250 things you should know about Samsung Galaxy Note 2 US version - Pros and cons of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 US version

"The most feature-rich, most customizable mobile gadget yet"


Quad-band GSM

Quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA

LTE connectivity (carrier dependent)

5.5" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280
pixel) resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Android OS v4.1 with TouchWiz launcher

1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU

Mali-400MP GPU

2GB of RAM

Exynos 4412 Quad chipset

S Pen active stylus

8 MP wide-angle lens


LED flash

Face, smile and blink detection

1080p HD video recording at 30fps

16/32GB internal storage

microSD slot

Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support

GPS with A-GPS connectivity


Digital compass

NFC support

Stereo Bluetooth v4.0

microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging



Proximity sensor

Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

Great audio quality

Slim only at 9.4mm

1.9MP secondary video-call camera

Doc editor

File manager

Rich video and audio codec support

Huge 3100 mAh battery

Large size makes single-hand operation uncomfortable

No dedicated camera key

All plastic

No FM radio (the N7100 has one)

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board

Google Voice Actions is capable of handling SMSs, email, voice call,
directions, taking a note or opening a site

Google Voice Actions can't toggle Wi-Fi or control the camera (but S
Voice can do them)

In the contacts department, there are two tabs. One is About and it
shows contacts photo and the other shows social updates of the
particular contact including Google Talk's

When the phone book detects duplicate entries it offers the option to merge them

Stand alone call history of relevant contacts

A built in Black Caller list

A contextual page that pops up automatically at the very instance you
pull out the legendary S Pen

Touch focus

HDR mode


Burst shot with Best photo

Share shot

Face and smile detection with Best faces

Low-light mode

Digital image stabilization

Scenes and effects

Noise in vieos present, though its a second generation Note video
capture machine

Colors in vidz are a bit oversaturated

FullHD videos recorded as MP4 files

FullHD videos with a massive bitrate that ranges from 17Mbps to 19Mbps

The framerate of HD videos is an amazing 30fps

The audio of videos is in stereo at 48kHz rate and a bitrate of about 130Kbps

The print option, can print out photos directly through a Samsung printer

Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA

Bluetooth 4.0 LE (incorporated with Bluetooth 3.0 and the efficient
Low Energy mode is included

Supports the high-quality Apt-X audio codec

It weighs less than the Nokia Lumia 920

No dedicated camera key

A mighty 3100mAh battery

A non-PenTile screen

Front camera takes 1.9MP pictures and 720p video

Can add weather tags to a photo (in courtesy of AccuWeather)

Video player supports .WMV, .AVI (DivX and XviD), .MP4 and .MKV (H.264)

For the video player, Resolution doesnt matter. It plays FullHD files
and large files

Photos with people's faces; Galaxy Note II recognises faces
automatically or you can manually highligt them

When a face is recognized in a photo, Social tag brings their status
message and you can call or message the identified person in person

An option to OCR a photo and copy the text. This is smart if you are a
docholic but lacks a scanner and a computer in the range of approach

DLNA-enabled. You can play songs and videos (nearby devices) on
devices connected to your Wi-Fi network

An updated version of the TouchWiz music player

Equalizer presets (a custom one present)


SoundAlive (features 7.1 channel virtualization)

Fits in a pocket

A 1.9MP front-facing cam

Proximity sensor

MHL adapter required for HD TV-out and the USB adapter that enables
the USB host functionality aren't inclusive in the box

Taller but narrower and slimmer than its predecessor

The original Note was 178g, the Note II weights at 180g

The grid view of the video player; all eight video thumbnails are
actually self playing entities

Pop Up (video) play which plays videos in a small moveable window.
These frames can be played with other active apps on the phone and
using pinch zoom you can adjust the size of these frames

SoundAlive audio enhancing in the video player

Can adjust video brightness, color tone and enable outdoor visibility

When connected to an active external amplifier, volume levels are average

Stereo crosstalk begins to have business in when a pair of headphones
is plugged in

If your more concerned about audio output, iphone 5 will be a better option

The video player scans for all subtitles and offers a list full of
subtitle packs to pick from. Thus the subtitle file doesn't have to
have the same name as the video file

Office document editor

All apps from the Google play store is not optimised to work with Jelly Bean yet

Screen recording which is activated by pressing and holding the Home
and Volume up buttons records virtual activities that is happening on
the screen in the real time including your S pen drawings and audio

With Paper Artist you can run color filters over photos and color
certain areas with the S pen further

There is a record button in the S note app to record what you draw

A floating window version of the S note app

S Cloud syncs contacts, calendar, S notes, back up logs, SMS, MMS and wallpaper

There's a limit to the size of the area you can cache in the Maps app

Vector maps of Google Maps are inherent in data efficiency

Samsung's Instant messaging service ChatOn

S Planner can sync with multiple calendars. It you feel like its
cluttered when synced them all, turn off the unnecessary

S Cloud can be incorporated with Dropbox (photos and videos)

You can even do that S cloud Dropbox merge over Wi-Fi to save data

No address searches in the cached maps

With S cloud you can choose not to back up some of things that it usually sync

Automated S cloud backups can be set with time periods

You cannot cache map data all around the world

Voice-guided navigation in certain countries

GPS receiver takes about a minute to get a satellite lock

A-GPS present which is brisk catching prompt satelite locks

Network positioning, which is a gross scale for an estimation of your location

3D buildings available for bigger cities

Two-finger camera tilt and rotate to get a better view in the 3D maps

A very sophisticated "Make available offline (cashing)" option in Maps app

An indicator that shows how much storage caching an area will take

Cached areas in the maps can be perused later or deleted if unnecessary

You cannot cashe a whole country but a city maybe. If the selected
area for cashing is bigger than what the Maps app can handle Maps tels
the area is too big

No folders in the messaging department

Tap to compose box is roomy to type

The default email app supports multiple Gmail accounts, but lacks a
unified inbox

The messaging section bears the same traits as phonebook when it comes
to "Swiping". A left swipe on a message header launches a new message
and swiping to the right starts a call to the sender

The titanic texting bed fits on the screen and carries 13 straight rows

Gmail app supports batch operations. It means you can archive, label
or delet multiple emails

A generic email app (beside Gmail app) for managing all other email
accounts and it handles multiple POP or IMAP inboxes. There messages
are displayed in the original folders that they are created online

A combined inbox, all your mails are centralized in a single folder.
Enables user to easily identify new mails

Handwriting recognition is amazingly accurate

A clipboard for both text and images

Smart enough text predictions. it scrutinises your emails, Facebook
posts, Twitter posts and teach itself whats your writing behaviour is
ie mostly used words etc

Google Talk too handles the Instant Messaging department

"Continuous input" lets feed words by swiping over the keyboard just like Swype

The landscape QWERTY eats lot of the screen. Better go for portrait

The S note app is equipped with an on-screen keyboard for both
handwriting recognition or Keyboard input

Can schedule messages to be sent automatically at given times

From the list of all scheduled messages, you can cancel or send a
message regardless of the set time

