Welcome to XDA

Search to go directly to your device's forum

Register an account

Unlock full posting privileges

Ask a question

No registration required
Post Reply

[Q] Used SIII tips needed

OP UNForces

7th February 2014, 01:05 PM   |  #1  
OP Member
Thanks Meter: 3
 
51 posts
Join Date:Joined: Aug 2013
I'm planning to buy a used SIII through a local website that offers a space for people to display ads for their phones (something like Swappa), but the problem is that I have seen many fake products which looked exactly the same and even have TouchWiz on JB. What's more confusing is that most of these products have a printed valid IMEI number.

I though I might compare the valid printed IMEI with the one I get when dialing *#06#, but I'm not sure if that number can be faked as well.

Any advice on what to look for when examining a used SIII?
PS: I will have physical access to the phone before buying.
Last edited by UNForces; 7th February 2014 at 02:58 PM.
7th February 2014, 02:07 PM   |  #2  
Denzof's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 14
 
156 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2012
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by UNForces

I'm planning to buy a used SIII through a local website that offers a space for people to display ads for their phones (something like Swappa), but the problem is that I have seen many fake products which looked exactly the same and even have TouchWiz on JB. What's more confusing is that most of these products have a printed valid IMEI number.

I though I might compare the valid printed IMEI with the one I get when dialing *#06#, but I'm not sure if that number can be faked as well.

Any advice on what to look for when examining a used SIII?

Well can you touch the phone ? I mean dose the seller give it in your hands to play around with it ?. If so I think you could just download Antutu and see the specs and everything there.
7th February 2014, 02:22 PM   |  #3  
Jumaqidi's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 187
 
1,080 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denzof

Well can you touch the phone ? I mean dose the seller give it in your hands to play around with it ?. If so I think you could just download Antutu and see the specs and everything there.

Antutu benchmarks does not show whether it is real or not. Benchmarks are not accurate. To OP: If u can use the phone, go to download mode thru Volume down+Home+Power button and check the model name.

Sent from my GT-I9300 using xda app-developers app
9th February 2014, 03:27 PM   |  #4  
OP Member
Thanks Meter: 3
 
51 posts
Join Date:Joined: Aug 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by JellyYogurt

Antutu benchmarks does not show whether it is real or not. Benchmarks are not accurate. To OP: If u can use the phone, go to download mode thru Volume down+Home+Power button and check the model name.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Denzof

... you could just download Antutu and see the specs and everything there.

I think Denzof intended to point out to check the real hw specs like the presence of a quad core 1.4 CPU, and 1 g of ram etc as most of the fake S3's, in best cases, have max of a dual core cpu and 512 mb ram or may be less.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JellyYogurt

To OP: If u can use the phone, go to download mode thru Volume down+Home+Power button and check the model name.

Don't you think that the "download mode" can be emulated as well with the same model number as the original?
9th February 2014, 04:22 PM   |  #5  
Jumaqidi's Avatar
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 187
 
1,080 posts
Join Date:Joined: Dec 2013
Quote:
Originally Posted by UNForces

I think Denzof intended to point out to check the real hw specs like the presence of a quad core 1.4 CPU, and 1 g of ram etc as most of the fake S3's, in best cases, have max of a dual core cpu and 512 mb ram or may be less.


Don't you think that the "download mode" can be emulated as well with the same model number as the original?

Nope. Download mode can't be emulated.

Sent from my GT-I9300 using xda app-developers app
Post Reply Subscribe to Thread

Tags
buying advice, siii
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes