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May 29, 2012

Mobile Noise: Samsung Galaxy S III reviews edition

The continuing advancements in technology make smartphones more and more useful (or less and less useless) for photography in the best-camera-is-the-one-you-have-with-you spirit. The iPhones have developed their own cult following. On the non-Apple side, the Samsung Galaxy has emerged as a stand out among the sea of Android phones (according to many but not everyone obviously). Samsung has just unleashed to the world their latest flagship, the Galaxy SIII (S3), also known as the GT-I9300 when unlocked.

With the review embargo lifted, a number of technology websites have published their reviews, a number of which have dedicated sections reviewing the effectiveness of the camera module. But smartphones are not just for image capture. With ever-increasing improvements on display size, quality and resolution, smartphones can be a pocket album of sorts. With faster data pipes, the cloud, and external storage, they can be helpful for image plumbing tasks as well. Etc, etc, etc.

Before this turns into a long-winded post, let's stop writing and checkout the various reviews. All the reviews mentioned below have a dedicated section to the Camera module of the Galaxy S III, so you can easily jump to the camera section if you have no interest in the rest of the phone. Almost all of them have sample images or videos of various sizes. For multi-page reviews, we link to the first page that mentions the Camera module.


Gadget/Tech Blogs
+ The Verge with never-ending discussion of the review at Reddit (also syndicated at The Washington Post)
+ Slash Gear
+ Engadget
+ CNet UK
+ Pocket Lint
+ TechRadar with samples on the following page [note: you may get an old fashioned pop-up ad if you interact with their site. Seriously, pop-up ads in 2012? Soy vey!]
+ Silicon Republic


Smartphone Blogs
+ GSM Arena including Pixel-Peeping Comparisons (yes, smartphone blogs have acquired pixel-peeping technology as well!)
+ Galaxy S3 vs S2 (aka S III vs S II) at GSM Arena
+ Phone Area


Spec Sheet Comparisons
+ Tech Crunch


User Manual
+ 181-page PDF user manual via Ubergizmo - Camera section starts on page #68


Video Reviews
+ Video Reviews YouTube Playlist, also embedded below...



Availability
+ factory unlocked GT-I9300 model pre-orders for $800 in Marble White or Ceramic White by 3rd-party seller BLUTEKUSA on Amazon which estimates June 1st as the in-stock date
+ factory unlocked marble blue for $800 pre-order by 3rd-party seller PVCS Popular Electronics on Amazon
+ please note estimates are only estimates!



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