03
May
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It's finally here. You've seen it, gawked at it, drooled over it, and quite possibly done unspeakable things in your desire to have it. So, what do you think of the Galaxy S III - as good as promised, or "meh"-fest?

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If you need some numbers to decide your vote, here are a few specifications to look over:

  • 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage, 64GB version "available soon"
  • microSD Card slot
  • Eye Tracking
  • Smart stay: keeps the screen awake while you're looking at the display
  • S-Voice: advanced voice recognition, "like a good friend who listens attentively" -- definitely a strong competitor to Siri
  • Floating videos: lets you resize videos and move them around on the display whilst they float atop other windows. Nice!
  • 8MP rear shooter with zero shutter lag, 3.3 shots per second
  • Best Photo: takes a burst of eight shots, automatically chooses the best one
  • S Beam: Wi-Fi direct meets NFC
  • 1.9MP front camera with "face recognition" and HD video capabilities
  • 2100mAh Battery with Wireless Charging technology
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (LE)
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi HT40
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • NFC
  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, 133g
  • Android 4.0

There's no doubt that the Galaxy S III is a total revamp over the S II, sporting a completely new design and user experience. I'll make no bones about it - I think that's one ugly phone, but I've already heard plenty of people say the exact opposite. It doesn't look as bad in person, apparently, but I can't get past that blasé rear cover. The eye-tracking feature definitely does sound pretty neat, though, and S-Voice at least takes Google Voice Commands to a more useful level. On a technical level, I can definitely appreciate what Samsung's done, it's impressive. On an aesthetic one? Not so much.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mei

    They should have use Super AMOLED+ HD Display instead of normal Super AMOLED HD. =.=

  • Joel Morales

    It doesn't call my attention....

  • TLG Athena

    A lot of pushing the new Galaxy as a "lifestyle" phone, they're definitely pitching outside the normal android channels with this and trying to line it up as a direct iPhone competitor. For me, the eternal geek, it's a pass, the fact that you're going to be very much locked into stock unless you wish to sacrifice half the phone is a no sale right away.

    • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

       For an iPhone competitor the Design is not innovative enough. There were a lot of mockups that could have kicked the iPhone's ass but this design won't. And Apple fanboys are mostly about design, not hardware

      • Spydie

        Not innovative enough?  OK, apple fanboy.  The innovation is like 3 years ahead of the iphone.  you need to compare specs and features and try to stop sobbing every time you pick up your iphone.

        • DrewNusser

          He was just talking specifically about the design, and then he took a jab at iFans later on.  Settle down - we're on the same side, here.

          • LvnmeAndroid

            lol

  • http://twitter.com/Temor13 Glenn

    Yup this made it a simple choice for me. I'm going with the HTC One X on sunday. 

    • ASP

      me too. The new S was very dissapointing

    • New_Guy

      One X is definitely a nicer choice in my opinion

  • SoffMouf

    It seems to be all about Samsung's software, which is moot once I put CM on it.  (moot with root?)  On the hardware front, not bad but not quite the epic leap forward I was hoping for.  Appearance wise, the galaxy nexus is still sexier.

  • stompsfrogs

    GNex vs SIII
    SD slot: +1 SIII
    Touchwiz: -9,000 SIII
    I'd call everything else a draw so... Glad I'm not outdated today.

    • Cheeseburgers

      Lol, let me fix that.
      GNex vs SIII
      SD slot: +9000 SIII
      Touchwiz: -1 SIII

      Why? Because you'll never have an SD slot, but the SIII user will eventually be able to root and install a custom ROM. Of course the GNex is still great, but...

      • stompsfrogs

        True dat, can't flash an SD slot. It's not like downloading more RAM ;)

      • KaranDevil

        even if that gets root and get custom rums it won't have all this functions like eye tracking or floating video or ... i perfer stock roms so i choose ONe X its way or better than gs3 in term of design !

  • Wilkinson John

    Not sold on the the looks of it from the back, not ugly or iphone boring but think the galaxy nexus looks a lot nicer...
    Maybe the photos just don't do the phone justice...

  • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

    The specs and the features might convince me to buy it but the design is ugly. The only reason I'd prefer it to the One X is microSD and removable battery

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy Jim

    I love the stuff they packed inside - the specs and the NFC and the camera and the eyetracking are cool... but the TouchWiz is heavier than ever and the design is horrid. This is literally the ugliest flagship phone I have ever seen. The RAZR, Galaxy Nexus, One X/S/XL run circles around it and leave little turds in their path. No thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy Jim

      To add a point, those touch sounds are beyond obnoxious and the lock screen is ridiculous.

