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2012-07-10 04:07:13 PM
Thats because iPhone or not, it was still ATT horrid network.

Whats the point of shelling out all the cash for a phone you cant use?
 
2012-07-10 04:10:06 PM
It did have a surprising impact in that it led to Verizon pushing Android into the mainstream. Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground, so because the iPhone was exclusive on AT&T Verizon looked for new alternatives, and Symbian and WinMo were already busted and dying platforms. So what do you know, Verizon pushed Android. And now Android is Apple's biggest threat, seeing as how Apple views Android as the greatest threat and sues the hell out of them. If Apple didn't do exclusivity with AT&T, it's possible we wouldn't see a strong Android competitor and the iPhone could have been the only smartphone platform really successful in the marketplace.

But Apple did have terms that Verizon didn't agree to (according to the rumors). Like Verizon wanted to do all the support for the iPhone, and I'm guessing Verizon wanted to push Vcast and their own services.
 
2012-07-10 04:27:09 PM

Rent is too damn high: Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground,


You must have meant T-mobile, Verizon was late to the android party did they ever have the G1?
 
2012-07-10 04:34:28 PM

Kanemano: Rent is too damn high: Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground,

You must have meant T-mobile, Verizon was late to the android party did they ever have the G1?


Being the first doesn't mean making it popular. The G1 was alright (I had one myself), but T-Mobile was the smallest carrier trying a new phone ecosystem. It wasn't terribly huge. Once Verizon, the largest carrier, launched their Droid marketing campaign Android was on the common man's radar.
 
2012-07-10 04:46:02 PM
Verizon made it my having the reputation of the best network and also being so closed down that any phone that they did put on their network worked, no new unproven tech, features that don't work perfectly turned off, also they charged the most, some people saw that as a premium.

Don't forget that included in timeline are a bunch of mergers, Cingular eating AT&T to be #1 and Verizon eating Alltel to regain the top spot.
 
2012-07-10 04:56:34 PM
I tried having the ATT vs VZW conversation a few weeks ago with someone who appeared to be a regional ATT rep. She pulled out all the stops about why ATT was better - all the busted and dispelled arguments.

ATT's network is behind, backhaul capacity is behind, and they want to live in the old ESN days and really wish that devices didn't have SIM cards today - it makes it so HARD to control people. They're terrified of becoming dumb pipe.

/ATT customer
//Not nearly as bad now as it used to be
///Only a customer because of my grandfathered plan (unlimited international ftw)
 
2012-07-10 05:01:45 PM
That 2 year revenue jump is sickening when you think about all the customer farking it took to acheive it.
 
2012-07-10 05:18:17 PM
That the monthly cost of having a phone on either AT&T or Verizon doubled?

/pre-paid FTW
//fark monthly plans
///can't wait for the Google Galaxy Nexus to go back on sale
 
2012-07-10 05:50:23 PM

Kanemano: Rent is too damn high: Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground,

You must have meant T-mobile, Verizon was late to the android party did they ever have the G1?


No I don't mean T-mobile. Before the original Droid, Android phones weren't doing so well. The Droid and its marketing campaign have changed the Android (and phone) landscape drastically and helped shape the course of phones for years. And Verizon was pushed towards the Droid by AT&T and Apple's exclusive agreement, and the failure of WinMo and Symbian to respond quickly (there was WebOS too but they weren't selling well either).
 
2012-07-10 06:01:45 PM
AT&T's iPhone exclusivity may have been the best thing that's happened to Verizon. AT&T sucking so much is free advertising for Verizon.
 
2012-07-10 06:02:48 PM

slykens1: I tried having the ATT vs VZW conversation a few weeks ago with someone who appeared to be a regional ATT rep.


Did you ask her if she goes ATT 2 VZW?

Those reps are kinky.
 
2012-07-10 06:06:28 PM

IrateShadow: That 2 year revenue jump is sickening when you think about all the customer farking it took to acheive it.


