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- Size (LWH): 2.8 inches, 0.3 inches, 5.4 inches
- Weight: 4.64 ounces
- Network Compatibility: LTE
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 180 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 240 hours
Optimized for peak performance, the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III from Sprint offers one of the most sophisticated interactive mobile experiences to date. You'll be able to send photos, videos, and information easier and faster than ever while staying in close connection to friends and family members from wherever you are.
Intuitive, stylish, and simple to use (see larger image).
8-megapixel camera with burst mode and Full HD 1080p video capture (see larger image).
Delivering impressive processing power to allow more applications to be accessible simultaneously, the Galaxy S III also features a brilliant 4.8-inch display that extends to an ultra-thin bezel to maximize the viewing area. The expansive display is also protected by Gorilla Glass 2.0 to guard against cracks and scratches and provide enhanced touchscreen responsiveness.
The Galaxy S III runs the Android 4.0 operating system (a.k.a., Ice Cream Sandwich), bringing a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience, and more. You'll also enjoy innovative, next-gen features such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy S III, and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities.
Going beyond simple point-and-shoot photography, the 8-megapixel rear camera offers a Burst Shot mode that captures still pictures at a rapid-fire pace at three images per second with zero shutter lag, and its Best Shot feature recommends the best picture to keep based on colors, lighting, and clarity. It also records Full HD 1080p video with a backside illuminated sensor that improves performance in low light environments--and you can even capture a photo while shooting video.
Other features include Wireless-N Wi-Fi connectivity with mobile hotspot capabilities (enabling you to connect up to 10 devices to your Sprint 3G/4G mobile broadband), Bluetooth 4.0 with stereo audio streaming, 16 GB internal storage, memory expansion via optional microSD cards, and up to 9.2 hours of talk time.
Note: The Galaxy S III is able to access the Sprint 4G LTE network, available in limited markets. This phone is also compatible with Sprint's nationwide 3G network.
Pay with Google Wallet
With Google Wallet, you can transform the Galaxy S III smartphone into a smart wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers--including Bloomingdales, Toys "R" Us, CVS, Gap and Macy's.
Simple, Instant Sharing
The Galaxy S III has enhanced features that both you and your contacts will enjoy. It's designed to make sharing easy and more direct so your friends and family can experience every moment with you, regardless of your location.
Connect Through Touch: With S Beam, just place two Galaxy S III phones back-to-back and you can transfer photos, videos, documents, and more. In just three minutes you can successfully share a 1 GB video file--it's fast, easy, and you don't even need a Wi-Fi or cellular signal.
Send Pictures in a Flash: Thanks to Buddy Photo Share, the Galaxy S III recognizes the faces of your friends, so it can share photos with them right away. And with Share Shot, you can send photos to all your party guests so everyone leaves with snapshots of the event.
Access Content on Multiple Devices: Through AllShare Play, you can share files with other devices and access those files on various devices, such as documents or multimedia files between your Galaxy S III phone and a tablet, PC, or television. With AllShare Group Cast on the Galaxy S III and a Wi-Fi network, you can share and collaborate on documents, presentations or images in real-time with multiple friends or co-workers without loading the file separately.
Intelligent and Intuitive Interaction
Smart enough to detect your face, voice and motions, the Galaxy S III provides a more convenient and natural way for you to interact so it fits seamlessly into your daily routine.
Let Your Eyes Control the Display: Thanks to the Smart Stay feature, the screen display will remain bright as long as you're looking at the phone. Set it down, and it dims instantly. Because the front-facing camera can identify your eyes--while reading an e-book or browsing the web, for instance--it recognizes how you are using your phone and provides a bright display accordingly.
Tell Your Phone What to Do: The S Voice feature enables the Galaxy S III to actually listen and respond to your words: tell it to wake up, snooze, take a photo, answer a call, send a text message, or play a favorite song.
Don't Miss a Message: If you've been away from your phone, the Smart Alert feature will give you a vibrating nudge to let you know about missed calls and messages.
