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Old February 19th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As my thread title says I am having serious doubts whether I made the right decision to sell my iPhone and iPad and get an S3 and Note 10.1 in their place.

Firstly I find Android apps much more unstable than ios apps. Worst culprits are TomTom, Google Playstore, and Pocket Money which regularly crash but several others do less frequently. Even the Nova Launcher crashes from time to time. I have restored both devices in the hope that it would help but they still cause problems.

Other problems for me are not being able to wirelessly print emails out of the box as I could with ios.

I find the notifications poor - no little numbers on the text, email, whatsapp icons to say you have a message etc.

My S3 constantly cuts calls off mid conversation, sometimes 4 times in a half hour call. My S3 says its connected to my Bluetooth earpiece but actually its not and I have to turn off and then on Bluetooth to connect.

If a call comes in on my S3 whilst I am talking to someone else the option to switch to the new call is covered up by a box telling me what the last text message was from the new caller!

Sorry to be knocking Android, I really wanted to love it having had iphones and ipads for several years but I am just finding the love for Android aint there

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As for the apps crashing.. android is open source and always getting new apps. Cheaper priced apps on android because of this. Some of the app makers just don't care as much about the android counterpart as they do ios and causes crashing because they don't care to update it..

As for the phone cutting calls, this could be due to a network error and not the os. Be sure you have service.

And I actually happen to like the notifications because I tend to look at them frequently and not build up a lot of texts. If I do however, ill know when I click in the notification because it will bring me to my inbox with multiple messages rather than just the one message that came in..

For printing.. you can and can't out of the box. Part of this is due to apple's marketing scheme and manipulating other companies to follow their suit.. even these days, the market shares of android topple iPhone. I sell 20 android devices a day versus 1 iPhone a week.. apple has everyone believing they're winning when really their not.. and I'm a wireless salesman at a large chain, not an android salesman. So its not me trying to make android sales go up..

It's all on preferance and so far the market has seen apple as a greedy falsy falicitic company out to try and steal everyone's money.. all the while creating an operating system that is as tasteless as Steve jobs talking about how he thinks other people steal his ideas.. which IS untrue.. look up the video "did apple really invent anything?" And you will know what I mean..

Anywho, sorry to go on a rant but I'd use the ubuntu phone or windows phone before using ios...
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Hey, it's your opinion superhoops. Sorry your Android experience isn't going well for you. If the apps are acting up then you could always clear the data on them. I never really have any problems with apps. As for calls it might be service in your area. Have never used BlueTooth. For me the notifications are fine.
If you prefer Apple that is all good. Whatever makes you happy and is better to use.
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boyo1991 I agree that developers seem to put less effort into their Android apps than Ios versions. The Tomtom app is not a patch on the ios app. The Android version of Quickoffice is diabolical rubbish unlike the ios app that was extremely efficient for my work.
Anyway I am on a contract now so I will try to grow to love it!
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As MP stated above, there is nothing wrong with preferring Apple to Android.
It is just a matter of preference sometimes.
As for the problems you are having, I would contact your service provider, and see if they might be able to do some troubleshooting on your devices to help with those issues, as that is not normal to Android. It may also have to do with where you live and your signal strength. You may be dealing with several factors here that are making your Android experience a bad one. I am sorry you are having so much trouble.
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Well, sorry to hear about your bad experience with the S3. Android is definitely not for everyone. Comparing Android to Apple is like comparing the colour red to blue. If you prefer red, then all the power to you.
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Hi Superhoops,

Sorry you're having these problems. As Damewolf says, there may be more than one factor here, but I hope that we can help with some of them. Some of the things you describe (e.g. the text box when a second call comes in) might be specific to the Samsung software, so it might be worth asking in our S3 forum whether anyone else has experienced that or has any suggestions.

I've not used some of the apps you experience problems with, but am very surprised at the Play Store crashing. I use a much older and less powerful device and have never seen this. I do certainly agree that some developers seem to have put a lot more effort into their iOS apps than the android versions (as a Brit the BBC iPlayer app comes to mind, and I think that Pocket Informant looks great on iOS but find the Android version repulsive). I think us Android owners can only hope that these developers appreciate the size of the potential market and get their acts together.
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damewolf13 Yep I must get onto Samsung and see if I can have the phone looked at as it just cuts out so much. I am sales rep and make a lot of calls from the car whilst driving and although I always had the odd cut-out due to going out of reception area its happening all the time when it didn't on the previous phone.
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You are so right about Pocket Informant. That was always my calendar of choice on ios, I used it to record all my business appointments. What utter rubbish the Android version is- I now use Calengoo instead.

