10-27-2012 06:25 PM
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  1. knjcnj's Avatar
    I have owned and used ALL these devices...
    iPhone 4
    iPhone 4S
    One X on ATT
    Galaxy Nexus
    Galaxy Note Tmobile
    Galaxy S3 Tmobile

    I am not a fanboy of either Apple or Android, though I much prefer the flexibility, play well with others attitude and abundance of custom ROMs of Android OS (starting from Ice Scream Sandwich and now Jellybean) to iOS which I find too rigid and restricting.

    However, this is not a post on the OS, (although I wish Google could just invest a little more in the graphic design aspect and really put out a more consistent and polished branded look and feel to their OS.)

    Now I have had my S3 on AOKP or CM10 custom Jellybean ROM for a few months which might be the longest continuous period I've ever used one of these phones, and overall, I like Jellybean a lot (not a fan of either Touchwiz or Sense UI), but the phone still felt a lot better in my hand when it was the size of the Galaxy Nexus, but the nexus felt so cheap.

    But as much as I try to convince myself, or to hold it at different angles or delicately balancing it on 3 fingers, resting on the inside edge of my pinky and using my thumb to try to stretch to the other edge of the screen, I just can't use it really really comfortably with one hand! and how many times it has slipped out from my hand because of this.

    I'm just hoping the S4 or the next Nexus is height wise similar, but width wise thinner than the S3!!! argh!! Here's a thought, develop the technology to be able to stretch the display to the very edge of the phone, that way you can keep the phone to a comfortable size for 1 handed use, and maximize the screen size!
    10-25-2012 06:46 PM
  2. ansextra's Avatar
    Just curious... Did you actually try holding the S3 in your hand before you purchased it? I can't use my S3 one-handed either but I never wanted to so it didn't matter to me.
    Yeag3r, mhe77, 3neekimmy and 2 others like this.
    10-25-2012 06:54 PM
  3. Livia.'s Avatar
    Big IS better. ;D

    I have tiny hands and I'm satisfied with the screen size. I can use it with one hand, unless typing or gaming.
    10-26-2012 12:13 AM
  4. r3ddawn's Avatar
    maybe get bigger hands? seriously though maybe you should have tested out the phone before getting it if the size was an issue for you... ;-)
    10-26-2012 12:32 AM
  5. Roboticz's Avatar
    To the original poster... if you don't like the size of the SGS3... go buy another phone!

    I love the screen size of the SGS3...but there are many different options in the Android world. I'm sure you can find yourself a decent 4" phone.
    10-26-2012 12:46 AM
  6. 3neekimmy's Avatar
    Not tryna bash ppl for airing there views but it seems of late whether ppl are "fan boys" or wateva they call themselves today ppl are coming on the forum to complain about the S3, I dunno maybe no one else sees the tester phones in the store to TRY it out before you purchase it, ok maybe I blame the store, there should be a big red TRY ME sticker above them...OMG there's nothing perfect in this world this phone comes pretty darn close, either you like it or you dont, dont spend your money then b*tch about you're at least $400 poorer for it...End rant..
    badbrad17 likes this.
    10-26-2012 01:22 AM
  7. bclinger#IM's Avatar
    I went from the S3 to the Note 2.

    Sent from my SPH-L900 using Tapatalk
    10-26-2012 02:16 AM
  8. XChrisX's Avatar
    Sorry to the OP, but bigger is always better, since when has it ever been the opposite? Secondly, I use my SIII one handed all the time. It's not as user friendly one handed as say an iPhone, but it works. Also thinking about getting the Note II, but I might just wait.
    10-26-2012 05:32 AM
  9. feenixfly's Avatar
    At the beginning, I also thought that the S3 is way too big for my hand (and I have small hands, mind you). But when I actually went into a store and do a hands-on, it felt perfect, plus it's pretty light. There's no backing down to smaller screen size now. But.. like many others said, just get another phone if you don't like the size, I don't see what's the problem here. And it would be very useful to do hands-on before buying so you the phone actually feels comfortable in your hand.
    10-26-2012 06:48 AM
  10. rteichman's Avatar
    This is a topic near and dear to me. I think the size issue is a personal thing, both on how big your hands are and how (or if) you need to use the phone single handled. For example, the poster who said they use it single handed unless typing. To me that is a show stopper since I need to be able to type while holding the phone single handed. I actually can use the phone single handed, typing and all. However, I can't do it while walking which is the critical time for me. If I am standing still, I could always put down what is in my other hand.