When you finger to text, it brings the QWERTY and when tapped with
the S Pen it launches the handwriting recognition

Music square

The browser supports double tap, pinch zooming, two-finger tilt zoom,
text reflow, find on page, save for offline viewing, request desktop
site, Incognito mode and pinch zoom which opens up the tabs view

Two finger typing is cushioned in portrait mode, but horrid in landscape

An extra row just for the numbers

The big screen makes portrait typing comfortable

Print option in the browser lets you print out web pages directly from
your phone but the option is limited to Samsung printers

Its quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G but AWS is missing

Available with all major carriers

The S Note app accomodates handwritten notes, texts, mathematical
formulae along with images and voice notes

Slow-motion (1/2x) and fast motion (2x) modes

Colors of photos slightly oversaturated

As you already know, Adobe is officially not supported. But you can
still load it and 1080p YouTube videos are played fine

The MHL-to-HDMI dongle that you bought for your first Note or S II,
isnt compatible with the Note II

When you hover over a text field with the S Pen, a cursor pops. You
can easily tap to position it there

The G-Talk works with the likes of Pidgin, Kopete, iChat and Ovi Contacts

An application specific message search that can find any given SMS or
MMS search criteria within the message dept among all stored once

The MHL also enables USB On-The-Go though the adapter required for
that is missing in the box. How it goes? You just plug it into the
Note and plug a standard USB cable on the other end and thats it.
There goes USB thumb drives, card readers, connecting other phones,
USB keyboards, mice and even printers. Actually Samsung-made printers

Ambient light sensor

Notification LED

The SIM card is not hot-swappable, but the memory card is

Strong battery life

Can replace the battery without losing NFC because the NFC antenna is
on the back cover

The diagonal metrics grown to 5.5" up from 5.3"

Aspect ratio has jumped to 16:9 from 16:10. A taller but narrower screen

The Note II's screen is a 720p and 1280x720 pixels one but the
dilapidated used to be a WXGA or 1280x800 pixels one. Overall 80
pixels lost on the way back home

You can access Quick Command pad pressing S Pen button and swiping up.
Whats the usability of it? You can use "@" sign to launch email, "?"
sign to launch a search, "#" sign to dial a number or "~" sign to send
a text there.. New commands can be added picking a new function like
Bluetooth by selecting from a long list to choose from and assigning
the symbol you want. Its that simple but its the Command Prompt of the
Daisy Town

The S Pen lets catch a part of the screen and that can be used in apps
like email and S Note etc

S Voice even accepts hand-written queries

What S Voice can do? It does search web, make calls, send texts,
notification area toggles, answer or reject incoming calls, start the
camera and take a photo, control the music player and FM radio and
stop or snooze alarms

Google Now can answer factual questions

Direct Call

Smart alert

S Pen also practicable in the browser

S Voice is on board along with Google's excellent voice commands

Talking about GPU (Mali-400) performance (GLBenchmark) it beats the
Galaxy S III (Mali-400 and the GeForce- packing Tegra 3) but looses to
Adreno 320 of Optimus G and PowerVR SGX 543MP3 in the iPhone 5

In regard of the web performance it falls short behind Apple's iPhone
5 (SunSpider, BrowserMark) but beats all other Androids

In Benchmark Pi, the Note II is defeated by the quad-core Krait packed
LG Optimus G. The 1.7GHz Tegra 3-based phones like the HTC One X+
would do the same in the due time

Geekbench 2 prefer Exynos chipsets than Snapdragon S4 Pro and Apple A6

Quadrant score is lower than the HTC One X

The LG Optimus G out performs Samsung Galaxy Note's I[ processing
entity. But runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, lacks S Pen, a jumbo
screen, outfits a poor camera. Priced at $199.99

All type of media files can be shared via NFC. The only hitch is you
need two S Beam-enabled devices

Android Beam's NFC functionality is limited compared to S Beam

Chapter preview in the video player which voluntarily detects chapters
in the video. It shows a rectangular grid with live thumbnails

Three crop modes in the video player to choose from for how the video
fits for your likeness in the screen theatre

Using contacts' profiles, Buddy photo share distinguishes who they are

My Files app with a split-screen interface

My files app is launched instantly when you plug in a USB mass storage
device, a USB drive, another phone or an SD card etc

Smart rotation keeps its screen in effect with your eyes angle
neglecting what the accelerometer force it. If practically spoken,
when you're lying but holding the phone in the vertical direction it
still keeps the screen in landscape orientation

Records HD (1080p or 720p) videos and capable of taking high def (6MP)
pictures at the same time

Pause and re-record in the same video file is available

Touch focus during recording is present. There is an AF button to jump
back to regular continuous autofocus mode

The LG Intuition for Verizon Wireless is the closest rival. Has a 4:3
screen, sub par stylus, a decent dual-core chipset and a lower
resolution screen. Priced at $149.99

S Voice can also be used as a calculator

Smart Dial

You get S Voice and as a bonus Google's which does differ in
functionality than its sibling

You have to get used to the Home key, its too responsive

Flash is missing. Better keep an eye for HTML5 versions of your web
sites of preference

YouTube works

HTML5 games

HTC's soon to be released One X+ for AT&T is another quad-core. Ships
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but its Tegra 3 chipset cannot keep pace with
the processing power of the Samsung Note II Exynos. But you can still
save $100

Security options like encrypting outgoing email and signing it with a
private key, are given for each email account you sync

Best faces takes 5 photos in burst mode and stores traits of each face
in photos. You can pick any of the 5 photos for each person's face
clarity at a later period

Can import and export contacts to or from the SIM. But they arent
displayed alongside the phone's entries

Version for United States use the same chip specs as of the global version

A headset with few spare earbuds for free

A single-LED flash, not dual

Deep system and interface integration with S pen

A lower pixel density, 267ppi in the Note || vs. 285ppi of the Note |

The crosshatch pattern is gone with the PenTile matrix

Voice typing is available offline (relevent language packs required)

No Android keys on-screen though Google suggests it. Samsung has
replaced the hardware buttons with on-screen controls

During a call you can take a note, use the keypad, mute, hold the call
or add another call to the ongoing conversation

After syncing with social networks, the phonebook will automatically
merge contacts. You can manually do the same for each contact

Using AllShare Play you can transfer or share data and multimedia
files to your notebook or PC

With AllShare Cast you can stream content to and from a variety of
devices including TV or computer over DLNA

The battery performance of the US Galaxy Note II varies in accordance
with the carrier version

The S Pen of the first Note was 10.4cm tall and 5mm thick in dense,
the new one measures 11.3cm in length and 7mm in thickness. Its just
like a real pen than a typical slim stylus

Ripples, water-drop sounds are rife as is the case with most recent
Samsung flagships

Five customizable shortcuts at the bottom of the screen

Three view modes in the app drawer, Customizable grid, Alphabetical
grid, Alphabetical list with shortcuts easy to hit