I will take up your suggestion about posting on the S3 forum about the text box covering up the option to switch calls! Cheers
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boyo1991 I agree that developers seem to put less effort into their Android apps than Ios versions. The Tomtom app is not a patch on the ios app. The Android version of Quickoffice is diabolical rubbish unlike the ios app that was extremely efficient for my work.
Anyway I am on a contract now so I will try to grow to love it!

Don't worry! You will! Don't let developers not spreading the live get you down!
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Apple and Android continue to be the talk in the tech society since the two leaders fight for smart phone supremacy. There are really issues with these two phones, there are no perfect apps, OS or so whatever but you can really see that android and apple are amazing. Maybe it's not the Android features that's wrong, maybe there are some defects with your S3 since you said that the call cuts and the bluetooth is not connected. You'll love Android soon
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My S3 constantly cuts calls off mid conversation, sometimes 4 times in a half hour call. My S3 says its connected to my Bluetooth earpiece but actually its not and I have to turn off and then on Bluetooth to connect.
"Carrier: 3 UK" .... that sounds about right, going on my experience as well with them. Was your iPhone on the same carrier? 3 UK is cheap, but they're a dreadful carrier IMO
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I got an Optimus the size of my thumbnail and Iím supposed to feel bad for someone with an S3, the phone I drool over at the store.
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I got an Optimus the size of my thumbnail and I’m supposed to feel bad for someone with an S3, the phone I drool over at the store.

Lol for me its the note 2.. I want to get an unlocked one.. don't even care if its really from Samsung.. the size, and the processor both make me want it to no end! Lol
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Lol for me its the note 2.. I want to get an unlocked one.. don't even care if its really from Samsung.. the size, and the processor both make me want it to no end! Lol
You weren't thinking about a cheapo Chinese one were you?

You know the phrase? "Never mind the quality...feel the width." ...well that can be very true.
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@boyo: Well if it's not really from Samsung you'll get the size, but probably not the resolution and certainly not the processor.
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"Carrier: 3 UK" .... that sounds about right, going on my experience as well with them. Was your iPhone on the same carrier? 3 UK is cheap, but they're a dreadful carrier IMO
Yes its actually the 3Uk sim that I had in the iphone. I have used 3 for a long time cos of the unlimited data and, up to now, good coverage for me
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What Android Version is your device on superhoops?
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S3 is 4.1.2 and Note 10.1 is 4.1.1 but it says its the latest update available
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Sounds like you've had a pretty dire time with Samsung. Can't say I blame you for wanting to head back to Apple if your experiences with them were so much better.

Of course, switching back to Apple is going to be expensive so it's probably worth following the advice above about posting details of the issues you have on the relevant forums here, see if some of them can be resolved.
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Or sell the Samsung and put the funds towards a Nexus4.
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Well, obviously - the N4 is the best phone EVER!
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My 2 cents. Theres is nothing that iphone does that the s3 doesn't. The "out of the box" is overrated and there's always an app for everything. The more you use Google the beter the experience. This goes for printing too.
As for notifications I do have numbers on the icons but again theres app for that too.
I haven't experienced any lagging nor other problems whatsoever.
As for office apps. Theres different options on the market or you can try Polaris.
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Why..?? Why would you dump an apple for an android..?? iOS is definitely much more stable than an android. I think the only major problem with android is that it keeps crashing. If that gets right, Android will rock.
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Beware of generalisation Alice. I'm running an old version of Android on a 3 year old handset and don't experience crashes at all. Of course my system is stripped down to what I use, no carrier additions or manufacturer skins. People's experience of android depends on device and carrier (though the devices the OP has should be better than this, which makes it odd).

