Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: CNETGALAXYS316GBBLUTMB
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price range: $49.99 - $464.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 06/19/2012
- Released on: 06/21/2012
The good: The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes fully loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE/HSPA+ 42 capability, a zippy dual-core processor, and a strong 8-megapixel camera. S Beam is an excellent software enhancement, and the handset's price is right.
The bad: The Galaxy S3's screen is too dim, and Samsung's Siri competitor, S Voice, disappointed.
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.
Best Smartphone out there!
by silverlake43 on September 20, 2012
Pros: Everything, have found nothing to complain about!
Cons: Just can't find anything
Summary: Got this phone a couple of months ago, after upgrading from an HTC Rezound. Like everything about it. Right size, fits right in my jeans pocket. Takes amazing pictures! Nice ...
Summary: Got this phone a couple of months ago, after upgrading from an HTC Rezound. Like everything about it. Right size, fits right in my jeans pocket. Takes amazing pictures! Nice big screen for my tired old eyes! Just a winner in every aspect!
The best Android smartphone ever!
by IntelligentSmartphoneUser on September 20, 2012
Pros: Comes loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, packed to the brim with features, a beautiful design, wonderful screen and a removable battery (something most new smartphones lack nowadays.)
Cons: S Voice is somewhat disappointing, fragmented release dates for Android OS updates, can get pretty laggy when your home screen is filled with widgets, may get extremely warm with extreme use, but not hot and okay battery life.
Summary: The Galaxy S III is an amazing phone, and I'm not lying here. It's packed to the brim with features, comes loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich out of ...
Summary: The Galaxy S III is an amazing phone, and I'm not lying here. It's packed to the brim with features, comes loaded with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box and it's Super AMOLED HD display is simply stunning.Well, I got my own Galaxy S III in white and let me tell ya, this phone is a performance and feature freak! It's speedy and it's packed to the brim with everything you'd want in a smartphone.
However, the usual issues with Android handsets still exists. Software updates have fragmented release dates, it can become extremely laggy if your home screen is widget-happy and S Voice is somewhat disappointing. The phone may heat up on extreme use, but I can confirm that it will NOT overheat under normal-extreme use. (My Galaxy S II frequently shut itself off to protect itself from overheating)
So, in conclusion, I will recommend this phone to any smartphone user. Any former Android user will want to get hooked on this phone and if you're an iPhone user migrating to Android, give this phone a shot.
(Reviewed on a friend's Pebble Blue Galaxy S III)
Updated on Nov 2, 2012
Oh, and the recent update to Jelly Bean? Makes it even faster, even more responsive and adds more features to this already-amazing phone!
9.5/10 and a recommendation.
by gunmetalgrey on September 19, 2012
Pros: One of the best Smartphones ever made
Cons: The Galaxy S IV is gonna be released next year lol
Huge phone fits tiny hands well
by JewelyaZ on September 18, 2012
Pros: feels great in the hand, big bright screen, good touch/slide keyboard, fast and responsive, seems stable, SD card, speakerphone is loud and clear
Cons: plastic case not as nice as any HTC device that I've owned, Gorilla 2 glass CAN be scratched, controls are in odd places if you are used to HTC, weird software glitch sometimes causes screen to fade to black as you move to press numbers on the keypad
Summary: I have tiny hands and have found many devices to be too big for my grip. I love physical QWERTY keyboards and have owned Motorola and HTC slide devices. The ...
Summary: I have tiny hands and have found many devices to be too big for my grip. I love physical QWERTY keyboards and have owned Motorola and HTC slide devices. The Samsung is HUGE and should be hard to hold, but I find that it's easy enough and to my surprise, the finger-slide keyboard is pretty good at guessing my words and I am actually NOT annoyed with it most of the time.
The speakerphone is loud and brilliant (my last HTC's was uselessly quiet), the battery life is reasonable and there are apps that optimize battery usage, and playing games or watching YouTube videos is just a delight. The case feels cheap compared to the solidity of all the HTC devices I've owned, but it doesn't feel like it's going to immediately break either and I've dropped it without disaster (once).
The photos and videos from the camera are outstanding and I have stopped carrying the "real" camera -- the device HAS a real camera, and I love being able to share the photos with a TV or another person carrying an NFC device. I like the burst-photo mode; it totally solves the problem of catching that elusive baby smile, the soap-bubble as it pops, or grabbing a shot mid-stride of your dog, a horse, or a runner.
We paid $179 + $18 activation at Costco (T-mobile, 32 GB edition), and they also have by far the best insurance through SquareTrade ($100 for 2 years; $25 deductible, everything covered except willful damage or theft, will replace the device FOUR times over the life of the policy). The comparable Asurion plan is $7.99/mo for 24 months with a $130 deductible and the ability to get a full replacement only ONCE. Not great coverage if you KNOW you're hard on things like I am. The Costco reps are on commission but since they also get paid minimum wage, they are not really pushy. Our rep took time to carefully explain the old and new coverage plans we'd be on, and the new one saves us $16/mo across all three lines for essentially the same service, so I can't complain at all.
I think I will actually REMAIN happy with the Galaxy S3 long enough to be glad to have that awesome warranty.
