Samsung’s new Galaxy S3 smartphone is expected to be one of the best-selling smartphones of 2012, but is it the right one for you? If you’re not convinced, or just want some options before you decide, we’ve selected the best Samsung Galaxy S3 alternatives for your perusal.
And if none of these take your fancy, be sure to check our mobile phone reviews for an even greater selection.
HTC One X
Probably the most similar device to the Galaxy S3, the One X has a quad-core processor just like the Samsung. Whether or not anyone will make use of this power on a mobile phone is debatable, but you can be certain you won’t suffer a lack of speed in future.
Both phones run on Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android and include updated cameras, which each manufacturer claims is the best in its class. We’ll decide that when we send them to the lab, but for a closer look, read our HTC One X first look review.
Apple iPhone 4S
There’s little doubt that Samsung had half an eye on the iPhone when it was drawing up plans for the Galaxy S3.
The S3 may may more raw processing power with a quad-core processor compared to the dual-core iPhone, but that’s unlikely to make a difference in everyday use.
Like the HTC One X, the iPhone 4S also makes claims to have the best mobile phone camera on the market. See how it performed in our full Apple iPhone 4S review.
Samsung Galaxy Note
Maybe you’re a big fan of Samsung’s smartphones, but a 4.8-inch screen just isn’t quite big enough?
The Galaxy Note not only has a vast 5.3-inch display, but also an ‘S-Pen’ that Samsung reassures us is ‘magical’.
While magical might be a bit of stretch, the pen does have a button and its own software, plus there are various apps that make use of its extra functionality.
See how the Samsung Galaxy Note performed in our lab tests.
Nokia Lumia 800
Fed up of hearing about Android and iOS phones? Windows Phone could be for you?
The Lumia 800 is a great looking phone – the first of many we expect. Early versions suffered battery life issues, but Nokia says these are fixed now.
It’s a well-designed phone and Windows Phone 8 is a slick, easy-to-use operating system, although you won’t get the same choice of apps as you will with Android and iOS.
See the full results of our testing of the Nokia Lumia 800.
BlackBerry Torch 9810
If you’d rather have a physical keypad to type with, the Torch could be just the thing for you.
Thanks to the slider design you still get a touchscreen for tasks like web browsing, but you also get the reassuring click of a key as you’re writing out your messages.
Its feature list might not be as impressive as some other smartphones, but it does offer something different from the identikit full touchscreen devices.
See how the BlackBerry Torch 9810 stood up to our lab tests.