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    Default AT&T Galaxy S3 First Impressions/Reviews

    Hello everyone,

    The purpose of this thread, is to hear members thoughts & opinions on how the Samsung Galaxy S3 stacks up amongst a suggested list of attributes:

    • Aesthetics
    • Screen
    • Hardware
    • Phone - including bluetooth & speakerphone usage
    • Overall User Interface (including TouchWiz)
    • Widgets
    • Signal quality (Compared to other devices)
    • GPS
    • Social Networking
    • Email/Calendar
    • Battery Life
    • Performance
    • Media (music, movies, DLNA)
    • Keyboard's
    • Camera (both still & video)
    • How the Galaxy S3 compares to your previous smartphone (if applicable)
    • Disappointments (if any)


    Feel free to provide as little or as much detail as possible, while trying to make it as useful as possible. Hopefully this will help others who are considering the Galaxy S3, but would like to hear some user feedback first. Also, please do not review the Galaxy S3 prior to having one

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    Curious to see what everyone thinks right out of the box.


    Coming from the Skyrocket, this phone definitely didn't seem too big. If anything, with the thinness and the curves it felt a little smaller and not as chunky.

    The blue is not as dark as I thought and it does not look like plastic. It looks like metal. I think some will like it, some won't. I'm on the fence. It's the glossiest Samsung I've seen by far.

    The LED light is awesome and I've been missing it all the way back to Windows Mobile days.

    The build quality is best I've seen from Samsung.

    The screen is just what I hoped. Very sharp and bright and yes, Pentile Schmentile, you cannot tell. I had the HTC One X briefly and I'll take pentile and Super Amoled any day but I realize it's a personal opinion. But the VERY BEST thing is that it has the typical Samsung sensitivity of the Galaxy S2 variants. Maybe even more so. Many many other OEM hardware IMHO is brutal to use and gives Android a bad name. I won't mention names but the responsiveness and sensitivity of many Android devices I've used is downright painful to interact with. The GS3 is very responsive and only requires a feather light touch. That was the only thing I was nervous about. It passes with flying colors.

    Last, being able to turn the screen on with the home button will be nice too.

    Anyone else care to share their first five minute's observations?
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    Coming from a one x myself. I really love this SG3, the screen is awesome, I can't tell a huge difference from my one x, the phone is super fast, stay on feature works great, s voice is actually pretty cool, kinda of puts Siri in her place in my opinion. It Launches apps which in it self is way ahead of Siri for now. I do miss how the one x just made folders if you held a app over another. That's pretty much my only gripe, and it's not even a big deal. This is defiantly everything they said it would be
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    I have a lot of experience with Samsung phones having owned a Captivate, Skyrocket, International and ATT Galaxy Notes and now the SGSIII!

    - I was stuck by how thin and light it is. (I have a Galaxy Note) it felt good to do many things one handed I cannot do on my GNote. It is a bit slippery!
    - Very fluid and smooth UI. So this is how it is supposed to be!
    - Lots of settings and menus, almost overwhelming
    - I like using the home button to wake it (I had a International GNote) just wish the button was a smidge bigger...
    - Camera is superb! Taking video and shooting picture is just great! This will come in handy!
    - GPS locks like a dog on a bone! Inside my house!
    - I like the gingerbread keyboard better than the Samsung keyboard.
    - Speaker is surprising load and clear even when laying back down.

    Just some quick thoughts after setting it up and playing with it for a few hours. Overall, I am very impressed an excited with the progress Samsung is making with their android devices!
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    From an iPhone 4S, to an HTC One X, to a Samsung Skyrocket, to a S III.

    I just wish it wasn't so slippery, gosh. But, overall, I like it.

    I remember the LED notifications from my BlackBerry days. I immediately turned that option off, but, I may try it for a day or two, to see how it goes. I had it off on my Skyrocket.

