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Samsung Galaxy S3 Blue 16GB (AT by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Samsung Galaxy S3, Blue 16GB (AT&T)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 254 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 3.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed5.0   above average
Android4.8   above average
Size4.8   above average
Camera4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Video4.3   average
Design3.9   below average
Price3.8   below average
Screen3.8   average
iPhone3.8   average
Charging3.0   below average
Battery2.4   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"I'm a member of Amazon Prime and extremely dissatisfied and disappointed as it shipped from an amazon warehouse that I actually trusted until this."
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"I had the Samsung Note I before so I knew what to expect...I'm pretty happy with my new phone...But the Customer service is a different story...Because of some idiotic policy, I couldn't get my new phone shipped to my address, but had to use my ex-wife address..She lives across the country so she had to ship it to me...Plus the tax there was $50, compare to 0 tax here...Even after multiple attempts, I couldn't reach any solution with them, I had to pay more money than the half of the phone cost..This was surely my last phone from Amazon and after telling about the problem my friends, they won't buy any Amazon phone either..I could have paid $20.00 more and buy it in local store with no waiting and no hassles!"
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"I gave a 3 star review as to not damage the phones reputation, but negative stars for lazy amazon workers."
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"It works excellent and everybody is asking where i bought, Thanks Amazon."
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"Therefore, when my old Samsung Galaxy S3s mic died, I looked to Amazon for a replacement and was satisfied."
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"We use the amazon app store with the phone and enjoy it very much."
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"I'd be happy with it even if I spent $100, and Amazon charged $9.99."
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"I order TONS of things from Amazon and I've never had a problem with any of my orders being delayed."
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Android

Android:
"PROS - Its slim form factor, the blue color, the large screen, its lightweight feel, and its variation of Android's Ice Cream Sandwich...oh and you can assign high quality photos to your contacts (that will make sense to those of you who hate the fact that MOST Android devices don't allow you to do this).CONS - It can be a bit too large for some people, I would definitely recommend that you check it out in a store prior to making your purchase."
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"I was able to access some more options, features and I liked the android community a bit more."
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"Perfect for Android."
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"He loves the phone, as he's been wanting to switch from iOS to Android ever since I made the switch last year."
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"Love the different apps that can be downloaded to this android phone."
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"Android seems to be too complicated for its own good, but I still like the OS better than IOS."
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Battery

Battery:
"Be aware if you purchase an S3 today it is probably ancient stock and the battery may be weak from sitting, a new one is around $10 and will charge fast and last 10 hours or so."
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"And with any of these new smartphones, most of the complaints are about battery time."
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"It is a liability and you'll lose probably 10-15 charging cords throughout its lifetime because you are forced to bring the charging cable everywhere because the battery life is the worst of any phone I've ever seen."
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"The battery life is THE WORST ON THE PLANET!"
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"It's not only my phone, I've compared it to my friends other Samsung devices and their battery life in general are horrible."
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"The only negative aspect of it is the battery life."
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"Phone arrived great shape - the battery never held a charge and had to be replaced shortly after."
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"Works great after adding a bigger battery."
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"So, it pays to have a couple of extra batteries with a fresh chargehandy, I recommend this set from Caseology."
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"The battery and SIM card were easy to install."
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"I wanted good battery life takes Great photos and videos my friends like the look"
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Camera

Camera:
"This issue aside, I love the camera (even though I had heard it was this phone's weak spot), love the voice commands, and haven't had any connectivity issues."
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"Everyone else seems to have either failed to actually test the video camera or ignored the issue."
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"I havent' used the camera so I can't say how good it is."
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"The camera is decent, at least for me."
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"Fast when on the web and has a great camera...takes great pictures."
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"This issue aside, I love the camera (even though I had heard it was this phone's weak spot), love the voice commands, and haven't had any connectivity issues."
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"I use the camera's burst mode all the time and then select the best photos."
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"The camera is outstanding for a cell phone."
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Charging

