- Best-Reviewed Features: Gorgeous 4.8" Super AMOLED touchscreen, S Beam, faster processor, Android 4.0 ICS, new camera tricks and nifty new software.
- Least-Liked Features: Plastic "vanilla" case, size may be too large, web browsing drains battery, bloatware glitches and screen seems dim.
- Overall Rating: 4.33 out of 5.
- Network Ratings: Dependent upon where you live. Verizon most coverage, AT&T fastest in download tests, T-Mobile fastest in real-time web and Sprint 4G LTE limited markets, 3G too slow
The Samsung Galaxy S III offers a lot of firsts: first smartphone launched across multiple carriers simultaneously, phirst phabulous phablet to beat iPhones in sales and first choice for the summer for power as well as features. We reviewed all the major reviews of the individual devices as well as comparison of networks and distilled the information, followed by the best prices we could find.
The consensus of reviewers is that they like the big screen, fast processor, new features, call quality, battery life and processor speed. The least liked feature is the plastic back, this helps make the device lighter. Some reviewers don't like the Samsung software. You may have noticed the Samsung Galaxy S III during the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, it is the official device of the event and given to all athletes and some volunteers. AT&T sponsors the U.S. Time.
Sasha Segan at PCMag rated the Samsung Galaxy S III 4.5 out of 5 and gave it editor's choice for touchscreen phone for Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. The rating was only 4 for Sprint for lack of LTE network. He liked the good call quality, good battery life, fastest processor seen so far, good photo quality and S Beam.
CNET rated the Samsung Galaxy S III 4 out 5 stars. The least liked features were the screen dimness and S Voice. The only differences across carriers noted were voice quality and data speeds. When Samsung Galaxy S3 networks were compared AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile each win a category. AT&T had the fastest peak diagnostic download time and one of the most consistent speed spreads in CNET tests. Verizon had the highest and most consistent diagnostic upload rates. T-Mobile scored the fastest real-world times for both the web load and games download tests. Sprint couldn't be tested in 4G LTE at the time of that test.
Joanna Stern at ABC News called the Samsung Galaxy S III beautiful and best Android out, now for its Super AMOLED touchscreen, fast web browsing and fast processor. She didn't like the plastic back. She liked the TouchWiz sharing features including AllShare, POP, S Beam for large files, Smart Stay and ShareShot but they are hard to find. She gave it a buy-it verdict for the next few months.
The internal specs of the Samsung Galaxy S III are the same across carriers. AT&T offers a model in red which comes out today, but does not offer a 32GB model. Free DropBox cloud storage is only available from T-Mobile and Sprint. Sprint is the only carrier to offer Google Wallet with a free $10 credit.
Complaints from around the forums and web: Verizon owners hate the constant Wi-Fi email notifications. Consumer Reports noted some Samsung tools, however, such as the voice-activated assistant and the Buddy Photo Share photo-tagging app, had a penchant for errors that quickly became annoying. Wired also noted software errors.
LetsTalk Samsung Galaxy S III buyers (Sprint, Verizon & Sprint) get $50 value free screen protectors, car mount & charger for the Samsung Galaxy S III with new two-year activation.
Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III LetsTalk free accessories, Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) for $129.99 (10% off makes $116.99) with a contract for individual accounts. You also get a $10 Google Wallet credit. LetsTalk has also discounted the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III for new contracts to $149.99 (10% off makes $135.99). (Use LetsTalk coupon code TALK4TEN for 10% off for up to $25 until 8/15. )
Amazon has slashed prices for the Samsung Galaxy S3 from Verizon Wireless($149.99), Sprint ($139.99) and AT&T to $149.99 (except for AT&T renewing customers $189.99.) If you are new customer you can use the $50 Off Coupon Link AT&T Wireless for new customers with a plan.