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post #16 of 53
I have had one for nearly a month now. This is a really really good phone. I had a GS2 before and really like it, didn't exactly see the benefit of upgrading. But with the Galaxy S3, everything that was slightly sub-par or annoying got replaced by very pleasant and powerful.

The screen is really really good whatever people say, it is I think as good as the One X. When it comes to the camera, it doesn't have the same camera as the iPhone 4S, but a tweaked version of the same sensor, the pictures and videos are really impressive in low lights, more than on the iPhone 4S (although when the iPhone 5 comes it will probably more than catch up). Compared to the One X that I was able to test quickly, it seems that although the One X' lens opens slightly more (f2), the pictures don't seem as good to me.

Overall probably the best phone I ever had. The only downside in my opinion is the design, it's not ugly but it doesn't look that good either.
post #17 of 53
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I have had one for nearly a month now. This is a really really good phone. I had a GS2 before and really like it, didn't exactly see the benefit of upgrading. But with the Galaxy S3, everything that was slightly sub-par or annoying got replaced by very pleasant and powerful.
The screen is really really good whatever people say, it is I think as good as the One X. When it comes to the camera, it doesn't have the same camera as the iPhone 4S, but a tweaked version of the same sensor, the pictures and videos are really impressive in low lights, more than on the iPhone 4S (although when the iPhone 5 comes it will probably more than catch up). Compared to the One X that I was able to test quickly, it seems that although the One X' lens opens slightly more (f2), the pictures don't seem as good to me.
Overall probably the best phone I ever had. The only downside in my opinion is the design, it's not ugly but it doesn't look that good either.

I'm thinking of the S3 as my next phone. To replace my two year old Galaxy S with CyanogenMod7 Gingerbread 2.3, Which has been doing stirling service and I'm still happy with it. The S3 is available at a reasonable price here, unlocked and without contract (unlike the iPhone).

I've heard some criticisms about it being too lightweight, but that to me is a good thing for a phone, don't want a heavy phone in my pocket. I would also keep it in a rubber case as well, just like my current Galaxy, keeps it in good condition and protects from impact damage.

Only thing with buying Android phones in China, is that they don't have anything Google on them.
post #18 of 53
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Originally Posted by JuyLe View Post

I have had one for nearly a month now. This is a really really good phone. I had a GS2 before and really like it, didn't exactly see the benefit of upgrading. But with the Galaxy S3, everything that was slightly sub-par or annoying got replaced by very pleasant and powerful.
The screen is really really good whatever people say, it is I think as good as the One X. When it comes to the camera, it doesn't have the same camera as the iPhone 4S, but a tweaked version of the same sensor, the pictures and videos are really impressive in low lights, more than on the iPhone 4S (although when the iPhone 5 comes it will probably more than catch up). Compared to the One X that I was able to test quickly, it seems that although the One X' lens opens slightly more (f2), the pictures don't seem as good to me.
Overall probably the best phone I ever had. The only downside in my opinion is the design, it's not ugly but it doesn't look that good either.

If you dig your SIII screen, cool, but honestly I think Amoled is garbage compared to an IPS panel. Grey whites, poor brigthness, artificial colors, the SIII's white has a bluish tint. I would never use an Amoled smartphone. The One X screen blows it away but the One X is garbage too because it can't multitask properly.

I highly recommend people in North America hold out for the next iPhone or an LG offering this fall.
post #19 of 53
^ I am satisfied with it. It's not the best screen ever but it is already really good. LG phones have all kind of problems and have never reached Samsung or Apple's standard. And I personally prefer Android over iOS so I don't consider an iPhone an alternative.
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The S3 is available at a reasonable price here, unlocked and without contract (unlike the iPhone).
If you don't mind rooting there is an app that unlocks it anyway. I got mine for 170€ with a 25€/month contract.
post #20 of 53
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^ I am satisfied with it. It's not the best screen ever but it is already really good. LG phones have all kind of problems and have never reached Samsung or Apple's standard. And I personally prefer Android over iOS so I don't consider an iPhone an alternative.
If you don't mind rooting there is an app that unlocks it anyway. I got mine for 170€ with a 25€/month contract.

