Samsung Galaxy S III / S3 I9300 Hands-on Review – Design, Camera, Performance

When we jotted down the list of devices that came in the series of Galaxy S since 2009 prior to the launch of Galaxy S III, only one question was pointed out by the readers and the same ran in our minds, has Samsung brought out something strong enough to be called the World’s best smartphone? After playing around with the S III, we might have to agree with the fanboys that Samsung has launched one of the best devices around, although it can’t be called something that satisfies all the needs of a high-end smartphone user who is spending more than USD 700 (INR more than 40k), so the flurry of complains won’t be a surprise.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Has the Samsung Galaxy S3 entered the market to make the other brands wonder why they didn't come up with devices having such unique features?

Samsung has not only boasted a lot already by showing a few exceptional features of the Galaxy S III, but proved it by claiming a 10-million pre-order count even before the device was officially launched into the market. Now is the time, to see whether those millions of customers were actually satisfied after spending their hard-earned cash on this fresh giant in the competitive world of beasts that have the same owner’s Galaxy Note, and the others in the league include the Droid Razr from Motorola, One X from HTC, Xperia S from Sony!

The design is quite changed from the S II, as the back panel has got smoother, the back has no beak and its totally uniform from top to bottom, while keeping most of the other things to the simplest, best to avoid the criticism for trying out something odd. But with the unchanged camera, the tag of “inspired by nature”, “made for humans”, did Samsung hit the HTC One X (which we see as the only best competitor to the S III) users with something to be wondering about the best in them?

Read below for the part-to-part review of the Galaxy S III

The Design, Form Factor and Display

What Samsung tried to explain in the Human Inspired tag of the Galaxy S III, is shown in the design and shape of the device which loses the rectangular shape of the S II, and the matte finish on the exterior of its, making it more comfortable in the hands with the curvy edges and the less-than-9 mm. of thickness giving the natural theme hype a good justification. Samsung has tried all the best possible ways in making the phone a user-friendly one in design too, and succeeded as well. The pebble-inspired design looks classy in the Blue color, but the White device which we are reviewing, looks far better than the blue one with the reflective back and the display is another beauty with the bending down corners giving a perfect uniformity on all the sides.

The 4.8-inch display of the Samsung Galaxy S III bends down near the corners and this totally beats the display and screen of the other high-end devices. With the thin body, Samsung has made the device look quite less bulky than the other high-end phones like the HTC One X, Galaxy Nexus from Samsung, although the winner in the league still would be the Morotola Droid Razr. When you are watching videos or browsing through the picture gallery, larger screens always fascinates you, and even the small fraction of increased display size makes a difference and technically, the S III beats the Galaxy Nexus and HTC One X with the screen size.

Samsung Galaxy S III Front  Samsung Galaxy S III Back

The display of the Galaxy S III is of Super AMOLED technology, and the users who only have the specs in mind would compare it with the Super AMOLED Plus of Galaxy S II, but it doesn’t really make a difference because the former gives an excellent quality graphics output, and everything one would think to complain about would be forgotten when the user actually starts experiencing the Galaxy S III with a noticeable distance from the eyes, thanks to the large screen size.

Talk about the physical exterior, the front has got a change in the Home key which has got thinner and longer, with the same Menu and Back touch-sensitive keys on the either side of the Home key. It always makes a good sense on why the Power key is made available on the right side rather than on the top, and we always like to have it on the side because the one-hand usage would not make it easy for anyone to push a finger to the top of the phone to hit the button. Samsung has always maintained the positioning of the keys in the Galaxy-S series, and that if changed, would have seen a lot of criticism.

Samsung Galaxy S III Side  Samsung Galaxy S III Top

The back panel can be opened, and that’s what would make the battery replaceable and hold a big advantage for frequent travelers. Making a unibody device has the advantage of its own, but when you have an option to remove the battery, the need to rush to the service center for every small issue is brought down. With the removable back panel, there is even an option for inserting a MicroSD card and expand the memory, making things far better for users. Most of the body, even the battery cover is made of Polycarbonate material, which although would give a plastic feel, provides enough strength to the phone. And unlike the Galaxy S II where you could open a part of the back area, the removable back panel of S III is from the top to bottom, and has the gaps for the camera, flash and speaker to pop out.

Samsung Galaxy S III Back Panel  Samsung Galaxy S III Back Section

The 3.5-mm headset jack is on the top, just beside the notch from where the back panel opens. The Micro USB slot is located at the bottom, which is the ideal place but might not be the best when you are placing the phone in a dock and would want to connect it to the charger at the same time. The Volume rocker keys lie parallel to the Power key on the left side, and its a single key pressable on the top and bottom area.

Samsung Galaxy S III Volume Key  Samsung Galaxy S III Bottom

The front top area of the phone is the only one which doesn’t maintain the same beauty that the entire phone does, as the white panel clearly shows the front camera and the two sensors as three dark circles just beside the earpiece and Samsung logo, making the center and right totally filled but the left area empty, non-aesthetic. What we see as a totally new feature in the Galaxy S III is the LED indicator light, as a blue light on the left side adjacent to the earpiece.

Samsung Galaxy S III Front Top

The transparent LED indicator on the left, and sensors + camera on the right of the earpiece makes the top front area look a bit ugly!

