Samsung Galaxy S III
2012 Android smartphone developed by Samsung Electronics
"Samsung S3" redirects here. For the MP3 player known as Samsung S3, see Samsung YP-S3.
Galaxy S III in white
|Codename||i9300 for International model and d2tmo, d2spr, d2usc, d2att, d2vzw, and other carrier initial names for carrier models|
|Slogan||"Designed for humans, inspired by nature"|
|Compatible networks||2GGSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
3GUMTS/CDMA2000/HSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1800 (Korean Pcs LG U+), 1900, 2100 MHz
TD-SCDMA (China Mobile Variant) and GT-i9305
|First released||May 29, 2012; 9 years ago (2012-05-29)|
|Availability by region||145 countries (July 2017)|
|Units sold||9 million orders before release; 70 million total (as of 2017)|
|Predecessor||Samsung Galaxy S II|
|Successor||Samsung Galaxy S4|
|Related||Samsung Galaxy Note II|
Samsung Galaxy S III Neo
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini
Samsung ATIV S
|Dimensions||136.6 mm (5.38 in) H|
70.6 mm (2.78 in) W
8.6 mm (0.34 in) (9.0 mm (0.35 in) on S. Korea model) D
|Mass||133 g (4.69 oz)|
|Operating system||Original:Android4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"|
Current: Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean",
Android 4.4 "KitKat" (2 GB RAM variants and GT-I9301I Neo only)
Unofficial: Android 11 "R" via LineageOS 18.0 Unofficial for Samsung Galaxy S III GT-I9300 Exynos Variant  Android 7.1 "Nougat" via LineageOS 14.1 Unofficial for Samsung Galaxy S III d2 Snapdragon variants
|System on chip||SamsungExynos 4 Quad (GT-I9300)|
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 (U.S & Canada & Japan variants)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228 (GT-I9301I Neo)
|CPU||1.4 GHzquad-coreCortex-A9 (GT-I9300)|
1.3 GHz dual-coreKrait (U.S. & Canada & Japan variants)
1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 (GT-I9301I Neo)
|GPU||Mali-400 MP4 (GT-I9300)|
Adreno 225 (U.S. & Canada & Japan variants)
Adreno 305 (GT-I9301I Neo)
|Memory||1 GBRAM (international version)|
2 GB RAM (LTE versions, selected markets)
1.5 GB RAM (GT-I9301I Neo)
|Storage||16, 32, or 64 GB flash memory|
|Battery||2,100 mAh, 7.98 Wh, 3.8 V Li-ion|
|Display||4.8 in (120 mm) HD Super AMOLED (720×1280) |
|Rear camera||8 megapixels|
|Front camera||1.9 megapixels|
Zero shutter lag
HD video (720p) at 30 frames/s
The Samsung Galaxy S III (or Galaxy S3) is an Androidsmartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics. Launched in 2012, it had sold about 70 million units by 2015 with no recalls ever recorded. It is the third smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy S series.
It has additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, released the previous year. The "S III" employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice), eye-tracking ability, and increased storage. Although a wireless charging option was announced, it never came to fruition. However, there are third party kits which add support for Qi wireless charging. Depending on country, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4GLTE support. The device was launched with Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich", was updated to Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean", and can be updated to Android 4.4 "KitKat" on variants with 2 GB of RAM. The phone's successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, was announced on 14 March 2013 and was released the following month.
Following an 18-month development phase, Samsung unveiled the S III on 3 May 2012. The device was released in 28 European and Middle Eastern countries on 29 May 2012, before being progressively released in other major markets in June 2012. Prior to release, 9 million pre-orders were placed by more than 100 carriers globally. The S III was released by approximately 300 carriers in nearly 150 countries at the end of July 2012. More than 20 million units of the S III were sold within the first 100 days of release and more than 50 million until April 2013.
Because of overwhelming demand and a manufacturing problem with the blue variant of the phone, there was an extensive shortage of the S III, especially in the United States. Nevertheless, the S III was well-received commercially and critically, with some technology commentators touting it as the "iPhone killer". In September 2012, TechRadar ranked it as the No. 1 handset in its constantly updated list of the 20 best mobile phones, while Stuff magazine likewise ranked it at No. 1 in its list of 10 best smartphones in May 2012. The handset also won the "European Mobile Phone of 2012–13" award from the European Imaging and Sound Association, as well as T3 magazine's "Phone of the Year" award for 2012. It played a major role in boosting Samsung's record operating profit during the second quarter of 2012. As of November 2012[update], the S III is part of a high-profile lawsuit between Samsung and Apple. In November 2012, research firm Strategy Analytics announced that the S III had overtaken Apple's iPhone 4S to become the world's best-selling smartphone model in Q3 2012.
In April 2014, following the release of its new flagship, the Galaxy S5, Samsung released a refreshed version called the "Galaxy S3 Neo", which has a quad-coreSnapdragon 400 processor clocked either at 1.2 or 1.4 GHz. It has 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage and ships with Android 4.4.4 "KitKat".
Samsung Galaxy S III was succeeded by the Samsung Galaxy S4 in April 2013.
Design work on the S III started in late 2010 under the supervision of Chang Dong-hoon, Samsung's Vice President and Head of the Design Group of Samsung Electronics. From the start, the design group concentrated on a trend which Samsung dubs "organic", which suggests that a prospective design should reflect natural elements such as the flow of water and wind. Some of the results of this design were the curved outline of the phone and its home screen's "Water Lux" effect, where taps and slides produce water ripples.
Throughout the eighteen-month design process, Samsung implemented stringent security measures and procedures to maintain secrecy of the eventual design until its launch. Designers worked on three prototypes concurrently while regarding each of them as the final product. Doing so required a constant duplication of effort, as they had to repeat the same process for all three prototypes. The prototypes, of which taking photos was forbidden, were locked in a separate laboratory, accessible only by core designers. They were transported by trusted company employees, instead of third-party couriers. "Because we were only permitted to see the products and others weren't," explained Principal Engineer Lee Byung-Joon, "we couldn't send pictures or drawings. We had to explain the Galaxy S III with all sorts of words." Despite such security measures, specifications of one of the three units were leaked by Vietnamese Web site Tinhte, although it was not the selected design.
Speculation in the general public and media outlets regarding the handset's specifications began gathering momentum several months before its formal unveiling in May 2012. In February 2012, prior to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, there were rumors that the handset would incorporate a 1.5 GHzquad-core processor, a display of 1080p (1080×1920 pixels) resolution, a 12-megapixel rear camera and a HD Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. More accurate rumored specifications included 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, 4GLTE, a 4.8-inch (120 mm) screen, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 9-millimetre (0.35 in) thick chassis. Samsung confirmed the existence of the Galaxy S II's successor on 5 March 2012, but it was not until late April 2012 that Samsung's Senior Vice-President Robert Yi confirmed the phone to be called "Samsung Galaxy S III".
