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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.
 
2012-12-11 01:39:56 PM

moothemagiccow: 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.


It's for you



i48.tinypic.com

Now everyone's going to want one.
Reserve your place in line.
 
2012-12-11 01:40:38 PM
I bought my wife an S3 recently and I'm very impressed. My only gripe is the size of the phone but since it's all screen it's hard to really be that upset about it. The replaceable battery is nice and all but the battery compartment cover feels so damn flimsy that when the tech told me to remove the battery on activation I was pretty worried about snapping it. Other than that it's a pretty great phone.
 
2012-12-11 01:41:21 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.


S4 at this point. I'm up for a new phone next May so I'm waiting for the S4.
 
2012-12-11 01:42:36 PM

Ed Grubermann: 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.


Must be much easier to get a strong grip on a phone that is so small.

/that's what she said
 
2012-12-11 01:47:00 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.


The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are as different as the iPhone4 and iPhone4S, yet you're not whining about that...

Admittedly Verizon's naming system sucks, but that has nothing to do with Android. Motorola and Verizon decided to use "Droid" as their marketing campaign, which is entirely separate from the Android operating system. Verizon/Motorola only ever made one popular phone series which was the RAZR flip phone, so they stick that name on every device they can.
 
2012-12-11 01:58:28 PM

Ed Grubermann: 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.


I've never owned an iPhone. Does it lock up relatively frequently and sometimes just restart itself? Because after getting up to 4.1, you'd think Google would get that problem settled by now.

/And 4.2 has restarted itself three times in the first week of owning my Nexus 10.
 
2012-12-11 02:08:29 PM

drjekel_mrhyde:
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


If the Nexus 4 costed the same as an iPhone, you may have a point. But at $300 without contract, there isn't a whole lot to complain about.
I thought Nexus4 can be used on all carriers... it can in Canada at least afaik, and apparently you can unlock LTE function in Canada as well. I am still waiting for my order to come through though.
 
2012-12-11 02:15:07 PM
subbie seems to have confused gizmodo with another blog, hell freezing over would be them admitting any device was made by apple was anything better than shiat.
 
2012-12-11 02:26:50 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.


I'm in the EXACT same boat as you. I'm tired of their maps app and I've already got the battery replaced on the 3GS after only 2 years, I'm just waiting for Jelly Bean to be installed natively on the 3GS and I'm on it.
 
2012-12-11 02:29:32 PM
S3=
media.ed.edmunds-media.com

iPhone 5=
o.aolcdn.com
 
2012-12-11 02:32:35 PM

azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.


Ugh, WHY?! We have a couple here at work and it's taken every ounce of restraint not to go full-on Office Space on the piece of shiat. The screen makes my eyes vomit.
 
2012-12-11 02:45:12 PM
Im posting from my black friday $49 GS3 so im getting a kick. Seriously, this thing is amazing. Its a small powerful tablet that you can talk into.
 
2012-12-11 02:46:34 PM
The real Jesus phone was the one I accidentally got into a hot tub with in the early 2000's, and it came back to life 3 days later.
 
2012-12-11 02:50:33 PM
I've never had an iphone and have been using Droids. I have a Bionic and it's such a massive POS I may never go back to Droid. I'll most certainly never have another Motorola
 
2012-12-11 02:52:01 PM

Peter von Nostrand: I've never had an iphone and have been using Droids. I have a Bionic and it's such a massive POS I may never go back to Droid. I'll most certainly never have another Motorola


Uh..."Droid" = Motorola.
 
2012-12-11 02:54:26 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Peter von Nostrand: I've never had an iphone and have been using Droids. I have a Bionic and it's such a massive POS I may never go back to Droid. I'll most certainly never have another Motorola

Uh..."Droid" = Motorola.


I realized my redundancy as I soon as I hit add comment
 
2012-12-11 03:06:19 PM
How the hell is the Note 1 "deeply flawed?"
 
2012-12-11 03:07:17 PM

Peter von Nostrand: SacriliciousBeerSwiller: Peter von Nostrand: I've never had an iphone and have been using Droids. I have a Bionic and it's such a massive POS I may never go back to Droid. I'll most certainly never have another Motorola

Uh..."Droid" = Motorola.

