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asr10 user
Aug 8, 2012, 01:58 PM
I have owned my SG3 for about 12 days now and previously have owned nothing but Blackberries and iPhones for the last 7 years. Like many I was worried about actually owning a phone made by Samsung and leaving the very comfortable world of iOS.

I'll only slightly get into the pro's and con's of the SG3, but what everyone else says is pretty much how I feel. I will mostly talk about new things I have done on the SG3 that make my experience what it is.

Cool stuff:
Multitasking is great. I can actually do picture and picture video while still using the phone. Sounds cool and useless, until I started using this while the built in turn by turn navigation is running. Everyone who has seen this while in my car, simply cant lift their jaw off the floor. Imagine looking at a map while driving, while watching a small video and being able to click on either to maximize.

Navigation runs in the background so I can be playing music, streaming netflix,
doing whatever, and a voice will say 'turn left in .2 miles'. Using this thing in the car has changed everything for me.

Apps:
Of course apps for iOS are prettier. But almost every major app is the same, and lots are actually better on Android because they allow more sharing options, and great widget useablity. The Android exclusive apps which I use are just AMAZING. They allow me to do stuff that I could never ever imagine doing on a phone.

Poweramp: Music player which automatically downloads artwork, lyrics (karaoke in the car???) allows left to right swiping of songs, up and down swiping of albums.

Swiftkey: Alternate keyboard which has many cool features such as swipe left to delete word and learns your slang.

Tasker: The mother of all Android Apps. Basically lets you program your phone to do whatever you want. Needs its own post.

Car Home Ultra: Car dock app that allows you to set quick launch icons. Automatically starts when docked. Imagine XBMC or a 10 foot interface for your car.

Android OS/Touchwiz
I love touchwiz. I dont plan on rooting or doing a custom rom, I can do lots with touchwiz. I had an HP Touchpad running ICS so I was used to how Android works, so I didnt really have a learning curve like other new SG3 owners. At first the SG3 might be pretty clunky looking and confusing, but I had it down within an hour.

Touchwiz features are very nice. The built in briefing alarm is impressive, you can set an alarm to wake you up with a gradual white noise that gets louder for 3 minutes before the real alarm starts. The real alarm will verbally say 'its now xx time, the weather is x, the weather for the day is x, your appointments are x, the top story of the day is x' then your alarm tone will play. Wow. I use my calendar religiously so to wake up and have my alarm actually tell me whats planned for the day is a savior. And its built in.

I can go on lots more about touchwiz and features I like. But ill get to the stuff I dont like

Battery: Its not as great as the iPhone 4, but not too bad either.
Build quality: Yes it feels a bit cheap, it looks gorgeous from the front, but the back is horrendous. Its also very very light, which I personally dont like, but some do. Home button feels pretty crappy, I wish it was capacitive.
Stock dialer/phonebook/text apps: Very very bad compared to iOS. It takes about 3 pushes to call someone, and the text app is also pretty crappy. Luckily you can change all of these with 3rd party apps.

I sold my 32gb iphone 4 for $350, got the SG3 NIB for $400 (both on Craigslist), switched from paying monthly $110 on ATT to $30 on T-Mobile (!!!!) and all in all, I am very happy with my choice. I got tired of iOS, got tired of having the same phone as every hipster, female, and 8th grader. Was totally excited for the iPhone 5 until I saw iOS6.

I feel like me switching from iOS to Android is the same thing that happened when I went from Blackberry to iOS. One was stuck in its ways and was not forward thinking enough, the other allowed me to see the future.

I should end with I do love iOS and intend on buying an iPad for home. I have a few hundred $$ on iOS apps and have multiple Airplay setups at home. But now I love Android just as much.



ChazUK
Aug 8, 2012, 02:03 PM
Great post but I must ask.....

Why are you using GS whilst watching a video and driving? :eek: :p

asr10 user
Aug 8, 2012, 02:07 PM
Great post but I must ask.....

