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  1. Targon's Avatar
    actually that's weak comparison and didn't go over much compared to other sites. It also doesn't help that it has Samsung ads plastered all over it. My Apple fanboy friend that's trying to get me to move over to ios sent me this new review from anadtech AnandTech - The iPhone 5 Review actually has more benchmarks and data. I didn't need it since I already know the iphone 5 is a beast of a phone and can admit it, but even if I wanted to switch I'm stuck in a contract with the S3 and don't want to fork money over on another phone. I wish the US would had got the quad core phone instead of dual core.
    Only a review site would care how fast a benchmark is. People run apps, they don't run benchmarks, except early on.

    The big factor is what you can do with the S3 compared to an iPhone. First of all, if you don't like the included e-mail program, you can download one you prefer. There is no lock-down that says you MUST run the core programs that come with the device. Widgets may not seem like a big deal, until you start using them and get used to having them available for you to customize your phone with, then it becomes a no brainer.

    Having 2GB of RAM really helps as well for running multiple apps. Unlike the iDevices, apps that are not on the screen are not just sitting there suspended, so it DOES help for some things. The Task Switcher isn't some ancient looking POS that just has a list of icons with an X on them to close as well, but is far more elegant. For the most part, if you look at how you USE the phone, the S3 blows the iPhone 5 out of the water.
    TomsAndroid and funkylogik like this.
    10-25-2012 05:49 AM
  2. rteichman's Avatar
    So, to quote the late Steve Jobs, you are holding it wrong? Sorry, couldn't resist.
    I have been practicing very hard to do this one handed since I don't want to return the phone. I CAN do everything one handed IF I am sitting/standing and have the phone resting on my fingers instead of my palm. The problem is that when I am sitting/standing still is not when I need to use it single handed. It's when I am walking (usually fast walking )on the street, at the airport, on to catch a train. Under those circumstances, having the phone just rest on my fingers instead of cradled in my palm and held on both sides is not a workable solution. The phone will fall off my fingers.

    On a related note, has anyone gotten Skype to work on this? It keeps crashing on mine. I travel a lot internationally, and work with people overseas so I use Skype almost as much as I use the cell phone. When in the office, it's not an issue because I use my computer, but at the airport, train, street I need Skype on the SIII to work.
    10-25-2012 09:22 AM
  3. reeneebob's Avatar
    strange.. im not double jointed lol and can type and reach home button 1handed if i have to. i was already in habit of typing with two thumbs though so i usualy use two hands.
    yeah iphone is that size for that reason but other than making a strange shaped screen... thats just the price you pay for a bigger screen.
    its defo not something anyone should complain about lol
    if i had a busy life where 1handed is essential, id never have bought such a big phone

    ps if you think the s1 was an iphone copy, you should see my mums new Galaxy Ace lol, it looks SO like an ip4.
    the big screen of the s3 is hardly a design flaw like youre implying lol

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    I think it's perfectly fair for people to complain that they can't use a phone one handed. I have poor eyesight even with glasses on and that's why I went with a phone this size. All they had to do was make the phone a smidgen taller and less wide and problems solved.

    I loathe swype. Not an option.


    I've got blisters on me fingers!!! from using Tapatalk 2
    10-25-2012 09:37 AM
  4. weblou's Avatar
    I would hate this phone if it was taller. for me this size and shape is great. I don't have big hands but the rounded shape makes it so much easier to handle.
    There's the S3 mini that is said to be coming out...maybe something to consider?
    10-25-2012 10:26 AM
  5. bakeri666's Avatar
    I have been practicing very hard to do this one handed since I don't want to return the phone. I CAN do everything one handed IF I am sitting/standing and have the phone resting on my fingers instead of my palm. The problem is that when I am sitting/standing still is not when I need to use it single handed. It's when I am walking (usually fast walking )on the street, at the airport, on to catch a train. Under those circumstances, having the phone just rest on my fingers instead of cradled in my palm and held on both sides is not a workable solution. The phone will fall off my fingers.

    On a related note, has anyone gotten Skype to work on this? It keeps crashing on mine. I travel a lot internationally, and work with people overseas so I use Skype almost as much as I use the cell phone. When in the office, it's not an issue because I use my computer, but at the airport, train, street I need Skype on the SIII to work.
    I have had Skype on it and it worked fine... but since Microsoft made it spyware I prefer something more open-source.

    As for your finger issue, when you update to jb you can use the improved voice recognition for all your typing needs... works offline too.
    10-25-2012 11:01 AM
  6. sledge007's Avatar
    I have been practicing very hard to do this one handed since I don't want to return the phone. I CAN do everything one handed IF I am sitting/standing and have the phone resting on my fingers instead of my palm. The problem is that when I am sitting/standing still is not when I need to use it single handed. It's when I am walking (usually fast walking )on the street, at the airport, on to catch a train. Under those circumstances, having the phone just rest on my fingers instead of cradled in my palm and held on both sides is not a workable solution. The phone will fall off my fingers.

