Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S III Hands-on and Intial Impressions

The Samsung Galaxy S III is easily one of the most anticipated smartphones to launch this year. It is the follow up to Samsung’s incredibly popular and successful Galaxy S II and features an impressive list of upgrades over its predecessor.

Verizon Wireless was nice enough to hand me a Samsung Galaxy S III to review and I am having a great time using it so far. I’m still working on the full review, but thought I would take some time to share my initial impressions of Samsung’s latest offering.

The Box:

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 unboxed

The Samsung Galaxy S III packaging is nearly identical to what was used for the Galaxy Nexus. It is small and compact with very little wasted materials. Just large enough to fit everything comfortably inside.

 

Other than the phone, the box includes a USB data cable, a 1.0A wall charger, a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE SIM card, quick start manuals and a set of high quality ear buds. I am happy with the included accessories. The charger does a good job of quickly charging the S III and the included ear buds feature media controls and a mic for taking calls.

 

The Phone:

 

Samsung Galaxy S3 Home Screen

The Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy S III features a long list of impressive specs.  The most noticeable of which is the stunning 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2.0. Pictures can’t do this display justice, it truly needs to be seen in person to be appreciated.

 

Inside of the slim and sleek body of the S III resides a powerful 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB worth of RAM.  The two work together to keep things running smoothly.  The S III has easy handled every task I’ve thrown at it so far without slowing down a bit.

Other specs include Verizon’s 4G LTE Network (if available in your area), a 8.0MP rear facing camera with 1080p HD video capture, 1.9 MP front facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro SD card slot and 16 GB worth of internal storage.

 

Samsung Galaxy S III Rear

I have been using the S III for a little over a week now and I am convinced that Samsung has another big hit on their hands. My initial impressions of this device are extremely positive. This may just be the best Android Smartphone yet, but I’m not ready to say that just yet. I still have some tests to put the S III through and a whole bunch of other features to try out. So be sure to look for the full review in the next couple of weeks.