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The New Samsung Galaxy S III is Out of this World.

7/17/2012

Samsung Galaxy S II on Verizon, AT&T, Spring & T-MobileIt is finally here. The anticipated Samsung Galaxy S III is now available in the U.S. and for the most part has not disappointed. There has been a lot of hype and speculation about how this new device would measure up, including buzz saying that the Galaxy S III would be an “iPhone Killer.” Well, now that I actually have one in my hands, I found out for myself.

First Impressions
From a glance, the styling is very sleek and clean. The screen is a giant 4.8 inch Super AMOLED HD display that is amazingly crisp and clear. You may think that a device with a screen this size would be difficult to handle, but with how thin and sleek the Galaxy S III is, the phone is very easy to handle and comfortably fits right in your pocket (assuming you’re wearing standard guy jeans). Also, for how large the phone is, the weight of the Galaxy S III is by no means overbearing.

Customization
Exploring the Galaxy S III was a lot of fun because of the multitude of bonus features and the seemingly unlimited customization the device offers. In relation to texting features, the Galaxy S III text swype easily puts words together, can turn off different aspects of the auto correct feature, and even has a program that can create custom vibration patterns. After tweaking the text settings, I managed to layout text very efficiently. This was a long way from always using the physical keyboard on my current BlackBerry. In just a short time I got so good, I could even text without looking where my fingers were on the phone.

Media Features
The media player also has some interesting options, such as the ability to change sound EQ with “sound alive” and the being able to play music in fast and slow motion. The device also sports an 8 megapixel camera (and 1.9 megapixel front facing camera) that captures seemingly flawless pictures and video, as well as burst shot and face tag features. Another great new feature is the S Beam, which allows you to share pictures, video and music with another Galaxy S III user just by touching the back panels together. All you have to do then is touch the screen and the media will download instantly.

Performance Specs
The power this device wields is unlike anything I have seen before; the Galaxy S III packs a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The new huge touch screen is super responsive and the display is crystal clear. The amount of memory the Galaxy S III contains allows the ability to simultaneously manage multiple tasks while surfing the Internet at speeds faster than personal computers. The Internet browser (via WiFi) on the phone moves even quicker than my PC and is very easy to see everything on the pages.

Issues and Complaints
Despite all the pros the Samsung Galaxy S III has to offer, there are a few drawbacks. The main issue with the device I found is the limited functionality of the S Voice, which doesn’t work as well as Apple’s “Siri” technology. Along with this, there have been many reports of microphone malfunctions as well as possible overheating. (However, I was surprised how cool the device stayed while charging.) According to a Report from Fixya, 50% of all troubleshooting requests with the Galaxy S III are about microphone malfunction, although I was not able to replicate any of the issue.

Overall and Pricing
All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S III is an incredible device that will most likely be coined as the flagship phone of Samsung and Android. With a price of $279.99 with 2-year activation on T-Mobile and only $199.99 on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, you really can’t beat the value. The retail price of the device is a bit high at around $550-$600, but that is still cheaper than the Apple iPhone 4S. The bottom line - the Samsung Galaxy S III is a finely crafted powerhouse of a smartphone.

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