I am still using my Samsung Galaxy S3 – I can’t really afford or justify an upgrade at the moment, and I’d prefer to wait until some better phones become available on upgrade rather than choosing from what is available currently. The S3 is starting to show its age – it is 2 and a half years old now, a very long time in smartphone terms, and the 1GB of RAM limits how well it can perform.
I’ve installed a custom ROM, ArchiDroid, which has made a world of difference – whilst based on the original Samsung code (so the camera and Bluetooth work correctly), everything has been streamlined and improved. You can even change the DPI of the screen! However, even this has struggled recently and I’ve had several delays between doing something on the phone and it responding.
However, the latest release of ArchiKernel has made a big difference so far to the performance of my S3. It was released two days ago, and can be downloaded from GitHub. You need to make sure you get the right version – as I’m using the Samsung-based ArchiDroid ROM rather than the AOSP-based one, I use the SAMSUNG zip file. All I had to do was copy the file to my phone’s internal memory, boot to recovery, flash the zip and restart.
The phone already feels much quicker and I’m indebted to JustArchi for his work on keeping the S3 up-to-date. I would definitely be using the newer version of ArchiDroid if I could be sure my Bluetooth headset would work with it!