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Old December 16th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #1601 (permalink)
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As everyone may know, I used to be a severe hater on Samsung based on prior experiences with their devices. However, they have changed my mind with the release of the GS3. The phone is a behemoth and they are doing a great job of providing updates and the whole 9. I would buy a GS4 if it is really that great.
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I guess I'm one who doesn't understand the bad rep Samsung gets. There's so many other phones people can buy yet they act like they were forced to get a Samsung.
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I guess I'm one who doesn't understand the bad rep Samsung gets. There's so many other phones people can buy yet they act like they were forced to get a Samsung.
Well, in the past.. they weren't very supportive of their devices. Clearly, that is no longer an issue, which makes me more than happy to purchase a device of theirs. Specs were never an issue.
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I guess I'm one who doesn't understand the bad rep Samsung gets. There's so many other phones people can buy yet they act like they were forced to get a Samsung.

in the past.. before GS3...
samsung always make phones with super great specs.. anything they can think of to make the list of hardware bigger than the next phone.
which makes it hard to not purchase their phone. oohhh so shiny and powerful.

but...
once you had the phone.. it seamed that there small disconnect between the different parts of the phone. all the parts where not working at 100% team work. HTC phones by comparison; the parts add up to more than the whole and everything works great together.

and the support was not there... updates to fix issues never came.. or way late. example: GPS.. they said it was fixed.. then promise fixes.. or ignored the issue.

many have been tricked into the hype.. of the great spec phones.
and feel cheated..or fooled.

but now.. with the GS3.. samsung has learned how to do things right.. and are on the right road.

I sure hope they keep on this road and keep getting better...
this will also push other OEMs to re-evaluate.. HTC, Moto, etc...
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My last HTC phone was the Evo3D for all of 3 or 4 days; maybe less. That phone felt nothing like an original Evo upgrade.
Motorola Photon was next and that also got a bad rep because of Motos propensity to lock bootloaders.

After that it was the iPhone 4S/Samsung E4GT. I opted for the touch. Prior to that the last Samsung phone I had must have been back in '01... That's a LONG time ago.

I was completely pleased with the E4GT (plastic and all) and never had any of the issues other people had.
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I think what has pushed Samsung to keep their phones up to date and working properly is this war they have with Apple. Samsung wants to take over the smart phone game, well who do you have to measure up to? The IPhone. This war IMO has helped us and Samsung.
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My last HTC phone was the Evo3D for all of 3 or 4 days; maybe less. That phone felt nothing like an original Evo upgrade.
Motorola Photon was next and that also got a bad rep because of Motos propensity to lock bootloaders.

After that it was the iPhone 4S/Samsung E4GT. I opted for the touch. Prior to that the last Samsung phone I had must have been back in '01... That's a LONG time ago.

I was completely pleased with the E4GT (plastic and all) and never had any of the issues other people had.
The EVO 3D was a great phone, and still is. I only got the SGS3 to satisfy my hunger for new tech.
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The EVO 3D was a great phone, and still is. I only got the SGS3 to satisfy my hunger for new tech.
I agree, the EVO 3D is a great phone. I never plan on selling mine.
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I also liked the 3D, but took it back because the day after I got it they announced the EVOLTE. Now I'm happier than a hog in horse sh....you get the point.

I've got 1+ years for the next big thing to drop, its gonna be really cool, I can't wait.
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I didn't like the Evo 3D. Compared to it's predecessor it felt like a sideways step instead of an upgrade.

I'm not here to knock the phone. My point overall is choice. Rather than forcing myself to like it I got something else I did.
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Some rumors for the next HTC flagship for 2013....

HTC M7 rumored for February debut with 4.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor | PhoneDog
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Fun rumors. Thanks for linking as I'm not able to keep up with the current news.
If you follow the link to the source, funny how one paragraph says it doesn't have quad core, and the next paragraph says it does have quad core. Typos? I wonder where the original original source is.

Increased viewing angle!? I didn't think the viewing angle could be much better than the Super LCD 2 in the One X/Evo 4G LTE. Its a stellar display. (though I don't think S-LCD 2 is the end all be all)
Increased color reproduction will be nice. There is some "color stepping" even on a great screen like in the One X/Evo 4G LTE. Hopefully HTC can be much more consistent with their display parts supplier as well. I saw firsthand a number of different displays for the One X/Evo 4G LTE from what I can guess as a number of different manufacturers (well, 2 really). The colors and quality of the different displays were vastly different. Same has been true of other HTC phones in the past and present. I'd like to see them step it up and get only more consistent with their display sources.

I also hope that the software and calibration are as well dialed in and top notch as the new up and coming display technology. Hardware and Software must work hand in hand to provide the best possible end product and reproduction.

