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Was the SIII the best Android phone of 2012?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bearballz, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. bearballz

    bearballz Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Well 2012 is rapidly coming to close, and imo another great year for the evolution of the smartphone as well as the Android OS.

    Was just wondering based on mostly positive reviews, units sold and just great functionality. Was the Samsung Galaxy SIII the best Android based phone for 2012?

    For the early adopters out there, do you regret your purchase or is the SIII still a great phone for your needs?

    Anybody have another phone that in hindsight you may have rather gotten (G-Note 2. Nexus 4, any of the HTC phones for example)?

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  2. RoWilJr

    RoWilJr Well-Known Member

    Subjective... Being I'm an S3 owner, I will say my phone is the best because it fits MY needs. Are the other power units listed better, probably in their own right. Either way, you'll get the same arguments which are better that have been posted thru out this forum.
  3. sherlock5545

    sherlock5545 Android Expert

    If you go by hardware, the S3 has been surpassed by many new phones that came out lately (Nexus 4, Optimus G, HTC J Butterfly, etc.). Feature-wise, though, it's still one of the leading smartphone as of yet, and it's only second to the Galaxy Note 2.
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    It's the best phone I had in 2012
  5. Rush

    Rush {<>}~{<>}

    It's the best phone I never had. ;)

    On a serious note, though...the Samsung Galaxy s3 is considered to be in the list of awesome devices for 2012.
  6. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Absolutely. It's the best phone that i've ever owned!:)
  7. fdbryant3

    fdbryant3 Android Expert

    I'll say yes it is. The S3 is pretty decent step over the previous generation and actually available for a good portion of 2012. The devices that have specs that surpass them are at best incremental upgrades and have only just come available in the last month or so.

    That said I probably would have gotten a Note 2 had it been available on my carrier 3 months ago but I quite happy with my S3.
  8. quickaudi

    quickaudi Android Expert

    Whoever stated it is "what the Galaxy Nexus should have been" is quite correct, IMO
  9. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    The differences are minimal to what the Nexus doesn't have compared to the S3. But what the Nexus HAS compared to what the S3 DOESN'T have is a little larger. You can look at what the devices shipped with and you can look at also what can be added via root.

    Sooooo, when you look at software, the Nexus obviously is further ahead than the S3 due to the Nexus having 4.2.1 while the S3 is still on 4.1.2. With that also comes the largely updated 4.2 apps that the Nexus has; Camera w/ photosphere, Gallery, Gmail, Google Now, etc..... Not sure if the S3 has and can use Google Wallet or not but that's something I have actually been enjoying. I thought it would be dumb but I find it very convientent and I love the look on people's faces as if I'm a magician.

    Then there's hardware which the S3 DOES have an edge over the Nexus with. They both have the same Cortex A9 processor with the S3 being 200Mhz more. They both have the same amount of RAM at 1GB. They system chips differ though. The S3 has the Samsung Exynos 4 (4412) which has made news recently with the HUGE security issue while the Nexus has the TI OMAP4460. They both have SAmoled displays BUT the Nexus has 316ppi over the S3's 306ppi. Quite noticeable but maybe not to the unknowing user. They both have the same Camera with the S3 being 8mp over the Nexus's 5mp and they both record video in 1080p at 30fps.

    So, what should the Nexus have had the S3 has? Bigger camera? 200mhz more? Touchwiz..........I hear crickets at the thought of the Nexus having touchwiz. It makes me nauseous even thinking about it. The rest of Samsung's bloat? Sorry I'm reaching trying to find more that the S3 has. I can find more that the NEXUS has that the S3 NEEDS. So I think your statement "Whoever stated it is "what the Galaxy Nexus should have been" is quite correct, IMO" should be reversed. The S3 should have been an advanced version of what the Nexus is, being that the S3 came out 7 MONTHS AFTER the Nexus. ;)

    SO, the moral of the story is the S3 came out 7 MONTHS AFTER the Nexus and had very very very similar features with the Nexus having MORE being that it has the latest that Android has to offer. So i think it's safe to say that the S3 should have been MORE than what it is instead of saying the the Nexus should have been what the S3 is. Kind of a far fetched statement when EVERYTHING is laid out side by side isn't it?

    This is simply a long drawn out reply to your comment with information that everyone already knows. In no way is this an argument nor am I trying to be an ass as that's not my intentions. :D I just wanted to point out that the differences are very minimal hardware wise with the S3 ahead and largely different software wise with the Nexus ahead.