    On a related note, has anyone gotten Skype to work on this? It keeps crashing on mine. I travel a lot internationally, and work with people overseas so I use Skype almost as much as I use the cell phone. When in the office, it's not an issue because I use my computer, but at the airport, train, street I need Skype on the SIII to work.
    I think it's perfectly fair for people to complain that they can't use a phone one handed. I have poor eyesight even with glasses on and that's why I went with a phone this size. All they had to do was make the phone a smidgen taller and less wide and problems solved.

    I loathe swype. Not an option.


    I've got blisters on me fingers!!! from using Tapatalk 2
    Lol. Yes I've used Skype for a voice call with this....not a big Skype user, but it did work the one time I tried it.
    10-25-2012 11:05 AM
  7. rteichman's Avatar
    I have had Skype on it and it worked fine... but since Microsoft made it spyware I prefer something more open-source.
    As for your finger issue, when you update to jb you can use the improved voice recognition for all your typing needs... works offline too.
    I'll try reinstalling Skype (no other option since everyone I need to talk to uses it, sort of a corporate standard).
    As for using voice, that never seemed to work for me in noisy environments, not to mention I don't want anyone "listening in" on my conversations :-)
    10-25-2012 11:33 AM
  8. funkylogik's Avatar
    I think it's perfectly fair for people to complain that they can't use a phone one handed. I have poor eyesight even with glasses on and that's why I went with a phone this size. All they had to do was make the phone a smidgen taller and less wide and problems solved.

    I loathe swype. Not an option.


    I've got blisters on me fingers!!! from using Tapatalk 2
    it is unfair to complain because they knew what they were buying.
    i also have bad eyes so id have no right to complain if i bought a 4" phone lol

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-25-2012 12:53 PM
  9. funkylogik's Avatar
    I would hate this phone if it was taller. for me this size and shape is great. I don't have big hands but the rounded shape makes it so much easier to handle.
    There's the S3 mini that is said to be coming out...maybe something to consider?
    the Mini really shouldnt have the "s3" badge imo.
    its too underpowered
    im rather just get an s2

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
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    10-25-2012 12:58 PM
  10. weblou's Avatar
    I have to agree. But could be good for some people that don't care so much about specs and find the S3 to big
    10-25-2012 02:59 PM
  11. nrm5110's Avatar
    I have to agree. But could be good for some people that don't care so much about specs and find the S3 to big
    Let me give you a half baked number lol

    Roughly 1,000,000,000 active smartphones worldwide
    Xda ( I use it as its one of the largest sites with fairly tech minded individuals for smartphones) has 4,960,296 registered members

    That comes out to just under .5% of smartphone users

    So we are a microcosm yes there are others grab ios's largest jailbreak site and wp ( which coincidentally may also be xda) and those numbers may add up to 2 maybe 3% tops.

    All I'm saying is people who really care about what's under the hood are a small group please don't go starting a bashfest on this it's just a quick perspective glance

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I727 using Tapatalk 2
    10-25-2012 03:10 PM
  12. funkylogik's Avatar
    having Jellybean, i can now say that the voice recognition in google Now (never thought id use it) is the BEST at understanding a strong Scottish accent, including Siri
    its the only voice rec' ive ever found remotely useful

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
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    10-25-2012 03:16 PM
  13. emathed's Avatar
    I'll try reinstalling Skype (no other option since everyone I need to talk to uses it, sort of a corporate standard).
    As for using voice, that never seemed to work for me in noisy environments, not to mention I don't want anyone "listening in" on my conversations :-)
    I have problems with Skype dropping calls. I call to Brazil all the time and just started having problems with it on my GS3. To me, Skype is always a little buggy on cell phones so it may just be a glitch.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    10-25-2012 04:13 PM
  14. rteichman's Avatar
    having Jellybean, i can now say that the voice recognition in google Now (never thought id use it) is the BEST at ...
    As a previous iPhone 4s owner, and from my previous posts a person who usually has his hands full, I can say that voice recognition is great until you really need it. Then you find out how inaccurate it is. When I was in my car and used Siri to read and answer a friend's text, it always worked flawlessly. When I needed to respond to work immediately and could not type, it always messed up.

    BTW, I am not complaining about the size. I knew it could be an issue when I bought the phone, but I wanted the best hardware out there. I'm trying to find a way to use it so I don't have to return it. Returning the phone is my last resort option.
    10-25-2012 04:18 PM
  15. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I was just playing with my friends iPhone and I must say the "Menu" button on the GS3 (and any android) is just GREAT! I hated having to quit the app just to go to settings and altering the settings of the app from there, then having to close settings and go back into the app and start over again
    funkylogik likes this.
    10-25-2012 04:55 PM
  16. funkylogik's Avatar
    As a previous iPhone 4s owner, and from my previous posts a person who usually has his hands full, I can say that voice recognition is great until you really need it. Then you find out how inaccurate it is. When I was in my car and used Siri to read and answer a friend's text, it always worked flawlessly. When I needed to respond to work immediately and could not type, it always messed up.

