More Ice cream Sandwich Please November 6, 2012
I have owned this phone for 6 months. It is far and away the best smart phone I have used. I traded up from a Samsung Rogue but have used several different smart phones including the iPhone. The first and best feature is the screen. It is huge and the image is beyond clear. As I grow older I find being able to see and read the screen becomes more important to me.
As a phone, it does everything I need. I would prefer a slide-out keyboard but I am adapting to the on-screen typing. I am also finding that I LOVE the speech to text feature. I use it constantly for everything from filling out forms in the internet to entering address into the navigator. The 4-G connection is very fast, even in the rural area where I live and work. I had read reviews complaining about the battery life when using the smart phone features but I am having no trouble using the phone all day without recharging and I USE all features of the phone.
On the negative side, the phone as shown a tendency to lock up with certain apps, mostly from Google. Since it is easy to reboot or remove the battery I don't view this as a deal breaker but it could become annoying. Fortunately it does not do so very often. That is the only gripe I have with it.
I would highly recommend this phone to anyone, even an iPhone junkie like my wife.
Just got it! November 25, 2012
Reviewer: Theodoric58 (Los Angeles) -
This phone blows everything else I've used out of the water. Smooth, superb design. I'd be happier if it came with the battery of the RAZR Maxx but hey, then it'd be too good to be true, right? I'm more than satisfied, I'm ecstatic to have it! Haven't finished playing with it yet but I came from an S2 and prior to that, an iPhone 4. Nothing really seems to choke this phone yet, even playing GTA3. Everything flies fluidly and without hiccup. Love it!
Impressive Smartphone November 18, 2012
Reviewer: Michael Paul Sebek (Georgia, USA) -
I recently purchased three of these phones to outfit the family. In a word, they are terrific. The phones operate flawlessly, and have a host of features, "apps," and "widgets" that are not only cool, but make organizing and accomplishing necessary daily tasks and routines much easier. The phone is very elegant and stylish, but we have all three cocooned inside Otterbox cases that we purchased from Amazon. I thought this was a much less expensive alternative than the $11 per month PER PHONE that Verizon wanted to charge for insurance. Only time will tell if this was a good decision, but as of now we are very satisified with the phones and its accessories (all of which we purchased from Amazon). All in all, the Samsung Galaxy SIII is an impressive package. Even my son - previously a die-hard Apple iPhone proponent - has switched to Samsung. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Great Phone- DO NOT BUY FROM AMAZON WIRELESS! January 21, 2013
Reviewer: James (Florida, USA) -
*Beware that Amazon Wireless is separate division and they do not operate under the same guidelines as Amazon*
I've owned this phone for 9 days and used it extensively. Huge upgrade from my Google G2. New Google software seems very fast and smooth. Great camera and the AMOLED display is the best I've seen.
4G LTE is very fast, WHEN I'm connected to it. I find this phone to be on 3G most of the day. My location? Miami, FL which brings me to this complaint I filed with Verizon and Amazon Wireless:
On January 11th 2013 I switched to Verizon Wireless after spending the previous 7 years with their direct competitor. The main reason for my switch was Verizon's marketing and promise of a more reliable & stronger network. I purchased the a Samsung Galaxy S III and as a loyal Amazon Prime member, I did so with confidence and was excited that I had saved $50 off the current Verizon Wireless promotional price.
After using the phone for several days I noticed some technical issues with the device. After spending several hours of my time with the Verizon Wireless technical department, it was determined that this phone was defective (not connecting to the network properly). I was assured by the Verizon Wireless technical specialist that under Verizon's worry-free guarantee, a new phone would be sent free of charge but that I had to contact Amazon Wireless directly in order to process the guarantee.
When I contacted Amazon Wireless I was informed that there was only 2 options for replacing this phone. Amazon Wireless does not honor any Verizon guarantees and they have their own policy's. The first option was to ship this defective device back, thus SURRENDERING MY SERVICE and going without a phone for 5-6 days while they "process" the return. The second option is to pay the FULL RETAIL PRICE of $699, wait 3-4 days for the replacement, and then get a refund 7-10 days after Amazon Wireless received the defective device back.
