I just can't wait to get a new Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. There are quite a few sellers selling the international (I guess it's unlocked) version of the phone. I could get it by Monday, or, I could pre-order it now, and get it by 6/21. Decision, decision, decision!
Right now I'm leaning towards the unlocked phone, because 1. I do travel internationally from time to time, and 2. it's easy for resale. What's the disadvantages of getting an unlocked phone?
BTW, while we are still waiting for the phones to come out, the accessories are all out there. I already bought a S3 phone case for $10. Use code 2OOFFOMG to get off $2, which will cover the shipping.
Not sure what you mean by international phone. When I talk about an international Phone it is one the works on both CDMA and GSM. Others mean it is the phone that is sold in Europe and Asia. Those devices are GSM mainly. For a Phone to be used on Sprint it would have to be Cdma and have the the ESN number and codes be in our system to start. International version has a different processor and does not support LTE
I went ahead and pre-ordered a S3, but its bollocks that we can't buy the quad core version in the US. If we aren't going to have LTE, then there is no reason to have the inferior dual core unit. Both versions should have been made available so the customer could pick.
I bought the original EVO two years ago and have still never gotten 4G (WiMax) anywhere near my town. Furthermore, I have no reason to believe that Sprint will deliver 4G here in the NEXT two years since they're starting all over again with 4G (LTE). So, since I will never get to use LTE on my S3 I should have been able to get a quad core unit. By the time we get 4G here I will likely be using the phone that replaced the S3!
You have to understand that more cores does not equal better performance. On the benchmark tests these phones are doing better with the dual core setup and they have a lot better battery life. do a little more research before you complain about something being worse when it isn't.
I have been doing research. Thats how I ended up here, and why I went ahead and pre-ordered. I'm not just some dingbat that walks in off the street, buying the first shiny fondleslab he lays hands on. If anything I over analyze my smartphone options.
My opinion that both versions should be offered is based on the glowing reviews I have read on the "international" version. I also read the below linked post here on the Sprint forums, the reports show the the Krait SoC has an inferior GPU compared to the Exynos quad:
So I stand by my complaint that they should offer us both versions. I agree that the Krait is a good processor. I wouldn't have ordered the phone otherwise. I just wish that I could have the Exynos quad and it's superior GPU since its highly unlikely that I will have LTE in my area during the lifespan of the phone.
I certainly understand your concern here. Have two models of the same phone with different hardware in them is an invitation to other problems. It is simpler from the logistics and support point of view to have only the one model. With two I can see my self trying to explain to someone who purchased the quad core why they can't use lte when there friends device does. Explaining hardware limitations is one of the hardest things we have to do.
Is it perfect? No. Is it awesome? Yes. Also I believe there can be LTE roaming once sprint gets contracts in place for that. LTE is more prevelent now than WiMax ever was and is only expanding. So you're much more likely to to see LTE. I live in Baltimore, the first city to get WiMax and I almost never use it. Anyway since Sprint is pushing their new LTE network it makes no marketing sense for them to have a non-LTE flagship phone. Also the krait dual core beat the exynos quad core is several benchmarks inside and HTC One. So with the extra ram it's going to be even more comprabale.
p.s. In Korea they are realeasing a quad-core LTE version. But the LTE chip is seperate and it will have terrible battery life
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