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macness
Sep 30, 2012, 03:02 AM
I love apple products and i got my i5 on launch day, but with the lack of innovation on this product.. i just dont know anymore. I don't wanna leave the apple ecosystem, but if they dont fix some of these issues and add a couple of new features to get me excited.. i can't say i wont be considering an Android phone in a year or 2.

At least work on maps and passbook! Come on Apple, your letting me down



trekkie604
Sep 30, 2012, 03:05 AM
I wouldn't buy a Samsung phone. Rather consider a HTC or moto for droid or Nokia for windows phone.

kannesss
Sep 30, 2012, 03:09 AM
I would never spend money on an android phone again

newone757
Sep 30, 2012, 03:10 AM
I would never spend money on an android phone again

I probably wouldnt either

netdog
Sep 30, 2012, 03:11 AM
And what would be better about the SIII?

I can think of a lot of reasons why I prefer my iP5, though yes, even in upgrading from the iPhone 4, the lack of innovation is palpable. That said, the SIII would in no way address that for me. I am thinking that I might actually have preferred the Nokia 920 but we'll know more about that once it is actually released.

Technarchy
Sep 30, 2012, 03:21 AM
Nope. Been down the android road already and it goes nowhere.

michaelz
Sep 30, 2012, 03:22 AM
I love apple products and i got my i5 on launch day, but with the lack of innovation on this product.. i just dont know anymore. I don't wanna leave the apple ecosystem, but if they dont fix some of these issues and add a couple of new features to get me excited.. i can't say i wont be considering an Android phone in a year or 2.

At least work on maps and passbook! Come on Apple, your letting me down

lack of innovation? You don't deserve an iPhone! I'd rather get a blackberry. Andrio phone make me sick.

appleattack
Sep 30, 2012, 03:24 AM
Nope. Been down the android road already and it goes nowhere.

I hear this a lot. I really was close to picking up an SIII as well. It looks and feels like such a great phone. I love the design. But Android is just a pile of ****.

TM WAZZA
Sep 30, 2012, 03:26 AM
If I didn't have prior experience with iOS, I probably wouldn't have left my S2.

Which means I will never go back to Android again.

Ultimedia
Sep 30, 2012, 03:27 AM
I'd rather buy a brick.

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 03:29 AM
Nope. Been down the android road already and it goes nowhere.

You love your metaphors dont you :D

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I went the other way, GS3 -> iPhone 5.

toondw
Sep 30, 2012, 03:30 AM
Please.....no more ios v android!

Cache
Sep 30, 2012, 03:31 AM
Nope. Been down the android road already and it goes nowhere.

Yeah it goes nowhere, thats why android is number one atm. You dont have to like the OS, but at least be fair about it. :rolleyes:

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 03:34 AM
Yeah it goes nowhere, thats why android is number one atm. You dont have to like the OS, but at least be fair about it. :rolleyes:

He was more than likely talking about his own opinion, seeing as he is the one who typed it.. ;)

daviddth
Sep 30, 2012, 03:35 AM
Nope not at all. Very happy with the iPhone 5 here

dk206
Sep 30, 2012, 03:35 AM
Please.....no more ios v android!

yes please....this kinda threads reveal the noobs and pathetic fanboys of this forum who don't know jack about android please let's not discuss android on here. It's unbearable to read some of the idiotic comments

misterjay
Sep 30, 2012, 03:41 AM
Would rather go back to my RAZR that I have stored somewhere then use a Galaxy or an android device.

After my first stint with a Google G1.. when it first came out..
NEVER AGAIN.

Does not matter how good android or the SG3 is, hell to the no.

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 03:43 AM
Would rather go back to my RAZR that I have stored somewhere then use a Galaxy or an android device.

After my first stint with a Google G1.. when it first came out..
NEVER AGAIN.

Does not matter how good android or the SG3 is, hell to the no.

Well to be fair, Android has come a hell of a long way since the G1. Writing it off because of that is silly :p

I've used Android from Eclair through to Jelly Bean and it's come on leaps and bounds lately.

Prefer iOS at the moment.

mackinmike
Sep 30, 2012, 03:44 AM
i have both. gotta say... i use the s3 more than the ip5. i love the dedicated back button and led indicator.
in terms of functionality, they both are on par with each other. the screen size of the ip5 is an embarrassment. so close yet so far.... ugh.

maybe with the ip6? that's the thing. apple suckers you with this crap. sorry i'm no longer a sucker.

ManuCH
Sep 30, 2012, 03:47 AM
I've never owned an Android phone, but the S3 specifically has a really crappy display. I've used it for half an hour or so, and my head started to hurt. The pentile technology they use make sure that you really do see those pixels. And the calibration is way off (you notice it when watching photos). That's really bad if compared to the iPhone 4/5 retina quality.

To answer the question: no, I'm happy about my iPhone 5 and I wouldn't want an S3 instead.

misterjay
Sep 30, 2012, 03:48 AM
Well to be fair, Android has come a hell of a long way since the G1. Writing it off because of that is silly :p

I've used Android from Eclair through to Jelly Bean and it's come on leaps and bounds lately.

Prefer iOS at the moment.



Lol, the G1 battery scared me away for good I think :D.

Dont get me wrong, SG3 is nice but as a long time iPhone user.. meh.. guess i prefer it over android no doubt.

@ OP, I do not regret getting the iPhone and currently content with it.

dasx
Sep 30, 2012, 03:56 AM
No. I'd even stay with my 4S before the s3.
But, if I had to chose between an iPhone 4 and a S3... If I could somehow get full iCloud support on that thing... Maybe.

ggmissmolly
Sep 30, 2012, 04:00 AM
No

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 04:02 AM
Lol, the G1 battery scared me away for good I think :D.

