116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Phone! Truly Flagship
First of all, I'd like to thank Amazon because they, for some miraculous reason, sold me this phone brand new for $317. How, I don't know, considering retail on Virgin's website is $399. The point I'm trying to get across is if Amazon drops the price of this phone substantially, believe that it is no scam. It's just flat-out generosity.
Now, on to the...
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in some ways. Not so much in others.
First, I noticed that Amazon was selling this phone for the same price as Virgin Mobile on their web site. At the time of my purchase (which I believe has changed or soon will), I saved the cost of sales tax by purchasing it here. However, in the end, it cost me more because Virgin Mobile's $70 bonus for new subscribers only applies if you purchase the phone directly from...
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Phone! Truly Flagship,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)First of all, I'd like to thank Amazon because they, for some miraculous reason, sold me this phone brand new for $317. How, I don't know, considering retail on Virgin's website is $399. The point I'm trying to get across is if Amazon drops the price of this phone substantially, believe that it is no scam. It's just flat-out generosity.
Now, on to the phone.
Even though I had large savings on this device, it is well worth it even if you pay full price. I came from an HTC Evo 3D which I thought was a fantastic, capable device, but there truly is a difference between a flagship and non-flagship. The Evo had great specs, despite being non-flagship, both on paper and performance-wise, and on a scale of 1 to 10, I would gladly put it at an 8.5 or 9. However, this Galaxy is a 12 on that same scale. It really stands out as a true flagship because of its performance and build quality. This phone is plastic vs. the Evo's half metal/half rubberized plastic build but I still appreciate the Galaxy's build quality more. The phrase, "you get what you pay for" could never be more true than here. This phone is unparalleled on the Virgin selection, as of the time of this review. I can only see it bested by the Galaxy S4 or Note 2, but surprisingly, not by much. Plus, let's remember this is a no-contract device on a $35/month plan. Unbeatable.
This Galaxy is not the Galaxy S3 i9300 version (international quad-core 1.4GHz version, 1GB RAM). This is the US version (dual core 1.5GHz version, 2GB RAM). I haven't had the international version so I can't make a comparison, but I can say that this processor is extremely capable, unsurprisingly. You will not notice lag, even if you intentionally open a lot of apps to test its performance. Everything, including all transitions, are smooth 99% of the time, which is pleasant to the eye and makes it a competitor with iPhone's fluidity when it comes to operating systems. The processor will easily handle all games on the market, photo editing apps, etc. It will handle anything the hardcore or simple user will demnd because this phone was made to multi-task, hence, the multi-window feature, a feature you'll have to explore when you purchase this phone. I think the processor helps a lot with the internet as well. I put my Evo and Galaxy on 3G and tested the speeds in loading videos and webpages. On the same 3G network, the Galaxy bested the Evo significantly every time. Bottom Line: Fully capable, fast processor.
What can I say? It has an 8MP sensor and acts as such. I can't make comparisons because this is the first phone I've had with an 8MP camera, but I can say that from 5MP on the Evo to 8MP on the Galaxy, there is a big clarity difference. Obviously the Galaxy's camera would be better, but I've always thought the Evo had a great camera for only being 5MP. Still though, the Galaxy's 8MP does the job. Very nice, crisp, clear pictures, good low-light performance, vibrant colors. First phone that has truly allowed me to leave my point-and-shoot at home. Favorite feature (even though there are tons of awesome features, such as Burst Shot & Panorama): Zero shutter lag. The camera is so fast!
Like I said before, no problems. Run Asphalt or some other heavy game and it'll perform well. P.s. Graphics look fantastic. 306 ppi screen is quite impressive.
Okay, important topic here to many users. From my Evo to this Galaxy, the battery life of this Galaxy is far superior. However, I know that some others may not find this battery that great if they compare it to other devices with better batteries or simply because they are heavy users and the Galaxy barely lasts a day with them. However, for me, the average user (I chat on Messenger almost all day, so internet is always on, the occasional texting and picture taking, sometimes need GPS Navigation, occasional web search) I found the battery to be just fine. It lasted me all day, plus, it actually charges pretty quickly. And this while I had a live wallpaper. This battery should be fine for almost all average users, but if not, invest in a slim extended battery. No big deal.