Option 1 = No phone for 5-6 days while you ship yours back and then wait for a replacement
Option 2 = Pay $699 + shipping to get a replacement, refund in 7-10 days after they receive defective
When I brought up the fact that the Verizon tech department had informed me otherwise, I was told by the Amazon Wireless representative that "They'll say anything to get you off the phone". I asked to speak with a supervisor and was told nothing else could be done. Both replacement options are clearly unrealistic and unacceptable. Amazon Wireless refused to replace the defective equipment that they sent me.
Beware that Amazon wireless is separate division and they do not operate under the same guidelines as Amazon. Customer service is marginal at best and they will not budge on this policy. Both replacement options that Amazon Wireless presented to me reflect poorly on the Amazon brand. I would strongly suggest buying this phone at a Verizon Wireless corporate retail store.
Very Attractive Looking in Black, Awesome Phone! November 8, 2012
Reviewer: vdavisoh "Bargain Outlet" (Cleveland, OH USA) -
I switched from the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Nexus to the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S3. I'm glad I waited until the black color was released. The phone is beautiful in the black finish. Overall compared to the Galaxy Nexus the S3 has a better display, faster speed and a bunch of cool features in the touch wiz that the Galaxy Nexus does not have. I can't wait for the Jelly Bean update for the S3. If you're considering an Android on the Verizon network, I highly recommend the Galaxy S3.
Incredible!!! November 17, 2012
Reviewer: A.W. (U.S.) -
Wow this baby is smoking hot!! I was originally getting the razr Maxx but thank goodness I didn't. The battery life on this lasts an entire day! I've been using it all day long & started out at only 87% at 7am. Now its at 32% & its 8pm & that's heavy use(3d games,hd movies & surfing). The screen is astonishing ..a big step up from my old Motorola phone of 2 years lol. Multitasking is a breeze. I've said enough. This has to be the best phone out right now.
Galaxy S3 November 13, 2012
This phone is the best. It outperforms the iPhone every time. Although SVoice isn't the best, it has other features to make up for it. One thing I have been noticing is it overheating whenever I'm not using it. I recommend this phone to anyone, just go for the 32gb because 16gb fills up quickly.
Great Phone January 6, 2013
I've had the Verizon flavor of this phone for about 2 months now. The phone is great. It was a major upgrade over my last phone the T-Mobile G2x (LG) and my work phone the Droid X2. I'd say my favorite feature improvement is the ability to add emergency numbers that the phone can call when it is locked. I like the idea of a paramedic knowing who to call if I were ever in a car accident. The phone is thin enough that putting the right case on it is no big deal, the phone will still fit easily in my pocket.
The Verizon security app bogged the phone down and didn't work well. I added McAffee WaveSecure and it seems to do a great job.
My only gripes are:
Google Wallet is only supported on the Sprint flavor
the apps menu scrolls side-to-side rather than up and down like my G2x and Droid X2.
Could have been a contender January 17, 2013
Reviewer: Bob S (Attleboro, MA USA) -
Not a bad phone, but wish Verizon/Samsung would allow full use of it to the average unrooted user. I bought the 16 gb version (11 gb available for my use) and a 32gb SD card, but the external SD can only be used for storage of pictures, video or music files. Can't place or run any of your apps on the external SD. They also made it much more difficult to access the phone via your USB cable. On my previous (HTC EVO 4G ) phone I could access the SD card like an external disk drive and easily transfer files back and forth. This phone treats your external SD as an afterthought. The carrier and manufacturer are certainly making it more of a necessity for us non-geeks to explore rooting, although I understand that Jelly Bean 4.1.1 has made that a little more difficult, but that will change as the devs have more time to explore. I thought I had done enough due diligence prior to purchase and many of the other competing phones had their own issues
Amazing Phone December 1, 2012
Reviewer: Allan Brown Sr. (Rome, Georgia) -
Nice slim black case. Upgraded from a Droid Incredible with a Verizon customer appreciation discount and caught the phone on sale. Also bought a 32gig SD card (suggested). The phone is amazing. Beautiful display; blazing fast. LOTS of features to catch up on. I keep the PDF Owners Manual on my desktop for occasional reading and tinkering. With a little tinkering with Battery Life and WiFi settings easily getting 1 1/2 to 2 days battery with moderate usage. Get one!
