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Review: Samsung Galaxy S III for Sprint

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Apps

Between Samsung and Sprint, the Galaxy S III is stuffed with software and other junk you may not want. Thanks to the menu tools, some of the apps can be deleted entirely. Others cannot, but at least you above the option of hiding them. Hidden apps remain the handset, but are no longer visible in the menu and app management tools. If the 48-odd preinstalled apps aren't enough for you, point your device at the Google Play Store and have fun.

Bluetooth

The GS3 has Bluetooth 4.0, which is cool, but a bit ahead of its time, as Bluetooth 4.0 devices are few and far between at the moment. Of course, it works with any old Bluetooth thingamabob you have laying about, including mono and stereo headsets, cars, speakers, and so on. The GS3 worked well with mono and stereo headphones, but I couldn't get it to connect to my car. The other versions of the GS3 connected to my car with no problems. I can't say with any degree of certainty why the Sprint version gave me trouble connecting to my car.

Clock

There's a white digital clock on the lock screen. It is big enough to be seen at an arm's length, but be careful with the wallpaper you pick. Light or white backgrounds will make the clock impossible to see. Dark wallpaper works much better, especially for outdoor readability.

GPS

The GS3 ships with Google Maps complete with Navigation and Latitude, but no secondary option such as TeleNav. Google Maps is free, offers 3D buildings and landscapes, as well as indoor maps of cool stuff such as museums. It's a very useful app that works well. It performed OK on the Sprint version of the GS3, but not quite as well as on the other versions. Google Maps performed much better under LTE coverage, as expected. I walked around Sprint's campus a bit, and the GS3 followed my footsteps with incredible accuracy in real-time.

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