I realized my redundancy as I soon as I hit add comment


I had a Droid X that basically bricked, and I was really debating between IPhone and another Android..... very happy I went with the GS3.
 
2012-12-11 03:07:51 PM

Dragonflew: 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.


Then you haven't paid much attention.

There's more than one who has gone from Android to iOS, just as more than one has gone the other way. I'm another user who had an unsatisfactory experience with Android who prefers iOS. It isn't perfect and some things from Android I do miss, but in general I'm pleased with the iPhone and I have no intention of going back to the Android platform.

There's no need for holy wars here. It boils down to one's own preferences; for some, Android is superior, for others, iOS, for yet others, Windows Phone. For nobody but corporate users trapped in 2004, there's Blackberry.
 
2012-12-11 03:10:40 PM

imfallen_angel: 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..



There does seem to be a real lack selection regarding QWERTY smartphones. RIM and Motorola seem to be the only two companies with a large selection of them. Everyone else is chasing the super-thin form factor and sticks with virtual keyboards. It sucks.
 
2012-12-11 03:21:02 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: 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


That program started way before bush...
 
2012-12-11 03:30:38 PM

ChubbyTiger: 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.


I've tried a bunch of ROMs and stock is still my favorite. It's weird.
 
2012-12-11 03:35:36 PM

Dinjiin: There does seem to be a real lack selection regarding QWERTY smartphones. RIM and Motorola seem to be the only two companies with a large selection of them. Everyone else is chasing the super-thin form factor and sticks with virtual keyboards. It sucks.


yup... I've been checking the new models, and yet to find a single phone that would appeal to me, they all look the same, which is a thin slab that I'd fear having in my pockets if they even fit.

Funny thing when a co-worker who's in love with his iPhone went and got a case that has a slide-out keyboard and couldn't say enough great things about it.... when I have my phone that has one, but unless you slide it out, most can't even believe that there is a keyboard in there.

Most time, if I have my phone out and someone is into phone and gadgets see it, they'll always ask about it...

So freaking sad that HP pulled the plug....

At least, so far, compared to every other phone that I've played with, mine still holds up very well.
 
2012-12-11 03:42:04 PM
I have a red Lumia 920, love it. Having experience with both Android 4.1 and Windows Phone 8, I've got to say, I can't stand Android. The unified design language that MS provides for app designers just makes everything look so much better.
 
2012-12-11 03:49:19 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: 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


It actually has LTE in the device, it's just not yet permitted to use it via FCC regulations for some reason. And truthfully the main drawback of it is no microSD slot.
 
2012-12-11 03:50:42 PM

clancifer: Love my GS 3. Good choice.


Bah, except for either Telus's or Samsungs Jelly Bean update. The one that makes the home button turn on the phone and minimize the active app? Grr, thanks whoever did that.

S Voice -> Settings -> enable Open via home key to fix it. Probably the only time you'll ever go into S-Voice.

And at least they fixed this:
farm9.staticflickr.com

Oh, and Telus?:
farm9.staticflickr.com
You acknowledge that we don't want preloaded junk apps on our phones by... putting a preloaded junk app on our phones? Disable.
 
2012-12-11 03:51:11 PM

CFitzsimmons: 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?


To use the cliche, because it works. I have both Android and iOS devices. Even on the stock Nexus 7, I find myself rebooting or crashing every few days, some app decide to burn through the battery in two hours and some apps and widgets just up and disappear for no reason. On my iOS devices, I measure my reboot times in months, I haven't had an OS crash in years, the battery is pretty predictable, and no apps have ever just disappeared off the device. I thought about getting a Nexus 4 (sweet-looking hardware and I do like Google Now over Siri), but went with the iPhone 5 since moving every setting, app and peice of media from the previous device is literally a handful of clicks.
 
2012-12-11 04:07:44 PM

Egoy3k: I bought my wife an S3 recently and I'm very impressed.


timujin: 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.



What do you guys think of the call quality? I have a GS1 running Jelly Bean (Cyanogenmod) that I generally like, but I was always disappointed over the drop in audio quality versus my old Nokia 6310i and compared to my company Blackberry Torch. Compared to my BB, the GS1 outright stinks in that regard.

