Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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not a technical review
Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB
Member Name: Clareh83
Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB
Advantages: camera, email, sat nav, photoshop,internet browser
Disadvantages: price if buying outright
Now I could very easily write a technical review on this phone but for one if you want to know the specifics you can find them on any phone website and two let's face it half of us don't even understand the tech speak anyway do we I would simply be copying facts I don't understand so I'm going to write my review based on how I use my phone I hope you find it useful.
Let me start off by saying for years I had been loyal to sony ericcson phones until I got the xperia which was such a terrible phone I couldn't face keeping it for two years so I purchased galaxy s3 from a friend and let me tell you it is by far the best phone I have ever had.
The phone is bigger than others I have had in the past few years but is also lighter and fits nicely in the palm of my hand it is very shiny though so I recommend a good cover stop it slipping from your hand. The screen is clear and colours bright. I found it was quite easy to make the swap from sony to samsung the menus are clear and easy to operate calls are clear and you have speaker phone option for those hands free moments. Text messaging is sometimes an issue I text fast and often words come out totally different due to auto correct so you need to watch what is coming up on screen. I also discovered the other day that text and photo messages were disappearing you don't get paper manuals explaining every last detail these days so it was up to me to figure it out I found that the default settings for messages was set to delete after so many so a quick untick of a box fixed that problem I've never known any other phone do that so its something to look out for if you don't want to loose important texts.
The picture options on this phone are outstanding the quality is brilliant and the best feature by far especially for me as a new parent is the ability to take pictures whilst filming video so the pictures are instant no waiting for a flash which often means you have missed that special moment I have been able to take some brilliant pictures of my new baby in this way. You just need to make sure if your just videoing for that purpose you delete video after as they take up lots of room. The phone does have 16gb of memory but it won't last long if your constantly videoing you do however have the option to add a micro sd card and expand the memory in this way if you want. Once you have taken pictures they are easily viewed in order in the gallery. If you download snapfish app from the google play store you are able to upload your photos straight from your phone to snapfish account where you can get them printed without having to mess around with a computer cable.
Google play store is on this phone allowing you to download apps some for free others are chareable you will need a google account which holds your payment detsils to do this you set this up through the playstore and once its done it easy to download what you like. Ebay is one app I use a lot this phone is great for keeping track of auctions and placing bids on the go. It also allows you to view ebay in mobile view and classic view you will know if you are a regular ebay user this is handy as some things you are not able to do in mobile view and would normally mean a computer would need turning on to sort. The phone has wifi connectivity aswell as 3g 4g so if your at home and have wireless internet I suggest you link to that instead of your 3g save that usage for when your out.
Another useful feature of this phone is in built in gps allowing you to use it as a sat nav aswell as a phone on sat nav options you have walking aswell as well as driving instructions which is useful for if your in a town centre you don't know and want to find a shop you simply type the shop name into the google searchon your home screen click get directions and away you go you have the option of just directions or navigation. When it comes to driving instructions it will also highlight problem areas so you can avoid them. If you are into walking you can also download mapmy apps and they will track your routes and let you know how far you have walked how long it has taken, your average speed and calories burnt which I find motivational you can also take pictures as you walk which show up on map.
Browsing the internet is quick and easy with this phone and as with ebay it allows you to view websites in mobile and classic versions. Picking up your emails on the go is also available through apps linked to your email provider.
If you like to watch tv and movies you are ableto through apps such as netflix and iplayer so you can lie in bed and relax with a film if you would like or if you are more of a reader you can download the kindle app and use your phone as a book
Battery life is good I feel I use my phone a lot and where others would need charging half way through the day this one lasts all day I always charge my phones of a night as you never know when you will need it but the battery has never been fully drained. I fully recommend this phone to anyone upgrading or looking for a new handset. It of course has bluetooth allowing you to share pictures with friends and does what I would consider the basics now allows you to set contact pictures , ringtones , screen saver and wallpaper pictures.
The phone is around the 400 pound mark to buy but I think for all the features you are getting it is brilliant and if your upgrading you could get it for free I 100% recommend this phone to everyone. I hopeyou found thisuseful and a bit of an insight into the things you can get out of this phone without the technical bits.
Summary: its not just a phone its a way of life