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mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 03:37 AM
You may want to read this if you are thinking about switching from an iPhone 5 to S3. I've been reading all your post's for many years and learned tons here. Thanks to those of you that have posted something useful. This is my 2 cents for anyone who wants to really know what life is like on the other side!
Like many of us here, I've been buying up Apple devices for quite some time, my first experience was a Titanium Macbook Pro, I never looked back from that day, until now!
My Att contract is over so "naturally" I decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 5. Well, unfortunately this time around wasn't a typical "Apple Experience" for me. My iPhone 5 (ordered from Att site) was shipped damaged directly from China. Looked at 9 other phones at two Apple store locations, only one was acceptable. Now that phone replacement had network issues :mad:, so I decided maybe this is the time. I've been frustrated with Apple's mediocre email app for ever (can't attach files, can't even bold text... My bad, yes you can bold and attach photo or video only), lack of customization, same 'ol iOS look and feel since day one. But, it's Apple and this would be a huge step for me because I'm a small business owner and EVERYTHING and ANYTHING Digital I do has been part of the Apple Ecosystem.
A good friend of mine who has made the switch to Droid awhile back has been extremely happy with his decision and talked me into at least trying it out. So, I figured what better time, I can try it for 30 days, if I don't like it big deal, I lose a whopping $35 restocking fee!
So I decided to get the most technologically advanced android I could find that meets my business needs, I was pointed towards the Galaxy S3.

I return home with my brand new phone, show it to my adorable Asian girlfriend, she looks excited, oh oh, that's not an iPhone? "But I have an iPhone" she pleads! Yes, this I'm thinking is going to be very hard, I plead back, "I have to give this a try, after all I use this for business purposes 90% of the time and I have to do what's best for my business babe". My heart just sank, I felt like I inadvertently cheated on her, it was weird, like some sort of Geek Cheat thing, Geating perhaps?

First impression, WOW, this thing has everything, stuff I didn't even know phones could have! There is so much crammed into this phone it's amazing how it all fits in its sleek and thin footprint. I was really impressed especially that first night (not impressed with the plastic), the screen is huge, great for reading emails on the run (don't text and drive ;)), camera was great and it takes pictures that many would/do prefer, more colorful (not as bright though). It connects to your mac like a hard drive, really cool, you can do this many ways. Wifi, USB and even Bluetooth. And you see all your files on the phone and can create files like you do for your computer! Makes sense to me? Maps? Awesome. Customization? That was simply crazy, the stuff you can do to customize your phone is insane... I think I'll love all these options for my small business.... could this be? Has Google and Samsung beat Apple in their own game?
Well, so the real life test begins. Monday comes along, I have meetings to get to (I live and work in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles), emails, texts, voip'ing (I use a voip for business calls so it looks like I'm calling from my office) you name it...
First thing off the bat: The screen practically disappeared on me in this sunny LA weather, ouch! So I max out the brightness, FAIL, Not a good start! I start up google Maps/Navigation, working great as expected! I make a VOIP call for the first time, it takes me 3 steps because apparently when you install an app on an Android it will now show up as an option when you make a call. So if you have Skype, Viber, Google Voice, Business VOIP that's going to be very taxing on making calls, maybe there's an option to change it? Didn't find it....., so, I'm driving while on a VOIP call with HEADPHONES on, I hear a beep coming from my speaker, weird, that's a text that just came in! Why in the world would it bypass my headphones? Not good when you are in a quite room with your significant other trying to sleep right next to you. Google navigation got me there ok, time to leave to the next appointment, maps is searching, searching & searching for this next address, I close the app start over again. Same deal, hell, it got me here but now I can't get it to work to get me to another appointment? At least I was able to navigate out of the area since I could see the map but Navigation is out! Luckily I know where the next appointment is so I made it in time.
So half day is gone, it's about noon, battery is scary low.... no problem, I bought one of those $80 cases that have a battery in it, I was warned ahead of time and losing juice isn't an option for me. This device will drain fast in real world applications, trust me!
Time to reply to emails while I'm eating at Gene Simmons new Beer haven in El Segundo, why not? I was right around the block... Samsung has two ways to input, Swipe and regular keyboard. Swipe is pretty handy with one finger use, I could see getting pretty efficient at this. Copy/Paste was weird if you are coming from an iPhone, not saying it's worse, just takes getting use to, a lot use to... Even when you want to place the curser in between letters to fix spelling, it's all different, of course it is! It took me forever to get that first email...man that was painful, but I did get better over time.

So I get home, my girlfriend is upset at me because I didn't respond to most of her "important" texts.... Well, I just assumed if I get a text that it will show up on my lock screen, like an iPhone? hey, Sometimes I can't hear texts coming in when I got Classic Van Halen Blasted in the background! Now that's Rockin Roll Kids... take a look here! WRONG, not even possible! You need to check your notifications screen or download an app that will at least pop the message on your home screen, but not your lock screen. Big Ouch!:eek:

So I call my buddy that had talked me into this in the first place, he's attempting to help me navigate where to go to change settings etc.... guess what, 50% or more of these settings weren't even there, he had the model before me the S2 and guess what? They changed the features so much that my buddy was confused to !#$@ so I kindly hung up and figured.... I'm on my own.

OK, what a day, time to relax and sip a beer and listen to my favorite music app MOG! I knew I was going to lose my Airplay function but I wasn't prepared to lose the everything function? This app barely works on a Droid! I'm paying $10 a month to listen to nothing? $!?... So I cancel MOG, now I'm getting annoyed!

Lets then download music to this thing, great idea? Don't even think about it, compared to iTunes with an iPhone this isn't in the same league.
So I figured, maybe I just have to sit here and study that manual, watch the video's on Samsungs site (which could use a refresh of its own), what else do I have to do, not like I'm busy, it's 11:30 pm and its quiet, now I can really concentrate on this task.

It's been 5 days and I already came to a conclusion about this phone and the Android OS (Ice Cream). This whole experience was basically what I remember Windows was and it is a STARK reminder why I left that platform in the first place. There's a whole lot of fat here everyone, lots and lots of fat. A lot of this fat can be useful, you'll probably need it when you haven't eaten for two weeks but only if its eatable! Meaning, it's a bit buggy and not nearly as refined, operating it, moving from one task to another seemed a bit laggy to me compared to an iPhone 5 especially..... I got at least two strange error's, and something like three crashes from the apps in a 5 day period. I'm comparing this to my iPhone 4 that has only crashed two times in the two years I've owned it.
Yes, you can configure to the end of day with this but there's no structure here! The last OS (Jelly Bean?) was so different that an experienced Android user couldn't help me with most of the basic features of the OS.

My digital world revolves around Apple, I'm a bit disappointed with their progress but I'm convinced that the iPhone 5 is far superior in so many "Other" ways, the "IMPORT OTHER" is the key here.

iPhone, Good = Designed for the everyday person, Reliability, Simplicity, Unmatched Design/Build, Battery Life, Screen (looks great outdoors in a sunny day), Zippy/Fast Responsiveness, comfortable to use with one hand (left hand in particular), iCloud backup and additional features, Apple Customer Support has ALWAYS been insanely great, Apple Stores, Update, add "Do Not Disturb" function, this is a big deal for me

iPhone Bad: Lack of customization, Email not designed for real business people (we need to be able to attach files from the client), forced integration due to closed system


S3, Good= Top of the line technology, Tinker Heaven for the Geek within us all (customization) I would def recommend to my network engineer brother, Camera (many would argue this), Email, USB connection/Charge (maybe a plus for the moment, who doesn't have usb connectors laying around?)

S3, Bad= Just Added 10/7 ....Updating/Fragmentation see this post (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1461279&highlight=s3+iphon+5) because that's a subject on its own, Music Player, Not as stable as iPhone, Huge Learning Curve (don't recommend this to the untechy type, that covers about 90% of us?), Battery life, build quality is plastic, Sometimes you'll need to install a plug-in to install an App to work properly that's just weird, Very Window's Like Experience.

My recommendation? If you are coming from the iPhone, stick to Apple, if you aren't then you'll know no better and Android will be the best thing next to Sliced Bread. It's apparent to me that Android and Samsung and the rest can't match Apple's design and overall feel and intuitiveness, so they draw out all the big guns at once and keep shooting and shooting until they hit something eventually. So typical of Google especially wouldn't most of you agree? (I'm sure there are some that don't) I love Google services, well maybe 10-20% of them work great, that's exactly what this phone is, a representation of exactly that! With Apple and those of us in this ecosystem, we love about 90% of everything they do. So, give it a try, if you don't have a contract with your phone provider, chances are you will come to this exact conclusion.

I hope some of you enjoyed! For those of you that need to bash this post, $%@! :D OFF!

Now that was a long post, THE END......



SPEEDwithJJ
Oct 6, 2012, 03:39 AM
Excellent post.

That will help everyone who are in the market for a new smartphone. :)

ste1164
Oct 6, 2012, 03:48 AM
Great look. Only this is, that the message notifications should show on the lockscreen :o they did when I had a SGS3.

TM WAZZA
Oct 6, 2012, 03:51 AM
Can't believe I just read all that but hey I was bored

Nice post

jk4lebron23
Oct 6, 2012, 03:59 AM
So.....are you keeping or coming back to the good side?

waa1futs
Oct 6, 2012, 04:02 AM
Nice writeup =)

Personally the only android phone I would consider would be a nexus device. I can't effing stand the skins. LG Optimus G Nexus should be a real doozy, but still not enough to sway me from the iPhone.