Dont get me wrong, SG3 is nice but as a long time iPhone user.. meh.. guess i prefer it over android no doubt.

@ OP, I do not regret getting the iPhone and currently content with it.

The Galaxy S3's battery life is excellent. It's not as good as the iPhone's, but the S3 has a lot more going on - full multitasking, lots of gesture/motion events, voice control for apps, etc. All of that is running all the time.

Having used the latest and greatest devices for both platforms, I don't think there's a clear cut winner. Both platforms have their advantages and disadvantages. The best thing about Apple is that they make everything truly simple and they come up with some fantastic ideas. AirPlay is a prime example of something that's really useful and incredibly easy to set up.

F123D
Sep 30, 2012, 04:11 AM
If apple had stuck with a 3.5" display, I'd probably be holding an S3 or waiting for the next Nexus right now.

daveathall
Sep 30, 2012, 04:23 AM
They are both great phones, I have both the iPhone 5 and S3, out of the two, I prefer the S3 in this instance.

zbarvian
Sep 30, 2012, 07:26 AM
Hell no. The S3 is a mediocre Android phone, and about Android...it's really like Linux vs OSX. Linux is super customizable and open, but OSX is just nicer, has broader support, a better ecosystem, and is more stable.

daveathall
Sep 30, 2012, 08:28 AM
Hell no. The S3 is a mediocre Android phone, and about Android...it's really like Linux vs OSX. Linux is super customizable and open, but OSX is just nicer, has broader support, a better ecosystem, and is more stable.

You have never owned an S3, that much is obvious. In fact have you ever owned an iPhone5?

Edit:

Just noticed that you have got an iP5, my apologies. Hope you get your battery and reception problems that you have reported rectified quickly.

zbarvian
Sep 30, 2012, 08:39 AM
You have never owned an S3, that much is obvious. In fact have you ever owned an iPhone5?

Edit:

Just noticed that you have got an iP5, my apologies. Hope you get your battery and reception problems that you have reported rectified quickly.

I got them all solved, the battery is freakishly good. Thanks for the concern.

daveathall
Sep 30, 2012, 08:44 AM
I got them all solved, the battery is freakishly good. Thanks for the concern.


And reception, and maps?

cynics
Sep 30, 2012, 09:41 AM
It wasn't until last night that I actually got to play with an S3. Also last night I found out how full of crap a lot of people are here.

The screen was great, MUCH MUCH better then Android phones I've used in the past. I was in a bar so I didn't see how it looks in the sun but I don't use a phone in the sun. That pen tile debate is just nonsense on a screen with high PPI.

Viewing angles are BETTER then my iPhone 4S so I don't know what people are on about there.

Viewing angle
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/30/ubegevad.jpg

The size was bigger (duh) but without a case is was as big as my iPhone with a lifeproof case on it. So it wasnt unmanageable.

Build quality is what made me realize so many people are on here are full of it. It feels fine, had good weight to it, it didn't creak or anything if you try to twist it.

I picked it up expecting to see a cheap plastic, crap screen pos. But it wasn't and I can see why people like it so much. I can see why people have to post scientific graphs showing the iPhone is better, you have to use computers and microscopes to see its flaws.

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 09:46 AM
It wasn't until last night that I actually got to play with an S3. Also last night I found out how full of crap a lot of people are here.

The screen was great, MUCH MUCH better then Android phones I've used in the past. I was in a bar so I didn't see how it looks in the sun but I don't use a phone in the sun. That pen tile debate is just nonsense on a screen with high PPI.

Viewing angles are BETTER then my iPhone 4S so I don't know what people are on about there.

Viewing angle
Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/30/ubegevad.jpg)

The size was bigger (duh) but without a case is was as big as my iPhone with a lifeproof case on it. So it wasnt unmanageable.

Build quality is what made me realize so many people are on here are full of it. It feels fine, had good weight to it, it didn't creak or anything if you try to twist it.

I picked it up expecting to see a cheap plastic, crap screen pos. But it wasn't and I can see why people like it so much. I can see why people have to post scientific graphs showing the iPhone is better, you have to use computers and microscopes to see its flaws.

People who say it's cheap plastic or the screen is bad usually haven't actually used it, and just go by what other people say.

The phone feels really good in the hand and doesn't come across as cheap, even though it's made out of plastic.

macness
Sep 30, 2012, 10:07 AM
You love your metaphors dont you :D

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I went the other way, GS3 -> iPhone 5.


You had a GS3? what happened?

KentuckyHouse
Sep 30, 2012, 10:14 AM
It wasn't until last night that I actually got to play with an S3. Also last night I found out how full of crap a lot of people are here.

The screen was great, MUCH MUCH better then Android phones I've used in the past. I was in a bar so I didn't see how it looks in the sun but I don't use a phone in the sun. That pen tile debate is just nonsense on a screen with high PPI.

Viewing angles are BETTER then my iPhone 4S so I don't know what people are on about there.

Viewing angle
Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/30/ubegevad.jpg)

The size was bigger (duh) but without a case is was as big as my iPhone with a lifeproof case on it. So it wasnt unmanageable.

Build quality is what made me realize so many people are on here are full of it. It feels fine, had good weight to it, it didn't creak or anything if you try to twist it.

I picked it up expecting to see a cheap plastic, crap screen pos. But it wasn't and I can see why people like it so much. I can see why people have to post scientific graphs showing the iPhone is better, you have to use computers and microscopes to see its flaws.