I think LG is bringing some legit contenders to the game this fall in the States. The 4X HD looks pretty good and the Optimus LTE2 should be great.
post #21 of 53
LG has one of the shittier Android skins...
post #22 of 53
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LG has one of the shittier Android skins...

Could not disagree more. Optimus is closer to stock ICS compared to Sense and TouchWiz.
post #23 of 53
I guess. Personally, I hate all these skins. They were fine back when Android first hit the market as they actually improved the experience. Now are largely pointless and act as a roadblock to handsets getting timely updates to the latest versions of Android.
post #24 of 53
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Stock ICS on all these different devices would be a million times better.

Optimus really is the most minimal Android skin on the market.
post #25 of 53
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Stock ICS on all these different devices would be a million times better.

Optimus really is the most minimal Android skin on the market.

The guys from The Verge had it right on the last podcast. Google should force the handset makers to provide an option of running stock Android if the user desires. Allow for the skins, but it's up to the buyer what it will run.
post #26 of 53
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The guys from The Verge had it right on the last podcast. Google should force the handset makers to provide an option of running stock Android if the user desires. Allow for the skins, but it's up to the buyer what it will run.

Perfect solution. Will that really ever happen though? Who knows.
post #27 of 53
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Perfect solution. Will that really ever happen though? Who knows.

It would be a difficult move for Google to make. Would not only piss off the handset makers, but the carriers too. They love these skins as it's a way to make their own devices stand out as unique and allows for a level of control over the user.
post #28 of 53
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I think LG is bringing some legit contenders to the game this fall in the States. The 4X HD looks pretty good and the Optimus LTE2 should be great.
Funny they just released a review of the latest LG phone on Engadget today, it doesn't look so bad but according to the review, not exactly as good as either the One X or the GSIII. Still seems a LOT better than all of their previous ones, which for some didn't even get upgraded to ICS.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/09/lg-optimus-4x-hd-review-runner-up-to-the-quad-core-throne/

+1 on stock Android look. I have always changed ROM and stuff on my phones so it's usually what I get eventually but for those who don't, it's not so good. Something has to be done and should have been done already.
post #29 of 53
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Funny they just released a review of the latest LG phone on Engadget today, it doesn't look so bad but according to the review, not exactly as good as either the One X or the GSIII. Still seems a LOT better than all of their previous ones, which for some didn't even get upgraded to ICS.
http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/09/lg-optimus-4x-hd-review-runner-up-to-the-quad-core-throne/
+1 on stock Android look. I have always changed ROM and stuff on my phones so it's usually what I get eventually but for those who don't, it's not so good. Something has to be done and should have been done already.

I think the 4X HD is without question better than the One X or SIII. The North American variant of the One X has serious issues with multitasking and like I said before I would never use the SIII because it has an Amoled display. The 4X HD has ICS, an IPS panel, and appears to be the best fit in your hand when comparing the three devices.

The problem is that currently the 4X is currently unavailable in the States and is not LTE compatible. I'm more interested in the Optimus LTE2. Essentially the 4X but with a physical home button and LTE compatible of course. Rumored to be coming to the States in Q3.

Edit: Expansys USA has it listed now.
post #30 of 53
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^ I am satisfied with it. It's not the best screen ever but it is already really good. LG phones have all kind of problems and have never reached Samsung or Apple's standard. And I personally prefer Android over iOS so I don't consider an iPhone an alternative.
If you don't mind rooting there is an app that unlocks it anyway. I got mine for 170€ with a 25€/month contract.

The price of a 16GB 4S where I am is 5400RMB CNY (about €690 EUR), locked and with a mandatory two year China Unicom contract. I can get unlocked grey imported ones, but I don't think Apple honours the warranty on them.

If I jailbreak or root an iPhone wouldn't I run into problems with doing iOS upgrades and it becoming locked again?

BTW my Galaxy which I bought in the UK, is rooted and the Android upgrades for that have come from CyanogenMod and not Samsung...no Touchwiz here.. haha. No doubt CM will be doing the S3 as well.

I'm also looking at the LG Optimus 4X as well, that should be readily available here as well, again unlocked and without contract.
Edited by MikeDT - 7/9/12 at 9:30pm
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