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Samsung Galaxy S III gets our top score on three carriers

Consumer Reports News: July 06, 2012 09:38 AM

The Samsung Galaxy S III lives up to its high expectations: It's one of the most advanced Android smart phones we've seen. This newest Galaxy star is our new top-ranked smart phone on the three carriers on which we've tested it.

With this phone, Samsung unseats HTC from the highest position in our Ratings of smart phones from AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, which had been occupied by HTC's One S, Evo 4G LTE, and One, respectively.

Helping the Galaxy S III's showing is a huge (4.8 inch) and high-definition (720p) screen that makes the phone among the best we've seen for a range of tasks, including making and taking calls and typing on its virtual keyboard.

Also, like the aforementioned HTC smart phones, the Galaxy sports a superb high-definition camera that, among other talents, can shoot a series of photos in rapid-fire succession while in camera mode, as well as snap a still picture at any moment while shooting a video.

Yet our engineers also found the Galaxy's 8-megapixel camera yielded still images that were higher in quality overall than the HTC's—and among the best from any phone in our Ratings.

In addition, the phone offers an array of gesture- and sensor-based tools to help you share what you capture with it. These include Buddy Share, which automatically matches the subjects in your photos to those in your contact list so you can easily send them a copy of the photo, and Share Shot, which lets you beam pictures (though not videos) to other friends with Galaxy S IIIs from within 200 feet. But in my first look at the phone ("Samsung Galaxy S III shines despite some glitches") I found some of these features didn't always work as promised.

Still to come are test results for the Verizon version of the Galaxy S III, which goes on sale on July 10.

Mike Gikas

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