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#46 Raa

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:05

Usually to remove bloatware you'll need root access, as these are system apps.


Also : Great choice going Android. You've definately picked a winner. (Y)
I'm considering the Note 2 myself, but i'd still prefer a QWERTY slider phone...


#47 +techbeck

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:08

I recently played around with my friend's Galaxy S3 and I was blown away by the size of the display (4.8"). If I saw the Galaxy Note 2 in person, I'd have trouble seeing it as a phone and not a tablet. It'd be great for watching videos and browsing the web. Have you used it with a stylus yet?


My sister and niece have the G3 and it looks big compared to my 4.65 in Galaxy Nexus.

#48 +AJerman

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 15:06

It sure is different. The video camera is amazing. Better than the one on the iPhone 4S. The photos are super clear. I can see the details on people's faces so clear is not funny.

I am still trying to get used to it. So many settings and features.

One thing I do like is the fact that, even though you cannot uninstall the AT&T Bloatware garbage, Samsung does give you the option to "Disable" the application from running so that is a good thing, unless of course I root it and remove them permanently, but I don't have a clue how to do that on Android.

Any suggestions?


Root and use Titanium Backup to remove bloatware.

Edit: Whoops, you said you don't know how to... hang on one sec.

Edit 2: Here ya go: http://forum.xda-dev...d.php?t=1980644

#49 Gabe3

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 21:05

its not the hardware thats lacking but the OS is dull in my opinion, the interface really hasn't changed since it released in 2007.

I love the iPhone but Apple hasn't done anything new to it in years and it is a shame because iOS is very stable and feels rock solid. The iPhone 5 is simply not a worthy upgrade. They gave us .5 inches more of screen!....LOL...LOL...Really?

I would have gotten an iPhone 5 is the screen would have been like the Android phones, 4.5 - 4.8 inches, but .5 inches more?....What a joke.

They really need to come up with something very different and very impressive soon in the iPhone department because at the pace Android is going, it won't be long before Android takes over the crown.



#50 +AJerman

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:47

its not the hardware thats lacking but the OS is dull in my opinion, the interface really hasn't changed since it released in 2007.


The OS is a bit dull. All you get is a grid of icons... woo! But the hardware usually is pretty lacking too, and that's what disappoints me. When the iPhone came out, there really wasn't anything like it. I'm an Android guy, but I'm not a fanboy and regardless of what people say, there wasn't that nice of a complete package back then. Most of it wasn't anything amazingly new and invented by Apple, but they were the ones that put it all in one nice package. Even with the iPhone 4, Apple was one of the first to mass market with a screen resolution like the Retina display. Now days, the iPhone hardware lags behind Android and even Windows Phone. Things they add to their phone have been in other phones for a year or more. The hardware is stale, and Apple has a stubbornness to changing anything (which was mostly Steve I think). There really isn't much if anything in an iPhone that you can't get from a year old Android phone. The hardware isn't bad, it's just a bit boring at this point.

#51 OP Scorbing

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 22:47

its not the hardware thats lacking but the OS is dull in my opinion, the interface really hasn't changed since it released in 2007.


You are right. The hardware is fine, its the OS. They need to open it more. Change the way it works. Make it more user friendly. Let the user customize it to their needs. If they do all of that, they will be successful and "cool" again, but they better hurry because Android is running at full speed and its not stopping. Apple is 10 steps behind Google in terms of OS customization.

#52 Shadrack

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 23:10

The more I hear about the Note 2 the more I like it. I actually think my wife would really like the Note 2. She currently has an EVO 4G, and something with some really solid battery life would be a breath of fresh air for her. (She is currently tethered to the wall most of the time it seems like).

after AT&T gave me a $250.00 trade-in for my iPhone 4S


*eeek* AT&T is obligated after you upgrade your phone or complete your contract to UNLOCK your old hardware. You could have made substantially more by selling it on eBay or Amazon. You could have gotten at least $400 out of it... oh well. Hope it was completely hassle free ;).

I personally would not have sold it at all because it is always good to have a backup, IMHO.

#53 OP Scorbing

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:48

Well I got news for you all. I don't know if its bad or good, but here it is:

I returned the Note II and got a Galaxy S3 instead. Here's why:

1. The Note II was just too big to carry around
2. The screen was not as bright and sharp as the S3.
3. The text messenger UI was laggy. The S3 for some reason is not.
4. The Home Button was also laggy. The S3 did not have that problem.
5. The Email UI was doing funny things earlier today. Flashing and stuff. Not good.

