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Samsung Galaxy SIII

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by blairh, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Well-Known Member

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    LG has one of the shittier Android skins...
     
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    Could not disagree more. Optimus is closer to stock ICS compared to Sense and TouchWiz.
     
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    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.
     
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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.
     
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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.
     
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    Perfect solution. Will that really ever happen though? Who knows.
     
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    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.
     
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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.
     
  9. blairh

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    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.
     
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  10. MikeDT

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    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.
     
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  11. sportin_life

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    Just got my Galaxy S3 in the mail yesterday (Verizon). It looks kind of crappy and has a cheap plastic feel. Early reviews are also mixed w/ a lot of complaints on random battery drain, overheating, and not-so-great camera (the HTC and i4s supposingly beat it).

    Anyone else have experience? Mine's still in the box. Debating if I should return and wait for i5.
     
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    I was just giving information to someone who responded to me about iPhone pricing in the EU. He might not have read my other comments and strong opinions about luxury product pricing here.

    We're not all Apple fanboys here. :)
     
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    Lulz @ the irony.
     
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    Started using my phone, really like it. Also bought a metallic replacement case online, which makes the phone a lot more substantial. Forgot why I had pre-ordered it on purpose (and the reason I couldn't wait for iphone 5) --- to lock in the current Verizon data plans rather than being forced into their limited data plans.
     
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    Having suffered through 2 years with my Epic 4G, I probably won't be buying another Samsung phone anytime soon. Samsung support is shit.

    Why do Android manufacturers insist on going with larger and larger screens? Battery life is terrible on all of these phones. I wish someone would make a 4" model with stock Android that's not an ugly piece of plastic.
     
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    +1. I would buy that kind of phone in a heartbeat. They can even clutter it up with bloatware and skins. That's what Cyanogenmod is for.
     
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    I have the S3, battery life seems decent (I only charge it overnight and I use email/text all day, don't make many calls on it). Previously I had the Droid X and had an extended battery that would last up to 2 days. I figure I'll find an extended battery for this after a couple months too.

    I agree that the casing sucks. I ended up getting an aftermarket aluminum casing for it, which actually looks great.

    What was so bad with the Epic 4G?
     
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    Oh, lots of things. Mainly the fact that Samsung is 6+ months late on all OS updates, that the batter doesn't last half a day, that the 3G and 4G radios seem to constantly disconnect (and randomly not turn back on), and that it freezes all the time. Also I have to go in every couple of days and turn off/on background data, or it stops syncing with gmail and whatnot.
     
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    This I like. Remove the Samsungness and make it yours. Certainly extended the life of my Galaxy S, will probably get another year out of it thanks to CM.
     

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