Furthermore I hope that M7 is not the final name, and a typical HTC codename. M7 is too Nokia-like (E71, X6, N70, N8, N9, anybody?). Its also too car-name-y for my liking (Mazda MX-6, RX-7, CX-7 BMW M7 (concept)) etc. I know its a bit of a nit-pick.
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The parent article says it uses a SoLux display.

http://www.solux.net/cgi-bin/tlistore/infopages/index.html

I don't think so.
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I'm pretty happy with my SIII. As long as Samsung (and Sprint) keeps supporting the SIII in a timely fashion then it will give me confidence to purchase future phones from them.

The SIII has been a major success for them so I see no reason for them to stop supporting it, at least well into 2013.

But saying that, if Google eventually releases a Nexus 4 on Sprint with LTE and bump up in memory I may have to take a long look at that. I picked up a 32gb Nexus 7 tablet about 2 months ago and have been pretty impressed with the stock Android experience.
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better viewing angles...

why is that such a selling point??
my phone.. i might want to have my friends see what i am looking at..
but they will be next to me and in front of the phone..
not way far off to the side... they hope! :P

most the time.. i want things on my phone to be private. entering codes, Texting, pictures, phone numbers..etc...
so some stranger off to the far side.. should not be able to see it clearly.
would that not be more valuable?

i think.. a viewable area is about 45degree of to each side of center.. would be great.
when would I need to see my screen from way to the side?????
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I have the same date for my upgrade. My contract is up in June of the same year. I think I will wait to see what the GS5 or Note 4 will bring. lol. As for now I am happy with the way Samsung has been handling the updates with the GS3. We will soon have the Multi-View feature in 4.1.2 and other features. They are moving at a good pace.
Yeah my contract is up the same month and year as well. Kind of hard to predict what will be out over a year from now. But I agree Samsung has been on a roll so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

One thing I will be looking for is a device with great battery life. Most phone makers will all probably have awesome screens, a lot of memory and some interesting bells and whistles on their higher end devices..

I'm hoping phone makers will be able to mix all these great features and still pack some great battery life into these devices as a standard feature.
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Yeah my contract is up the same month and year as well. Kind of hard to predict what will be out over a year from now. But I agree Samsung has been on a roll so it will be interesting to see what they come up with.

One thing I will be looking for is a device with great battery life. Most phone makers will all probably have awesome screens, a lot of memory and some interesting bells and whistles on their higher end devices..

I'm hoping phone makers will be able to mix all these great features and still pack some great battery life into these devices as a standard feature.
The battery life is what I will be looking at also. I am happy with the SIII battery life so far. It is much better than my EVO 3D and Photon. But I would still like it to last a little longer. That new HTC phone sounds nice but with a 2300mah battery, I don't think is really good enough. I don't understand why these new phones don't do what Motorola has done with their battery on the Razr Maxx. I am hoping that at least Samsung continues to at least have a removable battery and sd card slot.
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As of now, I think the general consensus is that it is very unlikely for it to come to Sprint.
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As of now, I think the general consensus is that it is very unlikely for it to come to Sprint.
Or any CDMA carrier, for that matter.
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The battery life is what I will be looking at also. I am happy with the SIII battery life so far. It is much better than my EVO 3D and Photon. But I would still like it to last a little longer. That new HTC phone sounds nice but with a 2300mah battery, I don't think is really good enough. I don't understand why these new phones don't do what Motorola has done with their battery on the Razr Maxx. I am hoping that at least Samsung continues to at least have a removable battery and sd card slot.
If Samsung's next phone utilizes the BIG.little architecture like rumored we should see better battery life. Samsung has been pretty good at steadily increasing the battery size in the device too, from 1500 in the GS1 to 2100 in the GS3. I can see the GS4 having 2400 to 2500mAh. Possibly more if they actually take a page out of Moto's book and create a thin long battery. PLEASE SAMSUNG!
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As of now, I think the general consensus is that it is very unlikely for it to come to Sprint.
The lg Optimus G is pretty much the same phone as the Nexus 4, lte chip is said to be in the Nexus already so I think it still has a chance for Sprint. Sprint has or known to get the Nexus phones late.
 
