At long last, Samsung's highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone has crossed the U.S. border, having already shipped to more than two dozen other countries last month. T-Mobile gets first dibs on Samsung's newest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device, with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and U.S. Cellular planning to offer the smartphone "in-store and online within the next several weeks," Samsung says. Odd wording by Samsung since AT&T is scheduled to offer the Galaxy S III sometime today as well (currently is listed as "Due Today" on AT&T's website).
T-Mobile priced the Galaxy S III at $280 for the 16GB model and $330 for the 32GB version, both of which reflect a $300 instant discount and a $50 mail-in rebate card. Suggested retail price is $630 (16GB) and $680 (32GB).
In case you need a refresher, the Galaxy S III sports a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen (1280x720), dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor (international version rocks a quad-core CPU), 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE radio, and a 2100 mAh battery.
Reviews of Samsung's flagship device started popping up on the Web yesterday and mostly reflect positive impressions, though some feel the Galaxy S III falls a little short of the hype. CNN, for example, notes that there's plenty of horsepower underneath the hood, but that many of Samsung's TouchWiz features "suffer from frustratingly poor execution, adding up to a "clumsy" device, albeit one that still trumps many of its competitors.