Influential US consumer magazine Consumer Reports has given 78 points and 77 points to the Galaxy S3 on AT&T and T-Mobile respectively in its latest smartphone survey.
The handset received top marks in the "voice calls", "usability", "messaging" and "others" categories despite only coming to the US market in the last few weeks. The Galaxy S3 is already available on three mobile network operators in the UK, with Verizon Communications Inc set to be the first US operator to release the device (towards the end of this month).
Other Samsung handsets like the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy S2 LTE and the Galaxy Note also ranked highly on T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, with the iPhone 4S coming 10th, 7th and 11th on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. The S3 is expected to sell more than 10 million units by the end of the month with an average of 167,000 units sold every day since it launched.
By comparison, previous Galaxy S series sold less than 60 million units in 2010 and 2011. Over the past 12 months, Samsung has expanded the Galaxy family, extended the life of the first generation Galaxy S in China, and launched a number of lower priced handsets based on the Galaxy S2.
When we reviewed the Galaxy S3 at the beginning of last month, we concluded that if "you simply don't want an iPhone, the Galaxy S III should be at the top of your list, perhaps with the HTC One X along side it."