Samsung Galaxy S III specs review

Samsung Galaxy S III specs review
Samsung pulled a bit of an Apple with the delivery of the Galaxy S III, we heard from many opinions when the phone launched last week. It upgraded the Galaxy S II just enough where it counts, compared to the competition, and focused on what you actually can do with the phone, introducing a number of unique interface and functionality improvements.

Nothing wrong with this strategy actually - the company has already blown our collective Android minds, and now it’s in it for the long haul. Last quarter Samsung made the record $5 billion profit, 73% of which came from the mobile division. Its main competitor - Apple - also saw mobile devices making the lion’s share of its $11 billion profit, so now the stakes are so high that, make no mistake, every feature that the Galaxy S III has or doesn’t have, had been carefully planned.


Let’s start with the chassis - granted, it’s again plastic, but why aren’t we seeing phones with 4.5”+ screens made of metal, ceramic, or anything more premium than the polycarbonate on the Galaxy S III? Even HTC, which is fond of having the chassis crafted out of aluminum, went with polycarb for the 4.7” One X. The only exception we can think of is the 4.8" Pantech Vega Racer 2, which is ceramic, but comes bulkier than the Galaxy S III. Have a look at the video below, if you want a taste of how the S III might have felt like with a glass ceramic chassis.

The reasons for the choice of material are simple - polycarbonate is light, durable, allows for superior wireless signal penetration, and is uniformly colored inside and out, so when you scratch it, the mark remains with the same color.

Now the rounded shape of the Galaxy S III and the “Hyper Glaze” coat on the blue version are acquired tastes, but when you pry off that paper-thin back cover, you’ll find a swappable 2100mAh battery, and a microSD card slot. That’s more than we can say for any other flagship, be it the HTC One X, iPhone 4S, or the Sony Xperia S, and it was something we used to take for granted with Android phones just a few months ago. The micro SIM we’d probably have to stomach from now on, since the mobile phone makers are moving even further, to the nano-SIM standard, that is about to be approved very soon. Just go ask your carrier for one with an adapter to replace your regular SIM, if you are getting the device off-contract.

What’s more important is that the Galaxy S III is only a tad wider and almost as thin as the Galaxy S II, making it about as comfortable to reach with your thumb across the screen for one-handed operation, but it will still be a stretch if you have smaller hands. The bulk of the screen size difference - 4.3” vs 4.8” - has gone into the elongated profile of the S III, which we found pretty smart first time with the Xperia arc, and manufacturers have been warming up to the idea ever since. 

Still, we’d like to see less bezel, but the addition of the home key at the bottom, which allegedly was thrown in at the last minute, might have warranted the current design. Management probably rightfully deduced that the Galaxy Nexus is an Android enthusiast device, and a poster phone for Android ICS, while Samsung plans to sell millions of Galaxy S IIIs to all kinds of people, so issuing a device with buttonless front was probably deemed a pointless risk in the heated debates.

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Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

Sigh, Samsung is made to copy.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

You'll get banned soon again, EARWAX. =]

15. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

lol 'TROLL' that got banned too

22. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

We remember that guy TROLL.... Its u huge stroller. Or eaxvac?

40. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

No I am not 'TROLL', he's a stupid Bollywood guy


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Its u again, noooo not another TROLL. Ur that guy TROLL or huge Troller or Eaxvac.

25. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012


2. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

Get a life jealous looser...

27. osamalone

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

shut up apple takes these chips from samsung and if samsung doent provide it your iphone would have been much bulkier and slower well they still are slow wats a DUAL core against a QUAD CORE

36. simon1

Posts: 5; Member since: May 10, 2012

Nice. Thanks for the post & you are feeling jealous it seems iphone :P A great review is here too -

48. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Who are you talking to? lol

63. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012


3. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

fantastic initial review daniel. I think the phone deserves much more credit than what people are saying.

47. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Hands on with Samsung Galaxy SIII in Vietnam.

4. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

It's a tough call this one... I've been with Android for the past 3-4 years now... owning both GS1 and GS2 after moving from an HTC Hero (ahhh, the chin..) And although I've loved every minute of my GS2... I love the ticker news feeds on live wallpapers, the endless widgets, customising every facet from icons to ringtones... I've tried every ROM under the sun from MIUI to Revolution and upgraded to ICS... And yes, the flexibility is all there, the screen size and quality is all there... BUT I bought my other half the new iPad a few months ago, and I started noticing the app store more and more... I've always been against apple and it's poor drip-feeding of technology and it's ridiculous, often false claims, and lack of admission when things go wrong... but noticing the quality apps more and more, and seeing just the wealth of apps that are available, that simply aren't on Android - it is frightening... and that's my point I guess... having this freedom is brilliant, but at the cost of actual application / function / developer support... That's why I'm waiting to see what the iphone 5 brings (it HAS to have at least a 4" screen to be worthwhile...) and then I need to think long and hard... Yes I love being able to drag / drop files at will on my GS2, playing every video under the sun and music file... and just generally tinkering all day long... but there comes a time when you want the latest apps, the connectivity to others and the freedom becomes less important because it's the apps you support not the phone manufacturer... I dunno... I do love the GS3, but I worry it'll be too close to the same experience as my GS2 for another 1.5 years...

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"experience" wise, the SGS2 was a weight reduced lamborghini. It was meant for speed and didnt really have many options that added to the actual android experience. Compared to the SGS3, which is more like a 1200hp bently. Still insanely fast but now is chock full of cushy features that give it an experience above everything else out there. Will it be enough to upgrade from an SGS2 to an SGS3? Thats up to you. Your not the target audience, however. People upgrading from the SGS1 s well as people new to android are. And as an SGS1 owner, I can tell you that I am rip-roarin ready to go with this phone. It has all the power and enhancements I wanted and a lot more. I would have been happy with another weight reduced Lambo.. having all these extra bells and whistles makes it even more intriguing.

21. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

You know, I never thought about that... that I'm not their target audience... you're probably right though... Oh no! WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE ME!?!? In mobile limbo... I guess I'm GS4's audience! I wish Sony would do a Play 2 - I'd be so up for that, to be fair I should have bought an original play and then upgraded to GS3 from GS1!!

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. yea, the upgrade audience is every OTHER generation. :) no... you in a mobile Lambo. :) Go fiddle with some ROMS. I've been doing that for quite a while waiting for the SGS3 to drop.. lol

39. ilia1986 unregistered

I can see what you mean, but remember - apps matter only so much. Remember that all the information apps give you can also be acquired via the web - and on Android - unlike on the iPhone - you can access ALL of the web. Yes, the sole fact that developers tend to support iOS more than Android is a sad and disturbing fact, but remember than Android is open source. A lot of the stuff is done by tech enthusiasts sitting in basements. In the long run - we can all live with a several-week delay of yet another Angry Birds space season holiday HD special edition.

58. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i have the new ipad, i think your views will change once you use the iphone 4 or 4s. yes it has the apps but how many apps do you really use? and give it some time android picks up just about all the best apple has to offer. the only thing that i love about apple is itunes. i just like the fact that all the songs i have are categorized named and album covers are attached automatically without manual input however, the slow os, the inability to multitask and the sheer amount of forces closes kills the phone. the battery life on 3g is a total joke. in two years android has closed the gap. the gs1 on froyo was a mess. however the updated android market and tighter integration has really helped android even on my cruddy sprint xprt i think is on froyo works wonderfully. its underpowered and lacks roms or kernals yet it gets the job done and the battery life is stellar compared to the battery sapping of the 4s. i have used the verizon version and sprint. i simply did not get as many forces closes as i did on my normal iphone 4s or jailbroken version. the ipad is a totally different story. my ipad kills the android tablet. i have a xoom 2. however in a year or two when people begin using lte enabled tablets and computers. android will have caught up. i guess it just comes down to know. do you want something that works and has the best support now go apple. if you want total customizability, optimization, and patience android is the way to go

65. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Dude, I definitely know what you mean. I was deciding between the SGIII and the One X, but decided to go ahead with One X since it was already out and also because I had 30 days to return. I really loved the phone until I started purchasing applications.......and then I hated it, lol. The applications are obviously no optimized well for each android phone, and its pretty annoying. The graphics on a lot of the apps are low quality, the apps can be "clunky", and I thought that having a bigger screen would mean more content but sometimes all you get is GIANT LETTERS and a lot of space in between..... looks so tacky. I'm so ready to jump ship, but I still feel like Android is sorta half-baked. Widgets are cool (definitely not a killer feature though) and I loved how I have access to the file system like adding attachments to emails, but I just don't know if I can get over the simple things. The low quality images on a great screen really irks me (I tried hard to ignore it), my images not displaying right in the mail client pissed the hell out of me (I never had to worry about things like this on the iPhone), the clunkiness in general was a surprise. I thought by now Android would be "smooth as butter" like many people say. It's not. I definitely understand the appeal for Android, but I guess its not for me either because I stress over the fine details too much. I'm not going to lie, trying to jump ship (again) really made me appreciate my iPhone. So I'm in the same exact boat as you. Two weeks ago I was over iPhone but now I'm right back to where I was before, so obviously Apple is doing something right. Its either iPhone 5/6 for me or keeping my iPhone 4S, possibly (but not likely) the buy SGIII and make it my 3rd attempt for Android in the past year. Apple don't let me down please, lol. But if you liked the SGII a lot, you'd probably also like the SGIII.

67. ilia1986 unregistered

E.N. remember that Android is a platform which spans hundreds of different devices, which have several different resolutions and specs. Of course there is going to be a bit of a mismatch between what you download the first time, and what you actually expect to get. That's why Android allows you to redeem your purchase within 15 minutes after purchasing the app, and get the money back, should you choose to do that. It's like a PC - you can't just install everything and expect everything to work right away. If an app displays low res textures - (an issue which was present in late 2010\early 2011 on iOS as well, until developers updated apps with retina graphics) - that means that the developer hasn't yet updated the app with the HD resolution graphics. Give it some time. Or - try something else. Or - try finding some insane tweaks like running two apps side by side (it's possible on the Galaxy Note 10.1, maybe someone made a tweak out of it). I have an iPhone 4. At first when I bought it - I also began downloading hundreds of seemingly cool applications - only to discover a year afterwards that I never use almost any of them. Currently I have about 60 apps installed. On a daily basis I use only Facebook, Waze, 1 -2 news Apps and iBooks. That's it. I too bought the iPhone 4 and not an Android phone back at the time thinking that I'd rather have this cool unlimited choice of apps - only to discover a year afterwards what a horrible mistake I've done. Apps don't matter much. Personalization, control over your phone, capability and power - these do. So yeah - iPhone might have an "app for that", but Android can do "that" natively, or with some tweaking. Btw which e-mail app did you try to use that you got the images not displaying right? This happens to me as well sometimes when I use the Mail app on the iPhone and I get a mail with widescreen images inside.

68. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You mead excellent points, but I think you highlighted perfectly where we differ. I don't spend time customizing with widgets, changing to live wallpapers etc etc. I get a ton of emails, and need something that works well. iPhone definitely has its problems but not enough to make me want to pull my hair. It kinda ironic because I had problem viewing images in such a big screen when they displayed perfectly on my iPhone's small screen. I used the stock mail browser on the One X. I searched the other options in the play market but they looked pretty ugly & super basic. The browser is kinda of a joke too. Why is switching tabs such a pain in the One X?!?! lol. Clunk, clunk, and more clunk. You definitely gain a lot by going Android, but you lose a lot too. The whole "give it time" argument is probably the most annoying reason to stick with Android. Let me know when it finally gets there, then I'll switch over for good, but not a moment before. Based on the spec review of the SGIII, it looks like a pretty legit and high-end device. The camera on the SGII was pretty good so the SG3's camera should give the 4S a run for its money. Still don't think I'm buying the phone though.

