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. Ico

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    The iPhone 5, Nexus 4, and HTC's 8X all earn bonus points because they leave the manufacturer and carrier logos on the back. Verizon's Note II looks absolutely ridiculous with its logo ON the home button.
     
  2. DRII

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    You can't watch true HD on the iPhone!

    Try again...
     
  3. acura9927

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    It will be 2020 before Sprint get 4g LTE on the west coast. That's who I have for the Note 2.
     
  4. Power Player

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    I have drii on ignore, but its safe to say hes mad about something..lol. I hope he gets a Gf or bf soon.
     
  5. Blaxican10s

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    They really dropped the ball with the camera on this phone though, it's terrible. The screen is pretty mediocre too compared with current phones available.
     
  6. movdqa

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    Well, you're comparing it to phones well north of $500 unlocked.

    The feature-set is very good for what you pay.
     
  7. DRII

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    My gosh; you are the most insecure person ever on this board.

    You know you've been pining on my every word.

    Doesn't change the facts!
     
  8. acura9927

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    Anyone have Sprint. Any success in calling them and saying stop charging me 10 bucks extra for premium net access when its all 3G and not the advertsised 4G LTE. In Seattle they might never get 4G LTE here. I was a bit suckered into the umlimited plan or I would have stuck with Verizon. I was unlimited with them but had to pay full price for the note 2.
     
  9. Power Player

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    No, you are screwed. That is why when you made your thread asking for carriers I suggested verizon. That is also why everyone in here, regardless of phone choice universally pans sprint.
     
  10. movdqa

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    In my general coverage area, you go with AT&T or Verizon if you want the best coverage.
     
  11. guitarplayer

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    Apple fired the guy in charge of their iPhone MAPS today. Siting it was a disaster from the start.
     
  12. Andyroo10567

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    Apple is getting destroyed. . . .
     
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    Apple is the new RIM.
     
  14. Power Player

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    I have gotten lucky so far. Maps has delivered for me. Used it for a family excursion last weekend with pinpoint success.

    This phoan is goating for me. Cards app is sick..get it. Dali, I got the Foap. Im going to be rich one day when I capture the perfect sunset over the hills of Lauderdale and filter the crap out of it for the win.
     
  15. movdqa

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    Well, Apple Maps is better than Nokia Maps. It looks like the new Nokia Here App is worse than Apple Maps.

    I use Apple Maps for navigation and a quick overview of traffic. Apple Maps is much faster than Google Maps and Nokia Maps because it does vector drawing instead of bitmap drawing. It also uses much less bandwidth.

    To get detailed traffic information, I use Google Maps, even though it's slower.

    I use a dedicated Garmin Nuvi to do actual navigation.

    Google should have a new vector implementation of their Maps App by the end of the year. I imagine that it will also have turn-by-turn and ads. Nokia has stated that they are working on getting vector drawing; what they recently put out was just a first pass.
     
  16. Andyroo10567

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    I loved the Nokia maps. Tried the Apple Maps for a quick sec on a friends phone but it looked like Nokia Maps was faster. Sadly i sold my Lumia 900 :(
     
  17. acura9927

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    For those with Sprint and able to get 4g LTE is it up to the hype?
    I had 4g Verizon and it was god awful, it was probably the phone, the htc thunderbolt. It ran faster on 3G.
     
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    Verizon's 4g is less consistent than AT&T as far as speed, although they have more coverage.
     
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    The Apple maps application continues to quietly improve with the background data getting better. It is fast and when I was in NYC, the 3D thing was really cool. When I was up there, I turned my work e-mail off for a few days. Once I did that, I would use my phone a lot all day and never use more than 1/3 of my battery by the end of the day. There is something with my work servers that drain the battery.
     
  20. BigServer1

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    The Thunderbolt was a notorious flop. Just a terrible phone. Battery that lasted for 20 minutes, spotty signal, slow performance.

    Verizon LTE is currently very, very good if you live in or near a city. ATT has the benefit of having HSPA+ ("4G"), as well as a more limited LTE deployment, so non LTE speeds on ATT are typically faster, but you're more likely to be on HSPA+ than LTE.

    I live in Phoenix, and I get 15-35Mbps download speeds on Verizon LTE. The places I've traveled (Portland OR, Seattle, WA, Los Angeles) give me similar speeds.
     
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    Getting 35 down here as well. The VZW customer service is incredible as well. I am stunned at the overall difference in quality in every single aspect. My bill is also a little less. I may not have unlimited data, but I do have unlimited talk time and I am finding that to be a very fair tradeoff.
     
