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

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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.

Display3.5 inch Retina display, 960-by-640 pixels4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, 1280x7204.65-inch Super AMOLED, 1280x7204.7 inch, Super LCD2, 1280x720
Weight140 grams133 grams135 grams130 grams
Operating SystemiOS 5Android 4.0 with TouchWizAndroid 4.0Android 4.0 with HTC Sense
Front CameraVGA (less than 1 megapixel)2 megapixels1.3 megapixels1.3 megapixels
Rear Camera8 megapixels with LED flash8 megapixels with LED flash5 megapixels, LED flash8 megapixels, LED Flash
Camera FeaturesTouch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, HDRTouch-to-focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection, share with friends via face recognitionTouch-to-focus-geo-tagging, face detection, zero shutter lagSimultaneous video and still, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, burst photography with best photo selection
Storage/Memory16/32/64GB, 512MB RAM16/32/62GB, 1GB RAM16/32GB, 1GB RAM16GB, 1GB RAM
Talk Time*7 hours, 41 minutes10 hours, 20 minutes8 hours, 23 minutes9 hours, 57 minutes
Web Browsing Time*6 hours, 56 minutes5 hours, 17 minutes3 hours, 1 minute4 hours, 18 minutes
SD Card SlotNoYes (up to 64GB)NoNo
Killer FeatureSiri, natural language voice assistantS Voice voice commands, eye recognitionFace UnlockBeats Audio integration
Price9 on contract (16GB storage)9 on contract (16GB), 9 from T-Mobile9 on contract (16GB)9 on contract (16GB)
CarriersAT&T, Verizon, SprintAT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. CellularVerizon/SprintAT&T
Processors Dual-CoreDual-CoreDual-CoreDual-Core
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