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    Default Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    I have a Verizon Samsung Galaxy SIII and I am starting to take a lot of interest in the iPhone 5. Mostly because the Galaxy SIII lags a lot on the homescreen and in games and for iPhones it seems like there's never any lag and all apps work perfectly on it where on Android, apps feel like they're cheaply ported over or don't perform as well as they would on an iPhone. I thought the 2GB of RAM on the Galaxy SIII would make it much better than the iPhone 5 so that's why I got it, but even with 500-600mb free the device is still kind of slow. I have to root it and use custom firmware to get rid of most of lag, but even then it's still not great. Has anyone here used the Galaxy SIII and an iPhone 5? I am planning on switching to iOS but I don't want to regret losing the customization Android has. I think that's the only thing I can find about Android that's better than the iPhone 5. Also are there any differences in the hardware and software of the iPhone 5s across different carriers or are they all the same? And how is the performance? Does it ever lag anywhere or in games? I feel like even on the high-end Android devices they aren't great, unless it's just the Galaxy SIII that isn't amazing. The Galaxy SIII just feels kind of sluggish at times while the iPhone looks smooth and professional. The iPhone 5 also physically looks much better and also has a much better looking screen, and can be used with one hand much more easily. Would I be better off with an iPhone?
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Move thread to "Other OS's & Devices"...
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    My friends GSIII didn't really seem laggy at all to me...and he had a lot of crap going on on the home screen. You may have an issue with your phone, and i would definitely bring it back for a replacement to see if the performance improves with a new one. The GSIII is a fine phone (or was anyways), I'm not sure how Samsung's phones perform after the release of new models since I've never owned one...
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Nothing compares to seeing it for yourself. I would go to the Verizon store and spend some time with the iphone and compare it with your GS3. I'm with Sean I have not seen the lagging you are seeing, but I have a different model. I have a Note 2 on Tmobile. (Plus I have a BB Z10 on Verizon) My Note 2 is smooth as silk. Are you on the latest Jellybean OS?
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    I would say maybe issue with phone, my wife has the gs3 on Verizon and hers runs great and I would have to mess with it. :-)
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Didn't have a GS3, but did (well, still do but it's mostly retired) have a GS2, so I'm going to call it close enough....

    On to your questions:

    - While newer versions of Android are much smoother than before (4.1 and up via Project Butter) it still experiences bits of lag here and there, especially when compared to iOS. Sadly, I had to root it and install Cyanogen Mod 10.1 to experience the latest version of Android as Samsung and AT&T were TERRIBLE at updating the phone.

    - if your current phone is kinda laggy, start looking at what widgets you have running. Some of them are known to cause slowness issues. To be thorough, I would remove ALL widgets, then slowly add them in to see if one (or several) is the culprit. Beautiful Widgets is known to cause lag and stability issues, that I know specifically. I'm sure there are others. Also, check for apps that are background syncing way more than they need to, they can also be a culprit (Google Currents is known for this. If you have it, my advise is to uninstall it entirely). A factory reset also seems to fix a lot of lag issues (if you're on the stock software. If you're on a custom ROM...then get one that doesn't lag as much).

    - You will lose customization options in an iPhone compared to an Android phone. The question that you (and any user) will have to ask yourself is whether or not those customization options are worth the trade off of going to an iOS device with a rock solid OS. For myself, when I went to Android, I was wowed by the variety of widgets and quick toggles available for the phone. I also thought live wallpapers were amazing, and felt sorry for iOS users who were stuck with a static background. As time went on, though, those features became less and less important to me compared to having a phone without stability and battery issues, and a more robust app library (though Android's app library is still pretty good, device compatibility issues aside). Having a phone that worked reliably became more important than being able to tinker with it. For me, the trade off was worth it. If you just gotta have those customization options, then jailbreaking is always an option on the iPhone.

    - iPhones on all carriers have the exact same hardware and software (exception being the antenna required for each carriers' network). Carriers do not load their bloatware on iPhones like they do on Android phones. Every carrier iPhone has only the stock Apple apps out of the box, free of carrier taint.

    - I can count on two fingers the number of times I've gotten lag on any of my iOS devices. Fix was to go into the task manager and just close out apps (rarely need to). Of course, if you try to run a high performance game like Real Racing 3 on an iPhone 4, it's going to lag :P.

    - In my personal experience with both phones, the iPhone 5 was much easier to use with one hand than my GS2. The extra width of the GS2 feels unwieldy in my hand, whereas the iPhone feels just right, and I'm less concerned I'm going to lose my grip. Your experience may vary.

    - I echo the previous recommendation to go to a store and play with both to see which one you like more.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    I have used one for about a week or so.. Didn't like the size of it and the display was well. If it was bright out... I could not see anything...

