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i have had this phone for well over a year now on contract with o2 for the price of 26 pounds a month, however i believe you could get a far cheaper rate now with all the upgrades that have been brought out. i like to have new up to date phones however since having this phone i haven't seen the need to upgrade it does almost everything you need it to do, unless you are a fan of gaming on your phone then you may have small troubles with big games like marvel contest of champions.
as far as sound is concerned the quality of the music played through it is very good however i have heard much louder phones but if you are not to bothered about blasting out music on your phone then this is not an issue.
the speed of the phone is very good and in my eyes still keeps up with some of the newer models even though companies go on about how much better the newer models are. when in reality their only slightly better than the previous and only is some aspects.
the screen is a very good size and takes up most of the phone except from the home button at the bottom. the screen is very responsive even for my big fingers haha. another good aspect of this phone is that the screen and the monitor behind it arent one piece so if you break your screen which can always happen then it is easy to replace.
the one downside i have with this phone is the battery life which is a problem with most smat phones however they are easy to replace i really think it's just because my battery has run its course
This phone is absolutely great! Recently, I decided that I needed a step up from the Samsung Galaxy ace. This lead me to research many different phones and so I decided upon this. It really is extremely good value for money!
I have always preferred Android to Apple's iOS, and I truly believe that this phone brings out the best in it. There is a huge range of apps, music and games to choose from, and more than plenty enough storage for it to go. Apps are also installed incredibly quickly and so you can very easily and quickly personalize your phone.
The phone looks very nice aswell. The case is sleek and very thin, with an extremely large screen and a good hand held size. However, this design seems to have caused the phone to be very brittle and fragile. I simply dropped it off the end of my bed and now I find myself having to pay for a cracked screen repair. If you do decide to get this phone, make sure you get a suitable case for it.
The performance of the phone is extremely good due to its dual-core processor and it seems to control many different screens at a time, flawlessly. Its ability to flick between windows flawlessly is also second to none.
Overall I would highly recommend this phone, especially since it is such a small investment! I use it mainly for social media (facebook, instagram) and the phone can juggle between these easily!
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is a great phone for the now low price of approximately £175. The Galaxy S3 has a dual-core processor, allowing it to process all of your apps, games, and media flawlessly. It also has a very large and responsive touch screen. The operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The S3's 8 Megapixel camera allows you to capture all of your important moments with great picture quality. The S3 is 4g LTE compatible, allowing fast speeds while using mobile networks. The phone has 2GB of built in RAM to allow efficient multitasking, and has 16GB of built in storage space, which is plenty, but also has the option to insert a MicroSD card.
Not only have I owned the S3, but so have some of my family members and friends. One of the biggest complaints I have about the S3 is the seemingly low battery life. Sometimes my phone will die within 12 hours, without me even using it often. Although it seems the built in battery saving options help this problem, the battery life still is not very impressive. Samsung's version of Apple's Siri is S Voice, and it does not seem to be very useful and may be annoying at times. I am not sure if it is just me, or my phone's case, but I often get told that I am hard to hear over the phone. The phone is also very large, which may be a positive thing for some people, or a negative thing for others. My final complaint about the S3 is that it feels very fragile. It is extremely thin and feels like it would break the first time it is dropped. I have not actually tried this, I keep my phone in the case constantly so I would not know how strong the phone actually is.
This is one of the best phones i had so far. I bought it in December 2012 and i used it for 2 years, always without any single issue. Camera is perfect, the quality of image and sound are amazing, the battery is long lasting and it comes with a gorilla glass scratch resistant, which turned out to be one of the best features. I spent a lot of time carrying my Galaxy S3 in my pocket together either with keys or coins, always without using any cover for it. However, for 2 years it stayed scratch free. In the end, i sold it just to get a recent one that could support 4G connection, and the person who bought it couldn't believe it was actually 2 years old because it looked almost flawless!
I bought this phone last December at Christmas and it's by far one of the best phones I have ever owned. For more than several reasons, the first being this phone has been the longest lasting phone I've ever had in my possession (I don't know if that's just me having bad look with phones or not) but it's lasted a year and I've never had a problem with it yet, where as most phones I've had haven't lasted past the 5 month mark before there's some kind of technical fault or so. The phone is also a great size, not to big where you can barley hold it in one hand but big enough to watch films and such on the screen and be satisfied. The phone itself looks great, the design and shape are great and look so expensive. The phone price itself isn't much considering what you get.. great value for money, high quality phone and so easy to use and get used to. All apps are downloaded from the app store which is easy to access and almost done instantly, I've never had the phone crash or freeze as i've experienced with many other phones. The charger for the phone has also lasted a full year. The battery on the phone last's me all day once it's been charged.. and for an android phone I'd say that's quite impressive. It's by far the best phone I've owned, it's so fast and downloads stuff quick and easy, it's easy to get used to using & the camera is amazing!
