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#16 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 16:36

The S3 has a pentile display which looks like crap compared to the iPhone. Plus it's a bit oversaturated and the chassis is cheap plastic, which makes it look low quality. I switched back to the iPhone because of those reasons. Just seems like Samsung decided to cut as many corners as they could. Android itself is nice and fast, which was nice, but not anything superior to iOS.

The Note 2 has a better screen, but worse ppi, so it may or may not look better than the S3. I can't say for certain since I haven't seen one in person yet. Same cheap plastic chassis though. I do know that unless you have big hands, you can't make full use of it one-handed. And fitting it in a pocket would probably be impossible unless you have baggy clothes.

If you want physical quality, go with the iPhone. If you want millions and millions of features, then Android is probably your best choice. Both OS's are fine and stable, so it could come down to which one you like better.


#17 shakey

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 16:55

The S3 has a pentile display which looks like crap compared to the iPhone. Plus it's a bit oversaturated and the chassis is cheap plastic, which makes it look low quality. I switched back to the iPhone because of those reasons. Just seems like Samsung decided to cut as many corners as they could. Android itself is nice and fast, which was nice, but not anything superior to iOS.

The Note 2 has a better screen, but worse ppi, so it may or may not look better than the S3. I can't say for certain since I haven't seen one in person yet. Same cheap plastic chassis though. I do know that unless you have big hands, you can't make full use of it one-handed. And fitting it in a pocket would probably be impossible unless you have baggy clothes.

If you want physical quality, go with the iPhone. If you want millions and millions of features, then Android is probably your best choice. Both OS's are fine and stable, so it could come down to which one you like better.


Please, provide proof of crap comparison of screens. Saying if you zoom in with a microscope to see each pixel isn't a real good way to determine how it actually looks to the human eye from half a foot away. To the naked eye, those little details just don't show up unless you get a magnifiying glass.

#18 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:44

Please, provide proof of crap comparison of screens. Saying if you zoom in with a microscope to see each pixel isn't a real good way to determine how it actually looks to the human eye from half a foot away. To the naked eye, those little details just don't show up unless you get a magnifying glass.


It's the principle behind a pentile display. It has an inferior pixel pattern which makes it easily noticeable at normal viewing distance.
http://www.androidau...pentile-121182/

I still have the S3 at home in the box and have put the iPhone next to it, in which the difference is night and day. You can't pick out the pixels on the iPhone even if your face is mashed on the screen. You can pick out the jagged edges on the S3 from 2 feet from your eyes. A pentile display is crap quality, but lasts longer, which is a pretty stupid trade off, in my opinion. As if anybody is going to keep the S3 for over a decade.

You definitely don't need a microscope to easily pick up on the difference:
http://i-cdn.phonear...rison-3-jpg.jpg
http://i-cdn.phonear...rison-1-jpg.jpg

If I can survive driving home thru the blizzard today, I'll take a picture of the S3 and I'm willing to bet you'll be able to distinguish the pixels.

#19 Sandor

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 17:56

The Galaxy Note 2 has the best battery in the market. It lasts more than a full day with non-stop use. Also, the additional battery is very cheap. I have one of those, but I never used it as the battery that comes with the phone always takes care of the work until I have to recharge it.


Does the battery come in it's own suitcase?

#20 Buttus

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:07

if you're really a glutton for punishment and like old tech, go back to iphone... or if you really like an ipod like phone, at least wait a few months for the 5s or whatever they release next.

the 5 as it is now offers nothing over the s3 (besides the ipod part)

#21 Luis Mazza

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:14

Does the battery come in it's own suitcase?

Nope. It is only the battery.

#22 OP fusi0n

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:16

Thank you all for the advice. I may stick with the S3 or but a iPhone and keep the S3 until I decide which one is best for me. I can sell the iPhone 5 when the 5S comes out or give it to my wife. But I am thinking about putting a custom rom on my S3 to see if that helps the apps from crashing and battery life

#23 Kaze23

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:16

Matter of preference. With the iPhone you know you're going to get a quality experience, but that comes at a premium price (usually). With Android it's always a crapshoot on what kind of experience you're going to get, but it works great on the Galaxy S III so you can't go wrong with either device.

#24 Scorbing

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:17

The choice is obvious and a no-brainer: Galaxy S3
Why you may ask? Very simple:

1. Removable battery - battery lasts you all day.
2. SD Card slot
3. 2GB RAM
4. Dual Core (iPhone 5 is a dual core too)
5. 4.8 inch screen - super colorful and bright
6. Jelly Bean 4.1.1
7 Very fast phone.
8. Has unique features the iPhone 5 only dreams of having.
9. Much, much better multitasking than iPhone.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:21

I just got an iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 on order. I will use the iPhone 5 as my personal phone. Too many benefits for ME. That doesn't mean they'll be for you. You should ignore everyone here and just do your own research ... ie: Figure out what services you use, and how well they integrate ... for instance, you can forget iMessage or iCloud on the iPhone, but you will get great Google integration on the Android ... more than iOS... some Google apps are on iOS too but the level of integration on Android is far more like Apple's iCloud on iOS. Then of course, apps ... do you have hundreds of dollars worth of apps on iOS or Android? That could be a factor. Anyways ... I'd also try and get some experience playing with the phones.