After inviting reporters in mid-April, Samsung launched the Galaxy S III during the Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2012 event at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, United Kingdom, on 3 May 2012, instead of unveiling their products earlier in the year during either the World Mobile Congress or Consumer Electronics Show (CES). One explanation for this decision is that Samsung wanted to minimize the time between its launch and availability. The keynote address of the hour-long event was delivered by Loesje De Vriese, Marketing Director of Samsung Belgium.
Following the launch of the Galaxy S4 in June 2013, Samsung was reportedly retiring the phone earlier than planned because of low sales numbers and to streamline manufacturing operations.
The S III has a plastic chassis measuring 136.6 mm (5.38 in) long, 70.6 mm (2.78 in) wide, and 8.6 mm (0.34 in) thick, with the device weighing 133 grams (4.7 oz). Samsung abandoned the rectangular design of the Galaxy S and Galaxy S II, and instead incorporated round corners and curved edges, reminiscent of the Galaxy Nexus. The device has been available in several color options white, black, grey, blue-grey, red, and brown. A "Garnet Red" model was made available exclusively to US carrier AT&T on 15 July 2012.
In addition to the 4.8-inch (120 mm) touchscreen, the S III has several physical user inputs, including a home button located below the screen, an option key to the left side of the home button, a back key on the right side of the home button, a volume key on the left edge and a power/lock key on the right. At the top there is a 3.5-millimetre (0.14 in) headphone jack and one of the two microphones on the S III; the other is located below the home button.
The S III comes in two distinct variations that differ primarily in the internal hardware. The international S III version has Samsung's Exynos 4 Quadsystem on a chip (SoC) containing a 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9central processing unit (CPU) and an ARMMali-400 MPgraphics processing unit (GPU). According to Samsung, the Exynos 4 Quad doubles the performance of the Exynos 4 Dual used on the S II, while using 20 percent less power. Samsung had also released several 4GLTE versions—4G facilitates higher-speed mobile connection compared to 3G—in selected countries to exploit the corresponding communications infrastructures that exist in those markets. Most of these versions use Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 SoC featuring a dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU and an Adreno 225 GPU. The South Korean and Australian versions are a hybrid of the international and 4G-capable versions.
Like the predecessor, the S3 is equipped with an accelerometer, gyroscope, front-facing proximity sensor and a digital compass sensor.
However, the Galaxy S3 is the first Samsung flagship phone to be equipped with a barometer sensor.
The S III has a maximum of 2 GB of RAM, depending on the model. The phone comes with either 16, 32, or 64 GB storage; additionally, microSDXC storage offers a further 64 GB for a potential total of 128 GB. Moreover, 50 GB of space is offered for two years on Dropbox—a cloud storage service—for purchasers of the device, doubling rival HTC's 25 GB storage for the same duration.
The S III's HD Super AMOLED display measures 4.8 inches (120 mm) on the diagonal. With a 720×1280-pixel (720p) resolution, its 306 pixels per inch (PPI, a measure of pixel density) is a relatively high, which is accommodated by the removal of one of the three subpixels—red, green and blue—in each pixel to create a PenTile matrix-display; consequently, it does not share the "Plus" suffix found on the S II's Super AMOLED Plus display. The glass used for the display is the damage-resistant corning Gorilla Glass 2, except for S3 Neo variant. The device's software includes a feature known as "Smart Stay", which uses the device's front camera to detect whether the user's eyes are looking at the screen, and prevents the screen from automatically turning off while the user is still looking at it.
Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 supports Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) for connection to HDMI displays. The S3 is newly equipped with Miracast support (also known as Screen Mirroring; also branded "AllShare Cast" by Samsung) that allows wirelessly transmitting the device's display view to a supported television or Blu-ray player with integrated miracast support.
The S III has an 8-megapixel (3264×2448) camera similar to that of the Galaxy S II. It can take 3264×2448-pixel resolution photos and record videos in 1920×1080-pixel (1080p) resolution.
The camera software allows digital zooming up to four times, and displays the video's current file size (in kilobytes) as well as remaining storage capacity (in megabytes) in real-time during video recording.
Samsung improved the camera's software over that of its predecessor to include zero shutter lag, and a Burst shot mode that allows capturing up to 20 full-resolution photos per row in quick succession. Another feature, Best Shot, allows selecting the best photo out of eight frames captured in quick succession. The phone can also take pictures while recording videos. Photos can additionally be captured using voice commands such as "cheese", "shoot", ,"photo", and "picture". The shortcuts on the left pane are customizable.
The rear-facing camera is complemented by a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera that can record 720p videos. The phone has LED flash and autofocus.
The Galaxy S3 records videos with stereo audio and is able to capture 6 MP (3264×1836) photos during 1080p video recording, which is the full 16:9 aspect ratio section of the 4:3 image sensor.
The S III's user-replaceable Li-ion 2,100 mAh battery is said to have a 790-hour standby time or 11 hours of talk time on 3G, compared to 900 hours in standby and 21 hours of talk time on 2G.
Built into the battery is near field communication (NFC) connectivity, which allows users to share files, map directions and YouTube videos quickly using Wi-Fi Direct (through Android Beam), and perform non-touch payments at shops that employ specially equipped NFC cash registers. The battery can be wirelessly charged using a special charging pad (sold separately) that utilizes magnetic resonance to produce a magnetic field through which electricity could be transferred.
The S III is advertised as having an MHL port that can be used both as a micro-USB On-The-Go port and for connecting the phone to HDMI devices. However, a retailer later discovered that Samsung had made a modification to the electronics of the port such that only the adapter made specifically for this model by Samsung could be used.
CNET TV torture-tested an S III by cooling it to 24 °F (−4 °C), placing it in a heat-proof box and heating it to 190 °F (88 °C), and submerging it in water—the S III survived all three tests. The phone also did not exhibit any scratches when a key was repeatedly scraped against the display. However, Android Authority later carried out a drop test with the purpose of comparing the S III and the iPhone 5. The screen on the S III shattered on the second drop test, while the iPhone received only minor scuffs and scratches on the metal composite frame after three drop tests.
Accessories for the Galaxy S3 include a wireless charging kit, the Pebble MP3 player, a docking station, a C-Pen, a slimline case, and a car mount.
Software and services
Further information: Android (operating system), TouchWiz, and S Voice
The S III is powered by Android, a Linux-based, open sourcemobile operating system developed by Google and introduced commercially in 2008. Among other features, the software allows users to maintain customized home screens which can contain shortcuts to applications and widgets for displaying information. Four shortcuts to frequently used applications can be stored on a dock at the bottom of the screen; the button in the center of the dock opens the application drawer, which displays a menu containing all of the apps installed on the device. A tray accessed by dragging from the top of the screen allows users to view notifications received from other apps, and contains toggle switches for commonly used functions. Pre-loaded apps also provide access to Google's various services.