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The lg Optimus G is pretty much the same phone as the Nexus 4, lte chip is said to be in the Nexus already so I think it still has a chance for Sprint. Sprint has or known to get the Nexus phones late.
It doesn't matter that the Optimus is basically the Nexus 4. What matters is Google and whether or not they feel they can support a CDMA Nexus as well as a GSM model. And right now that answer is, they can't.
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The "X Phone" huh? Hmmm interesting. They say this phone will definitely compete with Samsung and apple. Looking forward to see what this phone is all about.
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If Google insists on X'ing (pun intended) out the microSD card slot, then it won't be a competitor in my eyes...LOL.
Exactly! Which is why the S4 and the Note 3 are on top of my list. If Google continues with this little storage and non-removable battery nonsense, this will be another phone I'll skip.
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If Google insists on X'ing (pun intended) out the microSD card slot, then it won't be a competitor in my eyes...LOL.
Apple doesn't use one either, so its not lacking features of its competitor ...which makes it competitive.
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If Google insists on X'ing (pun intended) out the microSD card slot, then it won't be a competitor in my eyes...LOL.
True and with Motorolas past history of messing up bootloaders and over the roof sky high prices and I am not expecting anything that would be groundbreaking and or placing the device on a must have list.

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Apple doesn't use one either, so its not lacking features of its competitor ...which makes it competitive.
Apple, prff. I see nothing they can produce that Android doesn't have for quite some time now. Android manufactures can produce highly innovated designs that give Apple a run for its money. But with that said and out of the way, Google needs to get its head out of the sand. The Nexus brand is a perfect example. It is supposed to be top of the line and show what can be done on Android, but to me that's bull, especially with the lack of a sd card. Folks like to have a sd card, this cloud stuff is fine and dandy, but I still want a sd card slot. The Nexus brand should have everything under the sun that technology and software is at, but it doesn't. With no sd card slot, its no wonder that now one can't move apps to a sd card since there is none in the flagship series and its not a top priority now.

Bottom line, these devices whether they are Nexus, X, Y or Z series, should have nothing less than 32GB of internal memory and a sd card slot, unlocked, return the ability to move apps to the sd card and not to be muscled around by carriers by crippling them if offered on carriers distribution channels, removable sims etc. But I see none of this happening so to me the x project is already a fail.

Just hope they prove me wrong.

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The asethetics of the phone has to appeal to the people. Many think design is not important but you would be surprised how important that plays when one first see his or her phone for the first time.
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The asethetics of the phone has to appeal to the people. Many think design is not important but you would be surprised how important that plays when one first see his or her phone for the first time.
I can agree wholeheartedly with this.
Externally the phone must be a looker or else it's not going to capture my interest.
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Apple doesn't use one either, so its not lacking features of its competitor ...which makes it competitive.

You're right, but the Iphone also has 3 different models based on how much storage you need. 32gb at least for me is the sweet spot, just enough space for all my apps and especially my music and podcasts.

I know the SIII has a 32gb model but unfortunetly BB didn't offer it in their lineup at the time when I purchased the 16gb model. I believe it's only available through Sprint and now Amazon? Thankfully Samsung still offers an SD slot where you can transfer all your media.
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You're right, but the Iphone also has 3 different models based on how much storage you need. 32gb at least for me is the sweet spot, just enough space for all my apps and especially my music and podcasts.

I know the SIII has a 32gb model but unfortunetly BB didn't offer it in their lineup at the time when I purchased the 16gb model. I believe it's only available through Sprint and now Amazon? Thankfully Samsung still offers an SD slot where you can transfer all your media.

Yeah but apple don't have sd slots. So you can easily go to wal mart and purchase a 32GB or 60GB and place it in your phone. And you'd be set for life (: I purchased my 32 gig for about 30 or 40 bucks. It's no different from internal memory. But you can't move some apps over to your sd, which that shouldn't be a big deal considering you have 16GB internally. I only have 1.2 GB internally(evo design 4g) and it works great for me. So I definitely recommend it.
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Yeah but apple don't have sd slots. So you can easily go to wal mart and purchase a 32GB or 60GB and place it in your phone. And you'd be set for life (: I purchased my 32 gig for about 30 or 40 bucks. It's no different from internal memory. But you can't move some apps over to your sd, which that shouldn't be a big deal considering you have 16GB internally. I only have 1.2 GB internally(evo design 4g) and it works great for me. So I definitely recommend it.


I agree, I don't think we'll ever see Apple include an SD slot. But Apple does give you a choice as far as how much memory you need. Even devices like the Nexus phones and tablets have moved away from that as well.

Even with the SIII, you can't move apps over to the external storage card unless you root it. Only media like pictures, music, movies, and podcasts can be stored on the SD card.
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Every time I said I was done with Samsung they always came out with an amazing phone right before my upgrade that made me decide to give them another try. After I got burned with my 6th samsung phone in a row I finally made the jump to htc and now after my 3rd htc phone I'm still more than completely happy with them. They've earned my business and support and I plan to stay with them for a while yet.

I usually upgrade every year just to keep current hardware, and my family fights over my old phones. I actually talked a friend into an S3 based on the reviews and his was a lemon. Never again.