Charging:
"Their service is terrible but beyond the weak joint in the charging port, it works well."
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"I used it for alarms and falling asleep, so all this frustration from it not connecting to any charger in any outlet, was a lot of hours of sleep I lost."
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"Be aware if you purchase an S3 today it is probably ancient stock and the battery may be weak from sitting, a new one is around $10 and will charge fast and last 10 hours or so."
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"It is a liability and you'll lose probably 10-15 charging cords throughout its lifetime because you are forced to bring the charging cable everywhere because the battery life is the worst of any phone I've ever seen."
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"Seriously, I have to bring my cable charger with me everywhere I go or the phone is dead by 2:00PM."
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"I would still be in the mid-80's with the Razr Maxx and the GNexus would have been dead or on the charger a few hours ago."
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"Their service is terrible but beyond the weak joint in the charging port, it works well."
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"SO IM UPDATING MY PREVIOUS REVIEW AND LOWERING IT DOWN TO ONE STAR BECAUSE THE PHONE WORKED GREAT AT FIRST EXCEPT THAT IT WOULDNT CHARGE WITH THE CHARGER IT CAME WITH AND THE BATTERY WAS INFLATED AND NOW, A COUPLE OF WEEKS OF USING IT, IT JUST GAVE UP ON ME."
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"Phone arrived great shape - the battery never held a charge and had to be replaced shortly after."
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"The phone holds a charge well and I am not constantly running to a charger as I was with my HTC Sense."
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Design

Design:
"In summary, this is a great, powerful phone with a few slight design problems that may not cause you any issues."
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"However there is a design flaw in this phone that's pretty annoying."
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"It's a horrible design and Samsung isn't doing a thing about it."
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"In summary, this is a great, powerful phone with a few slight design problems that may not cause you any issues."
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"This phone is beautifully designed and very fast."
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"However there is a design flaw in this phone that's pretty annoying."
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"Unlike the iPhone, the S3's design allows the user to EASILY swap out the battery, and replacements are inexpensive."
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"I have to start by pointing out that I love technology and as such I like to try everything and rate everything based on usability, design, performance and comfort."
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Display

Display:
"(3) Things that could be improved- well, those who complain about being able to see the display in sunlight are correct, but I think that is a problem for all cell phones."
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"The S3 is rather large - something wonderful for the display, but not so wonderful if you carry your phone in your pocket."
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"The display isn't quite as good as the HTC One X, but very good nonetheless."
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"The display is excellent, maybe not as good as the iphone 5 but it's not much behind and in reality, screen resolution on a cell phone is not that important."
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"and has a great display"
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"(3) Things that could be improved- well, those who complain about being able to see the display in sunlight are correct, but I think that is a problem for all cell phones."
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"I absolutely love the size of the display and it is perfect for my large hands and my thumb texting, which leaves much to be desired."
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"Pros:- Weight- HD display (amazing)- Camera Video are unbelievable- Device Help App is very helpful- SD Card Slot makes it expandable to 64g- Keyboard (quarty, and not on the main display so I can choose if I want a pre-spelled word...love that!"
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Price

Price:
"colors- The colors are not true to life, they are overly saturatedBuild quality- very poor and cheap plastic feelcamera- not as good as the Iphone4- pictures look bleached out and anything not outdoors is very blurry."
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"It's not the latest and greatest but the price with a contract cannot be beat."
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"I had the Samsung Note I before so I knew what to expect...I'm pretty happy with my new phone...But the Customer service is a different story...Because of some idiotic policy, I couldn't get my new phone shipped to my address, but had to use my ex-wife address..She lives across the country so she had to ship it to me...Plus the tax there was $50, compare to 0 tax here...Even after multiple attempts, I couldn't reach any solution with them, I had to pay more money than the half of the phone cost..This was surely my last phone from Amazon and after telling about the problem my friends, they won't buy any Amazon phone either..I could have paid $20.00 more and buy it in local store with no waiting and no hassles!"
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"It just doesn't hold up very well which is a shame because I do like this phone but for the money I do think the materials that it is made out of should be much better in quality."
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"--> Plasticky feel: I've never liked the feel of Samsung phones because of the seemingly cheap, soft, plastic they use, especially the back cover."
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"Great price for a great phone..delivery time was perfect! "
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"Great product, great price."
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"Bought this at great price at the time."
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"I am satisfied with the phone and the price."
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"Love this phone and the price was great."
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Quality

Quality:
"I went with the hype and upgraded to this one couldn't see much difference the call quality is terrible in this one than the S2 returning the phone and getting something else."
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"PROS - Its slim form factor, the blue color, the large screen, its lightweight feel, and its variation of Android's Ice Cream Sandwich...oh and you can assign high quality photos to your contacts (that will make sense to those of you who hate the fact that MOST Android devices don't allow you to do this).CONS - It can be a bit too large for some people, I would definitely recommend that you check it out in a store prior to making your purchase."
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"People complain about build quality and where that is slightly true with the size and weight of the phone a nice case feels right at home."
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"The ringer is loud, and phone clarity is excellent, as is reception and call quality."
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"the Screen's size is appropriate, and the system used habits and fittings ,in the all it is a good of quality! "
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"The interface is very easy to use, once you get the hang of it, and the speaker phone quality is excellent."
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"The photo quality on this phone is amazing!"
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"Reading news is easy on the high quality screen."
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Screen

