Samsung Galaxy S3 - review and best plans1

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is now nearly 2 years old. The current version has 4G speeds, almost all the features of more recent Android phones and is being offered as part of some amazing deals from Australian phone companies. You can see the latest Samsung Galaxy S3 pricing, reviews and specifications, below.

Compare Samsung Galaxy S3 deals in Australia

Here's a list of all the top Samsung Galaxy S3 deals we recommend in Australia. These are handpicked based on quality of the network, what you get in with the plan, and of course, value for money.

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Carrier & Plan What you get What you pay
Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 35 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

300 min

500 MB

24 months

Free delivery for online orders

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.03

$35 / month
$0 upfront handset + $35 plan

Min. Total Cost $840
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 50 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

600 min

1 GB

24 months

Free delivery for online orders

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.02

$50 / month
$0 upfront handset + $50 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,200
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 60 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

2 GB

24 months

Bonus 500MB data

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$60 / month
$0 upfront handset + $60 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 80 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

5 GB

24 months

Bonus 2GB data

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$80 / month
$0 upfront handset + $80 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,920
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Optus

$ 100 Optus My Plan

Unlimited standard text and MMS to Australian Mobiles. Optus Mobile Fair GoTM Policy applies.

Unlimited

8 GB

24 months

Bonus 3GB data

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.01

$100 / month
$0 upfront handset + $100 plan

Min. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 30 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

$300 value

300 MB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$30 / month
$0 upfront handset + $30 plan

Min. Total Cost $720
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 upfront a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 40 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

$450 value

500 MB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$40 / month
$0 upfront handset + $40 plan

Min. Total Cost $960
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 50 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

$500 value

1 GB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$50 / month
$0 handset + $50 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,200
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 60 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

$700 value

2 GB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$60 / month
$0 handset + $60 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,440
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 80 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

UNLIMITED CALLS & TEXT WITHIN OZ

4 GB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$80 / month
$0 handset + $80 plan

Min. Total Cost $1,920
over 24 months

Samsung Galaxy S3

$0 a month

Virgin Mobile

$ 100 Virgin Mobile Plan

Unlimited mobile calls & text Virgin to Virgin within Oz

UNLIMITED CALLS & TEXT WITHIN OZ

6 GB

24 months

Free delivery

All for use within Australia. Cost of 1MB included data is $0.21

$100 / month
$0 handset + $100 plan

Min. Total Cost $2,400
over 24 months

Where to find Samsung Galaxy S3 deals

There are many plans for the Samsung Galaxy S3 out there, but below are the ones and a good place to start your search. Good luck!

Why get the Samsung Galaxy S3?

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the best phones on the market. Physically beautiful and sporting heaps of features which are actually useful, it does almost everything the newer Galaxy S4 or HTC One does and costs substantially less.  

What's good
Entralling 4.8 inch Super AMOLED Screen
Quad Core - 1.4GHz Processors
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
8 MP Camera
What's not so good
Battery dodgy - especially after time
Some features you just won't use
Plastic shell less impressive than competition
ProcessorQuad Core 1.4 GHz
Memory16GB / 32GB
Camera8 MP
Video1080 at 30 FPS
OSAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimensions136.6 mm x 70.6 mm x 8.6 mm
Weight133 g
Network Support2G / 3G / 4G
Screen Size4.8 inches
Screen Resolution1080 x 720 pixels
SIM TypeMicro SIM

Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

First, a quick summary

Pros of the Samsung Galaxy S3

  • Possibly the best value phone on the market today
  • Heaps of Samsung specific software features you’ll actually use
  • Brilliant Galaxy user changeable battery and memory

Cons

  • 2 year old technology and looks no longer cutting edge
  • Battery is poor
The Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched to fanfare in Australia, in mid 2012. You cannot have failed to be exposed to the marketing hype that surrounds a Samsung annual flagship product launch. You can see from the pictures that the Galaxy S3  looks like it fell out of a Hollywood Sci Fi props cabinet. But what’s the reality ? Where does the marketing end and the truth begin ? Whatphone takes a look and you can see the detail below. However, put simply, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is at least up there with the best phones ever made.