Markyboy81
Oct 6, 2012, 04:15 AM
Nice write up, and I've just moved from the iPhone 4s to a galaxy and I don't think I'll be going back.
Whilst I agree that the iPhone is much better 'out of the box' in think that if you're prepared to put a bit of work in, and you can customise the Android to work much better for you. I understand that not everyone wants to do this though.
Couple of examples;
Install SwiftKey instead of the stock browser-it's far better than the ios keyboard.
Make it so that the phone vibrates when you pick it up, and/or use the led light. This way you'll be notified of new messages even without looking at the lock screen. Also, the vibration is far stronger, compared to iPhone.
I also find the battery to be at least as good as iPhone, and I was more than happy with the battery life on that.
Guess is horses for courses really.

NbinHD
Oct 6, 2012, 06:04 AM
Nice post, i thought that messages and missed calls and so on where displayed on the lock screen? I saw them pop up in a video before. Correct me if i'm wrong.

Mackan
Oct 6, 2012, 06:18 AM
Problem is, many of us are simply bored with iOS. After 5 years of it being the same, I am just bored. I need something new.

Android would naturally be the answer, however, when doing the switch you'll rather soon start to miss iOS again because of its simplicity, and level of polish.

So... it's like a curse.

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 09:15 AM
So.....are you keeping or coming back to the good side?

I returned the S3 yesterday, back to iPhone 4 and no contract. I will most likely purchase 5 after all the smoke clears in a few months.

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Nice post, i thought that messages and missed calls and so on where displayed on the lock screen? I saw them pop up in a video before. Correct me if i'm wrong.

Not on Lock Screen, so after receiving a text, when you click on your home screen to turn the screen on there is no way to display that message for a quick read.
You'll need to get to your home screen to view this message. Confirmed this limitation on the S2 as well

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 09:43 AM
Problem is, many of us are simply bored with iOS. After 5 years of it being the same, I am just bored. I need something new.

Android would naturally be the answer, however, when doing the switch you'll rather soon start to miss iOS again because of its simplicity, and level of polish.

So... it's like a curse.

If Apple could figure out a way that would allow us geeks to alter this boring look without breaking anything then that would help. Give us two or three themes, even make this old theme default if you have to but if one has a few hundred apps on their iphone well they probably need a better solution then what's available.
Envision this, you download app # 150, a friendly pop up comes up and says, "wow, noticed you got lots of apps! Do you want to try expert mode to help you navigate easier?"

Dave.UK
Oct 6, 2012, 09:56 AM
I returned the S3 yesterday, back to iPhone 4 and no contract. I will most likely purchase 5 after all the smoke clears in a few months.

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Not on Lock Screen, so after receiving a text, when you click on your home screen to turn the screen on there is no way to display that message for a quick read.
You'll need to get to your home screen to view this message. Confirmed this limitation on the S2 as well

Did you not make use of LED notifications to alert you when you have a text, email or missed call?

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 10:06 AM
Problem is, many of us are simply bored with iOS. After 5 years of it being the same, I am just bored. I need something new.

Android would naturally be the answer, however, when doing the switch you'll rather soon start to miss iOS again because of its simplicity, and level of polish.

So... it's like a curse.

Did you not make use of LED notifications to alert you when you have a text, email or missed call?

I did but it annoyed us when we were trying to sleep. I believe iPhones have this now? Please correct me if I'm wrong!
Also, I forgot to mention android is missing "Do Not Disturb".
So with Droid you have to remember to mute then unmute in the mornings.

entatlrg
Oct 6, 2012, 10:18 AM
If Apple could figure out a way that would allow us geeks to alter this boring look without breaking anything then that would help. Give us two or three themes, even make this old theme default if you have to but if one has a few hundred apps on their iphone well they probably need a better solution then what's available.
Envision this, you download app # 150, a friendly pop up comes up and says, "wow, noticed you got lots of apps! Do you want to try expert mode to help you navigate easier?"

Expert mode is a good idea, access to a file system in the same mode would also be a nice touch.

The question is, is there enough of us geeks to attract attention from Apple to implement these advanced features?

I pay attention to what people say about their tech gadgets. And if there's one thing I've noticed when it comes to smartphones is how the average consumer complains when they switch phones or OS's, how they have to learn everything all over again.

On the other hand, when it comes to the iPhone, one thing I notice the average user raving about is how when they upgrade their iPhone it's easy and seamless to set up. Year after year it operates the same as it did before and they never have to bother learn everything over again. They love the added features, speeds and upgrades but equally love the fact the foundation of the iPhone's operation doesn't drastically change from year to year. In other words, it just works, and the average consumer loves that.

I think maybe we're quite a small minority, just the same it would be nice if Apple gave us geeks some attention :)

paulsalter
Oct 6, 2012, 10:24 AM
Not on Lock Screen, so after receiving a text, when you click on your home screen to turn the screen on there is no way to display that message for a quick read.
You'll need to get to your home screen to view this message. Confirmed this limitation on the S2 as well

Not an issue on my S2 (non rooted, just Android that came with it)

If I have a missed call/text I get a circle on the screen showing the number of each, dont need to unlock screen, just wake it up by pressing the button

it has been like this since I got it, never had to enable it

AlexBass
Oct 6, 2012, 10:27 AM
It puts a smile on my face when people realise the iPhone is always the way to go :D

diogolg
Oct 6, 2012, 10:43 AM
Nice post!

I have a Nexus S but I'm switching to the iPhone when it arrives here (Brazil)

Nexus S was a very good phone but it's extreamly unreliable... Sometimes it is really fast and the others just keep crashing... I have an iPod touch 2G and sometimes I rather use it instead of my Nexus S due to polish of the OS.


Btw... You can bold/underline on mail, can't you? Just hold your finger on the word and that little pop-up will appear, then click on left arrow and it will show more options (on iOS6 you can attach img or video)

OceanView
Oct 6, 2012, 10:50 AM
I don't think you gave it enough time. I too switched recently and have been a happy Android user. At first it was a little frustrating but that had more to do with me not knowing my way around Android.
It's been about 3 months now and I'm still learning a few things here and there but I am more than pleased with my phone and most of the functions and features that I've used on the iPhone I also have on my Android.
Yes there are pros and cons of each system but it really comes down to what is important to you and what you can live with.
Neither system is perfect but Android has caught up and passed the iPhone is many areas.

By the way, maybe you should consider the Note II. It's perfect for business.
Look at all these features, true innovation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr2g_aJQzQk

MacRumorUser
Oct 6, 2012, 10:54 AM
If Apple could figure out a way that would allow us geeks to alter this boring look without breaking anything then that would help. Give us two or three themes, even make this old theme default if you have to but if one has a few hundred apps on their iphone well they probably need a better solution then what's available.
Envision this, you download app # 150, a friendly pop up comes up and says, "wow, noticed you got lots of apps! Do you want to try expert mode to help you navigate easier?"


I would not be surprised if this generation specifically we see a iOS 6.5 upgrade with some customisation added, and maybe iOS 7 will feature more customisation.

At no point have I ever heard of so many long time iOS users moving to the SGS3 and other devices, simply out of boredom with iOS, rather than the device itself.

Apple can be very set in its ways, and I'm sure we will see customisation options, but they will be regulated / controlled in typical Apple fashion. Which is not a bad thing at times... Can't tell you the amount of times 3rd party live wallpapers and badly coded widgets that eat your phones memory, reduce performance and decrease battery life quite exponentially on Android.


A fine middle ground between the two, would be welcome, and I would as I say would not be surprised to see sooner rather than later...

cynics
Oct 6, 2012, 11:47 AM
I did but it annoyed us when we were trying to sleep. I believe iPhones have this now? Please correct me if I'm wrong!
Also, I forgot to mention android is missing "Do Not Disturb".
So with Droid you have to remember to mute then unmute in the mornings.

No, iPhone is exactly the same as the first iPhone ever. Just faster and now with a taller screen.

You can find many many apps on Android that will silence the phone at certain hours btw.

Vegastouch
Oct 6, 2012, 12:30 PM
You may want to read this if you are thinking about switching from an iPhone 5 to S3. I've been reading all your post's for many years and learned tons here. Thanks to those of you that have posted something useful. This is my 2 cents for anyone who wants to really know what life is like on the other side!
Like many of us here, I've been buying up Apple devices for quite some time, my first experience was a Titanium Macbook Pro, I never looked back from that day, until now!
My Att contract is over so "naturally" I decided to upgrade to the new iPhone 5. Well, unfortunately this time around wasn't a typical "Apple Experience" for me. My iPhone 5 (ordered from Att site) was shipped damaged directly from China. Looked at 9 other phones at two Apple store locations, only one was acceptable. Now that phone replacement had network issues :mad:, so I decided maybe this is the time. I've been frustrated with Apple's mediocre email app for ever (can't attach files, can't even bold text...), lack of customization, same 'ol iOS look and feel since day one. But, it's Apple and this would be a huge step for me because I'm a small business owner and EVERYTHING and ANYTHING Digital I do has been part of the Apple Ecosystem.
A good friend of mine who has made the switch to Droid awhile back has been extremely happy with his decision and talked me into at least trying it out. So, I figured what better time, I can try it for 30 days, if I don't like it big deal, I lose a whopping $35 restocking fee!
So I decided to get the most technologically advanced android I could find that meets my business needs, I was pointed towards the Galaxy S3.

I return home with my brand new phone, show it to my adorable Asian girlfriend, she looks excited, oh oh, that's not an iPhone? "But I have an iPhone" she pleads! Yes, this I'm thinking is going to be very hard, I plead back, "I have to give this a try, after all I use this for business purposes 90% of the time and I have to do what's best for my business babe". My heart just sank, I felt like I inadvertently cheated on her, it was weird, like some sort of Geek Cheat thing, Geating perhaps?