Did they fix the issue with the GS3 and Note II, or do you still sound as if you're talking through a coffee can from 10 feet away?
 
2012-12-11 04:08:14 PM
For those of you who have experience with the iPhone 4 and the GS3, is the touch screen response on the GS3 similar/equal or better then the iPhone? My only problem with android phones is the screen response usually isn't as great or fast.
 
2012-12-11 04:09:29 PM

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


Holy shiat! You changed the 'S' in Microsoft's initials to a dollar sign! Goddamn, you're so hip and edgy. Wait till you find out about Lolcats! You'll also piss your pants at the HA-HA guy.

Welcome to the internet, friend! Just don't look up Rule 34 for anything while you're at work. You'll surely lose your job as an AOL Homepage developer.
 
2012-12-11 04:15:50 PM

TheTrashcanMan: For those of you who have experience with the iPhone 4 and the GS3, is the touch screen response on the GS3 similar/equal or better then the iPhone? My only problem with android phones is the screen response usually isn't as great or fast.


Android Jellybean (with 'Project Butter' and all) seems to be finally as responsive as iOS.
 
2012-12-11 04:16:42 PM
My current contract with AT&T runs out in May, or at least that's when I can get a subsidized iPhone again. Does AT&T have a promotion where they'll buy out the rest of your contract or stop it and let you trade to a Samsung or Nokia (number 1&2 in the article). I use my iPad for most everything and end up taking only pictures and social networking on my phone. Would like to see what Google has to offer as I'm all up in Google docs and what not.
 
2012-12-11 04:27:34 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


AT&T probably agreed to put out a shiatload of ads for the 920 and push it hard in their stores if they had it exclusive. With carrier support being critical for getting your phone in to the hands of customers, sometimes a company has to cut deals like this (Apple with the first few iPhones, Moto with the Droid on Verizon). We'll see how the strategy worked out once we see how the Lumia sales overall compare to the 8X sales across all three carriers in the US.
 
2012-12-11 04:28:35 PM
Ok, that's a pretty good answer. Thank you.

Disposable Rob
2012-12-11 03:51:11 PM

CFitzsimmons: 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?

To use the cliche, because it works. I have both Android and iOS devices. Even on the stock Nexus 7, I find myself rebooting or crashing every few days, some app decide to burn through the battery in two hours and some apps and widgets just up and disappear for no reason. On my iOS devices, I measure my reboot times in months, I haven't had an OS crash in years, the battery is pretty predictable, and no apps have ever just disappeared off the device. I thought about getting a Nexus 4 (sweet-looking hardware and I do like Google Now over Siri), but went with the iPhone 5 since moving every setting, app and peice of media from the previous device is literally a handful of clicks.
 
2012-12-11 04:31:07 PM
phillbarron.files.wordpress.com

What does Jesus need with a phone?
 
2012-12-11 04:37:14 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: 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


It LTE up here in Canada which is nice. My point was the Nexus for succeeded where the original iPhone failed. it was able to be sold unlocked, for any GSM carrier without contract directly to consumers. Google hit the price sweet spot that apple missed so horribly with the original iPhone. I switched to the Nexus 4 from an iPhone 4S so i'm still getting used to it but so far I don't notice where the extra $300 when in the iphone.
 
2012-12-11 04:39:32 PM

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


Slightly less than $amsung paid to get the #1 spot, apparently.
 
2012-12-11 04:43:01 PM

Mawson of the Antarctic: My current contract with AT&T runs out in May, or at least that's when I can get a subsidized iPhone again. Does AT&T have a promotion where they'll buy out the rest of your contract or stop it and let you trade to a Samsung or Nokia (number 1&2 in the article). I use my iPad for most everything and end up taking only pictures and social networking on my phone. Would like to see what Google has to offer as I'm all up in Google docs and what not.


If you want a different phone and are willing to pay, just buy it at the no-commitment pricing. Your other option would be to try to convince a customer service rep to give you an exception upgrade. You must be 6mo into the current commitment and not have had an exception upgrade in the last 12 months. The price will be the same as the two-year pricing for refurbished units, and will be the standard pricing plus 250 for new units, which will be a discount of about 100 dollars, depending on the phone in question.
 