I got this phone as a free upgrade and it was the first touch screen-only phone I had got. I did have quite high expectations of it because I had read a lot of positive reviews about the phone, and about Samsung mobile phones in general.
At first the phone worked fine, but after a few days it stopped working and wouldn't pick up a signal. I was sent a replacement and had no problems with this, and accept that I had just had a faulty unit.
The phone itself was very good. The size of the screen made it good to watch TV shows/films online and the camera was also good. The large amounts of available apps meant that you can choose what games etc you want, although a memory card.is required because the phone memory is filled very quickly.
I had the blue version of this phone, which made a nice change from the black ones available, or the ones with no choice because it makez it feel more personalised.
I have no complaints about how the phone worked and was reluctant to change it for another one, but it was just not practical to use. The phone is bigger than many others and I found it very uncomfortable to use. It did not sit in my hand comfortably and I always needes two hands to use it. When making a phone call I always felt like I was about to drop it and I ended up deciding to get a different one instead.
Had the mini version been available I would have happily got one of those instead, and now have an S4 Mini. I do really like Samsung products, but unfortunately this phone was just not practical for me.
This isn't the first smart phone that I've had, but it might as well be! A league apart from my previous phones (HTC desire C and Samsung Galaxy Ace), and it almost feels more like a mini tablet. I have had it for about a month, and I have managed to totally get my head around it, despite it being substantially more complicated than my previous phones. It was a little confusing at first, with multiple 'home pages' with a variety of different apps. It was a easy to feel a little lost. But the scope for personalisation is great, so you can very easily arrange your apps in a way that is most helpful for you.
The Samsung scroll down panel is very useful and easy to use (especially to judge if you want to read a Facebook message without having 'seen' it!), with notifications from a number of different apps appearing. One of the very minor annoyances is that you appear not to be able to remove some of these notifications. This is a very minor issue though.
There is light notification feature, in which a small light appears when you have a notification, and the colour changes depending on what the notification is (eg green is Facebook message, blue is text message, red is charging). This is useful, as you can immediately see if you have a notification without actively checking your phone.
The camera is excellent, actually much better than my digital camera and a million times more convenient. It is easy to download photo editing apps to tweak your photos.
With a screen size of 4.8 inches, it is physically much bigger than phones I am used to. Occasionally I have issues using it single handed (I have pretty small hands), but most of the time the screen size is a massive plus point. I've even installed the kindle app, and can read e-books on the go!! Very handy. Despite the size, it is very streamlined and much lighter than I-phones of comparable (and smaller) sizes, partly down to the brushed polycarbonate backing. While I have heard people say this feels cheap, I totally disagree - clearly a lot of time and money has gone in to designing it.
Finally, it is such good value for money, I only pay £14 a month for mine (free handset), with 1gb data, 100 minutes and unlimited texts. Cheaper than my old phone contracts, and literally everything about it is better!
I have had the Samsung Galaxy S3 for about a year and a half, and generally, it is a great phone to use for all kind of things.
My favourite thing about this phone is how amazing the camera is. I have actually stopped using my Nikon digital camera now, as most of the time the pics from my phone are actually better! Photos take quickly, and it is quick to access the Gallery on the bottom left of the screen. There are also some filters available if you enjoy using them, but I must admit, I don't think I have ever used these.
Another thing that I love about this phone is how nice and light it is. I was really surprised when I first got it at how light it is, and it does fit really nicely in your hand. However, it is possibly a little too big to put in your jeans pocket for example, but this is due to the large screen, so I'd say it's worth it really!
I have had no problems with the phone until recently when it started crashing when I was using Mobile Data. The phone would heat up and switch itself off, often deleting data from the home screen, contacts and messages! However, still being under warranty, this has been sent off for repair and has been ok so far - hopefully the problem will be sorted.
I also love how many apps are available through the android app store. Finally, this device has the "S Beam" function, where you can transfer files from one phone to another by just placing two phones with the same capability together. This is SO handy for when transferring files between our phones - especially all of the aforementioned photos!
