Friday, November 30, 2012

it's time for a new phone so I'm reviewing some first

It's time for this momma to get a new phone and an upgraded one at that. Yes, it's true I don't have a smart phone.... I don't even have a cool phone, I still carry an old school style flip phone. But I'm in good company... I mean even Indianapolis Quarterback Andrew Luck uses a flip phone.  (So I'm in good company....right?!?! )
And, I can explain why I have a flip phone, you see for work I used to have to carry a blackberry and it was only for work related calls. So to save space in my purse I used a flip phone for all my personal calls. Now that I no longer have to carry two phones, I realized it was time for an upgrade. So the folks at Verizon Wireless are allowing me to test out all their new phones to help me decide which phone I like the best. To start with I'm reviewing the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Right away I liked the sleek design of the phone, that it was thin and lightweight, but had a big screen.  The phone had 4G which did allow for quick downloading of web pages and social media sites. The camera on this phone is 8 mega pixels and although it took me a while to figure it out, you can use the volume buttons on the side of the phone to zoom in on the subject you are taking a picture of.  The only thing I had trouble with on this phone was answering calls, which when you think of it is pretty important in a phone.  When the phone would ring, it wasn't obvious where to push on the phone to accept the call, once I learned it wasn't an issue, but for that first call it wasn't the way you would instinctively answer.
I played around with the S Voice feature on this phone where you can ask it questions and it will find answers via the web, or update your social media status.  I will admit this was a cool feature, and I could see where it would be very useful for those times your hands aren't free to type out what you want to search for.  There were a couple of words it misunderstood, but some of that is understandable with voice activation technology.  Overall I was impressed with this app and enjoyed using it.   

Lastly, I liked that this phone has the S Beam which makes transferring files between Galaxy S III phones simple just by tapping them together.  It's just a neat feature to have. 

Please note Verizon did send me this phone to try for a month, but I did not receive any other compensation for this post and the thoughts and opinions shared here are my own. 

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