The S III uses Samsung's proprietary TouchWizgraphical user interface (GUI). The "Nature" version used by the S III has a more "organic" feel than previous versions, and contains more interactive elements such as a water ripple effect on the precluded lock screen, to resemble its appearance in nature. To complement the TouchWiz interface, and as a response to Apple's Siri, the phone introduces S Voice, Samsung's intelligent personal assistant. S Voice can recognize eight languages including English, Korean, Italian and French. Based on Vlingo, S Voice enables the user to verbally control 20 functions such as playing a song, setting the alarm, or activating driving mode; it relies on Wolfram Alpha for online searches. With the Wake-up commands feature, voice commands can be set to launch apps and tasks out of stand-by mode, such as S Voice, camera, music player, voice recorder, missed calls, messages, and schedule.The Auto Haptic feature can complement audio with synchronous haptic feedback.
The precluded telephone application is equipped with additional options for noise cancellation, call holding, volume boosting and the ability to personalize the call sound.
The new gallery software of the Galaxy S3 allows sorting photos and videos chronologically, by location, by group. Photos with tagged faces can also be sorted by person.
A new Spiral View feature has been added with the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update, which displays the thumbnails in a 3D spiral.
The precluded video player software is newly equipped with the ability to play videos in a floating pop-up that can be moved freely around the screen. In addition, the video player application is able to show motion thumbnails, which means that the preview thumbnails show a moving portion of the video.
The S III initially shipped with Android version 4.0.4, named "Ice Cream Sandwich", which became commercially available in March 2012 with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. Ice Cream Sandwich has a refined user interface, and expanded camera capabilities, security features and connectivity. In mid-June 2012, Google unveiled Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean", which employs Google Now, a voice-assistant similar to S Voice, and incorporates other software changes. Samsung accommodated Jelly Bean in the S III by making last-minute hardware changes to the phone in some markets. Jelly Bean updates began rolling out to S IIIs in selected European countries, and to the T-Mobile in the United States in November 2012. Samsung started pushing Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to the international version of the S III in December 2012.
This update shipped the so-called Premium Suite Upgrade which brought additional features to the Galaxy S3, such as split-screen app view as known from the Galaxy Note 2.
In December 2013, Samsung began rolling out Android 4.3 for the S III, adding user interface features back ported from the Galaxy S4, and support for the Samsung Galaxy Gearsmartwatch. In March 2014, Samsung started the rollout of 4.4.2 KitKat for the 2 GB variant of the S III.
The S III comes with a multitude of pre-installed applications, including Google Apps like Google Play, YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Google Maps, Voice Search and Calendar, in addition to Samsung-specific apps such as ChatON, Game Hub, Music Hub, Video Hub, Social Hub and Navigation. To address the fact that iPhone users are reluctant to switch to Android because the OS is not compatible with iTunes, from June 2012 Samsung offered customers of its Galaxy series the Easy Phone Sync app to enable the transfer of music, photos, videos, podcasts, and text messages from an iPhone to a Galaxy device. The user is able to access Google Play, a digital-distribution multimedia-content service exclusive to Android, to download applications, games, music, movies, books, magazines, and TV programs.
Apart from S Voice, Samsung has directed the bulk of the S III's marketing campaign towards the device's "smart" features, which facilitate improved human-device interactivity. These features include: "Direct Call", the handset's ability to recognize when a user wants to talk to somebody instead of messaging them, if they bring the phone to their head; "Social Tag", a function that identifies and tags people in a photo and shares photos with them, "Smart Alert", a haptic feedback (short vibration) when the device detects being picked up after new notifications have arrived; and "Pop Up Play", which allows a video and other applications to occupy the screen at the same time. In addition, the S III can beam its screen to a monitor or be used as a remote controller (AllShare Cast and Play) and share photos with people who are tagged in them (Buddy Photo Share).
The S III can access and play traditional media formats such as music, movies, TV programs, audiobooks, and podcasts, and can sort its media library alphabetically by song title, artist, album, playlist, folder, and genre. One notable feature of the S III's music player is Music Square, which analyses a song's intensity and ranks the song by mood so that the user can play songs according to their current emotional state. The device also introduced Music Hub, an online music store powered by 7digital with a catalogue of over 19 million songs.
Its "Auto Haptic" feature vibrates synchronously to the audio output for intensification, similarly to the audio-coupled haptic effect, a feature added to stock Android in 2021.
Voice over LTE
The S III was the first smartphone to support Voice Over LTE with the introduction of HD Voice service in South Korea. The phone enables video calling with its 1.9 MP front-facing camera, and with support for the aptXcodec, improves Bluetooth-headset connectivity.Texting on the S III does not embody any new significant features from the S II. Speech-to-text is aided by the Vlingo and Google's voice-recognition assistant. Not unlike other Android devices, there is a multitude of third-party typing applications available that could complement the S III's stock keyboard.
On 18 June 2012, Samsung announced that the S III would have a version with enterprise software under the company's Samsung Approved For Enterprise (SAFE) program, an initiative facilitating the use of its devices for "bring your own device" scenarios in workplace environments. The enterprise S III version would support AES-256 bit encryption, VPN and Mobile Device Management functionality, and MicrosoftExchange ActiveSync. It was scheduled to be released in the United States in July 2012. The enterprise version was expected to penetrate the business market dominated by Research in Motion's BlackBerry, following the release of similar enterprise versions of the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab line of tablet computers.
A separate "Developer Edition" of the S III was made available from Samsung's Developer Portal. It came with an unlockable bootloader to allow the user to modify the phone's software.
