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Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 06:02 AM
Don't get me wrong. The S3 is a fantastic phone...just not for me. I'm an Apple fanboi through and through. Since I sold my 4s, I'm returning the phone today to try to get another 4s.

Has anyone else had similar stories? Tried something new but went right back to iPhone? I'm trying not to feel crazy and stupid.



Mackan
Jul 28, 2012, 06:55 AM
I think it's fairly common to have the urge to try something new. We do it for most things in life. However, in your case, admitting to be fanboy, I am surprised you even tried.

llfloyd79
Jul 28, 2012, 07:17 AM
I did the same thing. I went to Galaxy S3 and in 4 days came back to iphone 4S. Like you said, the Galaxy S3 is a great phone....really great, but its something about iphone that just keeps drawing me in lol. I will admit, I do miss the screen size of the Galaxy S3 compared to the iphone screen size.

barredfreak
Jul 28, 2012, 07:19 AM
Once you go black, you never go back.

Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 07:37 AM
I think it's fairly common to have the urge to try something new. We do it for most things in life. However, in your case, admitting to be fanboy, I am surprised you even tried.

Thought I could pull off the switch and enjoy the bigger screen, but I missed my iOS, so that made the bigger screen pointless to me. At least I can say I tried I guess.

tekno
Jul 28, 2012, 07:42 AM
At least you tried something different and now you know the 4S is the phone for you.

Personally I tried the S3 and loved it. The lesson I learned is to not just blindly buy the same brand year after year but to actually choose the one that is best for me out of all that is available.

When Apple produce a new iPhone (as in redesigned and new feeling rather than the same iOS etc.), I'm sure I'll be back.

Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 08:46 AM
At least you tried something different and now you know the 4S is the phone for you.

Personally I tried the S3 and loved it. The lesson I learned is to not just blindly buy the same brand year after year but to actually choose the one that is best for me out of all that is available.

When Apple produce a new iPhone (as in redesigned and new feeling rather than the same iOS etc.), I'm sure I'll be back.

Glad you like it. It is a wonderful phone and would serve me very well if I weren't such a fanboi lol. The bigger screen is nice. I just don't like the simple things (the notification system...email system etc).

I even have a reputation at work. "Here comes the Apple Store." I'm such a junkie.

The iGentleman
Jul 28, 2012, 09:53 AM
Glad you like it. It is a wonderful phone and would serve me very well if I weren't such a fanboi lol. The bigger screen is nice. I just don't like the simple things (the notification system...email system etc).

I even have a reputation at work. "Here comes the Apple Store." I'm such a junkie.

Just curious, so your reason for trying the GS3 was because of the larger screen. That said, will you be content with a new iPhone with a slightly larger screen?

batting1000
Jul 28, 2012, 10:27 AM
Just curious, so your reason for trying the GS3 was because of the larger screen. That said, will you be content with a new iPhone with a slightly larger screen?

Obviously if he likes the bigger screen. It's good he found what works best for him and what he likes rather than just blindly choosing one brand.

revelated
Jul 28, 2012, 10:31 AM
Don't get me wrong. The S3 is a fantastic phone...just not for me. I'm an Apple fanboi through and through. Since I sold my 4s, I'm returning the phone today to try to get another 4s.

Has anyone else had similar stories? Tried something new but went right back to iPhone? I'm trying not to feel crazy and stupid.

My question: Why did you sell the 4S if you weren't sure you'd like the Galaxy S3?

mjpearce023
Jul 28, 2012, 12:49 PM
I did the same thing with the HTC One X. I didn't sell my 4s though so it wasn't difficult to switch back. The One X had a really good screen but I still couldn't help but feel it was a slight step backwards. I was going to try the s3 but I will wait till the iPhone 5 is announced to make a decision.

Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 01:35 PM
My question: Why did you sell the 4S if you weren't sure you'd like the Galaxy S3?

