Mobile and Wireless: Samsung Galaxy S III: A First, Hands-On Look Before It's Everywhere

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-06-20 Print this article Print
Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Samsung Galaxy S III arrives in a rather involved box, whether it's a Pebble Blue version from T-Mobile or a Marble White from AT&T.
The Samsung Galaxy S III, widely considered this summer's blockbuster Android smartphone, will finally arrive in the United States June 21 and will sell at T-Mobile and Sprint. Verizon Wireless will begin shipping its versions July 9, and AT&T and U.S. Cellular will follow, likely midway through July. All the above are selling the 16GB version of the Galaxy S III for $199 with a two-year contract. Pricing on the 32GB version varies a bit more but is in the ballpark of $250. Options include Pebble Blue and Marble White—though Verizon, dully, has said it will also offer a "red" version. (Surely, Samsung calls it something more descriptive). Logistics aside, what must be said first about the Samsung Galaxy S III is that it's a lot of phone, in many respects. It features a 4.8-inch high-definition Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) touch-screen, and while it's light and thin, it's still big. It's also packed with a laughable number of features, options and shortcuts. Aside from the Android 4.0 perks also being enjoyed by Ice Cream Sandwich-running phones like the HTC One X and Evo 4G LTE, there's a lengthy list of near-field communication (NFC) features; voice-activated options for doing everything from Tweeting to snapping a photo; and little shortcuts for getting around. For example, a user can press her finger to the locked screen when it's in portrait mode and then tip the phone into landscape position, which will launch the phone directly into the camera. The latter can also be accomplished—and more quickly, really—by just swiping at the locked screen from the camera icon. There's no need for the first "shortcut," but this is exactly the Galaxy S III—more than anyone needs, but likely something for everyone.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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