My 4g lte is rock solid. It's really a great device.
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Every time I said I was done with Samsung they always came out with an amazing phone right before my upgrade that made me decide to give them another try. After I got burned with my 6th samsung phone in a row I finally made the jump to htc and now after my 3rd htc phone I'm still more than completely happy with them. They've earned my business and support and I plan to stay with them for a while yet.

I usually upgrade every year just to keep current hardware, and my family fights over my old phones. I actually talked a friend into an S3 based on the reviews and his was a lemon. Never again.

My 4g lte is rock solid. It's really a great device.
What were those six phones?
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I believe it was the N400, instinct, moment, epic4g and...

I guess there were only 4. Seemed like there were a few more in there. I will say I loved every one of them the day I got them though.
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I believe it was the N400, instinct, moment, epic4g and...

I guess there were only 4. Seemed like there were a few more in there. I will say I loved every one of them the day I got them though.
I loved the N400. It was a great phone but I had too many problems with it. Sprint replaced it with the Sanyo 8100.Then my wife and I had the Samsung a620 / VGA 1000. My wife's died on her for no reason. Then I had the Samsung a900, aka Blade. Loved that phone too, but too many problems with it. I told myself I would not buy another Samsung phone again. Now I don't see myself getting anything else but Samsung. I have come to realize that no phone is perfect. All of them have their weak points. You just have to decide what you can live with or without.
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I guess there were only 4. Seemed like there were a few more in there. I will say I loved every one of them the day I got them though.
whoa the N400, one of my first phones and a blast from the past. (i actually like it since it reminded me so much of a star trek communicator) lol

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You know, even though I had been a diehard HTC person since the HTC Mogul, I never thought that I'd come back to Samsung (just because of my family member's Instinct and all the horror stories I heard of with the US Android offerings). I say that because, ironically, my very first Smartphone was a Samsung i500 PDA phone. It was extremely limited, but served so many functions that were important to me. Even funnier is that it came with an integrated stylus!...LOL...Go figure that I'm back with Samsung again, after they started to increase the amount of US support on their Android phones, and I'm actually happy with the choice I made. I haven't had this many people ask about my phone, since I first got my EVO. And because I'm way more familiar with Android now, I'm not as shy about showing off all the functions (including the immediate distinction of being able to customize the lock screen and use a 3rd party launcher to make the interface look so different than any other Android phone...without even having rooted yet).
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Might as well throw another possibility out there:

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 coming with S Pen
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Might as well throw another possibility out there:

Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S4 coming with S Pen
I would not mind if they did this at all. Even if the current Note 2 were only 5 inches, I might have even liked it better than the current one (...well, probably not, but still would've been fine with it). Ultimately, it could cut down on production for them, especially if they come out with the Note 7.

With the "rumors" and existing Note lineup, they'd have the 5 inch phone, 6-6.3 inch phone, 7-8 inch Note Tablet, & 10 inch Note tablet. I can even see them bumping up the 10 inch to 11 inch, just like the ATIV Windows 8 tablets. Having a 5 inch and 6+inch phone would help them compete with Sony that'll have both sizes in 2013. Next year is going to be interesting and seems like it'll be a transition year for "new" concepts.
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I like this one,especially if the overall dimensions remain close to the SGS III.

Now you got me looking at "whatifs" DREX,even though I already have a perfectly good phone.......
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I would not mind if they did this at all. Even if the current Note 2 were only 5 inches, I might have even liked it better than the current one (...well, probably not, but still would've been fine with it). Ultimately, it could cut down on production for them, especially if they come out with the Note 7.

With the "rumors" and existing Note lineup, they'd have the 5 inch phone, 6-6.3 inch phone, 7-8 inch Note Tablet, & 10 inch Note tablet. I can even see them bumping up the 10 inch to 11 inch, just like the ATIV Windows 8 tablets. Having a 5 inch and 6+inch phone would help them compete with Sony that'll have both sizes in 2013. Next year is going to be interesting and seems like it'll be a transition year for "new" concepts.
Here's another one just for you DREX(3rd time's the charm they say).........

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 coming in black
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You know, even though I had been a diehard HTC person since the HTC Mogul, I never thought that I'd come back to Samsung (just because of my family member's Instinct and all the horror stories I heard of with the US Android offerings). I say that because, ironically, my very first Smartphone was a Samsung i500 PDA phone. It was extremely limited, but served so many functions that were important to me. Even funnier is that it came with an integrated stylus!...LOL...Go figure that I'm back with Samsung again, after they started to increase the amount of US support on their Android phones, and I'm actually happy with the choice I made. I haven't had this many people ask about my phone, since I first got my EVO. And because I'm way more familiar with Android now, I'm not as shy about showing off all the functions (including the immediate distinction of being able to customize the lock screen and use a 3rd party launcher to make the interface look so different than any other Android phone...without even having rooted yet).
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