      • Matthew Jacobson

        God yes, WTF were they thinking with those sounds.  The freaking person presenting it admitted that the sounds were odd.

        I get the whole "nature is good" thing, but too far...

        • Idle Time

          lol. i'm sure you can disable the sound.

  • http://twitter.com/nickbrouhard Nick Brouhard

    I'll be waiting for the next Nexus phone

    • Adipekar

      Amen to that!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm waiting for the Nexus after the next 3 Nexuses.

      • sssgadget

        LOL!

    • warcaster

      The next Nexus is going to be made by Samsung, according to latest rumors.

      Google better not let Samsung even SUGGEST the design for it or specs this time. It needs to be all Google, and Samsung just to manufacture it. Otherwise it will be disappointed.

      And it better not have Pentile, and it also needs to have Samsung's Exynos 5250. That would make it interesting.

      • LewisSD

        what do you expect the roll of the manufacture to be when with working with google on the nexus??? There is a reason they pick a specific manufacture to make the phone. If google wanted to just place an order for what they want exactly they would just order it from Huawai.

      • Jake VanCleve

        agreed

  • Gabba

    Incredibly disappointed.  Samsung just pulled an Apple 4S and decided to coast on its past success.  Nothing new or inspiring about this phone; it's software could've been released as new apps, it's pentile screen is crap, and the US delay is just another middle finger to the north American market.  

    I've got an update, and I'm probably gonna go with the One X instead

  • http://www.facebook.com/amarpatel24 Amar Patel

    Touchwiz and the lack of a notification light make it something I'm nervous about buying.

    • EH101

      About the notification light, if you look here http://youtu.be/hd-QNEXNo-E at the 1:54 marker, there is a setting for "LED Indicator" so I assume one is present but just hasn't been shown to us yet... Maybe...

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Sorry, I think Sammy dropped the ball where design of the S3 is concerned. The One X looks soooo much better in comparison.

    I think this pic says it all...
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/5/3/2995959/samsung-galaxy-s3-hands-on-photos#3326178

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ray-Sunghwa-Woo/542631978 Ray Sunghwa Woo

      I like the Samsung design better than HTC one. I never liked HTC design, their design looks too confusing.

      • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

        To each his own, I guess.

        The One X's design is simple, minimalistic and yet modern and fresh. On the other hand the S3 looks to me like it would've been popular in the early 2000's...

    • Matthew Jacobson

      That picture would be even more staggering in proper lighting...  I agree that the One X is far prettier.

  • Sam Eum

    the back looks like a Galaxy S without the bumper...

  • Palmer Nyako

    Honestly they should have just kept the SGS2 design and added the software and hardware improvements.
    I
    don't know who's going to buy this considering you could get an SGS2
    which can run everything fine...and doesn't look like shit.

  • Guest

    they should've implemented a15 instead of sticking to the a9 but we will have to wait for the benchmarks to make conclusive amends

  • http://twitter.com/Dr_MBambi Moaz B. Bambi

    I lowered my expectations to a reasonable level.
    It completely met them (which means it will have no way to my hand) but it was utter disappointment to see the camera doesn't have any kind of special lense system like f2.2 or any other crap that i don't get but works as a feature.. (I also expected 12 MP, which would also increase picture noise, so 8MP is reasonable and perfect for mobiles)

    Hey, I also did LIVE coverage over on my Twitter.. so you might would like to follow me. (I don't usually do this asking to follow thing, but I feel like it today xD)

  • Marc

    I'm hearing Pentile display :(.  So it is still up in the air for me between the One X and the S3.

  • Zaatour36

    Everything was PERFECT!!

    Except the LTE part not for the International version :'(

  • Tyler Chappell

    I can't help but be amused by all the people that are disappointed by this phone? Like really, what did you really expect? 2GB of RAM, 1080p display? My god, some of the incredibly childish remarks by people is amazing. Boohoo, it, along with the HTC One series are excellent flagship phones that will both be wildly successful at stealing even more market share away from the iPhone.  Especially all of the people disappointed by the 2100mAh battery, why? because its not 2500 or 3300 like the Note and Maxx. It's bigger than the One X, its REMOVABLE, and matches the "extended" battery on the Galaxy Nexus.  I'm not even a huge fan of Samsung but I am smart enough to realize when they've made a pretty smart move, and this phone should be excellent at pushing the market forward.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

      And all the features they're touting right now will drain more battery than previous phones. That eye tracking tech will surely be more battery intensive than the proximity sensors and the S Voice is almost similar to Siri so its easy to imagine how small that 2100mAh battery really is.