Why are you using GS whilst watching a video and driving? :eek: :p

Only because I can. I'm sure the wow factor will wear off. But video helps when im in L.A. traffic or taking a road trip.

iVikD
Aug 8, 2012, 02:07 PM
Great post but I must ask.....

Why are you using GS whilst watching a video and driving? :eek: :p

I cannot agree more with those two comments XD
Seriously though, nice review :) It might not get appreciated much in an Apple-oriented forum, but it's good.
I also have an S3 along with my iPhone, maybe I'll try touchwiz, it sounds pretty useful

utl768
Aug 8, 2012, 04:14 PM
is there an itunes like app for the mac i can use to put stuff on my s3?

Calidude
Aug 8, 2012, 04:38 PM
T-Mobile has a 30 dollar plan?

EDIT: Oh I see, prepaid one. Looks nice but the 100mins is pretty shabby. I have Straight Talk for $45 with only 2 gigs of data but unlimited talk and text.

asr10 user
Aug 8, 2012, 04:57 PM
T-Mobile has a 30 dollar plan?

EDIT: Oh I see, prepaid one. Looks nice but the 100mins is pretty shabby. I have Straight Talk for $45 with only 2 gigs of data but unlimited talk and text.

Yes, 100 min is pretty low. I have not been doing voip at home, but thats the plan. So hopefully using that helps a bunch.

I will probably start paying either $40 or $50 a month for 200/300 minutes. Just need to get a feel of how the minutes go.

Calidude
Aug 8, 2012, 05:25 PM
Yes, 100 min is pretty low. I have not been doing voip at home, but thats the plan. So hopefully using that helps a bunch.

I will probably start paying either $40 or $50 a month for 200/300 minutes. Just need to get a feel of how the minutes go.
Actually, I'm thinking of going on the 1 year prepaid plan on Straight Talk for $495 which figures out to $41.50 a month. I've been saving a ton since I finally bought my Nexus to replace my iPhone and cancelled my ATT service, which I was paying 80 bucks a month for and is still pretty much the same thing as what I'm paying currently 45 bucks a month for.

Might wanna look into Straight Talk if you havent done so already.

JohnGrey
Aug 8, 2012, 07:31 PM
I have owned my SG3 for about 12 days now and previously have owned nothing but Blackberries and iPhones for the last 7 years. Like many I was worried about actually owning a phone made by Samsung and leaving the very comfortable world of iOS.

I'll only slightly get into the pro's and con's of the SG3, but what everyone else says is pretty much how I feel. I will mostly talk about new things I have done on the SG3 that make my experience what it is.

Cool stuff:
Multitasking is great. I can actually do picture and picture video while still using the phone. Sounds cool and useless, until I started using this while the built in turn by turn navigation is running. Everyone who has seen this while in my car, simply cant lift their jaw off the floor. Imagine looking at a map while driving, while watching a small video and being able to click on either to maximize.

Navigation runs in the background so I can be playing music, streaming netflix,
doing whatever, and a voice will say 'turn left in .2 miles'. Using this thing in the car has changed everything for me.

Apps:
Of course apps for iOS are prettier. But almost every major app is the same, and lots are actually better on Android because they allow more sharing options, and great widget useablity. The Android exclusive apps which I use are just AMAZING. They allow me to do stuff that I could never ever imagine doing on a phone.

Poweramp: Music player which automatically downloads artwork, lyrics (karaoke in the car???) allows left to right swiping of songs, up and down swiping of albums.

Swiftkey: Alternate keyboard which has many cool features such as swipe left to delete word and learns your slang.

Tasker: The mother of all Android Apps. Basically lets you program your phone to do whatever you want. Needs its own post.

Car Home Ultra: Car dock app that allows you to set quick launch icons. Automatically starts when docked. Imagine XBMC or a 10 foot interface for your car.

Android OS/Touchwiz
I love touchwiz. I dont plan on rooting or doing a custom rom, I can do lots with touchwiz. I had an HP Touchpad running ICS so I was used to how Android works, so I didnt really have a learning curve like other new SG3 owners. At first the SG3 might be pretty clunky looking and confusing, but I had it down within an hour.

