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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, 21:57

114. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You could hear RAY just wanna scream "omg the iPHONE IS BETTER THAN THIS. ITS TOO BIG AND FEELS TOO CHEAP, I LOVE MY SMALL LITTLE GLASS PHONE!"

jk

posted on 15 May 2012, 18:50 1

105. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I didn't see anything mention about the connectivity/reception.
Is it gonna screwed up again like the Galaxy Nexus?
Anyway, it's better to wait a few months after it's out.

posted on 15 May 2012, 21:58

115. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


the only connection and reception issues are found on the CDMA devices for Sprint and Verizon.

posted on 15 May 2012, 19:53

109. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Does anyone think PA lets sales effect scores?

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:03 3

110. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I'll be getting this phone in 2 - 3 months. :D

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:10

112. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Good for you.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 08:02

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


I will get mine next week... Hehehe..
We will see if this device is worth the buy.

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:09 3

111. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


great review. i am amazed i am saying it after the absolutely biased and poor reviews by ray of the htc one x. and please stay away from the oneX vs galaxy s3 please

posted on 15 May 2012, 20:42

113. bucky (Posts: 1387; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i really want this phone but im struggling to get over its size. I honestly think samsung screwed up on its size. Should have been the good ol 4.3 or 4.5 MAX

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:40

118. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Well, I'm sure you'll love it after you get used to it.

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:58 1

120. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You can hardly see the difference between the Galaxy Nexus, Epic 4G Touch, and this device. It's just that they use way more screen and way less wasted space. Even the Note can be comfortable once you get used to it.

posted on 15 May 2012, 22:46

119. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Just like incremental update like iphone 4 to iphone 4s

posted on 16 May 2012, 07:36

126. Immolate (Posts: 283; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Lol. You may get used to the Note, but you'll never forget it's a big-honkin' phone. I thought the 4.3 on the Droid X would take some getting used to, but frankly it didn't. The Note however is still a work in progress after months. Put a case on it and legs and you'll have a nice coffee table.

I still love it though, freak that it is.

posted on 15 May 2012, 23:40 4

122. Phaze0085 (Posts: 100; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Bring on the Galaxy Note 2!

posted on 16 May 2012, 09:05

127. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


http://blog.gsmarena.com/which-virtual-personal-assistant-is-best-for-you-siri-vs-s-voice-vs-speaktoit-assistant/

enjoy watching.
In my opinion it just shows how far behind samsung is compared to apple. I'm not speaking in general but about s assistant. They wanted to make something similar and probalby better than siri and they failed. That's a gimmick.
That's the main difference. When apple does something it is polished (mostly). Samsung (the others too) makes an imitation trying to catch up rotten apple.
Haters and no-haters.
I don't like neither samsung nor apple.
I just thought it would be funny to see "assistant results" and who is better.

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:09

130. Shocky (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 May 2012)


It's a good score, however I looked at the Galaxy Nexus review and compared positives, the Galaxy S3 is far more capable than the Galaxy Nexus yet scores lower and has less positives and more negatives.

There’s no consistency here at all, I think you should maybe stop writing reviews Ray S.

posted on 18 May 2012, 06:49 1

135. itke2k (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 May 2012)


hello, i have an important question about the galaxy s3 multi-tasking,

is it the same as the htc one x? meaning does it aggressively kills background processes or is it like galaxy s2?

because somehow nobody mentioned anything about hox multi-task new "feature" in reviews

so i wondered if its an ics 4.0.4 problem,

i have a sgs2 and i want the sgs3

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:21 1

137. Suraj3337 (Posts: 44; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Can someone tell me if the smart stay feature on the gs3 works even in a very dark room? What i mean is can the phone's camera recognize the users eyes in the dark room?

posted on 20 May 2012, 11:51 3

138. theniner (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 May 2012)


I am not a fan of the Galaxy S III. I haven't actually felt it, but if it is like other Samsung Galaxy S and S II Phones, it has an extremely cheap feel to it. Also my brother has an Epic 4G Touch and the interface stutters a lot more than my Original EVO.

posted on 22 May 2012, 09:02 2

140. babyk (Posts: 221; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


just one thing to mention ive held both one x and s3 and one x is much smoother and looks much sexier in my opinion

posted on 22 May 2012, 10:53 1

141. chocolaking (Posts: 438; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I have held a one X , it is by far the best handset I have experience.
I have not held the SG 3 yet. the designed just look cheapy ..
but the SG 2 was a good phone. just the battery is super terrible.