      • akshat oswal

        HTC is the silent seller  !! Making profit in the Apple vs Samsung war  

        • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan

          It's too soon to tell. The One line could put HTC back on track but I'm sure a lot of people will be persuaded by the spec war that Samsung waged against every other manufacturers.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        It's too early to make that call on the battery. Samsung could have optimized things to the point where the effect on battery is negligent. There are far worse offenders on phones that could have been optimized away.

    • http://twitter.com/De_Enige_Double Bernard

      We at least hoped for a RGB display, 12 mpx camera and most of all: NOT A FUCKING GLOSSY PLASTIC BACK! goddamnit samsung :(

      edit: oh, and the hands on videos i've seen of the UI make me sick.

      • someone_asdf

        I never understood the people who complain about a plastic back.

        Most people (on the order of like 80-90%) have a case around their phone. You won't see or feel any of it.

        • Simon

          80-90% have covers? Where did you pull that from? I agree with you about the plastic back though.

          I actually like the feel of plastic and given Samsungs track record a plastic back was a pretty sure thing.

        • bomberlt

          Everytime I see someone using high-end smartphone (which have decent materials and gorilla glass screen) I laught at them. Seriously, why do you want extra hastle when taking your phone out of pocket?

    • Matthew Jacobson

      It wasn't so much that people were expecting something unreasonable, just that the One X seems so much further ahead (IMO).  The One X's screen is superior, size (IMO) is more reasonable, hands-down more attractive, has a better camera (the GS3's is pretty much the same as usual), and the reasons go on.

      This is a lesson on the power of hype.  If this phone wasn't so hyped up, then people wouldn't be nearly as disappointed.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Honestly, don't think you'll notice much of a difference between 4.7" and 4.8".

      • Storm

        Don't know why you're touting the camera as a major point. Megapixels aren't important, we all know that. The quality of a camera is defined by so many other things, and in this instance, Samsung appears to have a winner...

    • Luiz Mazzaferro

      You only forgot to talk about the software. What is a smartphone without it's software? NOW THAT is the greatest disappointment. This phone look like those japanese phones full of crap that no one uses, with a crappy software that crashes everything that does not lick TouchWiz.

    • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

      The plastic back is not a big issue to me, HOWEVER the limited 1GB memory IS. I will wait for 2GB phone. LG is reading one now.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        I'd like to know what you use on your phone which uses close to 1GB RAM.

    • Gustavo

      What i didn't like was the focus on social interaction, i do not like facebook integration with my devices. And the buttons, why honestly do these phones still have physicalk buttons.

      • Karim

        PHYSICALK!!!!?? dude,it's "physical".
        and yes,all galaxy s international versions have a physical button.

    • Karim

      very well said.

  • Zaatour36

    BTW, no one mentioned ANYTHING about the CPU !!!

    WHAT'S UP WITH THAT ???????

  • Isidhu

    I will wait for the Sprint variant of this. They always come up with ways to improve on the design and specs. It is probably going to be a S4 in that cos of the LTE but cant wait 6 months to get something avalibe today (EVO LTE). Meh

  • http://twitter.com/sketaful Mikael Guggenheim

    Wasn't one of the ideas behind ICS to remove the buttons?

    • http://twitter.com/SoWhy SoWhy

       Yes, which makes the design all the more confusing. Especially the menu-button which was deprecated in ICS oO

      • akshat oswal

        samsung stuck to its touchwiz i guess ! 

  • Heldros

    I'm very disapointed. The hardware has nothing special. 
    They just showed a few trickx and their will to push their ecosystem.
    I'm waiting for smartphone with a decent size (atrix) with big specs (GS3). And of corse stock Android

    • Tyler Chappell

      Yeah, that's called a Nexus device. I'll likely upgrade from my Thunderbolt to the next Nexus in december assuming Verizon gets it, and especially if it were made by HTC.

    • Spydie

      I had a postage-stamp sized atrix... JUNK.  Motoblur?  JUNK... worst thing you can put on a phone. I'll never buy another motorola as long as it has Motoblur.  Every time you reset your phone or change the sim card, you have to sign back into motoblur.  What a bunch of crap

      • ElfirBFG

        Lol, Motoblur. I have CM 9 on my Atrix. Great phone.

  • Brad Kalinoski

    Im not that impressed. Actually, just sold my S2, and bought the Galaxy Nexus. Thats how unimpressed I was. Its good. But the design is subpar. And I want a true google phone. Im sick of all the control with the UI and bloated OS coming from third parties and control coming from the Carriers. Im done with carrier based phones. Went on a rant, but this phone is not bad, just not the next big thing. 

  • RNWhite

    I dont feel too bad about having a Skyrocket. I might save up for a One X.