So I finally decided to just return it and get the S3. It doesn't have the wonderful quad-core the Note II has, but it seems to work just fine and I can actually carry it!

maybe in the future I will get a Galaxy Note 3 or 4 or 5. We'll see down the road.

#54 shakey

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 17:33

Well I got news for you all. I don't know if its bad or good, but here it is:

I returned the Note II and got a Galaxy S3 instead. Here's why:

1. The Note II was just too big to carry around
2. The screen was not as bright and sharp as the S3.
3. The text messenger UI was laggy. The S3 for some reason is not.
4. The Home Button was also laggy. The S3 did not have that problem.
5. The Email UI was doing funny things earlier today. Flashing and stuff. Not good.

So I finally decided to just return it and get the S3. It doesn't have the wonderful quad-core the Note II has, but it seems to work just fine and I can actually carry it!

maybe in the future I will get a Galaxy Note 3 or 4 or 5. We'll see down the road.


No reason to fret. They are both really great phones, and really it's all down to minor preferences over which one you should get. Quad Core isn't really needed at the moment, and the S3 is plenty of phone for a good while to come. Unless we start to expect our phones to be laptops :p

#55 +imachip

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 17:51

I too have scarpered from the Apple (iPhone 3GS to the S3) and found it pretty interesting. Managed to make an nandroid backup, root and install a custom rom without much of a problem. Funny having to install an antivirus on the thing.

Battery life is pretty nice, almost 2 days on a full charge. Ditched Google Now, that kept coming up every time I was using the thing.
I like having Google maps back, that's what really drew me to Android.

Apps seem to be of a lower quality. Even the apps from the same company in the same name offer less functionality than their iOS equivalent. I also miss Apple's consistent UI which comes across the background and the curved boxes which looks more sleek imo.

However, in the main I quite like it and will get used to the changes. I'm on a 2 year contract and will see it out and look at the interesting developments in the future before deciding whether to go for Windows, Apple or Android again. I like choice and variety :)

#56 Gabe3

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 19:13

you don't have to install antivirus. i mean you can but its like installing it on mac. pretty much pointless.

I too have scarpered from the Apple (iPhone 3GS to the S3) and found it pretty interesting. Managed to make an nandroid backup, root and install a custom rom without much of a problem. Funny having to install an antivirus on the thing.

Battery life is pretty nice, almost 2 days on a full charge. Ditched Google Now, that kept coming up every time I was using the thing.
I like having Google maps back, that's what really drew me to Android.

Apps seem to be of a lower quality. Even the apps from the same company in the same name offer less functionality than their iOS equivalent. I also miss Apple's consistent UI which comes across the background and the curved boxes which looks more sleek imo.

However, in the main I quite like it and will get used to the changes. I'm on a 2 year contract and will see it out and look at the interesting developments in the future before deciding whether to go for Windows, Apple or Android again. I like choice and variety :)



#57 OP Scorbing

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 21:16

you don't have to install antivirus. i mean you can but its like installing it on mac. pretty much pointless.


I agree. As long as you use common sense, there is no need for an AV on an Android phone. It's a waste of resources. And speaking of resources, one setting that I found to be quite useful on the S3 is at the "Settings" section on the "Developers Options" area. It is called:

Limit Background Processes

You have the "standard", which is set by default. I have set mine to 4 processes. This keeps the OS and the phone working smoothly from what I can see.

Another option is; "Force GPU Rendering"

That one works quite well too. ICS seems to be working much smoother with those changes I did.

...Still waiting for AT&T to decide to release Jelly Bean on the S3. Anyone has any updates on that?

I agree. As long as you use common sense, there is no need for an AV on an Android phone. It's a waste of resources. And speaking of resources, one setting that I found to be quite useful on the S3 is at the "Settings" section on the "Developers Options" area. It is called:

Limit Background Processes

You have the "standard", which is set by default. I have set mine to 4 processes. This keeps the OS and the phone working smoothly from what I can see.

Another option is; "Force GPU Rendering"

That one works quite well too. ICS seems to be working much smoother with those changes I did.

...Still waiting for AT&T to decide to release Jelly Bean on the S3. Anyone has any updates on that?


Here they talk about the settings I just mentioned:

http://wix1.com/inde...in-depth-review

#58 Growled

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:33

I returned the Note II and got a Galaxy S3 instead. Here's why:


Good for you. Get the phone that works for you.

#59 OP Scorbing

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 23:01

Well I returned the S3 and got the Note 2 again and this time I am keeping it. That screen and hardware is just too awesome to let it go...LOL

#60 Growled

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 23:28

Just wow! :D



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