Samsung Galaxy S III

  • tautomer

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    Jul 01, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    Yesterday, I preordered myself a Samsung Galaxy S III. Should get here in about two weeks. It will be my first smartphone too.

    Anyone else order it, have it already, or want it? Excited for it?

    Discuss!
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    Jul 01, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    Which carrier?
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    Jul 01, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    I'm getting an unlocked / unbranded one. Prices are kinda high right now. So I'm going to wait a little longer. I think Samsung got at least one thing right with the SGS3.. consistency. This is the first Galaxy S that has the same form factor for all carriers. We should start seeing a better selection of accessories and cases now.
  • tautomer

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    Jul 01, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    RobertF64 saidWhich carrier?


    AT&T
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    Jul 06, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Wonderful - genuinely makes life easier plus an amazing camera
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    No doubt a great first smart phone. If you're a techie that like to tinker, then Android will be to your liking.
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    Jul 06, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    I have the first version Samsung Galaxy S Tmobile carrier, I bet the S III will have tons more features! I don't like the battery life though, mine last about 5-8 hrs top! Hm, not sure how the S III battery life will be.
  • hotkj2002

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    Jul 06, 2012 12:10 PM GMT
    That phone is so damn sexy
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 06, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    Just got one, still trying to figure it all out... Awesome phone!
  • rnch

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    Jul 06, 2012 12:37 PM GMT
    I'm holding out for the i-5 in October (I hope).

    I seldom trade phones; still on the same one since 2004.

    Why get an immitator when you get the proven original icon_question.gif

    It would be like settleing for a Hyundi or Kia when I cudda had a Toyota.

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    Jul 09, 2012 7:37 PM GMT


    Verizon launch date is now Thursday July 12.

    The US version (offered by AT&T, Sprint, and probably Verizon, shockingly, also T-Mobile) is significantly different than the international version, IMHO.

    One report says Samsung dropped their Quad-Core Exynos 4412 A9 chip that the International version uses for Qualcomm's Snapdragon dual core chip. A teardown of the T-mobile version causes me to wait until confirmation. [url]http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/cracking-open-the-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-t-mobile/6370767?seq=36&tag=thumbnail-view-selector;get-photo-roto[/url]


    Other news: Verizon has a locked bootloader.
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/09/verizon-blames-samsung-for-locked-bootloader-in-galaxy-s-iii/

    And, whatever you do if your phone gets wet...Please don't pop it in the microwave oven, wait for the 'ding' then blame the manufacturer.
    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/07/09/samsung_burnt_galaxy_s_iii_probe_reveals_microwave_damage/


    [footnote since I made a career around these things.]

    The International S III uses a radio chipset from Infineon (PMB9811X baseband and PMB5712), now owned by Intel. Infineon gave Apple (the internation/AT&T iPhone4) the "death grip", a problem Qualcomm doesn't have with the RTR8600 radio chip and active dual-antenna diversity.

    You probably won't have an easy time using the international version with Sprint or Verizon until you can use LTE exclusively. Infineon doesn't do IS95/CDMAOne.
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    Jul 09, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    Hope you like it.

    I'm an ardent Apple fanboy so I am iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air all the way.

    Lots of different phones for lots of different folks. :-)
  • TallguyNLA

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    Jul 09, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    tautomer4314 said
    RobertF64 saidWhich carrier?


    AT&T


    ATT&T has the WORST customer service EVER! so I switched....the phone is AMAZING tho!
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    Jul 09, 2012 7:47 PM GMT
    LIEV saidHope you like it.

    I'm an ardent Apple fanboy so I am iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air all the way.

    Lots of different phones for lots of different folks. :-)


    B-)

    Still have my VZ iPhone4 which continues to exceed my expectations. The industry has a challenge in being able to offer LTE in addition to what we get now with 3G in terms of circuit complexity, battery size, and battery life. The teardowns on the current bleeding-edge gives me hope Apple will be able to deliver on everyone's expectations in a few months.

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    Jul 09, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    Hopefully, be here by tomorrow to replace my Droid X on my Ohio number. My Droid Razr on my California number is much improved by ICS except for TM notifications, but at least no more email notification trouble.
  • groundcombat

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    Jul 09, 2012 8:10 PM GMT
    I got an AT&T white one this Friday. I think it's safe to say the 2007-2012 reign of an iPhone in my pocket is over. The LTE is super fast, the OS runs super fast, and the screen is brilliant. The first two days were remarkably annoying getting used to doing things on a new phone, even though I'm familiar with Honeycomb from my Galaxy Tab. Even now I miss a few small iPhone-isms (SMS preview from the lock screen) but overall starting to free myself from the Apple entrenchment to use this great phone will be worth it in the long run.

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    Jul 09, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    Figured it out. Galaxy S3 for the US does use Qualcomm's Snapdragon.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5563/qualcomms-snapdragon-s4-krait-vs-nvidias-tegra-3/

    It lurks underneath one of the Samsung memory devices in a stacked-package situation.

    Some of those chips have more than one silicon die inside. You can't sell a cellphone chip with Samsung memory embedded to anyone but Samsung, so you let other stack their memory on your processor chip.

    Never mind.
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    Jul 10, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    I'm curious as to how well the Samsung NFC app and TecTiles work.
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    Jul 12, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    just got the S3 today and I don't know if I like it as well as the Razr. Given my age, I know it takes me a while to get used to something new, but so far I'll take the Razr. I hope this changes with acclimation.
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    Jul 16, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree saidjust got the S3 today and I don't know if I like it as well as the Razr. Given my age, I know it takes me a while to get used to something new, but so far I'll take the Razr. I hope this changes with acclimation.


    And its changing as I get used to it. Always does.

    I will say that it is a simply fantastic screen even compared to a friend's 4S I gotta say that this is better.

    Good, I got used to this and now my Canon T4i with the 18-135 STM is in so now something else to learn. I will be so damn glad to have a silent AF for vid.
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    Jul 16, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    groundcombat saidI got an AT&T white one this Friday. I think it's safe to say the 2007-2012 reign of an iPhone in my pocket is over. The LTE is super fast, the OS runs super fast, and the screen is brilliant. The first two days were remarkably annoying getting used to doing things on a new phone, even though I'm familiar with Honeycomb from my Galaxy Tab. Even now I miss a few small iPhone-isms (SMS preview from the lock screen) but overall starting to free myself from the Apple entrenchment to use this great phone will be worth it in the long run.



    "The first two days were remarkably annoying getting used to doing things on a new phone"

    Oh fuk yes. Drives me nuts because I don't sleep much until I know it inside and out.
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    Jul 16, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    have any of you had any experience of Viber on the SII? does it work 'well'?
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    Jul 16, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    xsocalguy8x saidI have the first version Samsung Galaxy S Tmobile carrier, I bet the S III will have tons more features! I don't like the battery life though, mine last about 5-8 hrs top! Hm, not sure how the S III battery life will be.


    Battery life has been real decent though. Did I mention that the screen is stunning? It is!
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    Jul 16, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    I do not like the size of the Galaxy. Just way too big. And flat, which makes me scared of it being snapped in half.

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    Jul 16, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    ECnAZ saidI do not like the size of the Galaxy. Just way too big. And flat, which makes me scared of it being snapped in half.

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    I would have gotten the galaxy note had it come out on Verizon. My primary use has morphed into what I'm doing right now and with my 58 yr old eyes the little larger screen is very handy.