    • Spydie

      I don't know what fascination you guys have with the One X... no sd card and no removable battery?  I wouldn't touch it with a 10 pole.

      • Bomberlt

        How do you use all the space in your phone? Tons of music, movies (probably pirated)? Some system backups? Just look at all that people using very limited iPhone and ask them if they want removable something?

  • Mikey_H

    Having recently had the ICS update for my S2, I won't be rushing out to get this. Most of the 'lifestyle' stuff could easily be ported to the S2... cue XDA... 

    Samsung's guy was right in saying that the successor for the S2 was the Note, it actually brought something new to the table. The S3 is an upgrade of the S2 rather than a 'breakthrough' device.

    Shame, but I'm sure those that get it will be very happy, just like the millions of S2 owners (well those with the ICS update outside the US ;))

    • Spydie

      with all those new features you don't think they brought something new to table?  Boy are you an idiot.

      • Mikey_H

        Reading what I said might actually help you formulate a reasoned response.

      • ElfirBFG

        Blue cars impress you, don't they?

  • InvaderDJ

    The phone itself is pug fugly and made of horribly cheap looking plastic. And Touchwiz is as ugly as ever.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the phone overall though. I'll probably have to play with it myself or read a hands on. Samsung is obviously going for software over the hardware but I don't trust them with software. Time will tell.

    • LvnmeAndroid

      you sound like a guy that looks at a fat chic and bags on her, but end up sleeping with her anyways, if its fugly dont get it.

  • EH101

    Idk what all you people are smoking. This phone looks way better than my Galaxy Nexus and better than the HTC One series and iPhone 4/4s. And to those still crying about pentile, grow up, actually use the HD pentile screens without thinking about it and you'll notice (or not notice?) you can't even tell it's not an RBG matrix. The HD pentile versions are leaps and bounds better than the pentile on my old Galaxy S 1. Furthermore, to those crying about anything Touchwiz related, CM9. Period.

    • Matthew Jacobson

      IDK many people who would agree with you.  The One X design is much more attractive than the GS3.

  • D.

    two words : it sucks!

  • Pwave

    hey is there any word on the price yet ???

  • Shmek03boy

    If could someone explain what is with the wireless charging???

    • Enchante

      It means you can charge your phone without plugging it in. You put it on the charging pad and it will charge.

  • Joshua Barta

    The Galaxy S III looks like an undoubtedly fantastic phone, and I will most likely upgrade to this when it comes to Sprint. That said, it isn't perfect; the Pentile screen is a disappointment, albeit a minor one.  A 12MP camera would have been nice. I had really hoped they would be the first to add Liquipel or similar waterproofing out of the box.

    Tell ya what though... a Galaxy Note II with internals similar to the Galaxy S III would be damn sexy....

    • Spydie

      You guys are perseverating on more mp cameras.  In case you haven't done your research (and I know most of you haven't), the number of MP in camera does not decided how good the pictures are.  As is evidenced by the iphone 5 mp camera when it first came out was beating the pants off anything android had with 8 mp according to all the reviews.  My personal opinion was, they were just as good, but certainly not 45% better.  The 12 mp cameras haven't proven to take any better pictures than an 8 mp camera (and some 5 mp cameras).  Getting a picture that is 5mp in size to deal with (as opposed to 3 mp with an 8 MP camera) and email to people isn't what determines they are getting a better picture... just a larger one.

      • Karim

        you are absolutely right.....more megapixels doesn't necessarily mean better pictures.

  • sgtguthrie

    I think I'll really like it.  I'm a little disappointed by the hardware button and soft keys, instead of onscreen buttons like the galaxy nexus...

    • LvnmeAndroid

      totally agree, the design is fine and i always use cases so dont care about the plastic, but would have loved the onscreen buttons. come on oem's. htc as well. do away with the capacitives already

  • Akorakzai

    What is wrong with you Samsung. All the hype for this. Guess s2 still looks easy better and cooler than this. Eye tracking why do I need tracking. Where is the real thing. Sorry but this will be good enough if it bursts HTC one x. Where does this design come from. Just check the fake consort design which are way better than this. 4.8 inch is way to big for people. Only if you had thought of reducing the bezels for s2,the design would have been awesome.

  • Freak4Dell

    Didn't meet my expectations, but then again it sort of did. One of my expectations was a phone I have no interest in, so I guess they nailed that.

  • http://twitter.com/ssantinelli Steven Santinelli

    Honestly....  it's just too friggin big.  I am NOT liking where phone technology is going.  I think 4 was the perfect size for a phone.  My Nexus was an almost perfect phone (Other than it was on TMobile AND it had no MSD slot).

