Pros *Large Screen
*Very Fast (LTE) especially
*Feels great in the hand
Cons Battery life could be better
S Voice needs updating
Summary This device sparked my interest because I became bored with iPhone. I realize the 5 is on the horizon but the screen will be smaller not to mention the same iOS and I needed a change. The truth of the matter is I like being different and that is one reason why I was an early adopter of Apple products but now it seems that 9 out 10 people have an iPhone because honestly we are sheep. I have been using this Galaxy for about a month and it is really a cool device. The screen is amazing, and it makes the iPhone look like a toy. Apps run smoothly, its very fast, light, and it is hard to put the thing down. It is a great device and I'm happy about my decision to ditch the iPhone. Most of my friends cannot believe I changed being that I've been called an Apple guy. I'm very happy and glad I did.
Pros Screen looks unreal, fits comfortably into my hand and pocket, can do anything a tablet can. I love the free apps and the free videos and mp3s i can easily download and play back on android. I enjoy the customization and complete control over ICS.
Cons Guzzles juice under heavy use and can get quite warm when its processor is stretched. Too little ram, it needs 2gb to run properly. I often have to manually clear the ram to be able to play hd games without stutter.Screen too dim for outdoors.
Summary I love this phone and would certainly recommend it over the Iphone 4s and HTC one X due to its large replaceable battery and SD card slot. Its size is perfect for me, if anything the screen could be even bigger, but then I am a big man myself, girls probably won't like the size of this phone that much. Under normal useage it will last the day and after the inevitable battery failure you can buy a heavy-duty one to replace it, not something you can do on most other phones. The plastic design is actually a plus for me, it should be very durable and age well, plus its futureproofing ensures it should be easy to sell in 2 years' time. The biggest disappointment for me was s-voice, after the hype it turned out to be absolute rubbish and samsung's speech servers are sub-par, much worse than apple's.Also, under duress the back heats up a bit, though not uncomfortably, and the lack of text-resizing on the stock browser is irritating. Also, battery life is not as stellar as advertised, for instance HD video streaming on full brightness will drain the battery in about 3-4 hrs.After a few weeks battery durability has already gone down,I need to charge more often and it doesn't last as long. I will definitely have to buy a replacement battery in a few months, which BTW removes the NFC chip from the equation.
Overall, this is a brilliant technological achievement from samsung, but I wish they spent some more time testing and fine-tuning the device, some features seem haphazard and it shows they wanted to get this phone out asap, to steal a march on iphone.
Whether I would recommend it as a buy, depends on you, I don't think an Iphone user is going to ditch the upcoming Iphone 5 in favour of this one, but as far as android devices go, this is the best one out there currently. The reason it doesn't quite beat even the older iphone 4s is mostly due to its operating system. Google play is still no match for the istore and android fragmentation is a serious issue. Also, ICS has poor ram management and you have to manually tinker with the settings to make ram heavy apps run properly, and you have to do this each time before you use them. No wonder the US and Japanese versions get 2 gigs of ram, I think the dual core cpu and 2 gb ram will make the phone better than the international version. tests show the snapdragon version runs more smoothly and manages the battery better, so shame on samsung for rushing out the international version before testing it properly. Still, that is a minor niggle and otherwise I adore my S3.