First impression, WOW, this thing has everything, stuff I didn't even know phones could have! There is so much crammed into this phone it's amazing how it all fits in its sleek and thin footprint. I was really impressed especially that first night (not impressed with the plastic), the screen is huge, great for reading emails on the run (don't text and drive ;)), camera was great and it takes pictures that many would/do prefer, more colorful (not as bright though). It connects to your mac like a hard drive, really cool, you can do this many ways. Wifi, USB and even Bluetooth. And you see all your files on the phone and can create files like you do for your computer! Makes sense to me? Maps? Awesome. Customization? That was simply crazy, the stuff you can do to customize your phone is insane... I think I'll love all these options for my small business.... could this be? Has Google and Samsung beat Apple in their own game?
Well, so the real life test begins. Monday comes along, I have meetings to get to (I live and work in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles), emails, texts, voip'ing (I use a voip for business calls so it looks like I'm calling from my office) you name it...
First thing off the bat: The screen practically disappeared on me in this sunny LA weather, ouch! So I max out the brightness, FAIL, Not a good start! I start up google Maps/Navigation, working great as expected! I make a VOIP call for the first time, it takes me 3 steps because apparently when you install an app on an Android it will now show up as an option when you make a call. So if you have Skype, Viper, Google Voice, Business VOIP that's going to be very taxing on making calls, maybe there's an option to change it? Didn't find it....., so, I'm driving while on a VOIP call with HEADPHONES on, I hear a beep coming from my speaker, weird, that's a text that just came in! Why in the world would it bypass my headphones? Not good when you are in a quite room with your significant other trying to sleep right next to you. Google navigation got me there ok, time to leave to the next appointment, maps is searching, searching & searching for this next address, I close the app start over again. Same deal, hell, it got me here but now I can't get it to work to get me to another appointment? At least I was able to navigate out of the area since I could see the map but Navigation is out! Luckily I know where the next appointment is so I made it in time.
So half day is gone, it's about noon, battery is scary low.... no problem, I bought one of those $80 cases that have a battery in it, I was warned ahead of time and losing juice isn't an option for me. This device will drain fast in real world applications, trust me!
Time to reply to emails while I'm eating at Gene Simmons new Beer haven in El Segundo, why not? I was right around the block... Samsung has two ways to input, Swipe and regular keyboard. Swipe is pretty handy with one finger use, I could see getting pretty efficient at this. Copy/Paste was weird if you are coming from an iPhone, not saying it's worse, just takes getting use to, a lot use to... Even when you want to place the curser in between letters to fix spelling, it's all different, of course it is! It took me forever to get that first email...man that was painful, but I did get better over time.

So I get home, my girlfriend is upset at me because I didn't respond to most of her "important" texts.... Well, I just assumed if I get a text that it will show up on my lock screen, like an iPhone? hey, Sometimes I can't hear texts coming in when I got Classic Van Halen Blasted in the background! Now that's Rockin Roll Kids... take a look here! WRONG, not even possible! You need to check your notifications screen or download an app that will at least pop the message on your home screen, but not your lock screen. Big Ouch!:eek:

So I call my buddy that had talked me into this in the first place, he's attempting to help me navigate where to go to change settings etc.... guess what, 50% or more of these settings weren't even there, he had the model before me the S2 and guess what? They changed the features so much that my buddy was confused to !#$@ so I kindly hung up and figured.... I'm on my own.

OK, what a day, time to relax and sip a beer and listen to my favorite music app MOG! I knew I was going to lose my Airplay function but I wasn't prepared to lose the everything function? This app barely works on a Droid! I'm paying $10 a month to listen to nothing? $!?... So I cancel MOG, now I'm getting annoyed!

Lets then download music to this thing, great idea? Don't even think about it, compared to iTunes with an iPhone this isn't in the same league.
So I figured, maybe I just have to sit here and study that manual, watch the video's on Samsungs site (which could use a refresh of its own), what else do I have to do, not like I'm busy, it's 11:30 pm and its quiet, now I can really concentrate on this task.

It's been 5 days and I already came to a conclusion about this phone and the Android OS (Ice Cream). This whole experience was basically what I remember Windows was and it is a STARK reminder why I left that platform in the first place. There's a whole lot of fat here everyone, lots and lots of fat. A lot of this fat can be useful, you'll probably need it when you haven't eaten for two weeks but only if its eatable! Meaning, it's a bit buggy and not nearly as refined, operating it, moving from one task to another seemed a bit laggy to me compared to an iPhone 5 especially..... I got at least two strange error's, and something like three crashes from the apps in a 5 day period. I'm comparing this to my iPhone 4 that has only crashed two times in the two years I've owned it.
Yes, you can configure to the end of day with this but there's no structure here! The last OS (Jelly Bean?) was so different that an experienced Android user couldn't help me with most of the basic features of the OS.

My digital world revolves around Apple, I'm a bit disappointed with their progress but I'm convinced that the iPhone 5 is far superior in so many "Other" ways, the "IMPORT OTHER" is the key here.

iPhone, Good = Designed for the everyday person, Reliability, Simplicity, Unmatched Design/Build, Battery Life, Screen (looks great outdoors in a sunny day), Zippy/Fast Responsiveness, comfortable to use with one hand, iCloud backup and additional features, Apple Customer Support has ALWAYS been insanely great, Apple Stores

iPhone Bad: Lack of customization, Email not designed for real business people (we need to be able to attach files from the client, bold, underline etc?), forced integration due to closed system


S3, Good= Top of the line technology, Tinker Heaven for the Geek within us all (customization) I would def recommend to my network engineer brother, Camera, Email, USB connection/Charge (maybe a plus for the moment, who doesn't have usb connectors laying around?)

S3, Bad= Music Player, Not as stable as iPhone, Huge Learning Curve (don't recommend this to the untechy type, that covers about 90% of us?), Battery life, build quality is plastic, Sometimes you'll need to install a plug-in to install an App to work properly that's just weird, Very Window's Like Experience.

My recommendation? If you are coming from the iPhone, stick to Apple, if you aren't then you'll know no better and Android will be the best thing next to Sliced Bread. It's apparent to me that Android and Samsung and the rest can't match Apple's design and overall feel and intuitiveness, so they draw out all the big guns at once and keep shooting and shooting until they hit something eventually. So typical of Google especially wouldn't most of you agree? (I'm sure there are some that don't) I love Google services, well maybe 10-20% of them work great, that's exactly what this phone is, a representation of exactly that! With Apple and those of us in this ecosystem, we love about 90% of everything they do. So, give it a try, if you don't have a contract with your phone provider, chances are you will come to this exact conclusion.

I hope some of you enjoyed! For those of you that need to bash this post, $%@! :D OFF!

Now that was a long post, THE END......

Ive never had a problem with Maps not loading, or whatever yours did. Maybe you didnt have GPS on? Hey i have to ask. mine comes on pretty quickly. However, no matter what you had an issue with there, it wont be better w/ Apple maps. Only worse.

The music player i like. I think the stock one is good but Poweramp is even better. Not sure where a learning curve for a music player is. Push play, pause, forward, backward, has albums and such....i dont get it but ok.
For downloading music you can use gTunes music download app and do it right on your phone. The app, isyncr transfers all your music from iTunes easily if your talking about that. Google Music play also transfers your music if you want to listen to your stuff via using your data. Not my prefered method.

You can easily get notifications on your lock screen . There are apps that will have that for you in a jiffy. Some people dont want to download a simple app for it for which i cant understand. Handcent SMS gives you a popup window for texts if you want it. All you do is check the box.

Yeah its not iOS and takes at least two weeks to get comfortable since they are very different. I dont use some native things like their messages or TouchWiz. I use Handcent and Apex which to me are better. When you get it setup the way you want, its all gravy from there. There are ways to do anything you need to do if you give it time. Most who have an iPhone for a long period of time give up quickly because it isnt as simple as iOS but it does everything and more than iOS.
You just cant rely on the crap Application that is iTunes which for me....is a plus. I hate iTunes.

Kohkane
Oct 6, 2012, 01:17 PM
Problem is, many of us are simply bored with iOS. After 5 years of it being the same, I am just bored. I need something new.

Android would naturally be the answer, however, when doing the switch you'll rather soon start to miss iOS again because of its simplicity, and level of polish.

So... it's like a curse.


That was the opposite for me, after having Android for so long, the switch to the iOS has been wonderful, and a nice change from everything. I would've loved to tried W8, but I've come to love my apps, and waiting for them to be released isn't exactly my cup of tea right now.

nickchallis92
Oct 6, 2012, 01:35 PM
im confused

1) text message tones do come through the headphones. I know they do because when me and my flatmates at Uni are listening to music through my S3 plugged into the stereo, the music constantly gets interupted!

2)you can tell you have a message by either:
-picking up the phone and having it vibrate in your hand
-look at the icon in the notification bar at the top
-see the yellow LED flashing

MacRumorUser
Oct 6, 2012, 01:40 PM
You can easily get notifications on your lock screen .

Yep HTC Sense 4 has lock screen with notifications :-) and there are apps to do this for other handsets.

Plus SGS3 and One X have notification LED to tell you that you have new notifications too...

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 01:43 PM
Nice post!

I have a Nexus S but I'm switching to the iPhone when it arrives here (Brazil)

Nexus S was a very good phone but it's extreamly unreliable... Sometimes it is really fast and the others just keep crashing... I have an iPod touch 2G and sometimes I rather use it instead of my Nexus S due to polish of the OS.


