Samsung Galaxy S III review: A rock star phone, but does it deliver?

Samsung's Galaxy S III is one of the most hotly anticipated Android phones ever. We test it to see if it lives up to the hype.

By , Computerworld |  Consumerization of IT, Android, samsung galaxy sIII

Other elements of S Voice are integrated throughout the Galaxy S III, such as the ability to use voice commands to unlock the phone or to capture a picture while in the Camera app. Some of these functions are novel, but I found their reliability to be around 50% at best, which basically renders them useless.

(An observation: You can't talk about Samsung software without talking about upgrades. From the early days of Android through now, Samsung has been notoriously bad about providing timely OS upgrades to its users. The past doesn't necessarily predict the future, of course, but if fast and frequent upgrades are a priority to you, buying a Samsung Galaxy S phone sure seems like a risky bet to make.)

Bottom line

The Galaxy S III has a lot of great things going for it. The phone has a sexy, sleek design; a big, beautiful screen; and perhaps the best performance of any smartphone on the market today. The new Galaxy has an excellent camera, too, and some nice perks like NFC-based sharing and external storage support.

At a Glance

Galaxy S III

SamsungPrice: Varies according to carrier (see chart).Pros: Sleek design; big, beautiful screen; top-of-the-line performance; excellent camera; removable battery; supports external storage; has innovative features like "SmartStay" and "Pop Up Player"Cons: Dated button setup; awkward combination of physical and capacitive buttons; capacitive buttons can't be seen much of the time; has a tendency to run hot; busy and inconsistent UI compared to Google's base Android 4.0; lots of bloatware

For all its strengths, though, the Galaxy S III has some drawbacks that can't be ignored. Samsung's button approach is riddled with problems, ranging from an awkward combination of physical and capacitive buttons -- the latter of which frequently can't be seen at all -- to a dated choice of button commands. The phone's software has some commendable bonus features, but the overall user interface feels bloated, busy, and inconsistent compared to Google's base Android 4.0 OS.

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