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2012-12-11 08:25:01 AM  
Pretty sure we did this one yesterday but regardless found this in the comments and LOL'd...

I'm buying that and changing it to 23 for a friend, not gonna lie.
 
2012-12-11 09:28:50 AM  
Love my GS 3. Good choice.
 
2012-12-11 10:11:46 AM  
There's a phone that will allow me to talk to JESUS?!
 
2012-12-11 10:13:22 AM  

clancifer: Love my GS 3. Good choice.


Note II here. Love it.
 
2012-12-11 10:33:07 AM  
I also have the #1 phone on the list, and it is great.
 
2012-12-11 10:40:30 AM  
I've had #6 for over a month (the mac daddy version) and it is the bomb-diggity. It. Just. Won't. Die.

...and the complaining about the camera is severely overblown.
 
2012-12-11 11:41:43 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
best.phone.EVAR
 
2012-12-11 11:50:18 AM  
I wonder how much M$ paid to get the Lumia with Win8 even on the list.
 
2012-12-11 11:51:25 AM  
I farking love my GS3. I'd marry it if I could.
 
2012-12-11 11:51:29 AM  
Now you know why Apple fought long & hard against Samsung. Samsung's phone is just a better product all around.
 
2012-12-11 11:53:38 AM  

gonzojohn: I wonder how much M$ paid to get the Lumia with Win8 even on the list.


Yeah, that must've been it. Sure, Gizmodo spends its time throating Apple's knob while playing with Google's sack, but believe it or not, even they're forced to admit that the Lumia's a good phone.
 
2012-12-11 11:54:17 AM  

ToxicMunkee: There's a phone that will allow me to talk to JESUS?!


Upside; radio to God.
Downside: Melts your face

They must have really paid off the guys at the FCC to get that past. Flipping regulatory capture.
 
2012-12-11 11:57:14 AM  
Still love my Galaxy Nexus.
 
2012-12-11 12:05:28 PM  

gonzojohn: I wonder how much M$ paid to get the Lumia with Win8 even on the list.


The phone has some great features, the camera is the best I have ever seen in a phone and the OS is actually fairly nice, but it is also plagued by being a thick, heavy phone that is uncomfortable to hold despite having a smaller screen than the competition (non-iPhone at least). If they hadn't messed up the styling it would be a definite contender. It certainly belongs on the list, maybe not #2, but certainly top 5.
 
2012-12-11 12:14:42 PM  
As an iPhone 3GS user, I can't wait to switch to the Galaxy S3, or possibly S4. I've had it with Apple.
 
2012-12-11 12:17:40 PM  
I'm just thankful for the Apple Maps debacle. It let me switch my wife over a S3 and end support of her IPhone 4S.

/yeah I could have just found a way to roll the update back, but killing the device was more satisfying
 
2012-12-11 12:20:26 PM  

mainstreet62: As an iPhone 3GS user, I can't wait to switch to the Galaxy S3, or possibly S4. I've had it with Apple.


As a former Android user, you can have my iPhone 4s when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
 
2012-12-11 12:22:46 PM  
The bitter children at Gizmodo picked something other than an Apple device? So its really no different any day of the week.
 
2012-12-11 12:23:52 PM  

Ed Grubermann: As a former Android user, you can have my iPhone 4s when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.


I know quite a few people who have made the opposite jump instead of going to the iPhone 5, they all love their Android phones. Having gone from an older Android 1.5 device to 4.1 it is night and day. Unless you have used an Android 4.0 or above phone (and not a cheap-ass device) it just isn't a good comparison.
 
2012-12-11 12:24:10 PM  
Ordering a Yellow Lumia Friday(if they are in stock). Can't wait
 
2012-12-11 12:24:31 PM  
Wants an Android phone in the worst way and wants the GS 3 in the worst way.
 
2012-12-11 12:28:36 PM  
I am completely underwhelmed by my iPhone 4 (which I got as a free Verizon upgrade). The screen is far too sensitive, trying to type the correct letter is difficult, the cut and paste is sketchy at best and the email push is not nearly as effective as BlackBerry. For something that is touted by some as the greatest device ever made, I'm just not that impressed. Oh, pod-casts; I do like the pod-cast feature. So, what am I missing here? Why is the iPhone so great?
 
2012-12-11 12:30:52 PM  

cretinbob: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x398]
best.phone.EVAR


I did not know he became President and not President while Bush was in office
 
2012-12-11 12:30:53 PM  

azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.