    The home button, hmm, I'm not sold on this yet. It feels a little cheap, like at some stage it will simply fall off. But, that's just my opinion...
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    Couple more,
    Smart Stay is not a gimmick. It really works well.
    Face unlock actually works well and quick.
    Installed ADW Launcher and assigned S Voice to a swipe up after disabling it from home button. No more delay on home button and so I think I'll actually try it for awhile.
    Lock screen is much improved.

    Can't yet get a 3rd party screen off and lock to work.
    Can't seem to find a way to activate Google Voice Search from one press or press and hold. Any ideas?

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    Great tips guys! Also these sound minor so I am happy about that. Minus the home button feeling cheap. Anyone else feel that way? I have yet to get mine but I was worried about that when I saw the home button months ago!

    Thanks for the info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by naviwilliams View Post
    From an iPhone 4S, to an HTC One X, to a Samsung Skyrocket, to a S III.

    I just wish it wasn't so slippery, gosh. But, overall, I like it.

    I remember the LED notifications from my BlackBerry days. I immediately turned that option off, but, I may try it for a day or two, to see how it goes. I had it off on my Skyrocket.

    The home button, hmm, I'm not sold on this yet. It feels a little cheap, like at some stage it will simply fall off. But, that's just my opinion...
    I'm not in love with the home button either

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    The extra gig of ram is greatly appreciated might I add.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgardner View Post
    Great tips guys! Also these sound minor so I am happy about that. Minus the home button feeling cheap. Anyone else feel that way? I have yet to get mine but I was worried about that when I saw the home button months ago!

    Thanks for the info!
    Everything's subjective I guess. I actually think the home button feels very solid and nice. Only issue is that it's placed a bit too low. And it's a little bit of an adjustment to go from tapping a capacitive button to pressing a physical home button.

    My coworker who uses an iPhone actually commented (un-solicited) that he really likes the home button. Doesn't feel like it's gonna break over time he said.

    So you'll probably have to just judge for yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjb70 View Post
    Everything's subjective I guess. I actually think the home button feels very solid and nice. Only issue is that it's placed a bit too low. And it's a little bit of an adjustment to go from tapping a capacitive button to pressing a physical home button.

    My coworker who uses an iPhone actually commented (un-solicited) that he really likes the home button. Doesn't feel like it's gonna break over time he said.

    So you'll probably have to just judge for yourself.
    I hope for the option to "judge for my self" comes soon! Still back ordered sadly.

    Thanks for your input though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgardner View Post
    Great tips guys! Also these sound minor so I am happy about that. Minus the home button feeling cheap. Anyone else feel that way? I have yet to get mine but I was worried about that when I saw the home button months ago!

    Thanks for the info!
    I would not say it is cheap, certainly not any cheaper than my ipad home button. The shape, oblong, makes it a bit harder to hit reliability compared with the previous Galaxy home buttons.

    I prefer the smooth capacitive buttons and will not be using s voice. I have already disabled it for the double home press which also makes the home button more responsive since it does not delay waiting for a second press to activate s voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjb70 View Post
    Everything's subjective I guess. I actually think the home button feels very solid and nice. Only issue is that it's placed a bit too low. And it's a little bit of an adjustment to go from tapping a capacitive button to pressing a physical home button.

    My coworker who uses an iPhone actually commented (un-solicited) that he really likes the home button. Doesn't feel like it's gonna break over time he said.

    So you'll probably have to just judge for yourself.
    I totally agree about the placement of the button, feels like its going to slip out of my hand using it one handed to press it.
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    My first impressions.

    Its sweet! Coming from a iPhone 3gs, ( POS ). Its way faster at everything. Never used android before but it works well easy enough to figure out.

    The camera is crazy how fast it snaps shots.

    My only gripe.... the weird non-standard USB port on it.. I have like 20 mini usb cables for my cameras/psp/vita...helmet cameras...hard drives... the phone uses some strange one thats smaller than the standard ones. Guess I need to order about 4 spares now. thats my only gripe. Oh i wish the power button was on the top its really hard to press on the side.
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    For u guys that have yours already. Is the screen modes in the US versions. I thought I read somewhere that particular setting isn't in our phones. I would be nice to be able to adjust to different color setting with the amoled screen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tpags View Post
    For u guys that have yours already. Is the screen modes in the US versions. I thought I read somewhere that particular setting isn't in our phones. I would be nice to be able to adjust to different color setting with the amoled screen.


