- 07-30-2012, 10:06 PM #1
...and my Windows Phone on my hip. (Lumia 900) The GSIII is on Verizon. My Lumia 900 of course is on AT&T. The skinny on this is, my son runs a tech blog and gets a bunch of smart phone evals in to review. Ergo, I get to check em out. :) So for 2 weeks I had the Galaxy S III in my pocket.
Guess which one got hardly any use at all?
If you guessed my Lumia 900 got hardly any use you'd be wrong at the top of your lungs. I found I didn't even care about the Galaxy s III. Even I was surprised. It looks nice and has apps that my Lumia doesn't yet have. But, there isn't much about android I find appealing anymore. Its not engaging like my Windows Phone is.
- 07-31-2012, 02:07 AM #3
I'm sure Samsung will come out with something comparable. It isn't using that the OP found the Lumia to be a better phone. Android is awesome, but it doesn't offer much that other OSes don't.
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- 07-31-2012, 02:58 AM #4
I've had the Galaxy S3 for two weeks, also. :D They're both great devices, and we all have our preferences. I'll still drop a SIM card in my Focus on ocassion. I'll definitely own a WP8 device, but right now, the S3 is a pretty cool phone.
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- 07-31-2012, 08:40 AM #6
my buddy just got the GS3.... and honestly, aside from the screen size being perfect :P lol... MEH!
2 things i do like about the GS3 doh.
1: the if your looking at your phone it wont go to standby.. ( cool feature)
2: if your doing something and you wana send a txt ( like watching a vid) you can shrink the size of the VIDEO and leave a part of the screen for your text page. sorta like having multi windows open on a PC..
very nice. aside from that.. its an Android.. soo.. no thanks :happy:
07-31-2012, 09:22 AM #7
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I find that Android is really fun to play with and you can burn a ton of time with it.
But if you just want your information and to get things done quickly Windows Phone is the best.
iPhone is somewhere in the middle, closer to the Android side of things.
- 07-31-2012, 09:29 AM #8
I dunno - I think if I had an SIII, I'd just swap SIM cards between it and my Titan II.
I'm really intrigued by the SIII, I've used it a little at an AT&T store and it really is a nice device, and from what I've read about Android 4.0 and up, its gotten a lot smoother and less prone to crashing.
I *might* go back to Android when my upgrade is available in November. I do have a lot invested in their ecosystem already.
- 07-31-2012, 01:18 PM #10
The Galaxy S3 is so pretty. Is my absolute dream phone, I think it looks ugly in photos but in person? My oh my. And is so light!! and the pictures look amazing.
Sadly I can't stand the UI so I was really mad when Samsung decided to lame it up for the W8 release. I'm so mad >=(
- 07-31-2012, 01:56 PM #11
07-31-2012, 02:00 PM #12
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I have the galaxy s3. I love the phone, its fast and problem free. I will be buying a wp8 phone as long as they have screens close to the size of mine. The s3 just doesn't give you the feeling using a Windows phone does. Windows phone feels alive and personal. I will miss some apps but I'm keeping my s3 anyway.
- 08-01-2012, 01:55 AM #17
You can take photos with voice commands, like "shoot". Palm swipe on the screen to do a screen capture. Lifting the phone to your ear while viewing a contact's details, message or call log will initiate a phone call to that contact. The alarm clock will play your selected alarm sound for a few seconds, then will "say" the current time, current weather and the day's forecast, any appointments you have that day, and the top news headline. Of course, any of these and other features can be disabled.
I also like that with the GS3's stock launcher, the app drawer can be configured as an alphabetical list with letter "hot keys", similar to WP7. You really appreciate how intuitive this is compared to searching for an app through pages of the traditional Android/iPhone app icon grids.
- 08-01-2012, 10:27 AM #18
HTC isn't really known for high quality these days, BTW, that was the whole point of the One Series, and they took a bunch of shortcuts with that device (some of which you mentioned) to achieve that :-P
The lack of an SD slot is a deal breaker in the US for many people given it's only available as a 16GB variant. It also has half the RAM of the S3, which has a 64GB SDXHC slot in it. The screen is better for some people, but for multi-media I prefer the GS3 screen's punchier colors (color temerature is configurable in TW Nature UX, BTW). The AMOLED screen is more battery efficient than the LCD, and the GS3 has a factorably larger battery than the One X - and it's removeable.
TouchWiz has more value in it's bloat than Sense does, which is a complete turn-around from, say, two years ago.
The S3 is easily the superior phone, especially since even between the cameras there isn't so much to choose between the two. The biggest difference are more in the software, IMO, which is superior on HTC phones (like Half Speed 720p), but Samsung is no longer far behind even in that area. Samsung's phone produces much better video than the HTC, especially when you factor in the sound quality in the video. Another thing I like about Samsung is that often their camera firmware is updateable independently of their smartphone software FW (and not subject to carrier approval). My Vibrant got like 3 camera FW updates when I owned it. Not sure if the GS2 or 3 is set up similarly...
HTC has always had white balance issues in their cameras, I dunno what the issue is but they keep making this mistake. But even the One X has the Yellow Tint issue phones like the Vivid and Amaze 4G (and Rezound) exhibit (mostly in lower light conditions - i.e. not outside on a sunny day where they took amazing images). It's as if they put a Yellow Backlight in their Camera Sensor so when the backlight is ramped up in lower lighting it tints the entire image yellow (which, admittedly, is better than the Pink/Purple/Fuschia they were known for in the past). They also continue to treat video (especially the sound in the video) like second class citizens
You get better 1080p Video+Sound out of a Galaxy S2 (nevermind a GS3) than out of a One Series device. At least it's better than the Vivid/Amaze4G/Rezound, though, which was so bad you pretty much had no choice but to turn sound recording off (and they only recorded in Mono).
Screen Cap from a video taken with HTC One X in lower light indoor conditions (an Ice Rink):
That's just not acceptable white balance in the camcorder. The Ice is White. Use that as your frame of reference.
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