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The GS III is an all-rounder of a superphone, but strong competition on the Android scene will stop it reaching the heights of its predecessor.

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Critic reviews

8.5
66 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.3
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Camera
    8.3
  • Ease of use
    7.3
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2
  • Media support
    9.4
  • Durability
    7.8
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.7

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User reviews

8.4
186 reviews
9.0
Engadget May 25, 2012

The GS III is an all-rounder of a smartphone, but stronger competition on the Android scene will stop it reaching the heights of its predecessor.

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8.0
Engadget Jun 20, 2012

We're staying true to the conclusion we reached in our original review: we prefer HTC's Sense UI over Samsung's Gingerbread-like TouchWiz and we have a sweet spot for the One X's inventive design, as well.

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8.0
Engadget Jun 28, 2012

When looking at T-Mobile's current lineup, there's no doubt in our minds that the Samsung Galaxy S III is our number one choice, so long as price isn't a factor. The HTC One S is still a great performer and will be ideal for anyone wary of TouchWiz, the price tag or the larger frame...

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8.0
Engadget Jul 9, 2012

If you're a Verizon customer interested in the best bang for your buck, look no further than the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
TechCrunch Jun 20, 2012

Stellar software features paired with a beautiful display and specs that can compete with anything else on the market makes the Galaxy S III nothing short of a total delight ... It’s the phone you’ve been waiting for

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9.0
CNET Jun 20, 2012

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

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9.0
PC World Jun 20, 2012

At its core, the Galaxy S III is an excellent phone, and Samsung did the right thing in making it uniform across the multiple carriers.

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9.0
GigaOM Jun 20, 2012

Not only is this the best Android phone currently available, in my opinion, but it may be for some time.

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9.0
New York Times Jun 20, 2012

In Samsung’s latest and greatest machine, you get 4G Internet speed, a huge screen and clever motion-sensing features — in a thin, stunningly sculptured slab. In the galaxy of app phones, this one is a bright, beautiful star.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 20, 2012

With top-of-the-line everything and plenty of innovative features, the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III delivers the ultimate LTE Android smartphone experience. For its overall performance and quality, the Galaxy S III is our new Editors' Choice for touch-screen smartphones on AT&T.

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9.0
PC Mag Aug 6, 2012

The Galaxy S III is the smartphone U.S. Cellular subscribers have been waiting for. The S III is the most powerful Android phone in the nation today, and it now runs on the most-beloved network.

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9.0
PC Mag Jul 12, 2012

With state-of-the-art everything, the Samsung Galaxy S III edges out the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx as our top touch-screen smartphone for Verizon Wireless.

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8.0
Ars Technica Jun 20, 2012

Samsung has another winner on its hands here, a worthy successor to the Galaxy S II we loved so much last year. We'd go so far as to say it puts the Galaxy Nexus to shame in near every measure—screen quality, camera quality, battery life, design, and speed.

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8.0
AllThingsD Jun 19, 2012

Based on my tests, I consider the Galaxy S III a very good phone, and a strong competitor for the iPhone and for other leading Android models.

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8.0
Gizmodo Jun 20, 2012

If you are on Verizon or T-Mobile ... it will be without a doubt the best phone on those two carriers ... If you're on AT&T or Sprint ... If you want the best screen and a lighter touch on the software, go HTC. If you want the best camera and more bells and whistles, go Samsung.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 20, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T is the smartest Android phone yet, combining tons of time-saving features with blazing download speeds and strong battery life.

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8.0
AnandTech Jun 20, 2012

[US variant] There’s no doubt in my mind that SGS3 will be just as (if not much more) successful as its predecessors.

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8.0
Computerworld Jun 20, 2012

All considered, the Galaxy S III is a standout smartphone that easily earns a place among the Android elite. It isn't without its flaws -- no technology is -- but it's a mighty fine device with an awful lot to offer.

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8.0
PC Mag Jun 20, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a top-of-the-line Android smartphone just waiting for Sprint to turn on its new LTE network. The Galaxy S III ties with the HTC EVO 4G LTE as our Editors' Choice for touch-screen smartphones on Sprint.

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8.0
CNET Jun 28, 2012

The bottom line: Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X. Unfortunately, it only runs on Sprint's 3G network for now.

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8.0
CNET Jul 13, 2012

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.