69. ilia1986 unregistered

Well if you're really heavy into mail - why not use Gmail? As for the stock e-mail client - have you tried using your mail on an iPhone? Did the experience differ? When it comes to switching tabs on the browser - it's Sense. Afaik stock android or anything else uses a different method. Besides - you can always try another browser. I think you just happen to have the "iPhone" mentality. Can't blame you if you've used an iPhone for a long time before. Maybe you are used to accepting what you get out of the box, and not used to being able to completely change and tweak that. That's understandable. Took me awhile too to realize that I could do so much more with the iPhone if only Apple would have allowed me to. Btw - I really think that Sense is rather iOS-like when it comes to function over flashiness. It has all these "cool" 3D effects and such, but that's just flashiness. In short - you really gotta understand that Android is a constantly evolving and changing platform which allows the user unheard-of power over his\her device. For every app which looks ugly - there is one that looks good. For every app which has limited or buggy functionality - there is one that is perfect. Just like in the App store. You just gotta find it. You can't just start using the device and expect everything to work perfectly for you out of the box, because you have certain tastes and requirements while other people have theirs - and that's fine. Unlike Apple which tries to force-fit a uniform one-size on everyone and if you want something different - you can't have any - Android is like a clothing shop - you gotta try this and try that and try a lot of stuff - until you find something which fits you. That's the whole beauty in it.

70. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The mail app was the last straw, it wasn't the only problem. And I'm not new to Android, I do my research. I know just as much about Android as you do, possibly more. Don't you think I looked up possible alternatives? I'm not some new smartphone user who just happened to buy an Android and doesn't know how to use it. Also I've already considered using Gmail as my only email and having all my other inboxes sent to gmail, but I decided against it. And no, I don't have "the iPhone mentality." I've tried jumping ship twice, which says something in itself. I'm am though, use to things working well out of the box and I think that's an expectation everyone should have. I think there's beauty in not having to look for alternatives and having an option that works perfectly out of the box. I don't consider "beauty" as having to find your way through a load of junk. I don't know where you come from but I call that bullish*t, lol. You're the one stuck in some sort of disillusioned mentality. It's fine if you want to customize blah blah blah, but everyone's different and I don't share the same desires.You're sounding pretty damn preachy, and no offense but its kinda annoying now.

71. ilia1986 unregistered

Well I still don't understand what the actual problem is. You say that some images display incorrectly in the native e-mail app on Android. Aside from the fact that there are alot of alternatives - the same can also happen on the native iPhone mail app as well. You complain about browser tab switching on the One-X - but as I've said - there are many many alternatives to that, from using a different browser, to using a custom Rom. You say that you like for things to work well right off the box, but thing is - this is subjective. What's good for you, is hell - pure hell for me. Yes, for me, seeing all these YouTube videos about widgets, tweaks, themes, customizations and control - and the looking at my iPhone 4 is more than enough to make me want to pull my hair. Somehow I'm not bald yet. You may have found something that works for you well - iOS. And that's fine. Maybe you don't like meddling in all these tweaks and customization options. That's your choice. But remember - some day, some time, you will get tired from this constant static grid of 4x4 icons. Just like I did. And then you might - might - regret that you jumped ship. I've already made the mistake of buying an iPhone 4. Unless Android somehow dies in the future (which won't happen since it's open source), I will never make the same mistake again. No matter how many "amazing", "revolutionary" and "magical" features Apple will steal from other companies and shove into it's next iPhone models.

76. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

... so you just want another 'fan-phone' then.... have you actually tried the iphone fully?? if you have, then I think there is a Dyson getting nearer to you, having not explored the full extent of android...

5. bigbosspt

Posts: 3; Member since: May 05, 2012

i only wish that samsung went for a 12 mpx camera instead of 8mpx, besides that, its a great smartphone

10. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

I totally agree with you. Rite now I'm usin 12mp phone, so I am lil worried to go back for 8mp.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

for the 10 millionth time, MPX mean NOTHING. Its about quality of the hardware and software, and every initial review says the SGS3 has it in spades. MPX is nothing but the actual size of the picture... and unless your planning to make full sized large pictures, you will never have a use for it. Its a mind game.

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