Wednesday, December 12, 2012

3 Months with the Samsung Galaxy S3

It's been a while since my last post.  Honestly the amount of work I've been doing has been staggering.  Not only has my job been depleting me of energy but for the last 5 weeks I've been developing a website for my sister using Google App Engine.  More posts on that topic to come.  Today, however, I'll discuss some of the things that I love and hate about the Samsung Galaxy S3.

If you remember back in September I posted on whether I should choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5.  During the time the iPhone 5 wasn't yet released.  It was actually only a week before it's release.  Obviously when it did release it didn't disappoint it's followers.  Apple announced that it sold 5 million phones within the first week alone.  However, that didn't sway my decision.

The Good

I chose the Galaxy S3 for it's screen size and Super AMOLED screen.  Screen size does matter and the range of colors displayed on the screen are amazing.  The phone is large but because it's only 8.8 mm thin it fits easily into my pocket and it's easier to manage than you would expect.  What also helps in handling the large phone is the smooth, glossy, finish.  Your fingers seem to roll down the screen easier and you spend much less time wiping the oils from your finger prints off the screen.

The phone is also a powerhouse.  It's 16:9 aspect ratio makes it great for watching videos on YouTube or playing games.  The responsiveness has been wonderful.  Opening up apps and changing between them are seamless. The phone quality is also great.  I can hear people much more clearly than my iPhone 3GS.

The Bad

The biggest complaint I have about the phone, which isn't really the phone's fault but more a fault on the Android OS, is the battery consumption by the applications running in the background.  Some days I'll go to work on a fully charged battery and by 10 am by battery symbol is showing yellow.  By lunch it's in the red.  Of course I kill the applications running but sometimes it doesn't seem to help, so I reboot the phone.  I never had an issue like this on an iOS device.  So it makes me ask the question:  if I'm not using the app, why are you still running!  Perhaps Android needs to do a better job reviewing it's apps.

Which leads me to my next big issue:  where are the good quality apps in Google Play?  I can't seem to find them.  I never had an issue finding games and educational apps on the iTunes App Store.  But in Google Play  they're scarce.  I have a 3 year old at home.  She loves to play games while waiting for dinner at a restaurant.  But would you like to know how many games I have installed for her?  Three.  Only three games so far that I found are good quality and educational.  I have over a dozen on my iPhone and iPad.

Overall, I like the Samsung Galaxy S3.  I've actually been getting into development on the Android OS.  There are many more things to boast about, and only a few things that I miss on the iPhone. Hopefully the apps will get better and perhaps they'll make a Clash of Clans for the Android.  :)

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