Overall, a great, nifty little phone that looks and feels good to use. It's easy to use, even for those that are relatively new to smart phones, and the big screen makes the display really easy to read. Really pleased with mine, I just hope the repair has fixed whatever the fault was! :)
i bought this phone from a friend after he had uprgraded his phone. i was very happy with it due to numerous things such as the design and features it has. the phone has a slick design, in which it''s not too light or too heavy. this phone is heavy enough to keep in your pocket so that you know it''s their, without having to worry about whether it''s fallen out or not, but not too heavy where you feel like you''re carrying a land line handset. a useful feature on this phone is the front facing camera, useful for Skype calls and taking pictures of yourself without having to turn the phone around after taking the picture to see if you''ve taken a decent shot. The phone has 16 GB internal memory which is enough to store you''re songs, pictures, videos and the apps you find useful. Play store is featured on this phone and has various apps from social networking apps to games and educational apps. in the phone widget,you''re able to store contacts, as well as having the people that you contact frequently in your ''favourites'' button. the phone has a 8 megapixel camera which is good for taking photos at distance as well as having the ability to zoom in and out whilst watching a video. The phone has fm radio in which you can tune into your favourite fm stations. other features on this phone include google play music, google play books, google play newsstand,wifi, GPS, bluetooth, power saving, multi window, screen mirroring, s-beam, NFC, Hands free mode, smart stay, sync & flight mode.
I purchased this phone upon reading good reviews about it, if youre looking for a phone that is unique and different than an iphone as most people have iphones nowadays then this is the phone for you its efficient and quick has a good bsckground lighting and handy features such as a very bright flashlight and multitasking options. The phone itself when first purchased felt very awkward but after a few days you get used to the feeling, the keyboard on the phone is also very easy as im typibg from it right now, and also there are many more features that are easy to use, the pull down toolbar at the top of this phone lets you activate/deactivate the options suh as wifi internet and the vibrate or sound function which is very handy as you dont have to go into the settings option to change these things, all in all its a top class phonewith a mere problem of slightly bad battery life but a lot better than the iphone in my opinion.
I was happy with my old button phone as I only used it to phone and send text messages but when the opportunity came for me to get my husband?s old phone when his contract was renewed I jumped at the chance to get my first smart phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is my first smart phone and I wouldn?t go back to having just a mobile to make calls and text with anymore as I use my S3 for so much more now.
I especially love the big screen. It measures 4.8 inches and originally I thought it would be too big for me to use comfortably as I don?t have the biggest hands but after a few days of use I had mastered just where to hold the phone to still be able to use it one handed most of the time. The screen is my favourite part about the phone as it makes using it much more enjoyable. I can browse the internet, check facebook and even watch youtube videos and everything looks really crisp and sharp and it is so much more pleasurable even just reading my messages on a big screen as it means that I don?t have to constantly squint to see what has been written.
I can also put music on it and listen to it through the headphones instead of having to use my ipod if I want. I also use it to play games and I get these through the android store which is installed on the phone. I can just click on the icon and it takes me to the store where I can browse through all the most popular apps and then just decide what I want and it installs them straight to my phone. You do have to pay for some games and other apps but there are so many for free that I don?t often have to pay for something that I want. I have also installed the kindle app and I have it so that it syncs with my kindle so if I have a spare few minutes while waiting for the kids at school for example I can take my phone out and open the kindle app and it syncs to where I last read on my kindle and I can read for a few minutes. I wouldn?t read on the phone all the time but it is nice to be able to read a few pages of my book no matter where I am. All the apps download to my phone really quickly too especially when I am connected to the WIFI.
I thought using touchscreen would take some getting used to but it was so easy to use straight away and really smooth and I can type a message almost as quick as I could with my old button phone. Phone calls also come through the phone loud and clear and the call quality is better than my old phone.
I went for a phone which had many functions, so I can use it for both social and work. I had to pick a phone which could do many things such as handle email, call, text, sync calendar events etc. This phone does it all! I've had to install a few apps work related, like our live chat stuff, and it works a charm. I also have the functionality to set up a VPN, to dial into work, and access the LAN, from the comfort of my own home! The S3 seems big at first, but it's a comfortable size - it sits in your hand nicely, got a nice finish on the back, and the screen is high quality - perfect for remote desktop! I have had one issue, which I rectified quite quickly. I have 8 email accounts set up on this phone, majority for work, and sync the calendar between a few of the mailboxes. When it syncs, it manages to drink a lot of battery, so I had to simply configure the sync schedule. My phone now syncs to match when I'm not working, so it doesn't sync when I'm at my desk - thus saving battery. I have the perfect phone, which supports me and my job, and I couldn't suggest anything more. I've also got it updated to the latest android, which enables the phone to have many cool feaures, which the S4 has, minus the IR emitter to control the television ;). All in all, fantastic phone, and even when my contract is over, I'm going to keep it on PAYG.
