- 09-04-2012, 12:29 PM #51
The other piece that is a big deal is that my whole family is on iPhones and iPod's. I also have an iPad. I'm very vested in the iOS system.
I don't know if that is what you were looking for. Ask if you have more questions.
- 09-04-2012, 05:01 PM #52
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- 09-04-2012, 06:11 PM #57
Yea my S3 is great, but one misconception I see in android fans is they often mistake speed for a smooth UI. Just because it scrolls fast and the glitches aren't as noticeable doesn't mean it's a smooth UI. I do believe if someone asked me what phone to get over the iPhone because they didn't like Apple or wanted Android for some reason, it would easily be S3. I wouldn't even hesitate.
- 09-04-2012, 06:36 PM #58
Then there's the security in having an iphone. You know you can run to the Apple store if you have a problem. With the other phones, it's a run to the carrier because I don't see any samsung or nokia stores nearby. And with carriers, you need insurance and patience. Lots of patience.
And as the next few weeks will prove, iphone retains its value well. Accessory makers will be working feverishly to come up with new stuff. That doesn't happen for the others too much. And what's that? iOS 6? Coming to all recent iOS devices at once.
That's a lot to give up just so I could customize a homescreen or have a slightly bigger screen or whatever.
- 09-04-2012, 06:45 PM #59
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- 09-05-2012, 10:44 AM #64
I had the GS3 for several weeks. I took it back and reactivated my iPhone 4. The GS3 is indeed a very nice phone. It has some interesting new features. However, I felt that most of the features were either not fully flushed out functionally (e.g. 'Smart Stay' and 'S-Voice') or I just didn't use them (a lot of the gestures.)
The two deal breakers for me were:
The phone was just too big for my tastes in a phone and I didn't like the overall look/feel of the device. I've really come to appreciate how I can use my iPhone with one hand and how pocketable it is. I also like the bit of heft that the iPhone has over the GS3.
The display outside in the sunlight was just terrible in comparison to the iPhone. Frankly, it wasn't very usable outside on a sunny day (even with the brightness cranked.)
I do still like stock Android though. As far as Android devices go, I agree that the HTC One X has the nicest form factor of any of the Android phones right now (my opinion only.) I think that is one fantastic design!
Every time I'm up for an upgrade, I'll play around with the Android offerings at the time. This time, I'm still going to upgrade to the latest iPhone. IOS and the Apple form factor just suit me better.
- 09-05-2012, 11:31 AM #65
The SGS3 is hands down the best Android phone that I have ever used. And I've used a TON (Droid X, Droid 3, Droid Incredible 2, Bionic, Razr, Nexus, and now SGS3). It is fast. The camera takes beautiful pictures. It doesn't freeze or lock up on me. And it typically lasts me from 8 am until bedtime around 10:30-11:00 pm. I have killed it some days, but that's usually from a lot of internet use. I'm talking screen on for 2-3 hours at night playing on the phone. I don't really fault the phone for that. I killed my 4S many nights doing the same thing. It does not feel cheap to me. Is it the quality feel that Apple provides? No. But I definitely wouldn't call it cheap. With the exception of a very few apps, I can find everything I used on iOS, and they are typically less expensive. The other thing that I love about Android is that you can share pretty much anything with any app. If you take a picture and want to immediately share it via text, Facebook, twitter, DropBox, etc., you can do it right from the picture. This is very nice and something I wish iOS would further implement.
Even though I absolutely love it, I'm still strongly debating on going back to iOS with the new iPhone. Here's why:
Sure the customization is very nice, but sometimes it's too nice. I constantly mess with my phone. Changing a screen here, a lockscreen there. It almost becomes an itch I can't scratch. I'm constantly trying to make it just right. While this is cool, it's also a pain. As others have stated, it is still slightly glitchy. Screen flickers, etc. While it is blazingly fast, I can't stand the little glitches. I'm so anal about things like that. You have none of that in iOS. The last two main things that are leading me back to iOS are productivity and my self-professed OCD. I felt that I was much more productive on iOS. I got more done, and I got it done quicker. Responding to texts and emails straight from the notification center just seemed to work right. And work quicker. The unified inbox just helped me manage my two email accounts better. And about my OCD...I want everything to look the same. Notifications for every app are different. Nothing looks the same. Some allow it to vibrate and ring, others don't. The icons look different. I just really liked the notification center in iOS. It was much more user friendly. And all the app icons were the same. Same size, shape, etc. Makes for a much cleaner look.
I understand why people love both. And Android still holds a place in my heart. I really do like it. But for an every day device like a phone, I think iOS is the way to go for me. Now my tablet, that's a different story.
Let me know if you have any questions about my ramblings.
- 09-05-2012, 12:49 PM #68
Like I said, hit me up if you have any more detailed questions. I'll do what I can to toss out my opinion.
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- 09-06-2012, 12:40 AM #71
Do like I did! I got the iPad 3! So I could use my old apps and stuff. Got a gs3 and galaxy note. When the Nokia windows phone 8 comes out I'll be all over that. I will probably never buy another iPhone again. Ugh 3 years was enough of my life 2007 to 2010 rip iPhone!
- 09-06-2012, 04:03 AM #72
- 09-06-2012, 06:59 AM #73iPhone Nanite
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I have been using Android on and off, I had and SII for a while as it was cheap. However, I went back to an iP4. Samsungs Touchwiz on top of Android is just not as elegant as iOS and a lot of the stock Android apps are poorly designed in comparison to iOS.
Altough you can get all the standard stuff, to top it all I hald of the Apps I use cannot be found on the play store - drawing/design, networking, iMovie, Keynote, games, etc, etc. Even Real Racing 2 had been pulled from the Play Store because it doesn't work on ICS. If this had been iOS developers seem to fix issues much faster.
As a side note a lot of the 'same' apps look poorer, probably because of Apple's v Google's ApI's and also the myriad of Android screen sizes and resolutions. For example I use weather pro and it looks much poorer than on the iphone.
Having said that, as a phone they are too big ut I am looking at an S3 or a Note 2 as a cheap second mini tablet for putting in my bag, and also for tethering my ipad and macbook to - you can get some really good monthly data plans very cheaply now. My biggest issue is that I dont like, Amoled sceens so it depends of I can live with that, even for occassional use.
But my main phone will be an iphone, which coupled with an ipad and Mac form a very productive ecosystem.
- 09-06-2012, 08:26 AM #74
As another ship jumper I can also vouch on the Android vs iPhone debate. I was a big Android user from 2009 to 2012 and have used all the big brands: HTC, Motorola, Samsung. The Samsung GS2 was the last phone that I used that was Android. With the GS2 I found that I was constantly rooting it with new ROMS and tweaks to make it better. But it wasn't better, as others have said it, the apps were constantly updated while some word work on one device and not the other.
I have had my 4s for about a month now and haven't looked back, sure the screen is not as big as the other brands but the retina display is so much clearer and with my eyesight (even though im 31) getting worse I can see 100% better on the 4s display.
- 09-06-2012, 08:27 AM #75
I find it interesting that people are saying that they are using the iPhone for productivity purposes and Android devices for fun. I do use my iPhone 4S for productivity and it performs better than any device that I have ever owned. But I also use it for entertainment and I would have to say the same is true in this department as well. I listen to music, watch videos, play games, etc. more now with my iPhone than I do with any other device I have ever owned. To me, it is the best all-around phone you can buy.
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