Originally Posted by vmunix
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.