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Samsung Galaxy S III

The GS3 seemed to be winning the smartphone popularity race in 2012.

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Smartphones just keep getting smarter. Which is the best? It's a matter of opinion, but the new Samsung Galaxy S III (GS3) is definitely in the running and would make a great gift for a gadget-lover.

The first thing you'll notice about this phone is its roomy, 4.8-inch (12-centimeter) active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLOD) display, which supports brilliant colors and sharp graphics. The GS3's brushed polycarbonate exterior gives it a nice feel and light weight. And this phone is loaded with features.

For example, the phone's Every Touch function lets two Galaxy S III phones transfer photos, videos and documents just by placing them back to back. The phone also has other share features that let you send photos and videos to groups of friends instantly.

Techies will be impressed by the replaceable battery and the Galaxy S III's ability to take more memory on board -- up to a whopping 128 gigs [source: Beazsvis]. The phone's Motion Gestures feature allows simple movements to activate various capabilities. For example, lifting the phone to your ear can initiate a call. Speak into the phone, and it will get directions or search the Web for you. And the number of Android apps that the GS3 can access is practically unlimited.

Is the Galaxy S III as good as the Apple iPhone 5? Many users think so [source: Roth]. The Galaxy moved ahead of the iPhone in 2012 in terms of sales. And depending on the carrier, you can often pick up a Galaxy S III for substantially less than an iPhone -- as low as $99 with a new contract [source: Myftiu].

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