Product Type: Samsung Smartphone
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Samsung GALAXY S III
Member Name: jasminetea
Samsung GALAXY S III
Advantages: Excellent camera and video, Excellent language input methods and choices, lots of online tips
Disadvantages: Fairly wide for comfort, frame is easily scratched.
I have had my Samsung Galaxy SIII for about five months now, and I am still as impressed with it as I was when I was first given it!! Price-wise, I am not in a place to comment on since I received it sim-free as a very special gift, and the buyer bought it in another country where it is sold a lot cheaper than in the UK anyway. Additionally, since I received it without the packaging, headphones and the mains charger (I'm still waiting for my dear "gifter" to post them to me), so I cannot not comment on any accessories that came with the phone, nor on the packaging.
USB, Battery & Size:
What I do have, however, is the usb cable, so I have been charging it via my laptop. I will start with one of the downsides, and that is the battery life, which can drain frustratingly quickly. I have never owned a smartphone before, and so I understand that their main function is the use of applications and the internet, however I always bring the usb cable with me so that I can charge up the phone while I'm at uni to make it last until the end of the day. Another thing to point out for others like me who have never used a smartphone before, is the width (roughly 7cm), which can make it uncomfortable to hold for lengthy periods on the phone (use a headset when calling customer services!).
I was apprehensive about using a touchscreen, since I had tried and failed to even dial numbers from friends' phones, but I find the keypad choices fun and usable. When writing text messages, for example, you can choose to "handwrite" with your finger ([Finger]Tip: join the letters up!), you can use the voice-to-text option, using predictive messaging you can "swipe" the letters (Very useful whilst walking!), or you can turn off predictive messaging and type as with a normal keypad. What I am really impressed with is that when you use some set phrases often, the following word automatically comes up for you to just quickly tap and select and continue typing!
The predictive messaging works wonderfully in Spanish and Arabic, and this is extremely useful for correcting my spelling! After selecting the input languages you with to use, you can switch quickly between your selected languages by just flicking the space bar. I use English, Spanish and sometimes a few words in Arabic, and you can use multiple languages in one text easily.
I would love to show you some of the amazing photos I have taken using this camera!! I've never agreed with phones functioning as "all-in-ones", because you compromise on quality, and being a lover of photography I would never give up on an actual camera. However, being a student strapped for cash, I don't have the means to buy a nice camera, and the camera of the Samsung Galaxy SIII actually beats an actual camera! The macro is excellent; I have taken a beautiful photograph of a bee where you can see all of its hairs! The video quality is even better than the camera! Honestly, it's very impressive for a phone!
There are many features that the phone has which I don't use, and to be honest, it's worth looking up on youtube, for example, about tips for the phone, or even pop into a Samsung shop, I'm sure they would be helpful. It's an Android phone, and there are many applications which you can download from either the Samsung store, or from Google Play. Because of the large screen size, it's good for reading documents, or books on the Kindle App.
The alarm clock is wonderful, and once you set an alarm, it even tells you how long you have until it goes off! I'm pleased by small things!
I would recommend getting a case for the phone, as well as a screen protector, and do ensure that it fits well in the shop before you buy it. I haven't got a case yet, and it does feel fragile when using it in the rain, as there are a few gaps on the top edge where rain water could enter. Also, the blue paint on sides of the phone is easily scratched if you drop it, and I don't think that part can be replaced; when scarred - scarred for life, unfortunately for me.
I think a lot of thought has gone into this phone, and it offers a lot more features than I can put to use, or know how to use! It is overwhelming to step from a black and white, only text and ring-type phone, to this beautiful, elegant model, but well worth it!
Summary: An elegant phone, well worth getting!!