They both paid out a hecka lot in bonus money to thier CEOs.
 
2012-07-10 06:36:28 PM
This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?
 
2012-07-10 07:26:42 PM

dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?


My wife has the Razr Maxx. It's ok, nothing revolutionary. Contrary to their advertising, the battery life wasn't that great initially, until I figured to shut off 4g. My wife loves it though. I originally got a iphone 4s for her which she hated. This is much better than the iphone

I have no idea on the galaxy s3, but I swore off samsung phones after a galaxy s2 fascinate. horrible touchwiz interface, braindead gps and vzw refused an OTA update when I had it. samsung products are durable though, if you are a rough user
 
2012-07-10 07:41:55 PM

dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?


Nexus isn't worth a damn. Sammy really screwed the pooch on components with that one. S3 just launched, so I dunno, but people seem to love it. RAZR MAXX is okay, but nothing special. The screen is abhorrently rough. All of those AMOLED screens are hard on my eyes (even the Nexus looks like a WXGA display to me, thanks to that PenTile garbage), and the MAXX is by far the worst of the lot. Also, AMOLED screens have really odd color rendering and low brightness.

Disclaimer: I bought a Rezound due to the RAZR's crap screen and Nexus' crap everything else. I actually *wanted* a 4.5" or larger screen, bigger battery and more CPU/GPU grunt, but no other options put everything together in one package. End result is I get a smaller 4.3" screen that blows away ALL other android handsets, short-lived battery, and decent processing power. The camera is very good as well, and the earbuds that come with the phone are better than any other pack-ins you will find.

Oh, and finally being able to use simultaneous voice and data is nice as well. Even works with 3G WCDMA for some reason. VZW LTE is FAST! Holy crap...
 
2012-07-10 07:58:43 PM
Switched to AT&T from Sprint several years ago. I can't say anything bad about their service. Calls rarely dropped. I actually get voice-mails sooner than 3 days after the call.

I find that peoples opinions on cell phone service generally are only accurate for a very small local area. Or not at all.
 
2012-07-10 08:01:14 PM

slykens1: ATT's network is behind, backhaul capacity is behind, and they want to live in the old ESN days and really wish that devices didn't have SIM cards today - it makes it so HARD to control people. They're terrified of becoming dumb pipe.


Verizon is not the updated network people think it is, they just have the luxury of being able to compress traffic more on their shiattier old network that only 3rd world countries still use and if they didnt want sim cards then why did they spend all that money to transfer their network over?

I got a tech call from one of our bigger clients the other day screaming that we screwed something up because she couldnt send of receive emails, I spent almost 2 hours looking at the server on a Friday night and saw nothing wrong, when I called her back on the same number I noticed it wasnt the same number we had in our records. I asked her why she was calling from this number and not her phone, it was then that she told me she was in London for vacation...........I wanted to choke the biatch for ruining my Friday. Oh, she had switched her iphone to verizon because she heard their coverage was better.........over seas its not since only 40 countries still run CDMA and coverage is spotty at best.

She actually started to argue with me screaming "well it worked just fine in the hotel!!!" I then calmly asked her if she was connected to their wifi at the time, she was quiet and then simply said "Maybe" "......." I asked her to check back when she got there then let me know, I got an email from her about 2 hours later with her apologizing and saying the front desk told her when she got back most people have issues and just buy a temp phone.

dchurch0: I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.


I have the galaxy which is just one model newer than the S3 and I love it, samsung makes the best phones IMO.
 
2012-07-10 08:33:18 PM
steamingpile:

Yep, CDMA has no hard limit for connections, which works fine as long as people aren't talking at the same time. But when too many phones try to transmit at once, packets get dropped or received out of order.

GSM either works or doesn't. Either you have a channel or you don't. Yes, you get QOSed sometimes in peak times, but the same happens on CDMA, the difference being you get to hear your conversation and it drops suddenly instead of it being a degraded garbled mess for the last 30 seconds.
 
