Featured user review Samsung Galaxy S III 10-15-12

Published: October 15, 2012

Another impressive showing in the Official Smartphone Rankings has the Samsung Galaxy S III user review featured on another Monday.

"Big 'n Beautiful, yet slim." By DAVE LEVINTER on October 13, 2012

Having been on both sides of the Apple iOS/Android fence I have to say that the Samsung Galaxy S III is the BEST PHONE I'VE EVER OWNED. 

There's not much to say about it that hasn't already been said, but I do have to add that the battery life that I've been seeing has been well over 12 hrs per day... and just into the low 20% range at that time. There have been a few days in the past couple of weeks that have exceeded 20hrs. as well (meaning I put the phone down before bed and woke up to a usable phone). VERY IMPRESSIVE. Granted I'm smart about how I use the phone. I'm on WiFi when I can and turn off radios when not needed or not in use (ie. Blue Tooth, GPS, Wifi when out 'n about). I'm on the phone quite a bit for work and travel and had planned on picking up an extended 4300 mAh battery to compliment the stock 2100 mAh battery for travel days, but so far... it doesn't seem to be required. I may just grab a 2nd stock battery and call it a day. Since it's a breeze to remove the back cover and swap out the battery, why increase the form factor with the extended one? 

And speaking of form factor... how can such a large phone feel so slim? I barely notice it in my pocket and yet it dwarfs the new iPhone 5 with a big beautiful AMOLED display. Ok, it doesn't have the iPhone 5's pixel density, but seriously? Can ANYONE honestly tell? Not unless you're a professional in this space. 300+ pixels are certainly retina-enough for anyone. videos on the 1280x720 (HD) screen look great while on the go. Ok, I'd opt for watching full movies on the iPad if I had to, but I'm not complaining with a Galaxy SIII in my pocket. 

I'm of the opinion that while the Apple iTunes ecosystem is a wonderful way to manage all music/movies/apps/etc, Android's Google Play store does a fine job with all the apps. There hasn't been many apps (if any at all) that I need and haven't been able to find there. Plus the addition of widgets on the multiple screens make managing my info quite easy... Word of Warning: don't overdo the widgets, they'll drain the battery.... keep it to the ones required. 

All in all... if the ratings for this phone went to a 10.... my score would go to 11.

Display 5/5
Battery Life 5/5
Apps & Media Support 5/5
Reception & Call Quality 5/5
Design/Form Factor 5/5

Overall 5.0

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