Overall, the design of the Samsung Galaxy S III seems a lot inspired from the Galaxy Note, and compare the Note and S III both with the White color, you would notice no much difference in the exterior, except that the S III pulled and made larger from all the ends would make it the Note. It is pretty comfortable to feel, coming with the premium class design.

Operating System, Interface and Apps

The Android 4.0 ICS operating system in the Galaxy S III would not be a total advantage, and not a mere disappointment at the same time. It is not the typical 4.0 interface that the Galaxy Nexus had, and not the standard touchwiz that the previous Galaxy devices had, but a hybrid made out of both of these with more of Touchwiz UI being shown, which someone from iOS or WP7 experience won’t be very much impressed about. Better than the other brands, which disappoint the users with the previous versions of OS, upgradeable to the latest one where the users actually wouldn’t want all the hassle of upgrading and expect the latest software already when they purchase a new device.

Samsung Galaxy S III home screen  Samsung Galaxy S III lock screen  Samsung Galaxy S III lock screen unlocking

The Galaxy S III welcomes you with the multiple homescreens, mostly filled up with several shortcuts, widgets and folders on each making the user friendliness far better, where the user doesn’t have to wonder where to start with. The theme of Nature portrayed well with the wallpaper, doesn’t end there. You unlock the screen by the touch and drag, which splashes the water to make it look far natural. The water drop sound makes the feel more pleasing, and you would start playing around to see the water effects with the sounds while trying to unlock the screen.

There are 4 shortcut app icons on the lock screen in the bottom, dragging one of which would open the particular app. Lately, most of the high-end phones have got the shortcut to the camera app directly from the lock screen, and you see that in the Droid Razr, the Galaxy S III and even the HTC One X.

Samsung Galaxy S III lock screen app opening  Samsung Galaxy S III menu  Samsung Galaxy S III home screens

There is no wondering whether the phone performance would be high, when Samsung has integrated the high quality graphics and heavy interface in the S III, because the 1.4 GHz Exynos processor is there to provide enough of the same. With the widgets and so many installed applications already, Samsung has not just rewamped the old interface to make it look better in looks, but even make things easier to use for the new users who haven’t had much of a touch on the Android phones.

Instead of long pressing the home screen and searching for the options to add widgets to the home screen, one can do that easily by going to the App menu where there are 2 sections – one for the apps and other for the widgets where all the widgets are available in several pages. Just long press one of the widget and it would automatically come into the control of the touch and you could place it anywhere on one of those multiple home screens.

Samsung Galaxy S III Widgets  Samsung Galaxy S III widgets 2  Samsung Galaxy S III placing widget

The notification panel, sized the same but provides a lot more than earlier. The top area with the connectivity shortcuts earlier, now has got more options totaling to 10 in number and they slide from left to right within a couple seconds after the panel is opened. You can slide the arranged-in-two shortcut areas from left to right and vice-versa anytime. These shortcuts are for Wi-Fi, GPS, Silent Mode, Screen Rotation, Power Saving Mode, Notification setting, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, Driving Mode and Auto Sync.

Samsung Galaxy S III Notification Panel  Samsung Galaxy S III Notification Panel 2

The phone, contacts lists are standard ones, with each contact having all options to call, message, video call, check profile on the Internet and Email. The call logs unlike the earlier times, have the Call button at the end of each contact name, which makes it easier for calling but we would have liked the swyping (to right for call, to left for messaging) in the previous models of Galaxy. Messaging app too is the same with the threaded conversations, and a group message still doesn’t get distribute into individual contact message thread, which is a bit of disadvantage.

The bottom dock has got 5 featured shortcut apps, the default ones being Phone, Contacts, Messaging, Internet and the Apps list icon. Most of the stuff is easy, like installing and placing new widgets on the homescreens, with the first-time guides spoon-feeding with the information. When we said the Galaxy S III has taken the inspiration from the Galaxy Note, it’s not just with the exterior but even parts of the interface. The standard Samsung-Android Calendar is gone, and replaced by the S Planner which was one of the best USPs for the Galaxy Note back when it was launched. Samsung has offered a lot more than just the standard app changes and the UI revamping, explained below.

Samsung Galaxy S III Phone App  Samsung Galaxy S III contact  Samsung Galaxy S III Messaging

S Voice: Blown are the iOS users and fans, as Siri has got a tough competitor and it does function pretty well, not like one of those alternative apps available in the Play Store. Activate it by saying “Hi Galaxy” and it would start listening to your commands. The accuracy is not 100%, just like one’s English accent. We tried to give several commands and found that the functioning is pretty well, with S Voice responding to most of them although not accurately always, and it isn’t shy to tell you if it didn’t understand what you just said.

Samsung Galaxy S III S Voice Tips  Samsung Galaxy S III S Voice Instructions  Samsung Galaxy S III S Voice Weather

Try to say you want to take a picture, and the camera app opens automatically. Try to say you want to check the weather for London, and it would open the Weather widget for weather status in London. Similarly, ask the S Voice to do several other functions, like start playing music, set alarm, snooze the alarm, turn on/off the Wi-Fi and other connectivity options. Enough for the automation you needed for the basic things, and thanks to Samsung they didn’t name it something like or competitive to the Siri for iOS!