    I'm OK with my Galaxy Nexus (At least it is on verizon!), but still, I find it quite large.  I think a 4 would be perfect, with the NOTE as the 5, and the TAB as the 7 and 10.  4.8 is just friggin too big.  I DON'T want to go back to the 90's and that brick phone!

    • Freak4Dell

      Amen. I think I'm going to just get ahead of the curve and duct tape a tablet onto an old analog phone and put it in a messenger bag.

    • Spydie

      You're in the minority.  They've done their research.  We want bigger phones so we can see the screen to do our email and surf the web, watch tv and plays games, all more realistically easier to see.  Look at how many Notes they've sold.  Not a slacker by any stretch of the imagination.  Larger phones are the wave of the future.  People are tired of postage-stamp sized phones just so they can put them on their wrist or in their wallet.

    • DrewNusser

      I'm with you - 4-4.3 is perfect for me.  Give me that kind of phone with a high resolution screen, great processor and a 3 day battery.  What?  Razr HD?

  • Tripsul

    Ok. I am tired of these ugly designes of android phones. Ive been jealouse of iphone users for so long and was hoping fot sg3. No samsung for me anymore. I will wait for iPhone 5. If it has at least 4.3 display, then i am getting it and will say bye to android for now. If i do stay with android but it will be one x or new sony phones.

    • DrewNusser

      Are you on Android now?  If so, how could you possibly be okay to ditch the features you're getting just so the phone is pretty?  If that's your criteria, then you probably should have switched over a long time ago.  Personally, I like phones that do more stuff, that's why I could never go back to the iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/weltraumpirat Claus not Han Solo

    With S-Voice (spoken ass-voice) and S-Beam (spoken ass-beam)... LOL ... Sorry ... Why going the Apple way, Samsung?

    • Spydie

      apple doesn't even have those features, nor any of the features of android...dum dum.  the "S" features put apple to shame... what do they have? Siri?  Get real

      • DrewNusser

        You're having a hard time interpreting what people are trying to say.  He means that Samsung is now putting an "S" in front of everything the way that Apple puts an "i" in front of everything.  Not features.  This phone has a lot of nice new features.

  • http://www.feedchimp.com/ Nick DeSousa

    I'm impressed with their innovations to the Android OS. Things like S Voice, Smart Stay, and Floating Video are definitely much needed in everyday use. Some of their not so interesting additions are S Beam and S Share functions. S Beam assumes your friends and family also have the same device and the sharing functions assume you're a tag-aholic. I'd be even more impressed if the quad core actually came to the U.S. I haven't looked at the SoC with intense detail, but I doubt it had a built in LTE modem considering it's slated for a European release first. They might knock it down to the dual core Snapdragon S4 with its tried and true LTE compatability, which would remove a lot of the desire for the S3. I think that people will fall in love with the Galaxy S3 and let nothing stand in the way of obtaining it. That doesn't necessarily mean it is the best device for them. I expect a lot of bugs with their innovations and an uproar in the dev community when it comes to porting these functions to new ROMs. I'm excited to see how they handle the U.S release.

    • Spydie

      we all know it won't have a quad-core.  There isn't one that's certified for use with LTE yet.  So the U.S. will be getting dual-core for at least another year.

  • Thedizzydiver

    I like the look of this phone and am very tempted EXCEPT why, oh why, please tell me why it seems impossible to be able to buy a top end iphone with dual sim capability.

    I realise that in some countries the phone manufacturers rely on their products being locked in order to be taken on by the mobile service companies but there are many other places in the world where it's impossible to buy a locked phone and I happen to be lucky enough to live in one of them.

    In these countries a large proportion of mobile phone owners use 2 sim cards and enjoy the convenience of having them both in a single handset.

    However, we are always excluded when it comes to top end phones. Seems like you always need us to buy 2 handsets......

    So, COME ON SAMSUNG, do something for the dual sim users and let us have the dual sim Galaxy III when it's released here in Egypt and please don't let that be too long.

  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    I will be picking up the One X on Sunday from AT&T. Nice try Samsung, but your phone just will not cut it.

    • fixxmyhead

      good luck with ur second rate phone also second rate cpu. nothing beats exynos

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        An S4 is not a 2nd rate CPU. I'd consider Tegra 3, Exynos 32nm, and Kraits pretty on par for what we need them to do. Sure, there are variations in benchmark scores, but in reality they're all excellent modern processors.

        • fixxmyhead

          if ur not first in benchmarks ur second rate (i know its not everything but still). yea there good cpus to do what we want but sorry exynos wins, they cant all be equally the same someones gotta win and thats exynos. 

