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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2013
I had this phone for under a year, and it worked fine, had a great UI, and serious power. I had nothing more than a few battery issues (I was lucky to get 5 hours with moderate usage), and one day the antennas inside MELTED. I had no idea what to do, as it wouldn't connect to any cell or wifi service, so I sent it back. A few days later I checked and the status was "SOLUTION: BER" (Beyond Economic Repair). They claimed that it had "excessive burning due to liquid damages," the liquid damages were from the melted antenna that their phone created. I called and the customer service was very unhelpful, albeit somewhat rude. I couldn't believe that I had spent $200 on a phone only to have the producer screw me over. I will now proceed to get an HTC, and never will I have a Samsung again. If you want this phone, do so at your own risk. They don't stand by their products at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
My son told me to buy the Samsung when I told him that I couldn't decide what to buy an iphone or something else. So, when I checked out the Samsung I fell in love with it online. I really wanted the S4 but I couldn't afford it so I settled for the S3. I tell you this is the best phone ever. I've used the iphone and honestly the Samsung s3 is far better. It has a better screen and the overall feel of the phone is better. I'm not real sure why people are so crazy about the iphone. The Samsung is so much better.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2012
I went from using the iphone 4s (jailbroken), to the HTC one x, then to the Galaxy s3, so I can reallly say that this phone rocks.

Pros:
1. Android is very customizable, I'm using the nova launcher and will try another rom soon.
2. Power button placement is perfect, so you can easily turn it on or off, unlike the htc one x. Volume button placement is good, and is on the left side like the iPhone, unlike what one confused reviewer was complaining about. Plus, the home button can wake the device, unlike the htc one x.
3. Great battery life with power saving mode on. And you can surf the net with inverted (black and white) on the stock browser, which just about doubles browsing time for me (iPhone can invert, but the lcd screen didn't save battery like an amoled does on black pages).
4. Plastic feels fine in the hand, don't know why ppl complain. I use a case most of the time anyway.
5. Speaker is loud.
6. Has dedicated notification leds, unlike the iPhone. The htc one x leds are barely visible under the speaker grill.

Cons:
1. IPhone has more apps.
2. IPhone headset has better bass.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
Let me just say that if you're looking for a powerful, crazy sexy phone than this is definitely the phone for you. I ordered it from Amazon as it was at least $50 less than ATT could even give me and I received it in only 2 days. The screen is amazing even at low-brightness and I have many friends compliment me on it. It's wicked fast and activating it was a breeze even though I was doing a cross-account activation. This means that I purchased this phone on upgrade from one of my eligible family lines and activated it for my own phone. I gave my daughter my S2 and haven't been happier. With a cheap $23 32GB MicroSD I also purchased from Amazon my phone now has 48GB of available storage. It's 4G LTE so it's blazing fast and ATT just released a new update that keeps making the phone better, I couldn't be happier. Definitely purchase a case however and if you have any trouble just visit your local carrier store. They don't care where you bought it! I'm ordering all my phones from now own through Amazon Wireless!
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
Decided to get a new phone after my Samsung Captivate started to get really sluggish and would freeze up at the most inopportune times. I love the Galaxy S III. It's super responsive and easy to use. Battery life could be better, but other than that I have no complaints about the phone.

I give the phone 4-5 stars. I give Amazon wireless 2 stars. They show you a great price in the cart, but neglect to tell you that AT&T will tack on an a bogus upgrade fee that you cannot get waived (I tried escalating with an AT&T customer service supervisor with no luck).

So before you purchase from Amazonwireless, keep in mind that in addition to the fantastic price you see in the cart, you will have to pay taxes on the full price of the phone plus pay AT&T's upgrade fee. So, in short, I really didn't save any money by purchasing from Amazonwireless and I am "not a happy customer."
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2013
... And I do, mostly. The device itself is nice. Unfortunately, the device is only half of the story. The issues I have are primarily with the programming of the device.

I had high hopes for S-Voice. I commute 2 hours each way to work, and was really looking forward to having a voice program that I could really use to make calls, send messages, and set reminders. I don't care about finding every random fact, but I wanted the functionality of S-Voice. Overall, S-Voice does all of that... the BIG problem with S-Voice that prevents me from using it is the fact that I cannot stand to use it with bluetooth- I have tried both an ear piece that I have used and loved for months (Blue Ant) and a speakerphone (Motorola Roadster 2) that I purchased for the sole purpose of making S-Voice more tolerable... Neither work. The tones they have in S-Voice are not adjustable. You cannot change the sound or volume. If I turn down the volume on the bluetooth or handset- it just turns down the other sounds. The beeps when S-Voice is beginning to listen and finished listening- HURT MY EARS! I have contacted both AT&T and Samsung to try to change/adjust the volume/sound. It is not possible. This is so frustrating because I wanted S-Voice to work... but it hasn't 'learned' my voice yet, and it frequently takes multiple tries to place a call or message correctly- and each try has both beeps... it was unbearable. I have since switched to mymotospeak. This effeciently sends/receives calls and messages on the first try. I do not have the ability to set appointments or reminders, and need to access navigation separately, but it is much more effective with the bulk of what I need. It seems odd to make such a big deal about the beep... but it is bad. When it is on speakerphone, my daughter complains about it from the backseat...

My only other complaint is that when I am in the text screen, typing a message- if I receive a text while typing- the keyboard disappears. When this happens, there is no telling what you will be pressing or sending until the screen finishes processing any pending 'touches' and/or the keyboard comes back up (about 1-2 seconds). Some people I text send multiple messages, and my responses get odd if they send too soon possibly with a word or letter I never intended to press...

I realize that these two concerns are for programming, and REALLY hope they issue updates that address both of these issues QUICKLY! I would LOVE to use S-Voice and be able to tolerate it. All of the other sounds on the phone are nice, soft sounds. If they updated S-Voice and allowed users to set their own tones- it would be great! I am confident that with use, it would recognize my commands more efficiently (I do like that Mymotospeak recognizes my commands with high level of accuracy). And hopefully, when they resolve the keyboard issue- I will stop sending my sister bizarre nonsensical text messages (thank goodness it is only my sister).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2012
Best phone I ever had! Install Swiftkey and let your fingers fly on the keyboard. My entire iphone fits into the screen of this beauty. The 5 will have to have some major improvements to even come close to the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

I purchased this phone a few days ago and can't keep my hands off it. The battery life is the best I have ever seen on any Android phone. I used it all day yesterday, surfing, texting, youtubing, emailing, etc., and still had 30% at 9:00 last night. I've noticed that my thumbs don't hurt nearly as much either after using this phone for just a few days.

The screen and text is large enough that you don't have to squint and the speed is incredible. I have to wait for several seconds for my email and messaging apps to load on my iphone 4 but not this phone.

Google Wallet is not compatible with the AT&T version of this phone so don't count on that.

If they upgrade the OS to JB soon you might want to wait. I upgraded to JB on my Asus TF300 and lost Flash compatibility. This will be no big deal once more adopt HTML5 but for now you will lose Flash if you do upgrade to JB. JB sped up my tablet considerably but losing Flash is a minor inconvenience for such an increase in speed.

All in all, this is the best phone on the market. Today it is $99 on Amazon and $148 at Walmart. I plan on buying my wife's today.

If you've ever been curious about Android now is the time to upgrade your experience to the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Still loving this phone! Battery Life is awesome! Unfortunately, the $99 is only good for new accounts. Boooo! Loyalty means nothing to any carriers these days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2013
I absolutely loved this phone until this morning. I have had it for about 7 months now. This morning the screen went purple and static looking to black. It has been black ever since. It turns off and on, I am receiving texts, notifications and calls but I cannot do anything because the screen is black. I tried several different things, turning off and on, removing and replacing battery, sd card, sim card etc. in all different combinations. I got on the internet to get some answers and apparently this is common among the galaxy phones especially the s3 but no fixes. Many have dropped their phone or gotten in moist or wet but many like me have done nothing to cause this. I am close to tears because I depended on this phone too much with no back up. Pictures, videos, my calendar, documents in adobe, username and passwords to many accounts, notes etc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
I bought this phone back in July, but I wanted to give it a few months before reviewing it. As the update to Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) is now available, this is the perfect time to finally review it.

To put it succinctly, I love this phone!

Now, for the more detailed review. My biggest concern when I upgraded from the Samsung Captivate was the screen size. I was very happy with the Captivate's 4 inch screen and I was worried that the S3's 4.8 inch screen would be to much. This fear proved to be unfounded as the S3 is barely larger than the Captivate, the extra screen real estate being due to the smaller bezel. My mother, who has the iPhone 4, constantly mentions how much nicer my phone is than hers, because it is big enough to see stuff on. I'm also a sucker for AMOLED displays as I prefer more vibrant colors that AMOLED displays have to offer. For those of you that may have read complaints about the Pentile screen, I cannot notice any jaggedness in the images; especially with it being a high-definition screen. All-in-all, this is an excellent display.

This phone is also super-fast. When I tell it to do something, it does it. My Captivate, even from the beginning, would sometimes stall on tasks. The only time the S3 ever has an lag is when I exit from the stock messaging app. Apparently, based on what I have gathered online, this is due to the stock clock widget not wanting to share RAM and then forcing a screen redraw (Although I haven't had this problem in the 1 day since I updated to Jelly Bean). Throw in AT&T's LTE service and 802.11n connectivity, and it pulls data with no delay (I've pulled down as fast as 57 Mbps in Northern Virginia)

However, what I love the most about this phone is Android 4.0/4.1. It is much more polished than previous versions, with better software to boot. I recommend installing the Chrome web browser, which doesn't work in previous versions of Android, so you can sync your bookmarks between your phone and your Chrome on your computer. Samsung's improvements to the TouchWiz interface are also much appreciated. All the complaints I had about previous versions have been fixed. It supports scrollable widgets, you can display the battery icon with a percentage, it supports shortcuts and weather information on the lockscreen, and contains more useful options on the taskbar. With all that discussed, I have to mention my favorite new feature: SmartStay. Samsung added the capability that when your screen is set to turn off, the front facing camera turns on and looks to see if it can see a face. If it does, it doesn't turn off the screen. This is great for reading on, as you don't have to make sure to tap the screen every thirty seconds or so. The only negative change is that you the application launcher icon can't be moved from the lower right hand corner.

I also wanted to note that the GPS is much improved from the Galaxy S1 series of phones (including my old Captivate). I've never had a problem and it has always been spot on.

I did want to give a couple of final caveats to this review. First, I don't hardly use the camera. What I have used it for seems to work great, but I don't use any advanced features and can't really comment on them. Second, I'm one of the few people who seems to like TouchWiz. But if that's not your thing, there are plenty of launcher replacements available. Finally, since this is a review of a phone, I should probably mention that the call quality is good. I've not had any real problems using this as a phone.

I also wanted to note one common problem that I've read about others experiencing and I experienced once. There is some problem with some phones having their clipboards corrupted. This happened to me about a month into owning the phone and I fixed it with a factory reset. So far, it hasn't happened again.

I highly recommend this phone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2013
I love my Samsung Galaxy S III...I really like the size of the screen which is not too large to fit in my purse or pocket and yet big enough to enjoy movies. The brilliance of the screen amazes my IPhone using friends. Speed is excellent too. I haven't had any more problems with battery drain than my previous phone which was Motorola Atrix 2. I just keep it charged regularly and no problems.
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