Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III hands-on and unboxing

July 13, 2012
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The brand new flagship Samsung Galaxy S III superphone has arrived on all 4 major US carriers, and is set to hit US Cellular next. Verizon was the last to bring the device to market, then had a few delays causing it to be even later than the rest. Today however we've decided to do a quick hands-on and unboxing of the brand new handset so you know what you're getting into should you decide to buy. Check out the video after the break.

This week Verizon's 4G LTE equipped Galaxy S III has finally arrived on our test bench and we've been enjoying it other than a small WiFi notification annoyance. We've already reviewed the international Galaxy S III [here] as well as the AT&T and T-Mobile versions [here] so for now enjoy a few pictures and the hands-on unboxing of the Verizon flavor.

The Verizon model is exactly the same as all the others and so are the specs. The only difference is it (and AT&T's) come with 4G LTE network speeds. So we've snapped a few solid tests of Verizon's speed for you below. As far as specs we all should be plenty familiar here. The Galaxy S III "designed for humans" (according to Samsung) comes with a bright, vivid, and crisp 4.8-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor, a massively high 2GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

Around back is that zero shutter lag 8 megapixel camera, LED flash, and speaker grill. Then Samsung's equipped all their Galaxy S III's with a large 2,100 mAh battery under the hood and micro-sd support for added storage. We mentioned speedtests since after all this is Verizon 4G LTE we're talking about here -- the fastest and widest reaching network available. So here's a solid list of tests showing just how diverse and impressive it is with the Galaxy S III.

So far the the device seems awesome, but so did all the others before it on other carriers. At this point it really comes down to price and who you're currently with for a carrier. We're going to take the Verizon SGSIII through a full set of paces over the weekend and see how she handles the elements and the town of Las Vegas I'm in. You'll want to check out the timeline below for the other reviews, and plenty of Verizon specific news, then enjoy the photos. Stay tuned for a full review folks!

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  • pacnw79

    It’s already out at US Cellular…delivered to pre-orderers and at corporate stores. I just picked mine up.

  • Logan Black

    I’m sorry but to say this phone is exactly like the others on other U.S. carriers is a glaring oversight. It is widely known now that the Verizon model is the only phone of the bunch to have a locked encrypted/signed bootloader. This is a pretty important difference, especially for the sort of people who come to a site like this for news.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      I mention the bootloader. but yes, that is a big deal

  • Damon Aldora

    I have a white Galaxy SIII from Verizon, and it is aggressive when it
    comes to speed. A few Dish coworkers said that an LTE phone is something I should
    look into since they have had a great experience on the network. I like
    streaming my live and recorded TV to my phone through the Sling Adapter I have
    connected to my receiver at home. The convenience of the Dish Remote Access app
    is why I use it all the time. I would say LTE has helped tremendously with
    streaming! I would recommend this phone to anyone.

  • Justin

    I just got the GS3 5 days ago and have already had issues, the phone never keeps service when it locks and goes to sleep, and only way t get service back is by resetting the phone. Anyone else having this issue?