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            The problem is, at least here in the U.S., you can't get LTE phones with Tegra 3 or Exynos, so S4 is the only choice we have here.

          • Doan

            Has it been officially announced that the US version will have S4? I'm not buying those rumors of "a Samsung exec that wishes to remain anonymous."

          • fixxmyhead

            if i do decide to sell my s2 for this im buying it unlocked with all that quadcore goodness everyone else can settle with the s4 chip. i dont care about LTE cuz i only roll with GSM and HSPA+ is good enough for me

  • Dmwhittley

    I am still hoping they announce that the Galaxy Note styus will work with it.
    Slightly dissapointed. :(

    • Spydie

      Like that ain't gonna happen... so far it doesn't work with any other screen on any other android device

  • unbearablepleasures

    There is NO reason for a device to be that damn ugly! All the software additions seem gimmicky.

  • MyNameIsLOS

    About the looks, its great to see the the galaxy s line go a unique "non idevice" looking route.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

     "Did the Galaxy S III meet your expectations?"Well that's a tricky question, I was expecting it to be crap, so yeah it has met my expectations...

    • Karim

      What is crap about it? really? i bet you are an apple fan boy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

         The looks of it's hardware, the looks of it's software, the fact that it relies on raw power to get ahead, etc. And I've never even seen an iPhone in person, let alone owned one.

  • Lox_knc

    Same, I'll be waiting for the next Nexus phone

  • RocketScience11

    I don't get why people are going, "Ohhhh SAMSUNG WHYYYY didnt u meet the HYPE you set up!!!" when really most of the hype was just internet fanboys... I also don't think the phone is ugly at all. The horrendous wallpaper and touchwiz is what makes the pictures look so bad in comparison to the one x, for example. Besides that and the fact that i think this phone is too big, this is about what I expected. Still maybe the best phone out right now, just not the unicorn phone people were expecting. But, personally I'm waiting for the next nexus for my upgrade. 

    • Karim

      The galaxy s3 has the same body size as the galaxy nexus,the only difference is the screen size. i rather think that sgs3 is a very awesome phone.

  • akshat oswal

    was worried i made a wrong choice with the xt910 back then in January .. but now I am pretty much happy with what I have . It is not made up of plastic is what matters to me the most ! 

  • jer85008

    Looks pretty bad in the pics, design seems very dated to me. The specs on the other hand, are stellar other than the screen. Curious to see how good the camera is.

  • Dennis Henriksen

    hm.. dunno why people think its ugly, as i see it, its minimalistic, stilish and looks hot. i might think you guys just wanna have something to brag about. hell im gonna get this phone, the specs are amazingm, and haven found out why people dont like tw. just dont get it. 

  • morrm1

    I think the design is ugly with all the gloss and too round shape. Also, pretty disappointed that there aren't software buttons...

  • Skillit

    While the design is nice, it's certainly not the best looking phone around the One series from HTC run circles around the GSIII in terms of design and I can't get why Samsung went for the menu button instead of the multitasking button...

    • Bomberlt

      Some HTC One users are complayning about lack of menu button and virtual menu button taking up space on screen and inconsistance place of virtual menu button. SoI guess physical menu button is not so bad in the end. Btw, I was expecting to see galaxy s3 with no physical buttons at front, like galaxy nexus..

  • Luiz Mazzaferro

    Never seen so much s*** packed on a single device. It is just really not necessary.
    TouchWiz was bad, buggy and heavy, now it is going to be worse. 
    I don't know why Samsung still call this an Android phone, because it is not. It is ANDROID-COMPATIBLE.
    Garbage.

    *Galaxy Note on CM9 here.

    • LvnmeAndroid

      um you most likely knew it was going to have touchgiz. and your galaxy note on cm9 here is moronic at best. if you get gs3 then cm9 it and stop bitchin bout touchgiz.

      this is the true beauty of android. i dont care for touchgiz, but my vibrant is still flying with aokp milestone5. hella smooth. i love c-mod but had to try aokp from all the reviews and all i can say is wow

      • Karim

        i'm with you on this one,AOKP milestone 5 is Wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Salter/577725897 Stephen Salter

    Going to have to wait for full comparisons between HTC One X (tegra) and the SIII. My wife has the former and its sweet. As with the One X, the SIII looks much better in white.

  • Kenporter83

    All the new features like the s voice and eye tracking are really cool but i hate how ugly touchwiz is. I would give up all the extra functionality for something that looks and runs smooth and clean. Stock software is becoming better than custom roms. Even though i hate how touchwiz looks it would be kinda hard for me to ditch it for an AOSP rom with less features. If we can feature ports that would be golden

  • New_Guy

    I really think the HTC One X is a much sexier device and similar specs to boot. (besides the battery of course).

