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Old 01-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Iphone 5, Samsung Galaxy s3, or Note 2? Which to choose...

So im getting a new phone next week on friday probably. I currently have an iphone 4s and cant decide between the iphone 5, s3 or the note 2. So many damn decisions lol. I know a lot of people have been hating on apple this year saying they are playing "catch up" to andriod devices so thats what intitally threw me off. I was gonna get the I5 until i started hearing all of this. I believe this is somewhat true after getting my 4s and figuring out that it wasnt that much of an upgrade from the iphone 4. The things i look when buying a phone is performance, looks, and basically just a smooth experience while using it. My 4s has had some software issues with apps not opening up and stuff like that which kinda annoyed me. Just need some guidance to pick the right phone. Much appreciated fanatics!
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The iphone 5 over the S3 for sure. I've never used the Note2 so I can't comment, although people that have it seem to love it.

The thing with the iphone 5 is that it does all the basics nearly flawlessly. Messaging (iMessage is excellent, and if you date girls, it is almost key as they almost always have an iphone); Siri for tasks; apps are almost always better on iOS than Android.

I'm really impressed with siri for scheduling reminders, calendar appts, and even texting. Android's voice recognition is just as good if not better, but does not do those basic things as well. Ex: Android won't read your incoming texts to you, and while you can dictate a text out, it is easier and smoother via siri.

If you just want to use a phone for the basics and to the fullest without much trouble, go iphone 5. I've been more than impressed with it. Excellent battery life (I went up to 2 days once on standby with 10 hours of usage; and ALWAYS get through the day with it under normal use), excellent screen, great form factor.

If you are going to mod and flash ROMS, then Android is for you. Or if you depend on Google Voice and chat, then Android better integrates those (I don't like the Gvoice app on iOS as it is a little slow to update, and you can use imo for gchat, but not as integrated).
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The iphone 5 over the S3 for sure. I've never used the Note2 so I can't comment, although people that have it seem to love it.

The thing with the iphone 5 is that it does all the basics nearly flawlessly. Messaging (iMessage is excellent, and if you date girls, it is almost key as they almost always have an iphone); Siri for tasks; apps are almost always better on iOS than Android.

I'm really impressed with siri for scheduling reminders, calendar appts, and even texting. Android's voice recognition is just as good if not better, but does not do those basic things as well. Ex: Android won't read your incoming texts to you, and while you can dictate a text out, it is easier and smoother via siri.

If you just want to use a phone for the basics and to the fullest without much trouble, go iphone 5. I've been more than impressed with it. Excellent battery life (I went up to 2 days once on standby with 10 hours of usage; and ALWAYS get through the day with it under normal use), excellent screen, great form factor.

If you are going to mod and flash ROMS, then Android is for you. Or if you depend on Google Voice and chat, then Android better integrates those (I don't like the Gvoice app on iOS as it is a little slow to update, and you can use imo for gchat, but not as integrated).
u didn't ever update to jellybean did you?
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u didn't ever update to jellybean did you?
lol, please don't try to school me. I was on every new nightly out there (that's the very latest ROM, kernel, baseband, etc.) and on Jellybean before the official OTA push. The iphone 5 is faster, smoother, and does all the basics better than any current Android out there.

I've owned both, and unless you have too, please don't compare.

The S3 is a fine phone once you remove touchwiz and get to the Vanilla Android experience. It still is not as good as the iPhone 5 at the basics. And the iphone 5 is much faster/smoother despite whatever hardware they packed into the S3. I believe independent tests support that claim too.

All that aside, the most important thing is end-user real-world experience: iPhone 5 is just so much more of a pleasure to use.

I do look forward to the next generation of Androids. The next major OS overhaul should be a great one, and with better hardware coming out from those makers, we have a lot to be excited about.

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lol, please don't try to school me. I was on every new nightly out there (that's the very latest ROM, kernel, baseband, etc.) and on Jellybean before the official OTA push. The iphone 5 is faster, smoother, and does all the basics better than any current Android out there.

I've owned both, and unless you have too, please don't compare.

The S3 is a fine phone once you remove touchwiz and get to the Vanilla Android experience. It still is not as good as the iPhone 5 at the basics. And the iphone 5 is much faster/smoother despite whatever hardware they packed into the S3. I believe independent tests support that claim too.

All that aside, the most important thing is end-user real-world experience: iPhone 5 is just so much more of a pleasure to use.
Accurate, in before every Android user tries to dispute this.

