Just test drove the Samsung Galaxy S3, can confirm it's not good

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Myiphone7, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Myiphone7 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    Hi guys. As you know in the past I test drove one but it was a dummy version.

    Now at best buy I test drove a REAL one.

    First impressions: WAY too big to hold. It requires two hands to hold and isnt pragmatic. I believe that a phone should be sized so that it is more hand friendly than eye friendly.

    Second impressions: It collects a lot of grease. I dont think they use an oleophobic coating on it. Very disgustingly greasy. This makes it not very fun to use or even look at.

    Third impressions: The software is laggy and it has bugs in it. For example, the auto screen dim and bright wasn't working. As soon as I switched to Internet the screen would get dim for no reason.

    Other impressions:

    Weight: OK not bad

    Screen size: Don't need such a big one

    Holding: Too big for hands

    Width: too wide

    Height: too tall

    Any questions please feel free to ask. You can also PM if you have any questions.
  2. mossme89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    I also had a GS3 before trading it for an iPhone 5. I really liked the screen, but had the same impression with the software. The browser wasn't as good as the iPhone and I just missed the iMessage integration so I traded it.
  3. maxosx macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    This is rather meaningless drivel. No one can possible form an intelligent opinion much less have any true experience with a phone after a "test drive" as you put it.

    The purpose of your post is clearly to identify yourself as an Android hater. You have wasted your time.
  4. mossme89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    I actually owned it for several weeks. If you or anyone else have any questions about it, feel free to ask. I switched back because I like the iMessage integration and iOS still seems more polished.
  5. x5tuu macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    i assume you mean a Galaxy 4?!? 3 has been out quite some time??! or am I being silly??
  6. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    If you cant figure out whether you like a smartphone or not after 2 weeks of using, then you should never own a smartphone. You have to be smart to own a smartphone.
  7. Compile 'em all macrumors 601

    Compile 'em all

    Apr 6, 2005
    How do you expect people to buy a phone then? Isn't this how people buy ANYTHING?
  8. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    The OP of this thread "owned" the smartphone for all of a few minutes inside a Best Buy demo booth.
  9. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    As soon as I hold the smartphone, I will know right off if its going to be a go or no go. Using the phone in one hand or not will put me right off if its too big or wide, so no point in going further. If the phone is slick shinny plastic, that to is something I would not prefer either.

    Thanks OP for the post ;)
  10. tekboi macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2006
    I agree w/ your points. But at the same time...

    But I think they are a step ahead on the OS end of things.
  11. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    Then I apologize. maxosx is right.


    I apologize for a previous post. I thought he owned it for a few weeks. You are absolutely right.
  12. roxxette macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    Yeah when the iphone comes with a 4.+ screen lets see if its "too big" for you guys too ;)
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    S3? Aren't a year late? We want to hear S4 impressions.
  14. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    My guess is this post was just a draft you had since the GS3 was coming out and you were trying to update the title to GS4 but you hit Submit by accident.

    I know I shouldn't feed this troll, but hopefully this thread will get locked. No redeeming information.
  15. nooaah macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I bet you hear that a lot. OHHHHH!!!!!

  16. Shearwater macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2011
    Leeds , West Yorkshire
    Bet the other 39,999,999 owners of the S3 will be gutted to read this!....:eek:
  17. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020


    Jun 7, 2008
    Thanks for giving us your thoughts, I'll be sure to PM you more questions if I think of anything not covered in your review.
  18. SomeDudeAsking macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    Actually, over 50,000,000 Galaxy S3 phones have been sold from the press coverage surrounding the Galaxy S4 launch event.
  19. Assault macrumors 6502a


    Mar 19, 2013
    in the taint
    1. Size is a personal preference and if you don't like the size of the S3, there are tons of other devices that fit your requirements. You can't give the S3 a negative comment about size, because you have other options from Samsung and others.

    2. You used a demo model that has been touched by thousands of people and mishandled and you expect the anti-grease coating to still be on there 9 months later? You see the same issue with demo iPhone as well.

    3. Again, a nearly 1 year old demo unit having software issues, with thousands of people playing with it? iPhone fair better on this issue by the inherent closed software nature of it. Just like demo PC's are many times placed into a demo mode to prevent users from messing with it too much. Android phones are exactly like mini PC's, in that they can have the software side corrupted causing all sorts of issues.
    This is a known factor and placing a blanket statement based on 5 minutes of use on an old demo unit speaks to you bias. Your personal opinions are yours, and that is fine, but I'm not sure you are qualified to give advice on the subject of the S3 or Android OS.
  20. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I can tell you walked into it with a negative attitude to begin with. You were also playing with a phone that 300 other people a day have handled and played with.
  21. Myiphone7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2010
    1. But the size isn't good. Trust me on this as I have test drove one in the store.

    2. This was much more greasier than my iPhone 5 has ever gotten. I use my iPhone 5 a lot and it isn't nearly as greasy.

    3. iPhone 5 doesn't have any bugs. I don't know why android do the same.
  22. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Sure, people base purchasing decisions on 5 minutes of use in a store that still doesn't mean it's long enough to provide a fully informed opinion. :rolleyes:
  23. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    A floor model, held by hundreds of people, was greasier? I wonder why? Children especially have the cleanest hands!

    iPhone 5- all iPhones, have bugs. They are usually launched with bugs, and then over the next year receive multiple updates to try to fix the bugs, and then eventually a new iOS rolls out and the cycle repeats.
  24. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040


    Feb 25, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    How many other dozens/hundreds of people have handled your phone?

    Sorry, but every piece of hardware and software ever made has bugs. Are Apple now releasing iOS releases with bugfixes for non-existant bugs? :rolleyes:
  25. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    I have to agree with this sentiment. When I first saw the rMBP I honestly wasn't all that impressed. I bought it a week ago even though I wasn't blown away by it in the store and now I'm beginning to get the real feel of the machine and can appreciate the entire design concept and build.

    Spending a few minutes or even a couple of hours with a phone that hundreds or even thousands of people may have touched and messed around with will never give you a true feel for what it really is and what it can or can't do.

    As you said maxosx, drivel.

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