2012-12-11 04:43:42 PM
Other than the iPhone, all of the major phones are going to huge screens. When the Galaxy Note came out and the "phablet" term was created, everyone said it was so huge. Now, the major phones (GS3, One X+, Optimus G, Nexus 4) all have 4.7 or 4.8" screens and the next generation are all rumored to have 5" screens (GS4/M7/DNA). Sure they're still smaller than the 5.5" Note 2 and even the 5.3" Note 1, but only marginally. When they do provide a slightly smaller screen they still tend to mess it up - the Nokia Lumia 920 only has a 4.5" screen, but it is thicker bigger and heavier than the others (40% heavier than the GS3)! The HTC 8x only has a 4.3" screen and feels very nice, but then they shackled it with only 16 GB of memory with no microSD (see also Nexus 4). At least the One X+ gets 64 GB of onboard memory to compensate for lack of a microSD slot.

My ideal specs (with current tech): quad core, 2 GB RAM, 16+ GB internal memory + microSDHC (or at least 32 if no microSD), 4.2-4.3" screen, 720P screen (or the 16:10 equivalent), LTE, NFC, decent cameras, good solid build quality, 16+ hour run time for "normal" tasks.

Basically just take the current leading phones and reduce the screen size since most of the current phones meet the hardware requirements I want other than the screen size (and for some - GS3 - the build quality). Unfortunately only the "mid range" phones are this size anymore and you lose a lot dropping down to a mid-range phone.
 
2012-12-11 04:55:06 PM
Late to the thread but as pretty longtime iPhone user (3g, 4, now 64GB 5) I'm seriously considering the Note 2. Anyone have any experience doing this?

I like the look of the Note II for two reasons - better web browsing experience and possibly the ability to use it as an e-reader.

I currently use my Gen 1 iPad as an Ereader and really like it, but it's one more thing to carry around when I travel and I'd be pretty happy to let my kids have the ipad fulltime. Nothing worse than grubby little fingerprints all over it. Keeping them away from it is not an option for my sanity when we go to things like restaurants...etc.

So anyone use the note as their primary Ereader?

The big negative in my mind is the plasticy build vs the iPhone (hey - I'm an industrial designer - this stuff matters to me) but with the iPhone 5 you have to keep it in a case as it is a scratch magnet so that point is kind of moot.

I also like facetime - parents have iphones so that is nice and I've never had goos luck with skype on phones.
 
2012-12-11 04:57:08 PM

Dazrin: Unfortunately only the "mid range" phones are this size anymore and you lose a lot dropping down to a mid-range phone.


That has been my main reason for hanging onto my Incredible. I like this form factor and I have a wifi tablet I can tether to it when I want something bigger. Plus with the Incredible rooted you can get Jellybean on it.

I'd definitely like to see more high build quality classic screen size devices. A S3 Mini would likely lure me into finally upgrading.

/although being on 3G and unlimited is pretty awesome
//as y'all jump ship for LTE, my speed has been going up
 
2012-12-11 04:57:57 PM

Dinjiin: Egoy3k: I bought my wife an S3 recently and I'm very impressed.

timujin: 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.


What do you guys think of the call quality? I have a GS1 running Jelly Bean (Cyanogenmod) that I generally like, but I was always disappointed over the drop in audio quality versus my old Nokia 6310i and compared to my company Blackberry Torch. Compared to my BB, the GS1 outright stinks in that regard.

Did they fix the issue with the GS3 and Note II, or do you still sound as if you're talking through a coffee can from 10 feet away?



I haven't had an issue on the Note II, using it either as a handset or through the speakerphone. I also run it through my car stereo with no problems.
 
2012-12-11 05:18:21 PM
fo_sho!:
...I also like facetime - parents have iphones so that is nice and I've never had goos luck with skype on phones.

This is my issue when I switch over to the GSIII. Everyone, I mean everyone in my family has an iPhone so I'll lose Facetime as an option (along with free SMS).

Are there Facetime like apps out there which will allow a GSIII to communicate with an iPhone? (other than Skype)
 
2012-12-11 05:31:32 PM

JoeyJoJo: Are there Facetime like apps out there which will allow a GSIII to communicate with an iPhone? (other than Skype)


Tango is a pretty decent app for video calls.
 
2012-12-11 06:42:36 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.