I'm SO freaking glad to see someone post an impartial take on the S3 for once around here. I love my S3 and I've been echoing exactly what you said since the day I got it. Thank you!

matttye
Sep 30, 2012, 10:15 AM
You had a GS3? what happened?

Got tired of having toggle settings on/off all the time to get acceptable battery life, having to take my phone out of my pocket and use the settings for it to reliably connect to Bluetooth in my car, having to use S-Voice via Bluetooth rather than the much better Google voice search in Jelly Bean.

I wanted something that would sync with my iPad too. Plus having access to the iTunes music store is a massive plus.

cynics
Sep 30, 2012, 10:19 AM
Got tired of having toggle settings on/off all the time to get acceptable battery life, having to take my phone out of my pocket and use the settings for it to reliably connect to Bluetooth in my car, having to use S-Voice via Bluetooth rather than the much better Google voice search in Jelly Bean.

I wanted something that would sync with my iPad too. Plus having access to the iTunes music store is a massive plus.

Scale of 1 - 10 how would you rate both?

zbarvian
Sep 30, 2012, 11:02 AM
And reception, and maps?

Reception is fine, it was a problem with the cellular service where I was (super rural area). Maps are O.K., I like turn-by-turn, Flyover is a gimmick, but the mapping data is just really not as good as Google Maps. For me it'll suffice, for others it might be a dealbreaker.

daveathall
Sep 30, 2012, 11:06 AM
Reception is fine, it was a problem with the cellular service where I was (super rural area). Maps are O.K., I like turn-by-turn, Flyover is a gimmick, but the mapping data is just really not as good as Google Maps. For me it'll suffice, for others it might be a dealbreaker.

Must admit that I live rural and get flakey reception whatever the phone. Will be a fair while before I sample the delights of LTE I fear.

Wrathwitch
Sep 30, 2012, 05:36 PM
I am not sure why I am bothering replying since most of the posts in here sound like the zealots that used to ride the witch hunts and christian conversion brute squads in ye olden times.

Some things to consider to those open minded enough:

1) for those of you who said I have tried android in the PAST, it is fail or going nowhere. Please do take the time to compare the OS that you used in the PAST with the OS current. The changes and improvements have been VAST. If they had not been, there is no way in hell I would have given up my beloved iP4. NOT saying that Android as smooth as iOS but if you think it hasn't improved in leaps and bounds, you are just being close minded.

2) for those of you who say that the screen shows pixelation, I don't know how close you have to stare at the screen to use the device, but normal useage does not show these flaws. Either that or your eyes are much better than mine (which is entirely possible).

3) for those of you that show bizarre hostility towards anything other than Apple, you remind me of the folks that used to tell other folks that looked a bit different in skin tone to hit to the back of the bus. Seriously, the aggression and anger directed to a phone OS seems to indicate you came home and found your partner cheating on you with the vibrating function of the phone or something.....

4) logical points like Matttye's post actually came across as intelligent and worth reading compared to the baseless opinions posted here by people that come across as petulant children. If you are such a big fan of your chosen OS, perhaps you should express your point of view in such a way that people other than teenagers will find some merit in them.

/rant over.

kilcher
Sep 30, 2012, 05:49 PM
Everyone is within the 30 day return period so hopefully no one responded "yes."

Vegastouch
Sep 30, 2012, 08:15 PM
Would rather go back to my RAZR that I have stored somewhere then use a Galaxy or an android device.

After my first stint with a Google G1.. when it first came out..
NEVER AGAIN.

Does not matter how good android or the SG3 is, hell to the no.

LOL, Hec even i didnt leave my First Gen iPhone for the G1. Dude that was 4 or so years ago. I didnt like the G1 either but Android is light years better than when the G1 was out. What was on that? Cup Cake? I dont even know what the first two OS's were called.

In anycase to say this "Does not matter how good android or the SG3 is, hell to the no",.. is kind of whacked imo. I mean ho the hec can you use a G1, not like that and say it doesnt mater how good the S3 is?...LMAO

Thats like saying you didnt like the first gen iPhone and dont care how good the iP5 is 5 years later and still wont buy one.

At this point, ill probably never go back to the iPhone because they are too slow to add features i like and are behind now. Not to mention the screen is still too small.

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Got tired of having toggle settings on/off all the time to get acceptable battery life, having to take my phone out of my pocket and use the settings for it to reliably connect to Bluetooth in my car, having to use S-Voice via Bluetooth rather than the much better Google voice search in Jelly Bean.

I wanted something that would sync with my iPad too. Plus having access to the iTunes music store is a massive plus.

I like you as a poster so dont take this badly, but i do hate the " i have to take the phone out of my pocket" reasoning. How lazy of a nation are we that taking a phone out of your pocket is a chore?

I forget to take mine out of my pocket sometimes when i get in the car and i just reach in and get it.
Cant wait til we get the remote car that does everything and we dont even have to drive it anymore. Then we will see those complaining that they had to open the door.

ixodes
Sep 30, 2012, 08:25 PM
My iPhone 4S & 5 are both excellent smartphones. They compliment my S3, and Nexus quite nicely.

But then again I'm open minded and enjoy all platforms for their various strengths. It keeps me current with the latest in tech, and keeps me from getting bored. Each of these platforms are different, therein lies the value of each.

There is no "best". It's a very dynamic market with rapid changes advancements and refinements.

Yet that said I do know some people that don't have the patience to learn something new. I both understand & respect that. At least they're honest enough to admit it, instead of bashing a platform they've failed to learn.

