Got one of these a month ago, and I'm impressed, upgraded from a Galaxy S2 with the thought that there would be almost no improvement and was wrong the S3 is an excellent phone, although really the cost of upgrading from and S2 to an S3 at the moment in my opinion not worth the money as the S2 is an excellent and VERY capable phone.
The phone is buttery smooth, and rarely skips a beat doing anything. Even under heavy use the battery lasts extremely well, better than an SII without a doubt, I've talked for 7 hours on the phone and had about 36% battery remaining this is after installing app updates in the morning and having the phone on idle for a few hours prior. It typically lasts me with moderate to heavy use an entire 24 hours, and my push to two or three days with relatively light use. With that being said if you're running CPU/GPU intensive tasks it's entirely possible to burn through the entire battery in a matter of hours but it's pretty unlikely you'd do this every day unless you play games non stop, and a USB cable fixes that easily (a laptop with a nice big battery can supplement it quite well :)).
Samsung also have made several changes to their software, further integrating many of the applications which were present on the SGS II, swipe is now an option under the Samsung keyboard and I haven't had a crash yet so it's much more reliable than Swipe was in my experience. The lock screen offers direct access to your phone book, messaging, Internet, and camera, which is a nice addition and direct access to the call log or a message if you've missed a call or received a message. It also offers eye tracking which prevents the phone from locking if you're looking at it, which for me has worked near flawlessly one of my pet hates with the SGS II was unless I upped the unlock timeout to 10 mins it'd often switch off on me, with the SGS 3 this allows me to conserve battery with a short timeout without impairing battery life.
There is only one thing which I can fault, they've removed the message button from the keypad, which adds a button or two to each text sending (settings > send message) so it's not really anything major still a minor annoyance.
Still my recommendation - get one! Probably not worth the cash to upgrade from an SII or similar phone, but if you own something older like a Galaxy S or Xperia X8 *shudder* then grab yourself one of these they're an excellent phone!
Oh and to answer peoples questions about storage - you get about 11.35 GB on a fresh phone due to OS overhead, formatting etc same as any device whilst it has x GB of storage that's before taking into account overheads. Also it's got a card slot so if you slap a nice big memory card in there you can get yourself quite a bit of storage :)
Ink spot - out of about 10 Galaxy S2's and 1 Galaxy S3 I haven't seen a single instance of this issue.
Samantha, 26 Jul 2012hi everyone.
Look in this forum S3 is suffering and struggling to please its users but I can ... moreS3 is far better than One X on everything! One X have a lot more fatal problems, and most negative comments here are written by HTC iPhone or Sony fans that pretend to have a S3!
Read the One X forum and you will see real users with real fatal problems with their One X!
shouvik1993, 26 Jul 2012there r so many contradictory comments in gsmarena.i'm planning buy sony xperia s or samsung g... moreWhatever you decide, do not waste your money on the plastic disaster Xperia S! Wait for Acro S or buy a phone from LG or Motorola if you do not like S3!
AnonD-64371, 26 Jul 2012thanks sammy for copying iphone technology.. now i can enjoy more..!other way around buddy
Anonymous, 26 Jul 2012neh! quad core s4 krait will kick this exynos ass.,.. its better only because its much newer. the newer exynos equivalent will destroy the s4 where as s4 is just better than current exynos
jin, 26 Jul 2012I had this phone for 5 days. Touchwhiz is very fast but looks ugly compared to HOX. Not mentio... more-ink spot is not a common amoled issue. people need to stop spreading lies. it also might be the low qyuality of a video.
-two-the galaxy series are just about the best to use under the sun. Its the high contrast ofblack to colors of amoled. lcds do tend to be a little brighter but amoleds are nowhere near dim. and amoleds still look way better.
-what do you expect playing games on a quad core HD phone? For the best battery in the world?
AnonD-31664, 24 Jul 2012780 is about correct for 1gb devices.
200++ is used by android OS.
Just like storage: 1... moreThx 4 reply,
But you got it wrong.
If notice say 1g ram, then there should be 1g not 780mb ram. Its a bit like buying a brand new car which has 4 cylinders and 16 valves... you pay for that, if you found that ur car only has 12 valves you go back to the carseller and complain, no?.