Nexus 4 is quad-core and 2gb of ram compared to the American SIII's dual core with 2gb of ram. Pixel density on the Nexus 4 is higher(318-306). You're right in that the GS3 is better in other areas, but Nexus 4 isn't "underpowered compared to the Slll."
 
2012-12-11 06:49:36 PM
Note II here. Awesome phone. I still keep my iphone 4 to stream media and for some of the game, sorta like an ipod touch now that it has been deactivated.
 
2012-12-11 06:54:37 PM

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: 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.


But you know what, you shouldn't have to buy a new phone every 3-4 years. That's just farking crazy.. farking white people problems.
 
2012-12-11 06:55:27 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: 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


The Nexus 4 with 16gb of storage unsubsidized is $350. The iPhone5 16gb unsubsidized is more than double that.
 
2012-12-11 06:55:38 PM

Dinjiin: Egoy3k: I bought my wife an S3 recently and I'm very impressed.

timujin: 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.


What do you guys think of the call quality? I have a GS1 running Jelly Bean (Cyanogenmod) that I generally like, but I was always disappointed over the drop in audio quality versus my old Nokia 6310i and compared to my company Blackberry Torch. Compared to my BB, the GS1 outright stinks in that regard.

Did they fix the issue with the GS3 and Note II, or do you still sound as if you're talking through a coffee can from 10 feet away?


I have actually found the call quality to be much better than all my old phones. It took me a few days after I got the phone to actually use it to call someone, and was taken aback at the clarity.

It does seem to always be really loud when I answer a call, but not sure if that is me turning up the volume and forgetting I have done so by the time I actually use it to call someone again.
 
2012-12-11 07:06:26 PM

wholedamnshow: drjekel_mrhyde: 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

The Nexus 4 with 16gb of storage unsubsidized is $350. The iPhone5 16gb unsubsidized is more than double that.


And I got my Note II for $250 subsidized, but you could say the total price was $315, since I have the 80GB "version".


/no microSD slot on the Nexus or the iAnything
 
2012-12-11 07:16:10 PM
The funniest comment on phones: an acquaintance recently got an iWhatEver, because ...

Google refuses to violate state laws concerning the sale of guns.
 
2012-12-11 07:26:08 PM

natazha: The funniest comment on phones: an acquaintance recently got an iWhatEver, because ...

Google refuses to violate state laws concerning the sale of guns.


Does he know his iWhatever is made by Communists?
 
2012-12-11 07:29:59 PM
meanwhile, the iphone was named Time's gadget of the year.

Link
 
2012-12-11 07:33:46 PM

gochuck: I have a red Lumia 920, love it. Having experience with both Android 4.1 and Windows Phone 8, I've got to say, I can't stand Android. The unified design language that MS provides for app designers just makes everything look so much better.


I have to ask about the finish on the red 920's. I haven't seen any besides my own in person, but when I was ordering on AT&T's website the white, yellow, and red are described as glossy and the cyan and black are described as matte. They didn't look glossy in any of the photos I've seen, but since I wanted cyan anyway I just went with that.

Is the red actually glossy, or is that a generous use of the term?
 
2012-12-11 07:40:13 PM

Dazrin:
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.


On the flip side, it feels like it's built like a rock. I'm gladly carrying around the extra weight in the hopes that the build quality will pay off and I'll get another 6 months to a year out of the phone. I'm the type of person that likes to keep my phones for a long time, and I wasn't terribly happy when my Samsung Focus gave out after two years and change.

The heft of the phone really only bothers me on extended phone calls, something that I rarely do anyway.
 
2012-12-11 07:42:46 PM

wholedamnshow: 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.

Nexus 4 is quad-core and 2gb of ram compared to the American SIII's dual core with 2gb of ram. Pixel density on the Nexus 4 is higher(318-306). You're right in that the GS3 is better in other areas, but Nexus 4 isn't "underpowered compared to the Slll."


Must be a problem with 4.2. It feels slower than a S3 for some reason.
 
2012-12-11 07:45:55 PM

Pauly Math: ChubbyTiger: 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.

I've tried a bunch of ROMs and stock is still my favorite. It's weird.


I'm missing a few of my CM features, like quiet hours. Worth flashing it and seeing the differences. I am really liking 4.2 though. Swype is better at text prediction, still.
 
