Samsung Galaxy S III

7.0
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Reviewed by ASingh (Previously owned)

Horribly designed piece of crap. I had a One X for a couple of weeks and then returned it to get this. Loved that phone but wanted the latest and greatest so got my hands on the S III last Friday. Here is a list of complaints:

1) The Screen – this review does not capture just how crappy the screen is compared to the One X or the iPhone. If you are standing in a store comparing them side-by-side there is just no way you can convince yourself that you want to buy an S III. For people who say that it doesn’t matter my argument is simple the screen is the arguably the most important component of the modern smartphone and as long as the other specs are comparable you want the better screen.

2) Touch-wiz – I am a fan of stock android experience or Cyanogenmod. But the HTC Sense 4.0 is superior to the Touch-Wiz experience. I am fan of rooting and customization and for me function always trumps form (that is how I convinced myself to buy the SIII in the first place – bigger RAM, better front facing camera, bigger battery, SD card) but Touch Wiz UI is such a crap shoot that the whole phone experience just becomes annoying. The software stutters and lags, you get frequent error messages (For the naysayers I got TWO units, one on Friday which I returned on Saturday because I thought it was defective but I got freezes and crashes with the second one as well. I did not disable any carrier bloatware as I usually would, just downloaded the usual apps I use). The screen also has a slight flickering quality which may be because of the overaggressive auto-brightness or the Pentile arrangement. Other little gripes – no custom themes like HTC ONE X, cannot upload multiple pics to FB from the Gallery, cluttered settings menus (the settings options for Phone and Calls is under Phone), hidden settings (no indication that a native app has extra settings or not u gotta play button mash with the menu button), the home button is useless as pressing it to bring up recent apps feels awkward.

3) For the first time in my life I am going to choose form over function. The HTC ONE X is close to the S III in specs but just looks, feels and operates much more smoothly. From the design that does not incorporate cheap plastic (the SIII does not feel like a $200 luxury phone – cheap plastic no matter how smooth it is still cheap plastic), to a more stable Android skin, to a screen that frankly is the best on the market, the HTC ONE X is a better phone from a user standpoint.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 3
  • Display 5
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 9
  • Performance 7
  • Software 5
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 8
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