Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon Wireless

The Good The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes fully loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE capability, a zippy dual-core processor, and a strong 8-megapixel camera. S Beam is an excellent software enhancement, and the handset's price is right.

The Bad The Galaxy S3's screen is too dim, and Samsung's Siri competitor, S Voice, disappointed us.

The Bottom Line Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.7 Overall

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Review

Samsung Galaxy S III Verizon Wireless

Jul 2012

Editors' note: This review of Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S3 varies from my review of the T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint models in the areas of apps, call quality, and data performance.

With the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3), Samsung has done it again. For the third consecutive year, its flagship Galaxy phone is a tidy package of top-flight specs, approachable design, steady performance, and compelling pricing. Starting its U.S. sales debut with five carriers -- Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular -- makes this smartphone nearly ubiquitous. Samsung's aggressive distribution strategy gives it a leg up against its chief Android rival, the HTC One X, but it fails to sweep HTC's finest, and Apple fans will scoff at S Voice, Samsung's imitation Siri.

That isn't to say that the Galaxy S 3 (henceforth also known as the GS3) does not impress. From the outside in, it has a large, vibrant HD display; Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich; a sharp 8-megapixel camera; 4G LTE or HSPA+ support; a zippy dual-core processor; and tons of internal memory and 2GB RAM. The $199.99 price tag for the 16GB version is highly competitive, and that, along with its carrier spread, makes the GS3 priced to sell.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $550
  • Brand Samsung
  • Service Provider Verizon Wireless
  • Diagonal Size 4.8 in
  • Weight 4.7 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, barometer, gyro sensor
  • Technology GSM / HSDPA
  • Additional Features AllShare Cast, AllShare Play, Speech-to-Text (speech recognition), TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), intelligent typing (T9), multitasking, sharing media via DLNA, software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air), Android Beam, DLNA Certified, E-911 compliant, Face Unlock, S Beam, Samsung AllShare, Smart stay, Social tag
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