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Horrible. Outsourced and no matter how many people I chatted with online or called into, there was no resolution.
My phone's vibrate motor is rattling. It's next to impossible to fill out a RMA form.
My OCD is killing me, but I'm dealing with it.
It's as bad as ASUS.

That... scares me. I'm no stranger to crappy warranty support (I've owned an HP TouchPad since last August after all), but I hope this isn't that bad. I may first try my luck in the Verizon store even though I'm like 2 days past their 14 day policy.

Oh yeah, I think it's the first year of the warranty is honored through Verzion. They may charge $35 or so as a admin fee. Not sure how they do it anymore. They may send out a replacement and have you send yours back. Call CS, go through tech support, just say uh huh and yes and repeat everything they say.
Say you did the hard reset, whatever they tell you to do. They should push through with a warranty exchange.
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I wouldn't say there are any with that particular one. Some ROM's may not be the greatest so read comments before just blindly flashing one to see how it performs.

Currently, I am quite happy with the stock rom, but I think I will try out ParanoidAndroid to see what it's like. However, I would like to be able to restore back to the current state if I am unhappy with ParanoidAndroid. Can I do that by using the "Backup ROM" feature in ROM Manager now and then restoring using that backup later (if the need arises)?
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So I caved and got the Bell I747 32Gb (internal)
The audio quality is not bad, but nothing to write home about either. Slightly better than my i9100 (S2)
Very smooth UI even on stock ROM!
Standby drain is brilliant, although I've yet to complete a full charge cycle.

As per speedtest, I consistently get better latency on HSPA+ than my friend's i9300 on same network on stock ROM's. I imagine my baseband is more optimized, but he can probably flash the bell baseband easily.

Already, I noticed some major quality improvements over the S2 i9100:

I can actually hear people in a call. Amaazing! S2 headset volume was garbage on 5 i9100's I played with
Wifi actually works without having to turn it off and on a few times. Just grabs it first go (although Siyah kernel fixed that issue on the i9100)
Screen has infinitely better quality control, the i9100 when putting an all black image on the screen in a dark room, I could see spots all over it like someone took a leak on it. Saw this with mutiple units as well. The S3, no spots no dead pixels, no dead subpixels, straight 720p goodness!

The phone isn't warped, where as all of Bell's batches of s2's were warped (twisted slightly)

Their quality control seems to have went up considerably since the S2, I am quite pleased!

I think the snapdragon dual core in this puppy has potential, I was looking at the spec sheet and this is a newer architecture than the exynos 4412 quad, we're talking 3 operations per clock cycle vs 2! I've confirmed this via linpack single threaded where I consistently got roughly 33% more performance on stock rom than i9300.

Hands down the GPU on the quad 4412 absolutely dominates this one (adreno 225 I think?), but for my uses, LTE is far more important as I don't game on my phone and coverage in my city is remarkably good in my usual hangout spots.

I'm going to start working with my friends to tweak the jellybean kernel (when sources are fully out). The stock one does not do the dual core justice. The governor is so lazy on stock ROM! Also, my testing shows the second core turning off very often when using the phone, sammy kernels are so conservative! I will try to modify the core1 off threshold, should fix the occasional lag when core 0 gets saturated with tasks, there's a small delay before core1 wakes up, and another small delay until it clocks to it's max frequency. I'm really strict about having the smoothest UI possible (but still with good battery life).
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Currently, I am quite happy with the stock rom, but I think I will try out ParanoidAndroid to see what it's like. However, I would like to be able to restore back to the current state if I am unhappy with ParanoidAndroid. Can I do that by using the "Backup ROM" feature in ROM Manager now and then restoring using that backup later (if the need arises)?

You can do that by making a nandroid backup via clockworkmod. Boot into recovery and you'll see the option.
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Thanks for all the help again guys, I think I am finally getting a solid grasp of things. I still have a few questions though:

1. What is the best way to back up contacts, ringtones, and pics?

2. Can someone give me the run-down (or a link) of what the difference between all the good mods are. From what I understand CM is the base and everything is built off it. AOKP is the super options one (what extra options and settings do you get?) and then ParanoidAndroid which I had just heard of here.

3. Of the ones listed above, are there any good ones to start with, or are they all equally "noob friendly"?

Thanks!
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Thanks for all the help again guys, I think I am finally getting a solid grasp of things. I still have a few questions though:
1. What is the best way to back up contacts, ringtones, and pics?
2. Can someone give me the run-down (or a link) of what the difference between all the good mods are. From what I understand CM is the base and everything is built off it. AOKP is the super options one (what extra options and settings do you get?) and then ParanoidAndroid which I had just heard of here.
3. Of the ones listed above, are there any good ones to start with, or are they all equally "noob friendly"?
Thanks!

