Call quality and Battery:

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.


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:


  • Revamped TouchWiz experience
  • Lots of easy sharing functionality


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

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