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certifiedfunds
10-01-2012, 21:25
.......and came home empty handed.

I have 2 more weeks until my iP5 arrives and I'm getting impatient. So I figured I'd try out the S3 for a couple weeks and if I like it I would cancel the iphone order. The whole map fiasco had me worried too.

A bit confusing. Nothing seemed simple. Are there hidden buttons on the bottom corners? Accidental swipes or gestures? Something kept taking me to a different screen and it was problematic getting back where I was.

Too big to operate comfortably with one hand......kept having to adjust it in my hand.....slightly but still. For my needs the width of iphone is right. It seemed to beg for 2 handed operation. Even the sales chick was demoing it with 2 hands.

Google searches seem to suggest that importing video to a mac is challenging. Can anyone confirm?

All my contacts and calendars are in icloud. So, I have to find how to get them into google's servers.

Then I walked over to the iP5. Felt familiar in my hand. As fast as the S3. Simple to navigate. Beautiful display. Light. Its what I have now in iP4 but better.

Right now I just plug in, or not, and everything is updated and where it should be. Photos and video move right in. If I have a problem I call Apple. It appeared from Google searches that if I have a problem with the S3 and my mac I might need to involve apple, google and Samsung. I can imagine there would be finger pointing and I saw some suggestions out there that no one of these companies seemed particularly interested in addressing some of the compatibility problems.

Seems like a fair amount of work around to make it work seamlessly with a mac.

This is not to knock on the S3. We've had enough of those threads. I was wondering if my impressions were shared by others and thought that some might be interested in why iphone users are happily buying up a phone that many say lacks innovation. In short, it does what I want but does it better and I like my ecosystem.

Gallium
10-01-2012, 21:37
I feel the same way when I contemplated moving from andriod to Mac. I have too much invested in time and equipment.

certifiedfunds
10-01-2012, 21:39
I feel the same way when I contemplated moving from andriod to Mac. I have too much invested in time and equipment.

That's kinda what it boiled down to. That's what I'm trying to say anyway.

I was surprised that I didn't find easy-peasy ways to make it all seamless.

BB8B88
10-01-2012, 21:52
I don't think Apple or Google intend for there to be an easy transition between the platforms. They want you to pick their camp and stay there. "Blood in, Blood out" seems to be the motto.

Android is a more open OS but buggy; iOS is locked down but more stable.

Rutha73
10-01-2012, 21:56
There is a back button to the right of the Home button and a Menu button to the left. I don't know what you would have been hitting to go to a different screen. I have had my S3 for about a month and I am enjoying it. I upgraded from a Droid Eris (if any one remembers those). That being said I really like my iPod Touch and iPad. I don't know why people get into such heated debates over android and iPhone. :dunno: it's personal preference about an electronic device. If you like the iP5, grab it and run. The guy at the phone store made a good point about getting an android, already having an iPad I can get stuff that only the App Store or android market have exclusively. Maybe you can root your iPhone and put Android OS on it. :tongueout: enjoy your iP5!

The Maggy
10-01-2012, 22:04
I finally got around to getting a smart phone last week. Before friday, I had managed to never commit to android or apple. I was about as confused learning my way around the galaxy S3 as I was the iphone 5; I went with the S3 because I can swap out the storage space, it felt natural in my hands, it was in stock, and the design is similar to my old samsung phone (pre-android touch screen.)

I was a little bummed that android does not support Itunes, since I have a large library that I have been building for years and I like my music; but it took me about five minutes in front of my computer to figure out how to remedy that problem.

If you are invested in a specific eco-system, I really don't see the point of jumping ship... unless the Iphone5 has some major design flaw that has yet to expose itself...:whistling:

RageEffect
10-01-2012, 22:13
I'm enjoying my iPhone 5 also. Very snappy and very nice design. And yes, it's great having all of my photos on iCloud so that I didn't lose any of my "memories"

devildog2067
10-01-2012, 22:38
I have all of my contacts in Google contacts specifically because both Android phones and iOS phones will sync with them, and I juggled both OSes for a while.