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    Overall, moving from webOS, I like the device. I did install CM9 on my TouchPad so I had a little experience with ICS. I perviously had an HP Veer so this screen is phenomenal. The camera is the best! My wife has the 4s and I think these pictures puts hers to shame. One thing I wished was that the power button was on the top of the phone. Previously coming from a Pre and a Veer probably doesn't help. I miss webOS' card style, but I just need to sit down with Task Changer and turn the swipe the other way .

    Overall, the phone is amazing!
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    Tap to top does not appear to work consistently. Maybe I am not thumping it correctly. I also have not enabled NFC yet due my lack of ease never had it before coming from RIM.
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    For those of you that got the blue version how is it compared to the white looks...

    And is the home button still the violet color?
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    I don't own one but one of my co workers got theirs today. I can't boot it up and take it for a spin but snapped a couple of shots of it next to my razr maxx. It's a bit thinner and it feels really light. It's a really sharp looking device though and I hope it turns out to be a good one for everyone.
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    Its by far the best Android I've used hands down.

    Pros:

    Very sleek looking phone. Love how Samsung went with the gloss look. I think this design gives the iPhone a run for its money.

    As others have mentioned, its very light and thin, yet the screen is very spacious.

    The screen is extremely vivid and bright (despite the reviews that claim its dim).

    Call quality is hands down. Never have I used a cell phone with this great of call quality.

    The speaker sounds very nice in noisy environments.

    Extremely fluid UI. Love swiping through menus and home screens on this bad boy.

    The browser is practically at iPhone level.

    The camera!!!!

    Cons:

    I don't know about the home button. Seems kind of cheap as someone else already pointed out. I worry about it in the long run. No where as responsive as the iphone's home button.

    Build quality while definitely Samsung's best, still lacks that premium feeling. Near the power button, my back cover doesn't seem like it wants to snap in 100% for about a half of an inch. Is this a defect? No, but its an annoyance caused by plastic battery covers.

    Other than that, I'm loving this phone and look forward to using it for a long time.
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    I think the phone is awesome!!!!!!!!!
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    I have tried about every phone and there are many things good about the GSIII. Many have been mentioned above and there are many things that I have not tried yet.

    The only thing that has me disappointed it the native email application. Samsung has,in my opinion, always been behind the other major smartphone manufacturers in its native email app, particularly for enterprise exchange mail, and the GSIII still falls short. It has some good new things, but it looks bad, it is cluttered and has some odd functionality. The signature (if you use auto signature) is smaller than the font in the email. If you reply to an email there is no header showing the usual information that is included in html format. I use my email for business and do not want to send clients and others emails that have odd formatting.

    I have tried using third-party apps like touchdown and others, and will not use them. The GSIII has much better calendar and contacts programs than them and I want all of those applications to work together. I will continue to use the native email app for that reason, but it has me disappointed.

    Otherwise, the SGIII it has been everything I had hoped, and probably more. I like the One X, but had terrible random battery problems with it that made it unreliable. So far (one day) battery life has been good on the SGIII. I tried all of the VZW LTE devices and none of them compare to the SGIII. I like the iPhone, but the small screen, locked down nature of ios and the lack of LTE are major shortcomings. It will be interesting to see what Apple has in the upgraded iPhone this fall. Right now, the SGIII (in my one day with it) and the one X (if they can fix some of the quirks) are the best smartphones out, by far.
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    Tap to top does not appear to work in the Gmail app but does in regular email and contacts. The next update needs to fix this issue.
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    Love Flipboard though I wish you could customize your sites but love it better than Social Media on my BB9810 because FB also include Facebook and Twitter.
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