Sensamic
Sep 30, 2012, 08:28 PM
I am not sure why I am bothering replying since most of the posts in here sound like the zealots that used to ride the witch hunts and christian conversion brute squads in ye olden times.

Some things to consider to those open minded enough:

1) for those of you who said I have tried android in the PAST, it is fail or going nowhere. Please do take the time to compare the OS that you used in the PAST with the OS current. The changes and improvements have been VAST. If they had not been, there is no way in hell I would have given up my beloved iP4. NOT saying that Android as smooth as iOS but if you think it hasn't improved in leaps and bounds, you are just being close minded.

2) for those of you who say that the screen shows pixelation, I don't know how close you have to stare at the screen to use the device, but normal useage does not show these flaws. Either that or your eyes are much better than mine (which is entirely possible).

3) for those of you that show bizarre hostility towards anything other than Apple, you remind me of the folks that used to tell other folks that looked a bit different in skin tone to hit to the back of the bus. Seriously, the aggression and anger directed to a phone OS seems to indicate you came home and found your partner cheating on you with the vibrating function of the phone or something.....

4) logical points like Matttye's post actually came across as intelligent and worth reading compared to the baseless opinions posted here by people that come across as petulant children. If you are such a big fan of your chosen OS, perhaps you should express your point of view in such a way that people other than teenagers will find some merit in them.

/rant over.

I want a woman like this.

Awesome.

matttye
Oct 1, 2012, 01:21 AM
Scale of 1 - 10 how would you rate both?

S3 - 8 / iPhone - 9

I think most people would be very happy with either device.

If the S3 was a little more stock Android (I.e. you could use voice search instead of S voice when connected to Bluetooth) I'd give it a 9.

The iPhone is not without problems either. Maps are terrible and the iTunes and app stores are buggy.

matttye
Oct 1, 2012, 01:26 AM
I like you as a poster so dont take this badly, but i do hate the " i have to take the phone out of my pocket" reasoning. How lazy of a nation are we that taking a phone out of your pocket is a chore?

I forget to take mine out of my pocket sometimes when i get in the car and i just reach in and get it.
Cant wait til we get the remote car that does everything and we dont even have to drive it anymore. Then we will see those complaining that they had to open the door.

I understand where you're coming from and it's not really that hard to take your phone out of your pocket, but when you consider that I might use my car for four, five journeys in a day, that means I have to get the phone out and connect to Bluetooth when I get in the car each time, and take the phone out to turn Bluetooth off each time I get out. It can get quite repetitive.

Now I just climb in, drive, climb out. No faffing around with my phone at all.

The fact that I get to use Siri over S voice is a bigger benefit than the auto connect though :p

TheRealPorkchop
Oct 1, 2012, 01:57 AM
Well let me see... when I started with the "smartphone" thing I had a Blackberry Storm 2, yea. So when I moved up to the iPhone 4, I could have swore I heard chimes and harps playing...

Wanted Siri... so I jailbroke and it worked fine up until the proxy servers started getting taken down. So I searched and found a 4S that was slightly used but had been upgraded to iOS6 but previously jailbroken and figured I could just drop back, wrong. I personally don't like iOS6.

Started reading about the S3 and personally I think it's a pretty good choice, probably the only choice (for me) if I weren't gonna stay with iPhone. It's got a huge screen, especially compared to the 4 and 4S, probably still bigger than the 5's screen (I don't know). It's gotta be nice to have SD card memory where you can increase storage when your pocket can afford it OR have multiple cards for different reasons. It's probably pretty nice too that you can send ringtones to your friends, something I wouldn't know anything about since I've got an iPhone. Also probably pretty cool that they can send videos like YouTube rips or whatever, where you can't do that with an iPhone either unless you email to somebody (useless if they don't have an email or you don't know it).

Didn't realize that Galaxy S3 had that S Voice thing... just saw that tonight on YouTube, somewhat slower in most cases than Siri however. Complaints about the S3's screen/display but let's not mention how on some iPhones there is a gap that you can see light coming through. Hmmm...

I'm gonna buy either a new or used S3 and activate it on my line and try it out. I love how my iPhone seams together with my Mac flawlessly but there are just little things about it that tick me off and things about Apple and them being control freaks that just piss me off too. Yea, sometimes I do wish I'd held out just a little longer and got an S3 (Verizon didn't have it at the time that I got my 4).

gniss39
Oct 1, 2012, 03:32 AM
Wish I had gotten a Galaxy Nexus. 4S is my first iPhone and iOS already bores me. The new Maps doesn't help either. With the nexus I could ROM all I want, 4G, removable battery, larger screen. May sell the 4S to buy a used Nexus

aznguyen316
Oct 1, 2012, 09:05 AM
Wish I had gotten a Galaxy Nexus. 4S is my first iPhone and iOS already bores me. The new Maps doesn't help either. With the nexus I could ROM all I want, 4G, removable battery, larger screen. May sell the 4S to buy a used Nexus

Currently, there doesn't seem to be anything the Nexus is able to do now that the S3 cannot. Verizon bootloader has been unlocked, so any rom of your choice can be flashed onto the S3. I have CM10 on mine, basically pure android Jelly Bean + tweaks. And then you have all the bonuses of the S3 over the Nexus - better radio, S4 snap dragon, much better rear and front cameras and ram. I do understand you can find the Nexus for slightly cheaper though and if this is the reasoning then you can't go wrong with the Nexus either. I was able to do a straight trade of my 4S to S3 before the iP5 was released.

Jibbajabba
Oct 1, 2012, 10:38 AM
It wasn't until last night that I actually got to play with an S3. Also last night I found out how full of crap a lot of people are here.

