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Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB Black 3G Unlocked Android GSM Smart Phone with S Voice / Smart Stay / Direct Call
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Not going to bother here, other people have mentioned them. Yes, it is a good phone, when it's working. Read the cons.

Cons: Like many other people here I bought this phone on Newegg last year thinking I'd get a good deal. Approximately 9 months after owning it I got hit by the sudden death syndrome. Phone restarts on its own with increasing frequency, eventually it would freeze, and then freeze so long I had to remove the battery. I've sent my phone in twice for repairs and each time all they did was reflash it which is what I could've done myself. I was without the phone for a month the first time and two months the second time.

Trust the many negative reviews about this phone and do not buy the I9300. If you do have it there is an app called Dummy File Generator that may help you. The theory on the freezes is a bad flash chip is written to which causes the phone to freeze. Once written to the state of the chip changes so it's less likely to freeze in the future. The Dummy File Generator app just writes as much of your memory is free to force these freezes to happen rather than it being random when you don't expect it. Note, even though I used this app I still had the freezes hence me sending it in the second time.

Other Thoughts: Now that carriers are letting you buy unlocked phones directly from them, go that route. At least you'll have a physical store to go to if anything goes haywire.

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Western Digital WD Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: This drive is much quieter than I expected. I have rubber grommets on my hard drive cages but despite this I can still hear my old Seagate 120 GB when it's accessing data, not so with this drive.

Not that I can really tell that much but I like that it consumes less power than other drives in Western Digital's lineup. Their spec sheets indicate this drive reads at 110 MB/s, about 3 - 16 MB/s less than other drives, but (surprisingly) faster than a few WD Blacks by 4 MB/s. Day to day though I don't do enough high capacity transfers to get anywhere near 110 MB/s, so the lower consumption won me over.

Cons: None

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LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggs Not like the picture 03/08/2008

This review is from: LOGISYS FP521 All-in-one USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader

Pros: Doesn't need any drivers to work under Windows XP or Vista. Good thing since no driver CD comes with the box even though the instructions mention it.

Cons: It's kind of hard to plug in a USB device to it. My USB key seems to get stuck on something requiring a bit of force for me to get it in. The power LED is always on, but I have a drive door to hide this.

Other Thoughts: The reader I got was NOTHING like the picture. For starters the USB port is situated vertically, not horizontally. The Logisys logo is nowhere to be seen on it -- not like I really care though. It actually looks more like the Rosewill product pictured here, and if it didn't come in a Logisys box I would've thought that's what I had. The USB connection for your mobo is not one plug, but 4! You've got 2 plugs that each have 3 pins for your power and positive and negative USB data. You also have 2 plugs with 1 pin each for your ground. Check your mobo manual to get your pins right! In case you don't have it the VCC label on the plugs is your power and goes with pins 1 and 2 on your USB headers, which are the furthest pins on the left. The ground plugs go next to the others, i.e. pins 7 and 8; only one of these pins has a pin to its right.

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Display Name: Timothy H.

Date Joined: 10/10/03

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/08/08
  • Last Review: 10/06/13
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