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I've narrowed it down to Iphone 5, Samsung GS3!! new phone?

post #1 of 49
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Hi guys,

I am looking at moving to Telstra here in Australia and am looking to decide between two phones. I have done my research, and I am literally stuck. I was hoping if you guys had time, some owners of these devices could weigh in.

Okay, so first and foremast I will provide what my needs are :

Good call quality
Reasonable battery life ( If that even exists in todays smart phone world )
Stable Interface

From what I've read and understand The GS3 just has so many more features, like the ability to change the battery, micro sd card etc.. which is why it is up for consideration.

I'm leaning towards the iphone because although I own a custom built fully equipped pc, I don't use many apps on my phone, I use it for calling, texting, emails, music, and sometimes directions. I do use a few apps to keep track of sport and banking etc..

I have recently had iphone 3gs and then iphone 4s, and I had the pleasure of using a HTC one xl recently too. I think android has a lot to offer, although I don't need a hell of alot of the feautures, such as expandable memory etc.. although I still appreciate them. I'm really not sure how the samsung gs3 works as just a phone! I like the simple intuitive interface like iOS 6 although I enjoyed using android the other day. I'm stuck here. A
post #2 of 49
If I were to buy a new phone right now I would get the Nexus 4 until the GS4 or the next Note comes out then sell the Nexus. The Nexus 4 is a pretty well rounded phone for the price [$299] (http://www.google.com/nexus/4/). Rumors have the GS4 availability pinned to around mid April.

Also, I'm not sure how plans in Australia work but here it's mandatory to have an "Unlimited" data plan if you have an iPhone -- so owning an Android would be cheaper overall if you don't need the unlimited plan tongue.gif
post #3 of 49
Get the iPhone 5. You seem like you're more of an iPhone guy, and you'll be happy.
post #4 of 49
Currently using an iphone 4 myself. Plan on going droid when I upgrade, likely the gs3. Maybe gs4 if it's out when I do get around to it. Itunes is annoying. It stutters in music and movie playback on my computer so it literally serves me no purpose other than talking to my phone. I have no experience with droid but I've had enough of apple in my life. I suggest going droid.

The iphones are nice but my experiences with itunes on my pc is why I suggest going droid. If you are a mac user then as they say "it just works" but on windows itunes is a major annoyance for me.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane View Post

Currently using an iphone 4 myself. Plan on going droid when I upgrade, likely the gs3. Maybe gs4 if it's out when I do get around to it. Itunes is annoying. It stutters in music and movie playback on my computer so it literally serves me no purpose other than talking to my phone. I have no experience with droid but I've had enough of apple in my life. I suggest going droid.

The iphones are nice but my experiences with itunes on my pc is why I suggest going droid. If you are a mac user then as they say "it just works" but on windows itunes is a major annoyance for me.

Get the GS4.
post #6 of 49
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Thanks for the reccommendation. I won't go as far as to accuse, but is there a negative connotation attached to " being an iPhone guy "?. I really am open to either handset, but I want it first and foremost to be successful as a phone. I do use iTunes though, which I've actually found to be a good way to manage my digital collection of music.

Like I said I am leaning towards the iphone but I want to hear from other people who have these phones or who can give any advice. I just want my phone to perform well and stable, I won't be rooting it, installing custom Roms or anything, so is it still worth getting android?
post #7 of 49
Get a $30 nokia. Problem solved. I think it's a stupid idea wasting $500 to $1000 on a a device you use to call people smile.gif. I have a $200 galaxy ace and while things like alarm and weather and internet are nice I rarely use them that's what my pc is for. If you get some really expensive smartphone you will be worried about using it and scratching the screen just get a cheap strongly built nokia all you need don't to buy any iphones they are stupid you pay a ****load for the plans and when you buy them you get locked into really long plans and if you lose the phone you still have to pay for the plan which can exceed $50 per month which is ridiculous trust me dont buy an expensive smartphone because you think it's cool its a just a bad idea. If you really want all those features you listed they whats wrong with using old methods? not much point listening to crappy onboard phone anyway you can buy a really expensive smart phone or a set of ad700s for $150 which will sound 10x better than any phones onboard audio and there really isnt much point using email on some tiny screen where you can barely see what you're doing please take my advice im only trying to be helpful if you buy an iphone or any smartphone now you will have to keep buying the latest and greatest its stupid you will waste so much money in the future if you get hooked into the expensive smartphone scam.
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perform well and stable? all you should really be doing on a phone in my opinion is texting or phoning people or using an alarm thats about it you don't need a ''stable'' not like its going to crash.
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Get a $30 nokia. Problem solved. I think it's a stupid idea wasting $500 to $1000 on a a device you use to call people smile.gif. I have a $200 galaxy ace and while things like alarm and weather and internet are nice I rarely use them that's what my pc is for. If you get some really expensive smartphone you will be worried about using it and scratching the screen just get a cheap strongly built nokia all you need don't to buy any iphones they are stupid you pay a ****load for the plans and when you buy them you get locked into really long plans and if you lose the phone you still have to pay for the plan which can exceed $50 per month which is ridiculous trust me dont buy an expensive smartphone because you think it's cool its a just a bad idea. If you really want all those features you listed they whats wrong with using old methods? not much point listening to crappy onboard phone anyway you can buy a really expensive smart phone or a set of ad700s for $150 which will sound 10x better than any phones onboard audio and there really isnt much point using email on some tiny screen where you can barely see what you're doing please take my advice im only trying to be helpful if you buy an iphone or any smartphone now you will have to keep buying the latest and greatest its stupid you will waste so much money in the future if you get hooked into the expensive smartphone scam.

He mentioned he uses apps. You cannot do that on a basic phone. Phones nowadays aren't just phones, they are tiny computers -- and with them comes great power at your finger tips. If he needed a work document from GMail real quick, he could get that on his phone. Smartphones also greatly improve your phone experience if you have a ton of contacts. You can import from your e-mail contact list, Facebook account, etc. Same goes for texting.

It's kind of rude to come into a smartphone conversation calling the OP stupid for wanting a smartphone. Just because you don't see its' value doesn't mean it's not there. Why don't you head on over to a car debate and tell them to purchase a horse & buggy, it gets the job done at a fraction of the cost!
post #10 of 49
I've own both phones. When it comes to battery life, the iPhone wins hands down. And according to your requirement fits you well.
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