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The sound quality during phone calls has also been worked on. Samsung has implemented an equalizer designed to enhance the voices of your callers, so that they sound more natural and not as... well, phone-like. This technique has obviously worked, as we liked what we heard from the handset's earpiece. The sound is by no means perfect, but it's loud and relatively clear. What's really cool is how the noise-cancellation microphone of the S III manages to filter out all external noises. This way, the person on the other end of the line can hear only you, and nothing else.

The 2,100mAh battery of the Galaxy S III will be enough to keep the handset going for a full day, even if you are a heavy user. If you use it for just a few calls and texts during the day, and maybe a quick Facebook check, it might as well be able to run for two days on a single charge.


The Samsung Galaxy S III is a spectacular phone. A big part of what makes it spectacular is its incredible specs sheet. Yeah, although its specs can easily be rivaled by strong competitors like the HTC One X, which also has a quad-core processor and the other beloved tech goodies, the Galaxy S III manages to shine brighter, thanks to its superior user experience. It doesn't falter as far as core functionality goes, and it even takes care of the minor stuff, trying to improve every possible aspect of your usage.

For a first time ever, TouchWiz actually feels like a good thing. It doesn't completely cover up the great ICS UI, but changes it just enough to make the phone feel different from the stock experience. It adds a lot of nice touches here and there, providing you with more options and customization, without appearing cluttered. We absolutely loved the fact that Samsung has left little hints at some places, which definitely help make the learning curve a lot smoother.

Well, the device is bulky. You'll definitely have to forget about the comfort of using it with one hand only. But that's the way it is with this new breed of Android superphones. If you want to have a giant touchscreen, then you'll have to put up with having a giant phone.

Except for this one little thingy, everything else regarding the phone is on the positive side. The camera isn't perfect, but it's at least good, better than most of the competition. However, when you factor in the flawless user experience of the Galaxy S III, it quickly becomes evident that there's hardly a better Android smartphone currently around. 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.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 4.0.4, Baseband I9300XXLE6, Build IMM76D.I9300XXALE6

Samsung Galaxy S III Video Review:


  • Super-fluid performance
  • Refined user experience
  • S Voice natural language recognition


  • Camera photos tend to be a bit overexposed
  • The polycarbonate used doesn't give the impression of something premium

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Samsung Galaxy S III specs
  • Display 4.8 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3 Samsung TouchWiz UI

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