For the tech community, summer has an added allure. Samsung comes out with it’s latest version of the Galaxy S phone. This year, they have not disappointed. In fact, they’ve made things more interesting by allowing you to pick from a variety of carriers. Six carriers have been enlisted to offer their services for the Galaxy phones. While most of the tech remains the same, the memory allotment process and the phone’s processor differ from brand to brand. Let’s take a look and compare the Sprint and AT&T versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Hardware wise, neither carrier has made many changes to the original Samsung phone, apart from putting their own logos on the phone. This is a welcome change from the previous Samsung phones which differed wildly depending on the carrier that you selected. The AT&T model offers you three phone colours- red, white and blue. At the moment, AT&T only sells the 16GB version of the Galaxy S III phone, though other carriers may offer versions that can hold up to 64GB . Sprint offers only two colours, white and blue, but they do offer a 32GB storage version of the phone as well, apart from the standard 16GB version. Both carriers offer two year contracts, and the starting price for the 16GB model for both carriers is two hundred dollars.
Beneath the cover as well, there are almost no changes from the standard model that Samsung has offered. Neither carrier has meddled with the internal hardware, which is a great thing for consumers , since they only need focus on the contract price and internal storage when they pick the carrier.
The displays in both the Sprint model and the AT&T Galaxy S III remain the same as well, being the same 4.8 inch 1280x720p Super Amoled panel. However, there are certain differences. Both models use different chip sets. The AT&T model runs on a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip that has a memory capacity of 2GB, while the Sprint model uses a quad core Exynos silicon battery that features a memory of 1GB.
The different chips lead to a different performance and battery life though. Both batteries utilize a 2,100mAh battery, but the Sprint model does slightly better when it comes to battery tests. This could be due to the fact that it does not run on LTE, but rather on EVDO. That being said, the difference should not affect your choice. Both phones can comfortably last a whole day without the need to charge it. If used moderately, the phone will have enough juice to last a day and a half as well. You can pre-order the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III starting at $149.