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8.0
CNET Jul 31, 2012

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.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 19, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III is MetroPCS's best smartphone. Don't buy it. MetroPCS's version of the Galaxy S III brings 4G LTE speed and great tricks like Wi-Fi calling and Google Wallet with NFC. It's good stuff. But it's also $499, and with MetroPCS potentially switching its focus to GSM in six...

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7.0
Wired Jun 20, 2012

Samsung is still offering top-of-the-line performance here, and the Galaxy S III is more capable than many of the other phones on the market, even if it’s a bit clumsy.

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7.0
Popular Science Jun 20, 2012

If you're looking at an Android phone, you should be looking here, you should be looking at HTC's One line, and you should be looking at the Galaxy Nexus. Me personally? The Galaxy S III would be my third choice of the three.

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10
Network World Jun 20, 2012

Overall, this is an impressive smartphone to consider as your next purchase. If you’re open-minded about making the switch from the iPhone, or you want to experience the latest-and-greatest (at least until the new iPhone version comes out) in the smartphone arena, the S III is an excellent choice.

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10
CNET AU Jun 13, 2012

The Galaxy S3 is the new king of Androids, and the best smartphone on the market, at this time... a phone that does as much as the GS3 — and does it as well as the GS3 does — is very hard to beat.

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9.0
CNET UK May 24, 2012

The S3 is a phone for people with serious power needs and a healthy bank balance. If you want a device for 3D gaming, HD video streaming and browsing the web ... the S3 has the superpowered engine and massive display you're looking for.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint May 28, 2012

There is a lot to love about the Samsung Galaxy S III. As a premium flagship smartphone it has plenty going for it. The huge display, the power, the smooth and fast operation are all to its credit.

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9.0
ZDNet UK Jun 12, 2012

The Galaxy S III is a very impressive smartphone. Samsung has put a lot of thought into adding value to Android 4.0, taking advantage of motion control and sweeping gestures. It's a pity that Smart Stay didn't work well for us, but we can see its potential.

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8.0
SlashGear May 27, 2012

If the company had to compromise in some places on the Galaxy S III, we’d rather accept a somewhat plasticky handset with the incredible performance, brilliant screen and great camera than a nicely-dressed dog.

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8.0
ABC News Jun 20, 2012

You also get the benefits of fast LTE data on the AT&T and the Verizon models...The Galaxy S III is packed to the brim with cutting-edge mobile technology and new features, making it what I knew it would be -- the Android phone to beat this year.

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8.0
SlashGear Jun 20, 2012

LTE speed, plenty of processor performance (even without the two “missing” cores) and a brilliant display leave us with no more doubt than when we first reviewed the Samsung. It makes a strong and convincing case for being the best Android phone on the market today.

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8.0
Consumer Reports Jun 20, 2012

With its huge high-resolution display and futuristic features, the Samsung Galaxy S III can be considered the new template for smart-phone design, kinks and all.

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8.0
Associated Press Jun 20, 2012

If you’re an Android user looking to switch to an iPhone, the Galaxy offers enough reason to stick with Android. You’ll miss out on the cachet of owning an iPhone or the joys of chatting with Siri, but you’ll get a solid device with the latest technologies.

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7.0
Mashable Jun 20, 2012

Although the phone’s more novel functions aren’t that polished — at least it has them. Wireless technologies like NFC, Wi-Fi Direct and LTE are the future of mobile, and you get the sense Samsung is just scratching the surface; software updates and apps could dig much deeper.

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10
Phone Scoop Jun 20, 2012

Samsung has raised the bar with the Galaxy S III. It will be hard for many other manufacturers to reach it, let alone vault over it. For Android fans, the Galaxy S III is the only phone worth getting. Nothing else comes close.

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10
Phone Scoop Aug 6, 2012

Looking at Sprint's current stable of LTE devices, there are few that can compete with the GS3... For Android fans, the Galaxy S III is pretty much the best option available. With support for Sprint's LTE network, it's hard to recommend any other device from Sprint's lineup.

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9.0
phoneArena May 15, 2012

When you factor in the flawless user experience of the Galaxy S III, it quickly becomes evident that there's hardly a better Android smartphone currently around. Samsung has once again nailed it with the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
TechRadar May 25, 2012

If you've been waiting feverishly for the new Samsung Galaxy S3, you will not be disappointed. It's fast, it's sleek and it packs the latest technology that will get your pulse racing.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jun 5, 2012

A technological tour de force, the Samsung Galaxy S3 packs in just about every goody you could wish for including a dazzling screen, wireless charging and microSD slot. It is not without fault though and its large size may still prove too much for some.

