Samsung Galaxy S3 (III) Review of Reviews Verizon vs AT&T v. Sprint v. T-Mobile - Best Bets/Deals

Samsung Galaxy S IIIThe Samsung Galaxy S III is Olympian in size and currently rated as the top smartphone across carriers, let's see why in our WiMo News "Review of Reviews":

  • 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. )

The  best discount for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III for $199.99 (-10% off $180)  from  LetsTalk with the Classic Unlimited Bundle  ( expires 08/15/ EXTRA 10% off ) and coupon code TALK4TEN.

Amazon has slashed prices for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Galaxy S3 (III) Review of Parties, Tips & Deals   Ashlee Simpson, Nikki & Chace, Screen Shots & Likes 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.

4.5 / 5 stars     

47 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy S3 (III) Review of Reviews Verizon vs AT&T v. Sprint v. T-Mobile - Best Bets/Deals”

  1. You just saved me hours of research. I wasn't sure which carrier to go with. Seeing the Samsung Galaxy S III at the Olympics made me want to read reviews, many of which are out of date.

    It appears that you really know what you're doing. It's like a Cliff's Notes for reviews. Nothing's perfect so I have to decide for myself what's the best smart phone for me right now.

    I also like that you research what online retailer has the best deal. It's really confusing.

  2. I don't know if Google wallet is worth just going to Sprint for. Does anyone really use Google Wallet? I don't see it in any of my local stores. I'm worried about using my phone to pay for bills. Didn't aunt a problem with hacking and Google Wallet?

  3. I still think the data is too expensive for the Samsung Galaxy S III. I was hoping there is a way I can use it with prepaid and just use Wi-Fi data. I I don't text a lot therfore the Verizon Share Evry doesn't make sense. I hardly even make phone calls anymore. Sprint looks like the best deal for unlimite data but its slow without 4G LTE.

    • I want one now. The only problem is in six months they'll be something better and then something better than that.

  4. Samsung is probably the only company that can take on Apple. They have much better TVs and appliances, too 🙂

  5. My contract is up, it I wait a few months won't I be able to get a better deal/

  6. Isn't there anything out there with a keyboard, like a BlackBerry but thinner and bigger.

  7. I am fed up by buying Samsung S-III mobile has it gives me problem & even taken my mobile to authorised service center three times they do not have solution for following issue ( my screen shown massage:- Unfortunetly,the process has stopped. ) this massage came while several incoming calls as well as few out going calls made from my current S-III & there is no solution given by Samsung even after making written complaints to them , please make sure take proper views before spending such high amount while buying S-III, I am Disappointed by this phone. .. Kailash.

    • All carriers now require an activation fee. Sometimes Wirefly or LetsTalk offer specials for free activation. Since the Samsung Galaxy S III.

      I just noticed a back to school coupon code 15OFF4G for LetsTalk technically LTE is 4G that helps a little.

      For Verizon phones LetsTalk is offering a $40 bill credit for back to school.

  8. I really like this article but I'm confused because I figured out I wanted the model in red but I'm a Verizon customer and it doesn come in red.

    Also I don't want to switch to the share everything plan, which makes me have to pay full price for the Samsung Galaxy S III.

    If I wait a few months the price will be cheaper, but when I then be more confused. Please help.

  9. My kids are pressuring me to get them all smart phones. It think it would be cheaper just to buy them BMWs. 🙂

    It might be worth it to get the whining to stop. Once their heads are in the smart phone realm, then they'll never talk to me which with teenagers could be good or bad.

    If I buy them all Samsung Galaxy S III smart phones today at Christmas they'll want some new nexus thing. It never ends.

    • Don't cave in to their demands. I agree with what others have said--let them work for it. I've had to pry my kids off their computers to spend time communicating with us. Can't imagine what it would be if they got smart phones. I know one thing--I've had to tell HS and Middle School students to put them away and pay attention in class. Once they get that entitlement--don't expect to spend any time working for anything when they know mom & dad will get them what they want.

      • Recently, I was at a Fourth of July picnic and playing with 5 to 8-year-olds. I said "Red Rover, Red Rover let all the kids who want free iPhones come over."

        They all ran over with excitement. That was really scary. I think maybe we may need a teacher to write an article about how parents can keep their kids away from technology. If you are up for the task let me know.

  10. If we give kids phones like this when they are too young, they will never learn to communciate with real people.

  11. I'm too busy this summer to worry about Olympic-sized phones, I going to wait unti the fall when I can think again. If the SG S3 is still then next big thing, I may get it.

  12. I think it's too easy for people to bash new products, especially if they have no idea how much work it is to create something that is so cutting edge. The reviewer's set a standard that is near impossible to meet with present technology. Even the iPhone has antenna gate.

  13. I keep coming back to read your review of reviews, it saves me so much time. I really like that you also find the cheapest prices.

  14. TThere is no way I would ever buy a top of the line smartphone for a child. You know it's going to get broken in a few weeks, then they will cry cry cry and cry some more.

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  16. The best bet is still iPhone for some, because they want to fit into the crowd of other Grandmas, who use the phone.

  17. To support your Olympic team and feel part of it, you should get the Samsung Galaxy S III. It's all American and made in Korea...

    • at least they have a company in every country,apple on the other hand has u pay a mortgauge for a phone that they say is american but assembled for 20 bucks in china,go figure i think we no who the real schisters are

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  19. Dropped calls, late texts, doesn't ring but voicemails appear, predictive text doesn't work, battery drains within 8hrs, phone spazzes on touch screen from time to time, and takes FOREVER to charge. More cons than pros to me.

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