(Galaxy S III Neo)
|Countries||International||South Korea||Canada, United States||United States||Japan||United States||China||China, Taiwan||International|
|Carriers||International||International (LTE)||KT, LG U+, SK Telecom||Mobilicity, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Wind, Videotron||AT&T, Bell, Rogers, Telus, Koodo, SaskTel, Virgin, Fido||AT&T||NTT DoCoMo||au||Cricket Wireless, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS||Verizon||Sprint, Straight Talk, Net 10,||Straight Talk||China Mobile||China Telecom||International|
|2G||850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
GSM / GPRS / EDGE
|850, 1900 MHz|
|800,[N 1] 850, 1900 MHz|
|?||900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
GSM / GPRS / EDGE
|800, 1900 MHz|
CDMA900, 1800, 1,900 MHz
GSM / GPRS / EDGE
|850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz|
GSM / GPRS / EDGE
|3G||850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|WCDMA 850, 900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|850, 900, 1800, 1900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|850, AWS (Band IV), 1900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+ / DC-HSPA+
|850, 1900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100||800, 1700 (Band IX), 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev-A|
800 MHz, 2100 MHz
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev-A||850/1900 MHz EVDO||1880, 2010 MHz|
|CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev-A|
|850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz|
UMTS / HSPA+
|No||GT-I9305: 800, 1800, 2600 MHz|
GT-I9305N: 900, 1800, 2600 MHz
GT-I9305T: 1800, 2600 MHz
|SHV-E210K: 900, 1800 MHz|
SHV-E210L: 850, 2100 MHz
SHV-E210S: 800 MHz
|T999L Model Only: |
700 (Band 17)
1700 (Band 4) MHz
|700 (Band 17), 1700 (AWS) MHz||Band 4 and Band 17||2100 MHz||1500(Band 11), 800(Band 18)||700 (Band 12), 1700 (AWS) MHz||700 (Band 13) MHz||1900 (Band 25) MHz||No|
|21 Mbit/s HSPA+||100 Mbit/s LTE||42 Mbit/s DC-HSPA+|
T999L Model Only:
100 Mbit/s LTE
|100 Mbit/s LTE||?||75 Mbit/s LTE||100 Mbit/s LTE||75 Mbit/s LTE||100 Mbit/s LTE||N/A||2.8 Mbit/s TD HSDPA||N/A||21 Mbit/s HSPA+|
|FM radio||No||T-DMB||No||1seg||FM radio|
|Dimensions||136.6 mm × 70.6 mm × 8.6 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.34 in)||136.6 mm × 70.6 mm × 9.0 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.35 in)||136.6 mm × 70.7 mm × 8.6 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.34 in)||132.6 mm × 69.3 mm × 9.1 mm (5.22 in × 2.73 in × 0.36 in)||137 mm × 71 mm × 9 mm (5.39 in × 2.80 in × 0.35 in)||139 mm × 71 mm × 9.4 mm (5.47 in × 2.80 in × 0.37 in)||136.6 mm × 70.7 mm × 8.6 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.34 in)||136.6 mm × 70.6 mm × 8.99 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.35 in)||136.6 mm × 70.6 mm × 8.6 mm (5.38 in × 2.78 in × 0.34 in)|
|Weight||133 g (4.7 oz)||138.5 g (4.89 oz)||133 g (4.7 oz)||136 g (4.8 oz)||139 g (4.9 oz)||141 g (5.0 oz)||133 g (4.7 oz)||141 g (5.0 oz)||133 g (4.7 oz)|
|Android 4.0.4 with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface||Android 4.1.1 with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface (OTA upgrade to 4.3 available, and now shipping with 4.4.4)||Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to 4.1 (Jelly Bean)||Android 4.0.4 with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface||Android 4.1.1 with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface||Android 4.0.4 (or Android 4.1.2 on Straight Talk), with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface (OTA upgrade to 4.3 available, and now shipping with 4.3)||Android 4.0.4 with TouchWiz "Nature UX" graphical user interface||Android 4.4.2 with TouchWiz "Nature UX 2.0" graphical user interface|
|SoC||Samsung Exynos 4 Quad (Exynos 4412)||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960||Samsung Exynos 4 Quad (Exynos 4412)||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960||Samsung Exynos 4 Quad (Exynos 4412)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8228|
|CPU||1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9||1.5 GHz dual-core QualcommKrait||1.6 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9||1.5 GHz dual-core QualcommKrait||1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9||1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7|
|GPU||ARMMali-400 MP4||Qualcomm Adreno 225||ARMMali-400 MP4||Qualcomm Adreno 225||ARMMali-400 MP4||Qualcomm Adreno 305|
|RAM||1 GB||2 GB||1 GB||2 GB||1 GB||1.5 GB|
|Storage||16/32/64 GB||16/32 GB||16/32/64 GB||16/32 GB||8 GB||32 GB||16/32 GB||16 GB|
|Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) support||yes||unknown||no|
|Miracast (screen mirroring) support|
On 19 September 2012, security researchers demonstrated during Pwn2Own, a computer hacking contest held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, that the S III can be hacked via NFC, allowing attackers to download all data from the phone.
In December 2012, two hardware issues were reported by users of the S III: A vulnerability of the Exynos SoC allowed malicious apps to gain root privileges even on unrooted devices, and a spontaneous bricking of the unit, called the "sudden death vulnerability", that occurs about six months after activation. Samsung has been replacing the mainboards of affected units under warranty. In January 2013, Samsung released a firmware update that corrected both issues.
Affecting both Galaxy S II and III, some units can have high memory use without apparent cause, in itself causing units to be unable to store any more data and making the units memory to be 'full' when apparently not using all of the units internal memory available. In October 2012 Samsung noted that this was caused by a mass caching archive running in the background of units operational tasks. This copied and saved media, tasks and app information to a background archive which was not accessible to the user without change and re-writing of the phones operational script. When this has been altered access can be gained and the cache can be deleted and no further caching will occur unless requested. This issue was resolved for the Galaxy S III (and Later) model.
As of mid-2013[update], two S III explosions were reported. The first involved a man from Ireland, while the more recent incident occurred when a Swiss teenager was left with second and third degree burns in her thigh caused by her phone's explosion.
In October 2013, Samsung acknowledged swelling and overheating issues with the Li-ion batteries in many S III phones, and offered replacement batteries for affected devices.
According to an anonymous Samsung official speaking to the Korea Economic Daily, the S III received more than 9 million pre-orders from 100 carriers during the two weeks following its London unveiling, making it the fastest-selling gadget in history. Within a month of the London unveiling, auction and shopping website eBay noted a 119-percent increase in second-hand Android phone sales. According to an eBay spokesperson, this was "the first time anything other than an Apple product has sparked such a selling frenzy."
The S III was released in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East on 29 May 2012. To showcase its flagship device, Samsung afterwards embarked on a global month-long tour of the S III to nine cities, including Sydney, New Delhi, and cities in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States.
The S III has helped Samsung consolidate its market share in several countries including India, where Samsung expected to capture 60 percent of the country's smartphone market, improving on its previous 46 percent. Within a month of release, Samsung had a 60-percent market share in France, while the company controlled over 50 percent of the German and Italian smartphone markets. Over a similar period the S III helped increase Samsung's market share in the United Kingdom to over 40 percent, while eroding the iPhone 4S's 25 percent to 20 percent in the country. The S III was scheduled to be released in North America on 20 June 2012, but because of high demand, some US and Canadian carriers delayed the release by several days, while some other carriers limited the market at launch. The S III's US launch event took place in New York City, hosted by Twilight actress Ashley Greene and attended by dubstep artist Skrillex, who performed at Skylight Studios.
Samsung estimated that by the end of July 2012, the S III would have been released by 296 carriers in 145 countries, and that more than 10 million handsets would have been sold. Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung's mobile communications sector, announced on 22 July that sales had exceeded 10 million. According to an assessment by Swiss financial services company UBS, Samsung had shipped 5–6 million units of the phone in the second quarter of 2012 and would ship 10–12 million handsets per quarter throughout the rest of the year. An even more aggressive prediction by Paris-based banking group BNP Paribas said 15 million units will be shipped in the third quarter of 2012, while Japanese financial consultant company Nomura placed the figure for this quarter as high as 18 million. Sales of the S III were estimated to top 40 million by the end of the year. To meet demand, Samsung had hired 75,000 workers, and its South Korean factory was running at its peak capacity of 5 million smartphone units per month. A manufacturing flaw resulted in a large portion of the new smartphones having irregularities with the "hyper-glazing" process. The mistake caused an undesirable finish on the blue back covers and resulted in the disposal of up to 600,000 plastic casings and a shortage of the blue model. The issue was later resolved; however, Reuters estimated that the shortage had cost Samsung two million S III sales during its first month of release.