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9.0
Brighthand Jun 20, 2012

It's the best Android smartphone at launch for my money, and probably the best overall smartphone until the next iPhone come around. Even then, it will be hard for Apple to top what Samsung has in the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
phoneArena Jun 20, 2012

The US versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III are still spectacular on so many levels – even despite their choice of using a dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip as opposed to quad-core.

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9.0
GSM Arena Jun 20, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a massive leap forward compared to any of its predecessors. It has been developed exactly the way a top shelf Android handset should be ... It includes getting the best hardware available and implementing it into a sleek and manageable device.

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9.0
TechRadar Jul 1, 2012

If you're super-hardcore about LTE you'll no doubt be disappointed in T-Mobile. Criticisms aside, current T-Mobile customers will be hard pressed to not love the Samsung Galaxy S3. With its amazing 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen, Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and excellent battery life.

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9.0
KitGuru Jul 5, 2012

If you are currently in the market for a high-end smartphone right now then there is only one phone I can recommend; the Galaxy S III. ... At the end of the day Samsung reaffirms its dominance of the high-end Android market with the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 20, 2012

Samsung faced an almost impossible task in trying to create a worthy sequel to the Galaxy S2, but the Galaxy S3 should definitely be one of, if not the phone you should consider on your next trip to your local handset emporium.

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8.0
Android Central Jun 4, 2012

In spite of the Galaxy S III's identifiable weaknesses and foibles, the overall package that Samsung delivers is still exceptionally good. And that makes it a device we can enthusiastically recommend to high-end smartphone buyers.

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8.0
Android Central Jun 20, 2012

Potential Android smartphone buyers on AT&T have a tough choice ... But the GSIII easily stands on its own merits and is worth a long, hard look.

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8.0
Forbes Jun 20, 2012

Upon initial use, the Galaxy S III feels like it has a chance at being the best Android phone on the market. Samsung takes this product seriously, and you can tell. In other words: This is a device that feels as if it was made by people who wanted it to be the absolute best it could be.

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8.0
GottaBeMobile Jun 20, 2012

Despite some minor quibbles, there’s a lot to like about this phone from a hardware perspective–the device is fast, powerful, and available on all major U.S. carriers so you don’t have to switch networks.

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8.0
VentureBeat Jun 20, 2012

Two years after Samsung first showed off its Galaxy S models, the company finally has a no-compromise device that will make iPhone users jealous ... If you’ve been looking to jump into Android, especially if you’re currently an iPhone user, the Galaxy S III is your best bet.

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8.0
Android Central Aug 8, 2012

The Galaxy S3 is the best phone on Verizon Wireless right now. That said, this is the worst Galaxy S3 on the market today. You'll be hard pressed to find a better total package when it comes to Android smartphones-- this is simply the best Android device to date.

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10
Techno Buffalo Jun 20, 2012

[US variant] Samsung and AT&T have a real winner in the Galaxy S III and I can’t recommend it more to any Android fan — or any smartphone buyer, for that matter.

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10
Mobile Syrup Jun 27, 2012

The Galaxy S III is the king of android and perhaps the best smartphone ever released. Its an evolutionary upgrade over its predecessor but provides the right balance of subtle improvements and "Wow!" moments to easily justify the purchase.

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9.0
HotHardware Jun 20, 2012

Thanks to its competitive price, excellent performance, and extra features, the Galaxy S III is a phone we would highly recommend, and that's why it earned our Editor's Choice award. Samsung has another major success on their hands with the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
IntoMobile Jun 20, 2012

If you're looking for the best Android phone you can get on the four major carriers (and then some) in the US, look no further than the Galaxy S III.

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9.0
Gadget Review Jul 25, 2012

Yet in the end if you asked me what the best phone in the world to buy today is, I’d have to say there’s a choice of two: the Samsung Galaxy S III, or waiting... If you purchased your last phone in summer or don’t have a contract right now, then get the Galaxy S III.

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8.0
BGR Jun 20, 2012

Does the world really need another Android smartphone that stuffs one-upped specifications into a borderline mediocre package? Probably not. That’s not to say the Galaxy S III is a failure, it’s just not good enough to hang with HTC’s One X.

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10
Stuff May 24, 2012

Given its innovative software, expandable storage and much better battery life, the S3 has a rightful claim to be crowned the new king of Android phones. And Apple needs to watch its back... the smartphone war isn't won yet.

