It’s no secret I’m a fan of Apple. Most of my products are Apple, I flip out over the latest upgrades, and I live for those media events. Heck, I even wrote this post on a Mac computer with my iPhone buzzing next to me.
Then why did I get a Samsung?
Early this past summer, my boss got my co-intern and I in touch with the beautiful people of Core Creative, a major advertising agency in Milwaukee. Said beautiful people hooked us up with tablets and phones. That’s right, tablets AND phones. Needless to say, I cried tears of joy in that meeting.
I left their offices with a shiny, sleek 4G Samsung Galaxy Note III. It was clean, beautiful and most importantly, not an iPhone. It took me a while to get adjusted to the configurations, but I’ll admit: I liked what I had.
Since then, I’ve used the phone as a work tablet. As a social media intern and a busy college student, I manage several different social accounts and have used it to finish several projects and assignment a lot more efficiently. This new phone was a great way to separate business with my personal stuff – always a plus!
As an Apple guy, I’ll start with the obvious. Here’s what I didn’t like:
- The phone is huge. Coming from my iPhone 4s to the Galaxy Note III felt like upgrading to a mini laptop – albeit a thin, light one. I’m still not used to it and, frankly, I don’t know where to put it besides my backpack. Mine didn’t work as a phone, but I could only imagine attempting to fit the phone in a pocket. Then again, the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus are similar in size. Sigh.
- Cluttered. Similar to certain apps on an iPhone, Samsung has preset pages and banners across your home screen. It makes the whole thing busy and packed. I have trouble finding certain apps. Fortunately, customizable home pages helps fix some of the problem. Nothing drastic, but aspects of the layout make it inconvenient when you need to find something other than frequently used apps.
- Google Play. Meh. It’s not bad. In fact, it has many apps and most of what you can find on the App Store. The App Store is just a much better option in my opinion. There’s a larger variety with more dynamic, innovative options. Overall, Google Play is no App Store.
THAT BEING SAID, I did like the Galaxy. Here’s why:**
- Screen resolution. No complaints here. It’s incredible! Everything is so big and clear making any website or app that much more dynamic. This is especially true for all the visual heavy apps: Instagram and Tumblr are on a whole new level. While I complain about size, the resolution makes it easy to get past that.
- Camera quality. Never have I felt like more of a professional photographer than with this phone. As an avid photographer (amateur, I assure you), the Galaxy Note III offers several settings and features to bring the most of your pictures including action shot and facial enhancing features. By far the best part of this phone, both for personal and professional use.
- Battery Life. I could easily go a few days without having to charge it . While apps and constant use will drain the battery faster, it won’t as quickly as it would on an iPhone. However, I will say that charging the phone takes FOREVER. While iPhones are quick to die, they’re also quick to charge. Not the case here.
- Verizon network. They’re not lying in those commercials. It’s quick, reliable, and damn near perfect. The resources that come installed on the phone are also a nice touch and offer almost anything a customer would need, including My Verizon which allows you to check your data usage, your current phone plan, and even allows you to pay your bill. I was very impressed.
- Adaptability. Most things are compatible with the Galaxy, something frustrating with iPhones (flash, just give us flash). Anything possible on a computer was possible on the phone and in the same capabilities. Can’t always say that about the iPhone.
- Sleek Look. The phone looks nice. It’s thin (a plus), very clean (a major plus), and up there with the best in terms of quality graphics and animations. The home screen animations threw me off at first, but I grew to really like it.
- Durability. I’ll be honest; I dropped it a few times. The phone has maintained the same sleek, clean look it did when it came out of the box. Very impressed considering my iPhone needed it’s own life insurance plan.
Overall, it’s a great phone. There, I said it. While I am still holding my Apple close to my heart, the Samsung Galaxy Note III is an well-developed phone. I’ve managed to get most of my workload accomplished with the help of the device and I greatly appreciated the support of Verizon to make things happen. While I never got to use it for personal use (between you and me, I did watch Netflix on it once or twice), I am more than confident that it works well as personal phone too.
If you’re looking for an efficient and reliable phone for this upcoming holiday season, head to your nearest Verizon and consider the Samsung Galaxy Note III. You won’t be disappointed.
**While the phone was provided by Core Creative and Verizon, all thoughts and opinions are my own.