Excellent February 23, 2013
Bought this phone for the 2012 Black Friday deals on Amazon. Continues to amaze me at how much better it is than the iPhone. Android is continuing to show how much better it is than iOS.
Note: Battery life is weak, yet still stronger than the iPhone. Get an extended battery. Can double the life. I can get 3-4 days easy. Takes a bit for it to calibrate to the new battery in case any take my advice.
Amazing!!! April 10, 2013
Reviewer: Gadget Gary (Chicago,Il) -
I ordered 2 of these phones 2 weeks ago, received them promptly within 2 days, charged them, inserted SIMs that came with phones, and was good to go within 5 minutes.
Phones are simply amazing. I am still discovering many features, but so far I used and was amazed with these:
1. Call quality
2. GPS-lock instantly(I live in Chicago-tall buildings...)
3. Data speed(4G LTE with Verizon
4. Screen-Beautiful and bright(could be brighter in sunlight)
5. Motion activated features(Zoom, Text messaging to Voice call, shake to update...)
6. Camera-you don't need to carry your camera-camcorder any more)
7. Battery-It last 15 to 20 hrs with moderate use. I use hepatic feedback,Wi-FI, GPS, upload Apps few times a day, search web, camera with flash...) I was deciding between this phone and Motorola Maxx HD because of battery life, but it is plenty of time between charges)
You can beat the price. I paid $9.99 per phone, and MOTO was $99.99 per phone at the time.Don't be afraid, this is a great device.
Still the best phone on the market January 19, 2013
Reviewer: Austin (Baltimore) -
I would recommend this phone to anyone. However, I hate tuchwiz so a custom ROM is a must. Design wise this phone is amazing.
Great phone May 21, 2013
Reviewer: Alex Bilangino
It's fast, has a good battery life, and does everything I need it to. It's definitely a bigger phone, but because it's slim I can't even feel it in my pocket.
new phone SIII May 18, 2013
Reviewer: Paul (Fall River, MA, US) -
I went from a HTC Incredible to this S3 and it is like night and day. It took me a couple of days to get used to the larger phone but love it. It is faster and has more. I am still happily exploring all of the features.
Great Phone April 23, 2013
Reviewer: Robert Ross
Love this phone! I finally have fast 4G and a screen that is big enough to see. Have no complaints about this phone.
Great phone....terrific display and easy to use. March 10, 2013
Reviewer: JIM D "Jim D." (Long Island, NY USA) -
I upgraded to the S3 from a Samsung Fascinate about two weeks ago and love the phone. Big, bright display and very fast WiFi and 4G data speeds. Web pages pop open as fast as my laptop! User interface is much improved over the Fascinate. Phone voice calls seem fine. Battery life is better. Data monitor function is handy. Maps and GPS work good and voice data entry for navigate is very handy!
Overall the phone operation is much faster and smoother than my old phone.
Third phone we have bought from Amazon Wireless with no problems and very fast shipping.
Beware of Verizon "upgrade fee" of $30 which Verizon added to my recent bill. Called them and protested and they took it off my bill.
Great phone especially for 30 bucks!!! May 20, 2013
I ordered the phone on thurday night and received it sunday morning. I love the weight of the phone. It is so light. Especillay when compared to my sony experia play. I love the vibrant colors and simplicity of use. Charging is fairly decent and the the ability to add memory to the phone is another plus. The audio from this phone is really good. Used as a speakerphone or streaming audio. Plus 4GLTE. 29.99 is more than a steal for this phone. Amazon has done it again with a deal lower than any other competitors. Thanks Amazon
Easy to use May 12, 2013
This phone is easy to get started with a nice large display without making the phone itself heavy or cumbersome.
There are plenty of apps, and we are constantly learning new things about it between the 2 users in our household.