Smart Stay: The screen stays on smartly until you don’t stop viewing at it. The sensors are made in a way that they recognize your eyes viewing at the screen, and this usually helps during night when you are watching a movie or reading a document, and if you fall asleep the screen turns off automatically. The tracker lies in the front camera, and once the screen turns off it doesn’t mean the functioning ends there. The phone, and the internal functions would run normally but only the screen turns off.

S Beam: Touch the backs of the phones which are to share any file between them, and assisted by the Wi-Fi direct the file sharing is easily done using the S Beam feature. Quite helpful when you are sharing the captured images and videos with your friends having the Galaxy device compatible for this kind of sharing.

Dropbox with 48GB free storage: This has become a trend, but don’t blame Samsung for it. Dropbox has considered giving all the latest best devices with free file backup and syncing so that the data is kept secured, and the Galaxy S III users would get 48GB free data storage when they register to Dropbox through the pre-installed application in the phone.

There are a few features like the “Lift to Call” which calls the person whom you are texting, and when you feel like rather calling them, you just need to lift the phone upto your ear for the same. We don’t see much of an advantage and need of the same, because while typing a message, its just a couple clicks needed to make a call.

Samsung has tried to make things automated or easiest to reach for users, like when you connect the headphones to the device, the Notification panel would let you know that there are several things you could do while having the earphones attached to take the advantage of the same. The notification would show “Earphones connected to the device” and you would be shown shortcuts to the apps – Music Player, Video Player, Media Hub, Youtube etc.

Keyboard and Messaging: The keyboard seems a standard Samsung one, but the options are excellent with the clipboard making things very easier for someone working a lot on the docs, and needs several items to be copy-pasted in several places. The clipboard keeps a storage of the recently copied items, and pasting is easier with it. We haven’t found any options of changing the keyboard type, as the Samsung Keyboard is the only available option, and wouldn’t need a replacement as the predictive text area too is impressive.

Samsung Galaxy S III keyboard  Samsung Galaxy S III keyboard clipboard

In the settings of keyboard, we could change the Input language, select whether to use the Predictive text, Handwriting, Keyboard swyping for changing between letters and symbol sections, Auto capitalization, Auto-punctuate, Preview of character and whether to have vibrations and sounds for every key typed.

Samsung Galaxy S III keyboard settings  Samsung Galaxy S III keyboard settings 2

The apps that Samsung already has included in the heavy list, has the list of Google apps including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps, Youtube etc. along with the networking ones like Samsung ChatOn, the Allshare Play, Game Hub, Navigation, S Planner, S Suggest, Voice Recorder, Music Player and the Android file manager. There is even a Samsung Mail app, but there can’t be anything better than the Gmail app for the Email management.

Samsung Galaxy S III apps  Samsung Galaxy S III app pages  Samsung Galaxy S III Apps Widgets sections

Internet Browsing

The standard Internet browser works fine in loading light to heavy websites with the javascript loading and rendering being totally smooth, again the credits to the heavy processor. There are direct options to opt between the mobile version of the website, or the desktop version so the website plugins won’t have an advantage here because we tested a few websites by shifting between their desktop and mobile versions but it didn’t happen because the Galaxy S III browser responds to the version setting of the browser instead of the website.

Samsung Galaxy S III browser website  Samsung Galaxy S III browser tabs  Samsung Galaxy S III browser Incognito mode

Multiple tabs, the incognito mode (private mode where no browsing data, history or form data is stored), pinch to zoom are the basic Android options one would notice, while there are several accessibility settings, privacy settings a user needs to play around with, before they get to have the best browsing experience through the browser of the Samsung Galaxy S III. Force Zooming option zooms any web page, even in the websites which controls the zooming and doesn’t allow making the page bigger in mobile versions. One could set the levels of color and brightness levels for the browser, when being used in Power Saving mode.

Samsung Galaxy S III browser settings  Samsung Galaxy S III browser Privacy and security settings  Samsung Galaxy S III browser privacy settings

The browser menu directly has the option to toggle between the mobile and desktop view. Browser history has the web pages visited on daily, weekly and monthly basis where you can see what pages were browsed today, last week etc. and the same history section shows the most visited pages in the browser.

Samsung Galaxy S III browser bookmarks  Samsung Galaxy S III browser brightness settings  Samsung Galaxy S III browser history

Samsung hasn’t included just the same Android browser as in the previous Galaxy devices, and the plethora of options available make it the sole choice and we wouldn’t suggest any 3rd party browser, unless you see more flexibility and ease-of-use than this.

Camera – 8 MP picture capture quality, video recording

When Samsung had brought in the 8MP camera in the Galaxy S II, we were blown away by the quality of capture, especially in the depth that the full resolution pictures provided. It is the same feeling when we took pictures through the 8MP lens of the S III, but at the same time it does make us wonder why Samsung doesn’t concentrate much on the camera upgrades when Nokia does? There is something Samsung has done to make the imaging better and make the picture quality excel than the previous version, and compete well with the HTC One X’s camera which deserves similar appreciation for the detailed clarity.

Samsung Galaxy S III camera

Even at high zooming levels, the S III tried to maintain the picture quality to the best when we tried the Macro mode to take photographs of something real close. The quality is a little compromised when clicking some far object, but the normal no-zoom capture viewed in full resolution, gives nice details of the object far from the camera. There are several options for the camera, including the resolution which can be of maximum 3264 x 2448 pixels, Focus modes of Auto, Macro and Face detection, shooting modes of single and burst shots, HDR, Smile Shot, Panorama, Cartoon and Buddy Share photo which helps in tagging friends to share in social networks.