The way they've done away with the familiar 4-button interface on the S3 annoys me. That was one of the greatest things about Android.

hamster
10-01-2012, 22:57
Once you are locked into an ecosystem it is hard to get out. I've been an iPhone guy since the first one. Then when I broke my 4 back in April, I decided to give the Galaxy Nexus a try. Since all my calendars/email/contacts were already in Google it wasn't too bad. However, when iPhone5 came out I decided to order one after all.

While the maps on IP5 aren't as nice as google maps, the "fiasco" is way overblown IMO.

I've been using various GPS apps for years, so I instantly recognized where the flawed set of maps I was looking at came from. TomTom! I've submitted the same "correction" to TomTom for two mapping errors in my neighborhood half a dozen times, now the same damned maps appear on my new phone! Argh!

That being said, they aren't that bad. At least in CLE, the navigation has been spot on. One tip I can give for anyone is to use the street address rather than the POI name if you want better results, or at least endpoints closer to the actual destination.

G29Reload
10-01-2012, 23:10
I don't think Apple or Google intend for there to be an easy transition between the platforms. They want you to pick their camp and stay there. "Blood in, Blood out" seems to be the motto.

I recall something about Jobs having a giant one up his butt for Google/Android. HE was known to utter words like "kill", "destroy", "hate", etc in reference to the Android thing, believed they stole/copied stuff. Really, REALLY despised them and apparently had good reasoning for it. With his level of intelligence and leadership in the field I suspect there's something to it. He actually had some respect for Gates and MS, but the Android thing, not so much.

G29Reload
10-01-2012, 23:20
I guess what CF is really going for here, is there a system, set of apps that makes automating the S3 really easy for his conversion, should he go with that? He lives life on the road at times for business and is graphic intensive for pics and vids and needs to stay organized. Running thru airports and all that entails, tickets, finding restaurants, meeting locations, things associated with travel. I'm sensing the addressbook/contacts issue needs to be well managed and intuitive, these are the things that can go off the rails and make life hell if they don't work well. How does he approach this?

Are there any "killer apps" that make it all come together?

How about Evernote sync? "Cloud" features?

I'm 27 months into my phone and could either switch to one or the other or keep my blackberry, I'm not in a rush but following with interest cause I see use for all 3 platforms, all have their strengths and weaknesses.

harlenm
10-01-2012, 23:24
I have all of my contacts in Google contacts specifically because both Android phones and iOS phones will sync with them, and I juggled both OSes for a while.

The way they've done away with the familiar 4-button interface on the S3 annoys me. That was one of the greatest things about Android.

Only on American Android. European phones have been 3 buttons for a while. Having a dedicated search button is a waste anyway, how often do you use it? Long press on menu for search works fine for me.

harlenm
10-01-2012, 23:27
International galaxy s 2

http://www.dailymobile.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Samsung-Galaxy-S2.jpg

US galaxy s 2

http://www.wirelessemporium.com/productpics/big/premium-samsung-galaxy-s-ii-attain-sgh-i777-i900-silicone-blue-w-vented-backplate14621.jpg

RHVEtte
10-02-2012, 00:47
I have all of my contacts in Google contacts specifically because both Android phones and iOS phones will sync with them, and I juggled both OSes for a while.

The way they've done away with the familiar 4-button interface on the S3 annoys me. That was one of the greatest things about Android.

I didn't really use the Search button all that much, but now that I have an iPhone, the one complaint I can muster is that there's no "Back" option hardwired. Some apps have it, some don't, but the only button is the Home button. Of course, since that's kind of been Apple's thing, I fully expect to get no sympathy since it's kind of obvious just looking at the phone. I just never realized how much I used the back button until it wasn't there.

RHVEtte
10-02-2012, 00:48
I don't think Apple or Google intend for there to be an easy transition between the platforms. They want you to pick their camp and stay there. "Blood in, Blood out" seems to be the motto.

Android is a more open OS but buggy; iOS is locked down but more stable.

