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Samsung International Galaxy S3 vs US Galaxy S3

If you're like me and are faced with this decision, you really need to know the facts. Which one is better? Well, they both have their ups and downs. It also depends on the type of phone user you are. Do you tend to open apps and forget to close them? Play a lot of games? These are all questions that may determine the type of phone you need.

I'll start by going over the pros and cons for each of the phones.

International Galaxy S3


  • Exynos 1.4 gHz quad core processor
  • Higher specced GPU (graphics processing unit)


  • only 1GB of RAM
  • no LTE

US/North American Galaxy S3


  • 2GB of RAM
  • has LTE


  • only a 1.5 gHz dual core processor
  • slower GPU

I know they're very small pro/con lists, but those are pretty much the only differences. How will this affect you? Not too much, unless you're a big gamer and are taking advantage of the better GPU; or if you want the top connection speed possible (LTE).

Android doesn't use the multi-cores as efficiently as it can (yet), but the quad core is marginally faster. The 2GB of RAM is only going to be useful if you have lots and lots of apps open.

If your concern is that 1 single app is going to require a lot of memory, worry not; android has a memory cap of 16-64 (more as newer/faster phones come out) per app. This is a limit placed on a per phone basis; so, older phones will have a cap of 16MB per app. What does this mean for you? It means that you won't have to worry about 1 single app exhausting your memory/RAM.

How much faster is the LTE vs the non-LTE? It can be quite a lot faster, but there isn't much you can do with that speed unless you're downloading very large files on your phone - but that's just my opinion. The non-LTE is fast enough to do everything comfortably, and you won't notice that it's slow at all.

So, I decided to go for the International version, simply because I feel I'd get more out of it. The 1 extra GB of RAM isn't very beneficial at the moment; and by the time it is, you'll probably have a new phone. If your sole concern is your internet speed, then I'd say go for the US version; but I don't believe the extra increase will be noticed as much. And if you're outside of North America, you're probably not in an area that supports LTE, so no point in getting it.

jon | August 16, 2012 | Comments (1)

Comment by Esperanza - July 19, 2014 @ 8:14 am

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