Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Verizon Galaxy SIII: First Impressions


The Galaxy SIII on Verizon is the last of the major carrier versions to launch and was possibly the most anticipated other than the Quad-Core laden international version. Verizon has the largest LTE network and is well known for it. The Galaxy SIII on Verizon brings the first second generation LTE radio which should help the devices battery life noticeably. I bought the device personally and have now had a few days with it. Here are my observations about the device after a few days.

Hardware
The phone is built great even with its plastic construction. It does feel cheaper than say HTC devices, but in my opinion it is in no way cheap feeling. Some don't like the plastic back cover, but I previously had an HTC Thuderbolt which had an incredibly hard to remove back cover, so I have come to like the ease of removal the back cover provides.

Coming from a thunderbolt also means that this phone's thin profile takes some getting used to, but that is coming from a true brick of a phone I had before.

The 4.8" HD Super AMOLED is beautiful. Its use of pentile technology makes the screen show pixels slightly at maximum brightness, but it is in no way and issue. Most of the time pixels are indistinguishable.

I have come to like the button layout on the SIII. The back button on the right was odd at first, but after a few days I don't even no what it felt like to have it on the left.

The camera is nothing short of phenomenal from what little I have used it. I will have sample photos in the full review, coming in a week or so.

So far the 2100 mAh battery is holding up well. I haven't had a chance to actually do any real testing, but I hope to in the coming days. The new radios, which hold on to data much more than previous versions, have helped battery noticeably, but I'll save my verdict till I can try it some more.

Software
This phone runs Android 4.0.4 with Samsung's Touchwiz on top of it. I didn't find Touchwiz to be bad at all, even though I replaced the stock launcher with Nova Launcher giving it a stock look and feel. I actually find this to be a tad better than stock Android because most of Samsung's modifications have been positive. It appears that Samsung is already working on Jelly Bean for this phone although it could be a long time before it makes it through the carriers "processes".

There is much to say about this phone and it will make for a fairly lengthy full review. As far as I can tell at this point it is for sure the best phone on Verizon as well as every other carrier and I would already not be afraid to recommend it to anyone.

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1 comment:

  1. I bought the blue GSIII from Verizon. It’s been a fantastic phone so far. Some of my Dish co-workers have Galaxies and encouraged me to get an LTE phone; I can see why they like it so much. Once I downloaded the Dish Remote Access app on my phone, I was able to stream a few of shows through my Sling Adapter that I have connected to my Hopper. Samsung has made a great phone, and I can’t wait to see what they do with their Galaxy line in the future.

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