I use Google sync to keep contacts backed up. As far as ringtones/pics it's stored by default on the internal memory. You can just make a copy and put it on your computer.

CM = CynaogenMod. Yes there are a good deal of ROM's that are based on that but they are all not based on that.. CM itself is based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project) which is the Android base software for all Androids. There's some that'll look exactly like the stock phone did, except have tons of optimizations and be de-bloated. This explains AOKP:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1681477

Really, a lot of them are good and I can't say to get one over the other. Some will be faster than others, or have more features than others. You kinda just gotta read about each one and decide for yourself what you want in a ROM whether it's performance, looks, battery life, etc.
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Thanks for all the help again guys, I think I am finally getting a solid grasp of things. I still have a few questions though:

1. What is the best way to back up contacts, ringtones, and pics?

2. Can someone give me the run-down (or a link) of what the difference between all the good mods are. From what I understand CM is the base and everything is built off it. AOKP is the super options one (what extra options and settings do you get?) and then ParanoidAndroid which I had just heard of here.

3. Of the ones listed above, are there any good ones to start with, or are they all equally "noob friendly"?

Thanks!

Let us know what carrier version / model number your S3 is. Sometimes that makes all the difference. I'm pretty confident CM is not the base. ParanoidAndroid still has bugs. I'd avoid it for a bit. It's unique and runs in a hybrid tablet mode. CM10 is getting stable, but depends on the carrier. Depends on if it's an official unofficial pre-release or a straight kang. PhantomHacker Blazer is a pretty solid performer. I went with FreeGS3 by clark44 for a while. But it's all based on model. All the devs have their own specialties.
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Horrible. Outsourced and no matter how many people I chatted with online or called into, there was no resolution.
My phone's vibrate motor is rattling. It's next to impossible to fill out a RMA form.
My OCD is killing me, but I'm dealing with it.
It's as bad as ASUS.

That... scares me. I'm no stranger to crappy warranty support (I've owned an HP TouchPad since last August after all), but I hope this isn't that bad. I may first try my luck in the Verizon store even though I'm like 2 days past their 14 day policy.

Oh yeah, I think it's the first year of the warranty is honored through Verzion. They may charge $35 or so as a admin fee. Not sure how they do it anymore. They may send out a replacement and have you send yours back. Call CS, go through tech support, just say uh huh and yes and repeat everything they say.
Say you did the hard reset, whatever they tell you to do. They should push through with a warranty exchange.

I looked into it a bit more and it seems that Verizon has their "Certified Like New" program for devices under the manufacturers warranty where they ship me a new/refurbished one (I cover shipping) and I send the old one to them. It seems like some people have had decent luck with them. I'm not adverse to refurbs in all honesty as long as they are truly 'like new', but so you think that would be a more painless way to go than Samsung?
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Horrible. Outsourced and no matter how many people I chatted with online or called into, there was no resolution.
My phone's vibrate motor is rattling. It's next to impossible to fill out a RMA form.
My OCD is killing me, but I'm dealing with it.
It's as bad as ASUS.

That... scares me. I'm no stranger to crappy warranty support (I've owned an HP TouchPad since last August after all), but I hope this isn't that bad. I may first try my luck in the Verizon store even though I'm like 2 days past their 14 day policy.

Oh yeah, I think it's the first year of the warranty is honored through Verzion. They may charge $35 or so as a admin fee. Not sure how they do it anymore. They may send out a replacement and have you send yours back. Call CS, go through tech support, just say uh huh and yes and repeat everything they say.
Say you did the hard reset, whatever they tell you to do. They should push through with a warranty exchange.

I looked into it a bit more and it seems that Verizon has their "Certified Like New" program for devices under the manufacturers warranty where they ship me a new/refurbished one (I cover shipping) and I send the old one to them. It seems like some people have had decent luck with them. I'm not adverse to refurbs in all honesty as long as they are truly 'like new', but so you think that would be a more painless way to go than Samsung?

Yes.
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Yes.


Thanks for your input! I snooped around on some others forums and it appears that the Verizon CLNR program is still sending out more new devices than refurbs at this point for the S3; regardless, as long as it is free of defects, I don't care whether or not it is new. Also, I don't have to cover shipping, so I think I'll give them a ring today.

http://support.verizonwireless.com/information/device_replacement_program.html


UPDATE: I called up Verizon and got a body within 2 minutes (a body from Alabama, to be precise. The whole thing took about 5 minutes and she has another device ordered that should be at my place in 3-5 days (free economy shipping) and they don't charge a hold on my account because they have all of my billing info! I'm assuming that Samsung would either to repair my hone first or send me a refurb if I went though them, so I think this is the way to go. She said that it will probably be a refurb, but there's a chance it could be new, though I may not be able to tell the difference. I'll let you guys know how this turns out.
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