Initial impressions

I felt like I was batting above my average every time I looked at my Samsung Galaxy S3. If I’d seen her on the other side of the bar with her supercool, beautiful friends sipping Smartphone champagne,( they’d be iPads in leather cases, iPhones in diamond pouches and new Ultra portable laptops I imagine ), I’d have been too intimidated to go over and talk to her. In either colour, the Samsung Galaxy s3 is a thing of beauty and the way it looks will make you the envy of your friends.

The screen is outstanding

Samsung are the only company which use Super AMOLED screens on their phones. There is no equivalent for depth, colour and saturation. put next to an HTC or Apple product, the screen on the Galaxy S3 trounces them all.

1 ) Features you’d actually use

Best photo : When you’re snapping away, the Samsung Galaxy S3 takes a bunch of pictures in quick succession and lets you pick the one you like most. Obviously, you’re left with the task of filtering them post picture taking which could be a pain but I think Samsung have nailed this one. If you’re like me, you’re always playing with your phone and simple, rewarding tasks like deciding which your favorite shot is of many, are exactly the sort of thing I enjoy.

Smart Call : You’re texting someone, you decide it’s all a bit too much hassle, you lift the phone to your ear and you call them. Brilliant. I found I was using this once a day at least ( mostly at theWhatphone office when I realized halfway through that the conversation was too involved to cover thoroughly over SMS. )

Smart Stay : You’ve probably heard about this one. The Samsung Galaxy S3 looks at your eyes and, like Santa, it ‘knows when you’re awake.’ Obviously, the benefit of this is that it gives you more battery life. It wasn’t a perfect feature but it did work well enough and give me more juice to the point that I thought I’d actually use it.

Smart Alert : Come back to your Samsung Galaxy S3 and, if you’ve got any missed calls or messages while you’ve been away, it’ll vibrate to let you know. Nice. Useful.

Memory, lots of it : Those who love storing media will be pretty happy with this phone. Complete with a Micro-SD card slot, you’ll be able to expand memory even further from the already generous 16GB and 32GB variants. If you’re the type that likes to have movies, photos, music, documents, lots of apps and games – this is a pretty sweet setup. 

2 ) Features you probably wouldn’t use

Blokes are funny creatures. In my experience, we tend to buy capability rather than usefulness. What I mean is that I have mates who have dune buggies, remote controlled cars, calculator watches and running shoes for when they go ‘off road’. Do they use them – obviously not. But they feel better knowing that if they wanted to use them they would have the capability to do that. In my mind these Samsung Galaxy S3 features fell under that category.

S Voice : Siri for Samsung. I never use it. It doesn’t understand me. You always have to say things a bunch of times and sound like you’re having an argument with your phone, which is not a good look in Coles. It draws attention to you which you probably don’t want.

When are you in a totally quiet environment so it ‘gets you’ ? You’re either out and about or watching TV from the sofa when you play with your Smartphone. Until they get noise cancelling capabilities ( and I guess that’s not too far away ) then this is a wasted feature in my view.

Social Tag : Just stand there mate, I’ll take your picture, the phone will recognize it and post you all over the internet. Brilliant. Except, as usual, we’re doing something that our neighbor, rabbi, wife, cousin, nan or, ( shiver ), boss, would not approve of.

Get real Samsung, my Facebook posts have several layers of common sense filtering on them to make sure I can still get a job in 5 years and see my family without blushing at Christmas. I will decide what I show to the World Wide Web not my feisty, stupid, too trusting Samsung Galaxy S3.

Pop Up Play : Watch a video in a small window while you’re texting.