Btw... You can bold/underline on mail, can't you? Just hold your finger on the word and that little pop-up will appear, then click on left arrow and it will show more options (on iOS6 you can attach img or video)

Yes you can, thanks for catching that, may bad! Attaching photo or image feature, I see that too! Sort of hidden. But (us? Is it just me?) I would like to see a file system where we can store documents to on a custom file system, then have access to these file's from within email, text ect.... Cant tell you how many times I've been traveling or driving, was forwarded a file via email as an example, and in that email there was a file I needed to send to another party. The only way I know in iOS to do this is to forward that entire email but most of the time I don't or can't do this because of confidentiality concerns...
I use this more then my computer these days, it needs to be able to function like a computer more and more, I believe at a faster pace then present.
I'm bummed that I'm forced to do these simple tasks on another device so we have to carry laptops and Tether or find other solutions like...... try/buy Android. In my case, it was Try!

Tortri
Oct 6, 2012, 01:46 PM
iPhone Bad: Lack of customization, Email not designed for real business people (we need to be able to attach files from the client, bold, underline etc?), forced integration due to closed system

To get around the email attachments use Dropbox as you can share a link after the file is uploaded. Since its business related I highly suggest you enable two way authentication which uses google authentication so no one could easily hack your password, they would have to steal your phone as well.

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 02:20 PM
Ive never had a problem with Maps not loading, or whatever yours did. Maybe you didnt have GPS on? Hey i have to ask. mine comes on pretty quickly. However, no matter what you had an issue with there, it wont be better w/ Apple maps. Only worse.

I used Apple Maps, although it doesn't have all the data google has, it worked beautifully for me here in Los Angeles. I suspect this is on top of Aplle's list of thing to improve and in a very short time this will be a non-issue, I'm sure you would agree here?

The music player i like. I think the stock one is good but Poweramp is even better. Not sure where a learning curve for a music player is. Push play, pause, forward, backward, has albums and such....i dont get it but ok.



Yes, GPS was never turned off, but I was surprised it was giving me problems too being it's probably their creme de la crop feature. Most likely a fluke... I'll give you that!

I wasn't referring to the music player when I mentioned "Learning Curve", I was referring to Android/S3 experience as a whole.

You can easily get notifications on your lock screen . There are apps that will have that for you in a jiffy. Some people dont want to download a simple app for it for which i cant understand. Handcent SMS gives you a popup window for texts if you want it. All you do is check the box.

I used an app call SMS Pro, it was great! But still, when I'm driving down the freeway at 90 mph (rarely does that happen actually :() I don't even want to hit the screen, I want to glance at my phone for a second to see it it's anything important.


You just cant rely on the crap Application that is iTunes which for me....is a plus. I hate iTunes.

Really? iTunes works flawlessly, no plugging iphones anymore when on wifi for a while now, it just sees your device and you can transfer songs, back-up (to computer if you want which I do) etc while the phone is upstairs or charging somewhere. These are some of the things that make having a Mac computer and iPhone, Apple TV such a great experience, this ecosystem they create is addictive and 'Usually' work seamlessly.

I agree, Android is great! They just need more structure, less fragmentation in my opinion. That's one mans opinion coming from a consumer that depends on another competitors devices.
I'm honestly too busy to try and tweak my phone so that it does what I need it to do. I need more time to figure out how I'm going to afford that $15,000,000 home I'm going to buy before I retire!;);)

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To get around the email attachments use Dropbox as you can share a link after the file is uploaded. Since its business related I highly suggest you enable two way authentication which uses google authentication so no one could easily hack your password, they would have to steal your phone as well.

I here ya.... I use Evernote, it works great for us, but assuming even if I could save a particular file from an email to Drop Box or Evernote that's an extra step involved and you have to use up more data to do this. If there was a native file system (call it iBucket for all I care) in place then that would make more sense to me.

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 02:32 PM
im confused

1) text message tones do come through the headphones. I know they do because when me and my flatmates at Uni are listening to music through my S3 plugged into the stereo, the music constantly gets interupted!

2)you can tell you have a message by either:
-picking up the phone and having it vibrate in your hand
-look at the icon in the notification bar at the top
-see the yellow LED flashing

1) they do and the sound also comes through the speakers when your headphones are in. Maybe there an option to turn that off but we couldn't find it. My Droid buddy has that same issue.

2) you still are not able to glance at your phone without touching it and see who it's from, and read the entire message. This is a huge distinction.

cynics
Oct 6, 2012, 02:56 PM
1) they do and the sound also comes through the speakers when your headphones are in. Maybe there an option to turn that off but we couldn't find it. My Droid buddy has that same issue.

2) you still are not able to glance at your phone without touching it and see who it's from, and read the entire message. This is a huge distinction.

The iPhone will only give you the entire message if its short. More often then not I need to go into the message to read it anyway. But I agree its nice to see the message in the lock screen.

Vegastouch
Oct 6, 2012, 03:25 PM
1) they do and the sound also comes through the speakers when your headphones are in. Maybe there an option to turn that off but we couldn't find it. My Droid buddy has that same issue.

You have to put it in silent mode and those notification interuptions will stop.

Dave.UK
Oct 6, 2012, 03:56 PM
I did but it annoyed us when we were trying to sleep. I believe iPhones have this now? Please correct me if I'm wrong!
Also, I forgot to mention android is missing "Do Not Disturb".
So with Droid you have to remember to mute then unmute in the mornings.

Nope, download an ap such as Automate it - Ive got mine set so it dosent ring/flash between 10pm and 6am.

Failing that, just put the phone face down on the side!

mainca
Oct 6, 2012, 05:04 PM
Nope, download an ap such as Automate it - Ive got mine set so it dosent ring/flash between 10pm and 6am.

Failing that, just put the phone face down on the side!

Ok, not sure I would call that FAILED because it takes an app to do that.
Otherwise if you 're telling us it works then that's good news for Android. They should integrate this feature with their OS. Thanks for letting us all know.

macsmurf
Oct 6, 2012, 06:58 PM
Ok, not sure I would call that FAILED because it takes an app to do that.
Otherwise if you 're telling us it works then that's good news for Android. They should integrate this feature with their OS. Thanks for letting us all know.

I thought your first post was very interesting since I just bought an Android phone the other day (a used Samsung Galaxy S II). I have had Apple devices for years so it was very interesting to see what Android was all about. I've never owned an iPhone so this is my first smart phone, but I've had the 4th gen iPod Touch since it came out so I''m quite familiar with iOS. I also own the newest iPad.

My general conclusion is that the experience is less polished than iOS. You have to spend a lot of time playing around with the settings at first to get exactly what you want. It takes a lot of googling.

For example I had issues with auto-orientation not working correctly. It turns out I had to calibrate it for it to work properly. I had already done that but I missed that there are actually two ways to calibrate and I had only done gyroscope calibration. Horizontal calibration was also needed. It's the exact same process so there's no need to have to different steps and it really should have prompted me to do so when the phone was reset - in fact, why couldn't they just have done it from the factory? It's not as if the laws of physics changes when the phone leaves the factory floor :(

On the other hand, you have a lot of freedom and a lot of options. That is both good and bad. In iOS there is only one way, so the designers at Apple spend a lot of time getting their way exactly right. That is, the way that most people will agree with is right, maybe not even realizing that there were even any other way to do it.

An Android device is less opinionated - there are more ways to do the same thing, none of them are defined as The Right Way, and you can tweak to your heart's content. That invariably makes the experience more complex which can be frustrating.

That leads me to the "Do Not Disturb" feature. Apple have decided that you can enable this setting based on a schedule and you can make certain exceptions that Apple have decided are reasonable ones. If you want something slightly different, such as silence the phone based on location, there is no way to do it. In it's current form, however, it is a great, and long overdue, feature in iOS.

Google decided instead to give developers access to muting phone calls, notifications, texts, etc. and only baked in the most rudimentary of manual controls. That means you'll need to find an app that does it for you in the way you want - there are of course more than one to choose from. The one I found was called Setting Profiles which does what you want. AutomateIt can be tweaked even more but I don't really need all those extra options.

So there you have it. It can be done fairly easily but you have do a bit of work (and it existed long before iOS 6). It really stems from a fundamental philosophical difference between Android and iOS. Choice is not always good. I for one is really happy with my purchase but I have always been extremely impressed with the way Apple goes about making good design choices by actually removing all sorts of extra options that most people don't care about anyway. Sometimes you really do need those extra options, though, and with that comes complexity.

wonderspark
Oct 6, 2012, 08:09 PM
I think this is really interesting, and a great post. I thank you for sharing your experience.

I noticed that you tried to jump right in without really learning how to use the phone first. In fact, you jumped right into using it FOR YOUR BUSINESS without even learning it. Forgive me, but I think that was a big mistake. It's like going to a business meeting in the Middle East without knowing the language or customs... in which I'd expect to get crushed, and you should have expected the same from your experience.

I went Android in great luxury, having both an iPhone and an Android. This isn't always an option, and I will grant you that iPhones, iOS and pretty much all Apple products are designed to be simple. When I was a kid, my Mom got an Apple II something or other, and was telling me how cool it was that she could finally use computers. I was geeking out on PCs for a while, and she could not understand how I was able to do a single thing with them, because it was all too confusing and technical.

