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It has gotten to the point that by the time you get a new phone with all the latest operating system and functions, you find out that something else just came on the market to make your phone look like a brick. That is why it is so surprising to see Samsung Galaxy S3 (GS3) continue strong over the last couple of months even with the introduction of some heavy hitters like the iPhone 5. A fast processor, large and remarkably clear OLED screen and thin body can only get you so far.
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Soon enough everyone else will have the same things. Now the only way to differentiate yourself is to have some thing more. Key to this was the slew of great functions included with the GS3 right out of the box. Some of my favorites include:
1)S Voice- similar to Apple’s SIRI the S voice can recognize up to 8 different languages and allows you to control 20 different phone functions.
2)Andriod v4.04 –now upgradable to the latest version “Jelly Bean” the Android operating system continues to surprise me on how versatile and easy to use it is. Many of my friends that have tried it have honestly made the transition to full blown Android supporters.
3) Direct Call-Basically the GS3 recognizes when you want to place a call to someone you are texting by the motion of putting the phone to your head and initiates the call.
4) Popup Play- This allows users to watch videos and do other functions on the phone at the same time.
5) Finally the most publicized feature (at least in commercials) was the sharing feature which allows two GS3 users to share music/videos/files simply by touching their phones together.
The GS3 also come loaded with a number of standard apps including:
- Google +
- Google Play
- Google Maps
Including some Samsung specific apps as well:
- Game Hub
- Video Hub
- Social Hub
To tell you the truth, if I had to choose at the moment I would definitely pick the GS3 over the iPhone 5. It just seems that the IPhone 5 is still a work in progress, and outside of the fanatic iPhone fans, when you objectively look at each phone it isn’t too hard to see why some people have made the switch.
In a sign that Samsung believes that it was going to win the battle with iPhone, they started to offer owners a free service to download any music or video from their old iPhones. While the iPhone is still the dominate phone in the market it does help to note that the GS3 has them worried, why else would they sue Samsung?
Yet, I have left the most important factor for both the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 and that is being on the 4G network. You can have the best phone in world but if you are on a slow network then you might as well have the brick I mentioned in the beginning. I tested out the Galaxy S3 on the Verizon LTE 4G network and it was close to spectacular. Video’s show up instantly and music streams uninterrupted. It was also a god send when working with Google maps and the navigator as you get almost instantaneous tracking of your GPS signal without any hitches. Honestly, this has been one of my favorites experiences when using the phone.
Disclosure: I received a Samsung Galaxy loan from Verizon Wireless for review purpuses but as always my posts is my unbaised opinion.