A PC in my pocket.
by kurokitsune on September 11, 2012
Pros: FAST. Customization. Micro SD slot. No need for clunky 3rd party software. No walled garden. Beautiful, huge screen. Amazing camera. NFC. Motion controls.
Cons: Battery life could be better.
Summary: After using an iPhone for 3 years I don't think I could go back to dealing with the walled garden that is iTunes. The hardware is powerful and Android ...
Summary: After using an iPhone for 3 years I don't think I could go back to dealing with the walled garden that is iTunes. The hardware is powerful and Android shines on this device. I couldn't be happier with this phone in my pocket.
Huge screen, creative resources and stunning hardware
by Marcus_Zorbis on September 9, 2012
Pros: Everything is perfect, the replaceable battery and additional memory card, gives me the freedom to use it how I want and how I need.
Cons: Absolutely nothing
Love the phone, but...
by ontbman on September 8, 2012
Pros: Awesome phone, great screen, feature rich and love the Android experience.
Cons: The bluetooth functionality is somewhat questionable. S-voice is very much hit and miss, mostly miss. Samsung needs to spend more time on this feature.
Summary: I would recommend this phone to others. I had been a Blackberry user for years, but thought it was time to consider another phone since RIM has nothing on the ...
Summary: I would recommend this phone to others. I had been a Blackberry user for years, but thought it was time to consider another phone since RIM has nothing on the market that compares to the new Android phones or the iPhone. I can do almost everything with this phone. I have an iPad but I find I now reach for my S3 for quick internet searches first. I will be honest my experience with the S3 has not been completely positive. The first S3 I received developed a problem almost immediately. It would drop off the network regularly even while talking on the phone. Telus replaced the phone. My second phone works much better. Bluetooth support is somewhat questionable. I have a Jabra EasyGO and Blueant T1 headset which I used with my Blackberry 8900 without issue. Neither headset allows me to make an outgoing call on the S3. I worked with Samsung for over 1/2 an hour to troubleshoot my bluetooth issues, but in the end Samsung told me to contact the bluetooth vendor for support. By the way, both headsets work perfectly with an iPhone 4S. I suspect S-voice may have something to do with my bluetooth issues on this phone, but I don't know that for sure. For me I like the idea of playing with my phone customizing it for my needs. For those who just want to pick up the phone and use it, I would suggest they wait for the iPhone 5.
The best smartphone so far
by srkamineni on September 4, 2012
Pros: Much lighter, much faster and sleek
Cons: No cons so far
Summary: Best Buy
Summary: Best Buy
by monstertiki on September 2, 2012
Pros: Screen clarity is amazing. Good reception, speaker is very clear, ICS is smooth and stable. Battery life is pretty good for a phone this size.
Cons: Doesn't have an hdmi out.
Summary: In the last 3 years I've gone from an incredible to a droid razr to an S3. I originally bought an s3 for my mom, who was using an ...
Summary: In the last 3 years I've gone from an incredible to a droid razr to an S3. I originally bought an s3 for my mom, who was using an old env, and I upgraded too a razr max. After taking the phone home and trying it out for a night, I took the razr max back the next day and exchanged it for an S3.
I was sold on how much better it was for me than my razr. I also like how fast the camera is, it really has no shutter delay and picture quality is just as good if not better than that of the razr. In addition the battery life of the s3 last longer than standard razr. Samsung really hit a home run with this phone. The 4g is fast and makes everything that requires a fast connection more enjoyable. The S voice needs work, but than again so do all voice interface systems I've used.
I recommend also getting the otterbox commuter case for this phone and any other phone those cases fit. It has a very low profile and offers good protection for the S3. It also makes easy to hold and the built in covers for he headphone and charging ports keeps the dust out.
should have stuck with my HTC DESIRE
by bonnephil on August 30, 2012
Pros: memory card slot other than that none so far
Cons: the only app i found usfull that come with the phone is S Planner.
will not play downloaded music, need to download an app to do this, and every app i've downloaded so far doesn't work. the eye recognize very rarely works. battery life very poor.
Summary: much hyped phone that does not deliver. apart from i do prefere the size especialy when on the net, it's no better than my old HTC desire, in fact ...
Summary: much hyped phone that does not deliver. apart from i do prefere the size especialy when on the net, it's no better than my old HTC desire, in fact i prefere my HTC it was easier to use and came with more usefull apps already on. the battery life is very poor, if wi-fi is left on does not last a day, and even if wi-fi is off and phone is used just for adding contacts manualy or notes in diary battery again does not last a day. had phone about 3 weeks now and it's not getting any better. don't know if the problems are the phones fault or the android operating system. friends who have iphones don't have same problems in fact don't have any problems. should have had an iphone probably would have done if it had a memory card slot like the galaxy, there's 1 good point
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: CNETGALAXYS316GBBLUTMB
- 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.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 2.78 in
- Depth 0.34 in
- Height 5.38 in
- Weight 4.7 oz
- Technology GSM / HSDPA
- Service Provider T-Mobile
- Operating System Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- Type QUALCOMM Snapdragon S4
- Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Dual Core
- Diagonal Size 4.8 in
GSM / HSDPA,
GSM / HSDPA,
GSM / HSDPA,