Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S3 is garnering rave reviews from Europe and the U.S. The smartphone topped reviews by consumer groups in five European countries where it was launched on May 28, the company said Sunday.
The phone topped the evaluation of Que Choisir of France with the highest score among 99 models from 10 makers. It also ranked first in Italy's Altroconsumo ratings among 145 models. The Galaxy S3 has a competitive edge in all areas such as ease of Internet access, display quality, and touch-screen features, the press there said.
It was also the top-ranked phone by Spain's Organizacion de Consumidores y Usuarios, the Netherlands’ Consumentenbond and Belgium's Test Achats.
Apple's iPhone 4S, released eight months ago, came third or fourth in most of the ratings.
This is helping Samsung's market share. Its weekly share of the British smartphone market has exceeded 40 percent since the gadget's release there, and it has more than 60 percent market share in France, and over 50 percent in Italy and Germany.
Samsung began selling the Galaxy S3 in the U.S. last Thursday, and already mobile provider Sprint has run out of stock in its online shop and has asked for an additional supply. AT&T and Verizon also have difficulties securing enough of the smartphones due to growing demand.