Look Out Apple: The Samsung Galaxy S III Is The Next Big Thing, Literally

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The next iPhone will be amazing. It will have to be. Samsung’s new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S III — starting at $200 with a two-year contract with any of the major U.S. carriers — sets a new standard for what a modern smartphone should be: big.

The Samsung Galaxy S III has a screen almost as big as its name. It’s 4.8-inches. The active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display is beautiful. And the sheer size of the display on the Galaxy S makes it the phone’s most striking feature.

Otherwise, this is a phone that tries its damnedest to be invisible. Rather than making a design statement, Samsung chose to build a big, bright window onto the wireless Web. Sculpted fromCorning Gorilla glass and glossy plastic, the phone’s case is gently tapered to minimize an already thin 0.34 inch-thick body.

What will get attention is how the phone’s best features work to pump text, images, and video through that big screen smoothly. The phone’s support for the latest Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks from AT&T, Verizon, US Cellular, and Sprint (when launched) keep the content coming more quickly than many wired networks. In my tests, using Speedtest.net, I found download speeds were consistently more than 12 mbps.

A dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, aided by a big helping of random-access memory — 2 GB — gives the phone’s apps a snappy feel.

And somehow Samsung managed to smoosh a removeable 2100 milliampere-hour (mAh) battery into the Galaxy S III’s wide, flat case. In my experience, that means you can take the phone to work for the day or use it to navigate through a daylong road trip without worrying about plugging in.

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