No problems whatsoever with texting or calling, I always seem to have a signal and 3G service that isn't drastically slow. The 3G is fine, but I'm still excited for 4GLTE coming to my city this year. The call quality was great, there's a feature that amplifies the voice volume. Other people were clear to me, and I was clear to them. No issues.
You get approximately 11GB usable internal memory out of the 16GB capacity. Fine with me. Evo only gave me 1GB usable space out of the 4GB capacity.
TouchWiz didn't bother me. I actually like it and all the transitions, better than HTC Sense. But that's a personal preference issue.
So I think I've covered all the essentials people need to know to decide if they should buy the phone. The price, undiscounted, is high, yes, but personally I find the investment well worth it. It'll keep a user satisfied for 1 to 2 years until the Galaxy 7 or whatever comes out. If you need more info on the device, I suggest searching the internet since this is a popular device. Many reviews out there.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended phone and service provider,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)So since this ad listing is for the Galaxy S3 on Virgin Mobile, I am going to rate the phone and the provider. I moved to Virgin from Verizon, tired of paying $$$$ for data, messaging, and minutes (which I hardly use). The $35 plan with Virgin is great, 300 minutes (more than enough for me) with unlimited data and messaging. I was skeptical at first, but now I am a believer. Since Virgin uses the Sprint towers, I get reception in all the same places my Verizon phone would, granted I don't have 4G in the same spots, but I hardly used 4G before because it killed my battery life. If you're thinking of switching to Virgin, I say give it a shot.
On to the phone, the Galaxy S3. Awesome. I upgraded from an HTC Rezound which was a great phone when released, but it started showing its age. Granted the S3 was released some time ago as well, and the new S4 is available, but not on Virgin. For my uses and purposes, the S3 works well. The AMOLED screen is vibrant and crisp, the speaker is great, the phone feels solid (for plastic), and the battery life is decent enough. I can get about 16 hours of heavy use out of it before it dies (messaging, internet, streaming, gaming, etc). If I don't use the phone much during the day, the battery last all day, and then some. The Virgin model comes with a lot of unneeded apps which can't be deleted, but that is to be expected. That said, the "bloat ware" was much less than what Verizon forces on their customers. I haven't encountered any glaring issues with the phone, but will update if I do. So far, 5 stars for Virgin and the Galaxy S3.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samung Galaxy S3,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)The Galaxy S3 is awesome. No complaints whatsoever.
A little background: I got my very first smart phone last fall, which was the Kyocera Rise, through Virgin Mobile. It was a great change from the LG nV2 I had before that. During my childhood the rotary phones in people's homes were still leased from AT&T and no one had a computer in their house. After resisting for so long to get a smart phone I got that Kyocera last year. It was great at first, but I learned to do much more with it than just check my gmail and use the web browser. And so the Kyocera got slower and slower... and that's when I decided to get something better.
The Galaxy S3 is the best phone I have used. Compared to rotaries, payphones, and the Kyocera Rise, it's the best. Call quality is excellent. It's fast. No lag at all. I used to wait up to a minute for the Phone keypad to show up on the Kyocera, which was irritating because I'd assume the ability to call people would be the most important feature of the phone... But after loading all my applications onto the Galaxy S3, I still had no lag, everything was fast.
Display: The display is amazing. You cannot see any pixels. It's bright, there's really no glare. I've read reviews that say the screen is dull or dark. I didn't see that at all. Maybe they turned on the auto-brightness. Even in bright sun, I can still read the screen just fine. Also, having a 4.8" display is great.
Speed: The speed is incredible. The GUI is fast, and as I mentioned many times, no lag. You touch a control on the screen, and something happens immediately.
Calling: Call quality is great.
Size: It has a huge screen, but its light. It's much lighter than the Kyocera. As a person who always preferred the heavy handsets of the old phones, having a larger cell phone feels more appropriate to talk on. It's a strange preference, but I find it easier to talk on something where the speaker and microphone are actually near my ear and mouth.
Battery: battery life is fine. its comparable to the Kyocera. I notice the worst battery drain at work where I barely have a signal, so its always burning power to boost the radio. But I have a charger there, so who cares.
Camera: It's great. Better than the first digital camera I had. It won't replace the DSLR, but it does replace a point-and-shoot camera when going places with the kids. The panorama, HDR, and other features are great. Plus its fast. Did I mention the Kyocera was SLOW. I'd often wait so long for the camera app to load that what I wanted to take a picture of had changed. Colors are vibrant too.
