Bought an iPhone 5, considering the switch to Samsung's S3

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Ryan Burgess, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2013
    I recently bought an iPhone 5, and although I have no serious complaints I am getting tired of the OS and lack of cool features. Some of my friends have swapped their iPhones for the Note 2 and GS3 and love them. So here is my question, Anyone here who has switched? And are you happy you did?

    I bought an S3 for $300 unlocked, and am going to use it alongside my iPhone 5 for a while, but I want to hear if anyone else has done the same.

    Thanks! :D
  2. daveathall, Feb 2, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013

    macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    I have done the same. The iPhone 5 is superb, I wanted to see how a phone that I had read stutters, lags, crashes, has an awful screen, woeful apps, could not be used one handed, would not fit in my pocket and was made out of plastic would compare, it seems that what I read was somewhat wrong, the SGS3 is also superb and doesn't suffer from the aforementioned problems. I really enjoyed it, so much so that I kept it and sold my iPhone 5. Both devices are excellent. :)
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
  4. macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    I didn't switch to an S3, but I did switch to another Android phone, I love it, I'd got tired of the same old OS since 2007. I like that Android is still so simple to use, but underneath the surface it let's you do more complicated things than iOS would permit you to do.

    As for advice, approach it with a fresh mind, if you try everything like you were still in iOS you might get lost when things aren't where they would be. I've seen plenty of people fall into this trap because they were so used to doing our on their iPhone, they'd then declare that android wasn't as intuitive.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    No its note 2>s3>iphone 5.
  6. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    Longtime iPhone/iOS user/fan who now loves his Note 2 and will not return to an iPhone unless significant changes are made to both hardware and software, or forced at gunpoint. ;)
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2011
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    No its iPhone 5 >>>>>>>>>> Note 2 >>>> S3
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    At this point in the game, I don't consider the iPhone to even be in the top 5. My top 5 (in no particular order) goes like this:
    1. Nexus 4
    2. Galaxy S3
    3. Note 2 (if the size doesn't bother you)
    4. DNA
    5. Optimus G
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010


    1. iPhone 5
    2. N/A
    3. N/A
    4. Galaxy Note 2
    5. DNA
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    And you have used any of the recent android phones?
  12. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England

    I struggle to reach the top left hand corner of the S3's screen without having to shift my grip when using it one handed (right handed), but it is usable for the most part.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    It is apparent he has not. I'd take any of the 5 I mentioned over the iPhone 5 in a heartbeat. What makes it so apparent he hasn't is how he laid out the 5 (with it mostly "n/a"). It shows he really doesn't know what he's talking about.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    The big thing is that you don't have to hit the top left corner often like you do in ios. The dedicated back button serves that functionality the majority of the time.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I would have to go
    1.Galaxy S3
    2.Galaxy Note II
    3.huawei Asend D2
    4.Huawei Assend Mate
    5.Nokia Lumia 920
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2010
    Actually yes. Note 2 as my daily driver along side my iPhone 5.
  17. macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Thanks for the laugh.
  18. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    True. Probably the closest you usually get to that corner is dealing with notifications.

    Mine would be:

    1. iPhone 5.
    2. Galaxy S3.
    3. Galaxy S2.
    4. HTC Sensation XL
    5. HTC Desire.

    Purely because they're the best ones I've used :p
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2012
    I think that is a very interesting top 5 there....
  20. macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    They are both great phones. Try both. Stick to the one you like.

    I switched to android. But I had a lot of technical problems with my phone, and there were a lot of apps I couldnt get anymore, and I missed the integration I had with my other devices, so I switched back to iOS.

    Though I dont regret giving Android a try, everyone should try both.

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