Bad bits : The battery

I recognize that I am a very heavy user of my Smart mobile phones. I have push email turned on all day, real time. I often use wireless networks. I have the screen on full all the time. I stream radio for an hour every morning. Even so, I expect battery life to be better than I’ve got on the Galaxy S3. Unless I plug it in whenever I’m near a charger, the battery runs flat late afternoon which just isn’t enough.

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S3

So, it’s great but how does it compare to the other great devices out there ? Well, if you’d like detailed breakdowns of the comparisons between the Samsung Galaxy S3 and other devices, you can check them out here.

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most anticipated android phones of the year and it looks like Samsung lived up to the expectations. The fact you can get it for $20 – $25 less a month now than the newer ( but only slightly better ) Samsung Galaxy S4 means those who choose the S3 are getting a steal.

So if you’re looking for a powerful smartphone and be confident that every dollar has been well spend, look no further. It was the best Android phone of 2012 and in 2014, the prices you can get one for are little short of amazing.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Customer reviews

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By Phil Waterhouse

"Galaxy S3 just awesome"

Had an I-phone - S3 beats it in every way. The size of the screen is just great and the camera excellent. Apps and Samsung Kies arguably even more user friendly than I-store. I-phone just too small in comparison!
1
By matt

"Galaxy S3 is the way to go"

I'm so happy with the Samsung Galaxy S3. Highly recommended
1
By Android lover

"I loooooooove this phone!"

Pros : Very cool phone. Cons : Not that much memory, volume level.I got my Galaxy SIII the day the released in Sydney and I loooove it. It looks beautiful, the screen is amazing. It has so many features I'm still figuring them out. Love Android - never going back to Apple !
1
By Hasanov

"android is great"

I love Android.This phone is a beauty, highly recommended
1
By Loz

"looooove it"

I loooooooove this phone!Pros : Very cool phone. Cons : Not that much memory, volume level. I got my Galaxy SIII the day the released in Sydney and I loooove it. It looks beautiful, the screen is amazing. It has so many features I'm still figuring them out. Love Android - never going back to Apple !
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Questions about the Samsung Galaxy S3

which is better sumsung galaxy sII or note

Both are great handsets and it really depends on your needs. If you love a big screen and don't mind a big phone then the note is for you. The Gal S3 still gives you a big screen and excellent features. I find it to be great all rounder and one of the best phones out there. Read the editors review (placed under the overall score further up this page) to get a better idea. Hope it helps!

Which is better - the Samsung Galaxy SIII or the Note ?

At whatphone, we recommend that you make that decision for yourself. Take a look at the expert reviews and sign up to the email to see what the latest pricing is. I'll tell you my honest point of view though, unless you're the Jolly Green Giant or have a hankering for Stylus, I'd go the SIII!

Will it fit in my pocket?

Hmm. The Gal SIII is bigger than most Smartphones. We didn't find any problem with keeping it in our pockets. Walking was fine but like anything else that size, sitting down, you probably want to take it out. Generally, the size isn't noticably bigger in that way than, say, the S2.

Can I play MKV files on the Galaxy SIII

Not out of the box but, as usual, there are a bunch of apps which help. Try MX Player and V Player.

What type of SIM card do I need for this phone ?

The Galaxy SIII takes a MicroSIM. You should get one from Telstra, Optus or Vodafone when they ship it to you. There have, apparantly, been some problems with early devices being shipped with the wrong SIM. Give them a call if that happens and they'll sort you out. Frustrating though - we know everyone loves playing with their device whent hey get it and this sort of thing is a massive pain in the bum !

Is the Galaxy S3 fast internet ?

Depends on how you look at it ! The current Australian models ( I'm writing this June 2012 ) have 3G support which is probably what you're used to. There are rumours that Telstra is going to release an LTE ( 4G ) device which will be a lot faster ( downlaod speeds on LTE / 4G are 2 - 20 Mbps which is probably faster than you're getting at home ! ) And with Optus launching their LTE network later this year you can be they'll upgrade their device fleet too !
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