The most-anticipated Android phone of the year is finally upon us. Find out whether Samsung's new flagship lives up to the hype in our definitive Galaxy S III review.
Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S II came out of nowhere to dominate a generation of Android phones, selling over 20 million units in the process. It was instrumental in securing Samsung the 2011 smartphone crown, and cementing its place as a rival not only to other Android OEMs, but to the almighty Apple. At the time, in our own review, we proclaimed it “a supremely impressive device,” and that remains true to this day -- the Galaxy S II has become a vintage Android handset.
So how do you follow up such a technological marvel? There’s been no shortage of Samsung phones since the S II’s launch in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until twelve months later that the wall of secrecy surrounding its true successor began to crumble. And in early May, at a glitzy (and frankly surreal) event at London’s Earl’s Court arena, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III.
The initial reaction was a unsurprising mix of excitement and jubilation, tempered by the revelation that after all the hype, the Galaxy S III was just another high-end smartphone with its own imperfections and compromises. Well, now the phone’s out in Europe, and enough time has passed for the initial novelty to wear off, so let’s get right down to business. Just how does the Galaxy S III shape up in the fiercely competitive smartphone market of 2012? And can it hope to match the stratospheric success of its progenitor?
We’ve got all these answers, and so much more, in our definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy S III.