Stupidity mostly....finances another....but mostly stupidity...I actually felt very sure of myself until I had it for a few days. I was very captivated by it, but found myself missing iOS for the design and day to day use...plus I found the voice command function dreadful. I was using Siri day to day in my car to make voice calls or dictate texts hands free. To say s voice wasn't cutting it is an understatement.

bigjim83
Jul 28, 2012, 01:39 PM
He called himself a "fanboi" that's just depressing and makes me sad to have an iPhone.

nickchallis92
Jul 28, 2012, 01:39 PM
Stupidity mostly....finances another....but mostly stupidity...I actually felt very sure of myself until I had it for a few days. I was very captivated by it, but found myself missing iOS for the design and day to day use...plus I found the voice command function dreadful. I was using Siri day to day in my car to make voice calls or dictate texts hands free. To say s voice wasn't cutting it is an understatement.

I love the s3 but nobody could disagree with you when you rightly say that s-voice really is a poor attempt at voice control. Will be interesting to see what samsung will do when google now is released

Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 02:21 PM
He called himself a "fanboi" that's just depressing and makes me sad to have an iPhone.

Sorry. It's the best description.

batting1000
Jul 28, 2012, 02:37 PM
My question: Why did you sell the 4S if you weren't sure you'd like the Galaxy S3?

Not everyone is able to buy a new phone out of pocket... :confused:

JoJoCal19
Jul 28, 2012, 03:29 PM
I really like the SGS 3. I keep returning to the store to check them out, spending about half hour each time. I however just cannot pull the trigger on it. I've been in the process of simplifying my life and detaching myself from tech (focusing more on family, doing stuff outdoors) and I remember the days of using Android (Droid, Droid X, Galaxy S, Thunderbolt) and I remember spending way too much time fixing issues, tweaking my phone, customizing and stuff. The simplistic aspect of the iPhone is much more appealing nowadays.

Even though iOS 6 isn't the overhaul I was hoping for, they are addressing pretty much all of my other quibbles with iOS. And now that Google is releasing the full on Google Maps experience like on Android, that eliminates the one app I have been missing from Android.

ricanloveee
Jul 28, 2012, 05:54 PM
I too tried the SG3 and returned it within 3 hours. Android is not for me, however the phone itself is aesthetically beautiful, screen size was wondrous, apps looked great, but not for me...


i admittedly am an iphone/apple fan. :/

onthecouchagain
Jul 28, 2012, 06:00 PM
I really like the SGS 3. I keep returning to the store to check them out, spending about half hour each time. I however just cannot pull the trigger on it. I've been in the process of simplifying my life and detaching myself from tech (focusing more on family, doing stuff outdoors) and I remember the days of using Android (Droid, Droid X, Galaxy S, Thunderbolt) and I remember spending way too much time fixing issues, tweaking my phone, customizing and stuff. The simplistic aspect of the iPhone is much more appealing nowadays.

Even though iOS 6 isn't the overhaul I was hoping for, they are addressing pretty much all of my other quibbles with iOS. And now that Google is releasing the full on Google Maps experience like on Android, that eliminates the one app I have been missing from Android.

Is that official? And will apple try to block or limit Google maps app?

Rennir
Jul 28, 2012, 06:33 PM
Is that official? And will apple try to block or limit Google maps app?

If it is true, Apple please get rid of your youtube app immediately :cool:

Mikhailov
Jul 28, 2012, 06:47 PM
I too tried the SG3 and returned it within 3 hours. Android is not for me, however the phone itself is aesthetically beautiful, screen size was wondrous, apps looked great, but not for me...


i admittedly am an iphone/apple fan. :/

I felt the same. So I'm not crazy?

Mac.World
Jul 28, 2012, 09:57 PM
It is refreshing to see some honest posts on here, instead of the typical troll bait trash talk. I respect those of you that gave Android a try, but just knew it wasn't for you. Android def isn't for everyone and the iPhone and iOS are great products. The iPhone just isn't for me anymore, after using the S3. The wonderful thing is, we have plenty of choices to decide what we want. I hope that doesn't ever go away.

Again, thank you all for not trashing other products in your posts. Much appreciated.

revelated
Jul 28, 2012, 11:06 PM
Not everyone is able to buy a new phone out of pocket... :confused:

The OP has already debunked that as the reason, but just to reply to you...