2012-07-10 09:03:02 PM

Kuroshin: Nexus isn't worth a damn. Sammy really screwed the pooch on components with that one. S3 just launched, so I dunno, but people seem to love it. RAZR MAXX is okay, but nothing special. The screen is abhorrently rough. All of those AMOLED screens are hard on my eyes (even the Nexus looks like a WXGA display to me, thanks to that PenTile garbage), and the MAXX is by far the worst of the lot. Also, AMOLED screens have really odd color rendering and low brightness.


The biggest problem with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus is that it isn't really a "true" Nexus, since Verizon pissed off Google by blocking Google Wallet on the handset, so instead of getting updates in a timely manner direct from Google, Verizon has to push out the updates themselves. The end result is that the 4.04 update took MONTHS to hit the Verizon Galaxy Nexus after it was on the GSM versions, which is not the way that a Nexus device is supposed to work.

I bought one for $50 myself, and at that price I'm not that disappointed in it, and I do agree that it is a kind of meh phone in terms of hardware. The battery life is especially mediocre. I just tend to hate the various vendor Android skins so much that it was nice to have a stock Android UI without the headaches of rooting and using a ROM that just may not work 100% on the hardware.
 
2012-07-10 11:56:58 PM

dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?


I've got a s3 and I think it's great. I upgraded from a captivate so it was a big upgrade. It has a very fast processor (dual core 1.5ghz snapdragon processor) and 2 gigs of ram along with lte coverage is amazing. It has lived up to the hype. The screen isn't the best but it is better than most. The s-voice is a shiatty knock off of siri and does not work well but other than that, the software built in works wonderfully.

Yes I am on the att network. It has gotten much better and their lte network is amazingly fast. I don't know if Verizon capped their lte network speeds but I am beating all my friends on Verizon speeds from speed test by about 15mbps. I haven't dropped a call in vegas in over a year (on my old phone and this one) and the data speeds have been very consistent. It will probably suck if Apple does release lte on the new iphone but it will probably be the same on Verizons lte network when they come online.
 
2012-07-11 12:35:46 AM

dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?


Get an S3, and get it as soon as you can.

I've had 3 models of iPhones (original, 3G and 4), a few models of Blackberrys through work, and first tried out an HTC One X last month. The One X was plagued with wireless issues, dropped calls, etc. I exchanged it for a new one...no resolution. That second one simply bricked on me after a few days so I returned it and went back to my iPhone 4....that was about 3 days before Samsung made the S3 available for pre-order. I was looking at it, or waiting to see if Apple offered any info on what the 5 would offer. But then I said 'fark it' and decided to roll the dice on another Android phone after reading a great deal of positive overseas reviews where the phone was already available.

I received my S3 on 6/24 (on AT&T in an area with 4G LTE) and I've never been happier with a phone. Off the top of my head:

Pros:
For starters, while I still blame AT&Ts network for my past problems and not so much the iPhone, I've had exactly zero dropped calls in nearly 3 weeks, and the call clarity is greatly improved.

The camera is crazy good for both pictures and video.

The micro SD slot is a dream. It can handle up to a 64 gb card, one of which I got from Microcenter for around $60 around Father's Day. So i'm walking around with more storage on this than my wife or I have combined on our tablets, and I paid $260 for all that since I signed the 2 year contract.

If you're in a 4G area, the data speeds frankly are ridiculously fast.

Customization: I love the far greater amount of flexibility to customize the phone. Widgets, live wallpaper, things of that nature. I very much enjoy having all the info waiting for you when you unlock the phone as opposed to having to open apps, drill down in folders, etc...

Screen: After the brief period of having the One X (with the same larger screen size of the S3), going back to my iPhone for a few weeks was a kick in the sack. It's unreal how much of a difference the larger screen size makes for all sorts of things. I've read the resolution on it does not match the Retina display on the phone. I'm sure that's true, but I can't tell a difference to be honest.