Touchwiz features are very nice. The built in briefing alarm is impressive, you can set an alarm to wake you up with a gradual white noise that gets louder for 3 minutes before the real alarm starts. The real alarm will verbally say 'its now xx time, the weather is x, the weather for the day is x, your appointments are x, the top story of the day is x' then your alarm tone will play. Wow. I use my calendar religiously so to wake up and have my alarm actually tell me whats planned for the day is a savior. And its built in.

I can go on lots more about touchwiz and features I like. But ill get to the stuff I dont like

Battery: Its not as great as the iPhone 4, but not too bad either.
Build quality: Yes it feels a bit cheap, it looks gorgeous from the front, but the back is horrendous. Its also very very light, which I personally dont like, but some do. Home button feels pretty crappy, I wish it was capacitive.
Stock dialer/phonebook/text apps: Very very bad compared to iOS. It takes about 3 pushes to call someone, and the text app is also pretty crappy. Luckily you can change all of these with 3rd party apps.

I sold my 32gb iphone 4 for $350, got the SG3 NIB for $400 (both on Craigslist), switched from paying monthly $110 on ATT to $30 on T-Mobile (!!!!) and all in all, I am very happy with my choice. I got tired of iOS, got tired of having the same phone as every hipster, female, and 8th grader. Was totally excited for the iPhone 5 until I saw iOS6.

I feel like me switching from iOS to Android is the same thing that happened when I went from Blackberry to iOS. One was stuck in its ways and was not forward thinking enough, the other allowed me to see the future.

I should end with I do love iOS and intend on buying an iPad for home. I have a few hundred $$ on iOS apps and have multiple Airplay setups at home. But now I love Android just as much.

I'm glad you're happy with your new phone. My work phone is an old Captivate that is going to be upgraded in the next month, and I very much considered giving the S3 a shot, but then they made the September announcement for the iPhone 5 and I can't say no.

I don't know why people have to take phone (or any digital appliance) preference so personally. I'm invested in the Apple ecosystem, because I prefer its design language and its integration, but I certainly don't fault anyone for going with Android.

Diiiiips
Aug 9, 2012, 04:42 AM
What is so jaw dropping about watching video and getting navigation at the same time? Tomtom does the same thing. It will even fade the music down so you can just hear it, speak, and then fade it back up.

I have just Googled Tasker, however. That looks pretty awesome. I can believe there isn't something like that in Cydia.

Wrathwitch
Aug 9, 2012, 05:05 AM
Hey, thanks for the review. Having switched over myself, I didn't even know about that alarm feature you mentioned LOL! THAT kind of thing (learning new things) is why I like reading these new opinions and assessments of new devices!

asr10 user
Aug 9, 2012, 09:12 PM
What is so jaw dropping about watching video and getting navigation at the same time? Tomtom does the same thing. It will even fade the music down so you can just hear it, speak, and then fade it back up.

I have just Googled Tasker, however. That looks pretty awesome. I can believe there isn't something like that in Cydia.

Tomtom lets you do a split screen video and navigation at the same time? I didnt know that.

Yes Tasker is pretty awesome, its something that you will never master because it can do almost anything. I have some awesome car dock settings (turn off screen lock and wifi, verbally read txts when start dock mode. lock screen, turn on vibrate, when removed) and you can set profiles and have them change automatically, like a work profile that puts the phone on silent, turns off wifi, turns off 4g, have sync only work for 30 seconds every 4 hours etc.


Hey, thanks for the review. Having switched over myself, I didn't even know about that alarm feature you mentioned LOL! THAT kind of thing (learning new things) is why I like reading these new opinions and assessments of new devices!

Yes I found out about it from another forum as well. Its called briefing alarm. So you simply set alarm, then change type to briefing. Pretty awesome because it just pulls whatever the top stories are from yahoo, and I dont even have any yahoo apps installed.

Vegastouch
Aug 9, 2012, 10:21 PM
What is so jaw dropping about watching video and getting navigation at the same time? Tomtom does the same thing. It will even fade the music down so you can just hear it, speak, and then fade it back up.

