So who's upgrade from an S3 or any Android to the S4?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by LIVEFRMNYC, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. LIVEFRMNYC, Mar 14, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2013

    LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Count me in coming from an S3

    Bigger and better screen
    16/32/64 internal storage options
    Slimmer and lighter.
    InfraRed LED
    Air touch
    and the Samsung TW features seem never ending.

  2. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    Coming from Note 2, I'm in. I'll do a pre-order whenever AT&T gets around to it. No hurry :)
  3. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    First thing I want to know is if they are using the same horrible screen tech as the S3.
  4. LIVEFRMNYC thread starter macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Super AMOLED
    1,920 x 1,080
    441 ppi

    If you don't like AMOLED, then I don't know what to tell ya. I personally enjoy the S3 screen so I know I'll be more than happy with the S4 screen.
  5. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    I'm also on a Note 2 but gonna pass on the S4. Love the upgraded camera and 1080p display but that's really the only significant changes even vs. the Note 2 that entice me at all. I actually prefer stock AOSP and really don't use most of the current Touchwiz enhancements as it is, so all the new features are lost on me. TBH, most of the new stuff just seems gimmicky and on there for the sake of being new (and hold the flaming cuz I'd say the same thing if what I consider useless features were on added on any device/OS, including Apple).

    I appreciate that Samsung is actually trying to bring new features and value to their devices, just don't see the utility in much of them, at least for me.

    The HTC One was the device that had caught my eye but too many concerns about battery life, camera performance, and a few other minor quibbles have me waiting until later this year to see what's next.
  6. chagla macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2008
    *yet to be confirmed*

    once again US carrier versions will be quad core and int'l unlocked version will be octa core! whats up with US telcos?
  7. McCool71 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2012

    I seriously considered the HTC One for this long lost feature. I used it all the time back in the day (5+ years ago) when lots of phones had IR-transmitters built in.

    I will never understand why this highly useful feature was removed from all phones - the vast majority of my appliances that can be remote controlled still use IR and it makes total sense to have the ability to control them from my phone which is near my all the time anyway.
  8. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
  9. McCool71 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2012
    Living in a country where I can buy any phone and use it with any carrier (as long as I pay what the phone actually costs instead of buying a subsidised phone which of course would lock me into a 12 or 24 month period) I am amazed at how the carriers in the US dictate what phone - and features you can use.

    To me this seems like something from the dark ages, and not a modern way to run a business.
  10. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
  11. LIVEFRMNYC thread starter macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I'm glad someone feels my pain. I refuse to pay a hundred plus dollars for some Harmony remote, and regular universal remotes can't control half the things I have. The last phone I had with an IR was a WM5 Treo. It's a feature I've missed for the longest.
  12. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Nope. Happy with my nexus 4 and will be for a while. Especially considering ill be one of the first in line for key lime pie.
  13. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    Screen brightness is my current biggest gripe with Samsung devices. I just wish they'd use screens that had the pop of my iP4S's screen. Not holding my breath for the S4 in this department, as it's still amoled albeit full HD.
  14. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2011
    And the last one with LTE :p
  15. thehustleman macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    More like galaxy S 3.5

    But I'm thinking about it, not sure, just depends on how good of a deal I can find on Craigslist or eBay
  16. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Santa Fe, TX
    Fine with the Note 2 for now. Might buy one for my GF though.


    It does suck, I will say the brightness of the Note 2 is far better than the GS3 and is honestly really good at max. Perhaps this latest version of SAMOLED will be great. Also Engadget said the previous problems with Pentile subpixels is not noticeable with such a high res display.
  17. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    I feel this way too. I've got the iPhone 5 and S3 right now, but the S4 doesn't excite me enough to pay full price for it. For this reason, I'm now thinking about picking up a Nexus 4 to satisfy my tinkering side (although I'm running AOKP on my S3 right now anyway). Or maybe a Note 2 if I can find a good deal on a used one.

  18. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    I moved to a Samsung S3 in October last year, coming from about 4 years of iOS devices. No problems with it, no "missing features", but at the same time there's no features I really use that the iPhone 5 doesn't have too.

    After watching today's announcement, I'll sit tight and wait for the next instalment of iOS. I'm assuming the iPhone 5S will be a minimal hardware upgrade, but if iOS is dramatically updated...I'll be tempted to move back across to the simpleton side!

    The S4 has some pretty cool stuff - I especially like the idea of not having to touch the screen, and tilting to scroll. Much better one-handed use...especially given that the phone is relatively large to hold. The other features, however, felt a bit gimmicky - but that was expected.

    I'm not disappointed, and I'm not "wow-ed". It's a new phone, and it'll be a very decent Android alternative to whatever Apple serves up next...and that will determine what I upgrade to, I think.

    If you're a hardcore Android user, and aren't tempted by iOS (which is fair enough at the moment!), the S4 will ultimately be one of the best devices available to you for some months to come - no need to hold back if you're due an upgrade.

    That's my opinion, at least.
  19. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    I just picked up a Note 2 about a month ago and right before my 30 day return window expired I sent it back and picked up a Razr Maxx HD. My plan was to hold onto it until the S4 announcement/release and then maybe sell the Razr on Gazelle or something and get the S4. After the announcement tonight and after a few days with the Razr I think I'll keep it for a while.

    The S4 is very similar to a Galaxy 3S; I like the new features but none of them really make this a "must have" device. I don't recall which review I was reading but someone said it seems like Samsung is showing off what it can do, not necessarily showing off what people need. That being said I'm also enjoying the Maxx HD much more than I expected to. Its taking some getting used to and did revert to a launcher (Nova) to bring back some features that I'm missing without TouchWiz - specifically the ability to create folders in the App Drawer but overall I'm content for now without the need to jump to "the next big thing" that we already had.
  20. Technarchy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2012
    Upping the pixel density would help address pentil artifacts, but I wonder more about brightness at this point because the GS3 screen is pretty dreadful.
  21. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Aside from email and web browsing I don't use much else on the web on my phone. The 6mbps I'm getting now is plenty fast for my uses and don't miss LTE at all. Its on the iPhone 5 here and while its nice I don't really need it.
  22. ChrisTX macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    I have an S3 with an available upgrade, but I might just hold out for the Note 3. Not because this phone isn't good enough, but because the S3 was so good I feel like I can wait. The S4 looks evolutionary, not revolutionary.
  23. LIVEFRMNYC thread starter macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I thought about doing the same, but I feel the Note 3 will probably be too big for me. At the moment, anything bigger than the Note 2 is just too much for me.
  24. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    I updraded 18x in the past 3 years I had the Note, S3 and two Note 2's.

    Of course I will upgrade to the S4 even though I'm disappointed that Samsung gave us a S3s. I'm sick of this look but I'm a wh*re. LOL

    Sold my other Note 2 for BlackBerry Z10, hated it and sold it for hTc's upcoming One. :) I already put my Note 2 up on kijiji.
  25. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011

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