I have bought a Samsung Galaxy 3 (parallel imported, aka GT-I5801). Can I remove the unusable bundled proprietary applications without breaking the thing? (How?)

I have bought a Samsung Galaxy 3 (parallel imported, aka GT-I5801). Can I remove the unusable bundled proprietary applications without breaking the thing? (How?)

And can I upgrade Android 2.2 to 4 on this handset?

Asked on March 5, 2017 in Mobile.

Samsung made some changes to the Android OS which enabled some unusual features on the Galaxy S III.

on June 5, 2014.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the most popular smartphones in the world, with good reason.

on June 5, 2014.

Probably the coolest Galaxy S III exclusive feature, in my mind, customizes phone call audio to your personal sense of hearing

on June 5, 2014.
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The Samsung Galaxy S3 has become the most successful Android phone of all time. More than 50 million units have shipped but now it’s been supersceded by the Samsung Galaxy S4, one of the most hotly anticipated phones ever. The success of the Galaxy S3 has helped make Samsung the biggest smartphone maker in the world, but it hasn’t been without its fair share of controversy.

First was the news that the Galaxy S3 didn’t fare too well in drop tests and there are complaints that the build quality is not the best. This was particularly exacerbated by the numerous Galaxy S3 vs iPhone 5 comparisons which split the Android and iOS camps even further apart. The iPhone 5 has superior build quality and styling, but the Galaxy S3 scores highly on features and value for money.

With more than 4,000 user responses the Galaxy S3 generally scores well one ease of use, features, design and value for money but there have been complaints that the battery life could be better. This is despite a Which? report that highlighted the S3 as one of the better performing smartphones in terms of battery life.

Read on to find out exactly what we think of the Galaxy S3 in our Galaxy S3 review or, if you’ve already decided go to our Galaxy S3 deals page to find the best deals on the market.

Answered on March 5, 2017.

Anyone that’s already familiar with the Galaxy S3 will know that its design and build has courted controversy. Eschewing the premium feeling materials of the iPhone 4S or HTC One X, it uses a glossy plastic back which, although by no means inherently budget, is a finish more associated with cheaper handsets.

on June 5, 2014.

Does this make the Galaxy S3 undesirable? No, it certainly doesn’t go that far, and indeed if you put it next to the Sony Xperia S it really shows just how much Sony slipped up on that design, but next to an iPhone 4S or HTC One X it’s these two that give off the stronger whiff of craftsmanship.

on June 5, 2014.

In practical terms there are a few genuine issues with the Galaxy S3 too. While the polycarbonate that the backplate is made from is very tough due to its pliability, it isn’t very scratch resistant, even with an extra scratch resistant coating – either the matt finish of the HTC One X of Xperia S, or glass of the iPhone 4S will standup to more punishment. That said, it should be relatively inexpensive to get replacement backs for the Galaxy, and given that it’s a single piece that covers the entire back, this will make your phone scratch-free in one fell swoop.

on June 5, 2014.

We’ve lived with the S3 for a few months now and haven’t noticed too many scratches on the back, which is impressive considering we haven’t been using a case. Indeed, as predicted Samsung’s choice of finishes – glossy white (Marble White) and faux brushed metallic blue (Pebble Blue) wear what scratches they do have reasonably well. A new glossy black version is soon to become available too, though, so we’ll have to wait and see how that one holds up.

on June 5, 2014.

Also under here, to the left of the battery, are two gold contacts. These are for a future wireless charging backplate and dock that will allow you to simply place your Galaxy S3 on its dock to charge it, without the need to plug in. Its technology we first saw built into a phone on the Palm Pre, and we think it’s downright brilliant. Sadly the required accessories are still not available.

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