    But Android OS is getting better, I will give them that
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    My sister had one and she hated it. She said it was just too big to be considered a phone. It worked wonderfully without lags or hiccups and did everything it was supposed to do, but it just wasn't her. She sold it and got an iPhone5.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    I absolutely loved my GS3. Notice the past tense. It was a beautiful phone. A little large, but had such a beautiful screen that people would stop me in public and ask what phone it was. I loved the customization and the widgets and my phone looked different every week. But, being as I'm a gadget geek, I purchased an iPhone 5. Well, I've never gone back. I gave the GS3 to my sister. I'm a little jealous of her screen clarity, but would never give up my iPhone. To put the positives in a simple statement...... It works with itself and plays well with others.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Thanks for the replies I didn't know anyone replied lol thought I would have gotten an account notification. Yes I am on the latest Jellybean 4.1.2. It's kind of odd cause I don't get lag in Real Racing 3 (I think I don't, I haven't played it in a couple months so I can't remember well) which seems like a high resource game, but I get some lag in Subway Surfers and tons of lag in Mad Skills Motocross. However for Mad Skills Motocross I think it's an issue with the app development. I think it's far from being optimized for Android. Still though that makes me think iOS is better cause their apps are all optimized and run smoothly. I do use a lot of widgets, including Beautiful Widgets, I am going to remove all of them and see if performance increases, thank you. And I have read other places where people say to return the phone if there is lag cause there could be something wrong with it, and maybe I will. I've noticed people with the International version don't have any lag issues, could that be because it runs a quad-core processor and the Verizon SIII runs a dual-core? I used to be rooted but I locked my bootloader, reset my flash counter, wiped data/cache/dalvik cache/and /system, flashed the 4.1.1 factory image, used the official OTA update to 4.1.2, wiped data and cache, and then did a factory reset in the phone's settings. Is the warranty now valid and I can return it for a new one if I have to?

    Edit: I have removed all widgets and performance is much better lag in games is not completely gone but it is noticeably better. Hopefully the 4.2 Jellybean update that's coming soon will fix some lag.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    I have an iPhone 5 and a GS3 in the household. I have played with both side by side. There is definite lag/stutter in the GS3 and I am not the only one to notice that. Read up on AC and you will find people complaining about it.

    When I scroll up and down with the chrome browser on the GS3 not only do I notice the lag, I also notice the ghosting in the text. Very odd behavior.

    One thing that I tried that improved things a bit was to go into settings and change animation from 1 to 0.5. That helped a bit.

    BTW the GS3 is not the only one to have lag, the new GS4 has it as well. I suspect it is the TouchWiz overlay that causes that. TW adds so much crap to Android that it slows down the phone. On a 16 gig GS4, 6.85 gigs are taken up by the OS. That is a problem IMO.

    Though I have not tried it, you might want to remove all the crap that Samsung/Verizon adds to the OS and use some clean rom that uses a minimalist Jelly Bean.

    If you switch to iOS, I highly recommend finding a phone that is still on the 6.1.2 of the firmware so you can jailbreak your phone. I am firm believer that iPhones are meant to be jailbroken. This adds so much usability and flexibility to the phone. If you tweak the phone wisely, you will even keep the stability and reliability of your phone. My iPhone 5 has only crashed once since I jailbroken it, by contrast my iPhone 4 crashed a lot because I added so many tweaks that did not work with each other.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Quote Originally Posted by nj1266 View Post
    I have an iPhone 5 and a GS3 in the household. I have played with both side by side. There is definite lag/stutter in the GS3 and I am not the only one to notice that. Read up on AC and you will find people complaining about it.

    When I scroll up and down with the chrome browser on the GS3 not only do I notice the lag, I also notice the ghosting in the text. Very odd behavior.

    One thing that I tried that improved things a bit was to go into settings and change animation from 1 to 0.5. That helped a bit.

    BTW the GS3 is not the only one to have lag, the new GS4 has it as well. I suspect it is the TouchWiz overlay that causes that. TW adds so much crap to Android that it slows down the phone. On a 16 gig GS4, 6.85 gigs are taken up by the OS. That is a problem IMO.

    Though I have not tried it, you might want to remove all the crap that Samsung/Verizon adds to the OS and use some clean rom that uses a minimalist Jelly Bean.
    I don't get scrolling lag, just mostly lag in the launcher (from widgets) and lag in games and then I'll find random lag in various places out of nowhere sometimes. Wow I thought the GS4 wouldn't. Yeah it's definitely not a hardware issue. 2GB of ram with a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor should not have a trace of lag in the launcher... I'm also interested in the HTC One. I wonder if that phone gets similar lag. If it does the iPhone 5 would definitely be the best choice
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Quote Originally Posted by joshua5683 View Post
    I'm also interested in the HTC One. I wonder if that phone gets similar lag.
    No, the Galaxy S4's lag comes not from Android but from TouchWiz (an overlay to Android that Samsung adds). The HTC One has near zero lag and the Nexus 4 has zero lag.
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    Default Re: Has anyone here used a Samsung Galaxy SIII?

    Well I have bought myself an iPhone 5 and loved it since I picked it up.. And I have no regrets but I think the galaxy 3 is nice to but after playing around with my brothers one it does seem a lil laggy and it's not as smooth as the iPhone.. Even tho the screen is bigger and stuff I feel that the iPhone 5 is so much more clear.. Even tho u can customize alot with the galaxy I feel that the simplicity of the iPhone is good enough for me

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