Network: We don't have 4G LTE is my area yet, so I'm stuck with 3G and wifi, but they work fine for me until Sprint rolls out the LTE here.
Overall: It's excellent. Seeing that the S4 is only a marginal improvement in hardware specs over the S3, I feel confident that the S3 will not become outdated for a while. I'd absolutely recommend it. I was also able to get it on sale for $319. I noticed that Virgin Mobile has random 1-day sales on the S3 on their site, and thankfully Amazon mimics those sales.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great in some ways. Not so much in others.,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)First, I noticed that Amazon was selling this phone for the same price as Virgin Mobile on their web site. At the time of my purchase (which I believe has changed or soon will), I saved the cost of sales tax by purchasing it here. However, in the end, it cost me more because Virgin Mobile's $70 bonus for new subscribers only applies if you purchase the phone directly from them :(
For the most part, I like the phone. Android is smooth and runs well on its hardware. It's a huge step up from my LG Optimus V, in almost every conceivable way. The resolution of the 720p display is more than adequate. I really wonder if a 1080p display is just overkill (I did try out a HTC One briefly although I didn't compare them side by side). That said, the display is one of the phone weaknesses. By default (in auto), it's generally too dim. Worse, it's more or less completely unviewable in direct sunlight. It literally appears almost black. In the shade of tree cover or in a car, it's fine. I wouldn't consider this a deal breaker however, since I'm not certain any phone performs particularly well in direct sunlight (maybe the iPhone?).
I've read many reviews comparing the S3 and S4 with the HTC One. Almost every reviewer praises the build quality of the HTC One while bashing the Samsungs. If this is weighing heavily on your decision when comparing these phones, I'd recommend that you watch some of the videos showing a tear down of the HTC One. I'll summarize it for you. Any kind of user repair of the HTC One (such as broken glass or battery replacement) is impossible. With the S3 the opposite is true. IMO, the build quality criticisms are grossly overstated. True, the S3 is made of plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap to me at all.
I've used the S3 as a GPS using the app, Oruxmaps, and it works wonderfully. The GPS appears to be accurate when I compare my recorded tracks with the routes that I used when planning my hikes. If I put the phone in airplane mode while on my hikes (I'm outside of cell range anyway), I've had no issues with the battery lasting the entire day with the GPS tracking my every step.
The most significant complaint that I have with the S3 is its camera. In a word, it stinks. It might take decent shots when your subject is bathed in abundant direct sunlight, but it yields terribly blurred photos otherwise. On my hiking trips, I've used the camera to record photo waypoints of camping sites, etc. In general, these photos lack anything like the detail you'd expect from an 8M camera, given they were photographed in the middle of a sunny day (but under the canopy of the forest).
Because of the camera, if there was a better phone option for Virgin Mobile, I might be returning this phone. If you can overlook this weakness, you'll likely be very happy with the S3.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great phone for the price I LOVE IT!,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)This phone is the best investment for a prepaid phone! I have had many of crappy Androids with old systems and old query slide keyboards in my time. This is the Mother ship of great investments! I pay $45 a month for unlimited texts and 300ish minuets. I use my WIFI connection mostly when I am at home and get to enjoy my radio/music apps when I am at work.
This phone doses it all. I have opened over 30+ applications at the same time and it still ran like a champ. Now mind you I have a 16 GB micro SD card within this phone so it runs a tad bit faster than everything. But I am a serious gamer when it comes to apps between my racing games, candy crush, fashion story, the Sims, e-mail, music and YouTube this phone can handle it all!
Super-fast, slim, pretty, and well worth the money. I hear a lot of people complain with the battery power. Here are my tips in order to handle that. I let my battery drain till it’s almost at 1-10% battery left and then charge it. I fully charge it until it’s at 100% guaranteeing me good usage for most of the day. If I uses this constantly for YouTube or Music all day expect your battery to drain faster than normal. I dim the brightness whenever I can in order to save my eyes from frying and save power. I turn off the GPS capability unless I need to use my Google maps or navigation. I use my WIFI connection whenever I can. I make sure the lock screen comes on within 15 seconds of not touching the phone and turn off some system options in order to save the battery.
