iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy s3?

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Which phone is better overall?

  1. iPhone 5

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  2. Samsung Galaxy s3

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  1. guitarplayer

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    In the google play store. Tons of free live wallpapers for Halloween.
     
  2. DRII

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    Apple peeps aren't used to that...
     
  3. BigServer1

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    LOL there are like 900 free wallpaper apps for the iPhone.

    However, iOS doesn't support live wallpapers, which are very cool, albeit a battery drain.
     
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    Thanks for the awesome tip you handsome devil. I set my 10 of 12 accounts like this. Will be interesting how much better battery life is.

    The iPhone 5 has changed so many lives in the city. I have seen people with lifelong chronic depression now with cheerful happy smiles on their faces because of this phone. Epic wonderment.
     
  5. quest01

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    Yeah there pretty cool, I'm using the free Halloween live wallpaper by the developer wizeapps. The wallpaper scrolls around and shows a witch flying by the moon and some creepy dude wandering around with a pumpkin on his head. I'll probably download that Halloween Michael Myers live wallpaper eventually for 1.99, I've always been a big fan of the Halloween movies. That would be neat if they came out with Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street live wallpapers.
     
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    If the iPhone 4 was the Jesus phone, the 5 is truly the God phone. /thread
     
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    I thought Job was the only biblical figure associated with the iphone.
     
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    Anybody else notice the Apple Maps app seems to be improving?
     
  10. guitarplayer

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    That is hilarious!!!!!
     
  11. Power Player

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    I have nothing but success with mine so far. No car wrecks..lol.
     
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    I just used mine in DC. The turn by turn worked like a champ.
     
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    Geekbench 236 is what all the phones are measured on. It has always been this way as long as we had cellphones
     
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    Interestingly, that Geekbench mark shows the International Quad Core GSIII running 4.1 Jelly Bean. I'm interested to see the US Dual Core running ICS, which is what most GSIIIs are currently running. In tests that I've seen, the 5 beats the US GSIII with ICS, but the GSIII comes out on top while running Jelly Bean.
     
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    Jelly Bean is a must have if you have a droid. It is a no brainer. The people that have droids and say they are fast and smooth with ICs, will finally understand what that actually means.

    3rd week of i5 and it's a winner for me. Just a beautiful device. I have reset it one time in 2 weeks and really just did it for peace of mind.
     
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    No Jellybean is not a must have! ICS is working great for me, was very happy with Gingerbread before that. So please stop with your generalizations regarding Androids...

    What we do know is that the iphone is simply not capable of somethings that Androids have been doing for years. The advantages of IOS are all subjective and are in the eye of the beholder (besides Itunes being native; with Google Play not having near the selection).
     
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    Cookie Dough Sunshine is the best.
     
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    Can any Android users suggest a fix for my problem? Whenever I USB-transfer pics from my Galaxy Note (running ICS) onto my PC, it imports duplicate images usually thumbnails as well as any other images from web browsing. The pics are on the phone memory, not an SD card. It's driving me nuts!
     
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    The solution is to open them in MS Paint and convert them to Android format and then hope that Google isn't monitoring your keystrokes and capturing in real time all those crazy lies you're telling your loved ones and co-workers.

    I cannot believe people could use Android knowing full well Google is a data mining company that has been caught red handed violating privacy laws many times.

    That alone makes me very happy to use Appull.
     
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    well, I am deciding between the two phones myself now. Both have some advantages the rival doesn't, which makes the choice harder. I have no experience with either iOS or Android. iP5 would be a perfect choice with a slighly larger screen (not just longer!) and better maps (a new version of Google maps is to come later this year). Again, all the apps are always available on iOS, whereas Android has a smaller choice.
     
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    I like the s3 a lot, I bought one of these to go with it, its the samsung galaxy s3 spare battery charging kit. It's a kit that includes a spare battery and a charging station that charges the battery only. So basically I carry a spare battery with me wherever I go and I never have to worry about battery life. I literally never even look at my battery indicator or worry about brightness settings or any of that stuff.

    [​IMG]
     
  23. Power Player

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    Freaking apple maps is so sweet. Locks on perfect to your location and when you click the power button the map shows up. The screen also comes on anytime you need to be notified of a turn. I like it better so far, as crazy as that sounds. The GPS lock is tight.

    My battery lasts 2 straight days and I'm using the heck out of this phone. So I have no need to think about spare batteries again. I don't miss those days.
     
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  24. flyinghippos101

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    LTE coverage is lousy in my area, I'm practically using 3G most of the time anyway (not that I'm complaining, I hardly notice a difference in speeds anyway)

    Maps, I haven't bothered to use very much. From what I've seen so far though, it definitely seems very clean and less cluttered. But for the sake of utility, google maps does it for me. Siri is a useless novelty, voice detection is meh at best; leagues above the Siri of the last iOS and you just look like a tool using it in public. I'm not sure how practical voice commands really are to begin with.

