Samsung Galaxy S III Smartphone Is Something New Altogether - Page 2

It's a room filled with far too much furniture, but once you figure out what to move to the basement, what to toss, and how to arrange the rest to your liking, you can settle in and feel at home. That is, if you like such a big room (as it were).

As I mentioned, this is a lot of phone. The display is 4.8 inches, and though the phone weighs only 133 grams (the iPhone 4S, to compare, weighs 140 grams), you are not going to forget this phone is in your pocket. Good luck squeezing it into an evening bag, or even, unless you're wearing cargo pants, a pocket on your person.

Some Android users will already be acquainted with such girth, but those used to typing on an iPhone 4S, for example, may be put off by how much they have to adjust their hands for their thumbs to reach the keyboard's middle letters, for example. Though, maybe that's part of why the Galaxy S III offers so many voice-activated features€”a user can tell the phone to update his Facebook status or type a Twitter update, or perform a Google query or wake up the screen by talking to it. Sometimes these options worked for me and were accurate, but more often they weren't.

Then again, the smartphone is designed to learn about you as you use it, which means its accuracy will increase. So settle in, get comfortable and play around, because there's change afoot. This is no ordinary phone.

Ah yes, the phone. It's easy to forget what the GS III is primarily meant to be. But as a phone€”on both the T-Mobile and AT&T versions I tried€”call quality was just fine, and I had no trouble getting through, neither out and about or in my brick-walled apartment, where other phones have searched in vain for a signal. (Still, in my experience, neither phone offered call quality as wonderfully crisp as on the HTC Evo 4G LTE.)

T-Mobile and Sprint will begin selling 16GB versions of the Galaxy S III for $199 with a two-year contract beginning June 21. Verizon Wireless will begin shipping its version of the phone July 9, and AT&T and U.S. Cellular will follow, likely by mid July. While Verizon will have an exclusive red version, all the carriers will offer options of Marble White or a pearlized Pebble Blue.

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