posted on 22 May 2012, 17:38 1

142. WILDCAT1935 (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Mar 2011)


Samsung is making these at 500,000 per month at their factory in Korea. Almost 10,000,000 on preorder. When will US get them? You do the math.

posted on 24 May 2012, 10:47

144. dubstep84 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 May 2012)


maths

posted on 26 May 2012, 03:35 2

145. ronib (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 May 2012)


samsung Confirmed that the entire case, including the battery cover, are made of polycarbonate!
"Polycarbonate is used on the battery cover. Polycarbonate is lightweight, solid and is already being widely used in the mobile industry. It was chosen as the best material to represent the minimal organic design of GALAXY S III. Using three layers of high quality, pure and clear polycarbonate, not only is the phone’s aesthetic elevated, but the durability and scratch resistance is maximized"

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:26

147. shanay (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2012)


I don't really like the design but I like what they've done with touch wiz and the stay on feature. S voice is pathetic though they should've teamed up with google and done something better. Wouldn't buy it and I find the Lumia 900 a much better phone.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 14:46 1

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


Why pathetic? Though the S-Voice is not as great as Siri, it's not that too bad. It can do tasks as well, like Texting, calling, & navigation.

I love my Galaxy S3!!!

I will wait for the next generation of iPhone, maybe the screen will be bigger. I love Apple too. :D

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 07:33 1

162. jerian01 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Lumia 900 over SGSIII? are you kidding me?I bet you just ran short of budget...:-)

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 06:44

163. shanay (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2012)


Not really I have an iPhone 4 and hopefully i'll either buy the next nexus branded phone so that i dont have to wait ages for updates or the next iPhone... Jelly Bean is really great and all.
SGS3 isn't designed well it looks and feels plasticy and cheap and isnt something i'd pay the same price as a new iPhone for.

posted on 31 May 2012, 07:09

148. hamid67 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Grvnh

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 03:23 1

149. globalteleshop (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Great Phone ....!!!!

Check this out :

www.globalteleshop.com

posted on 04 Jun 2012, 00:04

155. hitechredneck (Posts: 55; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Well I guess you all should know that the SG3 is not quad core only has the dual core S4 processor as the HTC One X does. Just seen it on cnethttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57446342-94/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-coming-to-five-u.s-carriers-in-june-no-quad-core-exynos-on-board/?tag=mncol;txt

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 14:39

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


Yes.. Dual-Core for the 4G version... But for the 3G... It's quadcore. Depending on what type of product u like... U can not have both.

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 03:14

156. BravoTeam127 (unregistered)


FOR ALL OF THOSE iOS USERS OUT THERE! THERE IS A PROGRAM CALLED ""QUASAR"" AVAILABLE ON CYDIA, THAT ENABLES YOU TO HAVE SEVERAL WINDOWS OPEN ON THE SCREEN, KIND OF LIKE THE SAMSUNG'S ""S VIDEO"" BUT ON STERIODS

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 10:25

157. darthduwan (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3730473593376&l=364bfb916b hehehe

posted on 15 Jul 2012, 07:27

161. jerian01 (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


no doubt...GSIII outshined all the phones in the wireless industry...may not be the hottest looker but it has the coolest functionality ever...I bet even this phone stay in my hands for 2 years this still be reigning as top-notch phone...I have Iphone 4s as well...but GSIII is far more excellent than any other phone than I can think currently...my wife have HTC one x and samsung galaxy nexus...that's why I can really tell and compare...GSIII simply amazed me....the king of all phones.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 23:43

164. Tonivstono (Posts: 14; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Trust me folks.....If U have this phone go get a screen protector.......This gorilla glass2 is strong but scratch resistance is s**t.....Because I trusted a video in youtube now i got 2 scratches on the phone(I really care about my phone never put anything hard with it)It is worst than my nokia x6 and its only gorilla glass 1 and got no scratches........:(

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:42

166. TMach (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I would also worry about the frame cracking, see my earlier post! For your ease of reference I am re-posting in the body of this one................Note to all....If you are thinking of getting this phone, DON'T. My reason, I have had the blue variant for a month, bought on 3 July to be precise. Without dropping it or any irresponsible behaviour on my part, accidental or otherwise, I noticed a hairline crack at the bottom of the phone around where the usb charger is located.

Popped into carphonewarehouse, they wanted to charge £169.99 to send it back to Samsung, their system would not allow them to send it back other than as customer damage or cosmetic damage which would incur the charge. Naturally, I said NO, I would send it back myself as it is clearly a manufacturing fault, left them an internet article which claimed Samsung was aware and were investigating the issue.

