Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Samsung Galaxy S3

If I think back 5 years, I had a different job, different home and I really only thought about food and computer games. I won't lie, I had a semi-serious addiction to World of Warcraft. I've long since pulled the plug on WOW and am now into home entertainment and tech gadgets.

A week ago, I sold my Samsung Galaxy S (SGS) and jumped into a blue Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) 32GB model. The SGS was a great phone and, actually still is a great phone. The only real problem I had with it was that I was operating at a level that was faster than the phone. I needed a device with enough power to keep up with the applications, games and tasks that I use on a day to day basis. The SGS was able to do it, but it took 2-3 times longer than it does with the S3. I think my favorite part of the SGS was its popularity. You could Google it, and have endless amounts of information about special apps, custom roms and valuable user experience. I was able to sell my SGS on Ebay for just under $200, covering for the cost of the S3.

The S3 has been out for a while now, so their has been some developments with the software. The S2 ships with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) but is expected to get an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (JB). The great people over at Cyanogen have already released an early version of their rom,  that's based on JB. I don't think I'll get into the custom roms until the S3 has stopped getting official releases. That being said, I think I waited about 15 hours before I flashed a modified stock rom to root my S3. Rooting a phone allows the user full access to the system files, as well as cool abilities that are impossible without it. I discussed rooting a lot more in my SGS post.

The S3 is a beautiful phone, boasting a 4.8" HD Super AMOLED (720p) display, in a very minimalistic form at only 133 grams. The stock S3 was able to complete the Quadrant benchmark almost 3 times faster than my SGS. With such a big screen, battery life can be an issue, but I was able to play with the settings and load Juice Defender Ultimate to keep it alive. I couldn't be happier with my  decision to upgrade. Now I just have to wait until their is a super stable version of Cyanogen Mod or DarkyRom, so that I can unlock its full potential. I can only hope that the Samsung Galaxy S IV doesn't leave my S3 completely in the dust.

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