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Galaxy S3 vs. iPhone 4S: How Samsung's Superphone Compares To Handsets From Apple, HTC And Google

06/21/2012 02:52 pm ET

Android fans, rejoice! The Samsung Galaxy S3 hit shelves in the U.S. on Thursday. Well, it was supposed to.

Both AT&T and Verizon have yet to release the device, which is currently on pre-order according to the companies' websites. Sprint has released a notice saying the Galaxy S3 is out of stock. According to T-Mobile's website, the carrier still has units in stock and isn't delaying orders; however, T-Mo's selling base unit S3 devices for $279 after a $50 mail-in rebate, while the three carriers will sell the device for $199.

Reviews for the device have been largely positive, with some of the biggest praise rolling in for battery life and download speed.

Engadget found the S3 to be a strong competitor to other mobile devices, such as the iPhone and Galaxy S2. "The power- and storage-hungry Android user simply cannot go wrong with this purchase," the review reads.

Our own Jason Gilbert raved about the S3 in his recent review of the handset. "…The Galaxy S3 is an attractive phone with whip-quick speeds, a large, hypnotically beautiful screen and superior battery life," he wrote. "I can, with all of my human heart, endorse the Galaxy S3."

He was, however, disappointed by the S3's camera quality when compared to the iPhone 4S and the HTC One X. Engadget found the phone's design underwhelming.

If you're on the fence about picking up a new smartphone and you're wondering whether Samsung's new "superphone" is right for you, check out our handy chart (below) to see how the Galaxy S3's specs stack up against the iPhone, the HTC One X and the Galaxy Nexus.

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The Samsung Galaxy S III

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