Apple's Siri trounces Samsung's S Voice (hands-on)

I've updated this hands-on to reflect Siri's new tricks in iOS6; it originally posted June 21, 2012 comparing S Voice on the Galaxy S3 -- which is still current -- to Siri on iOS 5. If you're wondering, tomorrow I'll be comparing the updated Siri to Google Voice Actions.

Voice assistants like Siri, S Voice, Google Actions, and Microsoft's TellMe aren't new, but they are evolving into more mainstream features that can expedite results. S Voice, which launched this summer on the Samsung Galaxy S3, is Samsung's answer to Siri. That also makes … Read more

Samsung: Give home-grown phone, tablet apps more love

At an event in New York today, Samsung launched its new flagship tablet, the quad-core Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with Android 4.0 and a stylus capable of performing a long list of tasks.

The Note 10.1 is Samsung's best tablet yet, and the S Pen stylus gives it a boost. There's just one problem: while the S Pen's touch-pad tricks look impressive on any canvas, once digital pen hits digital pad, the experience becomes riddled with an inflexible learning curve, logical skips, and interruptions in execution. Most of these accumulate around Samsung's home-grown … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 takes on the HTC One X (video)

We love a good, clean fight between top smartphones, and the more evenly matched they are, the better. AT&T's HTC One X was our undisputed Android favorite before the Samsung Galaxy S3 blew onto the scene. But the GS3 stands up against the One X.

Both have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as their operating systems, LTE capability, and they even share the same dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Qualcomm's fastest yet. Each smartphone heavyweight also packs an 8-megapixel camera with extra software muscle and 1080p HD video, and large, HD screens.

Yet … Read more

My 4 weeks with the Samsung Galaxy S3 (so far)

Over the last four weeks, I've reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S III (GS3) on four different carriers, thoroughly tested its camera, and dove into its beaming and voice search features. Suffice it to say, I feel like I know the phone pretty well.

The blue T-Mobile version has been a constant companion for over a month, and in between the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean release on Google's I/O-issued Galaxy Nexus and other handset reviews, I've tried to make the GS3 my primary phone. On the whole, it has performed reliably whenever I need it, and … Read more

New Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 has unlocking bootloader

Now here's an interesting twist to the story of the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) on Verizon. Samsung has just announced that it'll sell a version of its flagship Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone for Verizon that features an unlockable bootloader.

This means that the Galaxy S III Developer Edition, as its called, will open the door for developers and enthusiasts to tinker around on their phones, as in to install custom ROMs. Verizon's version of the Galaxy S3 is the only one whose bootloader isn't unlockable by default; phone owners can unlock the … Read more

Samsung Galaxy S3 arrives at U.S. Cellular July 11

Starting tomorrow, U.S. Cellular will begin selling the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) (reviewed here for T-Mobile), first online, and then in stores later this week.

The 16GB version will carry a $199.99 price tag, and will be immediately available, with the 32GB version to follow "shortly after that" for $249.99 -- both after $100 mail-in rebates

U.S. Cellular recommends that customers contact stores before going in, since some brick and mortars will receive shipments on Friday, and some will get their GS3s beforehand.

Samsung Galaxy S3 lands on Verizon July 10

Break out the bubbly. Verizon will begin shipping its CDMA, LTE-ready version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (reviewed here for T-Mobile) on July 10.

The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich stunner will sell in blue and white shades, and in 16GB and 32GB storage capacities -- for $199.99 and $249.99, respectively. You'll be able to buy the 32GB version online on July 10, but it won't show up in stores for a few weeks.

The Galaxy S3 features a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, Qualcomm's fastest processor to date, a great 8-megapixel camera, … Read more

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy S III goes on sale July 6

AT&T is hoping to set off its own fireworks this Independence Day with the sale of its version of the Samsung Galaxy S III (S3), which goes on sale Friday for $199.99 after a new two-year contract.

Samsung's latest superphone earned a CNET Editors' Choice Award for its 4G LTE speeds, 4.8-inch screen, silky smooth design, excellent camera, and software extras.

AT&T will sell the Galaxy S3 in blue and white colors, and at some point, in an exclusive red shade. AT&T is the only carrier to sell just the 16GB … Read more

T-Mobile's pricier Samsung Galaxy S3 will not get LTE

If your decision to buy Samsung's Galaxy S III (S3) on T-Mobile comes down to the LTE radio within, prepare yourself for disappointment.

A T-Mobile spokesperson confirmed to CNET today that despite the same LTE radio in every GS3 model coming to the U.S., Samsung's new flagship Android 4.0 phone will not ride T-Mobile's forthcoming LTE network:

The Samsung Galaxy SIII won't run on T-Mobile's LTE network in the future, but we will continue to operate our HSPA+ 42 network when we launch LTE in 2013.

T-Mobile's AWS spectrum is the culprit … Read more

iPhone 5 versus Samsung Galaxy S3: Wait or buy now?

Editors' note, September 14, 2012: On September 12, Apple announced the iPhone 5. CNET compared the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Nokia Lumia 920 spec to spec, and threw in some of our own predictions and analysis. We'll have more when we review the phones in full.

"The Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) is a great phone, but should I wait for the iPhone 5 instead?"

This is the kind of question we CNET editors are asked all the time, and with good reason. Given the breakneck pace of the smartphone world, there's always something good now, but something better around the corner -- and you want your investment to last.

In some ways, the answers are obvious if you prefer one OS over another, have a Mac at home, or need a phone right now. However, if not, there's a lot to like about each platform's superphone (we surmise; one of them hasn't even been announced yet), and we can't make your decision for you. So here's what we'll do. We're going to break it down by some of the phone features that we think could sway your decision.… Read more