People keep saying that we are in the post-PC era and that the future is mobile devices. Legit Reviews started off doing computer hardware and video game reviews, but over the years has evolved into a site that looks at all sorts of consumer electronics and gadgets. When Samsung reached out to us and asked us to look at the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone for them we figured that we should see what this device is all about. The Samsung Galaxy S III is easily the most hyped Android device of the year, and possibly of all-time. With a new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a huge Super AMOLED 4.8-inch screen (720×1280 pixels), 4G LTE, NFC and an impressive 8MP camera it is no wonder that this smartphone has received so much attention. We’ll talk more about the features as we show you the phone.
We asked Samsung for the AT&T version and we received a Pebble Blue 16GB version with part number SGH-I747 last week. AT&T offers this phone in Pebble Blue or Marble White for $199.99 with a 2-year contract, $449.99 with a 1-year contract or $549.99 without a signed commitment. AT&T offers 4G LTE in 39 markets and should also be coming out with a red version of this phone later this summer. Other carries will also be offering this phone, so if you have Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or US Cellular you are in luck and all should be priced at $200 on-contract. For some reason AT&T doesn’t carry the 32GB version, but you can get it with the other carries for around $250 with a contract.
Sliding off the retail box cover we found an inner box that had a lid that could be lifted off. Once that cover was removed we got our first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S III! Our AT&T version had a screen protector on it that warns against texting & driving. AT&T is doing a nationwide campaign against texting and driving right now.
The Samsung Galaxy S III looks pretty plain, but don’t let the simple looks fool you. The Galaxy S III is rather large due to the 4.8″ Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreeen, yet is rather slim with a thickness of 8.6mm. The official measurements are 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches with a weight of 4.73 ounces. The display has a resolution of 1280×720 (306ppi) and features 16 million colors. Pretty much the entire face of the Samsung Galaxy S III is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 2, which makes it nearly scratch proof.
Once you take out the Samsung Galaxy S III and the cardboard tray that it comes on you’ll see yet another cover that is hiding the charger, USB data cable, wired stereo headphones and some instruction and warranty pamphlets.
The charger that comes with the Samsung Galaxy S III is nice and slim, so it will easily fit in your backpack or laptop back for those short day trips. The charger has no ground and doesn’t block any outlets above or below it. The USB data cable features a standard USB connector on one end and a microUSB connector on the other. It can be used for charging the smartphone and/or for transferring data between a PC and the smartphone. The USB cable measures in at five feet or 60 inches in length! This is a nice length as it it means you can actually use the device while charging it without being attached to where it is plugged into at arms length. It’s tough to do that on 36″ or smaller cables and anyone that has ever had a short cable should be able to relate to this.