Having done open and buggy, I have to say, I'm really enjoying my new "locked and stable" iP5.:supergrin:

cowboy1964
10-02-2012, 12:00
The big deal about the Maps isn't so much that the data is flawed, it's that this even happened in the first place. There was nothing wrong with Google's maps. We'll see if over time the maps get sorted out. Keep in mind Apple's maps use Yelp! so it's quite possible they will never live up to what they would have had with Google.

certifiedfunds
10-02-2012, 12:08
The big deal about the Maps isn't so much that the data is flawed, it's that this even happened in the first place. There was nothing wrong with Google's maps. We'll see if over time the maps get sorted out. Keep in mind Apple's maps use Yelp! so it's quite possible they will never live up to what they would have had with Google.

I can see their reasoning for it but I'd guess they underestimated the task.

Personally I don't need super maps, just accurate maps.

hamster
10-02-2012, 12:16
Maps: Assuming Apple will allow Google's upcoming app onto the appstore the whole thing is a non-issue anyway. I hope google brings turn by turn to iOS.

Contacts: I've always kept my contacts, calendars, email in Gmail. I then just set up my gmail as an exchange account and everything automagically syncs via push.

When I'm on a PC, I can use my trusty google interface, on the phone everything works seamlessly in iOS. Any changes made by me or the people I share my calendars with get pushed instantly to my phone. Of course the same is true on Android.

JW1178
10-02-2012, 12:32
I am sitting typing this on my HP laptop on Google Chrome with my iPhone 4 in my pocket. So, I'm not really biased.

What I like about the mac product is that it just works. Being more simple means it doesn't have the features, but being simple as it doesn't have as many problems.

The issue I have now is it seems that now that Steve Jobs is out of the picture Mac is going the ways many companies go once their founder is gone. They start caring more about the profit than they are the product. A good product brings the profit, but the bean counters don't see it that way.

Another example is Facebook. When Zuckaburg ran and owned Facebook, it was great. When he "sold" it (put it on the stock market and then pulled his shares) it has since then turned to crap. Every couple post, there is a sponsor posting. The people running it now are all about making the most money, and if they have to throw a good product into the garbage, they will. The fact is that these people who buy buisnesses were so great, then why can't they come up with their own company and make it big? There is a reason for that.

Kind of like the US government, when it was run by it's founders it was great, and since then has gone down hill. The people in it today couldn't build a republic that people would die to live in.

Taphius
10-02-2012, 19:22
There is no real way to explain it in words, you just have to use it for a week or two and see if you find it more fitting.

Watch a couple youtube vids on features, have fun with USB OTG, connecting any bluetooth device you want, dragging and dropping files from pc to phone etc.

It really is not that hard, my wife is going to be moving to my GS3 next month when the Note 2 comes out here, we already moved all her music to google music and her contacts are in gmail/facebook so they transfer easy.

Any documents and photos can be copied to computer then dragged and dropped into their respective folders on your internal memory or micro-sd

certifiedfunds
10-02-2012, 21:15
There is no real way to explain it in words, you just have to use it for a week or two and see if you find it more fitting.

Watch a couple youtube vids on features, have fun with USB OTG, connecting any bluetooth device you want, dragging and dropping files from pc to phone etc.

It really is not that hard, my wife is going to be moving to my GS3 next month when the Note 2 comes out here, we already moved all her music to google music and her contacts are in gmail/facebook so they transfer easy.

Any documents and photos can be copied to computer then dragged and dropped into their respective folders on your internal memory or micro-sd

So you take video with the phone.....how do you import it into iMovie? 2 pages of Google searches and every app or workaround seemed problematic.

686Owner
10-02-2012, 22:10
I'm enjoying my iPhone 5 also. Very snappy and very nice design. And yes, it's great having all of my photos on iCloud so that I didn't lose any of my "memories"

iCloud only keeps 30 days of photos. It's meant for sharing/access not for backing up.

686Owner
10-02-2012, 22:22
So you take video with the phone.....how do you import it into iMovie? 2 pages of Google searches and every app or workaround seemed problematic.