I have purchased a case and a screen protector so the phone is mint highly reccomend doing this. I also carry around with me the included USB charger cable to charge my phone just in case I need to. It uses a standard android charger. The box that I received is the typical Virgin Mobile box, comes with a phone, usb charger, electricity plug, and instructions. I did not see a 2GB micro SD card so make sure you get one or a higher GB card if you a gamer/music nerd like I am.
Make sure you register and turn on/activate the service on your phone before you start downloading and registering your phone for everything. I made the mistake of starting games on my apps and then got my service activated had to restart and reset the phone and lost everything. Great gift for anyone or for yourself! Hope this review helps you out! I truly enjoy this phone =)
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Phone, Great LTE Coverage From Virgin Mobile,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)Pros: Very fast and easy to use interface, screen is vivid and crisp. Call quality is above average. Rarely an issue that requires a restart. Lightweight, slim profile. The speaker sounds great. Apps load quickly.
Cons: You have to manage resources to get all day battery life, there are no music controls from the lock screen, the 8mp camera takes average pictures (HTC One V was better), the flash is bright white (very little warmth). Shutter sounds are surprisingly/unnecessarily loud (I get the law requires sound to be mandatory but not at a 9/10, HTC One V was at a 5/10).
No hotspot yet, but VM said they would implement it soon. You will not be disappointed with this phone, it's a true smartphone in every sense of the word. Just needs a bit more refining.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word....Spectacular!,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)My upgrade path on Virgin has been as follows:
Samsung Intercept : I think this is one that i only had briefly and returned with the rumors of the LG Optimus V coming out.
LG Optimus V: Solid Phone but small screen. Great battery life.
LG Optimus Elite: Fantastic value for an android phone. I was grandfathered on the $25 a month plan so I held on to this one for a while.
Now for my Samsung Galaxy S3: Spectacular screen. Smooth screen transitions. Average battery life. LTE performance is great now that sprints Network Vision is rolling out (great time to "get in"). Camera is very good (much better than my Optimus Elite) but probably not as good as Iphone 5. Phone is a bit slippery and this is a bit tough for me since i prefer my phones "naked". I'll just have to deal though and hope the gorilla glass screen will give me adequate protection in case I get a bout of the dropsies. Wifi performance is good. It is noticeably faster surfing web pages vs my optimus elite. Not sure if it is speed increase over wifi, or just that the phone can render so much faster.
I have absolutely NO regrets for buying. I have only had it for a few days, but I am glad I chose this over the much more expensive Iphone 5 through virgin. Even if they were the same price, I would have still taken the S3 based on screen size and configurability over iOS. Apple makes a great phone, I just prefer to customize and make my phone "my own".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Phone,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I love this phone. And the Virgin Mobile no contract plan is incredible. I was using a Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T, but this phone is nicer and costs me about half the price. I'm so glad to be out of my AT&T contract and I use the features of my new SIII without having to worry about my cell phone billl breaking my bank account.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best phone on Virgin Mobile. Hands Down.,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)I purchased the S3 not long after it was released on VM, and should have written a review sooner. I'm not going to write detailed review of all the pros & cons as that has been done, but this is by far the best & smoothest running smartphone I have ever owned, and at the present time the best phone on VM, by far Sorry Apple fans, even though VM has the IPhone 5S, this phone beats it by a mile, and also has expandable memory as well as a removable battery, 2 things which Apple refuses to include on any of their phones, even though they have been standard on most other smartphones for years. This is apparently because they have not figured out a good way to increase profits by including them(without seeming too obvious i.e. their lightning cable). I won't ever buy another Apple product again anyway. The manipulative way they conduct business, and the methods they use, in an attempt to control & profit over as much of the entire ownership period as possible, seems as though it should be more apparent to a larger number of people. I digress though.
The S3 very rarely, if ever acts "buggy" like all of my past phones have on a fairly regular basis. It is very intuitive to use on a basic level, which will be fine for most people. But, there are also so many other useful features that you should explore. I've had the phone for about 5 months already, and I still discover useful tools all the time. I'm just hoping the S4 comes to Virgin Mobile relatively soon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In love with this phone!,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S III (Virgin Mobile) (Wireless Phone Accessory)Oh my GOSH! I have been eyeballing this phone for about six months and at one point I did buy it from Virgin Mobile but I returned it. I am SO SO SO glad I purchased it for good this time, and the Black Friday week deal just made it that much more sweet a purchase!
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