Where I come from, if you can't afford a thing, you don't buy it. Thus if one wants to try the Galaxy S3, you might consider buying the phone with a new contract and take advantage of the 14-day return policy if you really must try it. IF you don't have $200, then you do without.

Mac?Daddy
Jul 29, 2012, 12:52 AM
I decided to try the galaxy s3 as well as I was switching carriers. I walked into the store having some some research and compared the s3 and 4s and expected to leave with the iPhone. As soon as I picked up the galaxy (having never actually held one) I just had to ipulse buy it.
I thought I would regret it within hours and be back in the store begging to switch back, but the remorse never came. I've had an iPhone since the day they came to
Canada and really thought I would never go to another phone, but at least in my mind this phone and OS is far better than anything I've experienced from apple.
I must say, however, that I've spent the last 4 odd years modding the hell out of my iPhones, which is probably why the Droid is more appealing to me.

fox10078
Jul 29, 2012, 01:09 AM
I can't blame you, I'd rather go back to an old nokia before buying an Android that wasn't a Nexus.

Everything else is rubbish, stock straight experience from the makers of the OS or bust for me.

NZed
Jul 29, 2012, 04:20 AM
At last, a post with some logic. I like my droids, but my ipad also works out. A neat little combination i have. Works great with Google Chrome and Google Drive

ste1164
Jul 29, 2012, 05:11 AM
I have the One X and the S3 and I'm not sure what it is but the 4S keeps drawing me back in so I end up using it after playing with the other 2 for a while.

asr10 user
Jul 29, 2012, 09:01 AM
I am a total ios lover and sold my 4 and got an S3 yesterday. I LOVE the S3, but I really miss iOS also. I think im going to keep my S3 and just buy an ipad 3 eventually. I have too many apps and an airplay system that need ios.

The S3 probably isnt going back though, just too many great features, and when google now gets on it, I should be very happy.

JoJoCal19
Jul 29, 2012, 02:14 PM
Is that official? And will apple try to block or limit Google maps app?

Yes it was officially announced by Google at their big maps event a little while back. And no Apple wont try to block it because the last time they tried to block Google apps from the App store they got hit with some kind of legal or anti-trust lawsuit, so I doubt they would try. And they cant justify blocking it because of duplicating functionality because there are tons of other maps apps.

Jb07
Jul 29, 2012, 04:02 PM
At least you tried it! Android isn't for everyone.:)

alex2792
Jul 29, 2012, 04:52 PM
I switched from 4s to GS3 and I'm definitely not going back, but I was pretty familiar with Android from previously owning Evo 4G, Photon 4G and Galaxy Nexus(went back to 4s due to horrid battery life on LTE). I've owned almost every iphone save for 2G and 4, and the small screen along with annoying iOS limitations got annoying after a while. ICS/Jellybean pretty much addressed the lag issues that plagued previous versions, and the UI is in many ways more intuitive than iOS. I'm loving the 4.8in screen, which is AWESOME for gaming, browsing and media.

b166er
Jul 29, 2012, 06:35 PM
I am very interested in trying out an SIII but I have a couple questions...

I don't want to add a new line. Is there any way I can switch back and forth between my 4S and an SIII using my same existing line with ATT? I realize there is an issue with sim card compatibility so I was curious how this would work. Basically I want to keep my existing plan while I try an SIII and if I decide to go back I'm wondering how tricky that would be for me.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks guys.

onthecouchagain
Jul 29, 2012, 07:08 PM
Yes it was officially announced by Google at their big maps event a little while back. And no Apple wont try to block it because the last time they tried to block Google apps from the App store they got hit with some kind of legal or anti-trust lawsuit, so I doubt they would try. And they cant justify blocking it because of duplicating functionality because there are tons of other maps apps.

That's very good for iOS users.

Too bad Apple won't allow one to make it the default Map/Navigation app. But still, good news.

Mac.World
Jul 29, 2012, 10:26 PM
I am very interested in trying out an SIII but I have a couple questions...