On 6 September 2012, Samsung revealed that sales of the S III had reached 20 million in 100 days, making it three and six times faster-selling than the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S, respectively. Europe accounted for more than 25 percent of this figure with 6 million units, followed by Asia (4.5 million) and the US (4 million); sales in South Korea, the S III's home market, numbered 2.5 million. Around the same time of Samsung's announcement, sales of the S III surpassed that of the iPhone 4S in the US.
In the third quarter of 2012, more than 18 million S III units were shipped, making it the most popular smartphone at the time, ahead of the iPhone 4S's 16.2 million units. Analysts deduced that the slump in iPhone sales was due to customers' anticipation of the iPhone 5.
By May 2014, the S III had sold approximately 60 million units since its 2012 release. In April 2015, the total sales number was reported as 70 million.
On 11 October 2012 Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, a 4-inch (100 mm) smartphone with lower specifications compared to the S III.
The reception of the S III has been particularly positive. Critics noted the phone's blend of features, such as its S Voice application, display, processing speed, and dimensions as having an edge over its competition, the Apple iPhone 4S and HTC One X. Vlad Savov of The Verge declared it a "technological triumph", while Natasha Lomas of CNET UK lauded the phone's "impossibly slim and light casing and a quad-core engine", calling it the "Ferrari of Android phones", a sentiment affirmed ("a prince among Android phones") by Dave Oliver of Wired UK and ("king of Android") Esat Dedezade of Stuff magazine. Gareth Beavis of TechRadar described the S III as "all about faster, smarter and being more minimal than ever before while keeping the spec list at the bleeding edge of technology." Matt Warman of The Daily Telegraph said, "On spending just a short time with the S3, I'm confident in saying that it's a worthy successor to the globally popular S2".
Upon release, a number of critics and publications have made references to the S III, Samsung's 2012 flagship phone, as an "iPhone killer", responding perhaps to Apple's favourable customer perception. The label owes itself to the S III's use of the Android OS—the chief rival of Apple's iOS—as well as its design and features that rival the iPhone 4S such as Smart Stay, a large display, a quad-core processor, Android customizability, and a multitude of connectivity options.
The S III was the first Android phone to have a higher launch price than the iPhone 4S when the Apple product was released in 2011. With the S III, Tim Weber, business editor of the BBC, observed, "With the new Galaxy S3 they [Samsung] have clearly managed to move to the front of the smartphone field, ahead of mighty Apple itself."
Conversely, reviewers have opined on the design and feel of phone, calling its polycarbonate shell "cheap" and having a "slippery feel". The S Voice was described as "not optimised" and "more rigid than Siri" with its poor voice-recognition accuracy, with instances when it would not respond at all. Another usage problem was a microphone malfunction that resulted in difficulty communicating during a call. Reviewers have noted the somewhat abrupt auto-adjustment of display brightness, which tends to under-illuminate the screen;[N 2] however, it has twice the battery life compared to the HTC handset, achieved partly through the dim display.[N 3] Others say the numerous pre-installed apps make the S III feel "bloated".[N 4]
In late-September 2012 TechRadar ranked it as the No. 1 handset in its constantly updated list of the 20 best mobile phones;Stuff magazine also ranked it at No. 1 in its list of 10 best smartphones in May 2012. The S III won an award from the European Imaging and Sound Association under the category of "European Mobile Phone" of 2012–2013. In 2012, the S III won T3's "Phone of the Year" award, beating the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 900, the Sony Xperia S and others and was voted Phone of the Year by readers of tech website S21. In February 2013, the S III won the "Best Smartphone" award from the GSMA at Mobile World Congress.
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On 5 June 2012, Apple filed for preliminary injunctions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Samsung Electronics, claiming the S III had violated at least two of the company's patents. Apple requested that the court include the phone in its existing legal battle against Samsung, and ban sales of the S III prior to its scheduled 21 June 2012 US launch. Apple claimed the alleged infringements would "cause immediate and irreparable harm" to its commercial interest. Samsung responded by declaring it would "vigorously oppose the request and demonstrate to the court that the Galaxy S3 [sic] is innovative and distinctive", and reassured the public that 21 June release would proceed as planned. On 11 June, Judge Lucy Koh said that Apple's claim would overload her work schedule, as she would also be overseeing the trial of Samsung's other devices; consequently, Apple dropped its request to block 21 June release of the S III.
In mid-July 2012, Samsung removed the universal search feature on Sprint and AT&T S III phones with over-the-air (OTA) software updates to disable the local search function as a "precautionary measure" prior to its patent court trial with Apple, which began on 30 July 2012. Although Apple won the trial, the S III experienced a sales spike because of the public's belief that the phone would be banned. On 31 August 2012, Apple asked the same federal court to add the S III into its existing complaint, believing the device has violated its patents. Samsung countered with the statement: "Apple continues to resort to litigation over market competition in an effort to limit consumer choice."
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Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB GSM Unlocked - (White)
What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing youâll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrierâs network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phoneâjust make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where youâre traveling. As long as itâs activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Samsung Galaxy S3, Blue 16GB (Verizon Wireless)
The Samsung Galaxy S III enables you to share smarter, interact more intelligently and experience great performance, all powered by Verizon 4G LTE.
The Samsung Galaxy S III features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, packaged into a sleek, slim and lightweight design with an ergonomic grip, smooth lines and gentle curves. A 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB of RAM allows seamless multitasking without delay.
One-touch sharing, or S Beam, allows you to share multimedia files like photos, videos and presentations between two Galaxy S III devices by simply touching the backs together to “Beam” content from one device to the other.
Share Shot allows you to establish a temporary photo sharing network with other Samsung Galaxy S III users who are nearby. Once your group is established over Wi-Fi Direct (multi-connect), photos taken by any member of the group will be shared instantly with everyone else in the photo sharing network.
With the Samsung Galaxy S III, you can enjoy your media untethered. AllShare Play allows you to stream multimedia content to your compatible Samsung SmartTV or compatible home audio systems, tablets and laptops when connected to the same Wi-Fi Access Point.
The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III is exclusively pre-loaded with the Color app, allowing users to broadcast up to 60 seconds of live video with full audio and photos to their Facebook friends instantly.
Interact More Intelligently
Motion gestures integrated with the Samsung Galaxy S III allow you to interact with your phone in new ways. Shake the device to refresh, turn it over to mute the ring during a meeting, or swipe to capture a screenshot. If you need to call someone you’re already texting, simply raise the phone to your head and the device will dial. Other gestures include quick access to the camera, quick rotate, quick pause, missed event alerts, and tap to the top of a list.
No need to tap the screen every few seconds to keep it lit while you’re watching a video or reading a book - Smart Stay keeps the Samsung Galaxy S III’s display on as long as you’re looking at the screen. The device detects when you’re looking at the phone, maintaining a bright display so you can enjoy your content uninterrupted.
S Voice is your personal assistant, responding to voice commands with accurate, helpful information pulled from the Wolfram Alpha database. Whether you want to make a call, play a particular song or find a place to eat, S Voice can help.
Experience Great Performance and Content
With an 8 MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front-facing camera and LED flash, the Samsung Galaxy S III records HD video and offers zero shutter lag so you can capture the action without delay. The Burst Shot function helps you take pictures like a professional, with the ability to instantly capture 20 continuous shots, while the Best Photo function takes eight pictures and chooses the best one for you.