Captures at different zooming levels:

Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Normal  Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Zoom Level 1

Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Zoom Level 2  Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Zoom Level 3

Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Zoom Level 4  Samsung Galaxy S III Camera Capture Zoom Level 5

There is a front-facing camera of 1.9MP quality, and its totally neat. Even the 4.8-inch screen of the phone showed decent pictures taken with the front camera, although the main purpose of it is the video conferencing using the chat apps like Skype, direct 3G calling etc.

The video recording using the 8MP camera of the Galaxy S III is of 1080p HD quality, and the quality of video is great. We would soon show the video captures in various conditions, but a simple note, you won’t be disappointed with the camera for both picture and video capturing. One of them is already done, bright natural light conditions. Select HD 1080p mode in the video for the proper quality check.

Connectivity, Battery and Performance

There is a big stock of options for the connectivity in all the ways, may that be Internet, Phone-to-phone bluetooth or Beam connection,USB or any other. What one can boast about, and take full advantage of, apart from the normal connectivity options include the NFC (Near Field Communication), S Beam and Wi-Fi Direct. Everything else is the usual bulk. To make things easier for users to understand, its Wi-Fi direct bundled up within the NFC to bring out the S Beam for the easy phone-to-phone connection and file sharing.

Samsung Galaxy S III wireless and network settings  Samsung Galaxy S III wireless and network settings 2  Samsung Galaxy S III Mobile Data settings

GPS is a lot better than what we used to experience in the Galaxy S II, with more than half of the users complaining about the glitchy GPS not locating the phone on time, but this time it has got GLONASS addition which makes the GPS tracking tad faster, although the accuracy is not as great as what the normal GPS used to give.
Bluetooth is of 4.0 Technology and the transfer to any other device is not as fast as what you see when its send to another Galaxy S III, but when there is S Beam between the two same devices then Bluetooth is not an option to use.

Users don’t seem to enjoy and take advantage of the USB connection to the computer, but the Galaxy S III has several options when the phone is connected to the computer through USB. File Transfer, Media Transfer, Internet Tethering and just charging are the options when you connect the phone, and the Internet tethering via USB is a better option than sharing the internet via Wi-Fi tethering (Mobile Hotspot) when you want to share the internet connection with the same laptop.

The Galaxy S III has a 2100 mAh battery, and when compared to the 1650 mAh of the S II, the capacity of 2100 mAh can’t be called real big or real small at the same time, because there is a demand for a good performing battery when you have the Quad core processor and the large screen with heavy graphics and the advanced features. We are still satisfied with the battery capacity, providing few hours of heavy usage and a day long normal usage with the messaging, calling and web browsing that a user does on-the-go.

Performance wise, we are very much satisfied with the speed of loading of apps, although there are many of them pre-installed and we installed quite many through the Play Store. The phone app used to force close in the Galaxy S II, the Motorola Droid Razr but as of now its nothing as such in the S III. We can’t say with the time ahead, the performance could vary just like the other devices do when they get older. Benchmarks, so many of them done, one can’t come to a final conclusion on which device is the best performing as one excels in some benchmark test, but stays behind in the other.

Samsung Galaxy S III battery  Samsung Galaxy S III Benchmark apps

Final Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S III has entered the market to stay around for some good time, to keep the buzz going, to become more popular than the S II was, and most importantly, to make the users happy for buying it and making the fullest use of it. And so far, we are totally impressed with the device, except for the pricing in the Indian market, which crosses the bar of Rs. 43000, and only the iPhone 4S is similarly priced, and is always hated for the pricing.

Samsung Galaxy S III

One of the things that would bother anyone before they purchase the Galaxy S III, is the price.

For users who are going to try out a Samsung Android device for the first time, the Galaxy S III is a worthy purchase because it doesn’t limit itself with a few basic options, but has a stock of those which keeps the users exploring something new always. But for those who are thinking to upgrade from the Galaxy S II, we suggest to consider the need for the same and then think of upgrading.

One of the best competitors to the Galaxy S III would be the HTC One X, with one of the best designs and interfaces and holding the huge advantage of being less priced (around Rs. 35000 compared to Rs. 43000 of S III).

We already like the Galaxy S III for what the device is offering directly, but when it would be used along with the extra accessories like the S Pebble, Wireless Charging Kit etc. one would be tempted to cash out whatever is asked.

The hot comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III vs HTC One X

The video explains it all, but we would suggest the selection between them based on the usage and requirement of the user. It isn’t an easy choice, but HTC One X is a clear winner for people with budget in mind.

148 Comments
  1. Reply amruth October 4, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I have purchased sumsung GT-I9305 in Singapore last month and now phone fell down and the teach pad had broken .. but in the service center the teach pad is not available because the s3 which is available in India got different mode no so anybody can help me out for this problem

  2. Reply Kanaka Reddy September 26, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Cool… Bt not so hard phone. Gives hardware complaints.

  3. Reply Haimamamia Lee September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Best for this

  4. Reply Niraj Kapadia September 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Hi Chetan,

    Thanks a lot for your descriptive article which is very informative. I too have started liking the S3.

    Also read about you, please let me know how you manage all this
    1. Being a Dentist,
    2. Your passion for technology,
    3. Blogging and
    4. Writing such superb articles
    5. Following cricket and
    6. Remain connected to the web for the entire day…

    You are simply magnificent, man !!!