Neutral:
I've hardly used the 'S-Voice' thing, so I can't really offer an opinion. I'm still at a point where I fail to find it faster to speak to the phone than it is to press a hotkey to call a favorited contact. I don't care how good it turns out to be, I'll never use it. The reviews on it have been mixed, with a common opinion it's not as good as Siri....but I wouldn't personally use Siri either.

Size: Some people can't stand the size of it, but I'm 6'3" with bigger hands and I find it far more comfortable to use than an iPhone or Blackberry. It's lighter than an iPhone 4, and to me feel more natural to hold when talking to someone on the phone. I think one of the reasons call clarity is better for both myself and the people with whom I'm speaking is the fact the relevent audio ports are actually closer to my mouth and ear to be honest.

Battery: I really don't find it to be any better or worse than an iPhone. I use the shiat out of it, but can make it easily through an entire day then charge it overnight.

Cons:
This is probably more from being new to Android than it has to do with the phone, but with all that extra customization much of it is not as intuitive as I'd like. I found it really paid off to sit down in front of You Tube and watch some of the tutorial videos on how to utilize all the gesture and motion stuff they have for example.

I'm not a fan of the keyboard and have considered buying a keyboard app. The only thing I loved about the One X was the ability to add words to the dictionary so it didn't try to replace half the shiat I type. Maybe there's a way with the native keyboard, but I've yet to find it. I keep meaning to research this more and forgetting to do so.

tl;dr
Anyway, I love the damn thing. I wouldn't trade it for anything currently available, and I would find it impossible to go back to a phone with a smaller screensize or frankly to iOS. I have friends that swear by iOS and hate how 'chaotic' my homescreens look with all the widgets and what not. I think that's purely a personal opinion though and there's no right or wrong there. They like their neat, square, orderly boxes, and I like the widgets dishing out data for me.
 
2012-07-11 01:54:03 AM

Shrugging Atlas: I'm not a fan of the keyboard and have considered buying a keyboard app. The only thing I loved about the One X was the ability to add words to the dictionary so it didn't try to replace half the shiat I type. Maybe there's a way with the native keyboard, but I've yet to find it. I keep meaning to research this more and forgetting to do so.


It's a bit on the pricey side for an Android app, but SwiftKey X is a good third party keyboard that is very good about learning the words you type frequently.
 
2012-07-11 06:27:02 AM

andhravodu: dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?

My wife has the Razr Maxx. It's ok, nothing revolutionary. Contrary to their advertising, the battery life wasn't that great initially, until I figured to shut off 4g. My wife loves it though. I originally got a iphone 4s for her which she hated. This is much better than the iphone

I have no idea on the galaxy s3, but I swore off samsung phones after a galaxy s2 fascinate. horrible touchwiz interface, braindead gps and vzw refused an OTA update when I had it. samsung products are durable though, if you are a rough user


Just curious ... what did she hate about the iPhone?
 
2012-07-11 11:10:23 AM

MightyPez: Kanemano: Rent is too damn high: Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground,

You must have meant T-mobile, Verizon was late to the android party did they ever have the G1?

Being the first doesn't mean making it popular. The G1 was alright (I had one myself), but T-Mobile was the smallest carrier trying a new phone ecosystem. It wasn't terribly huge. Once Verizon, the largest carrier, launched their Droid marketing campaign Android was on the common man's radar.


Droid is Motorola's flavor of Android, not Verizon's. Verizon didn't even support the Galaxy line on Samsung, which is the best line of Android phones.

Android succeeded in spite of Verizon, not because of it.
 
2012-07-11 11:13:20 AM

Rent is too damn high: Kanemano: Rent is too damn high: Arguably, without Verizon's support Android wouldn't have gotten off the ground,

You must have meant T-mobile, Verizon was late to the android party did they ever have the G1?

