 1

53. Diego! (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)

Quoting: 'Samsung has once again nailed it with the Galaxy S III and HTC better sell as many of those One Xs while it still can, because the king of the Android jungle is back, and it seems to be very pissed off.' LOL at that! Amazing review! This is the phone I've been waiting for. Come to daddy! :D

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:24

54. tedkord (Posts: 5113; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I'm a Sense guy, and all things being equal I'd go for the One X (though Verizon has apparently removed that option for me). But things aren't equal - I want a removable battery and microSD card slot. HTC took those choices away from me.

OTOH, apparently the US LTE versions will have the S4. So maybe I just wait for the next generation to come out, with A15 quad cores and even more powerful GPUs.

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:27 2

55. TheCellX (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

Waiting for launch. Your amazing, beautiful plastic, and your incredible performance will be mine. The best phone ever.

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:33 2

56. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

i dont understand how plastic means bad build quality...for a mobile device plastic is the perfect material really...bad build quality is if there are creaks,or some parts are loose etc and the s3 does not seem to have any of those issues as am sure would have made note of that...the back cover is flexible just like the s2 back but no way is it flimsy as it does not break easily.flimsy suggests that it is easy to break which is not the case...also the back is polycarbonate just like the one x,only difference is it is glossy and removable yet the one x gets praised for using plastic polycarbonate and the s3 does not...

posted on 15 May 2012, 11:57

76. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well i hope none of your plastic phones never melt or warp both of which i've seen happen before.

posted on 15 May 2012, 12:08 2

77. remixfa (Posts: 14060; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

much less likely than it breaking on impact like so many aluminum and glass phones do on a regular basis. :)

posted on 15 May 2012, 12:40

80. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

based on my experience here in FL better think again.
i've had plenty of aluminum phones and none of them have ever shattered or broke. there's been two plastic phones in my household that have melted and all of them get fine scratches in them just from normal use.

posted on 16 May 2012, 12:29 1

129. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

lol my phone has never melted...aluminium will not shatter obviuosly but nethier will plastic...you say in your country its hot enough to melt plastic so in that case aluminium would be uncomfortably hot....

posted on 16 May 2012, 18:44

132. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

plastic is much more prone to scratches and it's when the phone has come into close proximity with something that's hot when it melts like the windshield of your car when the phone is in the vehicle dock or on an outdoor table.

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:02 1

81. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I got a Desire HD and a Samsung Galaxy S, none of them have any problems at all. In fact, the Desire HD takes on more abuse, I'm always throwing it around and it's still fine.

posted on 18 May 2012, 04:32

133. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)

So far, the plastic cover of my Samsung Galaxy S2 were not damaged.. since I buy leather cases to protect it.

What do you mean by melting of the plastic phones? Maybe it will happen if you are living in the middle east or any tropical countries because it's too hot.. LOL.. Whereas here in Switzerland, it is impossible to happen, since it's a little cold here, and I think the plastic will be always in good condition! LOL!

Anyway, it's not just the plastic thingy I am focusing about because I am a careful user, when I bought ma galaxy s2, I bought a leather case and a screen protector as well... So after using it for almost 1 year, it looks very new. It only depends on the user though. If you're a careless user, better to have metallic or non-plastic materials for the phone coating.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:00

136. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5633; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the Galaxy S II with it's textured back is better to go with.

you can protect anything but as far as what is better to construct a phone out of plenty of us agree that it's NOT plastic, especially with this glossier finish.

i live in Florida bro. pretty hot here xD

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:55 1

151. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Ok. Hehehe.

Well, maybe Samsung has reasons why they don't use metal for their devices for the moment.

But next week I will get my Galaxy S3... and enjoy the features it brings. Hehehe

Hey my aunt is in Vero Beach, Miami, Florida.
Yes, I think it's hot there.

posted on 15 May 2012, 10:37

65. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)

I will buy a s4 bcz i hv no money

posted on 18 May 2012, 04:35

134. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Nice idea... maybe it will be released on 2013! hehe

posted on 15 May 2012, 10:52 3

68. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

A good review, a 9.3 which SGS3 definitely deserved.

posted on 15 May 2012, 11:26 1

70. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

I love how Samsung always keeps the best parts for their own products and keeping them at the top of the benchmark hill, probably the only reason why Samsung still produces Apple's chips and parts, because they know no matter how good it is, it'll never beat their own.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:56

152. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Check! Hehehe :D

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:23 3

86. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I'm surprised the score is so much higher then the One X. The SGIII is more powerful and has a few other little features that are border-line gimmicks if you ask me but, it the difference really 1.7 points worth. I don't think the SIII should have gotten a lower score. I think the HTC One X should have gotten a higher one.

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:26

87. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

I was expecting a score like this for the SGS3, but I was also expecting the One X to be at least in the 8.0 to 8.5 range.

