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The Samsung Galaxy S III (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It runs on the Android operating system. This model has a 4.8-inch touch-screen display, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Samsung Galaxy S III (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It can also be used internationally.
It has a 4.8-inch touch-screen display, measures 5.4 by 2.8 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.7 ounces. It runs on the Android operating system.
The Galaxy S III (16 GB) has an 8.0-megapixel camera that can record high-definition video, a front-facing camera, and a music player. It also features a virtual QWERTY keyboard that's useful for messaging and Web searches. This phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless hands-free communication, DLNA, and GPS navigation capability. Web browsing, e-mail, and texting capabilities are also included. It can act as a mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
This Samsung phone has a standard 3.5mm jack. It has 16GB of built-in memory, and supports memory cards of up to 64GB.
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Samsing is well known for its innovative designs and has one of the largest lineups of smart phones that run on the Windows and Android operating systems. Samsung smart phones have the industry's most advanced technologies the Android platform has to offer. That includes a feature that lets you play a video on a minimized screen so that you can perform other tasks, and front-facing cameras that monitor your eyes while you're reading a Web page or other documents to prevent the screen from timing out. Some Samsung phones can also wirelessly share large files between each other after the phones are bumped together. Noteable lines include the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, and Nexus series, which have some of the largest and brightest displays in the industry.
Features & Specs - Samsung Galaxy S III (16 GB) (AT&T)
Requires data service These phones require a plan for browsing the Web or accessing e-mail and other media services and sites.
Requires data service
Requires messaging service These phones require a plan for sending and receiving text, picture, or video messages.
Requires messaging service
4G broadband data Indicates which models are considered "4G" based on the definitions from the carriers. Check with your carrier to see which broadband data networks are available in your area.
4G broadband data
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the built-in camera. A camera with a 0.3 megapixel value is also referred to as VGA.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Bluetooth Voice indicates the phone works with wireless Bluetooth headsets and most hands-free car systems; stereo means it supports stereo Bluetooth headsets for music and other multimedia; data indicates the phone can wirelessly exchange pictures, contacts, and other files with other compatible Bluetooth devices, such as a computer, cell phone, or PDA.
Voice, data, stereo
Wi-Fi Cell-phone data networks--even those designated as "3G broadband"--are much slower than the broadband Internet connections many people have at home. But a rising number of phones have a built-in Wi-Fi radio that allows them faster Internet and e-mail access via home networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. On some phones, the Wi-Fi is just for Web browsing; on others, you can use the connection to make calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol. Others support data via the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard. This lets the phone connect via WI-Fi to share content with other compatible certified devices such as a TV, printer, and computer.
Web, data, voice
Memory card Many phones have slots that accept memory cards, typically microSD, to expand storage capacity by as much as 32GB. The removable cards can also serve as an easy way to shuttle files between your phone and other devices--provided that the phone's maker didn't bury the card slot behind the battery cover.
Touch screen Full touch-sensitive displays respond to light contact with a stylus, finger, or both. They provide an alternate, and sometimes more direct, method to input data and launch phone features and controls. But they often require two hands to operate, and they smudge more frequently than their non-touch counterparts.
World phone Indicates the phone supports international GSM frequency bands for coverage abroad.
QWERTY keyboard Keyboards make composing and editing text and e-mail messages much easier than a keypad does. Some phones have keyboards that try to save space by having some letters, numbers, and symbols share a key. Those "condensed" keyboards, though still more convenient than a keypad, are not quite as easy to handle as full QWERTY keyboards.
Document editing All smart phones, and some conventional cell phones, allow you to review documents. Some models add the convenience of creating, deleting, and editing them out of the box.
One of the worst phones/ smart phones I have owned. Couple this with a horrible 2 yr contract. So now I have to wait until expires (contract buyout very $). AT&T has very poor reception, spotty, drops calls, Phone Galxy 3 is way to tecky, poorly constructed. Poor logic. Too many steps for a simple command.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Cambridge, MA
probably good for toying around, but not
I'm a contractor and nature-sports instructor, so my phone gets beat up, and I use it primarily to take photos and email them instantly when I need an owner to make an off-site decision. It worked very well at first, but within one month, battery life decreased slowly from 12 hours to 7 or 8 hours max. Also, it would sometimes freeze when I looked through my Contacts, and regularly as of late the Gmail application just quits on its own. I'm not a computer freak so I don't use it to download or listen to music, or youtube, or any of those things. Just photos, email, and occasionally checking the weather radar for approaching storms.<br />Oh, and ATT coverage in the White Mountains is absolutely inexistant!
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Dallas-Fort worth Area, Texas
Decent battery life
Just about anything
Prior to this, I was using a Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate and was quite happy with it. I was given the Galaxy S3 as a present and could not be happier. It's the best device I ever had. Rather than re-state all the good things others have said, I will comment on some negatives that I have NOT experienced. I have never had it freeze like my old Blackberry used to do. Battery life is actually decent. I've seen much worse. Amazing device for anything internet related. Big screen, but the device is still portable. Anyway, the short version, it's a great device.