The Samsung Galaxy S III can now be found on store shelves. As one of the more hyped phones of 2011, does the device live up to the early hype?
Let's start with the downsides first, since there really aren't that many. The exterior design of the Galaxy S III is not particularly innovative and the plastic back cover may strike some users as flimsy. The phone is also pretty large to fit comfortably in a pants pocket. Still, despite the device's larger screen, it feels pretty light in the hand - not as bulky as you might expect.
The 4.8-inch 720×1280 Super AMOLED display of the Samsung Galaxy S III could be its most impressive feature. Images are bright, crisp and clear. The 4G LTE compatible device comes packed with some other very impressive hardware however - including a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM. There's also an 8MP rear camera and front facing shooter.
The smartphone is powered by the latest version of Google's Android operating system - called Ice Cream Sandwich, and the interface is highly customizable.
Two standout features in the "cool tools" category include Buddy Photo Share and S-Beam - a feature that lets you share websites, contact info and maps just by tapping two smartphones together. The battery is also removable, so if you're a big time power user you can always purchase another battery and swap them out.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is available on nearly all major wireless carriers and can be found for as low as $199.99 with a 2-year contract. More details on plans, pricing and specs are available here.