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Looks-wise, the One X is miles above the S III. It's so much sexier, it's not even funny. I can't believe Samsung thought that design looked good. Hell, I'd even take some of the fake shells it was seen in instead.

  • Eric To

    The only thing I'm disappointed about is the poor design.  Samsung is like Honda in terms of design, plain, boring, bleh.  Since when the hell did you ever look at a pebble and think to yourself, "awesome aesthetics!"  Should have aimed higher with something more modern.  Hell the stupid 2 year old iphone looks more modern that that boring POS.

  • Qorse

    Spec-wise it isn't anything that wasn't expected. Will have to wait and see on the chipset. I wish it were a tad smaller, but it's the front-runner in the race for my upgrade in June. And it's ugly as sin. It'd have to go straight into the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/logan.p.risk Logan Palmer Risk

    Don't think I'll be getting the new Evo.

  • Stephen Long

    I like the specs, but I already have a Galaxy Nexus which I really like. I don't know how the two phones would compare side by side, but from cursory my cursory view of the photos, I like the looks of the Nexus better. The Galaxy Nexus is already 4.65", and honestly, even it seems too big (even compared to my OG EVO 4G). I don't like the trend of phones getting at big as small tablets. I would go with a Galaxy Note over the GS3, personally. But, I already have a tablet, so I would prefer to see phones hit a sweet spot between 4.0" and 4.5".

    Also, the Galaxy Nexus is a serious battery hog with its display and 1850-2050 mAh battery (I have multiple batteries). I really have to wonder what battery life is going to be like on the GS3 since its display is bigger and it's quad core.

    • Karim

      galaxy s3 has an exynos quad core,it consumes less power than the tegra 3 quad core and at the same time it gives you better performance. If your worrying about the battery and the screen,dont. check out the reviews when the phone is released to the public then you'll see.

  • Hoo

    Strange. I find people likes Galaxy Nexus but not SIII, saying it is ugly? Both appearance looks the same. From the specs, I find SIII is an upgraded version of Galaxy Nexus, not from SII.

  • h_f_m

    Not a big enough jump over the Galaxy Nexus. I am in no way disappointed with the CPU and GPU of my GNex, I think I'll just be keeping it until the Nextus. (see what I did there?) (groan)

  • Jess L

    I need to see photo examples, a camera makes or breaks a phone for me (I got my AA in Digital Photography). I wont be able to get one though for at least a year so there will be something out better by then.. unless someone wants to buy my MyTough 4G and 3G phones rooted off me lol.

  • Dominick_7

    Screw Verizon. I don't think I can wait for how dissapointed I'll be with HTCs attempt to compete with the Galaxy Note. Verizon takes forever to get phones, I'm going to either AT&T or TMobile for the Galaxy Note. Just need to figure out which Note to get, and wonder if the TMobile one will be different. I'm thinking International unlocked on AT&T is the way to go, but really.. about this S3.. what does it really have that is different? The size is a little bigger which is nice, but the speed camera is on the One, the taking pics while in a video recording and touch data transfer is on the Nexus.. I doubt it will be quad in the US, or will be an undepowered one, 64GBs internal will be cool, but really it just seems like a slightly bigger, a bit faster (20%) smartphone with a bit smarter built in applications. If it came with 64GBs at base, had a better screen and had something extra, that might have been impressive.. but I found myself less impressed than when I first saw the Nexus.. but that impression waned after seeing the feedback on things like the battery life, seeing how it rendered some youtube videos, the speakerphone/speaker volume issue etc. This may be because it was the FIRST ICS smartphone, which was a nice added something to make it stand out. But this one doesn't really stand out that much and it's kinda ugly..

  • CABLOOMI

    IT'S LIKE SGS1 HAD SEX WITH SGS2 AND HAD A BABY THAT'S THERE SIZE, IT CAME OUT CLEAN, BUT IT CAM OUT UGLY

  • CABLOOMI

    HEY SAMSUNG, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT PHONE IS USEFUL FOR, TO TAKE AND SHOVE UP YOUR ASS

  • Brian Breniser

    Im with the new nexus crowd. Although made by Samsung, there is just something to having google call all the shots. Samsung phones aren't designed any better than any other phone. but that's coming from someone who is disappointed with the Iphone's design. At least it can't get any worse than glass covered by glass...

  • Tee

    Regarding the looks of it, the surface is quite well utilized by the screen now. No stupid edges of SII any more. It looks more like an evolved GT-I9000 now, which is a solely good thing.