Before i got this samsung s3, i had the iphone 4, which i loved but it was running way too slow for me as i had it for years! ive only had the samsung for 3 months and i love it! even when i use my partners iphone 4s, the screen is a lot smaller than the samsung! i find that the samsung has a lot more options and there are alot of shortcut icons which let you share pictures a lot easier within the social network!
The battery does last quite long as long as the phone has fully charged, the phone will also tell you when it is fully charged and tell you to unplug the phone!
camera quality is as good as the iphone and takes the picture twice as fast so you could take 2-3 for every 1 iphone picture!
another amazing thing is bluetooth and memory card so u can have as much memory as u want!
you can also just plug you phone into the computer/laptop and download/upload pictures and add music quickly...no syncing with itunes and waiting ages! this also means u can connect your phone to any pc and you wont risk losing all your stuff! In conclusion i wouldnt go back to iphone just for the simply fact that they are expensive for not much reason!!
I had this phone for awhile before I sold it to my dad. It did me proud! The overall feel of the phone was pretty great, it was light, not too big and the screen was an excellent quality.
The touch response from the screen didnt fail me once. It was extremely responsive and the quality from photos and videos was second to none. I also liked that the normal brightness of it was absolutely fine.
The interface of the phone is pretty good, I know my girlfriend for one didn't like it as she was too used to the iPhone, however I liked that you could swipe between different pages. I thought it was pretty simple and looked good aswell.
It's general processing quality probably isn't the quickest around, it's good and I never had any complaints, but I know my friend's Nexus was a tad quicker when changing from one app to another.
The pictures taken from the phone are pretty average, I don't think there is much in the way of a difference between photos on this phone and any other phone that is out at the moment.
Load up time is good, takes under a minute to fully shut down and open the phone back up again.
Overall it's a good phone, looks and feels good, easy to store in my pocket. It's processing quality can be argued to whether it is better than the iPhone. In my opinion it's just as good.
I got this phone as a present from my Dad in August 2013 (the blue one). This was an upgrade from a blackberry bold 9790, which as I mentioned in my previous review about it was a great phone, but the app store was a bit limited. I had used android phones before but I wasn't really sure what to expect because I had used only android 2.3 and now it is significantly more advanced.
The first thing I noticed was the curved body of the phone which means it sits in your hand very comfortably. The screen is 4.8 inches which is quite large coming from a blackberry so it took a while to get used to this phone. The screen is extremely bright and I really do like the Super Amoled display. Many experts claim that it is over saturated but in my humble opinion it is just fine. On the front of the device there are 2 touch sensitive buttons as well as the home button which is a regular button in the middle.
The battery is a removable 2100mah one which is a huge advantage so you can switch it out when you want to in order to have the best battery performance. Battery life is really good on this phone despite having quad core performance at your fingertips. I have managed to get by for about 3 days before; take into account that I do not keep mobile data on all the time, I only switch it on when I use the phone and I also used the phone for texting and a bit of YouTube. It takes about 2 hours to charge fully but in general it is suggested that you charge the battery from 40% to 80% rather than to 100% in order to maximise battery life; this is less of an issue with this phone since you can remove the battery.
The processor in this phone is a quad core 1.4GHz Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM. In 2012 when this phone was brand new these were amazing specs and to be honest these will be fine for most users providing you close apps that you are not using instead of letting them run in the background. The more processes in the background the more this will drain the battery.
The camera on this phone is 8mp and it is really very good, there really is no need for having a separate camera any more for the average user. The camera on the front is 1.3mp and can be used for skype.
The UI is android 4.1 Jelly bean which can be updated to 4.3 (although there are a few bugs and the phone seems to slow down a lot) and it has Samsung's touchwiz UI on top of this stock android experience. Many people find this to be laggy and slow but I find that it has some really user intuitive features such as the drop down menu when you can turn wifi on and off. There are a number of other options available for this drop down menu.
Overall, although this phone is a year and a bit old I still think it is an excellent phone. If you are concerned about it not being future proof you could buy the i9305 model which is the 4G LTE model.