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Old 09-19-2012, 05:54 PM  
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Okay, Android fanbois...

My last two phones have been iPhones, and while I like the (jailbroken) platform, the iPhone 5 announcement did not blow me away. I'm getting a new phone from work soon (which will be both my work and personal phone), and am weighing the iPhone 5 vs the Galaxy S3 (anything better on the horizon?). I borrowed a Samsung Galaxy Nexus from work for the next two weeks to play around with (only Android phone I could get my hands on).

As of this weekend, I'll be traveling most of the following week, but I'll check in here as much as I can, and I will have the phone with me and using it daily (though not with my number on it).

I've been talking to my friends who have android devices, but they're not nearly the zealots as the folks around here. So, time to put up or shut up - take these 10 days and convince me that the S3 is the way to go. Tell me what I should do with this phone while I have it - show me the power of the 'droid. My world is your oyster.

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #16
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #17
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For anyone who's not crazy about Samsung's Touchwiz, use a different launcher.
I like Apex.
You still have to deal with the hardware setup, which I'm not a fan of. Antiquated, and holding Android back.


There are a lot of rumors that Google might release a series of Nexus phones soon to help manufacturers out. I have no idea if it's true, but it's worth thinking about.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #18
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:23 PM   #19
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You still have to deal with the hardware setup, which I'm not a fan of. Antiquated, and holding Android back.


There are a lot of rumors that Google might release a series of Nexus phones soon to help manufacturers out. I have no idea if it's true, but it's worth thinking about.
How often do you really need to set it up?

I love how well the S2 performs, but I'm not crazy about the look of Touchwiz.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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I have the S3. My buddy has the new Evo 4G. I don't think you can go wrong with either device. The screen on my S3 is effing sweeeeeeet.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #21
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How often do you really need to set it up?

I love how well the S2 performs, but I'm not crazy about the look of Touchwiz.
I was talking about the button layout. Google has moved away from a permanent menu button, but Samsung still has it. It makes it awkward with any app that follows Android design guidelines.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:53 PM   #22
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I was talking about the button layout. Google has moved away from a permanent menu button, but Samsung still has it. It makes it awkward with any app that follows Android design guidelines.
Its possible you may be knit-picking.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:07 PM   #23
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I like being able to swap the battery. Back-ups are pretty cheap on Ebay. I also like being able to add an extra memory chip for about a dollar a gig. The customization is also nice. I use the Swift keyboard and love it.

I have an SGSII and before they upgraded my OS a month ago I had an app that would make my phone a hotspot without incurring the hotspot fee (damn you Sprint.) My wife is not as technical as I am and she prefers the Iphone as everything is simpler (dummed down.)

I will upgrade to the latest 4gLTE phone when Sprint rolls it out in OC next Spring - Summer. By then the SGSIV might be out!

On my SGSII there is a feature called SprintID which uses a more Droid pure interface. I like it better than tw. Although I didn't have issues Touchwiz.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:11 PM   #24
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I like being able to swap the battery. Back-ups are pretty cheap on Ebay. I also like being able to add an extra memory chip for about a dollar a gig. The customization is also nice. I use the Swift keyboard and love it.

I have an SGSII and before they upgraded my OS a month ago I had an app that would make my phone a hotspot without incurring the hotspot fee (damn you Sprint.) My wife is not as technical as I am and she prefers the Iphone as everything is simpler (dummed down.)

I will upgrade to the latest 4gLTE phone when Sprint rolls it out in OC next Spring - Summer. By then the SGSIV might be out!

On my SGSII there is a feature called SprintID which uses a more Droid pure interface. I like it better than tw. Although I didn't have issues Touchwiz.
You probably know this, but you could most likely get the hotspot functionality back if you rooted. It wouldn't even take a custom ROM.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:40 PM   #25
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Step up to the S2.
nah, I really don't need a smartphone. Gonna go back to a cell that's just for texting and calling.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #26
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You probably know this, but you could most likely get the hotspot functionality back if you rooted. It wouldn't even take a custom ROM.
I have investigated rooting and it appeared to be a level of research that I haven't been up to yet. Used the hotspot feature a couple times a month. That is what I liked about it being free is that I used it too infrequently to justify the Sprint fee.

Plus, I feel I am 6 months from getting a new phone so maybe I will root that and go to the next level.
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:32 PM   #27
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I've had the Galaxy Nexus since April- honestly, it's the best phone I've ever had. Especially since it was updated to Jellybean, it's as smooth as butta. Seamless integration with my laptop(access to the file system), waay more free apps than Apple, a big damn screen (I LAUGH at the 4" iP5 screensize), HD video recording, not having to go thru iTunes to move media files onto and off of my phone- I could go on.

I admit that the phone's body has a less-polished feel than the iPhone, but I've always cared far more about what's under the hood than the candy-apple paint job. To each his own, I suppose.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:50 AM   #28
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I have investigated rooting and it appeared to be a level of research that I haven't been up to yet. Used the hotspot feature a couple times a month. That is what I liked about it being free is that I used it too infrequently to justify the Sprint fee.

Plus, I feel I am 6 months from getting a new phone so maybe I will root that and go to the next level.
try foxfi.com should work without rooting.
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Old 09-20-2012, 02:54 AM   #29
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I have the S3. My buddy has the new Evo 4G. I don't think you can go wrong with either device. The screen on my S3 is effing sweeeeeeet.
I'd rather have the s3. Thing that sucks about the evo is the battery isn't removable.
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:05 AM   #30
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Thing that sucks about the evo is the battery isn't removable.
This would suck.

I like to root and flash Roms and battery removal is a must in my experience.
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