Each summer the world celebrates a time of warmth, fun and relaxation. For the tech community, however, it’s traditionally the season in which Samsung unleashes the latest version of its Galaxy S flagship. But the now time-honored tradition is actually more of a one-two punch: first the unlocked international model is revealed, and later it’s followed up by a litany of worldwide variants. US carriers intent on offering the “value” of differentiation to their customers have been the worst offenders in modifying Sammy’s magic formula, ranging from motley form factors to egregious bloatware to clumsy naming schemes (Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch quickly comes to mind).
But Samsung’s brand cache has grown year over year, so much so that the company is starting to wield more power over carriers. No weird names, no exclusive agreements and no changes to the form factor. That’s right, six carriers have signed up to carry the Galaxy S III so far, and every single one of these devices looks exactly the way Samsung intended, with the only major exceptions being the processor and memory allotment. So far we’ve had the opportunity to play with two of the six: AT&T’s and Sprint’s. How close to the original GS III (also known as the GT-I9300) do these devices come? What advantages and disadvantages does each bring to the table? Can you expect comparable performance? Stay with us as we break it all down.
Samsung Galaxy S III review shootout: AT&T vs. Sprint originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.