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Jason Yiap
Aug 12
Jason Yiap
Overall
4.6
Jason Yiap

"Great but not perfect."

(Sorry for any grammar mistakes)
Note that i rooted my S3 with custom kernel and ROM.
I have been using the international S3 with a slight different processor and total RAM compared to the US variant for about 2 months. Here is my honest thoughts about the smartphone. Don't expect any biased opinion here.

First and foremost, i have to warn the prospective buyer about the issue that haunted most of the S3 users which is the ink marks on the screen. It is very noticeable when looking at the screen ONLY in the dark with black background. Lucky for me i have only 2 little small blob of ink on my screen. In spite of the issue, it is still a joy looking at the 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED with magnificent color reproduction. It may appeared to be over saturated for certain people but it doesn't bug me that much. If the screen is the highest criterion for choosing a phone then HoX won't be letting you down.

Reception and call quality is doing great.

Now let's talk about the battery life. In the battery department Samsung S3 is doing a magnificent job! Do the 2100mAh provides enough juice? A full charge i can get around 4-5 hours ON SCREEN TIME with moderate to heavy usage. Browsing, gaming and messaging to be exact.

Before i made my purchase, i watched the Phonedog's review about the Samsung S3. Aaron stated that, it is great to hold in the hand which turns out to be so true!
At first i was struggling to get used to the gargantuan 4.8 inch screen,one-hand usage is a pain in the butt ( i don't have a large hand). In the end, that is not a big deal anymore, just need a little bit of time to settle down. One thing i really don't like is the plastic construction of the phone. Unlike the HoX which i think is far more superior in terms of build quality. I would like to share my real world experience in the DROP TEST which turns out great(accident by the way). My S3 survived twice dropping from my bed. The overall design is OKAY, nothing to brag about. By the way, i always turn off the backlit buttons because it doesn't look right to me.

Last but not least, one more issue about the S3 is the front facing camera. Capturing a white background with your front facing camera will leave a pink circle on the image. A lot of users also facing this issue at XDA forum. I'm not sure about the US version. The main camera is serving me well except in low ambient light which produce a LOT of noise. Tips for conserving your battery is to turn off the unnecessary motion such as direct call and etc. In fact, i do turn it all off because i basically never use any. LOL

To wrap things up, do i recommend this smartphone to anyone? Yes in a heart beat. In the end, it is always depends on individual preference.



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