Alphabetical list in the app drawer isn't very efficient handling space

The Bad News: The dock at the bottom now accommodates five icons but
the homescreen fits only four on a row

The Good News: The app drawer is a 5 x 5 grid

Notifications now display more information and have more advanced controls

The Quick contacts; just tap on a contact picture, a pop up menu with
shortcuts to call, text, email or Google Talk will appear

Can search for nearby POI in the Maps app

While in the mail app, turn the tablet landscape wise, the split view
is accessible. It sports a list of emails in the left and shows the
relevant message in the right

S Voice can be maneuvered for looking up factual items in courtsy of
Wolfram Alpha. Its the same mechanism behind Siri's answers

Even without going online, the maps app will reroute you if you plan
routes and divert yourself off the course or detour

The RGB sensor is capable of detecting the full spectrum of the
ambient light. It can elude artificial light sources cleverly

An internet connection is not required to do voice typing. You can
enter text by speaking wherever an on-screen keyboard appear

Can choose which types of events trigger the LED

When you put the tablet (back) on a flat surface, its actualy the
camera lens that touch the plain. But the glass is not easily dentable

Both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band compatible Wi-Fi support which covers a/b/g/n

You can tap and drag in any way to unlock the lockscreen

Whats up with the MHL enabled microUSB? It handles charging, data
connections, HD video output through an HDMI adapter or USB Host

Voice dialing; Just utter "Hi Galaxy" and give your command

Not comfortable for one handed use

For easy one handed usability, few tweaks are added like QWERTY
keyboard, phone keypad and in-call buttons, calculator and unlock
pattern moved to one side of the screen. Just let it be left or right

Build in Live wallpapers, News wall put up a glamorous slideshow of
headlines, Stock wall does the quotes, and Photo wall pull out photos
from the Gallery

The Galaxy Note II senses when the S Pen is pulled out. It fetches a
contextual page with shortcuts to preview thumbnails of your recently
ventured S Notes

Swipes in the phonebook lets you do a quick dial with a right swipe
and send a text message literally with a left swipe

Cannot have more than seven home screen panes

Full-screen widgets

The stylus is not as comfortable as the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 10.1

Can put a news ticker at the bottom of the lockscreen and stay up to minute

The news ticker is expandedbale

Face unlock, Face and voice unlock

There is a tab in the app drawer which enables you to easily pull out
widgets to the homescreen panes

The camera can be started from the lockscreen by touching the screen
and rotating the phone horizontally

Widgets are resizable but only some widgets are resizable, not all

The dock at the bottom of the home screen houses five shortcuts or
folders. Four of them except the shortcut at the far right in the dock
(that opens the app drawer) are customizable

The Music Hub doesnt recognise album art of the music den of the phone

Note || carries a more sensitive digitizer in comparison to the Note
|. It distinguishes 1024 different levels of pressure. Its 4 times
powerful than its older relative. In the drawing app its clearly felt

With Android 4.1 aboard, the widgets will pave the way for the widgets
you put there lately. This way, keeping the homescreen tidy, becomes

When the S pen is pulled out, icons at the bottom of the home deck
diverse into a different but relevent set. It also gives you another
set of shortcuts in the notification area if you enter the area with
the S pen

In the browser you get an option to manipulate brightness and colors
with four different presets including Automatic brightness. Music to

A download shortcut in the app drawer which put up a screen loaded
with only the downloaded apps

The default task manager boasts a button that brings the Mayan
calender to all active apps at once and a shortcut to Google Now

Quick Controls menu pops out when you place finger near the left or
right edge of the display and its an effective alternative to the
buttons on the top Alter. This becomes handy when you use the tablet
single handed

Can controll brightness without disabling automatic mode

Regular homescreen panes distinguishable with dots

Dedicated pages are assigned custom icons ie a pen for the S Pen,
headphones for the Earphone page etc

Pinch to zoom out and easily manage homescreen panes. You can add,
delete or reorder them easily

Quick glance; when phone is locked, cover top of Note. The screen will
be lit and the status bar will be thrown in

Quick glance is also triggered when the phone put face down. Thus a
battery sucker

Default widgets of Dedicated Pages (S Pen page's S Note widget,
Earphone page's music and video player control widgets etc) cannot be
tweaked to your preferences or some one else's

Page Buddy; each Dedicated functional pane can be enabled or disabled seperate

Air View; Hovering the S Pen over S Planner events, it can be
expanded. Hovering S pen over emails you can preview emails. Hovering
S pen over text you can view a preview of the text file. In the same
way preview videos. Its a Magic Wand

Even specific vibration patterns can be set as incoming call alerts
(like you would do a ringtone) choosing from predefined patterns
available or making your own

MHL port works as a charger port, enables video output (using a
MHL-to-HDMI dongle which is not inclusive in the retail box

Using accelerometer it even alerts you (beeping) if the stylus is
displaced, not put back into the hole where it belongs or your not
present near with its beloved stylus

Note II's screen can detect the S Pen from a near distance. Walk, Talk and Note

Note II is sharper than the previous though its been allocated fewer pixels

Mode Change offers two separate homescreen setting patterns that can
be accelerated at the same time, namely Standard and Easy. With Easy
mode you can do both, place big, easy to handle widgets that cover the
functionality in whole and eats the space drasticaly and add regular
widgets in the same breath. Thus the Mode change module works as a
toggle between playful and work widget environments. Extremely useful
when your home panes are filled with single big bad wolf work oriented
widgets but you want to taste nasty cluttered Widget panes as well

Cannot rename the modes and maximum number of Modes you can have is two

You can assign a "Peak Schedule Time" in the email app selecting the
days of the week and start and end time points so that it can check
out new mails more often during the given peak time period

Samsung Galaxy S3 - the status quo

Here are some hand picked user reviews, comments on Galaxy S3 that
suggest where the flagship is heading or already headed

[Sources: GSMarena, XDAdevelopsers and several others ]

"Do ALL S3s have Gorilla Glass? I'm Brazilian and people here say that
the Brazilian S3 doesn't have it. Is this true? Just the Brazilian
ones? So unfair"

"Does anyone know when Sapphire Black version will hit Europe (Netherlands)...?"

"If the phone takes more time to get fully charged than it used to be,
it could be because of your charger. For example; Dc 5v~1A or 1000mA
will charge quicker than 5v~0.5A or 500mA"

"Guys try MOTOROLA RAZR MAXX WITH 3300 mAh battery and an all day long
phone. Its the longest battery life in the market now"

"Personally, I don't recommend Juice Defender or kinda apps. Cos the
app itself will keep running in the background & that will consume
battery. Try out different settings first before using those apps"

"Charging time can increase depending on the USB cable being used. If
charging on a PC, it is also affected by the output voltage of the
port (USB1,2,3,4)"

"I really miss BB blinking light. I know S3 has notification light.
Does it work like BB? I mean is it reliable & bright as BB? I don't
know why manufacturer ignore such a useful feature in smart phone. I
miss blonking LED since S/E p800 days but found one again on BB, Nokia
had its breathing light as well..I too wish Samsung would use
notification LED"

"I am considering extended battery but you loose NFC cause its built
into battery"

"Everytime I start Kies, there's a little notification in the lower
right corner stating that new firmware has been downloaded for the
phone. But... in kies it always says that I have the latest firmware
installed. I've heard that JB is supposed to be out in Sweden, where I
live! Is there a problem with my S3 or Kies (latest update) ?"