Me too, but it's getting more and more embarrassing as the year goes on. I'm looking forward to replacing it,
 
2012-12-11 12:34:47 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: cretinbob: [farm4.static.flickr.com image 500x398]
best.phone.EVAR

I did not know he became President and not President elect while Bush was in office

FTFM
 
2012-12-11 12:36:58 PM  

wingnut396: ToxicMunkee: There's a phone that will allow me to talk to JESUS?!

Upside; radio to God.
Downside: Melts your face

They must have really paid off the guys at the FCC to get that past. Flipping regulatory capture.


The fun part is that the phone requires a retinal scan to initiate the call.
 
2012-12-11 12:39:53 PM  
If there was a variant of the 920 on Sprint, I'd have one. Apparently people from Finland are allergic to money.

/"it's too big!"
//You damned kids don't know what a big phone is
///21 years old
 
2012-12-11 12:42:39 PM  
I think it's even more remarkable that the #2 phone is a Windows Phone (over the iPhone 5 at #3).

The Galaxy S III is really nice. I've got a Droid RAZR Maxx and it's quite nice (and they're not kidding about the battery life; it blows away other Android phones). My only real beef with Android phones, aside from the fragmentation and bloatware everyone complains about, is the nomenclature -- why can't these phone manufacturers pick a simple name for their phones instead of tacking on ridiculous adjectives and numbers?

The "Galaxy S III" is a very confusing name for a phone, and non-technical people will think the S II and the S III aren't that different. The Droid RAZR, RAZR M and RAZR MAXX all sound very similar and then there are HD variants of the RAZR and RAZR MAXX that add to the confusion.

Android gets even more confusing for casual users since all versions of ICS and Jellybean aren't created equal due to custom software from manufacturers. It just adds to the nomenclature nightmare.

Part of marketing a product well is finding a simple, one-word poem of a name and going with that. iPhone is a great name in that regard, and the number simply tells you which generation it is. The Android phone makers could learn a lot from that.
 
2012-12-11 12:49:39 PM  

Marine1: If there was a variant of the 920 on Sprint, I'd have one. Apparently people from Finland are allergic to money.

/"it's too big!"
//You damned kids don't know what a big phone is
///21 years old


Sprint didn't want it they still have to push the iPhone hard till about 2015
 
2012-12-11 12:52:46 PM  
meh... until someone builds something as fun and easy to use, as nice looking and has similar capacities such as a pop-out keyboard that barely adds thickness to the phone, that's compact and fit in my pockets as well as mine does, I'll stick to my Pre2.

I've tried a few Android phones and the iPhone, and between the interface being a pain to use and have a cheap feel to it, and being just too big and rectangular for my use... if I need a large screen, I'll grab my tablet.

I've seen that Android is moving into copying WebOs more and more, so maybe one day it's work, but I'd still want the hardware to match.
 
2012-12-11 12:54:26 PM  
The Optimus G is the best. Much better than the SIII and why Google picked it for the Nexus. But the G has LTE and the flexibility of miniSD that the Nexus doesn't. Yes the Google phone does have Jellybean not Ice Cream Sand but for me it was the right replacement for my 3GS.
 
2012-12-11 12:54:52 PM  
I think it's hilarious that we've gotten to the point in our civilization where there's such a thing as a "best" and "worst' telephone.

Back when I was a kid, there was no variety in telephones. We all had the phone supplied to us from Bell. It was an ugly thing that sat on the desk or hung on the wall, and had the same rotary dial and receiver. My friends' phones were the same as my family's phone.

When I was a teen, cheap, crappy phones started to appear in stores to replace the phone you got from the phone company (which at this time had been broken up). Novelty phones happened, too.

Now, people actually have to worry about the specs and features of a phone. I'm no different. I have an Android phone and I've been through several of them trying to find one that makes me happy. I also have a dumbphone, and it's pretty nifty despite being limited... Mainly because, unlike the Android phone, it always works. If I want to make a call, it makes a call. It doesn't get locked up because Android is doing an update, or freeze because the texting app glitched. It doesn't reboot on its own because of a memory leak.

And that's what makes me think the current trend of pocket computers that also have a phone application is going to fade. People will eventually get sick of not being able to use their phone as a phone when the time comes. Having to fight an operating system just to make a phone call is getting tiresome.

What I'd love would be a pocket computer/mini tablet that has a dumbphone built into it, rather than using an application to access phone features. I want the phone part of the device to be COMPLETELY unrelated to the operating system of the computer part of it. Only then will smartphones really be smart.
 
