Your girlfriend might be three times a lady, but the Samsung Galaxy S III is four times a smartphone — at least when it comes to the US. Indeed, the manufacturer’s latest flagship device has managed to hit the cellular equivalent of a grand slam stateside, as each of the four national carriers are adding it to their respective smartphone lineups. For the first time since the original Galaxy S series made its debut two years ago, customers won’t have to bother switching carriers just for the privilege of using one of the best devices on the planet.
But there was a rather significant asterisk associated with the original Galaxy S’s reign on American soil: even though all four major networks offered it, none of the carrier-branded iterations used the same name or design as the original model that inspired them. Fast-forward two years to 2012, and it’s a completely different ballgame — the Galaxy S III on each mobile operator bears the same name and design. Hold an AT&T-branded model next to its T-Mobile counterpart, for instance, and you’ll have a rather difficult time telling the two apart. Same with Sprint and Verizon; aside from the logos on the back and a couple other tiny differences, you’re seeing the same exact phone across the board.
Not only has Verizon been waiting in the dugout for its time to step up to the plate, but an untold number of customers undoubtedly have been, too. Given its brand recognition and top-of-the-line features, the Galaxy S III has a shot at becoming the all-star in Big Red’s lineup. So how does Samsung’s new darling hold up on the country’s biggest network? Join us after the seventh inning stretch to find out.