A man uses Samsung Electronics' new Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone during its launch in London (Photo : Reuters)
Touted as the "best smartphone on the market," the Samsung Galaxy S3 is rapidly selling units and making strides in market share. With the iPhone 5 just around the corner, the battle between Apple and Samsung is only beginning. But, if your loyalty remains with Android devices, the following review roundup may assist in your purchasing decision. For a more in-depth analysis of the S3, be sure to follow the links to the original articles.
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"Make no mistake: the Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best smarpthone on the market. It's got every kind of feature we could ask for and more, and raises the bar once again in terms of what consumers should be expecting in terms of battery life, processor speed and media management."
"Would we recommend you buy one? Yes, without hesitation. If you're torn between this and an HTC One X, it's a very difficult one to call - the camera on the One X is better in some respects and the overall feel might appeal. But in terms of pure usability and power, we really like what Samsung has put on the table."
"And if you're thinking about picking up an iPhone 4S: forget it. You'll need to wait to see what response Apple is Cooking up with the iPhone 5 as a 3.5-inch screen and the same high price tag it launched with are no longer acceptable."
"The design is probably the biggest bone of contention for most, and while it's not stellar in terms of a 'premium' feel, it's not terrible. It's weight over form - if you like a lighter pocket feeling, then the S3 is a winner. If you prefer glass and brushed metal, or an overall chunkier-feeling phone, there are options from HTC, Apple and LG that should be looked at."
"The S3 is a phone for people with serious power hunger and a healthy bank balance. If you want a device for 3D gaming, HD video streaming and surfing the web like a pro -- I don't mean faffing around with mobile versions of websites or lightweight apps -- the S3 has the superpowered engine and massive display you're looking for."
"Indeed, this phone sits at the very top of the smart phone spectrum -- rival high-end Androids at this lofty price are hard to find."
"With the Galaxy S3, Samsung hasn't messed with its formula much, recognising slick design and a gorgeous screen were the secret to the Galaxy S2's success."
"On the down side, the TouchWiz interface is occasionally frustrating, and Samsung's app offerings aren't always as intuitive as they could be. These minor software concerns aside, the S3 is already one of the year's most important gadgets."
"For Android lovers, it's hard to fault the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the only other handset to come close is the HTC One X - and it comes very close. The S III wins out for features and innovations. But, be warned, it's going to be too big for some hands."
"The S3 is a mighty big phone that's powerful, feature-packed and exceptionally desirable."
"To start off, I have only owned IPhones in the past."
"The large screen attracted me to the phone. Once I started playing around with the phone at the store, I noticed the sophistication and beautifully integrated user interface of the Android operating system. Without larger screen offerings, I would have never been shaken out of my Apple fan boy apathy."
"I am a Gadget Girl, so I change phones often and this phone hands down is the best one I have had the pleasure of using in a long time."
"It runs circles around my iPhone 4 speed wise while browsing the web on the go, the screen is a really nice size for browsing and video chatting, and there is no lag when unlocking or swiping from screen to screen. The battery life is fairly decent getting a full days use with moderate email, web browsing, text messaging, and Pandora listening."