It's my opinion, but I grew up thinking Apple was for people who wanted to do things without having to learn anything new. Dare I say, people like parents and grandparents that never used anything complex previously... you know what I'm saying. Android could improve the simplicity, but then again, this is the reason so many things we unbox today have "quick start" instructions along with a full manual. Most people have become too impatient to learn how to do anything right, and just want to rip open the packaging and start using something right away. It's the reason we have films with non-stop action and fast cuts, we have to warn people that "THIS COFFEE IS HOT AS &#*@ AND WILL BURN YOU" labels and why Apple is making a lot of money on iPhones and iPads. If the day comes when all cars automatically stop when you run into traffic because of some new technology, people will walk directly into the street without thinking, and it will take some glitch with iOS 42 that allowed a car to plow over some school children until people realize that maybe we should pay more attention again.

This is extreme and dramatic, but my point is that when something goes wrong with our mega-simple tech these days, people are dumbfounded most of the time. They flock to the Apple Store with their malfunction, only to find out they should have dusted out the machine or kept it out of the sauna. Instead, they complain that Apple should have made it better... so they could think less. After all, they're multitasking! No time to learn something, unless it's something that will make them appear more interesting.

I enjoy Android, but I'm one of those people who like that sort of system, wherein you're rewarded for learning how to use it. iOS is more like being spoon-fed in many ways... waiting for the next spoonful from Mother Apple. When she says it's ok, only then is it ok. When I was in the military, there were plenty of the same type in there... just give an order so I can follow it, and please don't put me in charge! While I had the chance, I should have asked Steve Jobs how he would feel being told what he wanted, as he did with his customers. What if the company told HIM what iOS would and wouldn't do? Lose his mind? I think so. Thing is, he was in charge, called the shots, and made more money than he knew what to do with by making everything HIS way. He said something to the effect of, "Wouldn't it be neat if there was a device that could do THIS?" He made things that he liked and wanted, and found that there were millions that liked his way of doing things.

Using Android means choice and control. Something might not work exactly as you like out of the box, but you can change it so that it does, and usually way before anyone on iOS can do the same. I'm glad there are choices out there. Give me more... I'll appreciate it!

ixodes
Oct 6, 2012, 08:32 PM
.It's apparent to me that Android and Samsung and the rest can't match Apple's design and overall feel and intuitiveness, so they draw out all the big guns at once and keep shooting and shooting until they hit something eventually. So typical of Google especially wouldn't most of you agree?
No I strongly disagree.

I've been using both iOS & Android concurrently since their very first phones were released. While they are both smartphones, that's where the similarity ends. An analogy would be the distinct difference between OS X & Windows on the desktop.

When I suggest an Apple computer to someone who asks, I emphasize the differences & the need for that person to be willing to spend the time required to learn OS X and it's many differences from a PC.

It must be approached with an open mind, and not expected to be like a PC.

Thats why many iPhone enthusiasts fail to find the true pleasure & many advantages of Android. By comparing it directly to an iPhone they cheat themselves out of a great learning experience.

You'll notice I did _not_ say Android is better than iOS.

While I have my opinions, it's irrelevant, as we all have our preferences.

Bottom line? I continue to enjoy both, each for their respective strengths. Using two phones each on their own line suits me perfectly. I stay current with the two best platforms on the market. It's the best of both worlds.

wonderspark
Oct 6, 2012, 08:50 PM
Having both an iPhone and an Android *is* incredibly cool, but I find I'm using the Android for everything now. I only use the iPhone for two things these days:
1) It's my media player to pipe music to the bathroom via Airport Express during my showers, and
2) Overseas phone with prepaid SIM cards.
If not for those two functions, I'd give it to my parents.

onthecouchagain
Oct 6, 2012, 08:56 PM
So family members got S3's today, and it's my first time handling it extensively, both getting to know the hardware without the stupid kiosk string, and really going through the whole system indepthly.

Hardware:
It's an absolutely beautiful device both the white and the blue one, but especially the blue one. Not difficult to use one handed at all mainly due to how thin the phone is. At times, I felt my GN was a little harder to handle because it's so thick comparatively.

I totally get why people hate the plastic back. It is flimsy as heck once you detach the battery cover from the phone. I was really surprised by just how cheap it felt. I get it's for the NFC and for drops (eh, the iPHone 5 survives drops better and still uses premium materials so a bit debunked, no?) but I also get why people loathe Samsung for it.

One thing I hate -- and I mean hate hate! -- is the home button. Holding it for app switching is sloooow. And honestly, it just feels weak and flimsy, almost like one day it might get stuck in the depressed position after a press. I don't know why Samsung would take such a huge step backwards (compared to the US GSII) from reliable and hardware-free capacitive buttons to a physical button. Always thought it was a dumb move.


Software:
While TW is pretty nice and smooth, I couldn't get over the bright colorful-ness. I think someone else said it best here; it's really trying too hard to be iOS-like and far less stock Android-like. That's a shame. Having said that, it really wasn't bad and I could see myself getting use to the UI. Overall though, not horribly thrilled by it.

If I ever got this phone (which would be never) I'd certainly run a custom ROM or stock JB ROM on it.

Anyway, neat phone. I fully understand now why people are so enamored by it. It's gotten so much attention and gained so much momentum that it's almost become a household name. It's become the clear alternative to the iPhone. You either get an iPhone or you get the Galaxy SIII. Quite a feat.

Tortri
Oct 6, 2012, 09:05 PM
No I strongly disagree.

I've been using both iOS & Android concurrently since their very first phones were released. While they are both smartphones, that's where the similarity ends. An analogy would be the distinct difference between OS X & Windows on the desktop.

When I suggest an Apple computer to someone who asks, I emphasize the differences & the need for that person to be willing to spend the time required to learn OS X and it's many differences from a PC.

It must be approached with an open mind, and not expected to be like a PC.

Thats why many iPhone enthusiasts fail to find the true pleasure & many advantages of Android. By comparing it directly to an iPhone they cheat themselves out of a great learning experience.

You'll notice I did _not_ say Android is better than iOS.

While I have my opinions, it's irrelevant, as we all have our preferences.

Bottom line? I continue to enjoy both, each for their respective strengths. Using two phones each on their own line suits me perfectly. I stay current with the two best platforms on the market. It's the best of both worlds.



As customizable android is, some of us just get sick and tired or don't have to time to sit down and constantly fiddle with your phones software for a feature or two which might or might not be useful.

K.I.S.S.

I want a car that runs and runs good, not a car that needs tweaking all the time for a possibly good experience.

ixodes
Oct 6, 2012, 10:11 PM
1) As customizable android is, some of us just get sick and tired or don't have to time to sit down and constantly fiddle with your phones software for a feature or two which might or might not be useful.

2) I want a car that runs and runs good, not a car that needs tweaking all the time for a possibly good experience.

I respect that you want a simple phone. Not all of us share the same preferences.

1) This statement is a widely popular _myth_ created by the iDevices community to put down Android & make it seem complicated & hard to use. However the facts are that the current crop of Android phones don't require any modifications or tweaks to work very well.

Conversely, for the enthusiast like myself, the easily modified & customized nature of Android is very welcomed and very enjoyable. Keeping things factual clears up a lot of misinformation.

2) "needs tweaking all the time for a possibly good experience" is another _myth_ and false statement.

My Android experience has been excellent. In my household there's my Galaxy S III which I have voluntarily elected to modify for my preferences.

Then there's an unmodified S III that my wife enjoys just as it came out of the box. She also has an iPhone 4S, her third iPhone and _asked me_ unsolicited, to buy her an Android after trying mine before I modded it.

My wife represents a non enthusiast user & I'm the geek... the two of us have one thing in common. We like both platforms, each for it's strengths & the variety that choices provides us.

Vegastouch
Oct 6, 2012, 10:38 PM
So family members got S3's today, and it's my first time handling it extensively, both getting to know the hardware without the stupid kiosk string, and really going through the whole system indepthly.

Hardware:
It's an absolutely beautiful device both the white and the blue one, but especially the blue one. Not difficult to use one handed at all mainly due to how thin the phone is. At times, I felt my GN was a little harder to handle because it's so thick comparatively.

I totally get why people hate the plastic back. It is flimsy as heck once you detach the battery cover from the phone. I was really surprised by just how cheap it felt. I get it's for the NFC and for drops (eh, the iPHone 5 survives drops better and still uses premium materials so a bit debunked, no?) but I also get why people loathe Samsung for it.

One thing I hate -- and I mean hate hate! -- is the home button. Holding it for app switching is sloooow. And honestly, it just feels weak and flimsy, almost like one day it might get stuck in the depressed position after a press. I don't know why Samsung would take such a huge step backwards (compared to the US GSII) from reliable and hardware-free capacitive buttons to a physical button. Always thought it was a dumb move.


Software:
While TW is pretty nice and smooth, I couldn't get over the bright colorful-ness. I think someone else said it best here; it's really trying too hard to be iOS-like and far less stock Android-like. That's a shame. Having said that, it really wasn't bad and I could see myself getting use to the UI. Overall though, not horribly thrilled by it.

If I ever got this phone (which would be never) I'd certainly run a custom ROM or stock JB ROM on it.

Anyway, neat phone. I fully understand now why people are so enamored by it. It's gotten so much attention and gained so much momentum that it's almost become a household name. It's become the clear alternative to the iPhone. You either get an iPhone or you get the Galaxy SIII. Quite a feat.

Well, you spent one day or even less with it. I dont like touchwiz and use another launcher instead which to me is much better. TW imo sucks compared to Apex and Nova.
IMO people who form a concrete opinion of the phone using it like you did is really just irrelevant and i pay no attention to their feedback. Not knocking you at all but anyone who comes from iOS after years of use isnt going to master this OS in a few hours and a few days so im not calling you out, just saying.

