Well its been a few days now. And I am very happy with my white 16gig GS3.
Pre-ordering with futureshop turned out to be a smart move:
-it was waiting for me on launch day
-i had the choice of color i changed my mind when i paid for it.
-the 20$ gift card turned out to be $25
-the $30++? Telus activation fee was waived by telus...
-I found a class 10 32gig sd card priced incorrectly at 32$(was supposed to be $40) they honored the 32$ price
Ok so how is the phone? Amazing. Coming from an HTC desire with a vanilla ICS rom... the first thing i noticed was the amazingly fast boot time. So my first down load out of the box was Quadrant. I had to benchmark it asap. My best score with the desire was in the 900 range. Out of the box score was high like 5300. Nothing had been installed so nothing else was running in the background that i could tell. Today with many apps and widgets installed i decided to run it again and i was getting a 4745 score. higher then the one x quad core and just a bit higher then my friends rogers one x at 4711.
Touchwiz is... ok. Nothing really exciting plus or minus. I have experienced a few issues inside gallery where all of a sudden im put back to the home screen, no force close or anything just back to home... Same has happened using the camera a few times. I almost thought i was hitting a button to go back or something but im pretty sure i was not.
The center home button feels out of place. and its taking some getting used to. I had 4 on the desire and was used to them. it feels weird having 2 soft buttons and one hard. Should have been all or none.. none being the preferred way. The screen protector installed flush to the top of the button. so when u slide down to the button you don't feel the top edge of the button as the skin is about the same thickness as the buttons protrusion. All things that will grown on me with time...
The wifi icon im not a big fan off. And may look for an alternative. I am never convinced im on wifi when at home. Should be noted my home network is not perfect i know of some low signal hit or miss corners in my house. Im also not convinced its wifi signal is very strong. When i get a chance ill do a side by side wifi signal test with the old desire and this one. Anyway back to the icon. It does not light up in a different color just grey to white. u really have to look at it to see the signal strength. The green/orange arrows are fine, but the meter level not soe much.I would like something a bit more convincing. We use tunein radio app all the time and wifi must be working well or ill be getting hit with data charges.. (side note, tunein for ios has the option to run only on wifi, android version does not give this option)
Battery life is better but not mind blowing. Right now im at 13% after 10hrs.. 9hrs yesterday.
Ill report back with the wifi tests later.