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    Default Re: From iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S4

    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    Yea the last i heard about Android Lagging and not being very good was a few years go when it had not long come out. I have seen the Samsung Galaxy S4 on the TV adverts and on Youtube videos, i do like it especially the screen size. I feel that they seem to be innovating more compared to Apple and there iPhone. The open system seems to have some good advantages, from other peoples posts and a few things i have seen online, it seems highly customisable which for me is a plus. As i have mentioned the reason i'm getting fed up with iPhone is because they are doing the same old thing, and i really feel that its getting stale. I want to be able to control my phone rather than being told "You cant do that on an iPhone" especially when spending 529 on a phone.
    Which is exactly why my friend recently switched from the Iphone5 to S4. He loves it. He changes the way everything looks ever week. And always says how he couldnt do anything like that on the Iphone. He did say that he misses some things... but with the recent update to Google Music he is very happy... along with the addition of Vine... he now has everything he had on the iPhone.
    (the only thing he had to change was the keyboard... He bought Swiftkey and said it was the best thing he ever bought) I dont think he is switching back anytime soon. Id take the plunge if I was you. Nothing wrong with diversity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tohio View Post
    If security is an issue read this Samsung Galaxy S4 earns Pentagon security nod | Mobile - CNET News As far as customizing the phone, wallpapers are just scratching the surface. You can change sounds, notifications, led light notifications, etc, etc. After you are comfortable with the phone you can even change the ROMs on the phone. I really would describe the ability to customize the S4 as only limited by your imagination and preferences.
    That's only with the Knox software installed. Not the average run of the mill S4. And it looks like they are now copying BB.

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post

    2 - I do not let iTunes manage my music and I recommend you don't either. Android allows you to manage files directly instead of forcing you to "sync". I still buy music on iTunes (it does have a massive library and the pricing is good), but I immediately convert them to MP3 and sever ties with iTunes. There are apps that will still sync iTunes if you can't let go; I have heard that Doubletwist is awesome. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...idPlayer&hl=en
    Why in the hell would you take ACC encoded audio file and downgrade it to MP3 ? Just keep it as ACC.
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    IMO Android headsets are just as reliable as any iDevice and battery life on newer generation Android devices is almost identical. The only thing about the iTunes content is that I would suggest using DoubleTwist to sync all of your iTunes music, movies and playlists. I believe the free version of DoubleTwist uses a USB cable to transfer the content but the paid version can do it wirelessly over any Wi-Fi network.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Willie View Post
    That's only with the Knox software installed. Not the average run of the mill S4. And it looks like they are now copying BB.

    Dose that mean the S4 is not as customisable then???

    Why in the hell would you take ACC encoded audio file and downgrade it to MP3 ? Just keep it as ACC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Willie View Post
    Why in the hell would you take ACC encoded audio file and downgrade it to MP3 ? Just keep it as ACC.
    MP3 has wider compatibility. Virtually anything that plays digital music will support it. And I can't notice enough of a quality difference for it to matter (I only encode mine at 160 anyway). I have nothing against ACC...just more knowledgeable about MP3. I am a graphics nerd, not an audio nerd.

    Also: I know for sure that MP3 has no way of supporting DRM...so I know that any MP3 will be DRM-free. And I want all DRM strings completely severed on music I own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    Yea I've been a long time Apple user, I have an iPad which I also use for University. I'm more worried about getting use to andriod, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 phone because I have never had a Samsung phone before. The reason I want to switch is because I feel Apple are not doing anything innovative at the moment, and I want more contour over my phone, more customisation of the home screen, widgets, Live wallpapers and so on. I'm willing to take the time to learn Andriod I'm just a little apprehensive with bring an Apple iPhone user since the 3GS.
    I'm in the same boat, have my macbook air, iPad and iMac for university. But thats another reason I felt fine with making the switch, because at the end of the day, I can use imessage on my ipad if I want to talk to iphone users, and I can still have everything apple, just android for a phone Its not a hard switch to make trust me, a few things to get used to obviously, but the look and feel of android is just so much better (imo) over apple ios. I just bought an sd card and usb reader to plug into my macbook, dragged all my music and photos into two seperate folders on the sd and inserted into the phone. It was super easy to switch. And if you backup your contacts etc via gmail through itunes, you jsut log into it on your s4 and back up from gmail reaaaally easy. AND the best thing I have done, is bought an extra battery that I carry with me just incase the one in my phone runs out during lonnng use. Huuge plus over the iphone is the removable battery. That definitely got me lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffDenver View Post
    MP3 has wider compatibility. Virtually anything that plays digital music will support it. And I can't notice enough of a quality difference for it to matter (I only encode mine at 160 anyway). I have nothing against ACC...just more knowledgeable about MP3. I am a graphics nerd, not an audio nerd.

