Pros Big screen
Cons WIFI sucks, overheats, dim screen, Start up from shut down state takes 30 seconds. Solutions offered by tech support were basic and didn't help. Samsung knows there are problems with WIFI reception and over heating but aren't addressing them.
Summary Shoulda waited for the IPhone 5
Pros * Big 4.8" 720p screen
* Smooth curves make for a comfortable feel
* 2GB of RAM = instant reload times
* Lightning fast
* Minimal Touchwiz skin
* Priced lower than other flagship phones
* Great camera!
* Lots of internal memory and up to 64GB SD card
Cons * Glossy back cover is a fingerprint magnet
Summary I've owned a lot of smart phones over the years, including Blackberries and an iPhone, but I've never owned one that effortlessly combined a beautiful aesthetic, a natural, comfortable feel, plenty of power, light weight and a responsive, balanced operating system in such a harmonious way as the Samsung Galaxy S3 does.
I love a big screen, but it's important to put that screen in a package that isn't too big, and the S3 pulls that off. I also like a light phone, but I don't want it to feel cheap. The S3 finds that balance between light and solid that both Motorola and HTC consistently miss with their relatively heavy phones.
Performance is critical for any phone, and with a dual-core 1.5Ghz S4 processor and enough RAM to keep all of your recent apps in memory, there's little that can slow the S3 down. This is the first 2GB RAM phone I've owned, and I am now a believer that ever phone should have this much.
I've never cared much for phone cameras, but with the S3's instant response and excellent quality pictures, that is changing. With burst mode, I can just point the camera in the right direction and get a better picture than I normally would if I took lots of time. Really smart software.
I would like nothing more than a vanilla Android experience, but if you have to have a skin on your phone, a minimal one is best. This version of Touchwiz is less intrusive than previous versions, or than Blur or Sense. I'm glad to see Samsung is finally learning to have a light touch.
Some of the new NFC features are interesting and even useful. I think we've got a long way to go before we've figured out all of the cool things we can do with NFC, but Samsung is the first to make a serious effort out of it.
I'm not a big fan of S-Voice, but then I'm not a big fan of Siri. The new voice assistant introduced in Jelly Bean puts both of them to shame, and I look forward to that upgrade. For now, I won't count S-Voice against Samsung because it is easily ignored.
The S3 is not a perfect phone, but it's as close to that as I've ever seen and closer than the others by a significant margin. I recommend this phone to anyone who is looking for a great smart phone. You won't be disappointed.
"Awesome phone."on by pm86
Pros Camera, camera, camera. Also no apps needed for pano shots.
Can not play N.O.V.A game.
S3 music player does not appear on lock screen. I have to turn on the lock screen and pull down the notification bar to be able to pause/play/skip.
Summary Had the phone for 5 days so far. I have the glossy white, the display is awesome and the glass cleans easily, finger/face prints do not stick for long, every time i take the S3 out of my pocket the screen is clean and smooth as ever. But having a super smooth screen and a glossy backplate makes the phone very slippery in my hands. The screen is big (which i love) but the phone tends to want to slip out of my hand when reaching with my thumb for top left of the screen (i'm right handed). Big but its thin so it feels good in my hands (that's what she said, jk).I now have poweramp which has an option for lock screen. And after N.O.V.A the game now works on the S3.
Camera, even when not in burst shot mode is super fast.
Can play almost any video file, so far all the movies i downloaded from utorrent plays on the s3.
Can't play N.O.V.A game and other games by the same game developer on the S3. Pop up saying game is not compatible with this device... which sucks.2
Updated on Jul 4, 2012
And this phone is very easy to root btw.
Updated on Sep 29, 2012Several months now since i've had the S3 (Sprint).
Several apps when I first got the S3 did not work with the S3 due to compability issues, all of which have been updated and now work.
I was annoyed with the camera shutter sound, no option to turn the sound off (even if u vibrate/silence/airplane mode it still has the shutter sound). Luckly my phone is rooted so i was able to turn it off my relocating the shutter sound file.
If you live in Orlando it sucks that there is no 4glte :(
Amazed at the camera and also how much light the camera picks up on "Night mode".
Amazed at batter life.
Amazed at how fast it processes.
Keep hearing "Let me see your phone."
Pros Everything (almost-- see cons). Ease of use for someone who isn't an expert user. The phone feels great in my hand. Battery life is excellent. Camera takes great photos. Everything runs quickly and the screen is beautiful.
Cons The big con: my email worked fine for about a week but then started "sending" emails without the messages arriving at their destination. I since have deleted my accounts several times, reset the phone, recreated the account, to no avail.
Summary Great phone, bad email. Am returning this phone.
Pros The specs are great. And it is great when you buy it. But only for 2-3 weeks before it breaks down
Cons It is an unreliable phone. I used the S3 for 3 weeks when it updated its company firmware and corrupted the phone serial number and they couldn't fix it. The complaints of the S3 are unlimited. I suggest you also check amazon reviews
Summary Because of my experience with the S3 I will never buy a Samsung product in my life