And iOS does have crashes, but does them silently - if you find yourself back on the homescreen and wonder whether you've hit the home button by mistake, that was the app crashing (I've seen this on my daughter's iPhone - she knew perfectly well what it meant).
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Why..?? Why would you dump an apple for an android..?? iOS is definitely much more stable than an android. I think the only major problem with android is that it keeps crashing. If that gets right, Android will rock.
Aplple crashes more than android, apple just doesn't tell you when an app fc's.
Also obviously if you feel apple is so much better than android why are you here? Trying to stir the pot?
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Sorry to hear about your bad experience, but since you are using Nova Launcher, have you thought about using Tesla Unread which works alongside Nova to provide you with "little numbers" next to your Email, SMS, and Phone icons to view your missed notifications.

Hope this helps and I hope your experience with android in the future is better
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Anything can crash. It's all in what marketing you believe in and HOW YOU RESEARCH IT. If I wanted and Iphone, I would first read up on all the reviews, then switch to forums where even fanboys will diss something they don't like to other fanboys.

I joined here as I wanted to learn about the ins and outs of Android. I happened to like Symbian and BB, but no apps. I don't happen to think an Iphone is worth the high price if you don't do subsidized (I don't). I see Apple is planning on a $199 Iphone.

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Also obviously if you feel apple is so much better than android why are you here? Trying to stir the pot?
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...since you are using Nova Launcher, have you thought about using Tesla Unread which works alongside Nova to provide you with "little numbers" next to your Email, SMS, and Phone icons to view your missed notifications.
That's one of my favorite apps.. leaves a cute little number of unread right there on the app screen icon, texts or email, etc.
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I'm also thinking of going iPhone. I've been an Android fan since I got my Droid 2 back in 2010. And a Google fan, in general, since they only did search. But my biggest problem now is bugs. Granted, I'm still on Gingerbread, with no path to upgrade on this phone, but I don't want to commit for two years only to get into another bucket of bugs. Here's what I contend with every few days (with no solutions I could find):

1) The music player will get stuck on a song in my playlist and just repeat it until I back out and restart the playlist. It will show a different song as it cycles through, or if I select a different song, but the one it plays is the same old song. I created a new playlist, with some of the same songs, but in different order, and now a different song repeats forever. And it doesn't matter which music player I use. Winamp does the exact same thing, same repeating song, same everything.

2) Google Navigation can't decide which voice to use. I installed Ivona (much, much nicer than the stock voice), but Nav switches between its voice and Ivona throughout the trip randomly. And when it uses its voice, it doesn't speak street names.

3) GPS apps sometimes crash the phone. It goes back to the red M and restarts.

4) Sometimes the GPS doesn't acquire the satellites. GPS Status will see plenty of satellites, most strong enough, but it takes over five minutes to lock on. A power-cycle (red M again) will get the satellites back right away.

5) Random phone crashes. It'll be sitting in my pocket and just go back to the red M. I feel the vibration and see it restarting.

6) I had to do a complete factory hard reset when I got into that "red-eye of death" loop this past summer.


All of the above seem to have been experienced by other Android users, but I see no answers from Google. I like the phone options that run Android. I'd rather have the Razr M's screen size. I like the prices. But the bugs are getting annoying. Now that Google is in the big leagues, they need to behave that way, instead of the upstart, always-in-beta, mode that got them here. My wife's had an iPhone for a while, and my son for years, without any real problems.
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I'm also thinking of going iPhone. I've been an Android fan since I got my Droid 2 back in 2010. And a Google fan, in general, since they only did search. But my biggest problem now is bugs. Granted, I'm still on Gingerbread, with no path to upgrade on this phone, but I don't want to commit for two years only to get into another bucket of bugs. Here's what I contend with every few days (with no solutions I could find):

1) The music player will get stuck on a song in my playlist and just repeat it until I back out and restart the playlist. It will show a different song as it cycles through, or if I select a different song, but the one it plays is the same old song. I created a new playlist, with some of the same songs, but in different order, and now a different song repeats forever. And it doesn't matter which music player I use. Winamp does the exact same thing, same repeating song, same everything.

2) Google Navigation can't decide which voice to use. I installed Ivona (much, much nicer than the stock voice), but Nav switches between its voice and Ivona throughout the trip randomly. And when it uses its voice, it doesn't speak street names.

3) GPS apps sometimes crash the phone. It goes back to the red M and restarts.

4) Sometimes the GPS doesn't acquire the satellites. GPS Status will see plenty of satellites, most strong enough, but it takes over five minutes to lock on. A power-cycle (red M again) will get the satellites back right away.

5) Random phone crashes. It'll be sitting in my pocket and just go back to the red M. I feel the vibration and see it restarting.

