6/15/2012

Samsung Galaxy SIII on Verizon

Samsung Galaxy SIII 
Last night I bit the bullet to buy what I hope to be the best smartphone available. I was feeling under pressure to move a second line to 4G LTE with unlimited data before Verizon changes it's data plans on June 28th, and I had just gotten the best paycheck in months, so I picked the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Instead of Marble White, I chose Pebble Blue as shown here in the picture.






Key Factors in Decision You can get more detailed specs from Samsung for this phone on the Verizon network, but the following were factors in my decision to choose this phone:
  • Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), now, not in a few months. As an Android developer, I need a device running the most current operating system. 
  • Power to burn with a removable 2100 mAh battery, which is great if you go through two batteries a day 
  • Room to rock with 2 GB RAM, which is twice what most high end smartphones have on board
  • Awesome camera
    • Able shoot pictures while shooting video
    • Built-in HDR and Panorama modes
    • Zero lag shutter on 8 MegaPixel rear camera
    • 30fps 1080p video from rear camera
    • Good quality 1.2 MegaPixel front camera
    • 30fps 720p video from front camera
    • Front camera used to keep device awake while you look at it!
  • Plenty of space with 16 GB internal storage (or 32 GB for another $50)
  • More space with a Micro-SD slot for adding up to 64 GB 
Other Factors
  • The fastest 4G LTE network from Verizon, since I'm on Big Red and data speed is important to me
  • Big and bright HD 4.8" 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display
  • Powerful Qualcomm S4 Dual core 1.5 GHz Processor (That's what the US gets!)
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities to do new and exciting things with the device


Samsung TecTiles

Samsung is marketing a new product, TecTiles, programmable NFC tags that will allow you to do things specific to your phone, like settings, as well as generic for any NFC enabled device like view location, check in to Foursquare or Facebook, or provide contact information.


Toolkit for Samsung Galaxy SIII
If you want to rule your phone, then head over to XDA where you can get a toolkit to do just about anything to the phone, its apps, data and partitions.


How to get into Recovery Mode
1. Unplug the USB cable.
2. Shut down the phone.
3. Hold down the 'HOME' + 'VOLUME UP' buttons and press the 'POWER' button for about 5 seconds 

How to get into Download Mode (For Odin)
1. Unplug the USB cable.
2. Shut down the phone.
3. Hold down the 'HOME' + 'VOLUME DOWN' buttons and press the 'POWER' button for about 2 seconds until a WARNING! Screen appears. Press the 'VOLUME UP' button to enter Download Mode.

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I'm an instructor for technical computer courses, an editor and developer of training manuals, and an Android developer.