    Also: I know for sure that MP3 has no way of supporting DRM...so I know that any MP3 will be DRM-free. And I want all DRM strings completely severed on music I own.
    I'm no audio nerd and even I can tell the difference between a 160kb/s and 260kb/s or 320kb/s! To me it just seems easier to encode everything at 320 because on the S4 the mSD card slot makes storage issues minimal and all in all 320 will sound much better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Champion1229 View Post
    I'm no audio nerd and even I can tell the difference between a 160kb/s and 260kb/s or 320kb/s! To me it just seems easier to encode everything at 320 because on the S4 the mSD card slot makes storage issues minimal and all in all 320 will sound much better!
    Yea, but we're talking about re-encoding. When you buy music through iTunes, it is 256kb/s ACC non DRM. ACC was designed with multi channel capabilities and a better compression algorithm. I even rip my CDs to ACC. The only time I use MP3 is Amazon digital match. (You're entitled to a digital download of most CDs you bought in the last ten years, I don't rambler what it's called. ) That worked out great because the fat assed ex took some of my CDs that I bought after we split.
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    I'm really thinking of getting the S4, over the last few days i have seen some good reviews from people that rank its as one of the best smartphones. Can anyone tell me if i go to the store and buy this phone, what kind of customisation will i be able to do with the phone? (Live wallpapers, widgets e.g.) i mean without changing the operating system or messing with anything (i haven't used Samsung or Android devices before so i wouldn't be confident enough at first to mess around with the OS and stuff like that) I just want to know what more with it i can do that i cant with my current iPhone.
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    Default Re: From iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S4

    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    I'm really thinking of getting the S4, over the last few days i have seen some good reviews from people that rank its as one of the best smartphones. Can anyone tell me if i go to the store and buy this phone, what kind of customisation will i be able to do with the phone? (Live wallpapers, widgets e.g.) i mean without changing the operating system or messing with anything (i haven't used Samsung or Android devices before so i wouldn't be confident enough at first to mess around with the OS and stuff like that) I just want to know what more with it i can do that i cant with my current iPhone.
    Have you jailbroken before?
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    Default Re: From iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S4

    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    I'm really thinking of getting the S4, over the last few days i have seen some good reviews from people that rank its as one of the best smartphones. Can anyone tell me if i go to the store and buy this phone, what kind of customisation will i be able to do with the phone? (Live wallpapers, widgets e.g.) i mean without changing the operating system or messing with anything (i haven't used Samsung or Android devices before so i wouldn't be confident enough at first to mess around with the OS and stuff like that) I just want to know what more with it i can do that i cant with my current iPhone.
    Look at this article it is a good reply to your question:

    iCan't: 5 Things Android Users Take For Granted and iPhone Users Just Can't Do
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    I made the switch for many of the same reasons you mentioned. It's only been a couple of days, but my quick initial impressions:

    PROS:
    [1] LOVE the bigger screen. No problem using it onehanded or putting it in my pocket. Apple really needs to revisit their screen size
    [2] LOVE that I can choose my preferred apps for browsing, email, SMS, etc. It's ridiculous that on my Mac and can do this, but on the iPhone I cant.
    [3] Customization possibilities are amazing. (See cons).
    [4] Keyboard and text input is VASTLY superior to the iPhone. Love that you can't choose from a number of different possibilities.

    CONS:
    [1] Don't like how notifications are displayed. (I know that Android did this before Apple, but Apple definitely improved on the notification panel, making it visually appealing and organized).
    [2] Miss app badges; the gazillion of teeny, tiny white (and frequently obscure) status bar icons are a mess, all crammed together up there.
    [3] I find almost all the motions and gestures that Samsung hails as making the S4 unique are inconsistently deployed, largely gimmicky, and frequently don't work.
    [4] Too many customization options and inconsistencies. Okay, I LIKE being able to customize things, but I do miss the across app/platform consistency that Apple is known for. Definitely makes for a more predictable experience that doesn't change radically depending on what app you happen to be using.

    Anyway, just my 2-day old experiences. I'm sure these will change as I get more experience with Android and the S4.
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    Default Re: From iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S4

    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    I'm really thinking of getting the S4, over the last few days i have seen some good reviews from people that rank its as one of the best smartphones. Can anyone tell me if i go to the store and buy this phone, what kind of customisation will i be able to do with the phone? (Live wallpapers, widgets e.g.) i mean without changing the operating system or messing with anything (i haven't used Samsung or Android devices before so i wouldn't be confident enough at first to mess around with the OS and stuff like that) I just want to know what more with it i can do that i cant with my current iPhone.
    It's easy to say what kinds of things you can do, like adding widgets, live wall papers, changing the grid (number of rows and columns of icons), changing the icons themselves, etc., but it's probably more effective to give some examples:

    Beautiful Android Themes, Wallpapers, and Homescreens

    As for functionality, with Tasker your options are nearly limitless. Here are some basic profiles people have set up:

    Profiles - Tasker Wiki

    Here's a guy that automated his apartment using voice commands:

    Check out this awesome Tasker/AutoVoice home automation setup
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomsAndroid View Post
    Have you jailbroken before?
    No I haven't, I tend to buy phones and use them out of the box with there OS
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    Quote Originally Posted by garublador View Post
    It's easy to say what kinds of things you can do, like adding widgets, live wall papers, changing the grid (number of rows and columns of icons), changing the icons themselves, etc., but it's probably more effective to give some examples:

    Beautiful Android Themes, Wallpapers, and Homescreens

    As for functionality, with Tasker your options are nearly limitless. Here are some basic profiles people have set up:

    Profiles - Tasker Wiki

    Here's a guy that automated his apartment using voice commands:

    Check out this awesome Tasker/AutoVoice home automation setup
    Some of those look really cool :-) would I able to do that with my phone. If I get the Samsung Galaxy S4 will I be able to do what's shown on those articles straight out of the box? Or would I need to jailbreak?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    Some of those look really cool :-) would I able to do that with my phone. If I get the Samsung Galaxy S4 will I be able to do what's shown on those articles straight out of the box? Or would I need to jailbreak?
    You may have to check with each one individually to be sure, but my understanding is that they do not require rooting. Some will, however, require you to buy software and/or icon packs or wall papers (usually $1-$4 each).
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    Quote Originally Posted by garublador View Post
    You may have to check with each one individually to be sure, but my understanding is that they do not require rooting. Some will, however, require you to buy software and/or icon packs or wall papers (usually $1-$4 each).
    Ok cool, I don't mind paying 1-4 for them, worth it to be able to customise :-)
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    Default From iPhone to Samsung Galaxy S4

    Quote Originally Posted by LegalAmerican View Post
    You have to understand 2 things. 1) The screen is an inch bigger on the S4. It requires more battery to power it than the tiny screen on a little iPhone 5. So you have to decide if the benefit outweighs the con.

    2) Android does a lot more as an OS than iOS does. So it can tear through a battery much faster. If you're able to get 10-12 hrs of Screen On time with an iPhone 5 (which is miraculous) then I would imagine you could get closer to 7 or 8 with the S4. Everyone I know with the iPhone 5 is not getting anything close to what you're getting. So you must be a light user and that will help with the battery on the S4.
    In settings there is two measurements
    Stand by time and usage

    Usage I get 10-12 meaning "actual usage" surfing calling texting etc etc

    I often have 15 or so hours stand by with it.. I understand the screen is bigger 8 hours would be fine if that's only usage..

    I'm not a light user I'm a heavy user

    As far as the friends not getting that that stinks

    This is my second iPhone 5 I cracked my first one . I get great LTE signal where I live though so that could also be it!

    I really want a second
    Phone and the s4 looks awesome so I'm not trying to cut the phone down or anything!

    Cheers!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by noaim View Post
    In settings there is two measurements
    Stand by time and usage

    Usage I get 10-12 meaning "actual usage" surfing calling texting etc etc

    I often have 15 or so hours stand by with it.. I understand the screen is bigger 8 hours would be fine if that's only usage..

    I'm not a light user I'm a heavy user

    As far as the friends not getting that that stinks

    This is my second iPhone 5 I cracked my first one . I get great LTE signal where I live though so that could also be it!

    I really want a second
    Phone and the s4 looks awesome so I'm not trying to cut the phone down or anything!

    Cheers!!


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    I'm thinking of getting the Samsung Galaxy S4 and just buying an extra battery for when I'm at university in case I run out of battery power. And option I don't have with my iPhone.
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    I've had every iPhone since launch in 2007. I was also becoming bored of iPhone and while looking nice, functionally it hasn't moved on in the last few years in my opinion. I jumped to an S4 and 64gb sd. I was slightly miffed that you can no longer move apps to sd cards, but to be fair the vast majority of space on my iPhone was home movies and photos. Both of which can go on sd quite nicely. There are loads of utilities that overcome or even complement iPhone things such as icloud. Dropbox and Google drive for example can auto sync valuable photos and video. You for 50gb of Dropbox for free with the S4 so there's a good start. I'm also a mac user with Ipad and retina Mac book. The only thing to initially consider is to move to Google calendar and ship over the entry's. loads of forums to show how to do this. So far there is nothing I miss from my iPhone 5 that isn't either better on S4 or is easily catered for by an equivalent app

