Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB
Member Name: catrocks03
Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB
Advantages: More then enough apps to keep you occupied, fun, nice looking phone
Disadvantages: expensive if pay as you go, may be a bit large for some.
I've had this phone for a couple of weeks now so truth be told I'm probably still a little bit in the love affair/new toy stage with it.
I must admit I didnt thoroughly research on getting a new phone, if anything it was a bit of an impulse buy. I didn't think I'd be accepted for the credit check to get a contract phone and if I did the £17 per month with no upfront fee I was being offered was very doable.
I didn't have many requirements, I would prefer a camera, I wanted it to look ok and I wanted apps- that was a biggy as much as I loved my current phone it didnt have apps!
I did actually order the white version, for some reason I recieved the blue one but this looks fine too.
Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity
EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHZ)
HSPA+21 (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100)
Bluetooth Profile v4.0
DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support
KIES, KIES Air support
Android 4.0 (ICS)
720 x 1280 (HD)
70.6 x 136.6 x 8.6mm
3G: 7hrs / WiFi: 8hrs
I was suprised by just how big this phone was once I recieved it. Its almost the height of my whole hand and I have pretty long fingers. This hasnt become an issue to me as my phone goes in my handbag.
Its touch screen so just one massive screen with a small border around it. There is the samsung logo at the top along with a discreet camera & speaker.
The bottom has a central push button with two touch buttons- they light up when you touch one of them.
=Ease of use=
I have to admit this phone is pretty complicated in comparison to my old phone. I'm not one to read instructions so I've just got on with it. My friend has a similar phone so she should be a few tricks, most of which I've already forgotten! The phone does actually flash up with "helpful tips" every now and again. I found these useful considering I'd decided not to bother with instructions!
I'm getting more used to it the more I use it.
I sometimes mess up a bit on the touch screen, maybe my fingers are too big but im a girl so I dont have abnormally large fingers!
=Features of the phone=
The camera is fairly decent as far as mobile phone cameras go. I've uploaded a few photos I've taken onto facebook and on a bigger screen they still seem fairly clear. It wouldnt be the perfect camera for capturing toddlers or animals though- 90% of the photos I've taken of my toddler on this phone have turned out to be blurry.
Texting is pretty straight forward. My favourite feature of texting is that it guesses the word you're going to use- theres a few options underneath. Many times you type a few letters and you can complete the word by just tapping below. It can predict from the letters you are writing but sometimes it can also complete common phrases aswell so will guess your next word before you've even typed it. It also seems to have a memory of what youve type aswell- I end all my texts with an "xox" so if i type x the xox is the first suggestion. Many times ive also ended with a ":) xox" so after a smiley face xox is the first suggestion too.
There really is enough apps on there to keep you occupied for ages. I've downloaded a few random games, whatsapp (free messaging service, I love it) and a few apps to amuse my toddler (have come in handy a few times) but there are many more out there and 16GB is a good size to have them. Apps can cost money but there are many decent free ones out there too. I finally got to have a go at playing 4 pics 1 word too- shame that craze is over now (everyones all about candy crush saga these days it seems!)
I wont go too into the apps as they're a different thing entirely from the phone.
I found this quite interesting- the charger i got is two part- the lead that goes into it is a usb therefore can be taken out of the plug and put into the computer- allowing you to transfer files. Plugging it into your computer also charges it which can be handy if you're short of plugs!
My last phones battery is actually amazing and will last for days but I only use it for texting & facebook. This phone I often play games on it periodically throughout the day aswell as text on it and the occasional phone call. I do have to charge it every day generally, occasionally I get a day and a half before needing to charge. However considering I use it more and for more this is no suprise.
It does also take a while to charge, I'd reccomend doing it overnight.
I got a contract phone and am paying £17 a month- the price per month would vary on what deal you got. Many of the current contracts are 24 months.
For the purpose of this review I did a little search on how much you'd be forking out for pay as you go- it seems you won't get away with much less than £290.
Generally a contract phone works out cheaper in the long run (use a calculator to work it out). Not to mention theres no upfront fees.
Id definitly reccomend the phone.
Summary: I love my new phone :)
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