My guess is click file->import->movies then click on the movie.

Taphius
10-02-2012, 22:47
So you take video with the phone.....how do you import it into iMovie? 2 pages of Google searches and every app or workaround seemed problematic.

If imovie cannot import mp4, the standard for videos, I would say that is an Apple issue. Especially since it is developed off of Quicktime...

But it looks like there are work arounds with just converting it

CAcop
10-02-2012, 23:08
I don't think Apple or Google intend for there to be an easy transition between the platforms. They want you to pick their camp and stay there. "Blood in, Blood out" seems to be the motto.

Android is a more open OS but buggy; iOS is locked down but more stable.

Doubletwist works for me to get my iTunes onto my Android phone.

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Taphius
10-02-2012, 23:09
Doubletwist works for me to get my iTunes onto my Android phone.

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Google music does it now as well, just sign in and let it upload overnight

stevemc
10-03-2012, 04:25
Certified,

I have all mac computers at home.1 Imac, 4 or 5 Macbooks, Apple Tv, Airports, 3TB time capsule, Ipod touch, etc. I just could not buy the Iphone. I went to get the S3 and ended up with the HTC One. The Beats music feature was import and I can tell you it actually does sound better than Apple. The camera is very good and instantaneous. The software also does everything I need. If you haven't already tried it, check out the HTC One.

boomhower
10-03-2012, 05:11
I can understand why Apple went their own way with maps. iOS version of maps was dated and lacked many of the features of its Android counterpart. Google refused to modernize unless Apple put in certain features that didn't go with what Apple wanted. Google was getting tons of valuable info out of the deal but wouldn't put the features in. So Apple went their own way. They get the features they want and cut off Google. Of course thief first version out of the gate isn't as good as what Google has made with years of perfection. Give them time, they will get it.


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Gallium
10-03-2012, 05:30
Certified,

I have all mac computers at home.1 Imac, 4 or 5 Macbooks, Apple Tv, Airports, 3TB time capsule, Ipod touch, etc. I just could not buy the Iphone. I went to get the S3 and ended up with the HTC One. The Beats music feature was import and I can tell you it actually does sound better than Apple. The camera is very good and instantaneous. The software also does everything I need. If you haven't already tried it, check out the HTC One.


This is simply a construct of your imagination. If you really had that many Apple devices in your life you would already be able to walk on water, split atoms and not excrete waste.

Why on earth would you even CONSIDER a HTC One? The iPhone 5 runs rings around it, and EVERY and ANY future andriod phone released, or ever to be released.

certifiedfunds
10-03-2012, 05:36
If imovie cannot import mp4, the standard for videos, I would say that is an Apple issue. Especially since it is developed off of Quicktime...

But it looks like there are work arounds with just converting it

This is the kind of stuff I'm talking about:

How to connect Samsung Galaxy S3 to a Mac and iPhoto SIII - YouTube

I found numerous references to people stuggling with this. Apps that don't work as described and so forth.

certifiedfunds
10-03-2012, 05:38
This is simply a construct of your imagination. If you really had that many Apple devices in your life you would already be able to walk on water, split atoms and not excrete waste.

Why on earth would you even CONSIDER a HTC One? The iPhone 5 runs rings around it, and EVERY and ANY future andriod phone released, or ever to be released.

G - I didn't start this thread to bicker back and forth about the platforms. It was an honest attempt to get my head around the possibility of switching, how to make some basic things work smoothly, what was involved, etc.

HexHead
10-03-2012, 05:42
The big deal about the Maps isn't so much that the data is flawed, it's that this even happened in the first place. There was nothing wrong with Google's maps. We'll see if over time the maps get sorted out. Keep in mind Apple's maps use Yelp! so it's quite possible they will never live up to what they would have had with Google.

Google refused to give "turn by turn" directions to the iPhone, wanting it just for the Android phones. That's the big reason they switched. And count on Aople getting the map glitches fixed.