2012-12-11 12:55:07 PM  
Just got my Nokia Lumia 920 this week. Upgraded from my Windows Phone 7.5 HTC Titan. Love it, love it, love it.

Full disclosure, I am a Microsoft employee, and my phone upgrade, which was subject to the $250 upgrade exception fee due to my contract being less than a year old, was subsidized by Microsoft. That said, I'm not a shill. I was an Android fanboy prior to coming to MS. If you're interested at all in the 920, swing by an AT&T store and try it out. Totally worth it.

/My opinions, not Microsoft's.
//Legal disclaimers are fun!
 
2012-12-11 12:56:42 PM  

Ed Grubermann:
As a former Android user, you can have my iPhone 4s when you pry it out of my cold, dead hands.


This is honestly the first time I have ever seen "iPhone" and "Android" reversed here.
 
2012-12-11 12:58:39 PM  

secularsage: I think it's even more remarkable that the #2 phone is a Windows Phone (over the iPhone 5 at #3).

The Galaxy S III is really nice. I've got a Droid RAZR Maxx and it's quite nice (and they're not kidding about the battery life; it blows away other Android phones). My only real beef with Android phones, aside from the fragmentation and bloatware everyone complains about, is the nomenclature -- why can't these phone manufacturers pick a simple name for their phones instead of tacking on ridiculous adjectives and numbers?

The "Galaxy S III" is a very confusing name for a phone, and non-technical people will think the S II and the S III aren't that different. The Droid RAZR, RAZR M and RAZR MAXX all sound very similar and then there are HD variants of the RAZR and RAZR MAXX that add to the confusion.

Android gets even more confusing for casual users since all versions of ICS and Jellybean aren't created equal due to custom software from manufacturers. It just adds to the nomenclature nightmare.

Part of marketing a product well is finding a simple, one-word poem of a name and going with that. iPhone is a great name in that regard, and the number simply tells you which generation it is. The Android phone makers could learn a lot from that.


Except when you get to Apple's marketing on the iPad.

iPad
iPad 2
The New iPad
iPad with Retina Display
iPad Mini

They were adamant that the third generation was not "iPad 3" and that the new version is not "iPad 4". Their marketing is just plain confusing for average buyers.
 
2012-12-11 01:05:11 PM  

mainstreet62: As an iPhone 3GS user, I can't wait to switch to the Galaxy S3, or possibly S4. I've had it with Apple.


Have you had it with Apple, or a 4 year old phone? Comparing a 3GS with any of todays phones is not realistic.

Have been happy with my Galaxy S2, hope to get a S3 soon.
 
2012-12-11 01:06:35 PM  

Bloody Templar: That said, I'm not a shill. I was an Android fanboy prior to coming to MS.


Check your head for scars, that scar is where Ballmer put the chip in.
 
2012-12-11 01:09:10 PM  
In a completely unrelated note has anyone seen the pile of crap Engadget has become? It's horrifying to look upon. I thought the gawker redesign was bad.
 
2012-12-11 01:10:42 PM  
I love my GS3, one of the only downsides is that it is one slippery sonofabiatch. Without the little textured half case with kickstand, I would have serious worry about it just sliding out of my grip.
 
2012-12-11 01:17:33 PM  

ha-ha-guy: I'm just thankful for the Apple Maps debacle. It let me switch my wife over a S3 and end support of her IPhone 4S.

/yeah I could have just found a way to roll the update back, but killing the device was more satisfying



I switched my wife over from her iPhone 4 to a Galaxy S3 recently too. I'm a big 'ol computer nerd, so Android's abundance of functionality worried me a little in relation to moving my wife over to it since she's almost Amish in her technological famiiarity (she didn't even have an email address until I signed her up for one and set it up on her phone about three years ago).

Much to my surprise she absolutely loves the S3, and wishes she'd moved over to Android sooner. Android has really evolved in to such a great, polished OS. And the hardware of the S3 is hella fast. I'm loving it too.
 
2012-12-11 01:18:05 PM  
I think the most important phone of the year was the Nexus 4. It wasn't the best phone, it is underpowered compared to the SIII and the camera isn't that great, but at $350 and a huge sellout it convinced Tmobile there is a market for a unsubsidized carrier that offers cheaper plans. If Google can bring the price of phones down from $600 to $300 unsubsidized it will be a huge win for consumers and will result in lower monthly fees.
 
2012-12-11 01:20:36 PM  

Cormee: azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.

Me too, but it's getting more and more embarrassing as the year goes on. I'm looking forward to replacing it,


Just have mine to the wife and got a Nexus 4. Holy fast and smooth, batman!

