Pure android experience is good and all, but some manufactures do add in some great features. Samsung added one of the best features in a smartphone in my opinion, the S-beam. Pure android has the regular android beam which transfer files by bluetooth, where the NFC sends the connection info back and forth for a quick connect.. S-beam by samsung uses the NFC to setup a wifi-direct connection which results in way faster connections compared to bluetooth.
Seeing as how Samsung high end phones will still allow you to use a sdcard AND has a removable battery, its the phone choice for me. I carry a spare battery in my car at all times, just last week, went to NYC and battery was low by afternoon, pop old one out and put in a fresh battery.
People complain about the design, to me, I dont care about how it looks. Its a phone...I am also glad its made out of plastic since I drop my phones many times. Some a foot from the ground, some 2 stories high (and still survive)
Edited by RotaryKnight - 3/16/13 at 7:10am