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  1. DBZo07's Avatar
    This thread tempts me towards note3.

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    01-26-2014 12:31 PM
  2. worldspy99's Avatar
    Unless you want to download and/install any apps. Android requires a Google Play account. Not unlike any other. Microsoft and Apple are all the same when it comes to this aspect. Folks are just becoming more and more leery of Google's intrusive practices.
    Read a few posts back, FinancialP wants to use either a forked store and /or download APKs from the web. It's doable but not convenient.
    01-26-2014 09:51 PM
  3. broar94's Avatar
    You'll need to sign in with your google account if you need access to google play app updates and information from apps. But it is possible to use android without ever signing in google services. Just don't use them and if you are still paranoid about google services, then you could root the phone, install no-frills rom, don't install gaps , install greenify, install paranoid ( to ensure nothing is sent to google ) . You'd be deprived of google updates, and will likely enjoy better performance from the phone because of lack of g running services :) except the core services.
    01-26-2014 11:37 PM
  4. worldspy99's Avatar
    You'll need to sign in with your google account if you need access to google play app updates and information from apps. But it is possible to use android without ever signing in google services. Just don't use them and if you are still paranoid about google services, then you could root the phone, install no-frills rom, don't install gaps , install greenify, install paranoid ( to ensure nothing is sent to google ) . You'd be deprived of google updates, and will likely enjoy better performance from the phone because of lack of g running services :) except the core services.
    Isn't that a bit too much work to get your phone working the way you want to...I guess you would have to love the basic Android experience that much to go through that effort....
    01-27-2014 12:32 PM
  5. tgp's Avatar
    Isn't that a bit too much work to get your phone working the way you want to...I guess you would have to love the basic Android experience that much to go through that effort....
    I agree, I think it's over the top. But I think he was pointing out that it's possible if that's what someone really wants to do.

    For me, I've already gone all in to Android, WP, and iPhone. I don't feel that whatever compromise to privacy takes place is worth what I'd miss by trying to block everything possible. I'm not worried about what Google, Microsoft, or Apple are doing with my data. That may change in the future, but for now I'm not concerned. Our privacy was gone a long time ago anyway. Even feature phones track your location at all times, and I'm pretty sure your calls & texts can be reviewed on demand. There's no way around that.
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    01-27-2014 12:54 PM
  6. worldspy99's Avatar
    I agree, I think it's over the top. But I think he was pointing out that it's possible if that's what someone really wants to do.

    For me, I've already gone all in to Android, WP, and iPhone. I don't feel that whatever compromise to privacy takes place is worth what I'd miss by trying to block everything possible. I'm not worried about what Google, Microsoft, or Apple are doing with my data. That may change in the future, but for now I'm not concerned. Our privacy was gone a long time ago anyway. Even feature phones track your location at all times, and I'm pretty sure your calls & texts can be reviewed on demand. There's no way around that.
    Thanks for posting THIS!
    01-27-2014 07:09 PM
  7. jgraves1107's Avatar
    After have my 928 less than a month I am tempted to get the note 3. Just because Microsoft seems to not care about WP. They update everything for IOS and android and give us crap. Makes no sense.
    01-29-2014 05:30 PM
  8. undulose's Avatar
    Hi guys

    I currently have a HTC 8x but very tempted by the Note 3. I like the size, stylus and app selection.

    My question is: If I were to switch to Android, how much would I have to use Google services? I don't like Google+ or any of their services, the only thing I use of Google's is YouTube. I would want to keep using Outlook, SkyDrive, Office Apps, Bing etc.

    Thanks for any replies.


    You'll also be asked to make a Gmail account when setting up the phone.