    Overall for a first time iPhone user, the iPhone 5 definitely makes a good first impression. But whether or not Apple can reinvent the wheel for the iPhone in the future will be what determines if I'm sticking with Apple in the future or if I go back to Andriod.
     
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    Both my wife and I were experience rapid battery loss up in DC. It does not seem as bad now that I am home.

    As for Apple Maps, I used turn by turn a few times in DC. Twice it told me to turn just as I passed the road. They need to tweak it to tell you earlier.

    As for Siri, that is just a novelty. I don't use it very much yet.
     
  26. quest01

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    The battery on the s3 is pretty good. I could probably go all day with moderate to heavy use on one battery if I check all the power saving mode settings on like cpu power saving, screen power saving, background color, and turning off haptic feedback, also using a lower brightness setting, and not using a live wall paper. The cpu power saving when on reduces the framerate and makes it kind of choppy and a few others turns the brightness all the way down when browsing the internet and I'm not a big fan of that. Thats a big reason why I have a spare battery so I can use the phone the way I want to use it with all the power savings modes off, etc...

    Ive had the s3 for about a month and I used S voice a few times and that was it. I hear google voice is suppose to be a nice improvement when jelly bean arrives and ive used siri on my ipad a handful of times. It's either you like using it or you don't, it's like a novelty like someone else said.
     
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    I use Siri more than I thought. The best way to use it is for reminders. I am not super organized so this really helps me out if I have a quick thought I know I will forget in a day or 2. I also uze it to check the weather in the morning. YesI can open an app, but when I am half awake, holding a button down and asking is super easy.

    Hippos, I am lucky in that the voice detection is great for me. I believe it may have to do with your carrier. If you are on sprint, it is probably horrible. I believe that the voice command is quickly sent to a server and processed so that explains why your voice detection may not work well. Google is the same way. Many many times it would not work on Sprint's inferior network.

    Now that I have verizon, I can use voice to text anytime..it rarely ever fails. I probably use voice texting more than typing.

    as for battery, what I love about the iphone is that I have made zero compromises to save battery besides manually pushing my work email, which I do on every device anyway. my screen is on auto, so it always looks ideal..etc. I think another reason the battery life is so superior is the OS is better developed for multitasking, but also the network I am on rarely has to search for a signal. This is why you dont want to ever sign up for sprint - trust me!!!!
     
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    I've tried every trick I know and there is no way my iPhone 5 will make it all day. I've gone to push notifications, disabled only apps that I need notifications on and did the same with location services. I've turned down the screen brightness. I'm wondering if we got a couple of lemons.
     
  29. Power Player

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    Who is your service provider? maybe you are roaming a lot. I think roaming a lot is the biggest battery crusher.
     
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    gf also complained about battery running out a couple hrs before reaching destination during our day long (9 hr) road trip. might be roaming since she was using the road app. time for car charging adapter?
     
  31. flyinghippos101

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    Bluetooth and wifi services drain battery hardcore. Even if you're not connected to a network, your phone will still attempt to auto-detect networks in the area. Turning both those off will literally add hours to your battery life.
     
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    You may have gotten a couple of lemons.

    In my building, reception is notoriously bad. T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint get little, if any service. On Verizon, I'm consistently switching between a decent 3G signal and a weak LTE signal. It's constantly searching for a better signal, which is the worst thing for battery life. Even with that, I can get a full 24 hours, with 6-7 hours of actual usage and 18-24 hours of standby. I have everything enabled. Push email, push yelp, push social networks, and this includes web browsing, bluetooth, music streaming and some games as well.

    When I'm at home on WiFi and a better signal, I'll get 8-9 hours of usage and 30+ hours of standby with the same usage mix, so I know signal searching definitely has something to do with it.

    I'd take your phone into an Apple store, since you're covered for 90 days at least (unless you bought AppleCare+, then you're covered for 2 years.
     
  33. Power Player

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    BTW on warranties - I refuse to buy them. what I do is setup a savings account and drop $100 in a month. So if something happens to my phone I have the money. If not - I still have the $$$$. Best way to go - IMO.
     
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    I bought AppleCare+, just to be safe. Figured for $99 it's worth it, especially since I'll have the phone for two years.
     
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    I am waiting on the El Cheapo adapters to come on Amazon.


    Just turned both off, I'll see if that makes a difference.


    I normally don't go for warranties but we did on the iPad just because my 3 year old son uses it. He is an expert at breaking things. :cry:
     
  36. bad_call

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    in the same camp here. been burned on extended warranties in the past.
     