I have just Googled Tasker, however. That looks pretty awesome. I can believe there isn't something like that in Cydia.

TomTom is also $50

kevinof
Aug 10, 2012, 02:05 AM
there's an app called isyncr which sits on the phone and on the mac. Will sync your music and playlists from itunes to the music player on the phone.

is there an itunes like app for the mac i can use to put stuff on my s3?

sentinelsx
Aug 10, 2012, 04:15 AM
TomTom is also $50

$30 periodically on sale. Plus you get to save the extra juice your cellular antenna is sucking and the data costs. Not to mention still working GPS after cellular service dies for whatever reason/no signal.

I use Navigon on my GS3 and prefer it to google maps because i am not too fond of using my data plan to feed the maps.

Diiiiips
Aug 10, 2012, 07:01 AM
Oh ok, it works as split screen. I didn't pay much attention to you saying "picture in picture". Fair enough that is pretty awesome too.

I've been leaning towards getting an S3 anyway, unless the 5 is a big step up. Tasker may just push it over the edge.

Hope the value of the S3 falls in the next month or so. Looking at just below 450 for a new one right now.

phillytim
Aug 10, 2012, 07:19 AM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

onthecouchagain
Aug 10, 2012, 07:33 AM
Actually, I'm thinking of going on the 1 year prepaid plan on Straight Talk for $495 which figures out to $41.50 a month. I've been saving a ton since I finally bought my Nexus to replace my iPhone and cancelled my ATT service, which I was paying 80 bucks a month for and is still pretty much the same thing as what I'm paying currently 45 bucks a month for.

Might wanna look into Straight Talk if you havent done so already.

Where are you located? Is the service reliable?

I know Straight Talk uses ATT's towers, so as a previous ATT user, would you say the service has been the same, better, worse?

kevinof
Aug 10, 2012, 08:07 AM
Yep. You're right and everyone else is wrong. Must sell my cheap knockoff S3 and get me something small, less powerful, more restricted. Must remember never to take any more calls on my bluetooth etc.

:)

One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he
does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

DanteMann
Aug 10, 2012, 10:33 AM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

Oh no! It's another "my friend, brother, sister, mother, father, uncle, cousin, dog, cat, hamster...etc" story.
FUD ALERT! FUD ALERT! FUD ALERT!

Wide opeN
Aug 10, 2012, 10:43 AM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

Sounds like my experience, save for the Bluetooth.

daveathall
Aug 10, 2012, 11:13 AM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!


I must admit that my experience differs greatly from your friends, I have not had any of the problems that he has, sounds like a faulty phone IMHO. I was open minded when I had the S3 and my iPhone 4S. I sold the 4S after using the Galaxy S3 for a month. I had the 4S for a year, a 4 before that and a 3GS before that. I regard the Samsung GS3 as the best phone I have owned so far.

I am hoping that the new iPhone will be even better than the S3 as I still have an upgrade pending, it will need to be really good for me to change though.

Wrathwitch
Aug 10, 2012, 12:47 PM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He complains that the stock Google apps should "be better".

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

He complains that his precious Galaxy S3 hangs on some apps and needs a reboot every so often.

He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

I must admit that my experience differs greatly from your friends, I have not had any of the problems that he has, sounds like a faulty phone IMHO. I was open minded when I had the S3 and my iPhone 4S. I sold the 4S after using the Galaxy S3 for a month. I had the 4S for a year, a 4 before that and a 3GS before that. I regard the Samsung GS3 as the best phone I have owned so far.

I am hoping that the new iPhone will be even better than the S3 as I still have an upgrade pending, it will need to be really good for me to change though.

My experience isn't the same either EXCEPT for Bluetooth. My family says that the interaction between iPhone4 and my Mazda3 was MUCH clearer.

AustinIllini
Aug 10, 2012, 02:35 PM
I had the S3 for 29 days, and on the last day I could replace it, I did. The S3 is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed most of the experience, including 4G LTE. However, the one thing I was concerned about turned out to be a lot bigger than I had thought it would be. The problem for me was really the integration across devices. Everything got more annoying for me. My mac, my Apple TV, and my iPad either wouldn't talk to my iPhone or else I would have to trick the device.