No I don't mean T-mobile. Before the original Droid, Android phones weren't doing so well. The Droid and its marketing campaign have changed the Android (and phone) landscape drastically and helped shape the course of phones for years. And Verizon was pushed towards the Droid by AT&T and Apple's exclusive agreement, and the failure of WinMo and Symbian to respond quickly (there was WebOS too but they weren't selling well either).


So Verizon picked up Android because it was selling better than anyone else, but it only was selling better than everyone else because Verizon picked it up?

That's some great logic there Tex.
 
2012-07-11 11:14:28 AM

dchurch0: Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones.


Don't buy a phone from Motorola. They seem to have generally stopped putting their Motoblur crapware on the phones, but it'll be a long time before I buy another Motorola phone. My Defy is a perfectly capable phone. At least it is now that I rooted it and put CyanogenMod 7.2 on it. The Motoblur UI would frequently lock up for several seconds at a time. The phone was generally unusable. Now that it has CM 7.2, I love it.

My wife has a HTC MyTouch Slide and has been very happy with it.
 
2012-07-11 11:20:03 AM

dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?


The S3 is by far the best phone ever produced at this point. We'll have to see if anyone can beat it this year.
 
2012-07-11 11:23:26 AM

andhravodu: dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?

My wife has the Razr Maxx. It's ok, nothing revolutionary. Contrary to their advertising, the battery life wasn't that great initially, until I figured to shut off 4g. My wife loves it though. I originally got a iphone 4s for her which she hated. This is much better than the iphone

I have no idea on the galaxy s3, but I swore off samsung phones after a galaxy s2 fascinate. horrible touchwiz interface, braindead gps and vzw refused an OTA update when I had it. samsung products are durable though, if you are a rough user


The Fascinate is not the Galaxy S2. Please refrain from posting if you have no clue what you are talking about.

http://smartphones.findthebest.com/compare/86-129/Samsung-Fascinate-v s -Samsung-Galaxy-S2

If you don't have G3/G4/Wifi coverage, obviously you should shut off the antenna. Constantly searching for signal will use a lot of battery life.
 
2012-07-11 11:27:59 AM

jaflasvegas: dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?

I've got a s3 and I think it's great. I upgraded from a captivate so it was a big upgrade. It has a very fast processor (dual core 1.5ghz snapdragon processor) and 2 gigs of ram along with lte coverage is amazing. It has lived up to the hype. The screen isn't the best but it is better than most. The s-voice is a shiatty knock off of siri and does not work well but other than that, the software built in works wonderfully.

Yes I am on the att network. It has gotten much better and their lte network is amazingly fast. I don't know if Verizon capped their lte network speeds but I am beating all my friends on Verizon speeds from speed test by about 15mbps. I haven't dropped a call in vegas in over a year (on my old phone and this one) and the data speeds have been very consistent. It will probably suck if Apple does release lte on the new iphone but it will probably be the same on Verizons lte network when they come online.


False. The Galaxy S3 has a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9300_galaxy_s_iii-4238.php
 
2012-07-11 11:55:30 AM

Bullseyed: False. The Galaxy S3 has a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9300_galaxy_s_iii-4238.php


Not the US models. Because Qualcomm has the preferred chipset for LTE in the US, the American variants of the S3 are using a dual core Snapdragon instead of the quad core chip used in the international ones.
 
2012-07-11 12:17:16 PM

Mad_Radhu: Bullseyed: False. The Galaxy S3 has a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9300_galaxy_s_iii-4238.php

Not the US models. Because Qualcomm has the preferred chipset for LTE in the US, the American variants of the S3 are using a dual core Snapdragon instead of the quad core chip used in the international ones.


The ram seems to make up for the lack of the other 2 cores since there aren't any apps that would use the other 2 cores yet. Also, people with the quad core aren't happy with the battery life. Lte may be a battery hog but apparently the quad core is worse.
 