It is very different and anybody who doesnt give at least two weeks isnt making a valiant effort imo. It isnt like every iPhone that is the same. You can make Android to your own style and your own look. Sure JB'ing an iPhone makes it better no doubt. I wouldnt have one if i couldnt jailbreak it but it still is leagues behind a rooted Android.

I have bought two different battery covers for mine which to me makes it feel better and i use no case with those which is a big deal for me because i ALWAYS use a case for my phones. There are many to choose from and are cheap. I think people associate "cheapness" with weight which is stupid imo. I dont think the GS3 feels cheap at all.

I have been using Android for 2.5 years and have installed custom ROMs on my other phone but dont feel the need to do it on my GS3. When i get JB, ill really feel i dont need it. Thats how much of an improvement it has been from Froyo.This phone runs great on ICS and is still very fast but i do agree on the home button. I dont hate it like you do but i prefer a capacitive button...even though i dont really use the home button much. I mostly use the back button.

Sensamic
Oct 6, 2012, 10:40 PM
So family members got S3's today, and it's my first time handling it extensively, both getting to know the hardware without the stupid kiosk string, and really going through the whole system indepthly.

Hardware:
It's an absolutely beautiful device both the white and the blue one, but especially the blue one. Not difficult to use one handed at all mainly due to how thin the phone is. At times, I felt my GN was a little harder to handle because it's so thick comparatively.

I totally get why people hate the plastic back. It is flimsy as heck once you detach the battery cover from the phone. I was really surprised by just how cheap it felt. I get it's for the NFC and for drops (eh, the iPHone 5 survives drops better and still uses premium materials so a bit debunked, no?) but I also get why people loathe Samsung for it.

One thing I hate -- and I mean hate hate! -- is the home button. Holding it for app switching is sloooow. And honestly, it just feels weak and flimsy, almost like one day it might get stuck in the depressed position after a press. I don't know why Samsung would take such a huge step backwards (compared to the US GSII) from reliable and hardware-free capacitive buttons to a physical button. Always thought it was a dumb move.


Software:
While TW is pretty nice and smooth, I couldn't get over the bright colorful-ness. I think someone else said it best here; it's really trying too hard to be iOS-like and far less stock Android-like. That's a shame. Having said that, it really wasn't bad and I could see myself getting use to the UI. Overall though, not horribly thrilled by it.

If I ever got this phone (which would be never) I'd certainly run a custom ROM or stock JB ROM on it.

Anyway, neat phone. I fully understand now why people are so enamored by it. It's gotten so much attention and gained so much momentum that it's almost become a household name. It's become the clear alternative to the iPhone. You either get an iPhone or you get the Galaxy SIII. Quite a feat.

The reason for the hardware button is pretty easy actually... a hardware button has more chances of breaking and malfunction over time. This way Samsung forces people to upgrade. Just like Apple with their hardware home button.

I've tried stock android roms like CM9 and 10. There's two problems: camera quality decreases a LOT (video recording is twice worst, with a lot of fog and pixels and very low brightness) and battery life is worst too. I'm disappointed with this. There's no use for this roms if the camera becomes so bad and you lose battery life.

That's why I'm back to touchwiz.

Vegastouch
Oct 6, 2012, 10:42 PM
As customizable android is, some of us just get sick and tired or don't have to time to sit down and constantly fiddle with your phones software for a feature or two which might or might not be useful.

K.I.S.S.

I want a car that runs and runs good, not a car that needs tweaking all the time for a possibly good experience.

Right ,...thats the biggest BS excuse ive ever heard in here. You dont have time to mess with your phone to customize it but you have time to post here? And please dont try and tell me you arent messing with your iPhone ALL THE TIME. Such BS. :rolleyes:

Sorry man but you dont have to "constantly fiddle" with your Android. Once it is to your liking, it is done.

onthecouchagain
Oct 7, 2012, 12:45 AM
My post was obviously an impression. Not trying to sell it like the be all and end all of opinions on the S3.

Simply saying I can see why people walk away with the impressions they do of the device (good or bad).

And I ultimately praised the device, understanding why it's becoming so popular.

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The reason for the hardware button is pretty easy actually... a hardware button has more chances of breaking and malfunction over time. This way Samsung forces people to upgrade. Just like Apple with their hardware home button.


If that's the reason for the home button, that's a horrible reason (for any company) to do it, and all the more reason to hate it.

Dave.UK
Oct 7, 2012, 04:30 AM
Ok, not sure I would call that FAILED because it takes an app to do that.
Otherwise if you 're telling us it works then that's good news for Android. They should integrate this feature with their OS. Thanks for letting us all know.

Where did I mention fail?!

Does it really matter if it takes a free app? Im sure theres plenty of feature android has over ios that require an app to match it.

Just seems to me that you wanted to find a way to get back to ios and didnt put enough time into the S3.

mainca
Oct 7, 2012, 10:57 AM
Where did I mention fail?!

Does it really matter if it takes a free app? I'm sure theres plenty of feature android has over ios that require an app to match it.

Just seems to me that you wanted to find a way to get back to ios and didnt put enough time into the S3.

Concerning the 5 days I put into this, the fact that I even gave it a shot was a huge move for me and I believe it will be for most of us similar to my situation. My 5 days with this device was intense, I put a lot of hours into this thing. I didn't need to risk another day of possibly dropping or damming the unit therefor disqualifying my return with Att. I learned what I had to learn.

This post was about my experience and geared for those that are iPhone users thinking about switching over.

Allow me to quote the President of the United States of America, 'LET ME BE CLEAR' ;), I don't dislike Android, if you are super geeky or love tweaking technology to conform with your individual needs you are going to love that aspect of the Android/S3 experience. If you don't own other Apple devices that are more then lets say 2 years old or are not thinking about purchasing any Apple devices such as an Apple TV or near future gadget of theirs then this makes your move to Android even easier. What I've got out of this whole thing thanks to those of you that have posted here and beyond is that Android can, will do everything and yes, even more then the iPhone does on a task for task, basis. I have already complimented S3 on the technology.

BUT

It's the Basics of the S3 that came up short for me. The following 3 points are not debatable, in comparison to an iPhone 4 and above:

1) S3's screen does not cut the mustard for bright outdoor use, especially if you wear dark sunglasses. If you are outdoors a lot, or in a bright environment (high VLT for geek talk) the screen of the S3 WILL PRACTICALLY DISAPPEAR on you especially when comparing it to what we are use to. Although you may like that the colors of the S3 are more intense, this for me was a non issue because I do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, I live at the beach!

2) Poor, poor, poor and did I mention poor? Battery Performance. We know it's removable. This is not a benefit unless the original battery can perform as good or better then the iPhone. It's just another moving part, a design flaw for any Apple enthusiast. I suspect these are some of the main considerations why you don't see most of these additional technologies included on any iPhone and I personally agree with that assessment assuming it's true. So maybe it's not the battery of the S3, it could be because they cram so much stuff into it. Apparently, for millions of others this is a plus, unfortunately for me it's not.

3) Apple's Ecosystem is an important layer of high consideration for those that are considering switching over, this too is not debatable. Apple's closed system assures us of this tight/streamlined compatibility with all their products. They control the whole experience, software/hardware, this we all know! This may not be important to some but it is for me and millions of Apple customers.
You will lose integration with iCloud, Airplay, iTunes, AppleTV, iMessage, PhotoShare the list goes on.
In my case, I temporarily lost that tight integration with my incredible girlfriend (she really is) as she owns an iPhone 4s. iPhone to iPhone communication along with every thing I just mentioned above was a noticeable lost to me, so consider your personal circle, your social network, do most of your friends and family have Android or iOS?


I believe it's Mr. Wonderful and his constituents that have coined the phrase, 'For that reason, and for that reason alone', I'm out.

Dave.UK
Oct 7, 2012, 11:23 AM
Concerning the 5 days I put into this, the fact that I even gave it a shot was a huge move for me and I believe it will be for most of us similar to my situation. My 5 days with this device was intense, I put a lot of hours into this thing. I didn't need to risk another day of possibly dropping or damming the unit therefor disqualifying my return with Att. I learned what I had to learn.

This post was about my experience and geared for those that are iPhone users thinking about switching over.

Allow me to quote the President of the United States of America, 'LET ME BE CLEAR' ;), I don't dislike Android, if you are super geeky or love tweaking technology to conform with your individual needs you are going to love that aspect of the Android/S3 experience. If you don't own other Apple devices that are more then lets say 2 years old or are not thinking about purchasing any Apple devices such as an Apple TV or near future gadget of theirs then this makes your move to Android even easier. What I've got out of this whole thing thanks to those of you that have posted here and beyond is that Android can, will do everything and yes, even more then the iPhone does on a task for task, basis. I have already complimented S3 on the technology.

BUT

It's the Basics of the S3 that came up short for me. The following 3 points are not debatable, in comparison to an iPhone 4 and above:

1) S3's screen does not cut the mustard for bright outdoor use, especially if you wear dark sunglasses. If you are outdoors a lot, or in a bright environment (high VLT for geek talk) the screen of the S3 WILL PRACTICALLY DISAPPEAR on you especially when comparing it to what we are use to. Although you may like that the colors of the S3 are more intense, this for me was a non issue because I do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, I live at the beach!

2) Poor, poor, poor and did I mention poor? Battery Performance. We know it's removable. This is not a benefit unless the original battery can perform as good or better then the iPhone. It's just another moving part, a design flaw for any Apple enthusiast. I suspect these are some of the main considerations why you don't see most of these additional technologies included on any iPhone and I personally agree with that assessment assuming it's true. So maybe it's not the battery of the S3, it could be because they cram so much stuff into it. Apparently, for millions of others this is a plus, unfortunately for me it's not.