    If I have a complaint, and I do, it's that in order to get the most powerful and full featured phones, you have no choice but to go with a large screen. For me a 4.3" screen would be ideal. However, I can't get the best processor, battery, PPI screen on the smaller phones. Also if I have any hope of having the phone being upgraded to JB, I have to go with a company's top of the line phone. Those are never offered with smaller screens. Look at the S3mini. Compared the SIII the specs suck.
    10-26-2012 07:06 AM
  11. lesorkim's Avatar
    To the original poster: Sorry if some of the responces here seem a little harsh. I too have bought things after testing them and finding them to be what I wanted, only to later, after much more real world use, found that they were not what I thought they would be. So now you are left with a.) living with what you have now, or b.) paying the piper and getting a different phone.

    As for me, I love the size of this phone, but do find it hard to handle sometimes because it is thin - not because it's big. Perhaps you could put a case on it that increases its thickness and tactile feel in your hand?
    10-26-2012 07:21 AM
  12. trucky's Avatar
    I found the naked S3 hard to handle too. It felt slippery, partially due to it's size, partly because of the materials used to make it. My resolution was to add a case that had a bit of grip to it. There is a world of difference by doing so. And for $9 shipped, maybe one of the best additions I've made to my S3.

    S3 Complaints Big is Not Better-51b7w6gfjcl._sl500_aa300_.jpg
    10-26-2012 07:51 AM
  13. Almeuit's Avatar
    This is a topic I hate seeing...

    If the phone doesn't function or has issues software wise that Samsung could have programmed better by all means complain. That is legit as hell to complain about in my opinion... But size? No. As everyone said try a demo model before buying to see if you like how it feels. I like how the Galaxy Note 2 sounds and how the screen is big but I don't think I'd like the size.. It wouldn't fit comfortably in my pocket.. But let's say I was considering it.. I'd go hold it in the store to test it out and hold it since I know the screen is big. Not assume then be like dang I hate it... Same with the s3 you knew it was 4.7 inches.. If you weren't sure test before you buy. Don't buy and then be like wait its big... You tricked me! Even though that is not the case because specs were out even before release.

    Never understood this complaint.. People don't buy many other things without trying them first but I guess phones are different somehow? :banghead:

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums
    10-26-2012 08:00 AM
  14. trucky's Avatar
    This is a topic I hate seeing...

    If the phone doesn't function or has issues software wise that Samsung could have programmed better by all means complain. That is legit as hell to complain about in my opinion... But size? No. As everyone said try a demo model before buying to see if you like how it feels. I like how the Galaxy Note 2 sounds and how the screen is big but I don't think I'd like the size.. It wouldn't fit comfortably in my pocket.. But let's say I was considering it.. I'd go hold it in the store to test it out and hold it since I know the screen is big. Not assume then be like dang I hate it... Same with the s3 you knew it was 4.7 inches.. If you weren't sure test before you buy. Don't buy and then be like wait its big... You tricked me! Even though that is not the case because specs were out even before release.

    Never understood this complaint.. People don't buy many other things without trying them first but I guess phones are different somehow? :banghead:
    That sounds good but, the reality is that not everyone has that opportunity. We were given a printed list of phones we could choose from, and not much time to make that decision. I'm happy with my decision but the hands on option would have been nice.
    10-26-2012 08:14 AM
  15. cgardnervt's Avatar
    I have no issues using mine with one hand then again I have huge hands. So far to date the S3 is by far the best Smartphone that I have owned. I have had an Evo 3D, Evo, HOX, Palm Pre- and so on. Its just a great device IMO! I also am no fan boy however I don't mind TW. Like anything else it could be better!
    10-26-2012 08:23 AM
  16. Almeuit's Avatar
    That sounds good but, the reality is that not everyone has that opportunity. We were given a printed list of phones we could choose from, and not much time to make that decision. I'm happy with my decision but the hands on option would have been nice.
    Not sure what you are talking about by being given a list unless your saying your company bought it for you. If that's the case... Then it was a free phone so get another one that you like?