"Android is full of crapware, bloatware and spyware that consumes
power and data unknowingly. Had both the Lumia 900 (bloatware free,
and Windows Marketplace has only few crapwares ) and GS3. Performance
wise, S3 wins. But it drains the battery alarmingly faster and
consumes data larger than my 900. And when I do multitasking (like 3-4
open apps) it gets very laggy.,I can't wait to upgrade my l900 to
Nokia Lumia 920 and compare it to S3. But I think the L920 already

"If you are talking about Adobe flash player, I'm using flash in the
web browser and I'm on jelly bean. You just have to download it from
XDA developers and install it. Version works"

"What is different in jelly bean? Well here is my list after using JB
for some weeks.

1. JB has smoother scrolling and flicking (makes ICS feel very laggy)
2. Faster home page refresh when you tap the home key and you're in an app
3. A block mode from that task bar that after set-up, allows you to
quickly block incoming calls, notifications alarm, timer led. You pick
what to block or what contacts to allow pass the block. And even time
a start and stop time to the block.
4. Some widgets were added, some were updated.
5. Load full email soft key has been moved from the bottom of the
email to the top.
6. The floating video box can be resized.
7. You get a multi line email and SMS preview in the notifications area
8. There is a clock/date in the notifications area
9. Drive mode has been removed.
10. Home screen has 2 independent modes you can set-up. Basic mode
(the one you know) and Easy mode (which is new)
11. The layout of settings has changed.
12. The voice to text library can be downloaded for off line use.
13. The built in Google search was updated to a flash cards format. I
think I got it all, the rest of the interface is the same"

"ICS is better as JB doesn't support JavaScript anymore and not
everything had been converted to HTML 5 yet."

"I have just found out something today that baffled me for years.
Samsung smartfones has 5.1 surround effect but I have never noticed
any real effect of surround sound.. On tech radar they say that the
effect only works with Higher Bitrate Encoding and since all my MP3's
are at 128Kb/s thats why its never worked"

"I always encode at 128Kb/s obviously to get more songs the card.
However with bigger cards on the way I may start encoding at 320Kb/s
and re-rip some of my CD'S to this bit rate. Just thought I would
share that info"

"I have a small black-on-black dot (about half the size of a pencil
eraser) on my screen. It realy bothered me until I googled "Black Ink
spots on GS3 Screen" and found some pictures that were much, much
worse. Apparently it is a common problem with the Amoled screens and
your chances of getting one that is any better are slim"

"Does anyone notice the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 having black
dots and lines (2 lines at right down side of screen) on the screen
when you are in a very dark room and your screen is pitch black?"

"Love this Samsung S3. 100 times better than my lousy LG P880. I made
a big mistake purchasing the LG 4X HD"

"When I use wifi the part down the battery gets hot"

"It is not 1GB RAM. It is 779MB RAM memory. It is not 16GB. It is 11
GB phone memory"

"In Philippines, there's only Jolli Bean"

"On a full battery charge you can get one of the following on a GS3

19 hours of music or
8.5h internet on wifi or
5h internet mobile or
11h video or
12h 2G talk or
6.5h 3G talk or
3.5 2d games or
2h 3D games or
1.5h GPS nav or
8h VOIP wifi or
7h VOIP or
2.5h video chat or
5.5h of photo shooting or
3.5h record video or
15h wifi online radio or
10h mobile online radio or
17h recording voice

"Go to an iPhone forum and ask a user to do the same, what will be the
result? If you want mix use times figure it out your self"

"It has the led notification light at the top left corner"

"Get the white one then u can buy red or brown back cover later, it
will be great"

"The charger got replaced 3 times only in 4 months but still has
problems, poor Service by Samsung"

"I tried an appkiller and it shows that, too many apps that I didn't
even remember running, are playing in the background consuming a lot
of memory, like poweramp, maps, socialhub and the list goes on.
Solution was to freeze them. Eventually my Android died when I had
root installed and stupid cousin clicked OTA update, voila, my L7 went
deadboot. Now I am happy with lumia 900, buying the lumia 920 pretty

"I can not get into the Google play store. I live in Myanmar. Some
people said can not get in Google play store if you live in Myanmar,
so I can't download anything in play store"

"I really miss BB blinking light. I know S3 has notification light.
Does it work like BB? I mean is it reliable & bright as BB? I don't
know why manufacturers ignore such a useful feature in smart phones"

"ODIN Is a program for you PC that will let you flash ROMs you
downloaded even if it was not intended for your region/phone. Kies
will only flash a ROM versions depending on what version/region ROM
you already have on your phone and it does the download for you"

"I have restarted my phone several times, even tried factory reset. I
have no problem over GSM internet. I can do everything over GSM
internet. My problem is over wifi. Over wifi I can brows internet but
I can not download anything from google play store via wifi, but can
download via GSM internet"

"I updated my S3 software. After updating has finished, in top left
corner, a warning symbol is shown. Could anybody know wats that
warning symbol means?"

"To update follow these steps: Menu -> Settings -> About Device ->
Software update -> Update"

"Privacy? Using Twitter & and Facebook private? Is cloud base service
private? Are web cookies private? Are GPS logs private? Are SMSs
private? Is using a public WiFi private?Only phones come close to
being private is the blackberry. That has to go through there
encrypted server and even that I would question. You gave away privacy
the day you went online with any device"

"Does anyone notice the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 having black
dots and lines (2 lines at right downe side of screen) on the screen
when you are in a very dark room and your screen is pitch black?"

"I own an iphone 4s, the best apple product ever and I recently got a
S3. I have to say I'm proud to have the best of both worlds! To be
honest, I was sort of blown away by the "freeness" feel of the s3, the
power of multi-tasking and the breath-taking super-amoled screen! To
new s3 owners, here are some of the tweaks and free downloads I

Go Launcher - even the free version rocks! allows you to change your
home and drawer interface, resize icons, change icon row and column
settings, screen transitions and animations etc.
#Live Wallpapers
Just go to Playstore and type live wallpapers and download to your
hearts content! Recommended samples: koipond, fire free, icecream
sandwich WP, Jellybean WP, Fireworks, etc.
#Fingerprint Scan to Unlock

Temple Run
Nova 3
Need for speed
Fruit Ninja
Sims 3
Fat Booth
Zombie Booth
Ghost Booth
Adobe Viewer

"Still not getting my Google services to work; local, places,
navigation, play store, maps and also not able to set-up my Google
account as it takes forever to sign in but doesn't. Plus, now my
Samsung Account is also not setting up and no matter how many times a
day I try to set-up my Samsung account, it keeps on saying a "Samsung
account update" available. I do that as well but no progress"

