This is a sponsored post written by me on the behalf of T-Mobile. All opinions are 100% my own.
The time has come to pack this Samsung Galaxy S III from T-Mobile back in its box and ship it back from whence it came. I’ve enjoyed the privilege of having one of these in my hands for the past few weeks and can’t help but to feel somewhat sad to see it go. Even though I have a Galaxy Nexus as my primary device, there were a number of features that made the Galaxy S III extremely appealing. Add to that the T-Mobile service that has impressed me time and time again with its speed and signal strength throughout the Austin area, and this is one of the few phones I’d recommend to anyone who asks what the “best” Android device currently available is.
In this article, I’ll break down some of the features T-Mobile has added to the device in addition to detailing a few of the reasons I actually prefer the Samsung Galaxy S III over the Galaxy Nexus, which is Google’s flagship Android phone.
T-Mobile is one of those companies that is considered an underdog in the mobile service market. Under the shadow of AT&T and other major carriers having received attention for carrying the iPhone, it’s easy to overlook exactly what T-Mobile brings to the table. In terms of price, signal, and consistency, it’s actually a hard service to beat.
No matter where I took the phone in Austin, I was able to achieve a download speed at or around 10 Mbps. The upstream made possible by the HSPA+ was also rather impressive, clocking in at between 1 and 1.8 Mbps on various tests around the Austin area.
Taking a look at T-Mobile’s plans, it’s hard to compete with any plan that includes unlimited data, text, and voice minutes. These days, carriers are clamoring to lock down customer usage through strict limitations on how much you can do on your device. In some cases, customers face heavy fees should they cross that bandwidth boundary. T-Mobile’s approach is to offer customers unlimited use and no surprise overage fees should they step over that invisible line during a month of service. Plans offered by T-Mobile allow you to enjoy quite a bit more data transfer than its biggest competitor in the space, AT&T. For a tech lover like myself, that’s reason enough to consider a switch.
Let’s not also forget that T-Mobile’s 4G LTE-A network is rolling out soon, and thus far it looks as though customers can expect extraordinary speeds there, as well.
Some of the features I haven’t covered previously are also some of the most interesting. The Pop up Play feature, exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S III, lets you create a picture-in-picture so you can watch video while texting, checking your email, or browsing the Web. What surprised me is that, even on a phone, the big 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen didn’t appear too cluttered with video playing. It actually worked quite well, and it’s one feature I hope to see rolled out to other phones in the Android space in the future.
Another great feature for folks with DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible television is AllShare Play. This allows you to beam whatever it is you’re doing on your phone to the television. In addition, you can access your media files stored on a computer that isn’t even connected to your network, and stream that content to the television. It’s a great feature if you’re at a friend’s house and want to show them something you don’t happen to have with you on a laptop or tablet at the time.
Face tagging is pretty accurate. Once you teach your phone what someone in your contacts list looks like, it will remember and recognize them in future photos. You can go even further by setting them up as a buddy, which enables you to share photos with them with just a couple of taps on the screen. This, combined with S Share (a great way to share photos and videos with folks via NFC) makes for an even easier sharing experience with other Galaxy S III owners. There is also a Share Shot feature that shares photos you take with other Galaxy S III owners in the immediate area instantly over Wi-Fi Direct.
I’ve greatly enjoyed my experience with the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III. It feels comfortable in my hand, has a nice (loud) speaker compared to other phones I’ve tested recently, and the Super AMOLED screen is big and bright. There isn’t much I can fault with this phone. I do wish some of the cooler features such as Share Shot worked with devices other than the Samsung Galaxy S III, but perhaps this is a standard we’ll see more of from this manufacturer in the near future.
I’m curious to see how T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III will evolve as new versions of Android and apps become available that take advantage of the extraordinarily well-crafted hardware this device has to offer.
In a market filled with Android devices of all shapes and sizes, the Galaxy S III stands out as one of those rare smartphones that will remain as useful and relevant a year from now as it was the day it came out.