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums
    10-26-2012 09:26 AM
  17. trucky's Avatar
    Not sure what you are talking about by being given a list unless your saying your company bought it for you. If that's the case... Then it was a free phone so get another one that you like?
    Right, company issued. And I like the phone I have, why would I get another and then have to carry two?
    10-26-2012 09:32 AM
  18. ZW1990's Avatar
    I don't have the biggest hands but I use an otter box commuter on my S3 and use it one handed alot. I think its just the right size.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    10-26-2012 10:43 AM
  19. Almeuit's Avatar
    Right, company issued. And I like the phone I have, why would I get another and then have to carry two?
    Obviously I meant if you didn't like and you didn't get to hold it like you said... So if your instance was like this guys and he didn't get to hold it that's what I was implying that to..

    Sent from my Sprint S3 using AC forums
    10-26-2012 11:44 AM
  20. walcolm's Avatar
    you must have really small hands..i have no problem reaching every part of the GSIII screen holding it in one hand
    10-26-2012 02:32 PM
  21. funkylogik's Avatar
    get a grippy rubber case and its fine mate.
    edge to edge technolOgy is nearly there man

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    10-26-2012 02:38 PM
  22. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Bigger is always better when it comes to displays, whether it is on a phone, or a television
    I have long fingers so I find it very comfortable. You must have small hands
    You can maybe get the Galaxy S3 Mini when it comes out..that one is smaller
    10-26-2012 02:46 PM
  23. xKrNMBoYx's Avatar
    Complaints, Complaints, Complaints. I can't say anything if people have problems with their software, but if you don't like something that is part of the physical build why did you buy it in the first place? There are display models available virtually in all Carrier Stores for you to try out before you purchase the phone.

    I have fairly small hands for a male, and I can still comfortably use a the S3's 4.8" screen with one hand/thumb. There are different consequences to screen sizes.

    Big screens decrease mobility in some ways, while they provide more space for (better/bigger) components (battery, screen, memory chips)
    Small screens increase mobility (compact,lightness), but they have much less space for components.

    4.8" with 1280 x 720 is ~306 PPI/ 4.3" with 1280 x 720 is ~342 PPI
    Big difference?
    ..................

    Now, what kind of case are you using? Is it a thick case like a defender? Because that would definitely make it harder to use the phone with one hand.

    On a positive note look at it this way. 1080p screens are slowly getting planned/released for 5" phones. A 1080P screen on a 5" screen has a PPI of ~448. Maybe they will give the 4.3" and smaller screens better screens from now on. 1366 x 768 on a 4" is ~392 PPI, so it should be much more possible for a 4.3"
    funkylogik likes this.
    10-26-2012 04:36 PM
  24. Srambo217's Avatar
    I wish the mods would regulate on threads like this.

    Do we really need ANOTHER 'Your phone sucks cause....' thread on this board? I come here to discuss enthusiasm for this device, I shouldn't have to weed through threads to accomplish that.

    Sent From My Rooted/Modded SGSIII - If I've helped you please click 'Thanks'!
    10-26-2012 07:33 PM
  25. funkylogik's Avatar
    I wish the mods would regulate on threads like this.

    Do we really need ANOTHER 'Your phone sucks cause....' thread on this board? I come here to discuss enthusiasm for this device, I shouldn't have to weed through threads to accomplish that.

    Sent From My Rooted/Modded SGSIII - If I've helped you please click 'Thanks'!
    believe it or not im starting to agree with you mate and im all for freedom to post.
    whats needed is "iphone-android (s3)" and "blackberry to android (s3)" stickys in the forum.
    i dont mind the unique ones but a lot of the stuff has been covered several times.
    maybe im just becoming a big old moaner too lol

    if people didnt reply to the thread, it would vanish.

    p.s mate, i cant find the thread where i asked you what the sacrifices of using "juice defender" type apps are.... do you remember the title?

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or stupid) guess
    Srambo217 likes this.
    10-26-2012 07:40 PM
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