The screen was great, MUCH MUCH better then Android phones I've used in the past. I was in a bar so I didn't see how it looks in the sun but I don't use a phone in the sun. That pen tile debate is just nonsense on a screen with high PPI.

Viewing angles are BETTER then my iPhone 4S so I don't know what people are on about there.

Viewing angle
Image (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/09/30/ubegevad.jpg)

The size was bigger (duh) but without a case is was as big as my iPhone with a lifeproof case on it. So it wasnt unmanageable.

Build quality is what made me realize so many people are on here are full of it. It feels fine, had good weight to it, it didn't creak or anything if you try to twist it.

I picked it up expecting to see a cheap plastic, crap screen pos. But it wasn't and I can see why people like it so much. I can see why people have to post scientific graphs showing the iPhone is better, you have to use computers and microscopes to see its flaws.

I am not sure why I am bothering replying since most of the posts in here sound like the zealots that used to ride the witch hunts and christian conversion brute squads in ye olden times.

Some things to consider to those open minded enough:

1) for those of you who said I have tried android in the PAST, it is fail or going nowhere. Please do take the time to compare the OS that you used in the PAST with the OS current. The changes and improvements have been VAST. If they had not been, there is no way in hell I would have given up my beloved iP4. NOT saying that Android as smooth as iOS but if you think it hasn't improved in leaps and bounds, you are just being close minded.

2) for those of you who say that the screen shows pixelation, I don't know how close you have to stare at the screen to use the device, but normal useage does not show these flaws. Either that or your eyes are much better than mine (which is entirely possible).

3) for those of you that show bizarre hostility towards anything other than Apple, you remind me of the folks that used to tell other folks that looked a bit different in skin tone to hit to the back of the bus. Seriously, the aggression and anger directed to a phone OS seems to indicate you came home and found your partner cheating on you with the vibrating function of the phone or something.....

4) logical points like Matttye's post actually came across as intelligent and worth reading compared to the baseless opinions posted here by people that come across as petulant children. If you are such a big fan of your chosen OS, perhaps you should express your point of view in such a way that people other than teenagers will find some merit in them.

/rant over.

Well said *thumbs up*

Wish I had gotten a Galaxy Nexus. 4S is my first iPhone and iOS already bores me.

I had the original iPhone, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S and now can't wait to renew my contract and get a GS3 .. To be fair - I don't mind either, iPhone just feels dated to me - maybe not dated - but I certainly get bored of it .. small things annoy me, like having to live with default apps etc.

Technarchy
Oct 1, 2012, 11:33 AM
Just the opposite feeling actually.

Every time I pick up a GS3 it makes me happy that I got the iPhone 5 instead.

matttye
Oct 1, 2012, 03:01 PM
Just the opposite feeling actually.

Every time I pick up a GS3 it makes me happy that I got the iPhone 5 instead.

You never have any useful input where Android is concerned so why dont you just avoid Android based threads?

TheRealPorkchop
Oct 1, 2012, 04:56 PM
I got a stupid question...

I had an iPhone, switched to a 4S. So that means right now I'm accessing 3G, right? So if I bought a Galaxy S3, which is 4G LTE (right?), would I have to change my plan?

Could I just go out and buy the S3, go online and activate it just like I did my 4S and be good to go or do they have to change the plan you're on?

cynics
Oct 1, 2012, 05:15 PM
I got a stupid question...

I had an iPhone, switched to a 4S. So that means right now I'm accessing 3G, right? So if I bought a Galaxy S3, which is 4G LTE (right?), would I have to change my plan?

Could I just go out and buy the S3, go online and activate it just like I did my 4S and be good to go or do they have to change the plan you're on?

You just get the phone you won't need to change your plan. A data plan includes LTE, 3G HPSA +, 3G, EDGE, whatever. The phone itself will use the fastest with a good signal.

Technarchy
Oct 1, 2012, 05:16 PM
You never have any useful input where Android is concerned so why dont you just avoid Android based threads?

Considering we said the exact same thing, just in slightly different ways, perhaps you look inward before projecting outward.

I went the other way, GS3 -> iPhone 5.

By your own standard, what is this?

TheRealPorkchop
Oct 1, 2012, 05:31 PM
You just get the phone you won't need to change your plan. A data plan includes LTE, 3G HPSA +, 3G, EDGE, whatever. The phone itself will use the fastest with a good signal.

Thanks!! I didn't realize what the data plan consisted of, thanks for filling me in on that as well.

towg
Oct 1, 2012, 06:10 PM
Swapped my iphone 4s for an S3. Judging by the iphone 5 I certainly don't regret it.

cynics
Oct 1, 2012, 07:01 PM
Swapped my iphone 4s for an S3. Judging by the iphone 5 I certainly don't regret it.

I agree and disagree. I played with my buddies 5 for about 2 minutes before I got bored. It's just a faster and taller 4/4S. After playing with it I found the design and weight more interesting. I could never get one as a 4S owner.

On the same note if I didn't have an iPhone or if my 4S was lost/stolen I would only be interested in the 5.

M87
Oct 1, 2012, 08:23 PM
Instead? No. I like having an iPhone. But admittedly, I'm still curious to check out Android. Will probably still get an GS3 or Note 2 to try it out.

b24pgg
Oct 1, 2012, 08:48 PM
My dad just switched from the 4S to the S3 this weekend. After giving him a little tutorial and showing him some of the things he couldn't do with his 4S, he had the biggest smile on his face.

joshwithachance
Oct 1, 2012, 08:53 PM
I've owned a Galaxy S3... twice. On paper, and at first, it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. But once you really start to use it as your daily driver you start to notice all of the little quibbles with Android, and the phone itself. For example, there's a slight stutter and glitches almost every time you exit an app and return to the home screen. Also, the camera is noticeably inferior. Every phone has it's downfalls, but the grass isn't always greener.

boomhower
Oct 1, 2012, 08:57 PM
If I left it would be for a galax nexus. If I'm going android I want pure android, not a version filled with Samsungs "improvements".