    BTW, I am not complaining about the size. I knew it could be an issue when I bought the phone, but I wanted the best hardware out there. I'm trying to find a way to use it so I don't have to return it. Returning the phone is my last resort option.
    yeah id NEVER use voice rec' for important things but it actualy saves time when asking it to convert measurements or currency, things like that
    and now that ive changed language from "english UK" to "english generic" it understands me much better

    and using a grippy case really helps when usin s3 coz u KNOW you wont drop it

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-25-2012 05:02 PM
  17. funkylogik's Avatar
    this case cost me 99p inc' shipping (like $1.40?) and its without a doubt my fav' functional case, it just sticks to your fingers at the back
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B008...cUvbUpU2264588
    EDIT: i see the price has gone up after my glowing review

    i use a nice leather flip case for screen protection but this one is honestly my fav and works really well

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-25-2012 05:09 PM
  18. caferacer99's Avatar
    I just switched from Iphone 4 to GS3 and my wife was deciding between upgrading to the Iphone 5 or getting the GS3 too.

    She was happy with her Iphone. She was thinking about switching because of the larger screen and because I was all giddy about what I could do on Andriod that I couldn't do in IOS. I showed her how I customized my homescreens and had the widgets for the calendar and music on there too. I started to describe to her how I downloaded a new launcher that allowed more customization and then an app that allowed me to create new icons and then showed her the steps to create a "direct dial" icon so I could call her with one click...

    At some point in showing her this stuff her eyes kind of glazed over with that look that says: "I'll never do any of that."

    No matter how cool she may think Android tweaks are in the abstract, she's not going to take the time to learn how to do them. So she gets an Iphone. She just wants a phone that works and doesn't care if she's missing out on a few things.

    I think everyone likes the IDEA of customizing their phone, but not the reality of actually doing it. If you are an Iphone user and you do the research and see what is possible with Android and that DOESN'T excite the hell out of you, or it sounds really complicated to you, then you shouldn't switch.
    10-26-2012 03:27 PM
  19. jezreel's Avatar
    I agree!

    from my galaxy S 3 best phone ever!
    10-26-2012 05:54 PM
  20. funkylogik's Avatar
    +1

    thats why i tell most people to just get an iphone or a nice cheap dumbphone

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-26-2012 06:05 PM
  21. badbrad17's Avatar
    I just switched from Iphone 4 to GS3 and my wife was deciding between upgrading to the Iphone 5 or getting the GS3 too.

    She was happy with her Iphone. She was thinking about switching because of the larger screen and because I was all giddy about what I could do on Andriod that I couldn't do in IOS. I showed her how I customized my homescreens and had the widgets for the calendar and music on there too. I started to describe to her how I downloaded a new launcher that allowed more customization and then an app that allowed me to create new icons and then showed her the steps to create a "direct dial" icon so I could call her with one click...

    At some point in showing her this stuff her eyes kind of glazed over with that look that says: "I'll never do any of that."

    No matter how cool she may think Android tweaks are in the abstract, she's not going to take the time to learn how to do them. So she gets an Iphone. She just wants a phone that works and doesn't care if she's missing out on a few things.

    I think everyone likes the IDEA of customizing their phone, but not the reality of actually doing it. If you are an Iphone user and you do the research and see what is possible with Android and that DOESN'T excite the hell out of you, or it sounds really complicated to you, then you shouldn't switch.
    I agree and am finding the exact same thing, but there are some simple things that android does that would be used by her. Sharing of things is huge. So many options. File compatability is also huge. SwiftKey keyboard and you are all set.

    You could set up her S3 to look just like an iPhone and she would have everything she could need. Plus a nice big screen.

    Sent from my SGH-T989D using Android Central Forums
    10-27-2012 10:41 PM
  22. funkylogik's Avatar
    You could set up her S3 to look just like an iPhone and she would have everything she could need. Plus a nice big screen.

    Sent from my SGH-T989D using Android Central Forums
    SACRELIGE!!!

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    badbrad17 and Mr Quince like this.
    10-28-2012 02:27 PM
  23. Sourborn's Avatar
    I was in a similar boat but after using the GS3 for about a month now I am firmly sold.

    The ability to root and install custom ROMs, entirely customize my home screen, access my entire folder hierarchy and the simple fact I never again have to use iTunes are reasons enough for me.
    badbrad17 and Evoken like this.
    10-28-2012 04:36 PM
  24. badbrad17's Avatar
    SACRELIGE!!!

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    Lol. Well what I mean is install everything she needs, line them all up on a couple of screens make the icons show up after install and she won't get confused.

    Sent from my SGH-T989D using Android Central Forums
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    10-28-2012 07:26 PM
  25. funkylogik's Avatar
    lol i know mate. was just kiddin
    just dont put any apple wallpapers or icons on it or google will strike it down

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
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    10-28-2012 08:14 PM
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