What I can conclude is that android is, without a doubt, iOS's equal in every way, shape and form, and future android phones will continue to rival (and in many ways be better) than the iPhone. For the time being, I will take a lesser device in favor of cross product integration.

daveathall
Aug 10, 2012, 04:04 PM
I had the S3 for 29 days, and on the last day I could replace it, I did. The S3 is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed most of the experience, including 4G LTE. However, the one thing I was concerned about turned out to be a lot bigger than I had thought it would be. The problem for me was really the integration across devices. Everything got more annoying for me. My mac, my Apple TV, and my iPad either wouldn't talk to my iPhone or else I would have to trick the device.

What I can conclude is that android is, without a doubt, iOS's equal in every way, shape and form, and future android phones will continue to rival (and in many ways be better) than the iPhone. For the time being, I will take a lesser device in favor of cross product integration.

I would have just pressed on the up button but thought that the above post was excellent and deserved a mention, I really agree, although I have all Apple products, the integration with them isn't great with my S3, it is something that I can live with though. Must admit, it is frustrating not having the very useful apple TV app.

Prime85
Aug 10, 2012, 05:09 PM
I am going crazy trying to make my choice. I don't know if i want an iPhone 5 or SIII. What i am worried about is i have my mac and an appleTV but i also have a samsung smartTV which lets me play videos from the SIII. But then again it doesnt do airplay mirroring that the iPhone 5 will do. I also like the reminders and note apps syncing from my mac and my phone.


I HAVE NO IDEA WHICH TO CHOOSE!!!!!!

my brother got the SIII and it is a great phone, i have played around with it for awhile but i have yet to see what the iPhone5 brings to the table.

I am a little disappointed in the "Rumored" 1gb of RAM concidering the SIII has 2GB and the Rumored 1ghz duelcore processor when the SIII has a 1.5ghz processor.

Vegastouch
Aug 10, 2012, 09:14 PM
One of my buddies went over to the S3, and he does nothing but moan and complain about how he needed to reset his S3 and Android would not save ALL of his settings & apps unless he "rooted" it, which he didn't want to do. In iPhone-land, this is simple as pie to backup & restore your phone, should you really ever need to, with no loss of any settings or apps.

He doesnt need to root it. If he has a Gmail account, it saves all his apps and reloads them automatically after a reset. You can also make a backup of your launcher to put all the icons back where you put them on your home page. Seems your friend is yet another who doesnt know how to use Android.

He complains about the Bluetooth quality of calls sucking and is even to the point of unusable with his Toyota car.

Never had a complaint from the other end of my bluetooth calls and i can hear them load and clear. I also used to work for Toyota and own one and Androids are simple to set up and work fine wirelessly with them.


He complains that TouchWiz causes an error and needs to restart every so often.

The grass is not always greener, and in the S3's case is DEFINITELY not greener. The 4S (and coming 5) are indeed the gold standard of communication devices.

Maybe he just needs to exchange his phone for another if he is having all those issues. Dont understand why some people dont get that. Plenty in here have exchanged their iPhones when it has issues.


Apple has spoiled us for all other phones, at least Android ones.

People should just appreciate & reward what we do have, and not reward other manufacturers for bad phones with Android being a cheap, imitation knock-off operating system that people need to tweak and fiddle with and reboot all the time!

iPhones are good, just lacking for me and they have issues as well.

asr10 user
Aug 11, 2012, 07:58 PM
What integration are you guys missing so much with ios? With my I phone I had everything synced to Google anyway so I'm not missing anything except airplay. Which I do sorely miss. I will need an ipad for my airplay music directly to my receiver, but for video s3 has dlna built in so it actually works with much more.

Also posting this tethered from my hp touchpad. Pretty cool.

kevinof
Aug 12, 2012, 03:53 AM
Saw a press release a month or so back where some company was about to release an Android airplay implementation. Maybe in a couple of months you'll get that functionality back.

