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Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X.
Here it is, the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). Available in pebble blue (pictured here) or marble white, the design is dominated by the 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen (1,280x720 pixels). On the whole the display is pretty, but it's dimmer than we'd like and too reflective. There are seven home screens that you can customize with app icons, folders, and widgets.
Though razor-thin, the Galaxy S III fits comfortably in your hand without being too slippery. It certainly looks premium and it feels better the longer you hold it. You'll notice the plastic skin, but the handset has a more solid build than Previous Galaxy phones.
You can choose a vibrant wallpaper for the handset's lock screen. Below are a physical home button and two soft keys for moving backward through menus and accessing the pop-up menu. Above the display on the right side is the 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
When the backlighting is off the soft keys disappear. There's a permanent icon tray on the bottom of the display. There you can access the phone dialer, your contacts list, the messaging app, the Web browser, and the main menu.
With the Galaxy S III's Group Cast feature you can share a presentation, which can consist of photos, PDFs, or PowerPoint files with a group of friends. The presentation is accessible by a secure PIN and each participant can control how it is viewed. After taking photos, you also can add them directly to Flipboard or Dropbox.
One of the handset's more interesting features is the Pop Up Player. As you watch a video you can access other features like the Web browser or e-mail. You even can move the video player around the display as needed.
Samsung's S Voice does more than just follow your voice commands, it also surfaces information, searches the Web, and controls select apps. In our testing, though, it didn't work as well as we had hoped.