The sIII has 220mb dead/unused/lost/ or missing ram.
OneX has 980mb ram so very close to the 1g ram announced.
(Both tested with android assistant)
Anyone with sIII could tell me ram really in use they have. Need to know if there are bad batches or there are all like that.
hiren, 26 Jul 2012I have Galaxy s3 , there is not much difference abt the hardware , may b i m too technofreak b... morealmost same hardware? How?
Different memory, ram, screen, audio chip, processor, body, antenna, charger port, motherboard, and so on and on and on. I dont understand how people keep saying there is no difference.
iSJ5, 26 Jul 2012oh god! This two blogers proudly owners of plastic cupy! Hihihi! God i m proudly a 4s owner!So you are proud to be the owner of a stolen copy that looks like old samsung phones and steels partts and ideas while buying the rest. All to total out to one of the biggest ripp offs, lies, and social conformities ever. All while still being buggy as hell for being the only worked on phone they have and being locked down tight useless os. Good job. Glad some people are wiling to settle for sh** so some of us get all the goodies.
Mehtab, 26 Jul 2012Please don't buy the SIII it has got very worst battery life. Nothing infornt of iPhone lmao! Nice try troll bridge.
Samantha, 26 Jul 2012hi everyone. Look in this forum S3 is suffering and struggling to please its users but I can ... moreOk troll. So you never used an S3 and its questionable if you even have a Hoax...Oops I mean Hox. Lol. Go back to the cheap company you crawled out of
Fab and funky fone. But why is the battery lousy? I thought they said it was going to be good?
Look in this forum S3 is suffering and struggling to please its users but I can assure you as I'm HTC One X user, that One X is far better that this phone even prices can tell. HTC Sense 4 wow, wow,wow, the phone is super faster. HTC is for professional and business people not S3 a student phone who are still in laboratory. Well Done HTC
Anyone having issues with messages? It keeps saying I have unread messages even though I have read them. I have to switch phone off to get rid. I've not downloaded any apps, it's also happening to my mail messages too.
Any advice would be very welcoming
Pleaseee samsungg update...battery drainingg on standby!!! see my fon screen short :'(
Great phone outstanding features, dloes anyone know to load hd games,that download but dont run on the s3 galaxy.
bluemoon, 26 Jul 2012plz reply galaxy s3 in specification 16gb but only 11.5gb there,where is 4.5gb.and ram is 1gb ... moreAs I know if you look at any phone , any phone you will notice that the internal memory is less than that you found on specification chart , I think that the operating system and software ( apps those installed from manufacture ) are took it , for instance I bought HTC WILDFIRE S for three months and I notice that the internal memory is about 160mb ( I'm not sure I don't remember actually ) , while if you look at its specification chart you found its internal memory about 512 mb , the same thing about the RAM , but I don't why is that this time ..
If you wanna take a look , go to some samsungs galaxy models charts and reviews on gsmarena ( the user interface pages ) and look at the pics that shows the task manager , and you will find what I'm talking about
bluemoon, 26 Jul 2012plz reply galaxy s3 in specification 16gb but only 11.5gb there,where is 4.5gb.and ram is 1gb ... morethat why you cant use all the 16GB storage of your gs3 its becouse not all free memory is available for user its becouse apps. Is also using the momory iven the systen/rom apps. Ex. You edit a password of your fone then it will record it and save it in Cdrive and if you playing games when the prograss or you save the game it will cost a lot. If you want, use sdcard not a fone memo. Is RAM drilling too if you use fone mem0!
there r so many contradictory comments in gsmarena.i'm planning buy sony xperia s or samsung galaxy s3.but due 2 those contradictory comments,i've got very much confused& bewildered.plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz any kindhearted person tell me dat whether sgs3 a gud phone or not.should i buy it or not?what's about sony xperia s?is it a gud phone or not?what is meant by its 82gb* memory!?i know dat sxs has a 32gb internal storage.den how it become a 82gb device?is sony xperia s much better in performance than samsung galaxy s3 or its vice-versa?plz plz any very kindhearted person fulfil my queries& reply correctly and logically to my questions!!thanks in advance...,thank u