2. SD Card slot
4. Dual Core (iPhone 5 is a dual core too)
5. 4.8 inch screen - super colorful and bright


Took out the irellevant reasons for you ;) Removable battery is utter rubbish ... I have had Apple phones since they came out, and every one of them has outlasted the Android phones I've had (S, S2, Galaxy Nexus, S3 etc). Fast phone? So is the iPhone. 2GB Ram really doesn't matter on phones. More Ram means nothing unless the apps are using it and well written. Honestly, for the most part, it makes very little difference having 1 or 2 gb Ram on a phone.

I'm getting Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. I will have the best of both worlds. But I'll use the iPhone 5 as my main phone. Better overall user experience and higher grade 3rd party apps for the most part.

#26 RottGutt

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:24

<p>See if you can find the Samsung ATVI S. It has the best of all worlds. Best OS, form factor, battery life, expandability, camera, screen, etc...

http://www.samsung.c...tiv/ativ_s.html

http://www.engadget....iv-s-review

#27 OP fusi0n

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:29

My problem with winmo is the current lack of apps.. If this improves, I plan on giving it a try

#28 Kaze23

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:30

The choice is obvious and a no-brainer: Galaxy S3
Why you may ask? Very simple:

1. Removable battery - battery lasts you all day. (battery lasts all day on iPhone 4S+)
2. SD Card slot (meh, not very important unless you load up your phone with insane amounts of data)
3. 2GB RAM (just plain wrong, it's 1 GB RAM, 2 GB is only available in very select markets)
4. Dual Core (iPhone 5 is a dual core too) (then how is this an advantage if they're both dual-core?)
5. 4.8 inch screen - super colorful and bright (iPhone's screen is "super colorful and bright", size is a matter of preference)
6. Jelly Bean 4.1.1 (so you're saying the S3 doesn't support 4.2? Interesting)
7 Very fast phone. (so is the iPhone)
8. Has unique features the iPhone 5 only dreams of having. (such as?)
9. Much, much better multitasking than iPhone. (arguable at best, multitasking on iOS is beyond simple)



#29 shakey

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:31

I just got an iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 on order. I will use the iPhone 5 as my personal phone. Too many benefits for ME. That doesn't mean they'll be for you. You should ignore everyone here and just do your own research ... ie: Figure out what services you use, and how well they integrate ... for instance, you can forget iMessage or iCloud on the iPhone, but you will get great Google integration on the Android ... more than iOS... some Google apps are on iOS too but the level of integration on Android is far more like Apple's iCloud on iOS. Then of course, apps ... do you have hundreds of dollars worth of apps on iOS or Android? That could be a factor. Anyways ... I'd also try and get some experience playing with the phones.



Took out the irellevant reasons for you ;) Removable battery is utter rubbish ... I have had Apple phones since they came out, and every one of them has outlasted the Android phones I've had (S, S2, Galaxy Nexus, S3 etc). Fast phone? So is the iPhone. 2GB Ram really doesn't matter on phones. More Ram means nothing unless the apps are using it and well written. Honestly, for the most part, it makes very little difference having 1 or 2 gb Ram on a phone.

I'm getting Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. I will have the best of both worlds. But I'll use the iPhone 5 as my main phone. Better overall user experience and higher grade 3rd party apps for the most part.


More ram means nothing? What universe did you come from? Maybe since you use a Iphone, you can't really multitask, so the ram doesn't do anything for you, but get a s3, watch a HD video while browsing opera or sending a text, and the flawless and lagless experience will prove your ram theory as pure bs.
Removable battery is a very good option for those who actually travel and are not near electrical outlets enough to charge a phone. Being able to have an option is better than none at all.
4.8 inch screen is a huge plus. It makes browsing, gestures, texting, reading, and everything else just that much easier.

#30 Scorbing

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 18:35

I just got an iPhone 5 and Nexus 4 on order. I will use the iPhone 5 as my personal phone. Too many benefits for ME. That doesn't mean they'll be for you. You should ignore everyone here and just do your own research ... ie: Figure out what services you use, and how well they integrate ... for instance, you can forget iMessage or iCloud on the iPhone, but you will get great Google integration on the Android ... more than iOS... some Google apps are on iOS too but the level of integration on Android is far more like Apple's iCloud on iOS. Then of course, apps ... do you have hundreds of dollars worth of apps on iOS or Android? That could be a factor. Anyways ... I'd also try and get some experience playing with the phones.



Took out the irellevant reasons for you ;) Removable battery is utter rubbish ... I have had Apple phones since they came out, and every one of them has outlasted the Android phones I've had (S, S2, Galaxy Nexus, S3 etc). Fast phone? So is the iPhone. 2GB Ram really doesn't matter on phones. More Ram means nothing unless the apps are using it and well written. Honestly, for the most part, it makes very little difference having 1 or 2 gb Ram on a phone.

I'm getting Nexus 4 and iPhone 5. I will have the best of both worlds. But I'll use the iPhone 5 as my main phone. Better overall user experience and higher grade 3rd party apps for the most part.


Dude I had an iPhone 4S and I started using it at 8am every day and by 3pm the battery was almost gone (19%). My Samsung Galaxy received the same amount of usage as my iPhone 4S did and when I get home at 5:00pm, I still have 58% battery left, so please don't try to tell me that the battery on the iPhone is great because everyone knows it is not.

As far as RAM memory goes, the more memory you have, the more apps you can have opened and the more multitasking you can do without suffering in performance.


1. The S3 from AT&T has 2GB of RAM...So you are wrong.
2. I didn't say the S3 did not support Android 4.2, YOU did. I said it comes with Android 4.1.1
3. Being able to remove the battery DOES matter.
4. Having an SD Card DOES matter
5. You are nothing but an Apple fanboy