HexHead
10-03-2012, 05:50
G - I didn't start this thread to bicker back and forth about the platforms. It was an honest attempt to get my head around the possibility of switching, how to make some basic things work smoothly, what was involved, etc.

Have you forgotten where you are?

certifiedfunds
10-03-2012, 07:15
Have you forgotten where you are?

I'm not criticizing Gallium, just explaining.

CAcop
10-03-2012, 07:33
I just remembered my parents are a PC/Apple, Android/Apple household. They mix and match all the time. IIRC my dad just uses his Android phone as an external hard drive for his Mac. I think people online might be geeking it out a bit and making it harder than it needs to be. My dad is hardly tech savy and he can figure it out on his own. Seriously, his last non smart phone he would butt dial me constantly and could never figure out how to lock the keypad. Yet somehow he manages to get photos and video to his Mac.

Thumpernator
10-03-2012, 08:18
he would butt dial me constantly

:rofl: :rofl: :supergrin:

hamster
10-03-2012, 08:22
I've always been on the iPhone platform except for April - October of this year. I was using an Android (Galaxy Nexus).

People make the image thing way harder than it needs to be.

Just install dropbox and let it auto-upload all photos/videos.

Take a picture and it is on all of your devices/computer instantly. Bam... problem solved.

gajones06
10-03-2012, 08:26
.......and came home empty handed.

I have 2 more weeks until my iP5 arrives and I'm getting impatient. So I figured I'd try out the S3 for a couple weeks and if I like it I would cancel the iphone order. The whole map fiasco had me worried too.

A bit confusing. Nothing seemed simple. Are there hidden buttons on the bottom corners? Accidental swipes or gestures? Something kept taking me to a different screen and it was problematic getting back where I was.

Too big to operate comfortably with one hand......kept having to adjust it in my hand.....slightly but still. For my needs the width of iphone is right. It seemed to beg for 2 handed operation. Even the sales chick was demoing it with 2 hands.

Google searches seem to suggest that importing video to a mac is challenging. Can anyone confirm?

All my contacts and calendars are in icloud. So, I have to find how to get them into google's servers.

Then I walked over to the iP5. Felt familiar in my hand. As fast as the S3. Simple to navigate. Beautiful display. Light. Its what I have now in iP4 but better.

Right now I just plug in, or not, and everything is updated and where it should be. Photos and video move right in. If I have a problem I call Apple. It appeared from Google searches that if I have a problem with the S3 and my mac I might need to involve apple, google and Samsung. I can imagine there would be finger pointing and I saw some suggestions out there that no one of these companies seemed particularly interested in addressing some of the compatibility problems.

Seems like a fair amount of work around to make it work seamlessly with a mac.

This is not to knock on the S3. We've had enough of those threads. I was wondering if my impressions were shared by others and thought that some might be interested in why iphone users are happily buying up a phone that many say lacks innovation. In short, it does what I want but does it better and I like my ecosystem.

Stick with Apple...I switched to an HTC One x and love it but it is a pain in the a** to sync with my Mac. Unless you wanted to spend a lot of time doing g it don't switch. I don't mind but I also jail broke all my iphones.


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droidfire
10-03-2012, 08:34
Are there hidden buttons on the bottom corners?

Yes. Menu and Back are software buttons (capacitive touch) and you can go so far as to set the backlight off for them if you don't need/want it.

Accidental swipes or gestures?

Yes - palm swipe for screenshot and so on. You can turn them all off in settings if you want.


Google searches seem to suggest that importing video to a mac is challenging. Can anyone confirm?


Don't have any macs, but worst case scenario would be to plop the video on a microsd card within the phone and then use a usb card reader to get it into the mac.

Barring that you could get a USB OTG cable (lets you plug in flash drives or other usb stuff directly to the phone)

Maybe you could use the MHL cable if your mac has an hdmi port and play it from the phone onto the mac and capture that way (okay - that one probably qualifies for worst case scenario lol)

There are always other avenues like dropbox or wifi file transfers that should be operating system neutral.