Pop Up Play
Pop Up Play on the Samsung Galaxy S III lets you watch HD videos while you browse, e-mail or text. The picture-in-picture window works on any screen and even on third-party apps. Drag the window where you want it, and you won’t miss a moment of your movies or videos while multitasking.
Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources.
The Samsung Galaxy S III weighs 4.7 ounces and measures 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches. It comes with a 2100 mAh battery that offers up to 15 hours of usage time and up to 200 hours of standby time.
Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network allows you to download photos, apps, and games in seconds and entire movies in minutes. LTE (or Long Term Evolution) provides significantly increased upload and download speeds over 3G networks, as well as significantly reduced latency (or lag time). Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.
With these blazing fast speeds, you'll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream--as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you'll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE mobile broadband network will also redefine the mobile office for business users. Business applications that used to require wired networks will be untethered forever, allowing you maximized productivity and efficiency while you're out of the confines of your office. Enhanced security lets you tap into most VPN networks with less waiting, and faster responsiveness enables you to upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.
In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.
Verizon Wireless Services
Backup Assistant: This complimentary service automatically back up your mobile contacts to your online address book. If your phone is lost, stolen, or damaged, or you decide to upgrade, easily restore your saved address book to your new phone. You can also add, delete, edit, and print your contacts online and send the changes to your mobile phone. There are no subscription fees for the service.
VZ Navigator Capable: With this GPS-enabled phone, you'll be able to access the Verizon Wireless VZ Navigator service (additional charges applicable) for voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions, heads-up alerts, local search of nearly 14 million points of interest in the US (such as landmarks, restaurants and ATMs), and detailed color maps.
V CAST Video: Enjoy unlimited, on-demand access to full episodes of your favorite television shows from all of the major networks, plus the latest in local and national news, live and recorded sports and entertainment and weather. You will receive over 100 channels with over 250 full episode shows and an impressive list of live sporting events each month.
Visual Voice Mail: This innovative service enables you to delete, reply, and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions. Visual Voice Mail is the ideal tool for the busy mobile professional who may need to prioritize which messages he or she listens to first. Features include on-screen access to voice mail message status, save up to 40 messages for 40 days (or archive permanently), create up to 10 different caller ID-based greetings, and reply via call back, text or even voice mail.
Communications & Internet
The Amazon app suite is one swipe from the deviceâs main home screen. Sign in using your Amazon.com account.
Quickly access your recent Kindle books and music right from your home screen, or easily shop for new content.
Seamless Access to Digital Content and Shopping with Amazon App Suite
The Amazon app suite provides seamless access to Amazon digital content and shopping right from your phoneâs home screen. Interact with Amazon digital content you already own, access over 22 million songs and Kindle books, and shop millions of physical products in a single, fully-integrated, and easy-to-use experience.
All the Content
Get instant access to over 22 million songs and Kindle books. Choose from one million Kindle books in the Kindle Store, including New York Times best sellers and new releases. Download or instantly stream over 20 million songs.
Instantly access Earthâs biggest selection with millions of physical products available to search or browse with the integrated mobile shopping experience, plus all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon, including personalized recommendations, customer reviews, 1-Click ordering, Prime FREE Two-Day shipping on over 15 million items, and more.
Discover Amazonâs full selection of physical products, Kindle books, and music from a single search directly from your phoneâs home screen.
Single Sign In
Enter your Amazon.com login just once to access all of Amazon Mobile Shopping, Kindle, and MP3 apps, receive personalized recommendations, and interact with the Amazon digital content you already own right from your phoneâs home screen.
Quickly and easily purchase new Kindle books, music, and physical products with Amazonâs 1-Click Ordering, which allows you to skip the shopping cart and checkout process by using the default payment method and shipping address on your account.
"Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere"
With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device or platform you choose. You can read and sync your Kindle books across any device with the Kindle app installed, including Android phones and tablets, Windows 8 tablets, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
World-Class Customer Service
When a customer shops on Amazon, they know theyâre getting Amazonâs world-class customer service. Amazonâs customer service just scored 89 on the ForeSee customer satisfaction score â the highest ever attained by a retailer â as well as the highest rating on the 2012 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, and the J.D. Power Customer Service Champion Award. So far in 2012, Kindle customer service has received a 97.1% satisfaction rate from customers. Customers have been shopping on Amazon for 15 years, and they continue to do so because of the unparalleled end-to-end customer experience.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Thulasi Sreenath (May 17, 2014) on Gadgets 360
My first Samsung phone & I have to say, it is too good. Though it plastic, build quality above par, design is beautiful & high end. The display is incredibly sharp & vibrant. The camera app is good & it takes brilliant photos but not in low light situations. It's really fast at carrying out every task. There are little-to-no interruptions when performance matters. It can handle heavy games without any lags. The call quality is just amazing. The size of phone is not friendly for one hand user like me. Battery capability is good, but it can get hot during usage, that?s disappointing. I persuaded many people to buy this phone & no one is disappointed with this.
