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  1. AustinRawr

    AustinRawr New Member

    I Ordered a Galaxy S3 for Sprint, but received a Evo 4 LTE. After having the HTC for a week and finally getting the S3, I am very disappointed with the S3. The UI is absolutely horrible, and the shutter sound is IMPOSSIBLE to turn off with the Sprint version.
    If the Evo had 2 Gigs of Ram like the S3, i would readily keep it in place of the S3.
    I have until 8/16 to decide which to keep.
    The only thing keeping me from returning the S3 right now is that i feel like it is more future proof than the Evo.
    But in all honesty if the Evo were to be able to get Jelly Bean this year, and maintain the smooth UI it now has WITHOUT rooting, That would be enough.

    Any advice?

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  2. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    The 2gb of ram isn't required to run jb smoothly.
    The evo is only going to get faster with sense 4.1 and 4.0.4

    Other than that I'm biased for the evo.


    Although it looks like your leaning on the s3 considering you posted this here :p
  3. steveu694

    steveu694 Well-Known Member

    I'm just flat out surprised you can deal with no 4g. I would switch at&t or Verizon.
  4. AustinRawr

    AustinRawr New Member

    I posted it in the S3 and EVo forums.
    Just trying to get the best info from both sides.

    Yes, i didnt figure it was required, considering the Nexus phones have 1g.

    But as a past apple owner, I know that just because a phone can be updated to the latest version does not mean it can run it smoothly.

    And i have also read that HTC has a bad track record for updating their CDMA products.

    I just don't want to be stuck with a device that is already blocked from future updates right at the beginning of my two-year contract.
  5. AustinRawr

    AustinRawr New Member

    Trust me, that's my preferred network, but my plan with Sprint requires only $50/Month for unlimited everything, thanks to a partnership i am doing with a company, and required no down payment.
  6. steveu694

    steveu694 Well-Known Member

    I'd rather pay over twice that and actually have service.....
  7. skep

    skep Well-Known Member

    well... i personally own both phones. galaxy s3 on verizon, and htc evo 4g lte on sprint of course. ive only had the evo for a couple days and ive had the samsung for over a week now. ive watched many review and comparison videos prior to buying them, and i saw positives in both

    pros and cons for each as follows:
    evo pros
    -build quality. used actual metal in structure.
    -kickstand comes in handy for my use.
    -some of the widgets stock on sense.
    -swype comes stock
    -folders are easy plus folders available on the bottom (i forget appropriate term)
    -sims free play available on this phone (yeah i know im a loser)
    -beats audio (i havent used it yet but i know its nice)

    evo cons
    -no removable battery
    -slightly smaller screen (not noticable to be honest)
    -not a fan of the white background in the messages and contacts app for example
    -battery life not as strong
    -no menu button (comes up as 3 dots on display screen and uses valuable space)
    -charger port on side. i prefer on top or bottom

    galaxy s 3 pros
    -charger port on bottom
    -LED screen display is AMAZING
    -stock internet browser is great. actually prefer over using chrome
    -i like a lot more stock widgets on here such as the calendar, assistive lighting, alarm clock.
    -home screens roll unlimited. evo stops at each end
    -soft buttons at bottom are more user friendly and i actually like the center hard buttom
    -removable/replaceable battery
    -GREAT battery life. i havent killed this battery in one day yet
    -better front face camera quality
    -customizing of different text choices
    -comes with headphones
    -2gb of memory!

    galaxy s 3 cons
    -plastic structure. decent build but not great, could be better
    -stock keyboard seems to be a knockoff of swype. i personally dont like it and i also dont like adding swype beta if phone didnt include it stock
    -doesnt currently support sims free play (again, yes im a loser)

    PROS FOR BOTH
    -cameras are great. very fast and clean picture
    -screen sizes may seem oversized but they fit great in my hand (and my hands are not large)
    -battery life is good on both, just better on samsung
    -android software is up to date and runs very smooth
    -screen shots available stock on both without rooting


    bottom line, both are great but using both regularly i really like the samsung better, even tho it is plastic and not as well built. i obviously dont have much complaints about it. ive even considered selling the evo and replacing with the samsung on sprint and using samsung on both lines

    sorry for the lengthy reply but i figured it would help to cover as much detail as possible
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  8. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Good write up

    In the evos defense, rooting removes the menu bar and it's already been fixed on the one x, we will get the update that removes it soon enough.


