Good Bye Dumb Phone, Hello Samsung S3

If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall how a while back I didn’t want a smartphone. Eventually I started to cave and was tempted to join the smartphone masses. Then as I was finally about to upgrade, I got lucky and my boss bought me a new Samsung Galaxy S3.

Now I’ve had my new smartphone for about 2 weeks and I’m loving it. So as promised, here is my review as someone who had previously been a smartphone virgin.

Initial Thoughts Of The Samsung Galaxy S3

As a bit of background, my last phone was a Sony Ericson. It’s crappy enough that I have no idea what the model name is. Because I wasn’t using my phone back when I bought that, I just went with the cheapest the most basic phone I could find.

Now that I have a smartphone, I feel like I have finally entered the 21st century and gained so much convenience. Suddenly I have pretty much every major portable electronic device all bundled into one. Never before have I owned a GPS, a decent camera, a portable personal computer or a quality portable video game console…unless the old school Nintendo GameBoy counts. Everywhere I do I have access to all of that now.

I can’t say I’ve run into any of previous worries with owning a smartphone. It’s not costing me extra thanks to my generous boss. It’s not making me too accessible since I don’t really use it for facebook or twitter yet. Nor is it making me ignore friends I’m hanging out with. I was worried about being able to type well, but I’m really catching on now that I’m using an app called Swype. Instead of typing each letter, I just scribble my finger on the screen and it manages to guess what the closest words are.

The difference I notice most with other people’s smartphones is the screen size. The S3 has a nice big screen which makes everything so much easier. Whether I’m browsing the web, texting friends or killing time playing games, I’m glad I’m not squinting to see things. I thought this might make it awkward to carry around but it comfortably fits in my pockets and is barely heavier than my old phone.

The 8 megapixel camera is pretty sweet so far, but I’ve never owned a dedicated camera before. I know some phones have a 10 megapixel camera, but they tend to make the phone bulkier. The camera in this phone is nice and easy to use while having a bunch of extra features such as panorama shots, hd mode, smile shot and more. I haven’t had much chance to test it out though.

Battery life is another thing I was concerned about. I’d often hear about people with smartphones with batteries that can’t make it through the day. From what I’ve experienced so far I think many of those people just don’t properly limit the number of apps running, especially ones with auto-notifications. If you’ve got an app using the internet frequently throughout the day, it’s bound to drain the battery. I still charge my phone most nights, but I’m sure I could extend it to every other day if I felt like it.

I admit I haven’t used it for much work yet besides checking e-mails and responding to comments. I guess I mostly need to get used to typing on it more first. I’d think with any smartphone it’s far from ideal for a lot of typing. Regardless, it sure beats typing text messages on my dumb phone. I’m sure I’ll get more productive with it as I get better at using it.

One thing I was pretty surprised about was the quality of games. I’ve only tried some of the free games, but they were pretty entertaining and some actually had decent graphics. I even just installed a portable version of one of my favorite games of the past, counter strike. I remember many late nights playing that game back in college, sometimes until it was light outside. Now I can play it on the go.

Honestly I can’t think of anything I don’t like about the Galaxy S3. Maybe someone who has had a smartphone before would disagree, but I’m extremely happy about it.

What about you? Are you happy with your current cell phone?