Nik Nigam (May 23, 2014) on Gadgets 360
It really is the best... when it came out it outshined all other phones in its class and above all, it was actually the FIRST SMARTPHONE and could track ur movements n all...all this time that i hve had it it has never lagged at all and handles everything smoothly..the only cons which i found were the excess amount of samsung environment nd the lack of an intense android experience..it is trully a phone for all because it fullfills all the needs of an office junkie who needs his files around him and deals smoothly with all the games a mobile gamer needs and is a great family phone as it suits all members of a family equally overall its a good phone except for its pricing
Narendra Chandana (May 9, 2014) on Gadgets 360
I always hated Samsung phones because same as the apple they also over price their products. I never liked a Samsung phone before Galaxy S3. I always new Andriod OS is capable of lot of things we could imagine and the first phone I got my hands which could utilize andriod power was Galaxy S3. Its like feather, so beautiful. With great performance and amoled display with a screen resolution of 1280x720.... wow thats an amazing display. Its 1.4GHz processor combined with 1GB of ram gives you great performance. I take pictures a lot and the 8MP camera in this phone is just awesome. As every samsung product, this is also overpriced at the time of its release and even now at 23,000 I still feel it is overpriced because you could get a better phone The Motorola Moto X at this price which beats Galaxy S3 in every spec we could talk about and also Moto X has voice processor and context processor too. I wish samsung could have slashed its price near to 17,000/- and probably it won't help now because OnePlus One is going to be launched very soon at price under 20,000/-
Abhijith S (May 26, 2014) on Gadgets 360
I have been using SGS3 for about one and a half year. And Still i'm in love with it like the time i got it. There are many reasons for it. The specs were the top notch when I got my phone. 1.4ghz quad core processor and 1gb ram was only available in some handsets, And I wanted the best of them. I chose my S3. There was htc one x and xperia z (I guess) at that time. I bought it for 34k (yeah its now 22k, Samsung does this, But I have no regret). As I said, I have been using s3 for a long time, it has gone through a hell lot of abuse from my side (both hardware and software). It has dropped several times from my hand. And still no scratch or crack on the screen. The corning gorilla glass is worth it. I dont use screen guard as I dont like the slippery nature of it. Also touching on the glass directly feels so much better. But hey, my phone doesn't have a single scratch. That's the power of gorilla. I'm a power user ( :D ). I mean I have rooted my phone and have been changing ROMs (Custom modified android OS)(Do a google search if you don't know ;) ). So my phone has taken so many abuse on the software too. Even sometimes the things had gone wrong, when trying all the risky stuff in root. But since this is samsung s3, there are many other people out there to help, in XDA , rootzwiki etc. Any problem, they will help. This kind of software support from large number of developers shows the huge popularity of the phone. This is one of the major thing I particularly like about this phone. I guess, this is the most successful phone that was ever made by samsung. When S4 was released I didn't even want to change my phone. Coming about performance, The 1.4ghz exynos processor is/was a beast. Now also I can play any game in playstore and it supports any applications. I play Asphalt 8 regularly. The processor is the same as that of in the note 2. We can also overclock the processor to 1.6ghz to make it as fast as note2 (Again, Root and custom kernel). The display, Super HD AMOLED is the another best thing about this phone I guess. The display of SGS3 outshines every other HD Display ( Every Display is not the same, Just use a samsung phone and compare it with others, you'll understand the quality). Coming about battery life, I really cant comment about it, because for me I'm getting one and half days of battery life now, its because I'm on a custom kernel. I got a day full battery when I was not rooted. Coming about the Value for money now, I guess, its little less compared to that of other phones. Moto X and Moto G are the best value for money pAs always samsung phones maintain the demand and there are always people who want samsung only :D. Whom would I recommend this phone then? Hm. The power user, hones. Moto X packs similar performance and display.I guess that doesn't affect the sales of s3, those guys who want to mod their phone and use the android to the extreme. ;)
Mahesh Mehta (May 15, 2014) on Gadgets 360
No Pros neither Cons.... I just love this phone. I bought a second hand galaxy s3 phone from Quikr.com for 12ks. I have rooted the phone and used a custom rom and guess what it is running smoothly. 10 on 10 for these smart phone from Samsung.
Jayant Sharma (May 3, 2014) on Gadgets 360
Awesome phone with AWESOME specs. Specification. Display 4.80-inch- super amoled HD - gorrila glass Processor 1.4GHz quad core - exynos 4 Front Camera 1.9-megapixel Resolution 720x1280 pixels - 306 ppi RAM 1GB OS Android 4 - upgradable to 4.2.2 8 mp rear Camera 2100 mah battery Review- Good Great performance,Excellent camera,great display Bad S-Voice is of limited utility,Pricing,design
Golconda Khushal (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
I bought this mobile around 1� Year back.. And yet this is one of the best phones I have used. The only problem with this mobile if the Ram management .. If it could have 2gb ram it would be better.. Screen is good Battery is also good Camera good.. Rest everything is good except ram management And Samsung Bloatware A must buy even now......
Mayank Bhasin (May 21, 2014) on Gadgets 360
I can honestly say, this galaxy s3 has served me well before I changed it with another device. I am really surprised by the fact that even after getting almost 2 years old, it never proved to be a slouch in any case. Although the pricing I would say was certainly not value for money, but all in all this galaxy S3 served me a great time . The screen on this device has certainly been the area where Samsung put in quite a lot of effort and time and it shows, with the 720p HD 4.8 inch screen showing a great color repoduction. I would certainly appreciate the Touchwiz UI, although many say that it stutters a lot and requires decent specs/hardware to run it fluently, I honestly didn't had a hitch with it. I would say though that multitasking on this device can certainly kill it (I mean make it's battery life get shrunken down to zero in little to no time. It cam with top of the line spec when it rolled out, and it still is a decent package even in today's standard, where high-end phones are quite the norm. I really loved the camera on this device, although low light photography was certainly not either a recommendation or a consideration. But the photos it took in daylight were pretty damn good. Call quality was excellent, as it's been Samsung's motive in it's galaxy series. Music quality was also decent, but when the earphones were used, one could seriously hear the mids, highs and lows all at the perfect time. All in all, I can certainly recommend this galaxy s3 for a user who has a pretty light usage on his devices, because now the S3 wont be able to handle the multitasking it could when it was released, but it certainly is no slouch according to today's standards.
Midhun Kumar (May 17, 2014) on Gadgets 360
1. Price Samsung achieved top position in mobile world due to best hardware at aggressive pricing but HTC ONE-X is quad core too clocked at 1.5 GHz and available at lesser price. 2. Resolution Resolution of 720 x 1280 Pixels is very promising and produces a realistic display quality with high contrast and sharp looking images. 3. Screen According to a consumer survey 4 inch screens are most appropriate for single hand use whereas screens like 5.3 of Note and 4.8 of S3 have reduced the mobility comfort in mobiles. People end up using both hands to operate such large screens. Not to mention the increased risk of screen cracking due to inevitable rough usage. Otherwise AMOLED screen quality is phenomenal. 4. Battery Battery (2100 mAH) is quite impressive and works beyond expectations on heavy duty of such large screen and quad core processor. 5. Build Quality People might like rounded corners and plastic finish but personally I feel the cheap looking plastic design is toy like and doesn't gives a premium look. Its a matter of individual taste. 6. Camera Camera is 8mp same as that of Galaxy S2 with improved interface and color sharpness. courtesy- Android v4 ICS. Front camera is also provided. 7. Graphics Graphics have not been improved, same old Mali-400MP as that of Galaxy S2. But Quad core makes its own contributions. 8. Other Features However Samsung has always amazed its customers by setting new benchmarks in mobile world. Android Ice-cream sandwich is icing on the cake. S view and S stay though new features but are little unreal in the fast world where we cant wait and press for long, speak to mike, wait for system response and then affirm. Phew ! A bit lengthy process, I would rather touch the app icon.
ANUJ NEGI (Jun 1, 2014) on Gadgets 360
A great overall phone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a zippy dual-core processor and has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an update to 4.4.2 is available,also included is 4G LTE/HSPA+ 42 capability and a strong 8-megapixel camera. S Beam is an excellent software enhancement, and the handset's price is right at INR 20K. The Galaxy S3's screen is too dim, and Samsung's S Voice is a disappointment. 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. Recommended for students of all age groups.
Samsung Gear S3 review: Samsung tries to throw it all on a watch, but it doesn't all stick
The problem is that the Gear S3 still feels like an experiment, when, in its second iteration (the S2 was the first major redesign), it should really start feeling like a more mature, polished product. If you're looking to see where watches will go next, Samsung's exploring the ideas now. Stand-alone cellular LTE connection without a phone? Check. Spotify on-wrist? Check. Use-anywhere wrist payments that are even more versatile than Apple Pay? Yes.
