Pros + Beautiful screen
+ Gorilla Glass 2
+ Smooth running OS
+ Speedy, high quality camera
+ Robust customization options
+ Fast GPS lock (I didn't mention this in the review, but the GPS + Lock on this phone is incredibly fast)
Cons - Locked Bootloader (Verizon only)
- No Google Wallet (such a horrible move on Verizon's part)
- Battery cover hard to remove (minor complaint but still worth noting especially if you ever need to change your battery)
- Speaker placement.
Summary The Samsung Galaxy S3 is without a doubt the best phone for ME. Before you purchase this phone I urge you to really think about your needs, and stack them against this review. This review is based on an unrooted phone on Verizon Wireless. If you don't feel like reading all of the specifics, skip down to the end and just check out the pros and cons.
The body of the Verizon Galaxy S3 is very smooth and fits well in your hand; it is a plastic build which allows the phone to remain light. I personally am terrified of dropping it due to the case. I purchased a silicone case just to keep the back scratch free and provide a little cushion in case dropped. The power button is located on the right side of the phone near the top, and a volume rocker is located on the left side near the top. There is a home button on the front of the screen near the bottom on the center. Very simple. One small complaint is the battery cover: you have to somewhat pry it off starting with a little slip on top center of the phone. Directly left of that is the headphone input. Another disappointment to me is the way the speaker is placed; it's on the rear of the phone and if you have the phone on a flat table, it muffles the sound from the speaker.
You're going to be working with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display. It's an amazing display. Much more bright than my wife's iPhone 4S. It seems to have a more crisp look. If you aren't used to a large screen, the S3 will take a little getting used to. Coming from an original Motorola Droid, I was a little offput by the large size of this phone. In the month that I've had it I've gotten so used to it that now when I pick up my iPod touch, my immediate reaction is, "why did they design this screen so small?" It is also worth noting that the screen is made from Gorilla Glass 2
1.5 GHz S4 processor and 2GB of RAM? Yes please. I have never had so much as a hiccup with this phone, despite running as many memory intensive programs and games as I can. The home screens run smoothly even using Go Launcher as a home replacement. I haven't found a thing that my S3 can't run flawlessly.
Connectivity (Signal Strength)
I'm currently in San Diego, CA. The only time I do not get 4G is when I'm on the island of Coronado, and even then it just cuts in and out. Everywhere else I have been in San Diego, I get exceptional service. Doing a speed test, I routinely get around 12 Mbps; that is as fast as my home internet connection.
2100 mAh battery. Doing a looped video test, I can squeeze about 9 hours 15 minutes out of my phone. The only time my battery life isn't wonderful is when the phone is maxed out searching for signal on Coronado. Moderate use: playing games, making calls, using Tapatalk, checking my Google+, Twitter, Flipboard, and reading other news articles, I can usually get a good 16 hours of battery life.
I could write several pages just on how much better ICS is than any other Android build I've used, but I'm going to leave it to you to research this. The ability to customize my phone is invaluable to me, which is why I always choose Android over Apple.
8-megapixel rear camera, 1.9-megapixel front camera. One of the biggest reasons I wanted a phone upgrade was the camera. The Motorola Droid camera was so slow that it made capturing unique moments nearly impossible. The speed on the S3 camera is stellar. The dual-core cpu does a great job at giving great speed and performance with virtually no lag. The quality of the pictures is also fantastic. My S3 outperforms my wife's iPhone 4S in picture quality by far.
S Voice - The microphone picks up too much ambient noise, especially when driving. When in quiet places, I generally have a pretty good success rate when using S Voice, but I'm really hoping when Jellybean gets pushed to the S3 that Google Now will really pick up the slack.
Pop Up Play - I've never used it, as I see no practical use in it.
Share Shot - would be a great feature if the only phone in the world was the S3
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Conclusion: You would be a wise man indeed to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S3. The only reason to not buy an S3 is if you're an Apple Fanboy.
"A big move up for me"on by bmesc
Pros Tons of features, speed, ease of use, customization options, screen size and quality, camera.
Cons Some wanted features seldom or don't work, including Smart Alert, Smart Stay and Direct Call. Samsung swipe and auto complete input app too aggressive; replaced with Swype. Default screen brightness ridiculously dim, requiring you to adjust manually.
Summary Mind you, I upgraded from a rather basic smartphone, so, to me, this premium phone is a big step up. I find I can spend hours looking through it for more features and ways to customize. In fact, my data usage has shot up significantly, making me very mindful of using wifi, especially to download new apps and upload photos (hint: make sure Dropbox or other online storage services you use is set to "upload only on wifi" or all the initial experimenting you do with the camera will eat into your data plan fast).
It is a big phone, but it somehow fits nicely in my hand and pockets.
Pros when it worked very fast to boot and great graphics.
Cons after just 8 weeks the screen imploded + screenbleed customer service say it is customer damage will cost me &150 to repair recommended independent inspection it confirmed he thought it wa manufacturing fault with glass but they say tough luc.k
Summary WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO BUY SAMSUNG PRODUCTS UNTIL THEY SORT THEIR AFTER SALES SERVICE MORE FAIRLY!!!
Pros Responsive touchscreen.
Sleek physical design, and Android ICS works well.
Love the NFC and S-Beam.
Screen is the perfect size, great color saturation and picture.
Miscellaneous touch and position features make it so easy to use.
Cons Call sound quality sounds tunnel-ish to those on the other end of my call.
I wish the docking station was a bit better designed.
Would love to see more accessories available for the S3.
Summary A great product, with lots of features to help with productivity when using for work, and entertainment for non-work usability.
For Android novices, loads of information and tutorials online.
Pros Display is fine, just adjust it and give up on that editor's comment. I clocked the 4G at 22.2 Megs download and 5 Megs upload out in Brentwood (94513). Jellybean loaded about 2 hours into the activation and I am looking forward to 4.1.2!
Cons S-voice is hopelessly bad right now and it is almost futile to try to make voice command calls, especially for names that are short. Don't invest in additional blue-tooth devices, it is the software.
Summary I love the phone, having replaced a Droid X that was a replacement phone that had a bad microphone and was skittish on a couple of apps that caused numerous reboots (Skype, blue version and Backatude). On the S3 I have no problems with the Skype app, clear video and sound on calls as far away as Sweden. I haven't installed the other as Latitude really isn't very stable anyway.