    Regards,
    N

  5. Reply Ralph Sanders September 1, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Where is the clipboard located on the Samsung Galaxy s3?

  6. Reply BrianC August 31, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for the great review
    Firefox is an excellent alternative for the stock browser,
    and Smart Keyboard Pro is far better than the stock keyboard

    • Reply Rasmus November 20, 2012 at 1:05 am

      How exactly did you activate Smart Keyboard Pro? It says at some point in the instruction to long-press in the typing area for at menu to pop up, but I can
      t get that to happen…
      Thanx :)

  7. Reply Jaswanth August 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Chetan – This is impressive , i took it by reading this review , very good . now i also a owner for galaxy S III :)

    i wanted to know one thing , reg ear phones for this , while driving i have a habit of listening music . But in this i am unable go to next / previous songs , what are the shortcuts to use that ? and if any more shortcuts please let me know

    Thanks in adv ..

  8. Reply Robert Griffin August 16, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    I have owned a Nexus S phone and have become fond of the Samsung line of phones. I think I would pick up the III if given the chance.

  9. Reply Mirzi Sarte August 16, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Wow.. Nice REview. Love the design :)

  10. Reply Mushfique August 16, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Yeh,there was a huge hype before the release but once I got hold of the phone, it was a great dissapointment. The main problem was lags. I would suggest SII instead

  11. Reply Ruzwan August 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    A very Detailed review of S3 nad the camera is also great. Great Things always have great Prise.

  12. Reply Sergey Erofeev August 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    i would recommend this product to anyone that can afford it.Very well written review.

  13. Reply . August 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Everything about this phone reeks of winning. Glad it comes in black now.

  14. Reply saw siew phaik August 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I would recommend this to friends

  15. Reply Dennis August 15, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Excellent Great Review, i Will recommend It my Friend Has One i have a Samsung Infuse.

  16. Reply roowell fernandez August 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    so detailed & convincing (well, except the price heheh)
    IMO, I’d recommend the phone for those who wanted a slight iPad-ish experience. Hmm, maybe a good alternative perhaps.

  17. Reply Saurabh_B August 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    the review, as detailed-as-it-is is great. actually, it’s a relief that such detailed reviews are available almost immediately after the release of such high-end Super-Pricey phones. this way, it helps all us readers to make an informed decision, whether or not spend that kind of money ..?!?
    great review guys. i would like to buy it, but i don’t think right now, maybe when the prices come down after a few months. i know a couple of guys using this phone and they actually more-than-satisfied with the phone. definitely recommended for those who can afford it at the current prices!

  18. Reply Littleheart August 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Littleheart,

    A Min size computer with phone(too good)

  19. Reply Jennifer Aguirre August 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    If you can afford it and love the features I dont see a reason not buying it :)

  20. Reply Hiew Vun Yau August 14, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I would recommend this to friends. Definitely one of the “it” phone at the moment, nothing beats it, although HTC One X comes close, and from there, it’s down to the minute personal preferences.

  21. Reply Antonio Joaristi August 14, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Anyone who has the money to buy this phone absolutely has to, the only phone that comes even close to how good this is right now is the htc one x and that is still by a long shot! If you like android, this is the best phone for you…

  22. Reply Alex August 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I honestly love the Galaxy SIII. It is slim and complex. The processing power is amazing and I can’t believe the capability of the camera. I would definitely recommend this phone.

  23. Reply Rashmi August 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    galaxy s3 is definitely one of the best model available in the market. Surely it has won the war against apple iphone (though temporary one ;-) ).
    Though I don’t own this phone, i have seen it with few of my friends… look and feel is certainly impressive… though little costly affair.
    rule is simple — if you have enough money to spend on phone, definitely go for it.

  24. Reply Luke Pettican August 13, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Looks good but quite big so i wont be buying. Why cant they make a high end smaller phone?

  25. Reply Julie Bickham August 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I would recommend this phone. I like that it has a 2100 mAh battery. I will be looking more into buying this phone.

  26. Reply Paulo Ducut August 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    that’s too detailed letting us see the features not featured on other phones, well if people have the money to buy this, why not? but if on budget, dont buy this. get something else from Sony, because the support for low-range to mid-range phones of Samsung sucks. really.

  27. Reply Akshay Ohri August 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I didn’t like the Samsung products more but S# changed my view…. its one of the best available phone right now….

  28. Reply gouthamlalkt August 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    samsung galaxy sIII is a undisputed winner. but the looks are not good well apple is suing samsung so they are scared of anything making rectangular phones.

  29. Reply Elaine Chua August 13, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    very detailed review, i would recommend this product and ask them to read this review,

  30. Reply Sylvia Ortiz August 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Excellent graphics and 3D dimensional viewing. The bigger buttons for texting is a plus too; which allows you to compose your text with more simplicity instead of hitting two buttons at the same time. The features on this phone and it’s new “slim” design would definately persuade me to recommend to others. However, price factor would be this phone’s downfall for their “sales” margin.

  31. Reply Aman August 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Awsome phone. I am using it. Its too fast & touch is excellent. Only one thing annoying in this phone is its battery backup. Overall its good phone.