I really, REAAAALLY tried to like my HTC phone. Just wasn't happening, the iPhone is always smooth & fast.
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The S3 is a fine phone once you remove touchwiz and get to the Vanilla Android experience. It still is not as good as the iPhone 5 at the basics. And the iphone 5 is much faster/smoother despite whatever hardware they packed into the S3. I believe independent tests support that claim too.
this is exactly right. iphones will always have a smoother experience than android simply because apple locks down the OS and controls everything. if you have one release version of android operating on as many phones as they do, performance is gonna depend on manufacturer software, phone capabilities and carrier bloatware. apple is always gonna win
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lol, please don't try to school me. I was on every new nightly out there (that's the very latest ROM, kernel, baseband, etc.) and on Jellybean before the official OTA push. The iphone 5 is faster, smoother, and does all the basics better than any current Android out there.

I've owned both, and unless you have too, please don't compare.

The S3 is a fine phone once you remove touchwiz and get to the Vanilla Android experience. It still is not as good as the iPhone 5 at the basics. And the iphone 5 is much faster/smoother despite whatever hardware they packed into the S3. I believe independent tests support that claim too.

All that aside, the most important thing is end-user real-world experience: iPhone 5 is just so much more of a pleasure to use.

I do look forward to the next generation of Androids. The next major OS overhaul should be a great one, and with better hardware coming out from those makers, we have a lot to be excited about.
Wow who pissed in your cheerios? It was a simple honest question if you updated or not. Lol I bet your on blood meds aren't you?!
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lol, please don't try to school me. I was on every new nightly out there (that's the very latest ROM, kernel, baseband, etc.) and on Jellybean before the official OTA push. The iphone 5 is faster, smoother, and does all the basics better than any current Android out there.

I've owned both, and unless you have too, please don't compare.

The S3 is a fine phone once you remove touchwiz and get to the Vanilla Android experience. It still is not as good as the iPhone 5 at the basics. And the iphone 5 is much faster/smoother despite whatever hardware they packed into the S3. I believe independent tests support that claim too.

All that aside, the most important thing is end-user real-world experience: iPhone 5 is just so much more of a pleasure to use.

I do look forward to the next generation of Androids. The next major OS overhaul should be a great one, and with better hardware coming out from those makers, we have a lot to be excited about.
Can't say it any better. I think the one thing I miss about my android is the home screen ability to hold your thumb on an empty space and you can add shortcuts from there. Aside from that..

Texting, camera, copy/paste, accuracy and ease of the keyboard, the smoothness/interface, toggling between apps, shutting down all apps, and the size/weight have it over the android/s3 all day long.

Call quality does go to the Andriod however. My calls are noticeably more muffled and spotty, something i always realized when i called someone with an iPhone. I don't drop calls, but even with full service (Verizon iPhone5) the calls are still broken up a little.
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I was between the i phone 5 and the note 2 ... I ended up with the note 2 !!!! So far I love it man...go for it... This device is awesome!!!!!
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I was leaning towards the note 2 as well but i liked both when i was playing around with them in the store. Glad your enjoying yours
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Here's my take. Apple still has a superior piece of hardware, but ios is seriously dumbed down compared to android. The battery life on my iPhone 5 kills all 3 android devices I've had in the past. I definitely miss some aspects of android since I switched to the iPhone. I have a nexus 7 tablet that keeps me in android though.
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Go for the iphone5. Its designed and built really well for a phone,. and its a really solid os.
Don't bother with the note2 aka iPad mini .... android force closes all the time and mediocre batteries consumption/life
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iPhone 5 FTW. Me and my fiancÚ both use iPhone 5. iMessage is great. I have used all iPhone models and used Htc g1, mytouch 3G and s3. I like iPhones better for the intuitive and really well laid OS. S3 hardware is better but android systems are still buggy.

I have never used your 3rd choice so can't comment.
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I went with the iPhone 5 after having 3 Android phones over the last couple years. My first andriod phone was MUCH more capable then my current iPhone, but the iPhone just works. I was seeing 6-8 hours of use out of the androids on a good day, if I forget to charge the iPhone one night I don't worry it'll get me home the next evening. Both are great platforms with their advantages and disadvantages. Though I do like how SMALL my iPhone is...
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Alright thanks for the input guys! Keep your opinions coming if other people want to as well
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It's all about priorities. Do you mainly use the phone to surf? Do you have a tablet?

I for one would HATE to have the Note 2 as my phone. I own an iPhone 5. It's been great. But there are other options as well if you aren't feeling iOS.

How about an HTC One X+ or Nexus 4? Both great phones- with build quality far surpassing anything made by Samsung.
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