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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2013
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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 19, 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 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
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2013
I will not go for any samsung product again. Zero ... Big Zero for Samsung S3. I got this phone in Nov 2012 it was working perfectly fine till April 2013. Post April 13 sudden death issue came. In this issue phone shut off in the night. In the morning 1st thing you see is dead phone and after putting it on charge for sometime then it will become alive. Note that before death phone used to had lot of charge on it like around 80% or so. I contacted samsung but they refused to acknowledge the problem instead they asked me to pay for some other charges related to LCD even if my phone is in Warranty. Phone gets hot in short time. I liked the android but S3 sucks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
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It is a great phone and the Amazon price and delivery were fantastic. We bought two of these phones. Came with Jelly Bean already installed. When charging for first time noticed that the charging LED was not the same color. Should be red but was almost yellow. The phone also had very short battery life after full charge. Other phone lasted more than a day. I would not have realized the problem if we had not bought two. Called Amazon and they arranged for a replacemet immediately. Service and follow-up by Amazon was great. New phone works exactly like the other phone now. The replacement phone was not a reconditioned phone like you get from At&T or Verizon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2013
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The phone is really great - I just love it! Easy to use, slim in the hand and has all the features you could want in a phone and so much more. The problem is this: it is great to have all the apps you could possibly want, all the features that make life easy and the phone terrific, Google+ and all the features it allows you to do on this phone....BUT....with all of this loaded on your phone (Like I had) the battery lasts all of a few hours once it is off the charger.

When I first got the phone, I was thrilled that the battery lasted all day and didn't need a charge until I was ready to go to bed. But then I started adding widgets, apps, games, music, photos, videos and the battery just dwindled down. I was having to literally keep the phone plugged in by 3:00PM until bedtime. I tried to study the phone and see what was eating up the battery all day and started uninstalling, putting the phone to the bare minimum with backlights, synching -- and now my phone lasts all day -- the sad part is all those features, apps, music, Google+ and searching is no longer on my phone but HEY the battery lasts all day again. Very disappointed that you can have such a GREAT phone with so many cool features and then not be able to use them unless your phone is literally plugged in all day.

I am keeping the phone because I got such a great deal on it - had I purchased the Galaxy s4 at $250 I would have been super pissed about it. Now I just add in apps I want them, delete them when I don't need them and have to keep watch over the battery life.

You know Samsung - if you really want to take over the market with your awesome phones - and they are really awesome -- you need to figure out the battery life and provide the 'extra' large battery with the phone not at the $50 price point.

Other than the battery - the phone really is a great phone with wonderful features if you don't mind having samsung phone plugs at home, near your couch, in your car, on your desk at work and one in your purse or bag in case you're somewhere and your battery is declining - it goes fast once it gets to 20%. Just sayin....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2013
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had the s3 and the galaxy loved them as well... all features on the phone works tells you how much internet you use. camera takes excellent pictures sometimes better than my cannon
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
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i think i want to be so bold and say i love it better than my iphone 4S. so many options in android to do and widgets and the screen and camera are awesome!!
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