    I love both phones as they are BOTH ground breaking phones. The Nexus has obviously stood the test of time being a year old and is still the #1 development phone on the market today. Samsung took what the Nexus had and made it appealing to the masses. I mean look at the global sales, it's undeniable. With that being said, I am NOT discrediting the S3 for what it is. It's obviously a great phone, I mean it's basically a steroid infused Nexus ;) Take away Samsung's garbage they added and you have a Nexus. Sorry, I don't care for Samsung's "skins" or their atrocious touchwiz. Gag!

    I've rambled far too long. Please don't take offense to what I've said and don't get defensive. Once again, NOT my intentions at all. :D

    Have a Merry Christmas to you, your family and everyone else on Android Forums. My home away from home while sometimes within my home. O_0
  10. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    Best phone of 2012? Too many variables. Global sales and the S3 is the best phone. Tech advancements and it's global sales and the Note 2 is the best. Innovation and demand goes to the Nexus 4 as the best.

    I'll say that the Galaxy S3 - the Galaxy Note 2 - the Nexus 4 are all the best phones of 2012.

    You can't choose one because of the variables involved, you just cant. If a gun was to my head and I was told to pick one..............Nexus 4. :D
  11. phil75231

    phil75231 Well-Known Member

    If a phone was to my head and I was told to pick a gun, I would definitely go with a Walther PPK. James Bond can't be wrong. ;)
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  12. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    Hmmmmm. Very good choice sir. ;)
  13. ldivinag

    ldivinag Well-Known Member

    Had the One X...

    Then I realized... no batt door for batt and memory card?

    I might as well as kept my iPhone...

    Returned it. Waited a month. Then got my S3...

  14. racefan25

    racefan25 Member

    nope mine is a huge dissappointment to say the least. No signal and no service more that I have a signal or service, cannot send emails 75% of the time they hang in outbox for hours or days before sending, drops a lot of calls because of the poor signal. Came from a T bolt that at lease I had service and signal with.
  15. dan55

    dan55 Android Expert

    yes its the best ...... are there others? :/ :D
  16. ceva321

    ceva321 Android Enthusiast

    I own both the Gs 3 and the GN2 and the Iphone so i'm quite happy :)
  17. BigCiX

    BigCiX Android Expert

    I own a One X and I have to say that Samsung really stepped up touchwiz with all their features. So it'd say that the S3 was the best phone in 2012. I still like the design and beats of my One X though.
  18. Fuzzy13

    Fuzzy13 Extreme Android User

    Sounds like your service is to blame and NOT the S3. :rolleyes:
  19. Noxian

    Noxian Member

    i think so, its the first android phone that finally allowed me to get rid of my iPhone. I am a heavy smartphone user and it was a big step for me to get rid of my iPhone and move the the s3.

    The S3 ticks more boxes than any other phone on the market IMO, big screen, nfc, sd card slot, removable battery, fast dual core cpu, LTE etc.

    people seem me using this phone and they dont ask what phone is that, they say "is that the Samsung Galaxy?" that's huge IMO!,
  20. bearballz

    bearballz Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    It's funny that you would say that. The last 4 months I've see more friends, family and co-workers pick up an SIII or G-Note 2 than an Iphone.
  21. substring

    substring Android Enthusiast

    The GS3 is not only the best Android phone, but it is by far the best smart phone ever. And yes, I do have an iPhone 4S. Some of my friends have the iPhone 5 and it is not that much better than the 4S. Their panorama shot is inferior as compared to my GS3. :)
  22. joe71

    joe71 Android Expert

    I started the year using the htc g2, that phone crashed and died in september and I switch over to a Nokia x2, I checked out several phone models, including the mytouch, samsung galaxy s relay, several htc phones, even a Windows phone, what made me choice the Samsung galaxy s3 was the phone is user friendly , the camera, the screen is very responsive, of all three phones I used this year, the Samsung galaxy s3 has been the best
  23. GoldenDiamond

    GoldenDiamond Well-Known Member

    clearly, the SGS3 will be the best phone forever and ever and ever. :p
  24. Liamo_210

    Liamo_210 Android Expert

    I have a nexus 4 and s3 and sorry guys but the nexus 4 trumps it ever so slightly. :rolleyes:
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  25. Szadzik

    Szadzik Extreme Android User

    What happens when you run out of storage? Where do you put data like offline maps, music, movies, game data, nandroid backups, etc., etc?

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