I’m not the kind of person who stays blindly entrenched in a position just so I’ll never have to admit that I’m wrong.
So it is without reservation that I state that the Samsung Galaxy S III, which I just got the other day, isn’t that bad.
It’s no iPhone, to be clear, but it is a feature rich, fairly simple to use device.
I got the SIII from the job.
I wasn’t about to buy that ish with my own money.
And I’ve picked it up, here and there, over the past few days.
Although I’m no expert, by any means, I can share you with my initial pros and cons.
Massive Screen. The screen on this thing rivals the screens on a few net books I’ve seen. Makes for really good video viewing.
Fast. I can’t front, swiping between screens, calling up apps, navigating the web…everything feels so fast.
It’s a 4G phone so I’m not surprised, but damn!
It could just be that new toy joy I’m feeling.
Like after you wash your car.
Doesn’t it feel like its faster?
Is it just me?
Google power. One thing that the S III does, hands down better than any other smart phone I’ve used to date, is integrate seamlessly with Google.
Contacts? Sucked in no time flat.
Search? Right on the home screen.
Flimsy. When I first took the S III out of the box, put the battery in and replaced the backplate, I felt like I was handling a toy, not a high end smart phone.
The phone is so diaphanous that I’m scared to put it down, or in my pocket, or let it frolic among the other kids on the playground.
If you’re going to rock the S III, might I suggest a case for it, lest it shatter like delicate glass.
Strange UI. Having been an iPhone user for the past five years, I’m just so used to the iOS user interface that anything else seems…foreign.
Trying to understand how to navigate the various screens, settings, and buttons makes me feel like I’m learning a new language.
I’ve seen other Android users baffled by the UI, so I know I’m not alone. There are so many different options that it’s easy to be flummoxed.
Small buttons. I’m not really checking for the Chiclet-sized keys on the S III’s keyboard.
The predictive word completion is nice, but not when you’re typing fast and are presented with options that are nothing close to your intended word.
I felt like a Neanderthal with this thing. I’ve been reduced to meticulously typing each letter to avoid striking the wrong key and sending long strings of garbled nonsense in texts or emails.
But like I said, I’ve only had the S III for a couple of days.
Today is the first day I really went in.
I suspect my attitude towards it will soften (or harden) after I’ve lived with it for a while.
So check back for an update!