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    01-29-2014 06:12 PM
  9. worldspy99's Avatar
    After have my 928 less than a month I am tempted to get the note 3. Just because Microsoft seems to not care about WP. They update everything for IOS and android and give us crap. Makes no sense.
    Just like the best Google phone is the.....iPhone:-)
    01-30-2014 02:55 AM
  10. broar94's Avatar
    After have my 928 less than a month I am tempted to get the note 3. Just because Microsoft seems to not care about WP. They update everything for IOS and android and give us crap. Makes no sense.
    You could wait for 8.1 .. Otherwise go for Note-3 . Android beats WP anyday in functionality :-)
    01-30-2014 06:14 AM
  11. worldspy99's Avatar
    You could wait for 8.1 .. Otherwise go for Note-3 . Android beats WP anyday in functionality :-)
    Depends on what your needs are, for me a WP device works better over my Nexus 4. I do have some gripes which I have documented quite well in the forums elsewhere.
    01-30-2014 11:30 AM
  12. ortizang's Avatar
    Tempted by the Lumia 1520
    01-30-2014 11:39 AM
  13. husslord's Avatar
    First off I had the note 3. Its ok, note 2 was imo my favorite android device! It could take a beating but like all android phones, no I don't flash or use custom roms, after awhile it started to slow down...to the point it just got annoying!! The s-pen is a great option, especially if you are in the business field, but in the end its a gimmick I rarely used it, even in grad school, easier to type. The duel screen option I thought was pointless too and never used it but fun to show off to your friends, same with the s-pen, again after a week I rarely used any of Samsung's added features.
    As for the Note 3 I was excited, I had the HTC ONE, Nokia 1020 and was hoping Samsung improved on touchwiz and the plastic back of the galaxy line.....wasn't a huge issue but that fake leather did look nice! The screen looked great for being amoled (spelling sorry) not a fan of that screen style anyways and thought finally this will be my phone for at least a year to 16 months! Well nope! Super cheap! They made it larger which I was fine with, but it was too boxy, yes the 1520 is boxy but thinner and some reason easier to hold. The screen is nice! The s-pen is a pain to take out and Samsung loaded way too much of their own bloatware and gimmicky crap on the phone. I tried to like it, but it felt like a huge step back from the note 2. It ran well but it was nothing special.....the cheap plastic or metal on the sides also made the phone look cheap! I was very disappointed. I returned it, waited and finally got the 32gb 1520....again another huge risk! No phone is perfect but so far this is leaps and bounds better! Especially if you are running a windows 8 computer....worse case try out the note but remember with android, sorta like a car, the day you buy it, its out dated, updates are horrible on android and yes even at times WP, but least they fix bugs and what not. This is just my experience with android....if you can get your hands on a note 3 that can be rooted that's a different story but again your taking a risk....i just want a phone that works out of the box.....sorry for the essay and oh the camera sucks on the note3 unless they updated it.
    01-30-2014 12:01 PM
  14. lovenokia's Avatar
    First off I had the note 3. Its ok, note 2 was imo my favorite android device! It could take a beating but like all android phones, no I don't flash or use custom roms, after awhile it started to slow down...to the point it just got annoying!! The s-pen is a great option, especially if you are in the business field, but in the end its a gimmick I rarely used it, even in grad school, easier to type. The duel screen option I thought was pointless too and never used it but fun to show off to your friends, same with the s-pen, again after a week I rarely used any of Samsung's added features.
    As for the Note 3 I was excited, I had the HTC ONE, Nokia 1020 and was hoping Samsung improved on touchwiz and the plastic back of the galaxy line.....wasn't a huge issue but that fake leather did look nice! The screen looked great for being amoled (spelling sorry) not a fan of that screen style anyways and thought finally this will be my phone for at least a year to 16 months! Well nope! Super cheap! They made it larger which I was fine with, but it was too boxy, yes the 1520 is boxy but thinner and some reason easier to hold. The screen is nice! The s-pen is a pain to take out and Samsung loaded way too much of their own bloatware and gimmicky crap on the phone. I tried to like it, but it felt like a huge step back from the note 2. It ran well but it was nothing special.....the cheap plastic or metal on the sides also made the phone look cheap! I was very disappointed. I returned it, waited and finally got the 32gb 1520....again another huge risk! No phone is perfect but so far this is leaps and bounds better! Especially if you are running a windows 8 computer....worse case try out the note but remember with android, sorta like a car, the day you buy it, its out dated, updates are horrible on android and yes even at times WP, but least they fix bugs and what not. This is just my experience with android....if you can get your hands on a note 3 that can be rooted that's a different story but again your taking a risk....i just want a phone that works out of the box.....sorry for the essay and oh the camera sucks on the note3 unless they updated it.

    I believe the note 3 has a good camera in daytime but not nearly as good at night.



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    01-30-2014 09:07 PM
  15. husslord's Avatar
    Agree! As for video recording....no its pretty bad imo
    01-31-2014 06:46 PM
  16. jgraves1107's Avatar
    Well I just fell back to the dark side. My 928 touch display failed again. Instagram beta update caused it. I will keep my 928 and hope the dev preview for wp8.1 comes out soon. Figure I will put it on my spare line and use a note 3 for my primary. Can't have a call come in from china and not be able to answer it because the touch panel quits. I am gonna start learning how to develop for wp and enjoy the camera on it. I hate that Nokia can't get the touch display integrated into WP. Instead found out that it is an app outside of the O.S. Any error and it stops working. It's not freezing like everyone thinks it is.
    02-03-2014 10:30 AM
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