The Samsung Galaxy S III weighs 4.7 ounces and measures 5.4 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches. Its 2100 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9.2 hours of talk time. It runs on Sprint's 3G (800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies). Sprint's 4G LTE network is available in limited markets.
What's in the Box
Samsung Galaxy S III handset, rechargeable battery, charger, USB cable, quick start guide
Android Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System
The Galaxy S III runs the Android 4.0 operating system (dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich), which adds powerful new ways of communicating and sharing while improving on the best Android features: easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and more.
Compatible with Google Wallet (view larger).
The new Ice Cream Sandwich interface features an onscreen navigation bar that replaces the hardware buttons for Back, Home, and Menu found with older Android-powered phones. And with Google+ integration, you can video chat with groups of up to 9 friends as well as easily upload and share photos and videos. Other features include:Face Unlock
You can now unlock your phone with just your face using the Face Unlock option. It takes advantage of the front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then to recognize it again when unlocking the device. Just hold your phone in front of your face to unlock (or use a backup PIN).
And the lock screen now lets you do more without unlocking. From the slide lock screen, you can jump directly to the camera for a picture or pull down the notifications window to check for messages. When listening to music, you can even manage music tracks and see album art.Home Screen Folders
Quickly access related apps right from the home screen by organizing apps and shortcuts into folders--just drag one app onto another to create a folder.Multitasking
Multitasking is even easier and more visual in Android 4.0. The Recent Apps button lets you jump instantly from one task to another using the list in the System Bar. The list pops up to show thumbnail images of apps used recently--tapping a thumbnail switches to the app.Voice Input
The new voice engine in Android 4.0 lets you dictate the text you want, for as long as you want, using the language you want. You can speak continuously for a prolonged time, even pausing for intervals if needed, and dictate punctuation to create correct sentences. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you can tap the underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.
Near Field Communications
A short-range wireless technology similar to Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (or NFC) allows enabled devices to share information in close proximity. For example, you can "touch" or "swipe" an NFC tag that might be embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement, then act on the data read from the tag.
You can also utilize NFC for contactless payment via Google Wallet. Instead of using cash or swiping a credit card, just touch your phone to an NFC payment reader and have your purchase deducted automatically. Store virtual versions of credit, loyalty and gift cards securely in Google Wallet, as well as coupons and offers that can be redeemed when you make a payment. You can make payments at hundreds thousands of locations nationwide where MasterCard PayPass is accepted.
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Top Customer Reviews
-It runs very smoothly and is very responsive.
-Since installing a new memory card and transferring all my files to the card, the phone is even FASTER than before. I think the memory card is definitely a must. Amazon has great deals on high-performance memory cards.
-It has a great design, I do not get the sense that this is a cheap phone at all, like some have said.
-I can't believe I'm saying this about an Android phone, but the battery life is GREAT on this phone.
-LTE reception and overall service reception is definitely fantastic; I have all my bars pretty much everywhere I go. I am even able to get 4G LTE in my home, was unable to do that with my older phone.
-It has optional expandable memory. My old phone did not have this feature, just 16 gigs of internal memory and that was it.
-Went from a 1.0ghz processor to a 1.5ghz Quadcore Cortex-A9. Not bad, not bad.
-Better camera. Went from 5MP to 8MP. Sure, the S4 has a 14MP, but I have a regular digital camera for all that, so it's not necessary to have that on a phone, at least for me.
-Very nice user-interface. Even if you're new to smartphones, it has plenty of built-in guides to help you navigate throughout your phone with ease.
-cool features like S beam, hand gestures, S voice (seriously, it's awesome), things like that.
-Bigger Screen, plays videos very crisp and clear. Also records 1080p high-definition video.
-Camera actually has a self-timer, a feature that was absent on my old phone. Now I can take selfies with my back camera if I want, and it not be awkward since I have a chance to get into position for the photo.
