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    Default Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Well I'm currently using a virgin mobile iPhone 4s. I am wanting to switch back to android because let's face it... It's a hundred times better.

    Well I need to decide whether to buy a brand new S3 from VM for $220 or if I should buy a used in like new condition s4 for around $330 and switch to straight talk.

    Obviously the s4 is a better phone but is it worth enough to spend the extra $100 and change cell company's? I guess I'm worried about the level of support it will continue to receive, and I won't be able to upgrade for at least another 2-3 years.

    I'm really kicking my self for spending $500 on a iPhone that I could have been saving for their new s5!

    So what do you guys think? Would I be just as happy with a s3 as a 4? Coming from a iPhone 4s will I be happy with the speed of the s3?

    Just don't want to make the wrong choice and be unhappy for the next two years and you guys are so knowledgable about this stuff.

    Thank you all
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    In short, no. It's not enough of an upgrade to justify it. However, if you're switching into Android, I'd suggest a pure Android device like the Google Nexus 5 or something like the Oneplus One.

    Going with a Galaxy device, you'll get extreme lag and inconsistencies that aren't characteristic of Android. By default, Android is a bit laggy but Touchwiz just bogs it down awfully.

    You could even get something like the Moto X or an LG G2, still just so much better.
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    A nexus 5 or a Moto X would be better.

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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quote Originally Posted by z33dev33l View Post
    By default, Android is a bit laggy
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Johnson6 View Post
    Well I'm currently using a virgin mobile iPhone 4s. I am wanting to switch back to android because let's face it... It's a hundred times better.

    Well I need to decide whether to buy a brand new S3 from VM for $220 or if I should buy a used in like new condition s4 for around $330 and switch to straight talk.

    Obviously the s4 is a better phone but is it worth enough to spend the extra $100 and change cell company's? I guess I'm worried about the level of support it will continue to receive, and I won't be able to upgrade for at least another 2-3 years.

    I'm really kicking my self for spending $500 on a iPhone that I could have been saving for their new s5!

    So what do you guys think? Would I be just as happy with a s3 as a 4? Coming from a iPhone 4s will I be happy with the speed of the s3?

    Just don't want to make the wrong choice and be unhappy for the next two years and you guys are so knowledgable about this stuff.

    Thank you all
    The S3 is still a very capable phone, but as for speed improvements and better camera and the latest Os, then perhaps the S4 is the way to go and yes $100 more is worth it considering you will be getting decent specs and improved camera, along with a few other gimmicks that you may or may not find useful.

    There are alternatives such as the..

    LG G2 or perhaps the Nexus 5 or Moto X.

    I will mention the one +1 but as of yet it's not available outside an invite system. But will be worth perhaps waiting for.

    The choice is yours, have a look around and see what fits in terms of what you require and read a few reviews and compare.

    Hope this helps.

    The One plus is $300 for the 16gb variant and $350 for the 64gb I think if my memory serves me well.

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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quote Originally Posted by A895 View Post
    That is unnecessary.
    Totally Android has come along way and is better than Ios which is dull and I must say boring (designed for the elderly).

    Ps I'm not going to get into a huge debate lol

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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quick replies!! Thank you all. I'm playing with my husbands s3 and it is a great phone. The speed Isn't totally important as it runs plenty quick enough and I find It to be about the same speeds as on my iphone probably because I'm usually on wifi ( oh the life of a stay at home mom) I'm mostly using my phone to browse Instagram and Facebook listen to pandora and watch tv shows and take pictures of my daughter.
    His S3 blows my iPhone 4s out of the water when it comes to speed though when using cell data. Even over 3G it loads my Instagram WAY faster. I'm kind of concerned about the kitkat update though. Using virgin mobile and it still hasn't been pushed to his phone. I'm a woman and I need emojiis lol

    Would love more opinions. Thanks again guys. You're extremely helpful.
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Basically I just want to know. Will I be happy with a s3 for two more years. I left android after having two VERY low end devices that literally held like 4 apps. So when I got my iphone it was amazing. Well after playing with the s3 I feel like there is just so much more I can do. Will the s3 provide me with a fun platform to surf play candy crush and browse Instagram for a couple years or am I gonna shoot myself in the foot after a year. I hate to switch service providers and saving $100 would be great that's $100 to throw in my kids college fun ya know?
    Also the s4 would be a used phone from ebay. Anyone have a good experience buying used? I'd be buying a s3 directly from virgin mobile. I know you can't really be picky when using prepaid
    Man. Why couldnt I have just won one of the s5's virgin gave away ?!?!
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    Default Will I be happy with a s3?

    Ok. My first android phones were horrible. Literally crashed all the time and held like 4 apps. So I moved to iphone

    Flash forward to now and my hubby got a s3 last august. I'm wanting to get one now but not sure if I should get the 3 or spend the extra $100 for the 4. All I do is Facebook Instagram browse the web, and take pics of my kiddo. Would a 3 get me by for the next 2 years? I'd be getting it from virgin mobile for $220. Most of the features of the 4 seem like something that would be cool for a week and then never used again.
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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    The Virgin Mobile S3 is a Sprint model but I would suggest an Unlocked GSM Moto G with Solavei. Me and my wife were with VM for afew years before finding Solavei(T-Mobile pre-paid service) and are alot happier with the service. Unless your in one of the few developed Sprint Spark areas.
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Virgin mobile will have a newer HTC smartphone soon.

