Would you upgrade from an S3 or S4 for this?General


  1. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    I have friends with both. They are also both very comfortable with their current phones, like them enough, but are curious if all the new features are "worth it" or gimmicks.

    What are your thoughts? I think the dust and water resistant factors are probably good, but I have never had those problems myself. I think the HDR real-time is SWEET, 4K is a bit a head of its time, and the fingerprint sensor makes me nervous. Heh.

    I do prefer larger screens so that is a little too small for me, but I know it's a great screen!

    If battery life is anything like the Note 2/3 - I know anyone who upgrades will be happy. My life changed drastically when I went from charging here and there a couple times a day, to charging every other night!

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  2. chong67

    chong67 Well-Known Member

    No. I go for the big bang which would be Note 4.
  3. Rukbat

    Rukbat Well-Known Member

    Dust and water resistance? Mine are called zip-lock bags.

    HDR real-time is gilding the lily, and 4K, unless you have something you really want to see the details of, and have something to display it on, is a waste right now.

    The fingerprint sensor is a good idea - I wish it could be added in an update. The more barriers you put in a thief's way, the more likely he is to give up.

    I guess we'll see all this in the N4, but by the time I need a new phone, not just want one for the cute features, we'll probably be seeing the N6 (or my headstone).

    Would I give up one of my N3s for an S5? No.
  4. excav8ter

    excav8ter Well-Known Member

    I went from the Note2, to the S4 back on Labor Day weekend, because I drowned my Note2. I had an upgrade, so I grabbed the S4 and never switched back. Now I cant wait for the S5. I plan to
    order/pre-order as soon as possible.
    I am excited about the dust and water proof aspect of it.... I'd buy it just for that reason.
  5. ANewDay

    ANewDay Well-Known Member

    I won't upgrade, not much of a bump in specs and the size is too big for only a .1" increase.
  6. Airstream25

    Airstream25 Active Member

    Yes, I would upgrade to the Galaxy S5.
    The camera button on the lock screen, faster focus and better HDR are all important features to me. Water resistance could be very important.
  7. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    Faster focus is nice. The fingerprint worries me because, well what if it decides to not like your fingerprint anymore? We have a safe that decided it doesn't like my wife's, barely works for her.

    I don't know if it's worth the upgrade for S4 folks, but S3 I would suggest. If they don't mind going a little larger. :)
  8. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

    I have an S3 right now. I am planning on upgrading to the Note 4. If I was not planning on getting the Note 4, I might upgrade to the S5. But if I had an S4, I would not upgrade. I think the jump between the S3 to S5 makes it worth it. But not from the S4 to the S5. But I must say I am very disappointed in the S5 only having 2GB of RAM. This is one reason I am going with the next Note. My S3 uses about 90% of its 2GB's RAM. I need more.
  9. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    I agree with all of this, mac^
  10. MannyrtFresh

    MannyrtFresh Well-Known Member

    nope don't plan to get it. My upgrade is in August so I may end up getting the Note 3 which I consider an upgrade to my S3. May get the wife the S5 tho well see.
  11. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    I have the S4 now and don't think the S5 is worth the upgrade. I do like the finger print scanner. (Had that on my Atrix 4G.) Really like the 16 MP camera, fast focus and real time HDR mode. Also, like the power saver option, turning the screen from color to gray scale to save battery.
  12. westbros

    westbros Well-Known Member

    I think you're right about upgrading from the S3 to the S5 but not from the S4. For the simple reason that the S3 only has 1 GB of RAM and the resulting lagginess is its one big failing. It certainly is a problem on my S3 and I am now seriously looking at the S5, now that it appears that the S3 outside of the USA won't get KitKat. (I don't know what S3 you own that has 2 GB of RAM? Are you sure about that?)

    We do also need to remember that both S3 and S4 were made with ICS and Jelly Bean in mind. The S5 has KitKat on board which is supposed to be less memory hungry, so it may not even need more than 2 GB. Time will tell when the phone is out there and being put through its paces.
  13. westbros

    westbros Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I've just realised that some S3s in the USA had 2 GB of RAM. If you're using 90% of your RAM, that is certainly worrying. My 1GB S3 uses about the same amount of its RAM.
  14. mak916

    mak916 Well-Known Member

    Here in the USA we got the 2GBs of RAM. This is why we are able to get Kit Kat. This brings up another question, will 2GBs RAM be enough for the next two years of updates? Its not Google's fault that the S3, outside the USA, is not getting Kit Kat, it is Samsung's TouchWiz that is the problem. Will the S5 be future proof?
  15. Yatezy

    Yatezy Well-Known Member

    S3 owner here and I'm gonna wait to see what HTC drop. The only thing that interests me is the camera upgrade BUT I will be ripping the software out and putting something AOSP based on so chances are the Super auto focus might not work and the after focus thing, again, won't work.

    Also the size of the ROM is outrageous. Not particularly keen on the size of the screen either but for a flagship at the current moment it doesn't look like I'll be getting anything smaller unfortunately.
  16. Steven58

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  17. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    From S3- Yes, but from S4- No.

    That goes to show how good the S4 still is :)

    The bloat seems even more perversely high than the S4.

    Added: I bought a 32GB Note 2014, so Samsung has got enough money from me already ;)
  18. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    If you're happy with the s3, the s5 is an obvious upgrade


    If you've got the s4, not so much


    Same picture as last year IMO
  19. Wisenos

    Wisenos Well-Known Member

    Actually the North American S3... the dual core version has 1.6/1.7gb of ram, not 2 as many think
    and 2gb of ram is way enough for a smartphone, as i think honnestly

    Currently planning to pre-order a S5 with my current carrier but black or white?
  20. CafeKampuchia

    CafeKampuchia Well-Known Member

    From an S4? No way. From an S3? Only if I couldn't get my hands on a Nexus 5.
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  21. excav8ter

    excav8ter Well-Known Member

    This may be a bit off topic, but where do you see the expandable memeory/SD micro card going in the future? Will it go away? I like the SD micro card slot for up loading videos from my job sites to YouTube. I can do it from my Galaxy Tab 3, but my wifi at home is slower than my 4G connection. Any thoughts or suggestions?
  22. R=G

    R=G Well-Known Member

    I got the S4..I'm good with this. The S3 kids should change up though.
  23. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    If the S5 had significantly better battery life and better radio reception, I could consider it. That assumes a 32gb version is offered by VZW. If Samsung adheres to Googles requests for apps, apps2sd will go away.

    The bloat on the S5 is apparently hideously high.
  24. Roadracer247

    Roadracer247 Active Member

    I decided I wasn't impressed with what I saw with respect to the S5 & went with the Note 3. So far I'm very satisfied with my decision.

    (upgraded from an S3)
  25. Shocky

    Shocky Well-Known Member

    From an S3? maybe.

    From an S4? no.

    The S5 is noticablily bigger than the S3/S4, personally I think it's too big.

    S3 - 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
    S4 - 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
    S5 - 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm
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