    Infinite home scroll as well and landscape are standard root options as well. :p I do understand not everyone wants to root but this is android and you are on an Android forum after all :)

    You really can't go wrong with either
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  9. RickyDavis1051

    RickyDavis1051 Well-Known Member

    S3 is by far the superior device compared to the evo. The S3 is THEE BEST PHONE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW!!!! :)
  10. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I respect your opinion bit would have to disagree good sir :)
  11. skep

    skep Well-Known Member

    yeah i dont care to do rooting, ive owned androids since the original verizon motorola droid 1 and ive never rooted. good to know that an upcoming update will fix that issue.

    and glad i was able to give some strong insight
  12. Easilyamused

    Easilyamused Well-Known Member

    I tried both the one-x and the S3 for a week. I chose the S3, but that's based on my views of which is better. You sound rather down on the S3, so I'd say go with the HTC. Your opinion of your phone is what's most important.
  13. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    Personally I think they're both badass devices, but Samsung made the right choice by having a removable battery and empty SD slot in addition to built in memory.
  14. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    He's comparing sprints branded one x which is the htc evo 4G lte.

    The evo contains removable sd storage
  15. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    derp, should've read more
  16. heavychevy

    heavychevy Well-Known Member

    I simply got fed up with HTC and their quality control. People keep lauding their build quality but the og evo had the most fragile screen ever with screen separation and light leaking, the 3d had even worse light leak and from the looks of things a lot of the ltevos have issue too with the build or.fit and finish.

    Plus the new sense is the worst ever imo. Didn't make any sense whatsoever to me with that stupid menu button and on screen recent apps. Combine all that with the reported lag and multi tasking issues and I just wasn't interested.

    Despite the fact that Samsung still has pretty weak talk/web radios. It has the neat motion enhancements, amoled and I think touchwhiz has surpassed sense in terms of user friendliness.
  17. syi

    syi Well-Known Member

    I loved my evo, didnt care much for sense, but CM7 was wonderful on it. just need to know some pros and cons, maybe someone can point outs some serious flaws or great capabilites for me. I'm deciding today, had my upgrade for a month and I've narrowed it down to the two i listed in the thread title.

    do either of them have problems rooting? any signifigant gain or loss with LTE, since its a new connection for the phone and sprint hasn't been all that great with their mobile internet lately. most importantly the one with a mobile hotspot wins. I don't have cable and i can't buy it, so this would be my only source of internet. with LTE on the rise I feel like it would be considerably faster, maybe someday soon we'll be as fast as broadband.

    Any really good roms out there for them yet? I love bare bones roms like CM7 or i guess it would be 9 on these phones. anything really crazy you can do with root on these great new phones? I know DS emulation is becoming more and more doable with our awesome dualcore, quad core and 1gb+ ram phones.
  18. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I imagine both will have mobile hotspot. Thats pretty standard.

    Also, LTE is only available in certain areas. If you dont have LTE in your area you wont have 4G.

    Both phones already have official CM10 (jellybean) support

    With the above being said, I love my EVO 4G LTE.
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  19. bootytrain

    bootytrain Member

    With reference to the screens.. a co worker of mine has the S3 and while its a nice screen in its own right, when she put it side by side next to mine it was game over. The colors pop in an almost unrealistic way on the S3 while the EVO LTE screen is alot brighter, a tad sharper and the colors pop with a natural tone. The screen on the EVO and ONE X has been called the best screen on a phone ever by more than a few website reviews. Also the EVO received an OTA update a couple of days ago which made an amazing phone even better.. faster, smoother.. But whats important to me(screen and looks) may not be very important to you, when phones like these 2 are so close in spec and hardware its the little personal features that are going to set them apart. You cant go wrong with either one :)
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  20. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    I also like that the evo is metal and not plastic like the s3. The s3 just feels cheap to me

    And kickstand :D
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  21. I prefer the SGS3. Samsung is much more reliable when it comes to quality control.

    My friend has an EVO 4G and he still experiences WiFi/Internet connectivity problems.
  22. syi

    syi Well-Known Member

    I had problems with my of EVO as soon as I rooted, I actually have am excuse for choppy internet though. Cell tower maitenince on the 3 near me. That and I think they're still upgrading to LTE in ky area. To whoever said no 4g. Suck it, we have LTE!
  23. andnewbie09

    andnewbie09 Member

    So what did OP finally chose to dump? The EVO would surely be a great phone given its smooth UI. For me, you should have stayed with what works best and not stay with what you would be able to use for a longer amount of time, yet burdened by UI constraints
  24. thomasr1950

    thomasr1950 Member

    I have 2 EVO LTE's, they are good phones. I looked at the S3, it seems to have a better screen & smoother. I bought 2 EVO LTE'S in June, i'm now on my 5th & 6th phones for 2 lines preious were defective & got replaced. I'm working with Sprint to get out of my agreement. If i do i'm going with Verizon & the S3. My next concern is the data cap. I have wi-fi at home/work. I don't d/l music or movies, just check email, weather & sports, etc. Will 1gb on 2 lines using wi-fi be enough? I've read on line most users don't use that much data, i know it will be on the Verizon LTE network.
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