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I've had an iPhone 3Gs for almost 3 years now and going to get a new phone soon.

Right now I'm most likely getting an iPhone 5, but I feel that I should look into the competition before I commit to a phone for another 2-3 years.

So what are the big advantages of an android device, and what are the disadvantages?

I use my phone mainly for text, e-mail, music, web browsing, facebook, and twitter.
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I had a iPhone 3gs for 3 years also. I upgraded to a Galaxy Note and would not have it any other way. If I were you I'd get a S3 or Note 2, both fantastic devices. My gf likes my note much more than her iPhone 4
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I know this might complicate things further but maybe consider one of the new Windows phones. My girl just got a new lumia and it is quite nice.

I feel like the windows phones are very streamlined and allow the user to complete tasks very efficiently. The windows market isn't as vast as apple or android yet but it'll catch up.

That said, I have an Android phone and I love it. I feel like if you enjoy tinkering around in an OS then android is fun. If you're interested in just getting things done easily then windows is nice. I can't comment on Apple's offerings.
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Biggest advantage for Android IMO: Customisability. U can change the whole look of it by installing launchers. Install 3rd party apps to replace the default ones from Android.

Biggest Disadvantage: Probably the firmware crashing. My Incredible S (still runnning gingerbread since bell wont let me move to ICS or soemthing) crashes ALL the time under heavy laod (which isnt heavy at all. maybe a few apps downloading at once). This problem of crashing seems to be less now because phones are comin out in dual or quad core (whereas my Incredible S is single cored).

Have u also considered a Windows 8 phone. Yes the market apps are quite limited but in the long run, I believe Windows Phone 8 could become a direct competitor to iOS and Android. The phones with Windows 8 seem to be pretty descent according to what ive read.
    
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I've been reading some reviews and watching a bunch of comparison videos between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5.

Nexus 4 is out of stock, and I have to get a phone from Bell anyways, and they don't have the N4 yet.

Anyways what I found was:
- iPhone's screen is better quality, the Nexus 4's display is too warm
- iPhone has a better camera for both pictures and video
- They are about equal in performance even though N4 has better specs

Another thing I saw come up a lot was the iPhone is simply more responsive.

I've been an iPhone fan for a while (not an Apple fan though, I don't care for OS X at all), and I haven't had too many issues. I've owned the first generation iPod nano, 3rd generation iPod nano, 2nd gen iPod touch, and iPhone 3GS. I remember the tethered jailbreak on my iPod touch that took me 4 hours to setup, and how excited I was to run my GBA emulator on that.

My 3GS is super slow now. I shouldn't have installed iOS 5 on it, and Apple's whole policy on not letting you downgrade is annoying.

I'd like to give Android a try, but not unless it will be a better experience.

So SGS3 vs iPhone 5, pros and cons of each?
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Originally Posted by NMunro View Post

I've been reading some reviews and watching a bunch of comparison videos between Nexus 4 and iPhone 5.
Nexus 4 is out of stock, and I have to get a phone from Bell anyways, and they don't have the N4 yet.
Anyways what I found was:
- iPhone's screen is better quality, the Nexus 4's display is too warm
- iPhone has a better camera for both pictures and video
- They are about equal in performance even though N4 has better specs
Another thing I saw come up a lot was the iPhone is simply more responsive.
I've been an iPhone fan for a while (not an Apple fan though, I don't care for OS X at all), and I haven't had too many issues. I've owned the first generation iPod nano, 3rd generation iPod nano, 2nd gen iPod touch, and iPhone 3GS. I remember the tethered jailbreak on my iPod touch that took me 4 hours to setup, and how excited I was to run my GBA emulator on that.
My 3GS is super slow now. I shouldn't have installed iOS 5 on it, and Apple's whole policy on not letting you downgrade is annoying.
I'd like to give Android a try, but not unless it will be a better experience.
So SGS3 vs iPhone 5, pros and cons of each?

Lol you put this post 2 seconds after mine biggrin.gif

but to sum it up

This is just a joke ofc biggrin.gif

Edit: The S3 has a larger screen (clearly seen in any picture) and is cheaper. Google Play is only lagging behind by a bit. It has a larger battery (tho it kinda depends on how u use it. but the iPhone's construction is more solid.
heres a bit more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-iphone-5-vs-samsung-galaxy-s3-spec-showdown/
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Biggest advantage for Android IMO: Customisability.

This. Even without rooting or roming you can do a lot to make your phone stand out. I have received a lot of compliments about how I have my Bionic set up. That's just with ADW EX and a nice live wallpaper.
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This. Even without rooting or roming you can do a lot to make your phone stand out. I have received a lot of compliments about how I have my Bionic set up. That's just with ADW EX and a nice live wallpaper.

I intend to jailbreak the iPhone 5 once they release it, which adds a lot of features to iOS.
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As a sales rep for sprint, here's what I can tell you.
If you are satisfied by the experiences you've had with iPhone's, stay with iPhones. They improve after each generation and it's been a huge improvement since you're iPhone 3Gs. If you've so/so on it, test out an android phone. The Galaxy s3 is one of the most powerful phones out there. It's got little features that just make the phone great. Another phone you could go look at is the LG Optimus G and it's even better than the samsung galaxy s3, hardware wise. 13 MP camera? Quad core? Dude power machine. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, it's pretty much almost a tablet, except it's still a phone. You like a huge clear and crisp screen? Get it.
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Stock AT&T 4.0.4 ICS SUCKS. I have my Note i717 rooted and installed Blackstar X with Nova Launcher and its MUCH faster and more smooth than my gf's iPhone 4. I also have free wireless tether and my phone will work on devryu.net and my gf's iphone 4/ipad 3 won't even load the site.


Over all android gives u much more control and I will not look back. I have access to my gf's ipad 3, but i'm getting a Nexus 10 for christmas. Also my son originally wanted a iPod 5 until I showed him the Nexus 7 and now for the same price he's getting a quad core tegra 3 with a 7" screen.


Sorry but apple limits their devices way too much and even jail breaking is not nearly as simple as Roms and boot loaders. I can backup all my apps on my microsd card and restore them easily with titanium backup. I can install different roms (os) at will and it takes 2-5 minutes to flash them.

I liked my iPhone 3GS, but at the present time I have no desire to own another apple device that costs 50% more and performs the same. Its like buying a iMac when you can build a better PC for less.
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