The departures from standard Android continue as you explore the GS III's software. Samsung's onscreen keyboard isn't as pushy as the horrible software on the Note but still auto-corrects even when you're backspacing over errors.
Pressing its home button twice invokes S Voice, a speech-recognition app that offers little of Siri's understanding and none of its wit. It heard me ask "What was the score of yesterday's Nationals game?" but had no answer; earlier, it responded to "What's the meaning of life?" with my agenda for the next few days.
A Kies Air app puts a dashboard for the phone on your computer's browser over a shared WiFi network, allowing you to read and answer text messages, upload or download photos and edit bookmarks. Neat idea, but the page didn't work in Safari and requires Oracle's often-insecure Java software for major functions.
Some of GS III's more fascinating (and most-advertised) features hide in the Settings app. You can, for instance, have the screen stay on if the front camera detects a face looking at it, then call a contact just by holding the phone to your head with that person's entry open. But with most of these options off by default, many users may never discover them.