What integration are you guys missing so much with ios? With my I phone I had everything synced to Google anyway so I'm not missing anything except airplay. Which I do sorely miss. I will need an ipad for my airplay music directly to my receiver, but for video s3 has dlna built in so it actually works with much more.

Also posting this tethered from my hp touchpad. Pretty cool.

asr10 user
Aug 12, 2012, 07:51 AM
Saw a press release a month or so back where some company was about to release an Android airplay implementation. Maybe in a couple of months you'll get that functionality back.

There are actually a few Android apps which can do Airplay. The main one being Twonky. The problem with them is that they are app specific. Airplay on the ios can be system wide, meaning I can stream youtube, or jango, or anything wiht sound to my airplay setup.

Android airplay apps can only stream from within the app. But since ive been in the ios world for so long, im realizing I can just use bluetooth and can probably get a cheap bluetooth reciever to hook up to my system.

kevinof
Aug 12, 2012, 10:03 AM
I have bluetooth speakers in the house and they are great with my S3. Would really really well. Only thing you have to watch out for if you're having a party or whatever is to put the phone on silent otherwise any texts messages or other notifications will go to the speakers.



There are actually a few Android apps which can do Airplay. The main one being Twonky. The problem with them is that they are app specific. Airplay on the ios can be system wide, meaning I can stream youtube, or jango, or anything wiht sound to my airplay setup.

Android airplay apps can only stream from within the app. But since ive been in the ios world for so long, im realizing I can just use bluetooth and can probably get a cheap bluetooth reciever to hook up to my system.

asr10 user
Aug 12, 2012, 11:53 AM
So bluetooth streaming is system wide? All sounds will go straight to the bluetooth receiver? I thought I would need to go into each app and hit share, then select the bt receiver. System wide is even better!

Wow I was totally stuck in the Apple ecosystem. Looks like the only thing i'll miss is the apps that I bought.

Sincci
Aug 12, 2012, 01:50 PM
So bluetooth streaming is system wide? All sounds will go straight to the bluetooth receiver? I thought I would need to go into each app and hit share, then select the bt receiver. System wide is even better!

Wow I was totally stuck in the Apple ecosystem. Looks like the only thing i'll miss is the apps that I bought.

As long as the bt receiver has been paired even once with the Android phone, it will automatically connect to it when you enable bt. And yes, it's system wide.

kevinof
Aug 12, 2012, 03:39 PM
Its system wide. Its also smart enough to send music and alerts to the bt speaker in my house, but not any incoming calls. It simply mutes the speaker and reverts to phone mode. Once you end the call the music kicks in again.

So bluetooth streaming is system wide? All sounds will go straight to the bluetooth receiver? I thought I would need to go into each app and hit share, then select the bt receiver. System wide is even better!

Wow I was totally stuck in the Apple ecosystem. Looks like the only thing i'll miss is the apps that I bought.

Cinnamon&Nutmeg
Sep 23, 2012, 02:54 AM
I always say the same thing to those who push the Samsung GIII towards me: the phone itself looks good and as with most high-end Android devices, specs-wise and performance wise it performs excellently I'm sure.

However, the fluidity of the iPhone experience far outstrips these in MY opinion. I have invested on Apps and the so on which I don't want to lose. But even without these, I find a lot of the Android tweaks and bobbles little more than minor novelties.

If I truly wanted these, I could just jailbreak. Obviously some iPhone users do jailbreak and amongst those are some of the most tech-savvy people I've come across.

I don't have a problem with Samsung or Android other than the fact that with so many devices ourt there, with varying levels of compatibility with the different iterations of the Android OSs, I always feel as though you have something great for about 2 minutes.

Most members of my family and friends own an iPhone, ranging from the 3GS to 4s. The consistency of user experience remains the same though different members use their phones for vastly different purposes.

My brother owns a SG2 and I daren't list all the problems he has with his phone (lest I'm labelled a fanboy or an Android-hater etc). Same goes with many of my colleagues and friends.