"If you can handle size of NoteII, then its the best most advanced
gadgetry (smartfone) available. They have thrown everything at it"

"Although I find nothing wrong with the photos taken, I can clearly
see a scratch across the back transparent round "lid" of the camera"

"Had to do a full reset today, could not get any network connection.
Anyhow got home and tried SIM in another fone but for no avail. So it
wasn't SGS3. Cleaned copper SIM contacts and all working again.
Sometimes we dont think of the simpler things and jump straight"

"SGS3 Marble White version is a "Real Beuty" in term of design"

"User has to understand that the glass is scratch resistant but not
scratch proof. So its really up to you to use a screen protector"

"Poor speaker and sunlight legibility. Battery; about 7 hrs of medium
usage. Does look pretty miserable from the back. Not too impressed,
still has some stutters and couple of force closes. Mine's chipped off
top left. Expensive for what it is. S2 is a better choice"

"Im using the Galaxy S3 since 3 months now and its a really amazing
phone and stands out above all, but occasionally, I have some lags and
the apps force closes. This mostly happens when playing high graphic
games such as FIFA 12 and GTA3 etc. And the RAM is empty most of the

"My S3 camera fails to function on demand. Seems to be a production
error. All camera functions including keys dont respond. I have gone
to Samsung center and the bill to fix it was half the cost price"

"I have done everything. Even right now I have plugged it in and it
has charged only 2% in half an hour"

"Got a 64GB memory card, formatted it on the phone, then tested the
memory card on my PC. At first it couldn't read the card. Installed
the Exfat file system update for Windows and after a reboot, Windows
can read the card. So it must be that Galaxy S3 now supports Exfat
from Microsoft

"Galaxy S users are still waiting for a working navigation. That would
not be acceptable for most other brands, only Samsung and HTC could
leave a flaw for that long without getting fried by the buyers.
Funniest thing is the original Corby, it still doesnt work, the users
stopped waiting for updates two years ago. Galaxy S will beat it soon.
And now many S owners will tell me that their S had ok navigation, and
I will laugh as much as usual by their fanboy delusions"

"I dropped my phone from one meter high and the front glass is
completely broken. I was looking for a replacement part and dropped my
phone again and the screen doesnt work anymore. Now I have to replace
the LCD screen, digitizer and the front glass. I have used a lot of
smartphones and this never happened to me. Phone is very very fragile,

"OneX has the best screen on the market. But I think, overall it's not
better than GS3. It has a inferior camera, weaker battery (and
non-removable too), less-feature UI, better looking interface,
arguably less capable graphics (but better games) and at least on ICS
it's not as smooth as GS3"

"I have had this phone for over 3 months and never looked back. The
battery has only ever given up on me once and that cause I forgot to
charge at night. The phone is superb, you WILL NOT be disappointed
with the phone or additional SD card slot! Im open to all things but I
have never had NOR WILL EVER have an Iphone. Underpowered, limited
devices by small minded individuals! If u want simple get an iphone,
if u want boring get an iphone if u want FREEDOM get Android!"

"Rocking Official JB on my White S3 for few days, its simply EPIC! The
changes though not that huge (coz S3 on ICS itself was awesome!) are
still noticeable. I esp. love the pinch- zoom feature for
notifications on the Notification window. All in all, the Beast"

"For me, screen brightness usually stays below 20%. I find it glaring
anything above that. It's really a personal preference. I'm using
Standard for screen mode. It's cool to see those little thumbnails
moving at the same time. U can try to switch off Screen Rotation if
not needed"

"Mine is running 15hrs 25min with 37% left. I mainly use it browsing
net through WiFi. Screen brightness at about 10%"

"Actually, I was pretty sure buying SIM free would get me Jelly Bean
straight off, obviously not. I am Uk by the way so thought it would be
here now.."

"Use a battery extender thats embedded to a cover, a phone case with a
built-in battery and kick stand. You do not remove the original
battery or its cover"

"Baseband version' just denotes which region e.g. Europe, Asia, US
etc. you live in"

"Flashing any of the Galaxy range of phones with Odin is quick and
painless. I've done it so many times, now I can flash a phone in less
than 10 minutes. That's not boasting, I'm just pointing out how quick
and easy it is. I have successfully flashed at least a dozen phones"

"If you have flashed your phone correctly to the Official Samsung
Firmware on your phone, it is always upgradable"

"This is going to cause some arguments but its not as fast as iphone
and browser is slow. So had to download Opera mini. Over next week
going to get rid of any apps I never use and tweak settings and
disable email / twitter background refresh"

"My battery stats are 63% screen, 14% cell standby, Haunted mansion
game 10%, mediaserver 3%, Android system 3%, Android OS 3%, Flashlight
2%, Operamini 2%. Battery today lasted 8hrs and 12 minutes with 2%
left, so decided to kill screen brightness or get big battery"

"I dont see why I cant enjoy my screen at full blast with its glorious
colours. Oh well cant have it all"

"Both HTC One X & GS3 are good phones, depends on which one you
prefer. Just don't bother with the LG P880, it's the worst of the 3
quad core phones mentioned here! I've all three of these quad core
phones, the build quality of the One X is best. Call quality & signal
strength so so only. WiFi & Bluetooth connection have some issue with
mine. GS3 very strong reception, overall experience very good, Amoled
screen is very comfortable to the eyes (some people may say IPS HD
screen color more accurate, but who cares? ... when looking at the
screen of a smartphone for a long time, it's most important that your
own eyes feel comfortable; not how bright or accurate the color of the
screen is. Bright screen also hurt your eyes). A phone that you
purchase may come with a lot of issues, while others who purchase the
same model may have no problem at all, so this really depends on your
luck! You should try out both the GS3 & HTC One X before deciding
which one to choose. There's going to be a HTC One X+ coming. BTW, GS3
holds it's value better, not as good as iPhones; but definitely better
than any other phones out there. I'll suggest for you to go for the

"See the micro scratches with all that finger grease on the screen?
Plus the thin plastic screen protector scratches a lot worse than if
the phone had a normal pain of glass for a screen (which it does not).
It also adds additional friction to the touch surface, so your fingers
no longer glide across the screen. Over time they get a tint because
of the UV breakdown of the plastic or maybe it's the adhesive. On some
model phones that tinting messes with the behaviour of the proximity
sensor. What do you think about how it will look like in sunlight?