I would venture to guess that for the tech savvy it should be more of an inconvenience, whereas those with less technical knowledge may find it more of an impossibility - but just speculation. I haven't owned an apple computer in almost two years, maybe they have increased the machine wanting to be compatible with non-apple products since then.

and I saw some suggestions out there that no one of these companies seemed particularly interested in addressing some of the compatibility problems.

That would be a fair assessment. It's really not in anyone's best interest to blend the apple/android world - two completely different approaches.

The ball would be in apple's court for that anyways, should they choose to release some of the tight rein they hold over the apple operating systems and compatibility with non-apple products, there would be a flood of community support on both sides to grease the wheels.

I see people move heaven and earth to go about rooting or devving for their android on a mac pretty often. These people would just give countless hours of time to making it work without looking for a buck.

I don't particularly think apple and android should blend, and feel their distinctions are important though i've chosen my side. The idea that I can't associate with users of apple products would be funny if so many fanatics on both sides didn't believe it as immutable law.


Too big to operate comfortably with one hand......kept having to adjust it in my hand.....slightly but still. For my needs the width of iphone is right. It seemed to beg for 2 handed operation. Even the sales chick was demoing it with 2 hands.


I was wondering if my impressions were shared by others

Yes again. I almost took it back after an hour out on my own with it, because it was just too big.

But I use my cell service for maps with google and drive - a lot - for work. My last smartphone had a tiny screen, so I was open to the larger one for easier viewing in the vehicle.

Turns out that after almost two weeks of having it I was able to comfortably use it with one hand, just navigating with my thumb the lazy way, without having to shift my grip to reach everything.

You also get used to the capacitive buttons on the bottom and stop hitting them with your palm after about the same while.

At this point, well, I can use it at least as quickly and intuitively as my last smartphone, so it really just comes down to a matter of practice. I do have particularly small hands so thought this might be a bigger problem then it turned out to be.

I figured to give it an honest shot would be to hold for at least 12 of the 14 days on the return period, and by then when I re-assessed I realized how not a problem it had become.

I do like the stock battery life, was pretty impressed - surprised even - I could get away with using it without having to accessorize. I ended up getting a monster sized battery for it anyways, and now it's just insane. I don't even think about a charger when I walk out the door, maps with gps, bluetooth on my stereo headset for music, calls, everything basically.

Even though I wanted the larger screen for driving navigation, I was apprehensive about being stuck with it for everything else beyond that purpose.

Come to realize that it's just better. Web browsing is easier, movies look better, whole nine.

I also love the picture-in-picture feature of the stock video player, where I can click it and then surf the web or something with a little video window overlay that I can move around as needed. Any smaller of a screen and such a feature would be clunky, but on this it works well. Constantly watching movies while doing other stuff on it, I don't have to make the choice of watching a movie at the expense of something else.

...and with the 32 gig internal + a 64 gig microsd card, i've got a lot to choose from. I have a handful of memory cards packed with media, and the way the S3 reads microsd cards is as an extsdcard, and allocates internal memory to be read as the 'sdcard' android is looking for. This means you can swap out cards without messing up your installed apps (or jumping through hoops not to) and can really use the memory card slot as expandable media without hassle.

Honestly, if apple would put a dang microsd slot on their iphone I would buy one or two to use. I definitely take care of my small electronics, and definitely have a few high end smartphones to play with now, so adding an iphone even off contract wouldn't be a problem. I'd just share my internet from whatever device was active at the time with it like I do the others now.

.......and came home empty handed.

All my contacts and calendars are in icloud. So, I have to find how to get them into google's servers.

Then I walked over to the iP5. Felt familiar in my hand. As fast as the S3. Simple to navigate. Beautiful display. Light. Its what I have now in iP4 but better.

and thought that some might be interested in why iphone users are happily buying up a phone that many say lacks innovation. In short, it does what I want but does it better and I like my ecosystem.

The phone you should have in your hand is the one you want. Don't just get an android because it's an android, nor an iphone because it's an iphone. Get what fits your needs.

If you're vested in apple stuff, have a mac, and currently use an iphone...and don't really have any complaints? Get another iphone if that's what you want.