    The techical specs of a phone do not matter so much to me, as long as they are not undersized to run the device properly.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    With only 1 GB of ram this will be dead in a few weeks time.

  • scarmic

    I think that the superprocessor is just useful tu run the Touchwiz LOL

  • http://iambot.net/ Srinath

    Samsung has to realize that a phone isn't only about the internal specs. This has top of the line hardware, but they should have paid a little more attention to the design. Also, I don't think super AMOLED cuts is anymore for a flagship phone. Not after the HTC One X

  • Laborin_HK

    It's not BAD, the spec bumps are pretty much what was expected.

    * I'm not liking the design, this is a personal preference thing, but it looks worse than the Gnex AND even in my view the SGS2. It's not a BAD design, just not something that looks like a flagship design.
    * Was hoping that the SAMOLED would get bumped to + but guess it didn't.
    * Wonder why Samsung doesn't talk much about their cameras :
    * There seems to be a nice suite of software though.

  • Andrew

    On the whole I'm pretty disappointed.

    Looking at it, straight away it looks way worse than the GS2. If you saw them side by side I'd be inclined to think the GS2 was the newer model and the GS3 was the older model, it looks far more like the original Galaxy (which I also thought was ugly). I like the physical buttons on my GS2, but I think it's time to let go, and I'm disappointed that they didn't introduce software buttons like the Nexus has.

    Touchwiz looks as fugly as ever. Honestly, do Samsung not do customer surveys about these things? I'm pretty sure anyone who knows anything about Android would rather have the stock Android ICS experience. If I were to get one of these I'd root it on day 1 and put on ICS Remix or CM9 or something. The hardware specs themselves are fine, no real complaints, though I'm disappointed that the camera's image quality doesn't appear to have been given a boost.

    • Andrew

      I don't mean Megapixels, I just mean the quality of the image.

      Other things it lacks: I was really hoping for a tiny tiny bezel, better case materials (those of you attacking people for this suggestion: did you ever hold a Galaxy S2: It feels like it's made out of the sort of plastic you find in a Kinder Surprise egg) and a much higher resolution screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohitbag.rbg Rohitbag Rbg

    this phone is downright ugly. i expected a squarish design, with bezel less display, with no capacitive or hard buttons. alsp the ui looks crap, holo is so much elegant. 2gb ram and a bigger battery was certainly expected.

  • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com JM

    I know i may be in the minority (it is familiar to me) but I actually miss some of the festures of TouchWiz on my Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy S III is very enticing.

  • pilot66

    This phone will make HTC sell more One X than what they thought was possible!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sopheak-Maxx-Hean/1325160857 Sopheak Maxx Hean

      Not for me :) OneX is good but hate sense ui. And I love of how easy it is to root Samsung phones :)

  • Paul

    No mention of the ceramic backing? Did they go with plastic then? That sucks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sopheak-Maxx-Hean/1325160857 Sopheak Maxx Hean

      Samsung never claimed to have ceramic back cover nor anything at all. It is all rumours and wish list. Beside HTC/Nokia/SONY uses PolyCarbonated (harden Plastic) just like the material Samsung using right now. There are benefits of using plastic instead of ceramic. Google search and you shall find

  • http://twitter.com/stfuyuriy Yuriy Melnik

    I don't like it. Hardware is awesome but the design and styling for the international version are not what i expected from Samsung with the S3. Looks cheap. Touchwiz is ok, but what i'd really like to see is vanilla 4.0 on this thing. I'll hold onto my Gnex :)

  • ron hudson

    lotta people are saying they aren't impressed. i think thats BS. samsung made a worthy update to the gs2. might not have been a generous upgrade but they certainly did better than Apple and the iphone. this phone and its US variants will be the hottest phone of 2012. it offers many features that many other android phones dont have yet. they gave it a new stylish look but still kept it "sammy". The ONLY let down of this phone is that the exynos quad core processor wont make it to america. (possibly on tmo)

  • Jake VanCleve

    nothing here to be impressed with. coming from a GNex i be several steps back in terms of the maturity of the firmware. my Nexus picks up over 4 hours screen on with blistering speed & stability, thus this strikes me as a simple add. this stuff is over hyped.

  • Nkennedy1121

    Why couldn't it have 2 gigs of ram?!

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  • Charles

    Comparing it side by side at the AT&T store with the HTC One, found the HTC one much more responsive and beatiful. I don't see why the S3 craze exists.

  • Opa

    The Galaxy S III is not for everybody. I want a good phone, good internet access + a good camera and video. This machine is capable of launching and managing satellites and is overkill for anyone looking for a hard working machine required by me and my business friends..