Screen:
"Touch screen not working well."
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"Great phone, no damage, and perfect screen.. but, one question.. can I get 4G LTE on it? "
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"She broke the screen twice."
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"This is a great phone but the screen is malfunctioning.. the screen will not respond to my finger print and the battery life sucks."
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"Another possible problem is that the screen itself is curved."
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"I bought this for my Mom who needed a clearer screen and easy to navigate phone without paying a fortune to the service provider for one."
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"Great phone, no damage, and perfect screen.. but, one question.. can I get 4G LTE on it? "
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"I like the screen size of 4.8, being a reader it's a good size for reading my books using the kindle or aldiko app."
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"Phone: The screen is, as far as I can see, as good as new."
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"This is a great phone but the screen is malfunctioning.. the screen will not respond to my finger print and the battery life sucks."
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Size

Size:
"People complain about build quality and where that is slightly true with the size and weight of the phone a nice case feels right at home."
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"It's the perfect size for her and not complicated."
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"I like the screen size of 4.8, being a reader it's a good size for reading my books using the kindle or aldiko app."
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"Better than my husband's iPhone 4s, and the larger screen size is great for watching videos, gaming, and or anything else, really."
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"I had an old BB Curve 8310 with a keyboard that became too small for me to use comfortably."
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Sound

Sound:
"Lastly, the sound effects in Touchwiz are annoying."
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"Samsung was going for a nature theme with touchwiz, and while overall I like it (the unlock screen is very cool), the sound of water dropping is irritating after a while."
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"The pictures are so clear and so is the sound"
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"5) Good sound."
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"All of the other sounds on the phone are nice, soft sounds."
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"The people I called say that I sound like I am on a landline--and they sound just as clear to me."
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Speed

Speed:
"came in very fast ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!"
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"It worked good and was cheap to operate, but I just got fed-up with the slow data network."
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"Fast when on the web and has a great camera...takes great pictures."
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"This phone is beautifully designed and very fast."
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"BEEN WANTING TO UPGRADE AND THIS WAS THE PEFECT WAY CHEAP AND FAST SHIPPING AND I LOVE MY NEW PHONE CAN'T WAIT TO UPGRADE TO GALAXY 4"
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Video

Video:
"Everyone else seems to have either failed to actually test the video camera or ignored the issue."
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"As far as video goes... Let me start by saying I tried to find something bad, broken or annoying about the video options on Samsung's Galaxy S3."
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"However, if I was forced at gun point to come up with something negative about the video aspect of the S3, I would say, that at 30fps, you may experience some slight lag if the objects people you are recording move too quickly."
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"Its well suitedfor playing games or watching movies in your down time, and there is zero lag."
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"Better than my husband's iPhone 4s, and the larger screen size is great for watching videos, gaming, and or anything else, really."
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"I wanted good battery life takes Great photos and videos my friends like the look"
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"Pros:- Weight- HD display (amazing)- Camera Video are unbelievable- Device Help App is very helpful- SD Card Slot makes it expandable to 64g- Keyboard (quarty, and not on the main display so I can choose if I want a pre-spelled word...love that!"
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"Work email, personal email, movies, and music (on my 32g sd card) makes this the best tool toy yet!"
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iPhone

iPhone:
"The pics he's taken aren't as good as what I've taken with my iPhone 4s but I don't know if that's the camera or the photographer."
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"colors- The colors are not true to life, they are overly saturatedBuild quality- very poor and cheap plastic feelcamera- not as good as the Iphone4- pictures look bleached out and anything not outdoors is very blurry."
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"The only hold up that I've had was--and this is totally my own fault--that I was missing the ability with the iPhone to start typing the name of an app (or often something related to) I wanted to use and have it pop up in a list."
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"I asked him what was wrong with his iPhone (4), to which he replied your screen is bigger."
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"The signal isn't quite as good as my iPhone, as I have no signal or 1 bar where I previously had 2-3 bars."
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"The display is excellent, maybe not as good as the iphone 5 but it's not much behind and in reality, screen resolution on a cell phone is not that important."
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"Before this phone I had an older iPhone, which of course was also a pretty solid phone."
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"Better than my husband's iPhone 4s, and the larger screen size is great for watching videos, gaming, and or anything else, really."
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"I have used both Apple iPhone and HTC and have found the ease of operation on this Galaxy 3 is superior."
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"I would recommend the iPhone over the Galaxy."
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"this is the best phone ever have a iPhone and I wouldn't go to back too it not anything shipped fast and got it fast no problems"
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