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    Yeah I'm happy with the switch to VZW. My bill is a bit more than it was on TMo, but the service is way better, LTE, unlimited talk and text, etc.

    My wife and I split 4GB of data, and we use like 1.5GB a month...Not sure how it's so low, we're both on WiFi at home, but I stream Pandora/Spotify in my car, use the phone quite a bit when out and about, stream video, etc. 4GB is proving to be plenty for our needs.
     
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    I fought the Sprint battle for years and lost. They are flat out lying to and ripping their customers off. Their 3G speeds are the slowest anywhere (slower than AT&T's EDGE [2G] speeds). You need to cut your losses now and leave them. I did and have never looked back. Never been happier.
     
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    AT&T's LTE 'switch' was flipped where I live 2 weeks ago and it's been great. I do think I am ditching the iPhone 5 for the new HTC One X+. iPhone 5 is great but I loved the One X back over the summer and now that a super charged version is available I'm all over it.
     
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    I cant go back to Verizon, I ported the number already to Sprint and they probably wont offer me back that unlimited data for 30 per month since they dont offer unlimited net anymore.
     
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    Paid for AT&T's 4GLTE service to realize that there is little to no coverage in our area.
     
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    I spoak to several Internet critix last night at Terminal 5 and they all agreed that the iPhone 5 is the greatest iPhone evar. Sorry iPhone 3GS.
     
  28. kalyan4fedever

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    Greatest iPhone ever but not the greatest phone :D
     
  29. DRII

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    AT&T scored the best regarding 4g among the major carriers. Although Verizon scored highest overall. Verizon's signal is relatively inconsistent, speeds vary more than with AT&T. Verizon does have higher top end speed but doesn't stay there (Venus vs Serena analogy to tennis)...

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/11/29/att-mixed-results-consumer-reports-survey/1733287/

    I may switch to AT&T, just to see how it is with them; especially if Verizon tries to downgrade my unlimitied data for loyal customers. i think AT&T has the best phones and gets them sooner as well...
     
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    Do you think that unlimited 3G data for existing month-to-month customers is going away soon? That would suck. The last time I spoke with a VZ customer service representative, he mentioned that I could have my unlimited 3G data as long as I didn't purchase my devices from VZ.

    I know that eventually, they will take unlimited 3G data away from us. I just hope that it is not too soon. Maybe, they can offer unlimited coverage as a lollipop to those who stay with 3G rather than upgrading to blazing fast LTE? :)
     
  31. Power Player

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    The positive about LTE besides the 35mpbs down is that it does not drain the battery at all like I thought. My 4g experience with sprint was so bad that I rarely enabled it even when the coverage came because my battery would drain to nothing in no time. The LTE with verizon is absolutely incredible. when I had that game streaming in the middle of Nowhere, FL with no buffering and in a gorgeously crisp resolution, I knew I had made the right choice.

    AT&T or Verizon, you cant really go wrong. I just need strong cell reception where I live so Verizon was the easy choice.

    I5 battery is still the best I have used. I frequently go for 2-3 days without charging. The days I have drained it to zero involved a lot of GPS nav, heavy web browsing, video editing, picture taking phone calls. Best battery I have experienced by a long shot.
     
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  32. DRII

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    Yea, I'm not sure...

    but if they want to keep me they better grandfather me into unlimited data :twisted:
     
  33. movdqa

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    I don't have LTE in my area but AT&T's 3G in my area runs at DSL (3.5 MB) speeds (they might call it 4G without the LTE) whereas Verizon 3G in my area is miserable.

    In Boston, though, speeds are excellent with both Verizon and AT&T. I do not do a lot of bandwidth-heavy things in general on my phone and would probably be fine with AT&T 3G. I decided to generally stick with Verizon and AT&T because of their generally superior coverage. Their prices are crazy but you pay for coverage.
     
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    The issue with ATT is that their true LTE is in less than 100 markets, while Verizon is pushing 400 markets.

    The plus side to ATT is the fact that their HSPA+ coverage is very good, which can get people 4-10Mbps download speeds, while Verizon's 3G is 2-4Mbps at best.

    I like Verizon so far, after a couple months. ATT always gets poor marks for their cellular reception, but it does seem to be getting better. I agree about them having the best phones.
     
  35. acura9927

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    So how long will the Note 2 be top dog?
    I really really enjoy mine, I think there is nothing out there close to it.
     
  36. DRII

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    The HTC DNA might have something on it. Its the only true 1080p display. But, I'm pretty sure HTC has nothing on Samsungs software and stylus...