"I got rid of this phone after a month. This will be my first and the
last time I buy a Samsung phone. I got myself an iphone 5 and I'm
loving it"

"The New Rivals HTC One X+ AND HTC J Butterfly just pay some visit and
tell me what do you think. We generally don't admire or idolize a
phone on paper performance but on actual performance, so HTC has
proven to be the best in the last decade and so. HTC remains to be the
King of Smartphones AND Iphone the queen of Smartphone AND Samsung the
personal assistant for both the KING & the QUEEN. Lastly, Nokia is the
security man in the Royal House/Palace. Who can beat HTC? let's be
honest once in our lives"

"I have used both phones, Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. Personally, I
prefer One X to Galaxy S3 regarding battery performance. However,
according to their used phone market price, Galaxy S3 is far more
expensive than HTC One even though One X released just 2 months

"When I installed my first Rom and the camera stopped working, I put
back on an unlocked ISC. They did say it would be needed if you were
planning to upgrade to JB. I SEE now that it is true. Before you
start, make sure that your S3 is in 'debug mode'. Goto:
Settings/Developer options/USB debugging and tick the box ON"

"I know you've flashed your phone before so you shouldn't have any
problems doing it, but remember to flush the Cache out after flashing.
1)Power off your SGS3 I9300 completely. (I always remove the battery,
wait 30 seconds, and reinsert).
2)Press 'Home' + 'Volume Up' + 'Power' buttons and when the screen
switches ON release the buttons.
3)When the main Recovery menu appears, you should select 'wipe data /
factory reset' with the Volume up/down keys and confirm with the Power
or Home button.
4)Now select 'reboot system now' and wait for the phone to boot normally"

"Download Easytether app fromgoogle play and install it. Connect ur
phone with datacable with lappi or PC and you get GPRS in ur PC or
lappi through your S3 or any andriod device"

"I have never used an Android device before, I'm using a blackberry
curve 9300 and I can't wait to change my phone. I want to get an
Android phone. Tried Nokia, its boring. BB is just too slow and its a
pain in the ass with all its hanging and crashing etc. I need
something more complicated and 'fun to have'-I need Andro:D. I have
read almost all the user reviews of SGS3 and I must say of course
there would be haters, but SGS3 is the way to go"

"Screen went on black. I have pebble blue S3 GT-I9300. Closes when
unlocking the screen, answering an incoming call or attempting to turn
off an alarm"

"The Sprint versions of S3 dont work in India. Only the AT&T version will work"

"Mine blacks out after unlocking the screen, then it goes black and
screen becomes unresponsive. It happens intermittently and even after
3 times of reprogramming done by the head technic"

"I've flashed the International ROM back onto my phone for now. My
poor phone is getting a different ROM on it every other day. It's
wondering what's going on!"

"Jelly Beans update now in Europe"

"I have updated my S3 to JB but the problem is I could not find the
voice command control. Before it was on language and input, now its
gone. Does anyone know where I could find it. I love to take picture
using this voice command"

"You wont get carrier ROM updates if you no longer have the carrier
ROM. But if you have a ROM that can be updated by Kies you will get
updates, but it will be for what ever region ROM you have on which is
better than no updates at all"

"You have to charge it till the LED turn from orange to green when the
screen is off. Charging from a USB port on a PC could take up to
4hours for a dead battery on a low powered port"

"Use Odin3 and put on jelly bean. When it officially comes out for
your phone, use kies to restore your phone"

"I always go for Mugen batteries, they are very well finished and good
quality. However the 4600mAh one is 55 GBP and so sought after its
still out of stock. Still its not bad price for its gauranteed quality
and new back door. My last 7 Mugens shipped direct from Hong Kong"

"I have been using iPhone 4S for 10 months. What I have learnt from my
experience is that iPhone is not just about what things you can do
with it, but how you do it. Other phones might have 100s of features
which are not there in iPhone. Some might be useful of them but most
are implemented just for the sake of differentiating from iPhone. They
are seldom useful. On the other hand loads of features that iPhone
have are much much better implemented on it. Just a bigger screen does
not makes a phone hugely advanced than a smaller screen phone"

"Price of iphone 5, its not an issue, not many iphone 5 buyers pay
their phone straight up, its by far most sold on contract. A lot of
iphone users have below average personal economy, meaning they cant
afford a high end phone but they want it for bragging rights, so they
commit themselves to 24 months contracts with the service provider.
Yes also other phones are sold on contract but for iphone5 the numbers
are remarkably high"

"If you face WiFi issues try this:
1. Open up the Galaxy S3 phone dialer
2. Then dial *#0011#
3. Look for the "ServiceMode" screen and press the left menu button
4. Select "WiFi"
5. You should see that the "WiFi Power Save Mode" button is "ON" - now
put it on "OFF"
6. Your done! Just exit the menu, switch off your WiFi, then switch it
back on again. If your router details are saved and automatically
connects, get your Galaxy S3 to forget or delete the network
information. Then reconnect, putting in all the required information"

"It's not that simple. If you 'clear all application' after boot
(restart or anything like that) you'll get around 430-510mb. But like
other Android phones, it's getting larger from time to time, after a
day the total available memory that you can access is probably only
180MB or below, which is very very meager. As a result, it kills it's
launcher even when you do a very basic task like messaging for about
1-2 minutes, open fb, etc"

"I got my Red SGS3 on 18/10. Flashed it with the International ROM
(I9300XXDLIB) on the first day. Then found I9300XXDLJ1 UK ROM
yesterday and flashed that onto it, but found out that the UK ROM is
the 3 network ROM with their software on it (and it shows the 3 logo
when you boot it), so I flashed it a 3rd time back to the
International ROM. Poor old phone's had 3 flashes for three days"

"LTE availability depends on your operators allocated frequency band.
If they use the frequency band that is not compatible with your phone
(not limited to Samsung S3) it would render your phone useless. The
frequency band range in Asia would be 1800MHz to 2600MHz. Some phone
could operate in 1800MHz band for LTE (a.k.a LTE1800) and some operate
on 2100MHz band and so on, thus called regional. Some phones have TRI
or QUAD band, meaning they could operate on most bands. So, you need
to check if your operator operate in the same band as your phone"

"Login to Dropbox. Click on "Get free space!" link. I think as soon as
you're logged in to your Dropbox account, there are some steps to
follow to claim the remaining 48GB of Dropbox storage size. Complete
the steps as required and you'll get your free space after. I have
tried it myself"

"Task Killer maybe the last app u wanna install. Android is smart
enough to manage its memory for apps. Check what apps are hogging the
memory first, if u don't need, uninstall it"

"Damn, such a shame, I spent 650O on a phone and its lagging like
shit, WTF? And I am not the first one, once I got back to the shop,
they told me I was the 450 person who had the same problem and worst I
have to wait 3-6 weeks before I have my phone back! Thnx samsung,

"When I flashed my first Galaxy, a i9000, I set up Odin, loaded the
files, connected my phone and had my mouse pointer over 'Start' for
about 5 minutes before I had the courage to begin the flashing. Now
I've done that so many times that I can do it even my eyes closed"

"I have just listened to an hour of drum and bass using my Soundmagic
E10's. The SGS2 cant cope with low bass without crippling the volume
and sounding muddy. The SGS3 just plays it full whack no problems. My
ears are numb now. My Senheiser CX300 was good but CX300 II's bass was
light so went on Amazon and upgrading from CX300. Going for Soundmagic
E10...The DR DRE's are bit expensive for me"

