First of all, there’s this thing called “swype.” Have you seen this shit? Instead of having to press your finger on each little letter and spell out words and sentences one push at a time, all you have to do is slide your finger across the keypad and a little blue line follows your finger – and it spells out words like a goddamn Ouija board! It’s like playing “Draw Something” and “Words with Friends” simultaneously.
It’s also got a voice recognition button comparable to the iPhone’s Siri. I haven’t ever tried that before, but I can say this one worked 4/4 when I tried it. I’ve seen mixed reviews about it online. All I know is that I never used the Google voice function on my old phone, but it often decided to eavesdrop on me and looked up things when I wasn’t trying, and it never got it right. This one works.
Then there’s like a trillion cool apps to download, and SEVEN home screens to stash them on. A really cool thing is that there’s a fixed space at the bottom that shows on all seven screens and you can put four functions or apps on there for easy access. I picked Phone, Contacts, Camera, and Internet. I immediately downloaded a ton of things I may never use and spent an hour or more organizing them so that they were in neat little rows and groups. I still have a ton of space to fill.
Also, this camera is fucking amazing! It’s far superior to my old phone or my digital camera. It’s got that crazy pinch-screen zoom thing, a flash, and a ton of settings and features I still haven’t messed with. Check out this awesome picture I took with it today from my car. Holy shit! I just played with the camera for a second and discovered a button that reverses the camera – so you can point it right at your face without needing to turn the camera around and just “wing it” when you take a picture of you with your drunken friends. I’m not kidding, this camera is insane.
I should also say that the call quality isn’t lost on this phone. My old one often sounded fuzzy and garbled like I was in a wind tunnel. This one is crystal clear. And O.M.G. it has this caller ID screen that actually tells you the name of who’s calling even though they aren’t in your address book! I had two such calls already, and it totally blew my mind! And it’s got a Skype app! I haven’t used it yet, but I’m really excited to. Frankly, I use my phone more for texting and Facebook than anything else. Who actually talks on these things anymore? But it’s nice to know that I can if I want to. And if you’re like me, radiation from cell phones is a concern. Well, according to CNET the Samsung Galaxy SIII from T-Mobile has just .43 SAR. That’s pretty exceptional, so I don’t have to worry that all this cool technology will give me cancer (again).
What else can I tell you? It’s sleek, light-weight, and has a fucking beautiful display. I keep changing the wallpaper using this free app, and the HD screen is mind-blowingly gorgeous, really. It also does this cool thing when the phone screen locks and you slide your finger across it to unlock it, it makes noise like you’re running your hand through water. Oh, and I read that you can unlock the phone using facial recognition but I haven’t even attempted to figure that out yet. There are all kinds of motion sensors and modes and functions that I may never understand. But I’m going to have a lot of fun trying.
In conclusion, I suggest you do yourself a favor and get this awesome phone. And if Samsung, T-Mobile, or anyone else wants to flip me a little cash for this review, you can email me at the address below.
Patti Lynn Henry was delivered in a blizzard in February of 1984 by a drunk doctor who nearly fainted at the sight of a baby with a disintegrated umbilical cord. She’s faced countless tragedies, both real and imaginary, ever since. She’s a hostage of her home town of Northfield, MN. When Patti isn’t busy writing, she’s dressing her cats up in costumes and burying the photographs in her garden. Email Patti at email@example.com Visit her website at www.pattilynnhenry.com