Today I Returned a Galaxy S III after Owning it for One Hour.
First of all, before you skip this post and go to the comment section to call me a fanboy, let me say that I bought the phone hoping that I wouldn't want to return it. Why would I pay $200 for a phone that I didn't want?
I didn't preorder the iPhone 5. I live in a small town, and didn't think I would have that much trouble getting the device due to past experience. Well, I was wrong. After two days of calling and driving, I still don't have one.
While waiting at Verizon stores, I often wandered over to the S III. "The black looks a lot better in person." I would say to myself. Then I started thinking about a post in the forums a while ago about a guy who took advantage of Verizon's 14 day trial to see if he liked Android. Well, I couldn't get an iPhone 5, so why not try something new. I've only heard good things about it.
So I did. I bought a black 32 GB Galaxy S III. It didn't take me long to realize that I hated the thing with a burning passion.
It's not really Android, It's the poisoned version of Android Samsung calls TouchWiz. The splashing sound when i unlock the phone, haptic feedback, sounds every time i touch something, annoying motion controls, It drove me crazy.
Can I turn these things off? Yes. But I shouldn't have to. I shouldn't even need to think about diving into the settings just to stop my phone from annoying the shit out of me.
I must have said to myself 5 times while I was still on the home screen, "Why did they think it was a good idea to make it work that way.. ?" For example, when I'm moving icons or widgets around on the home screen, I have to go back into the app menu. Small things like that make what should be simple processes tedious. People usually complain about iOS for the reasons, so I was shocked to see it on Android. Of course there was bloatware, too. I had a hard time deleting some of it which I'll get to later.
Typical of Samsung, the hardware was cheap too. I've been looking at iPhone 5's all week and to see a Verizon employee taking the flexible plastic backing was a let down. I knew it was plastic, but come on, for $200 you should get more than that.
There were some small annoyances in Android too. For example, I had to Google how to delete an app... I still don't think I ever actually deleted it. I love pure Android, but this murky reincarnation is not what I was expecting.
Now that the fanboys are red faced, let me say that I wanted to love this phone. I wouldn't have wasted my time with buying it if I didn't want it. I honestly don't understand what people see in this phone. Sup-par hardware, and poisoned software.