"I found out how to restore your service provider's ROM using Kies if
you were trying the JB ROMs and wanna go back

1. Disconnect your phone from the PC and remove the battery
2. Start Kies
3. Go to tools> firmware upgrade and Initialisation
4. Put in your model name (see sticker in battery compartment). It is
case sensitive
5. When ask put in your s/n (see sticker in battery compartment), it
is case sensitive. Then you should see the ROM info
6. Return the battery to the phone and start it in restore mode.
7. Connect it to your PC and follow PC instructions. Good luck"

"Using kies in my desktop Windows Vista. One hour before it was
running smoothly until a new version arrived, of course I updated my
kies into version The problem is when I start running
the application an error occures saying kiesPDLR has stopped
responding. Now I dont know what to do and until now I am waiting for
this jellybean update. I have a baseband version I9300XXLE8 and a
build number IMM76D.I9300XXALE9"

"I am a vista user that got the latest Kies update and its
problematic. It's being caused by the program wanting administrative
rights and having it blocked. The fix is easy

1.Go to the start menu and un- install kies from "all programs"
2.Download the new windows version from the Samsung web site and do a
clean install. Problem's solved"

"The black lines apparently have something to do with auto brightness.
Turn it off and see if it makes a diff"

"I flashed my phone with I9300XXDLI8 two days ago. I did it in 3m 40s,
see if you can beat it"

"To do a HTML5 test, from the built in browser go to
www.html5test.com. It should be around 412 in S3"

"Does anyone notice the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S3 having black
dots and lines (2 lines at right down side of screen) on the screen
when you are in a very dark room and your screen is pitch black? Got a
replacement but the replaceement also had the same problem"

"Android does not have more malware than iOS or WP8! Having the same
kernel as Windows 8 could be a big virus and malware-problem for Lumia
920! Lumia 920 is a bulky plastic brick, 185 g is more than Note II
and even more than HTC Desire Z that is made of metal and has a full
slide-out keyboard! Lumia 920 does not have a FM- radio and can not
play Adobe Flash 11 in the browser and Metro-UI is really ugly (but if
you like the Metro-UI you can install a launcher on any Android to
make it look and feel as WP8, but you can not install any different
launcher on WP8)! I can have more than 30 apps and games open on my S3
with no lag at all!"

"To prevent the browser from opening last viewed page when opening it
again, clear cache, press Menu -> Press on top right of the browser ->
Press (-) to close current page"

"Here in Shanghai iPhone sells for 7,500.00 RMB and Galaxy for
3,300.00 RMB. And screen size is incomparable; I can actually watch
videos on that thing. You may argue that I can do the same on iPhone,
but I would have to use big magnifying glass. In expert comparison
they are about the same, what have swayed me was the quality and
screen size."

"My Polaris Office 4.0 no longer works now that I have updated to
jellybean. What app should I use now to edit Microsoft Office files?
.docx in particular"

"In the first 10 days of charging the battery gonna feel discharging
fast, mine after 10 days or 12 got better and better. I use ipad2 and
the S3. The S3 browser is way faster. Another thing is its a big
display, 4.8". If you gonna use it at 100% full brightness, sure it
will consume more battery. From my extensive experience with Androids,
I can say, what kills the battery most is the high brightness and
mobile data kept constantly on. I solved it by using a car charger and
while in work connecting via USB to charge to my laptop. Thats how I
always have good battery backup. Also I tried html5test from the
browser and it was about 412, exceeds even the desktop browsers. The
bad thing is in gaming. Playing the new Need for Speed Asphalt7, it
lasts only 6hours"

"Pebble Blue is a beauty, but I really like the Garnet Red. It's a
shame that it is a CPW exclusive. It costs e519+ e10 top up.
Ridiculous price when Asda are selling the Blue and White at e399"

"I bought my Galaxy S3 from Dubai shop, model; GT9300, base band
model; I9300XXLFB, Build number; IMM76D.I9300XXBLFB. Can someone
please tell me which country it was destinate for and if locked or

"I am using my nokia 808 pureview charger, its 1.4A faster than the 1A
charger that comes with the S3"

"16GB GN II Indian version directly comes up with jelly bean on. So,
need not worry about JB, if you re purchasing it from India"

"You might get more money back when you sell iPhone but the S3 is
still cheaper and a 64gb iPhone costs over e200 more than a 16gb S3
with 64gb memory card"

"You paying a Hell of a lot more for Apps and features on iPhone, so
overall it could easily cost more than three times as much to run an
iPhone than an S3"

"I am from Romania. I had Galaxy S. That was limited to Gingerbread. I
rooted it and put on it a custom Jelly Bean because Samsung thought
that their 2 years old former star couldn't handle ICS or JB. That
didn't bother me that much. Altough there were a lot of other similar
phones from other brands that got ICS update. Even that tiny Xperia
x10 mini. I felt terribly sick. So I sold the S1 last week and the
next day I bought the S3 on subscription from Orange. Now, I am in the
same situation as you are. Last weekend Vodafone Romania was the first
operator in my country to get JB update for S3. Today it was released
for S3 from Cosmote operator. Orange will be the last operator here in
Romania to receive the JB update sometime next week. Now, should I say
that Samsung is not being loyal to me though I paid a lot for my S3?
Should I buy a shitty iphone instead? As someone said before, Apple
has 4 models to update, while the Galaxy family ishuge...I will be
patient, I love my phone even if I have my own frustrations"

"I reached the decision today that I can no longer remain loyal to
Samsung. Regular readers here will know that I have always loved
everything Samsung but that is no longer the case. Why? Because
Samsung has not been loyal to me. I am talking about the Jelly Bean
update. Here in the Uk, O2 has had the update for 2 days now, Vodafone
is getting it now, but T-Mobile and Orange haven't got it. Some of you
will comment that it is because different carriers insist on their own
version of the Firmware, but what irks me is that users with unbranded
phones won't be getting the update until November, despite the fact
that the International version was released weeks ago. I know that
because I flashed myphone as soon as the ROM appeared on the Internet;
it has the English UK language on it, and it works perfectly. That
being the case, then it should have been released in the UK at the
same time. Well, in that case I will be looking elsewhere in the
future for my next phone. If that is what Samsung thinks of it's loyal
customers then they don't deserve my loyalty to them"

"I think screen protectors are a rip off. But the rest of the phone is
"gorilla nothing". So invest in a gel case. Protect against shock
damage that can damage internal parts. Battery covers scratch easy as
well Screen protectors are really for brush scratching not really
going to help for the damage that could be caused by dropping"

"This is fake, he is a fraudster, will ask you to pay via Western
Union to someone in Istanbull/ Nigeria and you will never receive your
phone. So dont go for any deals with this and never pay via Western
Union to any unknown dealer. Its a fake site"

"OCS is better as JB doesn't support JavaScript anymore and not
everything had been converted to HTML5 yet"

"I have bought S3 yesterday. I made Dropbox account from that but its
only 2GB. How can I upgrade it to 50? It is mentioned in specification
as 50GB Dropbox for 2 years"