    I got to say that HTC spoils you with their displays. My Rezound display is truly great and still one of the best, if not the best, one out there even though its an 'old' phone (still has the greatest pixel density). Many times with old tennis matches on youtube, i get a better picture on my Rezound than on a HD computer monitor! Helps me reminisce when Venus was a force to be reckoned with and played the most athletically dominating tennis I’ve ever seen from a woman (her 2000 USO semi against Hingis and 2001 against Capriati was an amazing display of athleticism and power)!!!
     
  37. BigServer1

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    For anyone looking for a phone with a really large screen, you can't beat the note. It's got computing power that rivals some laptops and tablets, and their stylus software is pretty cool.

    It will rule that world, likely until the note III comes out next year.
     
  38. Power Player

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    The top phablet? a long time most likely in tech world (8-12 months is my guess).

    The top phone? wouldnt put it in a smart phone category.
     
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    Not sure I'll ever go back to HTC after that Thunderbolt mess. It was worthless way too often trying to get a signal.
    With the Note 2 I no longer need to bring my IPAD when I travel.
     
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    How long has it been. I know with AT&T if you leave with your number you have 60days to come back and reactivate your account.
     
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    HTC dropped the ball with the DNA not having an option for expandable memory. 16GB stinks especially on an Android where bloatware already consumes too much precious storage room. went with the HTC One X+ today and even though it doesn't have a chance for expandable memory it comes in a 64GB size.
     
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    8 days or so
     
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    iPhone's map putting lives at risk

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/map-fail-putting-lives-at-risk/story-e6frg6nf-1226533703649

    VICTORIA Police has warned that a glitch in Apple's new iPhone mapping system has left a string of motorists stranded for up to 24 hours.

    Over the past month, officers in the far northwestern Victorian town of Mildura have had to rescue five motorists who followed directions from their iPhones operating on the new iOS6 system but were led more than 70km off-course.

    Motorists had intended to drive to Mildura but ended up lost in isolated and dangerous terrain inside Murray-Sunset National Park.

    Some of the motorists who were left stranded waited up to 24 hours without food or water and had to walk long distances to get phone reception, police said.

    Victoria Police issued a warning about the potentially life-threatening situation.

    "Police are extremely concerned as there is no water supply within the park and temperatures can reach as high as 46 degrees," a police statement said.
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    The Mildura mapping flaw is one of many complaints users have levelled against Apple since the company's software update and new mapping application made its debut earlier this year.

    In September, Apple CEO Tim Cook apologised for the string of problems with its maps application and recommended users rely on other map applications instead.

    Victoria Police has notified Apple of the problem.

    Anyone travelling to Mildura or other locations within Victoria is being urged by police to rely on other forms of mapping until this error is fixed.
     
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    Sprint sucks, just got my first bill and they have double the fees Verzion has, Verizon has state and gov fees while Sprint has their own fees that cost just as much as those fees. I regret leaving Verzion now.

    I'm not holding my breath 4 G LTE is ever coming to Seattle.
     
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    I downloaded the jellybean update last week to my gs3 for at&t. It makes it smoother overall and adds a few features like google now voice assistant, better picture quality in low light, and the ability to use personal photos as a background while texting among other things.
     
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    I wish that they didn't change the login screen for JB over ICS. I got rid of mine but will only do that when it's at home.
     
  47. Power Player

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    The people who bought my prior phone - the EVO lte are being left in the dust. HTC now released a plus version of the same phone and will put JB on that. LTE owners are left hoping to get jellybean still. Thats just a shame. 6 months later, and HTC released a "oops, sorry this one is better" version of their flagship phone instead of taking care of the people who bought the first version. so glad I got rid of mine in time.
     
  48. movdqa

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    That's why I bought a smartphone and tablet directly from Google. Google is doing a pretty good job at pushing updates for their own products. It's really the carriers that are responsible for updating the OS - not the manufacturers. Except for the Google-branded stuff.
     
  49. Power Player

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    I agree. The google phone is the best option, but they are not as feature rich. That is the problem - you buy a flagship droid phone and are stuck with it for 2 years, but it can be a guessing game as to which one will get supported throughout that life.
     
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    Rumor mill in full force today for the next iPhone.

    Jefferies is saying the iPhone 5S is coming in June of 2013:

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-...8-colors-says-jefferies-2012-12#ixzz2EfYPnx5p

    There's also a rumor of iPhone 6 prototypes, including a 4.8" model...Interesting.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/ipho...ototyped-says-jefferies-2012-12#ixzz2EfYxkhef
     

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