Need to try out CM10.1 this weekend.
 
2012-12-11 01:25:18 PM  

ha-ha-guy: Bloody Templar: That said, I'm not a shill. I was an Android fanboy prior to coming to MS.

Check your head for scars, that scar is where Ballmer put the chip in.



I tweeted my first week at Microsoft something about barely feeling the Borg implants. :)
 
2012-12-11 01:29:29 PM  

moothemagiccow: In a completely unrelated note has anyone seen the pile of crap Engadget has become? It's horrifying to look upon. I thought the gawker redesign was bad.


a lot of websites have gone to shiat lately, youtube being the worst offender as always

ZeroCorpse: I think it's hilarious that we've gotten to the point in our civilization where there's such a thing as a "best" and "worst' telephone.

Back when I was a kid, there was no variety in telephones. We all had the phone supplied to us from Bell. It was an ugly thing that sat on the desk or hung on the wall, and had the same rotary dial and receiver. My friends' phones were the same as my family's phone.

When I was a teen, cheap, crappy phones started to appear in stores to replace the phone you got from the phone company (which at this time had been broken up). Novelty phones happened, too.

Now, people actually have to worry about the specs and features of a phone. I'm no different. I have an Android phone and I've been through several of them trying to find one that makes me happy. I also have a dumbphone, and it's pretty nifty despite being limited... Mainly because, unlike the Android phone, it always works. If I want to make a call, it makes a call. It doesn't get locked up because Android is doing an update, or freeze because the texting app glitched. It doesn't reboot on its own because of a memory leak.

And that's what makes me think the current trend of pocket computers that also have a phone application is going to fade. People will eventually get sick of not being able to use their phone as a phone when the time comes. Having to fight an operating system just to make a phone call is getting tiresome.

What I'd love would be a pocket computer/mini tablet that has a dumbphone built into it, rather than using an application to access phone features. I want the phone part of the device to be COMPLETELY unrelated to the operating system of the computer part of it. Only then will smartphones really be smart.


don't worry, something else will come along and replace smartphones as the "hot market", happens to every electronics market

before that bubble pops tho, i would at least like to see somebody come up with a design that isn't derivative of the original iphone... maybe something where the screen has no edge, no more home button on the face of the device, siri or a siri-derivative that can do everything by voice, and new ideas for communication that aren't derivative of the original telephone (like a wall post or selective community)
 
2012-12-11 01:30:58 PM  

Carth: I think the most important phone of the year was the Nexus 4. It wasn't the best phone, it is underpowered compared to the SIII and the camera isn't that great, but at $350 and a huge sellout it convinced Tmobile there is a market for a unsubsidized carrier that offers cheaper plans. If Google can bring the price of phones down from $600 to $300 unsubsidized it will be a huge win for consumers and will result in lower monthly fees.


The Nexus 4 was the everything Android user complained about the iPhone 4
No LTE
No expandable memory
Glass back
Should be on all carriers
I throw this in for fun. They were the first to say Nokia's Lumia's 920 wireless charging was a gimmick, then bam the Nexus 4 has the shiat also
 
2012-12-11 01:33:35 PM  
I have a Galaxy Stellar, and it's a piece of crap.

Don't take the Free Phone with a Contract deal offered by Verizon. You get what you pay for.
 
2012-12-11 01:33:48 PM  

ZeroCorpse: I think it's hilarious that we've gotten to the point in our civilization where there's such a thing as a "best" and "worst' telephone.


www.thehalsreport.com

It's for you
 
2012-12-11 01:34:57 PM  

AdamK: a lot of websites have gone to shiat lately, youtube being the worst offender as always


The one they put up this week? Looks awesome
 
2012-12-11 01:36:38 PM  

Mentat: clancifer: Love my GS 3. Good choice.

Note II here. Love it.


I've had mine for just a couple of weeks (because Verizon) but I'm loving it and am still finding new stuff every day. I went to it from the original Droid, so the increase in capability is incredible.
 
2012-12-11 01:39:02 PM  
My wife got the Lumia a few months ago and loves it. I've fiddled with it a bit. Windows 8 is smooth and relatively easy to work with. Considering how many people are toting slabs around, the Lumia's size is a non-issue for most. I think she'd even trade a mm or two in thickness to get better battery life. My phone is much smaller and annoyingly prone to flipping sideways in my pocket, which makes it a pain to fish out.

On a PC without a touch screen, I can understand why people hate W8.
 
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