Samsung Galaxy S3 Review

 I wanted to love this phone, but had a lot of disappointments when using it. There were things that I loved, things that I didn’t, and most of all, one thing that was a deal-breaker for me.

First let’s talk about what I loved.  I love the fast 4G LTE service from Verizon. I love the large 4.6” screen which is very useful, especially for email and video viewing.  The screen is crisp and clear and looks quite good, even when compared to the Retina Display of the iPhone.

This phone has many other things to love. It has NFR which allows you to exchange files with other NFR phones and to make NFR purchases. Even though NFR is not yet widely used, having it on your phone gives you a little future-proofing.

The Galaxy has a fast dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It runs the excellent Android operating system called Jellybean (4.04), It has both a front-facing and rear-facing cameras.  You can get good pictures and videos from this phone.

So what’s not to like? Although it feels quite sturdy, the plastic housing looks pretty cheap next the sturdily built iPhone and some Android competitors like the Razr phones. The S3 has own version of Siri, called S-Voice, but I found S-Voice to be almost unusable.

Those two things were not, however, the major impairments for me. My major problem came when trying to make phone calls. Although I’ve read glowing reviews from others, I found this phone lacking in the thing that phones should excel at — connectivity. In my testing I heard a lot of stuttering in voice calls, lost signals in GPS, and hesitation when accessing the Internet, especially when in fringe service areas.

Because so many others have loved this phone and had no problem with it, I had Verizon send me another S3. My results were the same. The second phone had similar connectivity problems.  The manager at my local Verizon store confirmed that he also had many returns because of connectivity problems.

Do some of these phones have different innards? Do the antennas malfunction in certain scenarios?  I honestly can’t really figure out what the problem is, but if you are considering this phone, make sure that you can return it with no restocking fee if you find it unusable like I did.

The Galaxy is available from Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and AT&T for $199 with a two-year contract.

More details in my Samsung Galaxy S3 Review on


Amy 02-11-2012, 19:31

You might want to fix the operating system. It is running 4.0, but that is Ice Cream Sandwich. I think sprint has had an update to Jelly Bean already, 4.1. The other phones are waiting.

Sandy Berger 08-11-2012, 10:35

The review unit I received was already running Jelly Bean, but you are right. Many of these phones are being sold with IceCream Sandwich and will be upgraded to Jelly Bean sometime after purchase.

top7mobiles 05-02-2013, 03:09

Great article. Am finding some review for galaxy s3 to fix my find. That a good looking phone. wanna buy it.

Boost mobile 06-02-2013, 03:18

Thanks for your review. I use that device. I get more information about it here thanks again.

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