2012-12-11 07:50:20 PM

shiate: meanwhile, the iphone was named Time's gadget of the year.

Link


That same list has has the Surface RT listed, which is honestly a hot mess in terms of usability (although it has a great industrial design), so I'm not sure how much I trust Harry McCracken's opinion. The GS3 and Lumia 920 honestly deserve to be above the really boring iPhone 5.
 
2012-12-11 07:53:32 PM

azazyel: Still love my Galaxy Nexus.


Jelly Bean 4.2.1. Bad "upgrade" or worst "upgrade"?

Buggy as all get-out and the lockscreen is UGly UGly UGly.

/good thing unlike the iphone, it's trivially easy to revert to older firmware.
 
2012-12-11 08:37:13 PM

lecgbe: 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.


Yup. I don't know why they listed the OG and N4 so far apart. They are basically the same phone, except for OS. And per LG, Jelly Bean is supposed to drop this month, so big whoop.
 
2012-12-11 08:48:31 PM
On a separate note, a non-cell phone was just released that should hopefully revolutionize the office VOIP area. The Grandstream GXP2200 is running Android 2.3, with a full touch screen, Play Store, etc, in addition to some crazy Voip features (6 lines, HD audio, bluetooth).

It's in the $200-$250 range, and is easily the most powerful desktop phone I've ever seen.
 
2012-12-11 08:56:57 PM

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


Yep. It's the same type of phone that allowed Rick to talk to all those people in 'The Walking Dead'.
 
2012-12-11 09:29:03 PM
Why is the Galaxy S3 hyped so much? I've used one and it seems like just a solid phone. Android Beam is pretty much worthless, so I can't imagine S-Beam is that much better... Plus, in Japan and the US (the two markets that matter most), it doesn't even have that shiny quad-core that everyone talks about.
 
2012-12-11 09:30:10 PM

Bullseyed: 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.

The Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 are as different as the iPhone4 and iPhone4S, yet you're not whining about that...

Admittedly Verizon's naming system sucks, but that has nothing to do with Android. Motorola and Verizon decided to use "Droid" as their marketing campaign, which is entirely separate from the Android operating system. Verizon/Motorola only ever made one popular phone series which was the RAZR flip phone, so they stick that name on every device they can.


StarTac kicked ass in its day.
 
2012-12-11 11:21:57 PM
I love all those 'tap to transfer video' Samsung commercials where the fine print basically says "It really doesn't work like this"
 
2012-12-12 12:56:22 AM

woodstock827: drjekel_mrhyde:
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

If the Nexus 4 costed the same as an iPhone, you may have a point. But at $300 without contract, there isn't a whole lot to complain about.
I thought Nexus4 can be used on all carriers... it can in Canada at least afaik, and apparently you can unlock LTE function in Canada as well. I am still waiting for my order to come through though.


Just GSM networks
 
2012-12-12 01:39:58 AM
I still love my GSII so much that I might even wait for the GSV and skip the IV altogether. (Already skipped the III without a worry)
Unless the IV is all bendable and levitates or something.
 
2012-12-12 01:41:08 AM

lecgbe: 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.



Wow. An entire post that would've made absolutely zero sense, just a few years ago.
 
2012-12-12 01:44:30 AM

fo_sho!: So anyone use the note as their primary Ereader?


Everyone I know who has one.
I use my SII for ebooks (and love it), but I think the Note size would be just about perfect for books.
 
2012-12-12 02:03:29 AM

Dinjiin: imfallen_angel: 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..


There does seem to be a real lack selection regarding QWERTY smartphones. RIM and Motorola seem to be the only two companies with a large selection of them. Everyone else is chasing the super-thin form factor and sticks with virtual keyboards. It sucks.


I still demand a keyboard, typing on a screen sucks.
 
2012-12-12 02:05:40 AM
*and I have zero interest in voice commands. I'm not Captian Picard nor do I have any wish to be.
 
2012-12-12 05:12:38 AM
My ancient Nokia phone cost 120 bucks 5 years ago (unlocked), can place calls AND send text messages anywhere in the world, is extremely light, and holds a charge for 10 days. What more can one need? ;-)
 
2012-12-12 08:38:13 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: S3=
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the S3 is for people who have to be at the gym in 26 minutes, and love overpriced shiatty repair experiences?
 
