05-22-2012 07:24 AM
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  1. mud314's Avatar
    You are already used to menus, so that is a plus on your side. Unlike iOS, Android does have menu/settings within the app that allow MORE control over what you want to do and not limited by only three options. Android is a good enough platform, you will not like the battery life that Android handsets provide, specially if you are going with a LTE phone, forget it. That will be the #1 thing you will need to remember is that it's always best to carry a power supply.

    Build quality on Samsung handsets is not what you are used to, RIM has very good build quality to them, strong, durable and can take a beating. The S3 while beautiful the outside is all plastic, they feel light and we immediately "assume" cheap.

    I'm currently on an iPhone and patiently waiting for the summer to see what we are going to be getting this year. iOS is nice and hardly ever any issues, but man the UI gets really old really fast. I don't see how people can go from iPhone to iPhone, I have had mine for 6 months and done w/it.
    05-20-2012 03:48 PM
  2. VetteDude's Avatar
    S-Voice is just an .apk file. Your personal info is safe.

    And making multiple handsets a year is a bad thing? You point out RIM releasing 1 flavor a year, but it doesn't matter if it sucks.
    05-20-2012 04:02 PM
  3. Wicell's Avatar
    I am guessing that rooting has to be done with every new Android OS flavor?

    Is there a must-have accessory or case to go the S3? Once OB comes out with a Defender version, I would seriously plan on getting one as many times as I drop phones.
    To be honest, you don't really need to root your device, sometimes this "bloatware" people complain about isn't really all that bad, most people on this site and forums are Power Users, they love to dabble in the modded world of Android, I must say I am one of them, I'm rooted and ROMed, and most of these ROMs have all forms of "bloatware" removed, but I still find myself going to the Play Store and downloading some of those apps. I recommend just trying the plain Android experience and once you're fully submerged with it then maybe thinking about the rooting option.

    I have no idea if they are going to make a case for the S3, I assume they will, and if they do, definitely look out for the Ballistic brand case. I have one for my S2 Epic 4G Touch and I love it, the extra padding on the corners add grip support, which I find very helpful for this larger than average phones. Also look into spare batteries, the battery life of Samsung phones is getting better and better, but it's nice to know if you're going to be away from home for an extended duration that you don't have to worry about carrying a charger with you.

    Does the App marketplace screen apps to ensure that they don't harm the S3?
    It's actually very rare that apps sneak into the market place that can cause harm to a phone. There are some apps that do annoying things such as push an advertisement into your notification bar, but you can easily just uninstall the app and it goes away. One app I recommend wholeheartedly is Lookout Security & Antivirus, by Lookout Mobile Security. This app scans all apps you install and will tell you if safe or not. It is free, but there is also a subscription service within it that adds some features like "SafeBrowsing" like a PC's anti-virus that scans sites you travel to, to warn of any sites that could be seen as malicious. It also allows you to track your device if lost or stolen.

    Lookout also makes handy apps such as "Ad Network Detector" (Helpful if you can't find which app is push ads to your notification bar), or worst case scenario apps such as "Plan B."

    Are these Outlook mail apps free or paid? I may have received un-intentional misinformation or completely misunderstood but the AT&T reps that I have talked to mentioned that the functionality is already present on the S3.
    I believe it's on all Android devices, but it could just be Samsung devices. When you get your device, open Settings, go to Accounts and sync, and press "Add Account," when you do this, there should be 3 options. Add Corporate, Add Email, and Add Gmail. If you press "Add Corporate" it allows you to add your Exchange account to your device, although I apologize if these are not the same, I don't have either outlook or exchange.

    Of course if you need to find an app for it you can pull one from the Play Store. You'll usually be able to find both Free and Paid apps for almost anything, but Paid apps can sometimes be better and more feature filled. I recommend seeing if a paid app has a less feature filled free version and trying it out, if you like it then maybe investing in the paid version would be a good idea. but be sure to try multiple free versions before deciding which one, if any, that you want to invest in.

    I admit that I don't have a lot of tech knowledge and experience much less any true understanding of the Android environment but, with the XDP "borrowing" of the S-Voice, I am starting to question my decision to transition to an Android device. If companies can take parts or all of the Samsung Nature UXI software with no consequences, then how secure are our personal devices? What other than hardware makes these devices different from the competition? How does one maker protect its brand? Modifying the OS is one thing in open software environment is one thing but taking the IP of Samsung and putting it on other Android devices should be grounds for XDP being sued by Samsung. Maybe I am too much of a newb, but is open software an open license to steal intellectual property? It seems if there are a lot of gray areas in the Android world. I come from a world in which there is gray but there is also black and white or right and wrong. It may occur in other OS environments where features are added or created versus competition and could be considered a gray area or borderline plagiarism. No wonder phone brands have to release so many model every year just to keep up. Apple only make one model every year. RIM releases one version of a model like the Bold with possibly different form factors and GSM/non-GSM a year.
    It seems that this would be wrongful to Samsung, but it really isn't. Samsung is an Android modder or hacker's best friend. Their devices are the easiest to system and app files from so that custom ROMs and apps can be made from. If Samsung truly didn't want stuff like "S-Voice" or "Pop-up Play" to be moved around and changed a little, they could lock down their devices like HTC and Motorola. Not to mention "S-Voice," although an IP to Samsung, isn't really an original idea of Samsung, it's just a readily available technology that Samsung has integrated into their device with added features to fully navigate your device.