2012-07-11 12:50:39 PM

Bullseyed: So Verizon picked up Android because it was selling better than anyone else


No I don't think I said it was selling better than anyone else before VZ picked it up, in fact it's the opposite. Before VZ picked up the Droid, Android was not that visible in the marketplace. My contention is that VZ saw the Droid and said "we need this to compete against the iPhone, none of the other platforms are doing it", so they picked up the Droid and had a huge advertising campaign for the Droid, hence it became well known and propelled Android to the top. And if they had the iPhone (if AT&T didn't have exclusivity), they probably wouldn't have given a damn about any other platform and the iPhone would have been the only real smartphone with mindshare in the market.
 
2012-07-11 12:55:27 PM

Bullseyed: Droid is Motorola's flavor of Android, not Verizon's. Verizon didn't even support the Galaxy line on Samsung, which is the best line of Android phones.


It's not Moto's. It's trademarked by Verizon, Link, HTC and Samsung also had Droid branded phones, and Moto's Droid phones are branded differently when they're not on Verizon (ie, the Milestone, XPRT, and Razr (instead of Droid Razr, it's just Razr internationally).
 
2012-07-11 03:17:34 PM

Bob The Nob: andhravodu: dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?

My wife has the Razr Maxx. It's ok, nothing revolutionary. Contrary to their advertising, the battery life wasn't that great initially, until I figured to shut off 4g. My wife loves it though. I originally got a iphone 4s for her which she hated. This is much better than the iphone

I have no idea on the galaxy s3, but I swore off samsung phones after a galaxy s2 fascinate. horrible touchwiz interface, braindead gps and vzw refused an OTA update when I had it. samsung products are durable though, if you are a rough user

Just curious ... what did she hate about the iPhone?


1) We always used Android based phones so we are pretty much used to google store etc... Then you get an iphone, you have to register to itunes, provide answers to 3 security questions, give a credit card all for downloading a free app. Not to mention that anytime you download an app, you must provide a password. Contrast this to android where you just search and download an app.

2) Free talking directions in google maps.

3) Search for youtube videos, android does auto-sensing limiting your typing. To be fair, this is because google owns both, but it doesn't do that with iphone.

4) Screen size is too small. She doesn't have big hands or anything, it's just small

5) Siri just wasn't her cup of tea
 
2012-07-12 05:15:28 PM

Shrugging Atlas: dchurch0: This is kinda off topic, but I figure I'll pick the brains of you Fark experts and see what you have to say.

I'm up for a new phone in October. We have Verizon thru my work, so I am going to be getting something they have on offer. Right now I'm pretty impressed with the Razr MAXX, as a couple people in the office have them and they seem like decent phones. That being said, the S3 and the Nexus are both available. I am leaning toward the S3, but I would like the opinion of someone who has one.

What are your thoughts?

Get an S3, and get it as soon as you can.

I've had 3 models of iPhones (original, 3G and 4), a few models of Blackberrys through work, and first tried out an HTC One X last month. The One X was plagued with wireless issues, dropped calls, etc. I exchanged it for a new one...no resolution. That second one simply bricked on me after a few days so I returned it and went back to my iPhone 4....that was about 3 days before Samsung made the S3 available for pre-order. I was looking at it, or waiting to see if Apple offered any info on what the 5 would offer. But then I said 'fark it' and decided to roll the dice on another Android phone after reading a great deal of positive overseas reviews where the phone was already available.

I received my S3 on 6/24 (on AT&T in an area with 4G LTE) and I've never been happier with a phone. Off the top of my head:

Pros:
For starters, while I still blame AT&Ts network for my past problems and not so much the iPhone, I've had exactly zero dropped calls in nearly 3 weeks, and the call clarity is greatly improved.

The camera is crazy good for both pictures and video.

The micro SD slot is a dream. It can handle up to a 64 gb card, one of which I got from Microcenter for around $60 around Father's Day. So i'm walking around with more storage on this than my wife or I have combined on our tablets, and I paid $260 for all that since I signed the 2 year contract.

If you're in a 4G area, the data speeds f ...


Try Swype. I got it a few days ago and I have no idea how I lived without it.
 
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