6) I had to do a complete factory hard reset when I got into that "red-eye of death" loop this past summer.


All of the above seem to have been experienced by other Android users, but I see no answers from Google. I like the phone options that run Android. I'd rather have the Razr M's screen size. I like the prices. But the bugs are getting annoying. Now that Google is in the big leagues, they need to behave that way, instead of the upstart, always-in-beta, mode that got them here. My wife's had an iPhone for a while, and my son for years, without any real problems.
GB is ages behind android 4.0.+
Sounds like you might have a budget device? I'd be willing to bet if you had a higher end device running 4.0 or higher youre feelings on android would change. The amount of difference between 4.0+ android devices and previous versions are like night and day.
You also have to remember ios runs on only 1 phone. So of course it's going to be a top of the line device. When you get a lower end android phone ( hardware and software) wise of course the iphone is going to outperform it. Get a top tier android running at least 4.0 and then make a comparison. Not really a fair comparison when you use one os only phone which is their top of the line against another os mid/low end phone.
I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't have near as many complaints if you compared a top tier android device, ( for example) the S3/HTC One/DNA/Nexus 4 etc. etc. against the iphone. That is more of a fair comparison.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 10:23 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I would have switched the iPad out and tried out the Galaxy note. Worst case scenario you don't like and you can return it/sell it and get another iPad with minimal financial damage and you don't have to worry about contracts and all that stuff with the phone.

If you don't like Android, then switch. It's all good. Nobody says you HAVE to like Android, despite the attitude toward Apple here.

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Now that's your problem- Android was total garbage in my experience up until recently.

The S3 I have is very good. Now I feel like Android actually has a decent OS. And this feels like a real competitor in the smartphone market. Almost a year into it and the S3 is still going strong. Like I'm not anxiously awaiting upgrading. It has been that good in my experience.
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I quite agree with the point about Apple: if it's a better fit for you, then for sure go Apple.

I never had the sort of issues the OP and Irony58 describe, despite only recently having upgraded from a 3 year old original Desire running Gingerbread. That worked pretty well for me. My current N4 is a dream. Maybe I've just been lucky or maybe I just do less with my phones. Either way, I'm happy with Android.

My missus has had iPhones for years. She loathes my Nexus as much as she loathed my Desire. I don't get along with her iPhone - every time I want to do anything I end up on the homescreen hunting round through all those tiny, boring icons for the one I was just on.

It's horses for courses: what suits one person won't necesarily suit another. How boring would it be if we were all the same?
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Apple definitely works better out of the box. But, generally you can find solutions to all of your problems if you put a little time into it.

I use Android because I like monkeying around with it and because its cheaper (Nexus 4 on prepaid plans saves me so much money!).

I haven't used an S3 much but I definitely despise the carrier and manufacturer branded crap that they all dump on top of android and try to stick to the "Nexus"/unaltered devices. I would spend some time in the S3 forum to figure out how to get rid of it and as close to stock android as you can (Nova Launcher + freezing carrier apps?)

There's ways to get the notification counts (Badge Notifications from ios) on the icon. SMS Unread Count is a widget with it or Nova Launcher ($4 version) or several of the other launchers have it built in.
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GB is ages behind android 4.0.+
Sounds like you might have a budget device? I'd be willing to bet if you had a higher end device running 4.0 or higher youre feelings on android would change. The amount of difference between 4.0+ android devices and previous versions are like night and day.
You also have to remember ios runs on only 1 phone. So of course it's going to be a top of the line device. When you get a lower end android phone ( hardware and software) wise of course the iphone is going to outperform it. Get a top tier android running at least 4.0 and then make a comparison. Not really a fair comparison when you use one os only phone which is their top of the line against another os mid/low end phone.
I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't have near as many complaints if you compared a top tier android device, ( for example) the S3/HTC One/DNA/Nexus 4 etc. etc. against the iphone. That is more of a fair comparison.
I agree that comparing a two-year-old design with the latest iPhone is not entirely fair, but using a top tier Android phone is an expensive option. I'd love to at least try an ICS upgrade, but not even CyanogenMod is available for my phone. So, while you're willing to bet a new phone would be comparable, I'm the one that would be stuck with the bill and contract if you're wrong. I'd take that bet from Motorola, though

