The Samsung Galaxy S III was undeniably one of the hottest smartphones of 2012, and has entered 2013 on that same hot streak. The handset has sold well more than 50 million units worldwide, and the Verizon 16 GB version sold in the Amazon Wireless store recently received a substantial price reduction. The 16 GB variant was recently spotted at Amazon with an “on contract” price of $9.99. Available in blue, white, black or brown, the Galaxy S III is also offered in a 32 GB version.
All Galaxy S III handsets offer a microSD slot for storage expansion, and deliver NFC wireless support out-of-the-box. The handset also runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, and is presented in a slim 0.34 inch (8.6 mm) profile. Also light for a phone with such a large display, the 16 GB Verizon Galaxy S III weighs just 4.70 ounces (133 g). The display referred to runs a large 4.80 inches, and Corning Gorilla Glass 2 delivers scratch and chip resistance, protecting against your everyday wear and tear.
The Super AMOLED screen has a pixel density of 306 pixels per inch, and an overall True HD display of measuring 720 x 1,280 pixels. The handset uses more than 16 million separate colors to create visual displays, with standard capacitive, multitouch gestures employed for navigation. Samsung has included built-in light and proximity sensors, which offer auto dimming and auto brightness adjustment features, also helping to preserve battery life.
Those battery conservation efforts team up with the 2,100 mA battery on board the Verizon 16 GB Galaxy S III to deliver a full 15.0 hours of talking time after a full battery charge. The handset is also capable of more than a week in standby mode. The Galaxy S III includes popular applications Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Picasa as pre-installed apps, and the Galaxy S III was awarded the blue ribbon as the Best Smartphone of 2012 at this year’s Mobile World Conference (MWC).
A dual core 1.5 GHz CPU is at the cornerstone of the handset’s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 system chip, and 2.0 GB of RAM memory is on board. An Adreno 225 GPU focuses exclusively on graphics processing, and the on board microSD slot supports external memory cards up to 64 GB in size. Built into the back of the handset is an 8.0 megapixel camcorder, while a 1.9 megapixel chat cam faces the Galaxy S III user on the front of the phone. That rear device is capable of simultaneous HD video and image capture, and records video in 1,080P HD resolution.