Honestly, if you're all apple tech then you probably don't know what you're missing anyways.

(same can be said for linux users with androids and vested market purchases - that shoe fits both feet)

I don't think you gave it enough of a chance to see, but that's not up to me to decide, really it's your call.

If you really want to see how it is, play with it throughout the majority of your return period to see if you want to make the switch.

I'm having a grand old time with nfc - bought a bunch of tags and have been setting up all kinds of nifty stuff to happen with them. I couldn't imagine not being able to use nfc to manage my device at this point.

When the iphone gets nfc, you apple people are going to go nuts. The plethora of android devices is setting the stage for an 'arms race' for tag size - as in the amount of data you can write to it - and on the software side we are learning how to work with the variances in encoding and size.

You can make triggers that will have your device immediately ready and/or doing what you want it to do within seconds, instead of you telling it what you want it to do next.

By the time the tech hits the apple crowd, we'll have predetermined the most popular and useful things you can program that tags to do, so you'll have quite the menu of convenience to choose from by that time.

Anyways, it doesn't have to be about apple OR android - you may find your needs suited with an ipod touch tethered to your android smartphone - it's just a matter of what you want.

I spent the time extolling some of the virtues of the S3, as I have one, and you asked for opinions. Hope this helps you to see what you wanted from this thread.

certifiedfunds
10-03-2012, 09:20
Yes. Menu and Back are software buttons (capacitive touch) and you can go so far as to set the backlight off for them if you don't need/want it.



Yes - palm swipe for screenshot and so on. You can turn them all off in settings if you want.



Don't have any macs, but worst case scenario would be to plop the video on a microsd card within the phone and then use a usb card reader to get it into the mac.

Barring that you could get a USB OTG cable (lets you plug in flash drives or other usb stuff directly to the phone)

Maybe you could use the MHL cable if your mac has an hdmi port and play it from the phone onto the mac and capture that way (okay - that one probably qualifies for worst case scenario lol)

There are always other avenues like dropbox or wifi file transfers that should be operating system neutral.

I would venture to guess that for the tech savvy it should be more of an inconvenience, whereas those with less technical knowledge may find it more of an impossibility - but just speculation. I haven't owned an apple computer in almost two years, maybe they have increased the machine wanting to be compatible with non-apple products since then.



That would be a fair assessment. It's really not in anyone's best interest to blend the apple/android world - two completely different approaches.

The ball would be in apple's court for that anyways, should they choose to release some of the tight rein they hold over the apple operating systems and compatibility with non-apple products, there would be a flood of community support on both sides to grease the wheels.

I see people move heaven and earth to go about rooting or devving for their android on a mac pretty often. These people would just give countless hours of time to making it work without looking for a buck.

I don't particularly think apple and android should blend, and feel their distinctions are important though i've chosen my side. The idea that I can't associate with users of apple products would be funny if so many fanatics on both sides didn't believe it as immutable law.



Yes again. I almost took it back after an hour out on my own with it, because it was just too big.

But I use my cell service for maps with google and drive - a lot - for work. My last smartphone had a tiny screen, so I was open to the larger one for easier viewing in the vehicle.

Turns out that after almost two weeks of having it I was able to comfortably use it with one hand, just navigating with my thumb the lazy way, without having to shift my grip to reach everything.

You also get used to the capacitive buttons on the bottom and stop hitting them with your palm after about the same while.

At this point, well, I can use it at least as quickly and intuitively as my last smartphone, so it really just comes down to a matter of practice. I do have particularly small hands so thought this might be a bigger problem then it turned out to be.

I figured to give it an honest shot would be to hold for at least 12 of the 14 days on the return period, and by then when I re-assessed I realized how not a problem it had become.

I do like the stock battery life, was pretty impressed - surprised even - I could get away with using it without having to accessorize. I ended up getting a monster sized battery for it anyways, and now it's just insane. I don't even think about a charger when I walk out the door, maps with gps, bluetooth on my stereo headset for music, calls, everything basically.