3) Apple's Ecosystem is an important layer of high consideration for those that are considering switching over, this too is not debatable. Apple's closed system assures us of this tight/streamlined compatibility with all their products. They control the whole experience, software/hardware, this we all know! This may not be important to some but it is for me and millions of Apple customers.
You will lose integration with iCloud, Airplay, iTunes, AppleTV, iMessage, PhotoShare the list goes on.
In my case, I temporarily lost that tight integration with my incredible girlfriend (she really is) as she owns an iPhone 4s. iPhone to iPhone communication along with every thing I just mentioned above was a noticeable lost to me, so consider your personal circle, your social network, do most of your friends and family have Android or iOS?


I believe it's Mr. Wonderful and his constituents that have coined the phrase, 'For that reason, and for that reason alone', I'm out.

The more you post the more it seems you didnt want android to work out. Im guessing you looked into the apple eco system before you moved across? Yes you can sync a lot of things from android, you will miss out on certain parts - thats why apple keep their system locked!

Battery is certainly debateable! Get the settings on your phone correct and install and app such as juice defender and I easily get two days heavy use out of my S3. (Calls, emails, browsing, maps and music).

Android isnt ios. People need to stop thinking they are going to be the same. If your willing to take the time to learn a new OS then things will work. You seem you wanted a quick fix and unwillin g to make it work. My opinion.

mainca
Oct 7, 2012, 11:54 AM
The more you post the more it seems you didnt want android to work out. Im guessing you looked into the apple eco system before you moved across? Yes you can sync a lot of things from android, you will miss out on certain parts - thats why apple keep their system locked!

Battery is certainly debateable! Get the settings on your phone correct and install and app such as juice defender and I easily get two days heavy use out of my S3. (Calls, emails, browsing, maps and music).

Android isnt ios. People need to stop thinking they are going to be the same. If your willing to take the time to learn a new OS then things will work. You seem you wanted a quick fix and unwillin g to make it work. My opinion.

That statement is incorrect about me not wanting Android to work out. So not true...

Battery is not debatable!

I wasn't looking for Android to be like IOS at all, I was looking forward to a new experience.

Apparently you like your phone, good for you! I've made my decision too, why would you continue to point out how great the Droid is? Are your feelings hurt?

Vegastouch
Oct 7, 2012, 12:13 PM
Concerning the 5 days I put into this, the fact that I even gave it a shot was a huge move for me and I believe it will be for most of us similar to my situation. My 5 days with this device was intense, I put a lot of hours into this thing. I didn't need to risk another day of possibly dropping or damming the unit therefor disqualifying my return with Att. I learned what I had to learn.


Well actually you didnt. I know you think you did but for you and especially for those you think 5 days is enough coming from years of iOS...you guys need more time. Why? Because of the fact you have been with iOS for years. Android is very different as you found out and there are many things you didnt discover that are being mentioned in this thread that you most likely will like a lot. That comes with time and getting comfortable with the OS.

I know you will say "i gave it a shot" but really, its night and day with these systems so you didnt give it a valiant effort imo. I think people like you in your situation need at LEAST two weeks minimum. I had an iPhone fortwo years and it took me a good two weeks to really start liking Android and leave my iPhone alone and just use my GS1 Vibrant.

It's the Basics of the S3 that came up short for me. The following 3 points are not debatable, in comparison to an iPhone 4 and above:

1) S3's screen does not cut the mustard for bright outdoor use, especially if you wear dark sunglasses. If you are outdoors a lot, or in a bright environment (high VLT for geek talk) the screen of the S3 WILL PRACTICALLY DISAPPEAR on you especially when comparing it to what we are use to. Although you may like that the colors of the S3 are more intense, this for me was a non issue because I do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, I live at the beach!

I do agree with this. In the sunlight, the screen is almost unreadable so if you are in the sun a lot, its not good for these guys and one of only a couple of gripes i have but im not in the sun all day but yes, it is bothersome.

2) Poor, poor, poor and did I mention poor? Battery Performance. We know it's removable. This is not a benefit unless the original battery can perform as good or better then the iPhone. It's just another moving part, a design flaw for any Apple enthusiast. I suspect these are some of the main considerations why you don't see most of these additional technologies included on any iPhone and I personally agree with that assessment assuming it's true. So maybe it's not the battery of the S3, it could be because they cram so much stuff into it. Apparently, for millions of others this is a plus, unfortunately for me it's not.

Actually the battery is very good. What helps is if you go into app management and disable some of the bloatware that you wont ever use like Chat On, S Suggest, S Voice(yes i disabled that to only work when i click the icon, didnt make it disapear completely), all share play, all share controller,and some of my T-Mobile stuff and whatever else you dont use...your batttery will be a lot better. I have bluetooth on all day and wifi in a area where my signal is weak at work because it is off the freeway kinda rural ....and after a 10 hour day including an hour drive each way , my phone is usually around 65% when i get home.
With my other Android ...i had to put it in airplane mode or it would be dead by noon or close to it. Other guys that have a iP4S there need to charge their phones at least twice a day.

3) Apple's Ecosystem is an important layer of high consideration for those that are considering switching over, this too is not debatable. Apple's closed system assures us of this tight/streamlined compatibility with all their products. They control the whole experience, software/hardware, this we all know! This may not be important to some but it is for me and millions of Apple customers.
You will lose integration with iCloud, Airplay, iTunes, AppleTV, iMessage, PhotoShare the list goes on.
In my case, I temporarily lost that tight integration with my incredible girlfriend (she really is) as she owns an iPhone 4s. iPhone to iPhone communication along with every thing I just mentioned above was a noticeable lost to me, so consider your personal circle, your social network, do most of your friends and family have Android or iOS?


I believe it's Mr. Wonderful and his constituents that have coined the phrase, 'For that reason, and for that reason alone', I'm out.

I dont blame you for going back. Its what you are comfortable with. I hate iTunes so i was happy to be away from it. There are alternatives to everything you mentioned above but you need to know what they are and use them to even get comfortable...except for Apple TV. Not sure what the big deal is with that anyways.

Again, not knocking you but guys like you rarely give it a long enough chance and then bash it...not everyone as some did here but the biggest reason for long time iPhone users to going back are they didnt try it long enough..and thats ok, but one day you may have to if Apple keeps up this pace of falling further and further behind.

Dave.UK
Oct 7, 2012, 12:29 PM
That statement is incorrect about me not wanting Android to work out. So not true...

Battery is not debatable!

I wasn't looking for Android to be like IOS at all, I was looking forward to a new experience.

Apparently you like your phone, good for you! I've made my decision too, why would you continue to point out how great the Droid is? Are your feelings hurt?

Not at all, but I do get frustrated when you say a point isnt debateable when clearly it is. Have your settings set correctly will increase battery time. Use an app such as juice defender will increase battery.

Markyboy81
Oct 7, 2012, 12:31 PM
A couple of points I'd like to add after my 3 days with the s3, coming from the iPhone 4s.
I had the first chance to test the screen in bright sunshine today (i live in the uk!) and to be honest it wasn't that bad. Ok so it wasn't the brightest but I had no trouble reading the screen and writing messages. In fact it was far better than I expected.
Secondly, battery life has been on par with my 4s so far, and that's without making any kind of effort to save battery, something I was very conscious of with the 4s. I've installed juice defender but haven't enabled it yet. I wanted to fully test the battery without it first.
It's looking more and more likely that I'll keep this phone and try to sell the iPhone. The only thing that's doubting this is the email support, which I've found to be poor both with yahoo and exchange. I'm currently trialing moxier mail which works well for Exchange but isn't an ideal solution, and will ultimately cost be money in the long run. I guess I took the email support with the iPhone for granted.

mainca
Oct 7, 2012, 12:33 PM
It's not about the OS so extra time wouldn't have made a difference. If you are telling us one needs to spend more then 5 days to learn a smartphone device and make a decision about keeping it then I don't know what to tell you? I must make fast decisions then.

Repeat: I learned what I had to learn.

This post is intended for a certain crowd, your'e not a person that presently has an iPhone considering to purchase a droid. Are you?

paulsalter
Oct 7, 2012, 12:34 PM
The only thing that's doubting this is the email support, which I've found to be poor both with yahoo and exchange. I'm currently trialing moxier mail which works well for Exchange but isn't an ideal solution, and will ultimately cost be money in the long run. I guess I took the email support with the iPhone for granted.

Not sure on yahoo, but what issues do you have with exchange?

Dave.UK
Oct 7, 2012, 12:39 PM
A couple of points I'd like to add after my 3 days with the s3, coming from the iPhone 4s.
I had the first chance to test the screen in bright sunshine today (i live in the uk!) and to be honest it wasn't that bad. Ok so it wasn't the brightest but I had no trouble reading the screen and writing messages. In fact it was far better than I expected.
Secondly, battery life has been on par with my 4s so far, and that's without making any kind of effort to save battery, something I was very conscious of with the 4s. I've installed juice defender but haven't enabled it yet. I wanted to fully test the battery without it first.
It's looking more and more likely that I'll keep this phone and try to sell the iPhone. The only thing that's doubting this is the email support, which I've found to be poor both with yahoo and exchange. I'm currently trialing moxier mail which works well for Exchange but isn't an ideal solution, and will ultimately cost be money in the long run. I guess I took the email support with the iPhone for granted.


Try K9 mail. I run quite a few websites so have a variety of email addys and it works really well with plenty of options.