One benefit to the one OS - one product line business model is that upgrades happen even on the older phones. With new Android phones being offered every 15 minutes, there much less incentive to be backward compatible, or even to fix the existing defects. We have devices with technology unheard of as recent as five years ago that are now mere consumables. My little Droid 2 could be quite useful to me for years to come if only the design bugs would be taken care of.
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I agree that comparing a two-year-old design with the latest iPhone is not entirely fair, but using a top tier Android phone is an expensive option. I'd love to at least try an ICS upgrade, but not even CyanogenMod is available for my phone. So, while you're willing to bet a new phone would be comparable, I'm the one that would be stuck with the bill and contract if you're wrong. I'd take that bet from Motorola, though

One benefit to the one OS - one product line business model is that upgrades happen even on the older phones. With new Android phones being offered every 15 minutes, there much less incentive to be backward compatible, or even to fix the existing defects. We have devices with technology unheard of as recent as five years ago that are now mere consumables. My little Droid 2 could be quite useful to me for years to come if only the design bugs would be taken care of.
A top tier android isn't going to be any more expensive than a new iphone. In fact it will probably cost you less. Also now that all top of the line androids come with 4.0+ pre installed even if down the line your phone stops receiving upgrades the fact that you will have 4.0+ installed will keep your device more than capable for quite some time. Also most top of the line devices are going to receive os upgrades for probably at least 1 1/2 - 2 years. Heck the HTC Thunderbolt just received an upgrade to android 4.0 and that's a pretty old device. Some carriers/manufacturers will push os upgrades out faster than others but if you get a top-tier phone you're going to get os upgrades. Now I'm not saying they will push os upgrades to your device forever, but I would bet most will continue to get os support for at least 2 years. No device is going to be supported forever, it's just not going to happen. Besides most people upgrade their device every two years or so. Even if you choose not too any top tier android phone you can get today will be able to do pretty much what you need it to, even if it's 2+ years old.
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A top tier android isn't going to be any more expensive than a new iphone. In fact it will probably cost you less. Also now that all top of the line androids come with 4.0+ pre installed even if down the line your phone stops receiving upgrades the fact that you will have 4.0+ installed will keep your device more than capable for quite some time. Also most top of the line devices are going to receive os upgrades for probably at least 1 1/2 - 2 years. Heck the HTC Thunderbolt just received an upgrade to android 4.0 and that's a pretty old device. Some carriers/manufacturers will push os upgrades out faster than others but if you get a top-tier phone you're going to get os upgrades. Now I'm not saying they will push os upgrades to your device forever, but I would bet most will continue to get os support for at least 2 years. No device is going to be supported forever, it's just not going to happen. Besides most people upgrade their device every two years or so. Even if you choose not too any top tier android phone you can get today will be able to do pretty much what you need it to, even if it's 2+ years old.
Hi, Adauth. I didn't mean to imply that a high-end Android phone cost more than an iPhone. I'm sure I can get a good one for even less. But it's still a sizable investment and I'd be stuck with it for two years if ICS and/or Jelly Bean have their own share of bugs. And then in 2 or more years, it'll be left behind with whatever bugs remain.

I'm somewhat old-fashioned and think that 2+ years isn't really all that long. For example, the iPhone 3GS came out in mid-2009 and is still supported by iOS6.1. Obviously the new tech in the iPhone 4's and 5's allow for more functionality than what you can do on a 3GS, but here it is almost 4 years later and the 3GS will still do at least a little more than what it did back in 2009. And since iOS 6 appears to be pretty stable, the phone could be useful for even more years, as long as the owner doesn't get tech-envy.