I don't want to add a new line. Is there any way I can switch back and forth between my 4S and an SIII using my same existing line with ATT? I realize there is an issue with sim card compatibility so I was curious how this would work. Basically I want to keep my existing plan while I try an SIII and if I decide to go back I'm wondering how tricky that would be for me.

Any advice is appreciated, thanks guys.

Yes, as long as you are in good standing with att, you can change you plan between phones all you want. In the last year, i have added and subtracted 3 iphones an S2, an S3 and 2 feature phones. I think att puts a small fee on your bill, but it isn't significant.
What you can't do (unless your phones are unlocked) is swap a contracted iphone sim between the iphone and an Android phone whenever you want.

b166er
Jul 29, 2012, 10:31 PM
Yes, as long as you are in good standing with att, you can change you plan between phones all you want. In the last year, i have added and subtracted 3 iphones an S2, an S3 and 2 feature phones. I think att puts a small fee on your bill, but it isn't significant.
What you can't do (unless your phones are unlocked) is swap a contracted iphone sim between the iphone and an Android phone whenever you want.

So if each phone has its own SIM how do I go about switching which one is getting the service on any given day? Can you do that through the ATT website? Their site is kind of a mess, I'm looking for answers there and not getting very far.

Mac.World
Jul 29, 2012, 10:44 PM
So if each phone has its own SIM how do I go about switching which one is getting the service on any given day? Can you do that through the ATT website? Their site is kind of a mess, I'm looking for answers there and not getting very far.

I go into the store when changing phones out.

Mikhailov
Jul 30, 2012, 08:40 AM
Yes, as long as you are in good standing with att, you can change you plan between phones all you want. In the last year, i have added and subtracted 3 iphones an S2, an S3 and 2 feature phones. I think att puts a small fee on your bill, but it isn't significant.
What you can't do (unless your phones are unlocked) is swap a contracted iphone sim between the iphone and an Android phone whenever you want.

When I returned to the 4S it was no problem getting my unlimited plan switched between the two devices.

b166er
Jul 30, 2012, 11:24 AM
Sounds good guys. I may do this sometime soon. I'd like to sell my 4S to force myself to use Android for a while. I'm sick of hearing the raging debates and I want to find out for myself. If the next iPhone is a killer I can always go back! Thanks for the insight.

Sensamic
Jul 30, 2012, 12:39 PM
You know another great advantage to android? Micro SD.

Why?

Because you buy a 32GB micro sd pro about 20-30$ and you can use it every time you change phone to increase your phones capacity without paying any extra.

On iPhone and ipad, for example, if you need always 32GB because you have many videos and music and games, you will need to pay for the 32GB model always, and in time the cost becomes too much. The 32GB model of iPad costs 530 euros in my country, 630 if its 3G.

Imagine paying 530 or 630 every year or every two years, when you upgrade to the new iPad (or new iPhone).

Its too expensive.

With android you pay 20-30$ and you buy the cheapest 16GB version of the phone you want, like the SGS3 in this case. Then, next year or in two years, you buy again the 16GB SGS4 or SGS5, and use your micro sd to increase again the capacity up to 48GB for free.

Not bad, right?

Its much more economic and convenient. You can even use your micro sd with an android tablet, or renew it using it in a camera or another gadget.

This alone is a BIG reason to go and stay with android. As much as anyone loves iOS, the cost of buying the 32GB model every time is too much, and lets not talk if you need or want the 64GB...

Vege-Taco
Jul 30, 2012, 03:04 PM
I've been testing out the S3 for 13 days now, but it's not working out for me. I really wanted to like it over the 4s. I feel the 4s screen is too small, and I have REALLY missed the Google Navigation, which was the biggest reason I wanted to switch to the S3. However, the lack of contact integration with my iCloud contacts, instability of apps, and poor user interface (yes, my opinion), really kills the phone for me. I'm switching back to the 4s tonight and will anxiously await the slightly-larger iPhone 5 screen and hopefully-better navigation.