Vegastouch
Oct 7, 2012, 12:56 PM
It's not about the OS so extra time wouldn't have made a difference. If you are telling us one needs to spend more then 5 days to learn a smartphone device and make a decision about keeping it then I don't know what to tell you? I must make fast decisions then.

Repeat: I learned what I had to learn.

This post is intended for a certain crowd, your'e not a person that presently has an iPhone considering to purchase a droid. Are you?

I doesnt bother me that you went back but yes, you needed to spend more time with it and someday you will agree with that.

There are so many things you didnt know about to help with your experience so no....you didnt learn the system because it probably would have made a difference. If 5 days was enough with you being confused and you giving up..then i dont know what to tell you. There were tips given in here but you had already gave up to try any.

Just a simple fact.

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Try K9 mail. I run quite a few websites so have a variety of email addys and it works really well with plenty of options.

Yeah, this..also i dont use the Yahoo app, i just use the stock email with Yahoo. It works great for me and why i deleted the Yahoo app. I dont use exchange so i cant say.

Markyboy81
Oct 7, 2012, 01:01 PM
Try K9 mail. I run quite a few websites so have a variety of email addys and it works really well with plenty of options.

Thanks for the advice, I tried k9 and that didn't work either!
With the stock email app I put all my details in and it did initially download all my data but then I repeatedly get the error message 'cannot connect to server'. I did Google the problem and found a lot of people with similar issues, could be to do with the security of exchange server?
Anyway I'm pretty happy with moxier, just wish there was a way for it to use the stock calendar app instead of using its own.

dmelgar
Oct 7, 2012, 01:05 PM
I always used k9 cause the stock HTC email app was so bad. But cut and paste doesn't work easily in k9. Much happier w the stock iOS email app.

mainca
Oct 7, 2012, 01:34 PM
Not at all, but I do get frustrated when you say a point isnt debateable when clearly it is. Have your settings set correctly will increase battery time. Use an app such as juice defender will increase battery.

I can go to eternity with this... Of course I played with the settings, even had their Battery Save Mode on, dimmed the screen to almost nothing when indoors, turned of GPS, Bluetooth, I even stood it up on its corner then clapped my hands while doing a jump and spin simultaneously because that activated the SuperDuper BAT Mode!

Are you kidding us with the app? Come on, you must know how that sounds?

Dave.UK
Oct 7, 2012, 01:38 PM
I can go to eternity with this... Of course I played with the settings, even had their Battery Save Mode on, dimmed the screen to almost nothing when indoors, turned of GPS, Bluetooth, I even stood it up on its corner then clapped my hands while doing a jump and spin simultaneously because that activated the SuperDuper BAT Mode!

Are you kidding us with the app? Come on, you must know how that sounds?

Your right, this could go on forever!

Well I dont know what you did wrong or whether you had a faulty battery, but battery life out the box was great and doubled with the juice defender app.

Erm, not really, how does it sound? Didnt Apple once say theres an app for everything?!

blackhand1001
Oct 7, 2012, 01:40 PM
Nice post!

I have a Nexus S but I'm switching to the iPhone when it arrives here (Brazil)

Nexus S was a very good phone but it's extreamly unreliable... Sometimes it is really fast and the others just keep crashing... I have an iPod touch 2G and sometimes I rather use it instead of my Nexus S due to polish of the OS.


Btw... You can bold/underline on mail, can't you? Just hold your finger on the word and that little pop-up will appear, then click on left arrow and it will show more options (on iOS6 you can attach img or video)
Have you tried a factory reset. What you are indicating is absolutely not normal for a nexus device. A normal factory reset will not delete your photos and documents. Just your apps and settings.

wonderspark
Oct 7, 2012, 04:27 PM
S3's screen does not cut the mustard for bright outdoor use, especially if you wear dark sunglasses. If you are outdoors a lot, or in a bright environment (high VLT for geek talk) the screen of the S3 WILL PRACTICALLY DISAPPEAR on you especially when comparing it to what we are use to. Although you may like that the colors of the S3 are more intense, this for me was a non issue because I do spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, I live at the beach!
If I wear my sunglasses, the iPhone screen disappears, too... unless I turn my head sideways to overcome the polarization effect. Same thing happens to the display on my car stereo and many other displays. Just want to point out that criticizing the screen while wearing sunglasses is unrealistic. I'm often amused at what is and isn't visible when wearing polarized sunglasses, and my friends know I'm entertaining myself when they see me tipping my head left and right, hahaha!

The iPhone screen is impressive in direct sunlight and naked eyes, though. I'm lucky, though... my Android cuts the mustard in daylight, even if not quite as clearly as the iPhone.

mainca
Oct 7, 2012, 05:19 PM
If I wear my sunglasses, the iPhone screen disappears, too... unless I turn my head sideways to overcome the polarization effect. Same thing happens to the display on my car stereo and many other displays. Just want to point out that criticizing the screen while wearing sunglasses is unrealistic. I'm often amused at what is and isn't visible when wearing polarized sunglasses, and my friends know I'm entertaining myself when they see me tipping my head left and right, hahaha!

The iPhone screen is impressive in direct sunlight and naked eyes, though. I'm lucky, though... my Android cuts the mustard in daylight, even if not quite as clearly as the iPhone.

If I wear my sunglasses, the iPhone screen disappears, too... unless I turn my head sideways to overcome the polarization effect. Same thing happens to the display on my car stereo and many other displays. Just want to point out that criticizing the screen while wearing sunglasses is unrealistic. I'm often amused at what is and isn't visible when wearing polarized sunglasses, and my friends know I'm entertaining myself when they see me tipping my head left and right, hahaha!

The iPhone screen is impressive in direct sunlight and naked eyes, though. I'm lucky, though... my Android cuts the mustard in daylight, even if not quite as clearly as the iPhone.

I own a pair of Maui Jim Aviator Polarized Sunglasses (MJ-210-17). The screen on my iPhone does not show any polarized effect when viewing the screen outside in broad daylight, not one bit. That's an easy test anyone can try out for themselves.

If you try it indoors you will most likely notice this polarized effect. This probably has something to do with the fact that these screens are tempered.

I still standby my original intention to return the favor to MacRumors readers that really need sound advice from this perspective. The only reason why I continue to post this because I'm off this weekend and I apparently have the time to do so, but this will change come tomorrow.

Stay Thirsty My Friends!

Noctilux.95
Oct 7, 2012, 05:45 PM
I'm seriously considering getting a Samsung Note II just for the large 5.5" display.
I hope I don't regret it.:eek:

zone23
Oct 7, 2012, 06:01 PM
Love how people come to the rescue of their favorite devices.. did you try this did you try that, blah, blah, blah.. thanks for the post good read..

wonderspark
Oct 7, 2012, 09:44 PM
Glad you're happy with Apple, and you were brave and open-minded enough to try something different, which is respectable.

faroZ06
Oct 7, 2012, 10:10 PM
You should have mentioned the expandable storage. The iPhone experience has been perfect for me except for the lack of the ability to use your own SD card for storage. Getting more iPhone storage means paying a lot more and having to switch phones entirely.

For anyone getting annoyed with file management, I suggest the Dropbox app. It can do a lot of neat things like opening ZIPs, playing loose media files, and saving email attachments to your Dropbox. This gives your iDevice some extra cloud storage that you can use on anything, unlike iOS's file management. And beyond that, I use iFile from Cydia and Terminal if I really want to get down to the system.

LIVEFRMNYC
Oct 7, 2012, 11:29 PM
I'm seriously considering getting a Samsung Note II just for the large 5.5" display.
I hope I don't regret it.:eek:

As long as you feel it's not too large, then I doubt you'll regret it.

Sacird
Oct 8, 2012, 12:09 AM
Good post OP. never hurts to try some things out.

I always get a kick out of people saying they switch (either side) and are never looking back. BS on that one, how many times have I heard that with various things over the years and one day the person is bored again with something. LOL.

android is new to a lot of people so it will need a few years to hit that mark where people get bored and try iOS or winMO till they get tired and the cycle continues. My limited time with android wasn't bad, just not 4 me but I would never say never, I just was meh on it when I tried it. Still wish webOS was the whored out one that had the market personally, I really thought it had potential

Whoever was concerned about the note 2 size just know you got a return window. It might work out for ya. Wear baggy pants : ) The one thing I wish apple did was offer a wider selection if iPhones. 4.5 would be a good screen size IMO

QCassidy352
Oct 8, 2012, 11:05 AM
Am I the only one who was a little wierded out by "adorable Asian girlfriend"?

Sensamic
Oct 8, 2012, 03:43 PM
Today I tried the iPhone 5.

Good impressions except for the touch responsiveness "bug" due to the new screen technology. There was moments when I had to touch a button several times because it failed to recognize the input. I don't know if this can be fixed with software but I hope so.

This made the keyboard look like there was lag when typing.

The phone is extremely light. I'd say too light. The screen size was good. I liked that I could easily still use it with just one hand. Very nice.

The home button seems a little bit stronger. Not sure if this is because it's new or if they have changed something. Tried an iPhone 4 next to it and the home button is definitely worst.

I didn't like the aluminum back. Felt weird in the hand.

Overall I had a positive experience.

towg
Oct 8, 2012, 04:40 PM
Nope. But I imagine she was 'made in China' if you know what I mean :D

mainca
Oct 8, 2012, 04:42 PM
Am I the only one who was a little wierded out by "adorable Asian girlfriend"?

lol, that may have been a little too much info, I'll admit. I was trying to paint a picture :rolleyes:

Apparently you are one or more of the following:

1: a troll
2: bored individual with nothing important to say
3: an a hole
4: dumb arse

I go with all of the above!