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rpd004's review of the Samsung Galaxy S III (Verizon)

original version, submitted Dec 4, 2012, 12:12 AM:

Oh Samsung how I longed to love you, but not so much

I really wanted to like this phone ... At this time of writing it has Android v4.0.4 ... aka "Ice Cream Sandwhich".

Pros
- Specs were incredible against its competitors (has SD card slot, removable battery, screen display, etc.......)
- Beautiful BIG screen, easy to use, setup, & navigate

Cons
(in order of most importance)
1 - Battery life was terrible! I sent ~25 text messages, 15 minutes of talk time, and 15 minutes of apps (facebook, twitter) which included general Internet usage and on a full charge that afternoon I had only 20% battery life remaining. Just imagine if I would have used more!
2 - Voice coverage quality was WORSE than my Verizon BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. WOW! Does that not speak volumes to you? I was averaging 1 dropped phone call a year. In the 1 week I had this phone I had at least 1 a day.
3 - Swype and auto-correct are not that great on S3
4 - Quit asking me if I want to join a WIFI network while on 4G LTE. Really??
5 - Adding MS Exchange to the phone felt like it was an after-thought. Hardly any customizations, emails wouldn't fully download or would only download partial of the text. Very disappointed for Corporate email users
6 - Owning an Otterbox with the phone felt like the device was like a mini-Phablet. It was nice, but do I really have to lug this thing around?
7 - I like you Verizon, but remove the bloat (pre-loaded software). I can't even uninstall this.
8 - Halfway typing a text message all of a sudden the brightness on the screen would dim out. Weird? And then seconds later it would come on full blast again while I'm typing. (bug on ICS I believe).

edited May 2, 2013, 11:26 PM to the current version:

Oh Samsung how I longed to love you, but not so much

I really wanted to like this phone ... At this time of writing it has Android v4.0.4 ... aka "Ice Cream Sandwhich".

Pros
- Specs were incredible against its competitors (has SD card slot, removable battery, screen display, etc.......)
- Beautiful BIG screen, easy to use, setup, & navigate

Cons
(in order of most importance)
1 - Battery life was terrible! I sent ~25 text messages, 15 minutes of talk time, and 15 minutes of apps (facebook, twitter) which included general Internet usage and on a full charge that afternoon I had only 20% battery life remaining. Just imagine if I would have used more!
2 - Voice coverage quality was WORSE than my Verizon BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330. WOW! Does that not speak volumes to you? I was averaging 1 dropped phone call a year. In the 1 week I had this phone I had at least 1 a day.
3 - Swype and auto-correct are not that great on S3
4 - Quit asking me if I want to join a WIFI network while on 4G LTE. Really??
5 - Adding MS Exchange to the phone felt like it was an after-thought. Hardly any customizations, emails wouldn't fully download or would only download partial of the text. Very disappointed for Corporate email users
6 - Owning an Otterbox with the phone felt like the device was like a mini-Phablet. It was nice, but do I really have to lug this thing around?
7 - I like you Verizon, but remove the bloat (pre-loaded software). I can't even uninstall this.
8 - Halfway typing a text message all of a sudden the brightness on the screen would dim out. Weird? And then seconds later it would come on full blast again while I'm typing. (bug on ICS I believe).

 

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