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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    I don't know if I would pay that much money for a phone that's two generations behind and mostly obsolete. I still use the S3, I got it for $99 at Best Buy in like July of 2012 I think, a couple months after it came out. The S4 and S5 are already out. At this late point in the phone's life, you're probably getting an Asurion (insurance) reject, so it was probably someone else's phone that broke and they turned in. I think for that kind of money you can get something a lot newer?
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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    So $220 for the S3, $320 for the S4. The Nexus 5 is $349 on Play. I would say get the N5 instead.

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    But based on the OPs stated usage the N5 is major overkill. The Moto G would do everything needed and cost nearly half the price with alot more battery life to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    But based on the OPs stated usage the N5 is major overkill. The Moto G would do everything needed and cost nearly half the price with alot more battery life to boot.
    So would the S4.
    Edit: if trying to save money, the OP can get the Moto E.

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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

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    So would the S4.
    Edit: if trying to save money, the OP can get the Moto E.

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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    Thanks guys. It's not that I'm really looking for an upgrade to my current 4s , it is plenty Of phone and plenty fast enough, I'm just looking to get back into android so that I can swap batteries while at the zoo with my kid, take video without dear if filling up my internal memory( just swap sd cards) that kind of thing. I just want to make sure that I'm not downgrading from my iPhone 4s. I'm limited to virgin mobile phones. Which we all know are well... Limited. I thought about their new LG volt but it doesn't have the HD screen which is something i do want because after using my iphone my tablet is an eyesore to look at with all it's pixels.
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    I recommend buying a 179 unlocked off contract Moto G.

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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    The S3 will get you by for a couple years. By that time any other phone will be obsolete also. My wife got one a few months ago.
    Batteries are available.. I have a Ravpower 2250 mah for mine.

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    Default Re: Will I be happy with a s3?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Johnson6 View Post
    so that I can swap batteries while at the zoo with my kid, take video without dear if filling up my internal memory( just swap sd cards) that kind of thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Johnson6 View Post
    I'm wanting to get one now but not sure if I should get the 3 or spend the extra $100 for the 4. All I do is Facebook Instagram browse the web, and take pics of my kiddo.
    So lower priced device that has an SD card, great camera and removable/swappable batteries (not sure why we're seeing so many recommendations that lack 1 or more of those things ) - you're right to target the S3 & S4. Between the two there are only three main differences I would pay close attention to when deciding.

    1. Software obsolescence - the S3 is probably near it's end of life for new software from Samsung. This can be a good thing if the version you get is very stable and you like it, then you know it's pretty much always going to be like that. If you want to keep progressing for a little while, the S4 would be better.

    2. Accessory obsolescence - the S3 is 2 years old. It has a lot of accessories, but as time goes on they will be harder to come by, etc.

    3. Camera. Both have really solid cameras for camera phones... but the S4 is quite a bit better IMO, both in features and image quality for outdoor and pictures of moving subjects (my kids don't stop to pose, they don't stop for anything - I'm assuming yours are similar). The camera is a big win in the S4's favor, but is it worth $100? For me yes, for you? That'd probably be the feature I make/break it on.

    Good luck and either way we'd be happy to help you get re-acclimated to Android and your device!
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    If you plan on sticking with VM id suggest looking at the htc and lg offerings before going with either the s3 or 4. TW + the carrier junk will make the phone slow and buggy. If your willing to change carriers the motorola moto g lte and moto x are nice
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1982 View Post
    The S3 is still a very capable phone, but as for speed improvements and better camera and the latest Os, then perhaps the S4 is the way to go and yes $100 more is worth it
    The performance between the s3 and s4 is very small. S4 has slightly more features but not worth $100
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1982 View Post
    The S3 is still a very capable phone, but as for speed improvements and better camera and the latest Os, then perhaps the S4 is the way to go and yes $100 more is worth it considering you will be getting decent specs and improved camera, along with a few other gimmicks that you may or may not find useful.

    There are alternatives such as the..

    LG G2 or perhaps the Nexus 5 or Moto X.

    I will mention the one +1 but as of yet it's not available outside an invite system. But will be worth perhaps waiting for.

    The choice is yours, have a look around and see what fits in terms of what you require and read a few reviews and compare.

    Hope this helps.

    The One plus is $300 for the 16gb variant and $350 for the 64gb I think if my memory serves me well.

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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Thank you for all the great recommendations. My husband really would rather me stay with our current provider( virgin mobile) so my options are very limited. I'd love to get the new s5 but just can't bring myself to spend $660 on a phone that my 2 yr old will no doubt throw on the floor at some point. So it's either stick with my iPhone 4s or get a cheap new ($200) galaxy s3 and wait a year or so for them to have a sale
    On the s5. If I switch to the s3 I feel like I'm honestly still getting a upgrade over my iphone because of everything the s3 does thT my 4s can't do. Like play Pokemon! Because that's important lol
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    Default Re: Need your expert advice about choosing a phone s3 in 2014???

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashley Johnson6 View Post
    So what do you guys think? Would I be just as happy with a s3 as a 4? Coming from a iPhone 4s will I be happy with the speed of the s3?
    My advice is to leave Samsung...you can get way better phones for that price right now. For $300 you could get a Moto X, Nexus 5, or OnePlus...any of which will be significantly better than the S3 and better than the S4 in most ways.

    This is what the Nexus 5 performs like compared to the iPhone:



    The Nexus 5 is really the only Android phone that will be as fast and smooth as the iPhone IMO. The Moto X is as smooth, but not as fast. The One Plus is as fast but not as smooth.

    The good news is that iPhones tend to retain their value well...so you can probably recover most of the $500 you spent on it. The only real advantage Samsung phones have is SD expansion and battery removal...unless you are married to those two things, I would dump Samsung and move to something better.
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