Pros *Excellent battery life for a smartphone
*None of the freezing/force closing/lag I've experienced with other Android smartphones.
*Camera is very fast and takes excellent photos.
*Impressive suite of Samsung features (S Voice, S Beam etc.)
Cons *Very limited LTE coverage - this is not so much a con of the device as it is of the carrier - it would be nice to be able to use its LTE functionality.
*Its large size and plastic backing make a good, grippy case a necessity to avoid drops.
Summary Overall, I would consider the GS3 the current champion of Android devices. While some of the Samsung features are only usable if you know others with an S3, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade to the latest, greatest Android device. Personally, coming from an iPhone 4S - which I loved - and previously a Samsung Droid Charge - which I hated - I am highly impressed with the GS3. One additional, minor con: Running Android 4.0, I have noticed fragmentation issues with apps still designed to run on Gingerbread. I feel that this issue will resolve itself with time as more 4.0 and later devices are launched.
Pros Form factor, fast, smooth, great battery life (only have an Evo 4G to compare it to)
Cons Hhmm...I guess it could have been free. Also, LTE would be nice around here. I don't love that the home button is a hard button and that the power button is on the side rather than the top, but that is just personal preference.
Summary I am completely impressed with this phone so far. I am coming from an HTC Evo 4G and I was all set to upgrade to the HTC One X (HTC Evo LTE on Sprint). I loved my Evo and really like HTC, so was going to stay with them until the salesman at Best Buy convinced me to get the S3 (I also used it and it was nice). Boy was he right...the phone is amazing. It is fast and powerful and looks great. This is the phone to get right now...
Pros I purchased four of these phones directly from Sprint. Everyone is enjoying their phones. Good feature set and battery life.
Cons Beware of Sprint's hidden charges. Two months after my purchase, I got hit with a "premium data charge". This was never disclosed at the time of purchase. I already had the "Everything Data" plan, but now they want $10 more per month per phone.
Summary In my opinion, Sprint is not trustworthy and I got scammed. I'll be looking for others to join is a class-action lawsuit as Sprint is unwilling to admit that their business practices are shady, at best. Why would I have a $10 per phone, per month "premium data" charge on an unlimited plan? I guess unlimited isn't truly unlimited as advertised. So, you'll have premium charges for every smartphone on the slowest network out there.
I did call Sprint and was transferred three times before being told a supervisor would call me back. After two days, I sent them an email and finally had my call returned the third day. All of that for them to have no explanation for why the charges were not disclosed at the time of purchase. They were basically unwilling to do anything.
I will never be a Sprint customer again. I feel they have breached our contract and it should be vacated immediately.
Pros Incredible screen
Great camera quality
Android is awesome
Cons Screen is a bit dim
S Voice requires improvement
No video pause/resume option in Camera app
Music player could be better
Summary I bought this phone instead of the iPhone 5 on 25th Dec. I love it! I couldn't get my eyes of the clear display, but it could be a little more brighter. It is fast and does every tasks in a snap. This is a great replacement for my digital camera as the camera quality is colossal. This is my android phone and it rocks! I also like the design of the phone which's dimensions give a good grip on me. But after all, S Voice feature could a little more smarter. I was greatly disappointed of finding no option for pause/resuming video record in the camera app. The music player's doesn't deliver sound quality as good as my previous phone. Nevertheless, buying this phone is one of the best decisions I ever made.
Pros android OS great, choices of apps on google play excellent, the large HD screen is wonderful, downloads are fast if you are on 4G LTE, overall I chose the S3 over iPhone 5 because of price (I got mine for $50 @ Best Buy during a sale).
Cons downloads are slow when on 3G network and on Sprint's network it tells me I am roaming when I'm well within the area (not in the boonies!) after having my cell for 3 months i wake up 1 morning & the screen is cracked w/o anything touching it!
Summary Buyer BEWARE!! If you got a S3 that didnt have defective Gorilla Glass 2, congratulations! You will be happy for the remainder of your contract. If you are like the others of us that Samsung has chosen to ignore & will not honor the 1 year warranty on the cell & repair the screens & acknowledge there is a problem, you might be like me & wish you had purchased the iPhone 5! Sprint's insurance, Asurion wants $150 deductible which is completely ridiculous & disporportionate to the price of the cell! That's more than the deductible for my car! I should have kept the Best Buy/Geek Squad insurance instead of wanting everything on my Sprint bill. Samsung can't call every cracked or scratched screen customer abuse when I watched on YouTube Gorilla Glass 2 demonstration @ CES 2012 & 127 lbs of pressure exerted on the glass before it broke. Samsung you can do better!
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