Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung GALAXY S III
Member Name: MsTricia
Samsung GALAXY S III
Date: 22/06/12, updated on 23/06/12 (91 review reads)
Advantages: good camera, easy to use, very efficient,
Disadvantages: poor poor battery life and screen clarity in the sun
I am not a whizz on all technological stuff so I am going to try and keep this review basic for everyone to understand and grasp the main features about this phone! It costs around £499.95 for handset alone with 16Gb Memory but i got mine free on upgrade from 02 (go to independent retailer like carphone warehouse or phones 4 U as they are much cheaper than buying direct fromnnetwork provider!)
So what does it do???
In essence it's an amazing smartphone. An upgrade in design and specs on the previous Samsung Galazy S II it comes in a bigger screen, with a a 4.8" screen. In comparison, the size of my entire iPhone 4 fits the size of this screen alone. It is not too big it seems like a tablet (the Samsung Galaxy Note is a bigger version of this and really does feel huge!) but the screen is amazing size for watching videos and youtube with ease and amazing clarity and quality! I have watched a few shows on this phone when lazing in bed (oh yes I have my lazy days when even the remote to turn on the tv is too far away!) and I have found the pristine crispness of the motion pictures astounding and far superior to that of the iPhone! It is super slim, sleek and streamlined so looks and feels quite professional!
Navigating around the phone is easy and similar to most other other smartphones with a home screen,and apps located on different pages which one swish of the finger across the screen will introduce the user to all the different applications and functions. Google is always on the home page for quick searches and so is calls, messages, internet and camera but this can be customised to everyone's personal preference.
Running on Android, the apps are pretty much similar to those on apple which I am amazingly happy about as can do everything I did before but on a much better and faster phone! I won't bore you with a list of apps as we all know the basic principle, but I haven't found prices to be dramatically higher than those on apple so I'm still a happy bunny and there are tons of good free ones to get!
The key advertising point for this phone is the slogan "designed for humans"...(so why would it be designed for monkeys??) but anyway I am assuming this is to do with the highly efficient and articulate personal assistant. By double pressing the central button and saying seductively "hi galaxy" my sexy phone pops up and answers any questions I want to know and does any action! For example, If I say, Text Tanya, Message where are you? It will send Tanya in my contact list a text message with the message "where are you?" which I find super duper handy! Being the lazy human being I (sometimes!) am this is ideal for times when I am writing a message so long I can't be bothered to type it! Aksing her the weather for the area, or my local tesco opening hours she has fulfilled these tasks better than I would expect my self to! I never had Siri on my iPhone in fairness, so I can't compare but nevertheless this feature alone makes this phone worth her price!
Another amazing feature I love is the navigation system. The in-built Sat Nav makes my Tom Tom obsolete! I recently was getting my Aunt from Paddington station and all I had to say when opening the app was the destination "Paddington Station" and it comes up with a completely accurate map and detailed description e.g. "turn left onto Grosvenor Road for 0.3 miles". I honestly wouldn't have known how to get there without it! So much easier to understand visually and the audio description than my Tom Tom I couldn't ask for much more!
The phone also has an amazing Picture-in-picture technology. With my iphone if I listened/watched a video on youtube and I received a message it would interrupt and I would have to cease watching this video and enter the app to read the message separately. With my lovely galaxy it lets me watch a video in another window while sending an email or text simultaneously. By dragging the message to where I want it on the screen, I am able to do 2 at once! Result!
Another point I love is the ease of sorting music on my phone. Downloading Samsung Kies (like iTunes for apple iPhones) on my Mac I can easily transfer music/videos onto my phone within minutes. As with all new applications it takes a while to download and install but the overal process of putting files onto the phone is super quick and much more efficient that whenever I would have to sync my phone with iTunes in the past. Listening to music is easy, just access the music hub where music is stored and the sound is clear.
Connecting to wifi is easy peasy, and with my 3g Internet it is super fast, but of course this will depend on the network provider for the phone. 8 Mega Pixel camera is so clear and beautiful for my taking pictures of random times and activities which I enjoy!
Making calls and texts is easy enough to do. Same to any phone, just type it in, or use the personal assistant to tell the phone who to call or text! Sound quality is also perfect, I have not had any issues with hearing the other person, nor have they had issues with hearing me!
Any downsides to the phone??
Oh yes! As with everything, this phone is nowhere near perfect. Battery life in particular is absolutely awful! First time I used it, I left it overnight to charge 100% as my sister recommended (FYI this is not stated in the mini manual the phone comes with, or by any of the sales persons in the Phones 4 U shop!) and the next day off I went playing away with it. I am a heavy user of the internet on my handset (I blame you DooYoo for this!) and battery life within perhaps 4 or 5 hours is practically non-existent. Charging it is also a nightmare. I came home from work when it was 5% and it took an hour and a half to charge it up to 80%. Not even 100%!! Honestly, for such a smartphone you wouldn't think it would take so long! With this grudge, charging it with other smartphone chargers e.g Blackberry or HTC seems even slower so I advise to use the Samsung one it came with in the box as much as possible.
Also, whilst I appreciate it is lightweight and nifty, the phone feels slightly flimsy for me! I have already dropped it (a strongly emotional time for me! It was on pavement and everything!) as it's so darn slippery and light to glide through my nimble fingers and the back flew off and the battery and this was it in a case I had purchased the same day from Phones 4 U! So much for protection....
Also, the downside of a touchscreen is the speed in which the screen picks up dirt :( I am contantly trying to wipe away finger marks which make it lok constantly grubby and I have only had it a week! Alongside the screen issues are that it isn't clear black meaning in sunlight I do have to shafe this phone away from sunlight and squint my eyes at an annoying angle to see what on earth the screen is trying to explain to me...
Lastly I can't seem to figure out how to set an alarm! How annoying! If I set an event in my calendar it seems to ring bright and and early to remind me I am having lunch with Esther. However when I set an alarm for work it made no noise whatsoever! Luckily I told my boyfriend to set his alarm so we weren't late for work! Phew!
Any last points????
It comes in Pebble blue and Marble White. With most phones the white is meant to be the exclusive colour, but Samsung released it first so the Blue is now the "cool" version. Under this advice from the sales assistant at Phones 4 U I was lured into getting the blue to seem super cool, but I bought a white case in any event so I can look like I have both!
It is an amazing superphone, and I definitely do not regret changing from an iPhone and I used to swear that phone was the best thing since sliced bread. I am sure over time I will pick up using this phone as I am still a newbie, but in any event I would definitely recommend it and I already love using it!
Summary: A super phone, but I am sure they will bring out an even better one soon!