Samsung Galaxy S III Review: Style and Grace

Design and Exterior

All of the Galaxy S III smartphones use the same design and look nearly identical, except for the carrier logo located on the back of the phone. Our two test devices from AT&T and Sprint came with a Marble White finish, but a Pebble Blue finish is also available.

The exterior casing of the Galaxy S III has smooth lines and curved edges. Thanks to a small bezel, the phone doesn't feel large in one's hand, even though it has a sizeable 4.8-inch display. The phone measures 5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 inches.

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In addition to making the phone comfortable to hold, Samsung also took great care to ensure the phone was lightweight. Despite its size, the Galaxy S III weighs just 4.7 ounces, which makes it lighter than quite a few popular phones on the market today.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G 4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr 4.48 ounces
Nexus S 4.55 ounces
HTC One X 4.58 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible 4.6 ounces
Samsung Galaxy S III 4.7 ounces
Apple iPhone 4 4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S 4.9 ounces
LG Spectrum 4.99 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge 5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx 5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic 5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G 5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D 6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt 6.23 ounces

Just above the Galaxy S III's large display, you'll find the front-facing 1.9 megapixel camera to the right of the Samsung logo. A status LED indicator is located to the left of the Samsung logo. You'll find a menu, Home, and back buttons below the display.

On the left edge of the Galaxy S III, you'll find the volume rocker. The right edge of the phone houses the power button. At the base of the phone, you'll see a microphone as well as the microUSB port. The 3.5mm headset jack is located on the top edge of the Galaxy S III.


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The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is located near the top of the phone in the center. An LED flash is to the left of the camera and a speaker is to the right of the camera. By removing the back battery cover, you'll reveal the Galaxy S III's 2100mAh lithium ion, user-replaceable battery as well as the phone's microSD card slot. With the AT&T variant and other GSM models, you'll also see the micro-SIM slot next to the microSD card slot.

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