  32. Reply John Rey Sencir August 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

    i would recommend this product to anyone

  33. Reply Clayton Link Boyce August 13, 2012 at 4:12 am

    i would recommend this product to anyone that can afford it.Very well written review.

  34. Reply Thus Spike August 13, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Definitely, one hell-of-a-phone and I would recommend this to anyone who can afford to shell out the big bucks. Personally, as a lower middle-class guy this is an object of desire but realistically speaking I wouldn’t buy it however good it is, way out of my budget and league !

  35. Reply Rita Spratlen August 13, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the very lengthy detailed review!!! That was a lot covered. I think it is as good as any phone out there! I love the features. Would love one!

  36. Reply Anita Jones August 12, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    thanks for the greatly detailed review! seems like a pretty good phone with some cool features. i’d recommend it if it wasn’t so expensive.

  37. Reply sherwood August 12, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you for the looong review it really helps!!!, anyway i recommend this monster smartphone bec. of its professional look and bigger screen. Specs wise it would be the best smartphone to date.

  38. Reply Christy Maurer August 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Although I’ve never used one, I would recommend this based on your review! Very detailed!

  39. Reply Rita Alarcon August 12, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I would recommend it to any Android user!

  40. Reply Jon Ruski August 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    wow thanks for the review, this seems like an awesome phone if it wasn’t for the price I’d go get it now, but I’m going to have to wait until it goes down, but I would recommend it to apple or android users!

  41. Reply Denny Gl August 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    samsung galaxy s3 is the winner if you don’t consider the build quality and cheap plasticy looks performance vice its a monster.

  42. Reply Kamal Bliss August 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Galaxy S3 is perfect in every aspect, whether it is screen, CPU, S-voice or eye blink technology. I Like This Smart Phone Very Much.
    Its Unique, Smart And Very Fast. Best Phone i ever Seen.

  43. Reply Anand Nat August 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

    This is the best Android phone.

  44. Reply Mark Chan August 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Samsung Galaxy S III Smart Phone, great features, functions and nice design. Definitely would recommend.

  45. Reply Edsar Bondoc August 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Nice review

  46. Reply Chiranjeev August 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

    No doubt, Samsung galaxy S 3 is best android supoerphone as well of Samsung. I like its display, camera quality and its voice searching. I like it most. No doubt if you are looking for any iPhone like phone is such a affordable price you must go for it.

    Yeah..I recommend, must go for this phone.

  47. Reply Lorraine Ilagan August 12, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Very informative review. :) I would recommend it to anyone who can afford it.

  48. Reply LarryDarren August 12, 2012 at 2:32 am

    This is one fantastic product, I would recommend. I want one now, ditch my old iphone 3.

  49. Reply Saba Babbar August 12, 2012 at 2:19 am

    I love It

  50. Reply Atith August 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I recommend it because I love its camera zooming feature.

  51. Reply Tesia Nichole White August 12, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I would highly recommend the Galaxy S III to anyone because of its appealing look and interactive interface. This is definitely a big step up in technology :)

  52. Reply Matt Odette August 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Great review! I’ve been looking to update my Droid Eris (I know right?) with either the s3 or nexus 1.

  53. Reply Elias Cabrera August 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    It’s a good phone, I recommend it :P

  54. Reply Pranjal Maini August 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    To me Samsung galaxy S 3 is the best cell phone ever. Just the appropriate size, one must have for awesome day to day experience. Pocket friendly, technology sufficient, Everything one can have, to be frank other cell phone look tiny and incompatible in front of it. Ofcourse I would recommend it to everybody.

  55. Reply Chee Keong August 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Very well review and it is a mobile that can be recommended to my friends and families. thanks^^

  56. Reply Nirmal Kumar Sekar August 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Nice review, would love to buy one.

  57. Reply Fred 忍び August 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    GSIII is a definite recommendation. Very sleek, the screen is big, super fast, smooth OS, a myriad of features….You can’t go wrong getting this phone.

  58. Reply Joseph Smith August 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I’d love to use this phone, but can’t spare to pay for an new upgrade right now. If I had this, I’d pass my iPhone to my wife and use this one.

  59. Reply Dinil G Lal August 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    nice review. i think samsung will reduce the price almost competing with htc one x .i like thw multitasking feature on samsung galalxy s3 in which we can watch video white playing games.samsung has done a god gob in the software tweaking overall best.

  60. Reply Siddharth Saudagar August 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Samsung Gallaxy SIII is an amazing phone. Its features are catching many youths but its price is a very big down point. So I would recommend it but only if its price get lowered to around 30-32K

  61. Reply Gerald Cuan August 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Samsung Galaxy S III this is the smart phone that perfect to have on your hand..
    The design, OS, and features makes on the TOP.

  62. Reply Dhruva Choksi August 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    gr8 Galaxy SIII…definitely would recommend !

  63. Reply Bharat Gogineni August 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Personally by the review i was moved towards choosing this phone over the HTC one X,but then the the price really looked like it was gonna burn a hole in my pocket!

  64. Reply JonPaul Amaral August 11, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Great review! With all that technology under the hood of a beautiful looking device who wouldn’t want it?