I can definitely understand why the cell phone world does what it does, at least with regards to obsolescence. It doesn't make economic sense to keep supporting older phones when most people just toss theirs every two years for the latest, greatest. But I don't have to like it, and if Apple reduces that obsolescence, then for me, anyway, that may be a better option. But if ICS and Jelly Bean are truly stable, than I would rather go with that. I need to work on convincing myself of that.
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ICS and up are very stable os. Yes you're right a 3gs will still run the newest ios, but in all likelihood you're not going to see any significant improvement in functionality on the 3gs due to hardware limitations, and I know that some 3gs iphones running ios6 actually run slow and experience alot of errors and can be pretty unreliable. The result of software being to much for the old hardware, eventually the software will outrun the hardware. It's just a matter of time. Try spending some time really playing with a new high end android. I think you will find the os extremely stable and more than capable of anything you will need it to do. I think you'll see what I mean about if the phone never got another upgrade you would still have a very capable device for years to come.
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I'm a long-time Apple fan--been using their stuff more or less exclusively for over 20 years. However, I refuse to buy an iphone. Why? For starters, they're waaaay overpriced, second, Apple got greedy and gave ATT exclusive rights to iphone for far too long (and I hate ATT), and lastly, Apple's incessant efforts to stop people from jailbreaking their device to add/delete apps that they want on a device that they own. Imagine buying a new Honda Civic, and being told that you could only use Goodyear tires on your car because of an agreement between Honda and Goodyear, and that your tires would only be unlocked when you needed new Goodyear tires.........total BS

I've been using android for 4 years now, and about the only complaint I have is that the Google Play store is a bit of a wild, wild, west in terms of a lack of vetting for apps and app developers. Twice I've had the credit card that I use exclusively on the Google Play store have unauthorized charges made to my card, and, some of the permissions that the app developers demand are outrageous--i.e. why does a game need access to all of my contacts and my phone number? I also REALLY resent the fact that Google will only let you leave a customer review on a Google Play app if you sign up for a Google Plus social networking account. I know they're trying to compete with facebook, but trying to force people to sign up for Google+ is total BS....

If the cheap (sub $200) iphone becomes a reality and I could get one unlocked to use on the carrier of my choice I'd consider it, but for the time being I think my HTV LTEvo blows the iphone away......

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Firstly I find Android apps much more unstable than ios apps. Worst culprits are TomTom, Google Playstore, and Pocket Money which regularly crash but several others do less frequently. Even the Nova Launcher crashes from time to time. I have restored both devices in the hope that it would help but they still cause problems.
I'm not familiar with most of these apps except for Nova Launcher. I run it on my GS3 and have no issues with it for the past few months. The last update I got was really stable. It is unfortunate that you are having issues with those other apps.

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Android does notifications differently. If you want those numbers, that feature is available on Nova. I have the Nova Prime Launcher which is the paid version.

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My S3 constantly cuts calls off mid conversation, sometimes 4 times in a half hour call. My S3 says its connected to my Bluetooth earpiece but actually its not and I have to turn off and then on Bluetooth to connect.
This may be an issue with your particular phone. You may want to contact your network provider and report these problems. I have an S3 and have not experienced any of these issues. I use BT in my car.

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If a call comes in on my S3 whilst I am talking to someone else the option to switch to the new call is covered up by a box telling me what the last text message was from the new caller!
This is highly unusual and I have not experienced this at all. Overall, perhaps a replacement handset may solve many of the issues you have.

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Sorry to be knocking Android, I really wanted to love it having had iphones and ipads for several years but I am just finding the love for Android aint there
Since you indicated that you are committed to Android for a while, the first thing you need to understand about the transition is that Android or specifically your S3 is different than the iPhone. Although you may be able to find apps to emulate your iPhone in many ways, the best way is probably breaking free of expecting your S3 to work the same as your old iPhone. You will find that there are many things that are different and some are subtle, but can be annoying if you are simply used to the iPhone.

App quality between iOS and Android will vary with the same apps. If you are unsatisfied with the Android version of those apps you are used to on iOS, perhaps you could look for alternatives. For many apps, there will be alternatives that do more or less the same. Some may work better on Android than the ones you are currently trying to use.

Hopefully, you can find a way to make your S3 work better for your. If you simply prefer iOS, that's fine. Both iOS and Android are different and some prefer one much more over the other.
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To like iOS literally means that you really like it, at least with Android you can change the keyboard, launcher and pretty much anything else to make it your very own phone, completely customized to your liking not what a corporation decides that your device should be.
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1. App crashes - already answered

2. No notification numbers - because you are using Nova Launcher. Its a Launcher dependent feature. To get that, either remove Nova Launcher altogether and use the Samsung stock Launcher interface, or buy Nova Prime and use Tesla Unread.

3. Text box: Are you using a third party SMS app like Go SMS or Handcent? You have to alter their settings so you won't have popups in a call. Otherwise the stock SMS app of Samsung doesn't have popups AFAIK.

Basically, the problems you mentioned are from you installing 3rd party apps and not configuring them properly.
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