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Review: Samsung Galaxy S III

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Browser

The GS3 ships with the latest version of the Android browser on board. It’s a decent browser, no doubt, and the way in which it’s connected to many of the phone's other apps makes it at least partially social. (I like the Google Chrome Beta much better, though. It offers more features and simply looks better.)

As noted above, download speeds were nearly always good. They ranged between 4Mbps and 19Mbps and averaged about 8Mbps. These speeds are more than fast enough for mobile browsing. The one problem I had was with uploads. The average upload speed I got from both devices on both networks was about 800Kbps. That's not awesome, not at all.

 

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Customize

Each new version of TouchWiz makes dramatic improvements in the customization department and the newest variant - as realized on the GS3 - is the best yet. I found it very easy to adjust the home screens, the menu layout, the notification behaviors, and, stunningly, the incredible sound-bending tools of the phone app. Worried about themes, wallpapers, ringtones, etc.? Yeah, that can be changed, too.

 

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