Bottom line is: Android is excellent and will only get better - as will their top-end flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Sony etc.. I'm sure the android Eco-system will improve further too.

But so will the iPhone. Maybe not so glaringly obvious in terms of out-and-out specs and bells and whistles, but it will solidify its see experience on an OS that is purpose built for ubiquitous and seamless compatibility with its hardware.

So it boils down to preferences. Those who prefer android, good choice. Those on IPhones, like me, we are more than happy too.

I don't think anyone should be labelled 'fanboys' or 'phandroids' for having their choice an personally find it ridiculous. iPhone IS the brand that gets media attention and so is seen as se sort of commercial sell-out for tech-ignorant people but as I said earlier, iPhone owners that DO want more, tend to jailbreak. Some Android users tend to feel as though they are the illuminated intelligent users who reject 'big brother' apple. It would be useful to remember Google is currently mapping ad analysing the world and its partner.

Anyway, that's my tuppence.

Good luck with whatever your device is. If it meets your needs, then that's all that matters.

LIVEFRMNYC
Sep 23, 2012, 03:56 AM
What integration are you guys missing so much with ios? With my I phone I had everything synced to Google anyway so I'm not missing anything except airplay. Which I do sorely miss. I will need an ipad for my airplay music directly to my receiver, but for video s3 has dlna built in so it actually works with much more.

Also posting this tethered from my hp touchpad. Pretty cool.

I was wondering the same thing. I was sync both iCloud and Google on my iOS at the same time.

What everyone is referring to as integration, I refer to as being proprietary features and software. Apple seems to be winning at that and only adding more.

nestafaria
Sep 24, 2012, 08:25 PM
Had an S3 and returned it to buy an iphone5. Really tempted to go back to the S3. Ios6 is really disappointing. The iPhone itself is really nice but I wish the screen was bigger. What I really want and will definitely be getting is the new google nexus. I feel like iPhone had its run.

Mrg02d
Sep 24, 2012, 10:06 PM
Had an S3 and returned it to buy an iphone5. Really tempted to go back to the S3. Ios6 is really disappointing. The iPhone itself is really nice but I wish the screen was bigger. What I really want and will definitely be getting is the new google nexus. I feel like iPhone had its run.

I keep reading these style posts and wondering if iPhone fanatics are just more simple than android users? You know the iPhones and iPads do calls and texts really good, right? What else are they good at? Style, yes, but nothing else really.

Who cares about LTE on a screen that ain't meant for looking at. AMIRITE?

nestafaria
Sep 25, 2012, 08:54 AM
I keep reading these style posts and wondering if iPhone fanatics are just more simple than android users? You know the iPhones and iPads do calls and texts really good, right? What else are they good at? Style, yes, but nothing else really.

Who cares about LTE on a screen that ain't meant for looking at. AMIRITE?

Who cares about a screen that you can't see in direct sunlight? The S3 screen is awful.

Mrg02d
Sep 25, 2012, 09:28 AM
Who cares about a screen that you can't see in direct sunlight? The S3 screen is awful.

I can see mine in direct sunlight just as we'll as I could see any of my phones including the 4s so....Also, how many times are you actually in direct sunlight? I'm only in it while walking to my car, in which case I can call when I get inside.

Judging a screen, or a phone in that matter, based on full sun performance is ridiculous.:rolleyes:

nestafaria
Sep 25, 2012, 09:33 AM
I can see mine in direct sunlight just as we'll as I could see any of my phones including the 4s so....Also, how many times are you actually in direct sunlight? I'm only in it while walking to my car, in which case I can call when I get inside.

Judging a screen, or a phone in that matter, based on full sun performance is ridiculous.:rolleyes:

Its not ridiculous at all. I play golf at least 4 days a week. The s3 was worthless. I also sit outside and have breakfast, lunch, dinner, quite frequently. Again, the strain required to see the S3 was a deal breaker. Just because you only use your phone in your home or office, doesn't mean the rest of us do.