Vegastouch
Oct 1, 2012, 09:34 PM
Just the opposite feeling actually.

Every time I pick up a GS3 it makes me happy that I got the iPhone 5 instead.

Interesting that you keep picking one up when you continuously say you hate Android. Must be something to it. The GS3 is a great phone.

einmusiker
Oct 1, 2012, 09:36 PM
I love mac computers and like my ipad (moreso as a convenient toy than a functional device) but for phones I will probably never go back to ios devices. Unless apple changes things up in the future my next device will be the galaxy note 2

utl768
Oct 1, 2012, 09:37 PM
gs3 is great in theory

big screen
great processor
nfc


the problem is that the big screen makes the phone unusable with one hand, the processor is fast but bottlenecked because android os is laggy in itself and nfc is a awesome technology that is useless in the real world

opened a new line so i could get an iphone 5 after a month with a gs3

only upside is i got att to unlock it so now i have a router for my ipad

Mrg02d
Oct 1, 2012, 09:40 PM
gs3 is great in theory

big screen
great processor
nfc


the problem is that the big screen makes the phone unusable with one hand, the processor is fast but bottlenecked because android os is laggy in itself and nfc is a awesome technology that is useless in the real world

opened a new line so i could get an iphone 5 after a month with a gs3

only upside is i got att to unlock it so now i have a router for my ipad

What's with iDevice fans coming here and stating something as fact? So your hand is too small for the gs3? Big woop? How does that make it too big for everyone else?

Also, the IP5 is just as Laggy as the gs3. How bout them apples?

You iPhone fanatics never mention WHAT is Laggy...Might as well call it stupid.

Vegastouch
Oct 1, 2012, 10:02 PM
gs3 is great in theory

big screen
great processor
nfc


the problem is that the big screen makes the phone unusable with one hand, the processor is fast but bottlenecked because android os is laggy in itself and nfc is a awesome technology that is useless in the real world

opened a new line so i could get an iphone 5 after a month with a gs3

only upside is i got att to unlock it so now i have a router for my ipad

Maybe if you have small hands. I use it most times with one hand but i do use two at times. Doesnt bother me. Ive texted using two hands on my 4" Android as well and my small iPhone.

I will say this though, i wont go bigger than what the GS3 is. If the GS4 is 5" and the phone a bit bigger, i wont get it. I think if the next Nexus is again a 4.65" screen, that would be perfect but if it is 4.8" like the GS3, id get it.

Evoken
Oct 2, 2012, 12:16 AM
It wasn't until last night that I actually got to play with an S3. Also last night I found out how full of crap a lot of people are here.

The screen was great, MUCH MUCH better then Android phones I've used in the past. I was in a bar so I didn't see how it looks in the sun but I don't use a phone in the sun. That pen tile debate is just nonsense on a screen with high PPI.

Viewing angles are BETTER then my iPhone 4S so I don't know what people are on about there.

The size was bigger (duh) but without a case is was as big as my iPhone with a lifeproof case on it. So it wasnt unmanageable.

Build quality is what made me realize so many people are on here are full of it. It feels fine, had good weight to it, it didn't creak or anything if you try to twist it.

I picked it up expecting to see a cheap plastic, crap screen pos. But it wasn't and I can see why people like it so much. I can see why people have to post scientific graphs showing the iPhone is better, you have to use computers and microscopes to see its flaws.

+1 My thoughts exactly.

matttye
Oct 2, 2012, 01:19 AM
Considering we said the exact same thing, just in slightly different ways, perhaps you look inward before projecting outward.



By your own standard, what is this?

I owned an S3 for several months whereas you probably held one for what, five minutes?

I'm sure I have more to contribute in an S3 thread than you, having owned both the device in question and a competing device.

weespeed
Oct 2, 2012, 03:18 AM
I have an iPhone 5 and really thinking about returning it.
I've had iPhone 3g,3gs,4 and bought a 4s but gave it to my wife.
I've also been using a Verizon galaxy nexus since release here in the us.

I liked my 4 a lot. Especially jail broken. I love iFile and biteSMS, etc. Its the reason I gave up the 4s when I got it. There wasn't an untethered jailbreak at the time.
After using the 4s, siri was a big disappointment. It really sucks. And I felt that apple was doing a money grab, to me the 4s wasn't much better than the 4.
So I got the Nexus as a second phone. And now I'm in love with bigger screens. Yes the screen is pentile, but you really can't see the pixels at normal distances. Its not better than the 4 screen but its so much more useful when surfing the web or watching movies.
The nexus did have its issues and I was really disappointed on the updates, it was a google phone but seems like Verizon gimped it. So I rooted and ran stock ICS and now JB.
Those that say it lags have never used stock android, it really doesn't lag anymore than my 4 or 5.
Google has come a long way. I really like JB and think its great.

The iPhone crashes too and it seems that people give it a pass. My wife's 4s crashes all the time. We even had issues with the screen going blank on the dialer but you could dial out if you remember where the keys are.
All those times when you open a web page or an app and it just closes and goes to the homescreen, the iPhone just crashed. It happens a lot. But I never hear anyone complain. I guess its the way its handled. The iPhone doesn't say that an app crashed or the system crashed. It just does it and hides it from the user.
I think Google should do that too.

