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"... both will be buttery smooth and have some killer performance; either of them will blow your Droid X2 out of the water ..."

This is definitely good to know. It is one of the few reasons I'm even considering something other than Android.
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post #12 of 26
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"... both will be buttery smooth and have some killer performance; either of them will blow your Droid X2 out of the water ..."
This is definitely good to know. It is one of the few reasons I'm even considering something other than Android.

This is for sure. I have the GS3 and it is absolutely excellent. Running AOKP and both battery and performance are killer.

I have had several previous older Android phones that weren't really top notch spec wise, and I always hated how they'd lock up/freeze/etc and it'd be so frustrating. Those days are long over.
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I've heard great things about the Droid MAXX HD, pretty sure it's shock and waterproof! unless I'm thinking of something else, regardless it's got a Qualcomm S4 Pro quad core processor which is currently the fastest available.
I'm personally stuck between buying it or waiting for the Nexus 4 or Oppo Find 5 (1080p screen on a phone!!!)
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I can recommend Iphone 5, it's light as a feather and the design is best I'v seen. It performs well and the screen is superb. I also like galaxy s3 but it's too big and choppy for everyday use.
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post #15 of 26
I wouldn't get any of those 3. Yuck. I would get the Samsung Galaxy S3 or wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
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Even though I said the Droid Razr Maxx HD would be your choice - I will chime in and say the SGS3 would be a good purchase as I own one - it has great support on XDA as well as apps, and I like the slim profile. Battery life is good and spare batteries are cheap and small so I have several if I ever need extended life.
 

    
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I've never attempted to install a different rom on my X2, so please forgive my ignorance on this topic.

Is it possible to make the Galaxy S3 look and act like a stock android device (i.e. the Nexus 4)? Skimming the web quickly, I came across CleanRom. Is that what it does?

Also, have you had any durability problems with the S3? Looking at the reviews, it appears to be made almost entirely of plastic.

Thanks for the help so far.
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I've never attempted to install a different rom on my X2, so please forgive my ignorance on this topic.
Is it possible to make the Galaxy S3 look and act like a stock android device (i.e. the Nexus 4)? Skimming the web quickly, I came across CleanRom. Is that what it does?
Also, have you had any durability problems with the S3? Looking at the reviews, it appears to be made almost entirely of plastic.
Thanks for the help so far.

Yes, many of the ROMs available for the GS3 are built from AOSP, which is the "purest" Android source. I know AOKP is built from AOSP, and the UX is pretty much exactly the same between my Galaxy Nexus and my friend's GS3, both running AOKP. Only difference comes down to the hardware buttons and screen size tongue.gif

Edit: Just looked up CleanROM and it's based on a leaked Verizon firmware, which means it has the "official" TouchWiz UI and whatnot. I'm not 100% sure on the terminology in the GS3 world, but it looks like there's not as many AOSP-based ROMs out there for the GS3 as for the GNex. Still, there's tons of options if you're looking for a "more stock" feel.
Edited by audioxbliss - 12/14/12 at 10:09am
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I've never attempted to install a different rom on my X2, so please forgive my ignorance on this topic.
Is it possible to make the Galaxy S3 look and act like a stock android device (i.e. the Nexus 4)? Skimming the web quickly, I came across CleanRom. Is that what it does?
Also, have you had any durability problems with the S3? Looking at the reviews, it appears to be made almost entirely of plastic.
Thanks for the help so far.

There is a ROM for everything. There are SO many ROM's for the GS3 it's nuts.

Regarding durability, I have dropped my phone so many times even on concrete from a 5 foot drop.. it has no damage to speak of. But then I'm sure there's someone who dropped it 2 feet and it broke the entire screen. To me, I feel like it's rather durable. It's also extremely light IMO.
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I've never attempted to install a different rom on my X2, so please forgive my ignorance on this topic.

Is it possible to make the Galaxy S3 look and act like a stock android device (i.e. the Nexus 4)? Skimming the web quickly, I came across CleanRom. Is that what it does?

Also, have you had any durability problems with the S3? Looking at the reviews, it appears to be made almost entirely of plastic.

Thanks for the help so far.

 

Ok, a little background. Up until last year I had owned each successive iPhone from the first one until the iPhone 4, after release of the 4s I had become bored with the OS and the very minimal change in look and feel of the phone and was craving more.

 

I purchased a Galaxy S2. That had a much more plastic feeling to it compared to the more industrial glass and metal feel of the iPhone 4. In comparison, although the SGS3 is made of plastic it has a nicer feel to it than the SGS2 did (for me at least) it is also super light (in comparison the iphone 4 feels like a brick next to it) and because of how thin it is the only plastic you would even feel is the back battery plate, and it has a clean high quality feel to it. As far as durability I can not speak to that simply because I rarely if ever drop any phones I own and in general do not subject them to any kind of abuse so I cannot provide a comparison on that point.

 

As for the stock android feel - yes you can find roms to load that have that feel but most of them tend to base off Samsungs Touchwiz interface - which to be quite honest is very nice and does not feel out of place. You can also install most any launcher of choice and skin the UI to look like other phone or OS's based on the individual ROM.

 

For me the reason I preferred the SGS3 to other android phones was the removable battery (as I mentioned earlier spare batteries are cheap and I find carrying a few of these in a bag and one in a pocket as slimmer and better alternatives than a charger cable), The expandable memory (64gb microXD card for $35 on Black Friday!), and in general the strong support of XDA (I tend to purchase my models specifically based on which ones have the strongest mod community behind it as it means I am more likely to find tweaks I want and it will have slightly longer longevity in terms of updates) Even then the stock UI for the SGS3 (which has JellyBean 4.1.1 currently available) is very clean for the most part.

    
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