The Gear S3 is an insanely feature-rich smartwatch with a big, bold design. But unlike the latest Apple Watch and Android's upcoming 2.0 software update, Samsung's Tizen-based Gear S3 doesn't do enough to improve the experience or support more apps. And few of those apps actually use the Gear S3's standalone LTE. In terms of hardware, it's a better watch than last year's bold, clever Gear S2. And yet, it fails to take enough leaps forward in its software. Last year's S2 was innovative, but it needed polishing. And it really, really needed more apps.
I used the Gear S3 for over a month paired to a Samsung Galaxy S7 (read my initial impressions here) and then recently via the iPhone 7, using Samsung's new iOS smartwatch-pairing app. Read on for everything that Gear S3 does right, and where it stumbles.
Basically, know this: For $300 (the basic cost of the Classic or Frontier models of the watch, which both look sleek and classy), you're getting a solid and complex watch. But it's really not any better, in terms of software, than last year. Meanwhile, the LTE-equipped Frontier model I reviewed has full cellular and phone functions, but probably isn't worth the cost. It's roughly $350, £350 or AU$589, but US carriers are offering a discount of $100 on a two-year data contract, which I probably wouldn't do. It also requires adding an extra monthly data charge to your phone plan.
Android Wear 2.0 is just around the corner, and new Android watches could be everywhere. Samsung's concept makes some successful executions, and some notable hardware improvements, but not enough of them to be the ultimate watch for everyone. And it hasn't gotten any easier to use.
Samsung Pay: Adding Samsung Pay to the Gear S3 doesn't just enable tap-to-pay at the same places that usually accept Apple Pay or Android Pay. It has MST, a magnetic technology that's also on Samsung's Galaxy phones since the Note 5 and S6, and it works at any credit card terminal. It's essentially a use-anywhere virtual credit card, accessible with a double-click of a button. It works by sending a timed ping that works at vending machines, terminals or anywhere close to the credit card reader. (The Gear S2 added Samsung Pay, but only the NFC kind.)
Spotify: Samsung finally made good on offering a Spotify app on the Gear S3 (and S2), and it works. There are caveats: It can stream over Wi-Fi or LTE (if you bought a Gear S3 that has LTE, like my review model), but it can't download tracks. And its interface is bad. And, streaming for an hour and a half nearly depleted my entire watch battery. But... it works! (It also requires a paid Spotify subscription.) I connected AirPods and listened on the go, and it was pretty fun. But I'd rather download tracks and save data.
The design: The Gear S3 comes in two designs, both far more "regular watch" than the futuristic but excellent-looking Gear S2. It's a step forward and a step back. The big (and I mean big) design feels like a massive sports watch on my thick, hairy wrist. But that design isn't for a lot of people, and loses universal appeal as a result. But at least it feels really well built and looks high-end. The LTE-equipped model is like a tank. But damn, if you like large watches, this is an eye-catching look.
It's a full stand-alone phone with LTE: If you buy the LTE model, it can take calls and even connect apps on the go (via AT&T or T-Mobile in the US). If you want a phone on your wrist, here it is. And it's probably the best phone-on-wrist watch that exists. With AT&T, for instance, the watch can share a number with your Android/Samsung phone. Add Bluetooth headphones, and discreet calls can be taken. Would I need that? No. Some might, though. But to use this as an LTE phone, you'll need to pay a monthly fee to add it to your phone plan.
Samsung's S Health fitness features are surprisingly good: S Health is the required baked-in way to track fitness on the Gear S, but it does heart rate and automatic activity tracking, can log water and coffee intake, and reminds me when I've stayed still too long. It even recommends stretching exercises when I stand again. I like that the S Health encourages activity streaks -- walk for a while, and it shows me how long I've been walking for -- and sometimes it borders on fitness coaching.
On iOS you can connect and even install apps: Samsung's iOS app is not good, but it's more versatile than a basic Android Wear conduit. Samsung S Health connects for fitness tracking, and a handful of apps and watch faces can be downloaded. Just not all of them -- Spotify and Uber don't make the cut, for example.
Samsung S-Voice works... pretty well: Google's upcoming Assistant improvements to Android Wear, and Siri on Apple Watch, offer more connections to phone functions. S-Voice still works OK, though, and can do more than you'd expect (setting alarms, calling a contact, getting weather, asking what an aardvark is). It can retrieve brief entries from sources such as Wikipedia.
What's not so hot
Tizen (and its app deficit): Samsung's watch makes yet another bet on Tizen, its own software and app ecosystem. And no one else has. The amount of apps for Gear watches has trickled to a near standstill. And while there are some clever games and watch faces, and a few brand-name apps like a CNN or Bloomberg or ESPN watch face, or Uber or Spotify, these apps are so few and far between that you'll hunger for any new one just to justify your Gear purchase. There are technically thousands of Gear S3-compatible apps... but few of them are anything recognizable, or anything most people would want to use.
The interface: Last year, the Gear S2's novel spinning wheel design for navigation was eye-popping and fun. But it's also time-consuming, and I can't get to what I need as fast as I can on an Apple Watch. Too much dial-spinning, and two buttons to push instead of one, add up to a lot of wasted time fiddling around. At-a-glance info isn't always easy because most Samsung Gear watch faces are light on customization. I can't pack on shortcuts or quick readout info like on the Apple Watch -- say, to music or weather or calendar.
A more efficient design is needed. It's definitely better than Android Wear right now, but it's not another leap forward. And getting some apps to work requires a mix of Samsung apps, conduit apps and maybe even double log-ins. (Spotify required another log-in once my phone was out of reach.)
LTE model can drain the battery fast: I did get two days of battery life on average using the S3 Frontier LTE model when paired to the phone, but if I used LTE to connect to the watch away from the phone, battery life slipped away fast. Depending on what I did, my watch could drain before I got home for dinner (and my watch charger). A day on LTE standby was typical -- but not guaranteed. What's the use of a smartwatch that has such a wide range of battery endurance depending on performance?
It's water resistant, but not swim proof: IP68 means dust and dunk-friendly, but unlike the Apple Watch Series 2, you're not meant to go swimming.
Would I buy one?
Would I recommend the Samsung Gear S3 to an iPhone owner? Absolutely not. But with Android phone owners, the decision is harder. There is no perfect watch right now, just a field of inferior products. Android Wear isn't a good answer now, although Android Wear 2.0 could provide some promise starting in the next few months. Pebble has been absorbed by Fitbit. Samsung offers some interesting options with the Gear S3, and its ability to be a full phone if you spring for the LTE model could appeal to some people.
After more than a year since the Gear S2, the S3 amounts to a lateral move. Improved hardware, but not improved software. And no matter how clever the S3's design is, it needs to be better at delivering information fast. That being said, right now, I'd prefer the S3 over any current Android Wear watch... or any other Android-connected watch. That statement will probably change sooner rather than later. But the older Gear S2 is still available, and at around $230 it's far more of an impulse purchase. It lacks a speakerphone, though. And if you care about adding phone service, the Gear S3 LTE is far better than the S2 3G.
Samsung's watch is absolutely attractive. Its looks catch the eye of people I show it to, and while it's big, it's definitely good-looking. But it's not the best info-on-my-wrist remote way to quickly check in on my life. Maybe that's a problem with all smartwatches. But it's definitely a problem with this one.
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