Now to the 5. Its a really nice phone. Looks very pretty. But the screen size is really annoying. Its just taller and to be honest sucks. Feels like a candy bar. What really kills me is the black bars. Its annoying.
My 5 lags when I load a web page and double tap to zoom, it'll just do nothing. I would have to pinch to zoom the. Double tap works again. It has already crashed on me when I tried opening up an SMS. The phone just rebooted. It was so fast but the apple logo came on.
Its fast but it really does feel like my 4 that's been over clocked. Also the price I paid for the 64gb feels like a waste. I got suckered into the 4" screen but in reality its my 4 with an extra row of icons.

I do like the s3 but I like my nexus too much to replace it with an s3. If i didn't have a Nexus, I would have an s3.
Instead l'm really considering the Note 2 or the Nokia 920. If I could get an exact release date on the 920, that's the phone I'll be returning or selling my iPhone 5 for.

If this says anything. I'm typing this on my one year old Nexus while my new iPhone 5 is on the dresser.

Markyboy81
Oct 2, 2012, 07:47 AM
I'm currently using an iPhone 4S which I've been very pleased with but have ordered an S3 which should be arriving tomorrow.
To tell you the truth I'm a bit bored with apple, and in all honesty I do think their products are overpriced. I paid nearly 500 for the 4s with only 16 gb of memory, and if I were to upgrade I'd need at least 32 gig, which is nearly 100 more! That's extortionate, especially considering they don't offer a memory slot.
I'm not saying ill like the S3 but at least if I do I can upgrade the memory for a tenth of the price.
I wouldn't say I'm loyal to any brand and I think that apple products are the nicest to use, however there are too many limitations and not enough customer choice, as far as I'm concerned.

Quu
Oct 2, 2012, 08:20 AM
I'm quite happy with my iPhone 5. I did try a friends Android device, admittedly it was a Desire HD, not top dog by any means but I did also try a Samsung S3, but for a much shorter time.

I think honestly the width of the S3 and its plastic construction puts me off but more than those two things the UI felt sluggish to me and those kind of things irritate me quite a lot.

I love my iPhone 5 I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything that Android has. Another thing that I don't think people have brought up yet is iTunes. I know some people really really hate iTunes but I totally love it. I use the Genius playlist feature all the time, I have two Airport Expresses in my house and all my music is loaded in to iTunes. I'd not want to use some other media player or manually have to sync my tunes with an Android phone. I don't think they sync with iTunes or not by default maybe with some mods or something? I dunno.

iTunes on Windows isn't nice to use in my opinion but I don't use it on Windows, I use the OS X version and I'm eagerly awaiting the next major release later this month.

MacRumorUser
Oct 2, 2012, 08:36 AM
The iPhone crashes too and it seems that people give it a pass. My wife's 4s crashes all the time. We even had issues with the screen going blank on the dialer but you could dial out if you remember where the keys are.
All those times when you open a web page or an app and it just closes and goes to the homescreen, the iPhone just crashed. It happens a lot. But I never hear anyone complain. I guess its the way its handled. The iPhone doesn't say that an app crashed or the system crashed. It just does it and hides it from the user.
I think Google should do that too.

Now to the 5. Its a really nice phone. Looks very pretty. But the screen size is really annoying. Its just taller and to be honest sucks. Feels like a candy bar. What really kills me is the black bars. Its annoying.
My 5 lags when I load a web page and double tap to zoom, it'll just do nothing. I would have to pinch to zoom the. Double tap works again. It has already crashed on me when I tried opening up an SMS. The phone just rebooted. It was so fast but the apple logo came on.


Are you jailbreaking your iPhones because your experience is not indicative of the iPhone experience without some serious user intervention ?

Seriously never had the crashing that you are reporting here, and my iPhone 5 is fast and never lags in anything I throw at it.




In fact I did a side by side comparison between my One X and my iPhone 5 when I got it, and as smooth as I thought Sense 4.1 & Android 4.0.4 had become on the one X (never had any complaints) , the iphone 5 bests it in regards to performance in everything. Launching Apps is noticeably, memory management (going back to previously open apps), Web pages load quicker (chrome browser test on both), and scrolling on any open application for example Netflix is super smooth on my iPhone 5, whereas scrolling on the One X looks jittery in comparison. I never noticed it until the two were side by side and then it was clearly apparent the difference.

Loaded Horn and Dark Knight Rises on both devices, and though Horn is THD optimised, it still performs much better on the new iPhone 5 in regards to frame-rate, despite the One X having extra cores over the iPhone5.


Still prefer the sense widgets and customisation, and in an ideal world if I could transpose my Sense widgets onto the iPhone 5, and create an app drawer for the iPhone 5, it'd be my perfect device.

As it stands I'm happy holding onto both, especially with JB out in a week or two on the One X.

I do at times however consider selling the One X and getting a SG3....

cynics
Oct 2, 2012, 09:04 AM
gs3 is great in theory

big screen
great processor
nfc


the problem is that the big screen makes the phone unusable with one hand, the processor is fast but bottlenecked because android os is laggy in itself and nfc is a awesome technology that is useless in the real world

opened a new line so i could get an iphone 5 after a month with a gs3

only upside is i got att to unlock it so now i have a router for my ipad

Too big....for YOU to use one handed. There is rarely a need to touch the top of the screen unlike iOS so unless you are missing a joint in your thumb its not too bad. An S3 is about the same size as my 4S with a life proof case and I have no problems.

