Samsung, AT&T have a need for speed with the Galaxy SIII
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 08:10
If you are a cellphone user with a craving for the fastest speeds available, look no further than Samsung’s newest addition to the Galaxy family of Android smartphones – the Galaxy SIII.
The phone, which was provided for testing through AT&T’s nationwide network, has everything the modern tech enthusiast could want.
The phone’s 4.8-inch super AMOLED screen is beautiful and vivid, and its dual-core, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor is more than capable of handling every task thrown its way. Coupled with 2GB of random-access memory (RAM), the Galaxy SIII is a multi-tasking, app-devouring machine.
Want to browse multiple tabs on the Web while checking your Facebook and keep that game of Angry Birds open so you don’t lose your spot?
Yeah, it can do that.
The phone is incredibly fast, and I could not get it to fail, no matter how much I pushed it.
In addition to this, the phone boasts an 8MP camera capable of taking single shots, burst shots and panoramic shots, among other options to suit one’s inner photographer.
More impressive than the phone itself, however, is AT&T’s extensive 4G network.
When downloading and updating apps, I was consistently achieving download speeds that exceeded 1.0 megabits per second (Mbps). Compare this to my current Sprint 3G service, which usually hovers around 75-125 kilobits per second (Kbps) and one can see the AT&T network is approximately 10 times faster than Sprint in Morgantown.
Coupled with the SIII’s speedy processor and Android 4.0 operating system, this was a cellular experience that was enjoyable, reliable and convenient.
While this pairing was a match made in nerd heaven, the phone was not without its flaws.
With great size and speed comes great power consumption, and the SIII’s battery life left plenty to be desired. Under a normal day of texting, checking Twitter, posting on Facebook and browsing the web, the phone would need charging by midday.
In addition to this, the phone’s 4.8-inch screen made it simply too big. It looked beautiful, and it was great for reading web pages, but it was a nuisance to control with one hand and almost always required a two-hand operation.
Finally, the phone as a whole felt cheap and flimsy. Featuring a plastic construction, the phone was obviously not built for rugged wear-and-tear, and I did not like the feeling that if I dropped the phone, it would shatter. This was a particular criticism for the on/off switch, which would work about 50 percent of the time and feel incredibly cheap while doing so.
Despite these flaws, the SIII stands as a phenomenal phone that can do everything asked of it and plenty more.
In today’s age of immediacy, there is no better way for Morgantown residents to get what they want now on their cellphones than through AT&T’s 4G network.
Pair the service with Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, and you are primed for a high-speed cellular experience, the likes of which cannot be matched.