Mikhailov
Jul 30, 2012, 06:22 PM
I've been testing out the S3 for 13 days now, but it's not working out for me. I really wanted to like it over the 4s. I feel the 4s screen is too small, and I have REALLY missed the Google Navigation, which was the biggest reason I wanted to switch to the S3. However, the lack of contact integration with my iCloud contacts, instability of apps, and poor user interface (yes, my opinion), really kills the phone for me. I'm switching back to the 4s tonight and will anxiously await the slightly-larger iPhone 5 screen and hopefully-better navigation.

The Navigation in ios 6 is great. I've used it before to excellent effect.

Eddie Bombay
Jul 31, 2012, 01:53 AM
Waze Navigation for the win! Especially if you're in Los Angeles where everyone uses it!

Wrathwitch
Jul 31, 2012, 12:22 PM
At least you tried something different and now you know the 4S is the phone for you.

Personally I tried the S3 and loved it. The lesson I learned is to not just blindly buy the same brand year after year but to actually choose the one that is best for me out of all that is available.

When Apple produce a new iPhone (as in redesigned and new feeling rather than the same iOS etc.), I'm sure I'll be back.

I am very much in this boat, but since I bought the S3 I will ride it for a couple of years. As long as it works consistently I will be happy.

It is refreshing to see some honest posts on here, instead of the typical troll bait trash talk. I respect those of you that gave Android a try, but just knew it wasn't for you. Android def isn't for everyone and the iPhone and iOS are great products. The iPhone just isn't for me anymore, after using the S3. The wonderful thing is, we have plenty of choices to decide what we want. I hope that doesn't ever go away.

Again, thank you all for not trashing other products in your posts. Much appreciated.

Agree totally!

So if each phone has its own SIM how do I go about switching which one is getting the service on any given day? Can you do that through the ATT website? Their site is kind of a mess, I'm looking for answers there and not getting very far.

If you are using the same phone number and hoping to switch between devices, and both are ATT locked OR unlocked, you can switch the SIM card from one phone to the other from what I understand. They both use a micro SIM card (I believe). However, if they are not the same size, you cannot have two SIM cards with the same phone number, you would have to have two phone plans with two phone numbers. I had an iP4 and bought a SSGS3 and was able to swap my SIM card between the phones easily (I had my iPhone4 unlocked when I did that. The carrier unlocked it for a fee) but I suspect that as long as they were both ATT phones, same card size, you can just swap out the SIM card?

correct me if I am wrong here.

jaysonthomas
Oct 5, 2012, 12:02 PM
The 4 and the 4s are micro sims and the androids use a standard size but you can use a micro sim adapter which can be found online. U also need to unlock your phone from your phone carrier. If you account is in good standing they probably won't charge you anything for the unlock code. Hope this helps.

Markyboy81
Oct 5, 2012, 12:25 PM
So, i've finally received my s3 and first impressions are good. I was a bit worried at first after hearing so many negative comments about the screen, but I have to say that I have no problems with the colours or saturation, i've changed the default display setting to 'natural' and it looks great.
The stock keyboard isn't as good as ios but I quickly downloaded SwiftKey and I must say it's a revelation!
I can't comment too much on battery life yet but so far it's lasting as good or better than the 4s.

S voice is ok but not as good as Siri, but it's hardly a deal breaker.
However, the email support is pretty lousy and will not work with my exchange account, which means I had to download a third party app, which I'll eventually have to pay for.

I was expecting some kind of flimsy phone but i've been pleasantly surprised. Of course it's nowhere near as elegant and we'll made as the iPhone, but they've really squeezed the screen into as small an area as possible, so actually it doesn't feel too big, to me anyway.

Bluetooth audio is as good as the iPhone and this was important for me. It will automatically connect when I get into the car which is great.
However, it doesn't seem to support calling directly from the car radio for some reason.
It supports apt-x which means when I'm listening with my sennheiser headphones the quality is improved and there is no lag, which will be great for watching films.

All in all it's looking like I'll keep it. I'm not knocking the iPhone, it's a great phone but I can see android suiting my needs far better.