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Samsung Galaxy S III: Great Device with Great Features Part I

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The Samsung Galaxy S III is a strong phone, good web browsing device, and a nice camera. With a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (US model), and 16 GB of internal storage, it is also an easy to read, fast smartphone for those who like the Android operating system and those thinking of switching.

This device is on all of the major cell carriers. For this review, only the AT&T version was tested. Pricing is similar across all carriers. The 16GB version is $199.99 with a two-year contract. AT&T offers the phone in blue and white for now with a red version appearing later this summer.

Since this is a phone first, the quality of the call is important. Testing the device on the AT&T network in Nashville, produced clear calls with no drops from the downtown area to the Northeast suburbs. The numbers on the touchscreen were large and responsive while making and receiving calls.

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The screen provides a comfortable way to browse the Internet at a decent speed. Since this is a 4G LTE device, web pages pull up quickly. Full sites are easy to read with and without pinching to zoom into specific sections. With the full release of the Chrome browser for Android, you can sync bookmarks easily just by signing into your Google account on your computer and the device.

The 8 MP camera provides a nice alternative to carrying around a pocket camera. The pictures come out with good color and great detail in most conditions. Even in lower light and without the flash, the camera produced a clear picture of the surroundings. The burst shot option is said to produce 3.3 shots per second. While this claim was not tested, the burst shot mode was a pleasant surprise while taking pictures outdoors. It was easy to remove every shot except the ones that came out the best. This feature is especially nice when taking pictures of small children who don’t sit still for long.

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The Samsung Galaxy S III also provides the capability of sharing photos with a group of friends without syncing back and forth between a computer. Simply touching the device to another Galaxy S III transfers the files.

Lastly, the video on this device came out clear and produced good quality in outdoor settings. Even the 1.9 MP front-facing camera produced a 720p video that was good enough to play on a computer or small LED TV.

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Part II of this review will cover the LTE speeds, ease of use and navigation, and storage options. If you would like to see more, check out AT&T’s website or visit a store on or after July 6.




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