-I can't stress enough about the battery life. Despite what I have heard from other reviewers, the battery life on this thing is fantastic. I find that I probably will not need the gorilla gadget for quite some time. I find it close to impossible to run the stock battery out as it is. If you baby the battery and charge the phone ONLY when the battery is at 10% or less (I usually let it get to less than 5% though), I guarantee you will get better performance out of your battery, rather than charging it when it still has a substantial amount of juice in it. In fact, I find that each day, it actualy becomes harder and harder to run this battery down and I have put it through very heavy use on purpose before several times. It also charges from 0% to 100% in only 2 hrs, not bad. So I really can't understand people's stance on the battery life. You very well could have just gotten a defective item, or are not taking proper care of your battery. With my old phone, it never charged to 100%. I could charge it all night, and I'd be lucky if I could get it to 89%. Horrible, and it would start depleting from the moment I unplugged it. Not this phone, though. I am still grasping my head around the fact that I have an Android phone with a great battery life. Never thought I'd be saying Android and good battery life in the same sentence.
**Should also add that Amazon more than exceeded expectations with the shipping process! I got my phone a full two days earlier than expected! I ordered on a Wednesday morning and received it Thursday afternoon, even though the delivery date said Saturday! Very good.
** There were a couple issues I had initially with trying to order this phone, Amazon kept cancelling the order even though my account was eligible for an upgrade and in good standing. Found out that it was because Amazon kept registering my number and account as prepaid for some reason, even though it's always been contract as long as I have had that phone number, and for as long as I have had Sprint. But, once the issue was solved and I was put at ease by the Customer Service Rep, all was well in the world.
*** I was debating with myself on whether or not to get the Purple one instead, but went with this white one, because I was thinking in terms of what happens once I'm ready to sell it at the next upgrade.
Things that could have been better:
-It is a bit awkward to hold in my hand, I have to operate it using two hands otherwise I run a high risk of dropping it. Guess my hands are not as big as I thought they were afterall lol. **Update: I have solved this problem by getting a really nice carrying case for this phone.
I think this is the only real issue I had, but hey it's the closest thing to perfect and I wouldn't change anything else about this phone.
If you are debating on whether or not you should take advantage of the deal Amazon's got going for this phone, I'd say that if you are eligible for an upgrade or getting with Sprint for the first time, the S3 is still a very solid choice, even a year after it's been out. I can guarantee the price is not dropped due to being a bad phone, it is because a newer model came out, every time a newer model of a phone comes out, the older model gets cheaper. That's just the way it works. The S4, supposedly a great phone, will also get cheaper as time wears on. Anyway, it's a fast, responsive, reliable and great looking phone that I use often since I conduct a lot of my business through my phone and the internet and I needed something reliable when I'm on the go, so this fits the bill quite nicely and then some. Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a new nice phone on a great deal (I basically only had to pay sales tax) whether you are joining Sprint for the first time, or are looking to upgrade.
The reason I'm posting this comment is to warn people who use bluetooth devices to wait until this problem is fixed before accepting the upgrade.
UPDATE: After a week, the charger was giving me trouble. I contacted the seller and they immediately sent me a new charger. Now it's working fine and it's a great phone.
Speaker: Not great at all. Wish the speaker was at the bottom of the phone, so it isn't muted when you put the phone down. It is OK in terms of loudness when it isn't being covered however. Better than my iPhone 4S, in my opinion.
Camera: Great!! Wow, I did not expect the low light quality of the pictures, they look fantastic. The auto focus works well, and pictures look great overall.
Software: This is why I said the phone is great, if rooted. TouchWiz is awful. I can't imagine how some people deal with it. First thing I did was root it and install Cyanogenmod 10 I recommend everyone do this. Get a friend who can do it for you if you're not able to. Trust me. You do not want TouchWiz over the pure Android experience.
Closing: If like me, you're able to buy a new phone, either by upgrade or new customer, and you don't have enough money for the new Galaxy S4 or HTC One, then BUY THIS PHONE NOW. You will be very happy, trust me.
All in all, great phone! Had it a little over a month and loving it. Very easy to navigate, but you find new things it can do everyday!