Pros Beautiful 4.8 inch display
Snappy and very responsive
Handles speedy T-Mobile 4G network really well
Cons Back cover feels flimsy when taken off
Wish it was black
No SD card included
Summary To start off I currently own the 16 GB Pebble Blue version of the phone for about 5 days since June 27th. Having owned the Galaxy S (Vibrant) before, this phone was definitely a step up. I was concerned when Samsung decided to switch out the processors for the US versions from the quad core Exynos to the dual core Snapdragon S4, however I was relieved to find out that the phone remained to be quick and responsive. The 2GB of RAM adds a bit of speed compared to older phones since the new S4 chipset uses dual-channel RAM. Seemed to be a waste for Samsung at first but it does add a bit of relief in terms of backwards compatibility. I did notice however that the phone would heat up a bit when using apps that take up quite a bit of resources. Overall I was pleased with the speed of the phone, apps load up instantaneously and the processing load is insignificant with the speed of the S4 chipset and the 2GB of RAM. The overall design of the phone's exterior is beautiful with the exception of the back cover. Besides maintaining a thin sleeker profile than its predecessors the backing feels cheap and plasticky. Looks can be deceiving when u first see the back of the phone. Btw, the overall phone is glossy and is a huge fingerprint magnet. It would probably be less noticeable on the White S3. There is a bit of sturdiness with the phone and it is pretty lightweight but not to the point where you feel like the phone will break in your hands. Gripping the phone is alright and the screen as usual is smooth and very touch friendly. The screen is beautiful and again Samsung has done a good job with its utilization of AMOLED displays. I have noticed however that the brightness is not that great compared to the S2 and even the S (Vibrant). Don't get me wrong, it is bright but not as bright as the previous Galaxy phones. The new TouchWiz 5.0 interface really brings out the best of the phone's display along with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Definitely goes beyond the previous TouchWiz interfaces on the previous Galaxy phones. There was no SD card included which was disappointing but there is an ample amount of memory loaded into the phone. I simply switched the SD card from my Vibrant onto the S3. Battery life was decent under moderate load (occasionally checking e-mail, Facebook and watching a couple of YouTube videos). I get little less than a days worth of battery life out of the phone before having to charge it. Haven't tested NFC yet but I plan to do so in the future. S-Voice is not really complete and still has problems understanding and responding back with correct answers. It's annoying every time it redirects you to the Web search when it can't pull up an answer. Other features such as face detection for unlocking the phone and keeping the phone on while reading are great and useful additions to the phone. Camera and video quality are stunning and Samsung has done a really good job with new features such as burst capture and capturing images in the middle of recording. The addition of the LED flash comes in handy in dark environments, something that was missing from the Galaxy S which was disappointing. The front color changing notification LED is also quite handy. It lets you know when the phone is on standby, charging, or has received notifications by changing the color of the LED. I still have to try out more functions that utilize the front LED but overall its a nice addition to the phone. T-Mobile 4G speeds are decent on the phone and coverage is good as always, I am consistently hitting 12 Mbps download and 2.5 Mbps upload here out in Long Island, NY. GPS, Wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0 work flawlessly which is a relief because my old phone the Galaxy S had problems with the GPS. Compared to other phones currently out in the market, the S3 definitely stands out with its unique specs, design and UI. Despite the fantastic design and UI, Samsung could have done better with the battery life and the back cover. Now the only thing I am waiting for is the update for Android 4.1 Jellybean. Overall, this is a fantastic phone and I would highly recommend it for those that are interested in purchasing it.
Pros Screen, speed, size, weight
Cons I need a reliable phone, one that doesn't freeze constantly when pulling email - and this is not it. Have had the G3 for a few weeks and it freezes constantly. Would love to try the HTC One X, but it's not on Verizon.
Phone quality is so-so.
Summary Not yet ready for prime time. Great for surfing, but for real work, falls far short. Hopeful that Samsung can either issue an update for ICS or hopeful that Jelly Bean is more reliable.
Pros Great hardware
Cons Verizon version has limited apps, limited updates, limited :-[
Summary The same phone Sprint AT&T and T Mobile offer but Verizon changed the software crippling it's potential and ruining an otherwise good phone. Just about every single app I download for it that is listed to work on the Galaxy S3 doesn't. I have contacted three of the developers (people who wrote the apps) and they all told me the Verizon version of this phone is nothing but a head ache for developers its software is a nightmare. I have had to Factory reset my phone four times because of these incompatibility reasons. I contacted Verizon and they told me the software is different because of security reasons???? and that using software like the other companies use (Sprint AT&T and T Mobile) will diminish the Android experience! Being able to use half the apps that the other phones have and having your phone lock up on half of the ones you are told you can down load....what an experience nice work Verizon. If you really want this phone don't get the Verizon version you will regret it I certainly do.