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:37

89. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)

hmmm just wondering how this falls short of the Galaxy Nexus which PA rated a 9.5 - interesting.......

posted on 15 May 2012, 13:45

91. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)



now that's how you build a chassis - almost the same size as the SGSIII, but even larger screen and WATERPROOF.
Samsung definitely should've done a better job here.

posted on 15 May 2012, 14:50 1

98. jordan30589 (Posts: 15; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

I agree with the score and this will be my next phone for sure. Ive had te Galaxy S, and Galaxy S2, just following the legacy. But what i dont agree its that they based this review on a review unit. I think they should wait to get a retail version and make the review when software its complete on the phone, in other words when the phone its a its full potential.

posted on 15 May 2012, 15:56

99. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 909; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

I can't wait to see how CDMA units perform. Will they fail signal wise or improve. Samsung's rep for poor antenna signal is notorious in every phone so far, GPS or CDMA wise it seems If the Dam thing got good signal I'd be all in. That's make or break for me, how well it can attain and maintain a cdma cell signal, and GPS signal!

posted on 15 May 2012, 16:55 2

101. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

After reading the review, which I thought had way too many subjective statements in it and a dash of fanboyism, I honestly expected to see a score of about an eight... a fine phone but disappointing in some ways: no great camera and still at 8 MP, no 2 gigabytes of RAM, no knock-out design, glossy plastic construction, anachronistic home button, really not breaking any ground except for some nifty software tricks. I think what I'm seeing here is an example of a reviewer giving a phone the score we all though it would be worthy of, not the score it actually earned. This is a nice phone, maybe even good enough to replace my beloved Note, but it is not to 2012 what the S2 was to 2011. I think the HTC One X was more interesting because of its screen technology and it's finish.

One thing that puts the S3 ahead of the OneX in my book though is that, this year, they're going to release a Verizon version, which means I can go back to my personal Verizon account instead of my work AT&T account and benefit from much-improved voice/call quality.

posted on 15 May 2012, 19:42 1

107. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

What do you want, 12 mp camera? 2 gigs of ram? This isn't a MacBook pro my friend, it's a smartphone you don't need that much ram and 8 megapixel is pretty good look at the 4S pictures. Ok for the design yes and plastic also, but 2 gigs of ram? LMAO!

posted on 15 May 2012, 19:52 2

108. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Why not 2 gigs of ram? The entire idea of building a smartphone is to make it do more then what is expected. I'm just saying I think Immolate is right. If your going to give this 1.8 points more then the One X I would think that there would need to be a greater difference between the too.

posted on 16 May 2012, 07:31 1

125. Immolate (Posts: 288; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)

You missed my point, but since you decided to challenge the examples I mentioned, I figured I should tell you that at least two phones have been rumored to be coming with 2 gigs of RAM and several cameras with 12 or 13 megapixels. If you stay current with the phone news, you'll know what's next from a tech perspective and won't be disoriented when you hear people discussing it. In particular, look at what LG has in the works.

Also, I refuse to have the limits of my phone set by Apple phones or laptops. The smartphone is turning into a premier pocket game platform, and can be used to power a laptop-sized screen or even a large screen through HDMI. The day will come when the phone replaces the personal computer and the work computer because people will see the benefit of a single computing device to handle all of their needs, because phone specs will rise to the occasion, and because cloud-based storage will become the norm, making processing power a commodity.

Draw boundaries around the possible if you wish, but that's kind of a perverse attitude coming from a phone guy.

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:21 1

128. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

Simply because it's not something people need. It's like saying right now, why not put a resolution of 2560x 1440. It's useless to have a resolution that high on a smartphone. Same as the ram 1gb is more than enough. Maybe in the future when the OS requires more resources and the apps also. Until then 1GB is plenty. You cant just add things like that just to make people happy when it doesn't make any sense. Samsung did better than HTC by adding software features and that's all we need.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 08:00

153. jeraldjamescapao (Posts: 23; Member since: 17 May 2012)

What's the use of 2GB of RAM for a smartphone?

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:25 4

103. ahhxd717 (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

I want to like this phone more but the design and Touchwiz are just horrible to me. Touchwiz looks not much better than other versions, especially with the hideous clock. Looks like gingerbread.

posted on 15 May 2012, 23:22

121. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I've been complaining about that forever and it's like no one agrees. I know it not the biggest issue with a phone but, d***. I don't want it have to look at an ugly OS skin and a mediocre design when ever I pick up my phone. It's just my opinion but, TouchWiz, more importantly the d*** stock widget are so hideous! Cool phone though.

posted on 15 May 2012, 18:00

104. barondebxl (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I Wished John V would have done the review. It's painful to listen to Ray for 25 min, not cause of his accent but his tone is really annoying. With that being said the S3 is the phone to get!

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