Even though I wanted the larger screen for driving navigation, I was apprehensive about being stuck with it for everything else beyond that purpose.

Come to realize that it's just better. Web browsing is easier, movies look better, whole nine.

I also love the picture-in-picture feature of the stock video player, where I can click it and then surf the web or something with a little video window overlay that I can move around as needed. Any smaller of a screen and such a feature would be clunky, but on this it works well. Constantly watching movies while doing other stuff on it, I don't have to make the choice of watching a movie at the expense of something else.

...and with the 32 gig internal + a 64 gig microsd card, i've got a lot to choose from. I have a handful of memory cards packed with media, and the way the S3 reads microsd cards is as an extsdcard, and allocates internal memory to be read as the 'sdcard' android is looking for. This means you can swap out cards without messing up your installed apps (or jumping through hoops not to) and can really use the memory card slot as expandable media without hassle.

Honestly, if apple would put a dang microsd slot on their iphone I would buy one or two to use. I definitely take care of my small electronics, and definitely have a few high end smartphones to play with now, so adding an iphone even off contract wouldn't be a problem. I'd just share my internet from whatever device was active at the time with it like I do the others now.



The phone you should have in your hand is the one you want. Don't just get an android because it's an android, nor an iphone because it's an iphone. Get what fits your needs.

If you're vested in apple stuff, have a mac, and currently use an iphone...and don't really have any complaints? Get another iphone if that's what you want.

Honestly, if you're all apple tech then you probably don't know what you're missing anyways.

(same can be said for linux users with androids and vested market purchases - that shoe fits both feet)

I don't think you gave it enough of a chance to see, but that's not up to me to decide, really it's your call.

If you really want to see how it is, play with it throughout the majority of your return period to see if you want to make the switch.

I'm having a grand old time with nfc - bought a bunch of tags and have been setting up all kinds of nifty stuff to happen with them. I couldn't imagine not being able to use nfc to manage my device at this point.

When the iphone gets nfc, you apple people are going to go nuts. The plethora of android devices is setting the stage for an 'arms race' for tag size - as in the amount of data you can write to it - and on the software side we are learning how to work with the variances in encoding and size.

You can make triggers that will have your device immediately ready and/or doing what you want it to do within seconds, instead of you telling it what you want it to do next.

By the time the tech hits the apple crowd, we'll have predetermined the most popular and useful things you can program that tags to do, so you'll have quite the menu of convenience to choose from by that time.

Anyways, it doesn't have to be about apple OR android - you may find your needs suited with an ipod touch tethered to your android smartphone - it's just a matter of what you want.

I spent the time extolling some of the virtues of the S3, as I have one, and you asked for opinions. Hope this helps you to see what you wanted from this thread.

Good stuff. Thanks.

I think I'm in the right place staying ip5, FOR ME. I'm one of those people who only wants to do a limited number of things on a phone. I want them easy and agreeable.

It isn't an easy call. The S3 is very nice. I'm sure given enough time I could get it working like I want and would probably agree that its a better platform overall. I'm just not in the mood to go re-inventing my world right now and my phone is a device that is so central to my day to day life that it would be a disruption. Perhaps in the near future I'll be looking to dig in and perhaps there will be more turnkey options at that time.

Taphius
10-03-2012, 09:49
Yeah no reason to up and change if the iPhone does what you need. Until you are unhappy with it or want extra features just stick with it.

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certifiedfunds
10-03-2012, 10:10
Yeah no reason to up and change if the iPhone does what you need. Until you are unhappy with it or want extra features just stick with it.

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Glad I looked though. Maybe at some point in the future.

I do have new gadget fever tho and am headed to pick up a 7" Galaxy tab.

stk10767
10-22-2012, 17:41
After hemming and hawing over his decision, I went with the Galaxy SIII. These are the reasons: Google Maps (I use it EVERY day), Removable storage, ability to make a call and use the internet at the same time, Replaceable battery, not having to spend more money on all new chargers, and no Itunes, I hate Itunes.