Mrg02d
Sep 25, 2012, 10:49 AM
Its not ridiculous at all. I play golf at least 4 days a week. The s3 was worthless. I also sit outside and have breakfast, lunch, dinner, quite frequently. Again, the strain required to see the S3 was a deal breaker. Just because you only use your phone in your home or office, doesn't mean the rest of us do.

The majority of people DON'T use their phone primarily in direct sun. Just because you do, and YOU cannot see the screen DOESN'T make the gs3 worthless.

You people are all alike...baaaaaaddd

EDIT: the 4s was no different. I couldn't see the screen any better either. I distinctly remember walking into a parking lot and having to wait to get into my car just to see who was calling me. Seeing as the ip5 has the same screen, I suspect it also is no different.

Dolorian
Sep 25, 2012, 06:41 PM
Stock dialer/phonebook/text apps: Very very bad compared to iOS. It takes about 3 pushes to call someone...

I found it rather easy and quick to make a call or text someone. Just tap the phone icon, hit contacts and slide the contact to the left to text or to the right to call. Very quick and cool. It works the same way in the Logs and Favorites tabs.


The S3 is absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed most of the experience, including 4G LTE. However, the one thing I was concerned about turned out to be a lot bigger than I had thought it would be.

The size of the S3 was one of my fears while I was looking at specs, pictures and reviews. I was thinking that it would be too big to use comfortably. Much to my surprise when I finally to to try it out in person, I found it's size to be excellent and very comfortable to use even with one hand. My sister and stepfather who are both considering getting one also said "it's not to big, I can use it fine" when they were playing with my S3.

It truly is an amazing phone, I have almost two weeks with mine and I am completely pleased with it.

asr10 user
Sep 26, 2012, 07:43 PM
Just when I was getting a bored with the S3, I found something awesome. 3D Wallpapers. I thought they were useless but thanks to the .25 cent app sale going on, I bought Ocean HD and wow, its great.

It really does sound pointless, but once you use a 3D background, its very impressive. Especially when I am thinking of building a Nano Reef at home, the Ocean HD wallpaper is just what I needed.

I guess another score is the Play store allows apps to be sold at any price, so there are going to be a bunch of apps available for the next 5 days at .25 cents each. No way would that ever happen on the App Store.

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I have to add that I love and hate both the GS3 and iOS. So I try to not be biased. I love them both. And I hate them both.

I also probably had $200 into iOS apps. So far im about $30 into Google Play apps. All the big apps are on both and function the same on both, but they are sometimes better on Android because they let you do more.

Example would be Evernote, Youtube, and Astrid. Much better on Android than iOS.

Vegastouch
Sep 26, 2012, 08:35 PM
Just when I was getting a bored with the S3, I found something awesome. 3D Wallpapers. I thought they were useless but thanks to the .25 cent app sale going on, I bought Ocean HD and wow, its great.

It really does sound pointless, but once you use a 3D background, its very impressive. Especially when I am thinking of building a Nano Reef at home, the Ocean HD wallpaper is just what I needed.

I guess another score is the Play store allows apps to be sold at any price, so there are going to be a bunch of apps available for the next 5 days at .25 cents each. No way would that ever happen on the App Store.

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I have to add that I love and hate both the GS3 and iOS. So I try to not be biased. I love them both. And I hate them both.

I also probably had $200 into iOS apps. So far im about $30 into Google Play apps. All the big apps are on both and function the same on both, but they are sometimes better on Android because they let you do more.

Example would be Evernote, Youtube, and Astrid. Much better on Android than iOS.
Some months ago they had apps for only .10 cents.

iphonefan74
Sep 26, 2012, 09:23 PM
Stock dialer/phonebook/text apps: Very very bad compared to iOS. It takes about 3 pushes to call someone, and the text app is also pretty crappy. Luckily you can change all of these with 3rd party apps.

Seriously? I think the dialer on the iPhone is ridiculous. I love how I can just start hitting numbers on my SIII dialer and my contacts start showing up. Not the case on an iPhone. On Android, you also have the options to call, text or add a new number you entered into contacts. The stock dialer is worlds better on Android.