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    I see that Samsung have announced another version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, calling it the S4 Active, i'm not sure if i should wait for the active or just buy the standard S4 :-/ i will be using my phone at home but also commuting on the bus/train to university. I don't do any sports or anything major outdoors, so the only use i can think of me getting the S4 Active would be waiting at the bus stop if its raining and not having to worry about my phone getting wet in my pocket.
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    I don't have experience with the S4. I had iOS though from 2008 to early this year and then switched to Google's Nexus devices. Here is the my scoop from someone who had iOS for a long time. Stock android at least is nearly as stable as iOS. I say nearly because there are bugs every now and then. For example, the first month that I had my Nexus 10 tablet, it would restart on me every few hours of use. The 4.2.2 android update corrected the problem, and I didn't have the issue for long, but for someone that purchased the tablet at release, they would have had the glitch for several months. That's been the only glitch so far on the N10, and doing web searches, it was fairly wide spread. For my nexus 4, I hadn't had any glitches until the new Google play a couple weeks ago. Nearly every time I unlock my phone now, Google play music is on the screen, even when it wasn't the last used app. It's getting super annoying. Other than those two issues, the only negative I can think of is that there's more ads while browsing. Sometimes it's super annoying. It will be a rolling screen on the bottom and a side screen on the left, and no matter how many times I click the"x" it always comes back getting in the way. With all that said however, Android is so much superior to ios. There's many more features and I find that the entire OS is more logical and easier to use. You might have a learning curve, but as long as you go in with an open mind, it's easy to overcome. Another issue is that web commenting isn't as good. The text boxes for commenting usually suck. Take this comment for example, the reply box is small and can't be made bigger. I can see three rows of text. That is a common theme with blog commenting for me. The only specific I can say regarding Samsung, is that during my approximately year long investigation of Android (which included a crap load of web research and also just playing around with phones in stores) the s3 was always glitchy every time I played with it. For example, once I went to a Verizon store and played with the s3 for about a half hour. It would reset on me and close apps sporadically. It did this 3 times in a half hour. I did play with the Note 2 on several occasions and didn't notice the same glitches. This was also on an older version of android, which was less stable. I decided to go with stock android because I wanted fast updates directly from Google (for example Nexus 4 has had 4.2.2 for several months already.) Here is my bottom line advice for you. Go to the stores and play with the s4. If you like it, make the switch. Get familiar with android and how it works, and I'd be willing to bet that you'll love it. I will never go back to iOS.
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    I've had the iPhone, 3G, 3GS and the 4, I've loved all of my iPhones. What I hated was the fact that apple married me to AT$T, I hated paying 4,500 a year for home, iPhones and iPads and only getting 3G when everyone without an iPhone were on their second phones with 4g, moving screen savers, large screens, exchangeable battery's, SD Cards and and and. So I told my wife that if the iPhone 4S doesn't have a larger screen ( because I was tired of turning my phone to landscape EVERYTIME I wanted to see something) moving screensaver and 4g, I'm done. Cutting this long story short-er, I've found my s4 to be better in most regards to the best iPhone, is seems like everyone is worried about the plastic body, ive never had a problem with durability or the fit and finish, but even when I had my iPhones my phones are always in a small, lite, thin case, I'm not an Otter box person. I say switch and give the s4 a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dural View Post
    The Mrs. has an iPhone 5. She cannot get over 5 hrs of screen time (typical use, light gaming and browser) with brightness at 50%. Her friends, also with iPhone 5's have similar results. They can generate similar standby (as can I on my S4) as you mention, but never these results together. Care to share your secret? I'll pass it along.

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    If you're referring to noaim, he's trolling. There's no way in hell he is getting 10-12 hours of screen time in one charge. Not even with brightness down. If your wife and friends have trouble getting 5 hours, imagine 10 being possible? Just an isheep in the wrong forum. Pay no attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave25A View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    Over the last 18 months I have begun getting tried of Apple and there small updates in regards to phones (3Gs then the 4, 4S and now the 5) rumours have it that the iPhone 5S will be nothing but a small update and nothing major. Over the last month or so I have been thinking about switching to the Galaxy S4, however a couple of things consern me, 1- is the S4 as reliable as my iPhone as been? 2- How easy is it to switch over (I have a lot of content on iTunes). 3- Hows the battery life? And 4- Do you find the plastic of the S4 more durable?
    I would appreciate any advice as I'm unsure if I should switch or not! I have not used Andriod before.

    Thanks :-)
    1 Yes my GS4 is just as reliable as my 4S was
    2 If you give your self a day to get use to and setup the phone it is very easy to switch over, music is very easy to move over from iTunes
    3 Battery life is awesome
    4 I love the plastic back get to the SD Card that Apple never had.
    iPad iPhone 4,4s,5,5s Nexus 7 (2013) Galaxy S4 Nexus 5 and so much more.....
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