Just spoke to Samsung who stated it is not a warranty issue and to take it one of their Service Centres! A long argument later by which time I thought I was talking to robot and me venting about the appalling service etc. I decided I would but the likelyhood is that I will sell this as a B Grade used phone to CEX, take a loss and NEVER EVER buy a Samsung product EVER AGAIN. Not sure I can attach a pic on here but feel free to google "Samsung Galaxy S3 cracked case problems".

THIS IS AN ADVISORY, IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE STAY AWAY FROM THIS HANDSET AND SAVE YOUR MONEY. Shocking for a so called premium handset. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:32

165. TMach (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Note to all....If you are thinking of getting this phone, DON'T. My reason, I have had the blue variant for a month, bought on 3 July to be precise. Without dropping it or any irresponsible behaviour on my part, accidental or otherwise, I noticed a hairline crack at the bottom of the phone around where the usb charger is located.

Popped into carphonewarehouse, they wanted to charge £169.99 to send it back to Samsung, their system would not allow them to send it back other than as customer damage or cosmetic damage which would incur the charge. Naturally, I said NO, I would send it back myself as it is clearly a manufacturing fault, left them an internet article which claimed Samsung was aware and were investigating the issue.

Just spoke to Samsung who stated it is not a warranty issue and to take it one of their Service Centres! A long argument later by which time I thought I was talking to robot and me venting about the appalling service etc. I decided I would but the likelyhood is that I will sell this as a B Grade used phone to CEX, take a loss and NEVER EVER buy a Samsung product EVER AGAIN. Not sure I can attach a pic on here but feel free to google "Samsung Galaxy S3 cracked case problems".

THIS IS AN ADVISORY, IF YOU HAVE ANY SENSE STAY AWAY FROM THIS HANDSET AND SAVE YOUR MONEY. Shocking for a so called premium handset. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 07:19

167. WILDCAT1935 (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Mar 2011)


There's a lot of Apple fanboys/trolls whinning about fictious problems with the S3. Take it with a grain of salt.

posted on 04 Aug 2012, 02:45

168. TMach (Posts: 352; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I have a One x and S3 and the problems with cracks in the S3 are very real, it is costing me £135 to resolve. Believe it or not, that is down to you but unfortunately the truth hurts. The problem is not so much the phone but the appalling customer support and denial. The problem manifests in the blue variant, the service centre in Teddington, UK confirmed repairing 30 units so far.Also suggest anyone who doubts this reads about the issue on Knowyourmobile or androidauthority sites. All you have to do is google Samsung S3 Craacked case problem! It is not rocket science! There is a reason Samsung recalled 600,000 units due to faulty casing.

Get your head out of the sand and stop commenting from a stand point of ignorance. I don't particularly care for iPhone or Apple! Oh by the way, I also own the Xperia S but I guess that makes me an Apple fanboy........................doh!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 09:15

169. dr.fonearena (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)


This phone should have been reviewed by Daniel just like the S II,Ray wasn't really indepth.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 11:54

170. Miley_3d (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


I Can Say WOW, Just WOW!!!

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 17:28

171. moni2414 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


I would highly recommend not buying this phone. It is so cheaply made that any little drop will crack your screen. I had it in my coat pocket, bent down to pick something up and it fell - cracked the entire screen. Mind you, this is not a very high drop, from my pocket to the ground. I have had numerous phones from different manufacturers such as Motorola (one with just as sensitive of a screen as the S3) and Nokia and never once did the screen crack. I've had this Samsung Galaxy S3 for 2.5 weeks now and the screen already cracks. I would take the blame, had it fallen from a higher point or had every other phone I've owned done the same thing. It just proves the poor quality of this phone. To top it off, I called Samsung and had even been willing to pay for the replacement screen, seeing as how "the warranty does not cover physical damage", but being that the cost to replace a screen is $178 I would not give them that satisfaction. $178 is probably about the same amount it took to build the cheap thing, they only hike up the price to $300 to take advantage of the consumer. This review will be on every site I can add a review for this phone because I will do everything in my power to warn the potential customers about this poorly manufactured phone and the poorly established "warranty" it comes with. Needless to say, this will be the first and only time I go with a Samsung phone...Samsung just lost another customer.

posted on 04 Feb 2013, 01:34

172. ttuhou (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I liked the look of the S3 but wouldn't have brought one, however I was lucky enough to win one in a competition. I have to say that although I would never have gone out and brought one, once you have owned one it is very hard to go back to any other phone. It is such a breeze to use, and although big it is thin enough to be comfortable in my pocket. Anyway its a great phone and I am glad that PA gave it a great rating.

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