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    experienced bad signals in Scottsdale area last time out that way. this just using voice calls...no fancy wifi (since owning "cheapie" phone). not sure why...maybe cause it's so dang HOT there. ...lol
     
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    Hahaha yeah it is hot here...Finally starting to cool down now (cool down = high 80s, lol).

    My service with Verizon has been much more solid than I had on T-Mobile here. I pretty consistently get 3-5 bars LTE when I'm out and about. The one real difference is my office, which is where cell service goes to die. Having anything that lets me use my phone has been great since moving over to Big Red.
     
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    I know I got accused of wasting money in this thread by the one weird guy, but I will say, I have been practicing some serious cash saving tactics. My latest maneuver (besides buying racquets that are "dated") is I have vowed to never have a car payment again.

    There is a cool presentation somewhere out on the web that I saw were they show how much $$ you can have if you pay off your car, and save until you can trade it in and buy your next used car for cash. then you take the $$ you were making payments on and put it in savings. In 3 years you can buy a car for cash again that will be nicer and will still be in the positive since you will get trade in value on your last one. then take that money you are saving and put it in a mutual fund, and you can end up with millions in retirement. It's really interesting.

    In a much smaller way this ties to the cell phone, as I have noticed with all apple products I have ever owned, that I dont upgrade them for 2-3 years (appletv, ipod, ipad..) because they continue to receive support for so long and can run the most current OS. The issue I had with droids was their end of life would be every 2 years on paper, but in reality you would get 1 OS update and then never get another. That is just a fact. So while some people will claim they are happy with ICS on their older phone, that OS is already far behind JB and their phones will most likely never see that update.

    To me, it is unfair to those owners and ends up being a money pit for many who want a current OS. So while people always say apples are expensive..well they are not if you buy the phone on a new contract. and since the phones can cycle for 4 years, you could use the same one for that long, and be on NO contract if you wanted.

    So over time, you actually save money.
     
  40. Roforot

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    I'm curious from the commercials, how often do you people swap playlists? Can't you do this wireless? The touching phones seems lame?
     
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    It is lame, but it will be standard in 2 years. And no one will trade playlists with it..that is just super lame, as most guys who go to studios (like in the samsung ad) all use apple products anyway - I speak from tons of experience there.

    What they are pushing it for is using it as a wallet basically. The reason you dont see that aspect of it pushed in the ad yet is because it is not ready for prime time yet. In other words, it is considered a security risk in which people already can grab your info off your phone if they get close enough. It is not widespread or anything but it can be done. Here is a solid article citing what I am saying:

    http://www.americanbanker.com/issue...-dogged-by-security-perception-1051012-1.html
     
  42. mikeler

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    I turned off wireless and bluetooth and my battery has really stabilized. I'll just have to remember to turn wireless back on when I need it. I almost never use Bluetooth so that is no big deal.
     
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    I bet it is bluetooth..mine is never on. Wireless though - always on.
     
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    My Bluetooth is always on since I connect in my car. Wireless is also always on. Doesn't seem to have a negative effect on battery life, but maybe it would be even better with BT off.
     
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    I'm 1 step ahead of you. I turned the wireless back on but left the bluetooth on and that seems to have been the battery drain.
     
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    My new case

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    I tried the NFC a few times with someone I know who also owns a samsung gs3 and it works fine. I just wanted to see how it works and its very easy, you simply touch the back of the phones together to exchange photos, playlists, contacts or whatever. I think the google wallet will be interesting to buy items at a store by just swiping a phone. It's obviously at a beginning stage but it will catch on eventually once more stores implement them.

    Also I bought the phone at Best Buy and I don't bother with any extended warranties. I never use a case, I'm not a fan of them. The only thing I use is a zagg invisibleshield on the front.
     
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    I wonder if you can use a "software manager" app that automatically switches on Wifi when you are home or in your office or at a Starbucks based on your celltower locations.

    I'm guessing that the app store has something like Tasker or Llama apps on Google Play? They provide a cool way to make the phone smart at very low battery drain. The best thing about it was the Boolean combinations. You could set:

    If (NOT AT HOME) and (HEADPHONE JACK PLUGGED IN) and (NOT ON CALL)
    THEN
    START MUSICPLAYER

    or in your case

    If (AT HOME) or (AT WORK) or (AT LOCAL STARBUCKS)
    THEN
    START WIFI

    ... and some nifty things like that. I'm pretty sure Apple uses similar underlying technology for some functionality in Passbook, but not sure if the API is available to other app developers.
     
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  50. ramos77

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    wifi doesn't use much battery if you're not connected to wifi, or searching for open networks...
     

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