2012-12-12 09:29:38 AM
I've been an iPhone user for years...and loved it (still do, for the most part), but recently switched and bought a Note 2 and I LOVE it. Luckily, I have huge hands so its size is fine with me...and as an artist, it + Sketchbook Mobile = a Godsend!
 
2012-12-12 10:53:00 AM

ha-ha-guy: Dazrin: Unfortunately only the "mid range" phones are this size anymore and you lose a lot dropping down to a mid-range phone.

That has been my main reason for hanging onto my Incredible. I like this form factor and I have a wifi tablet I can tether to it when I want something bigger. Plus with the Incredible rooted you can get Jellybean on it.

I'd definitely like to see more high build quality classic screen size devices. A S3 Mini would likely lure me into finally upgrading.

/although being on 3G and unlimited is pretty awesome
//as y'all jump ship for LTE, my speed has been going up


You mean like this one with a 4" screen instead of a 4.8" screen? Link, Link

If they had just reduced the screen and overall size it would be great, but they also reduced the camera (5 MP instead of 8 MP), lowered the RAM down to 1 GB, changed the onboard and microSD memory - can only take a 32 GB microSD and starts with 8 GB of memory instead of 16, and removed LTE entirely. Some places also indicate that they dropped it from a quad core to a dual core, but that all depends on which variation you have of the S3.

With all those changes they have dropped it down to a mid-range phone too, otherwise I would probably get it.
 
2012-12-12 12:29:06 PM

fang06554: On a separate note, a non-cell phone was just released that should hopefully revolutionize the office VOIP area. The Grandstream GXP2200 is running Android 2.3, with a full touch screen, Play Store, etc, in addition to some crazy Voip features (6 lines, HD audio, bluetooth).

It's in the $200-$250 range, and is easily the most powerful desktop phone I've ever seen


Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...
 
2012-12-12 12:43:08 PM

timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...


Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week
 
2012-12-12 12:53:12 PM

fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week


cool stuff... the more of that type of functionality you have, the more you can find ways to improve or ease your productivity
 
2012-12-13 01:32:56 PM

fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week


I don't really follow here..

This is new to you, or that the phone you just got does this, which your previous didn't....?

Smart phones have been doing that for years....
 
2012-12-13 02:53:38 PM

imfallen_angel: fang06554: timujin: Just what the office needs, people playing Angry Birds on their desk phone...

Realistically, if you have a person that'd play Angry Birds on their desk phone, they would be just as likely playing it under the desk on their cell phone. At least now they'd get caught!

Having the contacts and calendar (in addition to email) synced up on the phone is pretty useful. I can set up widgets on the screen, so I can see incoming mail, and calendar appointments. I can also dial right from my address book.

/still pretty excited about the phone, even after having it for a week

I don't really follow here..

This is new to you, or that the phone you just got does this, which your previous didn't....?

Smart phones have been doing that for years....


Not referring to smartphones, referring to office/desk phones. Traditionally, on a desk phone you pay a massive premium to be able to do 1/10th of what you can do on a smartphone. As an example, to get a fully functional wireless headset for a desk phone will usually run in the $300 range. For a cell phone you can get a $30 headset that works fine.
 
2012-12-13 03:30:14 PM

fang06554: Not referring to smartphones, referring to office/desk phones. Traditionally, on a desk phone you pay a massive premium to be able to do 1/10th of what you can do on a smartphone. As an example, to get a fully functional wireless headset for a desk phone will usually run in the $300 range. For a cell phone you can get a $30 headset that works fine.


Ah.. ok...

And yup... it's amazing how what you'd think should be "easy" (desk phone) is no where close to the functions of a cell phone.

If not for the kids and very long phone calls, I'd probably drop my home line. Bought a earpiece (wired) for my cordless phone, as thanks to Bluetooth, I hate having to hold a phone to my head. (but still stuck carrying this thing that's 5x bigger than my cell)

I've seen more phones (desk type) that now come with similar wireless earpieces, but in today's world, it's a joke when the tech has already been around for years.

But with things like "magic jack" switching over to the internet, home lines will probably disappear in the near future.
 
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