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10
MobileBurn Jun 20, 2012

As it stands now, the Samsung Galaxy S III is one of, if not the best Android smartphones on the market today and should not have any trouble holding its ground against whatever arrives in the coming months.

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8.0
Silicon Republic May 29, 2012

A smartphone for extensive users, its vast features and potential can’t be summed up in a mere 1,200 words. Photo enthusiasts and those who want the best in display are probably best off with the HTC One X, but if your priority is performance, the S III won’t steer you wrong.

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8.0
PocketNow Jul 31, 2012

If you don’t have a smartphone, or your contract is up, or you’re wondering what phone to get, we’ll make things simple for you: get this phone. You might be also considering the Galaxy Nexus, which is also a great phone, but the Galaxy S III is better in almost every way.

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7.0
PocketNow Jun 8, 2012

But thanks to the beautiful design, great day-to-day performance, superb call quality, and wonderful camera, we can confidently recommend the Galaxy S III for those looking for the best smartphone experience possible.

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8.0
peter peter

For the past couple of days I've been mulling over how I wanted to approach my review of the Galaxy S III. Rather than go through and evaluate every little element of it -- we've pulled together a list of over 50 editorial reviews from around the web you can go through if you're looking for that...

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8.0
frankspin frankspin

When I decided to fight for an early upgrade from my Incredible 2 I zeroed in on the S III because it was a top tier flagship phone. For me I was tired of bargain phones and wanted something I could be comfortable with for the full two years of my contract. I know the display is Pentile but for...

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9.0
isaac0708 isaac0708

After one week using the galaxy S3,i found out some good and some bad Good Screen is fantastic.looks Crisp...No one is going to care if it is pentile or rgb. battery life is good,not as good as droid razr maxx ,but it will get through the whole day,for sure. ( screen brightness below 50%,auto...

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10
legendw2008 legendw2008

For the start I have to say my English is not that good, so bear with me. I got my Galaxy S III, a week ago from T-Mobile, Pebble Blue 16GB tra-la-la, hopefully you know the specifications if you are looking at the reviews. I will try to share my honest opinion about this marvelous piece of...

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10
Obiwanbenkenobi Obiwanbenkenobi

The SG3 is a brilliant superphone and at my view the best in the world right now. Why; At first, the slide between the home screens is incredibly smooth due to Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Secondly, it has the S-beam feature which transfers files between two devices at incredible speeds. Thirdly, the...

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3.0
canadianpj canadianpj

First and foremost was the quality of the display. After being used to an iPhone 4 I found the display on the Galaxy S3 to be substandard. Secondly, the camera on phones means a lot to me and again the quality of the camera was substandard in comparison to the iPhone 4 or on my brothers iPhone...

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9.0
prescottbalch prescottbalch

There's not much to dislike about this phone. The battery could last a little longer, but that's a technology problem you can't pin on Samsung. Plus, the phone is functional enough that it encourages use, which in turn runs down the battery.

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10
mkcorb mkcorb

Overall an AMAZING phone, MY phone isn't a 4G phone which would have been nice, but I can't dock it for that because there are 4G versions out there... The battery life is the only thing that could really use improving upon...the AMAZING display does eat up the battery pretty quick, while I am...

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10
Lightstorm Lightstorm

I had the Galaxy SIII for a week now and i'm really impressed with the screen, the cpu power and the internet browser speed. And also the new features like Smartstay, Pop up play, direct call, ect. are great. But is it an iphone 4s killer? Absolutely yes, the only area where the iphone can...

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6.0
brak brak

Best android phone I've ever used, but that's not saying a lot. The display is amazing and 4g LTE is insanely fast on verizon but battery life really pays because of both. I would say I get maybe half the usable time on a charge compared to my iPhone 4. My other gripe is that the app ecosystem...

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5.0
RicardoRibeiro RicardoRibeiro

My company gave me this phone. I don't like it at all, the worst thing is that i have to use it every day as my professional phone. For my personal use, i bought an iPhone 5S, much better than this old S3. Samsung costumer service is awful! My brother owns a samsung galaxy S4, i would give 8...

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6.0
paulratti paulratti

Overall, this is a good phone, but certainly not excellent. I can't say if it's the best Android phone, but I can say that if it is, that doesn't say much about Android. I switched to Windmobile from Rogers in Canada. I had an iPhone which I was quite happy with, but Rogers couldn't compete on...

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