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Samsung Galaxy S III Review

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

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...

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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: 14605; 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: 388; 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: 14605; 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: 14605; 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: 5713; 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: 494; 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: 435; 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: 65; 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: 2035; 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: 1888; 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: 408; 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: 494; 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: 14605; 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: 494; 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: 435; 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: 435; 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: 677; 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: 14120; 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: 50; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)

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

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