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5.0 out of 5 stars Samsung you have made a masterpiece!, July 2, 2012
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB - Factory Unlocked International Version Blue- NO WARRANTY (Electronics)
I was a previous iPhone user, until I switched from the 4 to a Galaxy S2, and I loved it, but there were alot of things wrong with the S2, Samsung has listened to user feedback and used their experience to make this 4.8 inch masterpiece. Why do I love this phone so much?

1) Performance - Scrolling is buttery smooth, gaming is buttery smooth, even throwing NOVA 3 at it will not phase that quad-core Exynos 4212 and the improved Mali-400 beast (oh I mean chip) inside this phone. It blows the Tegra 3 and the Snapdragon S4 clean out of the water, sorry One X owners.

2) Audio - The S2 has okay audio quality, it's Yamaha chip was fine for...most people, however it was a bit disappointing compared to even the iPhone's sound quality, so I always used software decoding for listening to music. The S3 has seen Samsung's return to the Wolfson audio chip, and it is absolutely stunning especially with the new SoundAlive system which allows Bass Boosting, Clarity, and Virtualization out of the box.

3) Camera - The S2's camera was good, the S3's camera is even better. It may be a 'measly' 8MP, but Samsung has played around with the software in order to create a camera with zero shutter lag, a definite plus. Now it can take great looking photos, quickly.

4) Battery Life - The GS2 has a notoriously horrible battery life, it was basically essential to root and install custom ROMs because of the battery life. The GS2 had a 1650 mAh battery, the S3 has a 2100 mAh battery. It may have even more power than the S2 but the battery life is definitely improved, I just watched over 2 hours straight of 720p video and the battery meerely went from 85% to 70%. If this was my GS2 it would have gone from 85% to 60 or even lower. Battery life while using data has also been improved, an hour of internet browsing hit my battery only 10% rather than the 20 or 30 that would have been seen on the S2

5) The feel - The S2 was made out of plastic, very light plastic that felt cheap. Of course I know better than to judge how "cheap" a phone is by lightness, but many other reviewers hated it for this very reason. Samsung answered by making the S3 out of poly-carbonate, the same material as a One X. As a result, it feels solid and light in my hand, amazingly it managed to be 5g heavier than the One X while feeling so much lighter.

6) The "new" TouchWiz - I know TouchWiz has had alot, I mean alot of hate over the years. I hated TW3 myself, and didn't enjoy the orignal TW4, only enjoying it's lock screen. The new Touchwiz shipped out with this phone that has a nature feel to it feels great. The ripple effect on the unlock is very enjoyable and I enjoy the Galaxy Nexus inspired app drawer. As a plus I am so grateful to Samsung for removing the horrible Social and Media Hubs.

Of course however...in everything there are things you don't like, and this is no different. The HD Super Amoled screen is great, but, I really wish that for this phone they would have created the Plus version. The Pentile matrix is just inferior to the RBG RBG layout. The ppi is high enough however to stop the picture from being blurry, so its just a nitpik. The things like SmartStay and S-Voice are frankly gimmicks though, and while they seem to have potential they don't really...work. Frankly Iris is better than S-Voice.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2012 4:38:16 AM PDT
biggvsdiccvs says:
Thanks for a detailed review! Could you elaborate on the software decoding? I recently got a Samsung Exhibit ii 4g, and the audio is just horrible (for music), at least with the stock player. I didn't expect much, but it would be nice to be able to listen to music on it. Do you happen to know which audio chip the Exhibit II has, and if there is an easy way to improve it on this phone, and can the Galaxy S2 or S3 double as a music player?

I basically got the Exhibit because it wasn't too big & ugly like most new Android devices. But I'm not too thrilled with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 11:02:37 AM PDT
RockBoy says:
For 3D games, correct, however, for every other S4 is better and blows the quad out of the water.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 8, 2012 12:07:24 AM PDT
I. karim says:
bigger is better

Posted on Jul 16, 2012 11:20:49 AM PDT
Vikas Gupta says:
Which seller did you use to buy it from?

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 10:55:42 AM PDT
Vikas Gupta says:
What Seller did you buy it from?Does it come brand new factory unlocked without any carrier specific software? I got mine with Deutch Telekom softwares, so wanted to check if it is common with all... What is the country of manufacturer and what is the warranty terms?

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 7:37:39 AM PDT
C. Johnson says:
few questions

1.) How does the default android email app work? I have the first Galaxy S, and the default email app absolutely sucks. It takes days for me to even get emails through that program, and its quicker to just go to the web and get my mail from there.

2.) Also, my Galaxy S has a habit of just turning off by itself even with full battery life, very annoying and frustrating. I had to install a 3rd party app called Keep Alive in order to keep the phone from turning off, but it drains battery life. Do you have this issue with the SIII?

3.) My Galaxy S will sometimes freeze for no reason and will take any where from a few seconds to nearly a minute to unfreeze. Do you have any issues with freezing?

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 8:18:12 AM PDT
Zeeshan Syed says:
Will it work on TMOBILE network?

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 12:14:24 PM PDT
MacKen says:
Does this have a front face camera?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2012 7:17:02 AM PDT
biggvsdiccvs says:
Yes, it does have a front camera

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 3:57:43 AM PDT
Ana says:
Does this version have a FM radio??
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