  65. Reply Tim Qi August 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Proud owner right here. Really, I wish that they that would use the Korean variant as the international version – it be would have been perfect then – but I guess you can’t have it all…

  66. Reply George Andronik August 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    i love it

  67. Reply Paras Sharma August 11, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    If you will ask my personal review on samsung galaxy s3 , then i would say it is far better than iPhone 4S and HTC one X, what i have concluded when i compared features all together is that if you want to experience the technology, then go for Samsung Galaxy S3. Why? Wireless Charging, Micro SD Slot, NFC, More battery power, Much Thinner, Bigger Screen. These are couple of aspects which you are not going to get in HTC or Apple iPhone 4S

  68. Reply Bjarne Henningssøn August 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Great looking phone with cool features, Will recommend my friends to have a look…

  69. Reply jpiks1 August 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Cool …. Hope I’m gonna hove it someday… :)

  70. Reply Adie Bhatt August 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    This is the best Android phone. Also the price is gr8 thanks for the review

  71. Reply Raja Ekka August 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    wow what a giant review it is. But the price of s3 is not my cup of tea. But will surely like to hold this phone once in my habd

  72. Reply Carlo Infante August 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for that very informative review. Best android phone around :)

  73. Reply Amit Kumar August 11, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Galaxy S3 is perfect in every aspect, whether it is screen, CPU, S-voice or eye blink technology. I personally don’t like phones have >4″ screen size, so would rather recommend One S.

  74. Reply Mayur Godhani August 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the great device, that i am willing to purchase it. It’s affordable device, with good features, simple and stylish look as well.

  75. Reply ajm531 August 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Always appreciate deep, thorough reviews. It was interesting to note how well the 1.9 pixel ffc did. I would recommend this phone to anyone who doesnt care about whether it has stock android or touchwiz. even then its still hard to not recommend this phone

  76. Reply impmihai August 11, 2012 at 4:44 am

    It’s a very good review, but the price is too big compared to the benefits…

  77. Reply Columbus Chris Daniel August 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Completely amazed, awesome review.
    Totally recommended phone!! Loves it

  78. Reply Amber_herrera2001 July 7, 2012 at 12:14 am

    I have sprint and just got my galaxy 3 I can’t figure out how to turn on the driving mode.

  79. Reply Prashant July 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I have this phone for a month now. And I’m happy that I bought phone. Its awesome. It may be costly but after using is for a while you will less pinch of the price. One advice.. Check the market thoroughly for best deal. I bought this phone for 39K and now its available for around 36K… All the best..

  80. Reply Damon Aldora July 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Nice review! So much information! I’m just waiting for my Galaxy SIII to
    get delivered. I’m looking forward to being on the LTE network since many of my
    Dish co-workers seem to love the speed of it. I like to stream live TV and
    movies on my phone, which is where the Dish Remote Access app comes in. I have
    a feeling that the app will work perfectly using LTE. I can’t tell you how nice
    it is being able to watch live TV even while I’m at the airport or bus station.
    Now all the needs to happen is my phone’s speedy arrival!

  81. Reply Mugen Power June 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Chetan! I see that our twitter is banned here at Android Advices. Could you let us know why? Also, do you guys want to review our products?

    • Reply Pradeep Neela June 20, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Hey we haven’t blocked the twitter handle, its just that we manually approve the comments

  82. Reply amm09 June 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Wow! I’d love to have one ;)
    Great review!

  83. Reply Thiago Grande June 20, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Perfect review, complete and professional! In addiction I would remember the advantage to have a popular device like SGS2, various options of alternative ROMs are available. After trying almost 15 ICS ROMs, I’m using the Cyanogenmod 9 Nightly on my SGS2 and I can say: IT’S ANOTHER SMARTPHONE! Cyanogenmod makes me to rethink about the upgrade for SGS3. Thanks!

  84. Reply Saquib Najmus June 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    a beautiful piece described and written wonderfully good work keep it up

  85. Reply dolc73 June 16, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Que belleza a dispositivos!!! Esperemos pronto tenerlos a todos en Mexico :) :)

  86. Reply Drey June 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Well written and nice review

  87. Reply D3 June 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Great review

  88. Reply Olcay Demirhan June 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    my friends listen its not just a phone…its really great….if somebody want to ask about S3 can to ask from facebook
    http://www.facebook.com/demirhanolcay

  89. Reply Olcay Demirhan June 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    i have it…before 3 days i buy it….it’s great, wonderfull, incredible….what can i say more nothing…..its S3

  90. Reply Neha Sing June 15, 2012 at 8:07 am

    awesome 

  91. Reply Adam11209 June 15, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Seems like a legit phone but the whole inspired by nature thong is kinda retarded

  92. Reply Akshat Mittal June 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Its a Great Device..

  93. Reply Madhusanka Lakmal June 13, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    world’s best android smart phone!

  94. Reply Noel Cardoza June 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    awesome

  95. Reply Noel Cardoza June 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    awesome

  96. Reply DD June 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    great in depth review

  97. Reply Mo01 June 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    nice review 

  98. Reply Mo01 June 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    nice review 

  99. Reply Mo01 June 13, 2012 at 7:12 am

    nice review 

  100. Reply Rahul June 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

    awesome

  101. Reply Rahul June 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

    awesome

  102. Reply Rahul June 12, 2012 at 10:23 am

    awesome

  103. Reply Contact June 12, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Amazing and well detailed review. The review actually makes want to buy the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Hopefully, it will be in my hands soon…

  104. Reply Koonani June 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have Samsung S III, when i receive a sms with Calendar content, it says “Content Not Supported”. I am not able to save it in Calendar in my mobile. Can any one help in setting up the same?

