Rival smart phone makers are currently striving to make the most of the iPhone 4S's ebbing mojo. Sales of Apple's flagship handset are slipping, so Samsung, LG, HTC, and others are hoping customers weary of waiting for the iPhone 5 will start considering Android-powered alternatives.
The most potent threat is posed by the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is light, sleek, and optimized for peak performance on 4G LTE and HSPA+ networks. The phone is sold by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
The Galaxy S III's large, 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLE touch screen display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches. The unit is a handful, but weighs only 4.7 ounces and is only 8.6 millimeters thin.
The GS3's 8-megapixel camera goes far beyond point-and-shoot. Burst Shot mode captures still pictures at three images per second with zero shutter lag; and Best Shot recommends the best picture to keep based on color, lighting, and clarity.
The camera also shoots 1080p HD quality video, enhanced by a backside-illuminated sensor that improves low light performance and has the ability to capture still photos while shooting video.
The Galaxy S III runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with Samsung's TouchWiz enhancements and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of internal RAM.
Samsung claims the dual-core chip provides performance comparable to a quad-core CPU without excessively draining the handset's 2100 mAh battery.
The GS3 also features the AllShare Play content sharing service and S-Beam. The latter allows fast, easy transfer of large files, such as videos and documents, with a single touch of the Galaxy S III, without needing a Wi-Fi connection or cell signal. A 1GB movie file can be shared in three minutes and a 10MB music file can be transferred in seconds by simply touching another GALAXY S III phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S III comes in Marble White or Pebble Blue (AT&T also offers it in Garnet Red.) The 16GB model sells for under $200 with a two-year contract. A 32GB model is also available. For more information, consult an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon Wireless retailer.
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