    The beauty of Android is that at the deepest core, all devices are the same in the software aspect. The base is Android, and the differentiating factor is the manufacturer's UX (UI, UX, Same difference.), what each manufacturer puts forth in the phone to make it say "Hey I'm a ______ (Htc, Sony, Samsung, LG, Moto, etc.) device is the UX. It's because all these devices are Android based that makes it so that if someone loves the device they own, but wish they could an app feature 'exclusive' to another brand of device, can simply search for an app that works just like it, without them having to give up their beloved device (and a few hundred dollars).

    Your personal device is as secure as you let it be, you can lock it, put app protectors and locks on it. You can get things that monitor what other apps do to your device. But ultimately it's you that secures your phone and data. It's easy to just say "ooo, I want this app," and download it without even reading what it can access, but there is a reason you have to hit "Accept & Download," you need to read those permissions an app is given, you need to read reviews to see if other people experience problems with the app, and you need to understand what a permission means an app can do. It seems like this is really just a bunch of stuff that eats away your time, but if you like (love in my, and many other cases) your device, protect it, take the extra five seconds to read why an app needs to know your location, or needs network location. I promise you it is worth it.
    05-20-2012 04:27 PM
  4. onick's Avatar
    Is there an app for call blocking and filtering? Is there an email blocker that blocks the address or the domain?
    my galaxy s2 has native option to block / reject calls. you will also find many call block program in android market, some of them are free, some of them are paid.

    i am using go sms pro as an alternative of my default sms program and it has sms block option as well.
    05-20-2012 04:28 PM
  5. Wicell's Avatar
    Build quality on Samsung handsets is not what you are used to, RIM has very good build quality to them, strong, durable and can take a beating. The S3 while beautiful the outside is all plastic, they feel light and we immediately "assume" cheap.
    I honestly love how lite my plastic Epic 4G Touch is, it can tak a beating and come up with maybe a scratch or scuff on the rim, but i'll take that over a dent in metal, or cracked glass back.
    05-20-2012 04:38 PM
  6. jcp007's Avatar
    Enter OB Defender and no one has to see the build quality. Function over form any day.
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    05-20-2012 05:39 PM
  7. wilfreb's Avatar
    ''the most amazing blend of performance and features we are likely to see this year''

    Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III review: S to the third - GSMArena.com
    05-20-2012 06:01 PM
  8. jcp007's Avatar
    ''the most amazing blend of performance and features we are likely to see this year''

    Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III review: S to the third - GSMArena.com
    Read the 12 page review. Now I will need a "SG3 for Dummies" to ease the transition to Android.
    05-20-2012 06:56 PM
  9. jontalk's Avatar
    Dude.. am totally with you since I've been with an iPhone for years and have been researching the Note, Skyrocket, One X and now the GS3 which appears to be ready for the "King of Android" title. And the reason I say this has to do with the tons and tons of issues showing up very early on with the HTC One X. I thought it was a pretty cool phone, but did not like the limitation of the sealed back, lack of microSD slot and the blazing WiFi issue that has yet to be resolved.

    What is interesting to me is that you seem to 'know' that ATT is getting the GS3 next month, and yet I haven't seen any press to that effect? How do you know this and have they mentioned a price too? Or are you simply assuming it since they have the Skrocket (which of course, makes sense). And yes, I'm a long standing ATT customer and will likely remain since ATT's LTE network is blazing fast and is also simultaneous voice/data for ALL devices.
    05-20-2012 08:37 PM
  10. jcp007's Avatar
    Samsung in numerous articles has mentioned that the US drop will be in June. The i5 is Also rumored to announce a release in their June global meetings. AT&T has also been mentioned many times as one of the four US carriers. Pricing is based upon past history and rumor of past smartphones.
    05-20-2012 09:21 PM
  11. Hangfire#AC's Avatar
    I'm way overdue for an upgrade, on a month to month plan. I'm probably going to wait until the next batch come out at the end of the year to decide on the S III. It's been this long, what's another 4-6 months?
    05-20-2012 10:08 PM
  12. jontalk's Avatar
    Well now I won't be surprised if it's released next month. Just checked the price on the Skyrocket at Amazon and it's dropped to $39.99! They've dropped the price $20 each time over the course of the past couple of weeks so they obviously are preparing to offer the GS3.

    Meantime, that's a SPANKING deal on the Skyrocket which will no doubt be getting the ICS update very soon. I have to say it's pretty tempting, since I've been waiting to make the jump for months now..

    Anyone else here feel the Skyrocket is an awesome phone and worth getting now? I'm one of the lucky ones who will have a grandfathered unlimited plan and new LTE towers are going up steadily here in the Bay area, too ..
    05-21-2012 01:42 PM
  13. jcp007's Avatar
    Just wanted to confirm that SG3 is a world phone. I thought that I saw an article that some GSM Android phones are not considered world phones. As I sometimes travel overseas for business, this would be important.
    05-22-2012 07:24 AM
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