Richi Jennings

Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) release date: NOW (ish)

June 20, 2012 6:10 AM EDT

The Samsung Galaxy S3 (OK then S III) is here. The release date is upon us. Not only that, but the reviews are in. And Samsung has added a surprise enterprisey feature: its SAFE software, integrating with Mobile Device Management (MDM) and adding various security features. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers avoid the boring phrase "iPhone killer."
Samsung Galaxy S III
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Matt Hamblen rambles on and on:

Some U.S. carriers have begun taking pre-orders...one of the biggest U.S. carriers has seen 44% of the pre-orders being made by business users. ... [The] BYOD trend is in full swing.
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The Galaxy S III has features that will attract business users, including a larger screen...and access to faster LTE networks. ... One benefit of Samsung's approach is that [it's] not creating its own MDM but is partnering with an established crop.       M0RE

       
Carly Page spills her alphabet soup:

Samsung has launched an enterprise friendly version of its Galaxy S3.
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[It] boasts a number of security features [such as] "Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE)" software...with support for 338 IT policies [including] on-device AES-256...improved Microsoft Exchange functionality, remote access and support for...VPNs and...MDM, making the smartphone suited for...BYOD.       M0RE


And Kevin C. Tofel is awestruck:

Galaxy S III is at the top of the hardware class [with] a large 4.8-inch...display, but [it] doesn’t feel overly large.
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Samsung includes 2 GB of memory. ... It’s the fastest Android phone I’ve ever used [in] everyday use. ... The battery is fairly generous, able to power through a day on a full charge in my tests. ... I think most will be fine with the build quality and overall phone aesthetics.
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Not only is this the best Android phone currently available...but it may be for some time. ... More than any phone prior, the Galaxy S III rivals the iPhone in many areas...and I say that even after using the iOS 6 beta.       M0RE


Seth Porges agrees:

[A]fter using the Galaxy S III for a day, the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen feels almost miniscule. ... The phone is surprisingly light [but not] cheap and flimsy...[it] feels solid.
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And if you actually use this thing to make calls (remember those?) you have nothing to fear. ... Samsung takes this product seriously, and you can tell. ... [It's] a phone you want to live with.       M0RE.


But Devindra Hardawar does have one criticism:

Undeterred by Apple’s legal team...S Voice looks and functions very much like Siri. But...Samsung...hasn’t yet cracked the secret.
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I often had to repeat myself several times...and forget about trying to ask S Voice anything if there’s a bit of background noise. ... Asking S Voice for the nearest Japanese restaurant sent me to locations in Manhattan (I live in Brooklyn).       M0RE


Meanwhile, JR Raphael is his usual comprehensive self:

Galaxy S III will land on all four major U.S. carriers as well as...U.S. Cellular. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are all targeting June 21. ... Verizon is currently showing ship dates of July 10. ... U.S. Cellular is aiming to have its devices ready by mid- to late-July.
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AT&T will sell a 16GB version...for $200. Sprint [and] Verizon...will offer 16GB versions for $200 and 32GB versions for $250. ... U.S. Cellular [too, after] a $100 mail-in rebate. Those prices are all dependent upon...new two-year contracts.
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All of the carriers will offer the phone in white or blue. ... AT&T [will also] offer an exclusive red version...later this summer.       M0RE

      
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