  105. Reply Bryan Wood June 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    awesome

  106. Reply Neha Sing June 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Nice review

  107. Reply Veeshaal June 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

    long and great.

  108. Reply Raj June 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Such a long and detailed review is definitely appreciated and I love the way you have made use of each and every feature of the device.. superb review.. 

  109. Reply Stanleykovvadi June 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    very very cute

  110. Reply D3 June 9, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Nice review

  111. Reply Rohan Shankar June 9, 2012 at 8:39 am

    That’s a great phone!!

  112. Reply Puneeth June 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for bringing up the review so quick, i just liked the last video for the unbiased  suggestion and one should really consider your suggestion while they have choices like One X and S3 in front of them.. and I will stick to my HTC Desire unless there is some revolution in the battery segment. Be it 2100 or 1800mAh, I would say its not just sufficient for a days’… normal usage.

  113. Reply Puneeth June 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for bringing up the review so quick, i just liked the last video for the unbiased  suggestion and one should really consider your suggestion while they have choices like One X and S3 in front of them.. and I will stick to my HTC Desire unless there is some revolution in the battery segment. Be it 2100 or 1800mAh, I would say its not just sufficient for a days’… normal usage.

  114. Reply Amit Kumar June 8, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Didn’t liked the build quality compared to One X. The hardware is better than One X.

  115. Reply Nimitbhawani June 8, 2012 at 12:07 am

    the review is long but useful as like the phone

  116. Reply Amit Jindal June 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Its cool… i really want this…

  117. Reply jay June 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Looks pretty sweet. I like the big screen. Thought the Galaxy Nexus was big but this is big

  118. Reply jay June 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Looks pretty sweet. I like the big screen. Thought the Galaxy Nexus was big but this is big

  119. Reply Azad Chavan June 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    thanks for detailed review. but I will stay with my S2(price is too high for S3). and will wait to next edition of GALAXY S.

  120. Reply Azad Chavan June 7, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    thanks for information, i will stay with my S2. and will wait for next edition of galaxy S.

  121. Reply Ayush Agrawal June 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Saw the capture button?

    somewhat like iOS!

  122. Reply Prateek June 7, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Wow that’s the most detailed review I have ever seen. You have explained each and every aspect of the phone but still price is what that matters to many of  us and am waiting for it to go down. WIll buy it surely.

  123. Reply chapcoolboy June 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The price is high no doubt. Waiting for them to lower it to some extent.

  124. Reply chapcoolboy June 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    The price is high no doubt. Waiting for them to lower it to some extent.

  125. Reply Louis Wang June 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

    drool…

  126. Reply Sanadhya Avis June 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

    become disappoint becoz of heavy price,i was waiting for this from last 6 month,waiting for price down,
    Anyways nice review chetan

  127. Reply Sonuopel June 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Samsung galaxy S3,has been said to be a phone with over pricing,
    Poor build quality,cheap quality screen prone to break very easily,ics not uptodate.very dissapointing phone by Samsung,

  128. Reply Speaktorahul June 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    It seems to be the best phone ever. My need is dual sim phone I hope it could be dual sim…….

  129. Reply Speaktorahul June 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    It seems to be the best phone ever. My need is dual sim phone I hope it could be dual sim…….

    • Reply ChetanBhawani June 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

       These high-end phones usually don’t come with the Dual SIM functionality, as they are mostly for geeks who seek for the best and unique features.

    • Reply ChetanBhawani June 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

       These high-end phones usually don’t come with the Dual SIM functionality, as they are mostly for geeks who seek for the best and unique features.

  130. Reply Akshat Mittal June 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This is Great

  131. Reply Akshat Mittal June 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    This is Great

  132. Reply Nempee June 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Unfortunatly only white is on the market in India. why not the Blue? When can we ger the Blue?

    • Reply Amit Bhawani June 6, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      That should be available in 2 weeks in India.

  133. Reply Yash June 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Thats of helluva a review.Very well written review KUDOS

    • Reply ChetanBhawani June 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Yash! It seemed a small one for me, as I didn’t include many things yet.

      • Reply Mugen Power June 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        Great review! Chetan, do you think S3 needs an extended battery? We’re considering making one, because many people ask for it.

        • Pradeep Neela June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

          thanks for your appreciation

  134. Reply ankya7 June 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Wow , that is one heck of a review . I enjoyed reading it. Great article and actually now i like this phone more. 
    Once the prize goes down, i will surely be interested in buying it .

    • Reply ChetanBhawani June 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

       Thanks! :) Am sure the pricing might go down a bit in the coming few months.

  135. Reply Arghyahaldar June 6, 2012 at 10:09 am

    i can buy galaxy note for29430 or a s3 for 38900(which will be a bit out of my budget).i  heard that samsung updated their note with ics4.0 and the touchwiz same as s3.
    so my questionn is which one should i buy?

    • Reply Amit Bhawani June 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

      I would suggest to go for the S3 after a week or so when you can get it at around Rs 35000 around.

  136. Reply Asif Ahmed June 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Wow, quite a lengthy review just like the bigger price. I have started linking the phone after your review.

    • Reply ChetanBhawani June 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm

       Thanks Asif :)

  137. Reply Asif Ahmed June 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Wow, quite a lengthy review just like the bigger price. I have started linking the phone after your review.

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