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Review: Samsung Galaxy S III for Sprint

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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 browser much better, though. It offers more features and simply looks better.)

This is one area where the Sprint version of the GS3 takes a serious hit compared to the other variants of the GS3. Simply put, it is hamstringed by the slow speeds of Sprint's EVDO network. I compared it side-by-side with the Verizon variant (also on EVDO), and the Verizon version was noticeably faster when it came to loading web pages and downloading apps.

That said, the GS3 performed much, much faster under LTE coverage. As noted above, it consistently scored 15Mbps downloads, with uploads in the 2Mbps range. The shortest ping time was 50ms, which is pretty darned short. Browsing under LTE coverage was dramatically improved compared to CDMA. Web pages loaded in an instant and it was great to jump from site to site.

 

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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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