Laggy, Jelly Bean

NFC, there are NFC tags you can use anywhere. Other NFC enabled phones. Plus the wide range of merchants that use it. McDonald, best buy, cvs, Sunoco, Walgreens, etc etc at least 20+ huge stores (gap, foot locker, etc). A lot of vending machines too.

Markyboy81
Oct 2, 2012, 09:11 AM
Are you jailbreaking your iPhones because your experience is not indicative of the iPhone experience without some serious user intervention ?

Seriously never had the crashing that you are reporting here, and my iPhone 5 is fast and never lags in anything I throw at it.



I often experience minor crashes with my iPhone 4S, in that it'll often throw me out of an app. I'm guessing that this is due to the memory getting clogged up, as it happens mainly in memory intensive apps, like safari or photo editing software. I wouldn't think this will be an issue with the 5 though as it has twice the ram

weespeed
Oct 2, 2012, 09:43 AM
Are you jailbreaking your iPhones because your experience is not indicative of the iPhone experience without some serious user intervention ?

Seriously never had the crashing that you are reporting here, and my iPhone 5 is fast and never lags in anything I throw at it.

Good that you never had a crash but I did. It was really fast though. Got an SMS. Unlocked to reply, bam a reboot. It was so fast. Just blacked out and Apple logo comes up and then back to the homescreen. Also get some weird artifacts sometimes when the keyboard comes up. Its like a line if rgb colors across the screen. It comes and goes really quick.
And double tap to zoon that doesn't work sometimes in safari annoys me.
I know people are gonna say I have a defective iPhone and I should exchange it. I would if I was going to keep it. But at this stage I think I'm going to return it and wait for the Note 2 or Nokia 920.
I've been trying to tell myself to keep it. I already have it etc. But I keep looking for news on different devices. That just tells me its time for me to move on from the iPhone.

If I never had a jailbroken iPhone with SBS settings, winter board, biteSms, etc. I wouldn't have known any different. Then the experience would be what Apple wanted it to be. But after having those jail broken features, plain iOS is boring and not that great too me.
I like being able to pull down the notification screen and have all my shortcuts there for WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. After you're able to do that, Apples way of going to the screen where your settings widget is located then going into whatever setting you want to turn them on and off, is really silly to me now.
I like having little icons in my status bar that tell me if I have mail, SMS, etc. I like being able to reply to an SMS from whatever screen or app I'm using with biteSMS, without having to exit that screen or app. I could go on as to why jailbreaking is what makes the iPhone the phone for me. But ay this moment my iPhone 5 can't be jailbroken and the experience is crappy to me.

I can honestly say that my Nexus with JB is not too far behind my iPhone 5 in terms of speed during regular daily use.

I can only imagine how much better the s3 with JB can be. I'm really not into Samsung touchwiz or HTC sense etc. I have a Flyer that I took sense off as soon as there was a ICS and JB ROM for it.
I feel that all that crap the manufacturers put on top of stock android is what makes it laggy etc. When I removed sense off my Flyer, it was so much faster doing everything. Even basic swiping was faster with less lag.

I paid 475+36 activation and a new 2 year contract with att. for my 64gb iPhone 5. And I feel like it was a waste of money. Like I posted earlier, my 5 feels like my 4. Just a little faster and now I have a 5th row if icons. But holding it doesn't feel as good as the 4. Using lots of my apps feel the same because of those stupid black bars. Holding the 5 in landscape feels the exact same as my 4.
What I lost was all the jailbroken features I used all the time that made my experience so much better.
Now that I don't have those features on the 5. It just feels bleh.

This is all my opinion from my experiences using and owning these devices.

weespeed
Oct 2, 2012, 09:59 AM
I often experience minor crashes with my iPhone 4S, in that it'll often throw me out of an app. I'm guessing that this is due to the memory getting clogged up, as it happens mainly in memory intensive apps, like safari or photo editing software. I wouldn't think this will be an issue with the 5 though as it has twice the ram

That's what I was saying in my post. The iPhone from 3 to 4s crashed a lot. But people never mention it like how they always say android crashes. I really think its how apple handles it. If anything crashes just kick the user out of what they were doing and go to home screen. No warning or any info on what happened.
Android on the other hand tells you what happened and if you want to report it.
Google should adopt apples way and just hide it from the user.

I don't get this whole its plastic and is therefore cheap. The s3 feels really nice And looks nice too. I don't see the cheapness that people say. When the iPhone 3 was plastic I didn't hear that complaint. My original droid was built a lot more solid and had a screen that was like 260 PPI compared to the iPhone 3gs 160 PPI but I never heard complaints then.

MacRumorUser
Oct 2, 2012, 10:12 AM
I don't get this whole its plastic and is therefore cheap. The s3 feels really nice And looks nice too. I don't see the cheapness that people say. When the iPhone 3 was plastic I didn't hear that complaint. My original droid was built a lot more solid and had a screen that was like 260 PPI compared to the iPhone 3gs 160 PPI but I never heard complaints then.

I don't mind the frame being plastic myself, but must confess I really did not like the back panels thinness, and flimsiness (both tended to flex) on my Samsung SGS2 or Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Had a BB Bold 9900 and didn't like it on that too.

I always had the fear it was going to break or snap off, which whilst it never did, was always at the back of my mind.

It was ultimately the solid poly-carbonate rear shell that made me choose the one X over a SG3, Plus the fact I can just buy rear housing and swap my black one X into a white one X (already done and it was simple too) or in fact buy the new OneX+ shell and pretend I've got an upgrade :-)

It's just a matter of taste rather than anything else.