"Why worry about battery when we can buy as many batteries as we want?
Hey, we are not talking about iphone here"

"Working on a docx today on pc tapped on "save as" to save it to my
phone which was connected. And it was not in the list. Things like
that I miss. This phone has a media mode, camera mode but no true
flash drive mode. So I can't save from within programs or my web
browser on the pc, straight to the phone. Little things like that
suck. I'm not going to say don't buy this phone because it doesnt have
it. It just sucks that it is missing"

"It's impossible to move Apps to external SD because Samsung changed
the way external memory gets mounted. So it is now recognised as
separate memory and not as just a partition of the internal memory
like every other Android does. So the only way is to install App
called Directory Bind and that lets you move any folder to external"

"Normally how much does this fone takes to get fully charged if the
battery is at 10%? My S3 is taking 5 hours to get fully charged. I
dont know what has happened now. Earlier it used to get fully charged
in less time"

"The area where battery and SIM card are placed gets heated very fast
during playing games"

"I can't get into the Google Play store. I even tried with my friend's
Huawei8825, but it was also fruitless. I don't know why, maybe they
block the store especially for Myanmar? Most of the people here cannot
get in too"

"Phone was working just fine, till yesterday. The WiFi stopped working
and says obtaining IP address and nothing happens. I've tried every
possible solution I found on the internet, still not fixed! I dont
know what to do!! Restarting the wifi router always worked before but
not now"

"The competition today on smartphones is not about the physical look
or design and not also the hardware, size of the RAM or Memory your
phone has. It's all about the manufacturer/maker of this smartphone on
how they can sustain and support the software. Upgrading of software
and updating the device with bug or else to improve each smartphone we

"Jellybean ups UI framerate to 60FPS. FPS is important for smoothness
and smoothness means no lag"

"My S3 is showing some bugs and lags. I do not know why this happens.
It suddenly comes to home screen when I touch or enter into any
application. I also had Avast anti virus protector. The mobile does
not have the fluidity. Why does it occur?"

"Where is the jelly bean update? I bought this phone for jelly bean
and I dont like ice cream, makes my brain freeze"

"Screen protector is - for sure - useful, the only drawback I noticed
is the less sensitive response of the screen with the screen protector
(referring to the GS3 only - it's not the same case with all other
touch screen phones)"

"Had my S3 for two weeks. Battery needs charging twice a day. The
seller told that phone lasts a day. Mine lasts 12 with virtually
everyting turned off. WORST phone I've ever had"

"I've just bought myself a white GS3 and recently noticed that if I
play sounds from any source (YouTube, Video Player, Music Player,
ringtone etc), on near maximum volume, the sound on the loudspeaker
becomes a bit distorted, muffled. It plays fine on low volumes. I
wonder if it was the way the metal plate grill on the loudspeaker was
designed. How it has a lot of small holes on it and perhaps these
limit the amount of noise coming out from it"

"Still not getting my Google services to work (local, places,
navigation, play store, maps and also not able to set-up my Google
account as it takes forever to sign in but doesn't. Plus, now my
Samsung Account is also not setting up and nomatter how many times a
day I try to set-up my Samsung account, it keeps on saying a "Samsung
account update" available. I do that as well but no progress"

"One of my favourite features of the Galaxy S3 is the new and improved
lock screen. With the latest version of TouchWiz, Samsung has not only
included some key shortcut spots on the lock screen, they have also
given you the ability to customize them and add your own selection of
app shortcuts"

"I previously had HTC SENSATION XE, so my Gmail ID was registered with
it. Now I bought a S3. So how can I change Phone from my Gmail ID
settings? When I go to play.google.com it says I have HTC SENSATION XE
(actually free 48GB Dropbox is also activated in the same ID. So I
want to use same for S3"

"S3 is great, the only complain from me is the 1GB RAM. Its
insufficient. And that could be the same case with One X+. However,
One X+ is using a DDR3 RAM clocked at 1.6ghz which is superior than
the One on the S3, but the amount of memory is still the same. Lumia
920 is a great smartphone as well but it's likely to be released with
a higher price point than the One X+, and just remind you that the
apps on WMP isn't as great as on the Play Store or App Store, both in
quantity and quality (or at least until now, but I believe it's
growing very rapidly). You might want to check out Galaxy Note 2 as
well as an alternative"

"I was so excited after much research and the commercials to get this
phone. But after I got it, I was extremely unsatisfied. Almost
instantly, in less then 12 hrs the so called "gorilla glass had cracks
all over it and I never dropped it, just had it either on the counter
or in my pocket. The promises of being about to share data is nothing
more then sharing on google+ and anyone with or without this phone can
do that. The volume on this phone and the vibration are so light that
I missed all my calls and texts for the day. Matter of fact, if I
didn't have my old phone I wouldn't have even known that I had text
messages. Sadden by this cheap phone, very disposible. I will be
returning it after less then 30 hrs with it. I am actually excited to
go back to my old old phone"

"Gorilla glass-2 is 20 times stronger than former gorilla glass.
Resistant to all forces either scratches, bending, explosive shocks or
liner force apply at 20,000+ mt/s. Yet, it's not resistant against
strong direct compression force and is still brittles as glass"

"You obviously installed a beta JB off a website and now the camera
isn't working. Just wait a couple weeks for the official jellybean
update. Pretty sure the Cam will still be working just fine"

"My friend just got the contract iphone5 and tried to show off to
me...lesser than a minute holding iphone5 in my hand, I have to give
back to my friend and I'm glade that I have SGS3!"

"On my rooted S3 I use "GLtoSd" to move gamedata and appdata to my
external 64GB sd-card! But only version 1.9.3 of "GLtoSD" can do this,
no later/newer releases of that app can do this, and the external
sd-card must be FAT32, not EXFAT"

"Whenever I open security in settings and tap on the owner
information, after few seconds the screen will display "Unfortunately,
settings has stopped". I started noticing this of late. Pls has anyone
noticed this?"

"My neighbour purchased a Garnet Red S3 a couple of days ago (lovely
colour, I might dump my blue one and get the same colour). I flashed
JB on it for him. Because I already have the file on my PC, it only
took 5 minutes. He was amazed at how easy it was (and was delighted at
how fast it is now). Just keep waiting, it's well worth it. JB is

"I got S3 two weeks ago and since then I have returned two phones and
waiting for a third one. The camera was not functioning well"

"Each LTE mobile operator (or service provider) has their own
frequency band to operate. For example Frequency band range in Asia
would be 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz. Altho' Japan use JP2500 (TDD)
,1700MHz, 2100MHz for unexplainable reason. Frequency band range in
Europe would be 800MHz,1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2600MHz. In N.America they
use US700, AWS, 850MHz,1900MHz and so on and on.... Thus the LTE

"All samsung Amoled has done badly in their tests, plus that even S3
owners admit now that S3 is poor in sunlight. Note II vs original Note
has proven that Pentile is far more inferior on HD displays than we
previously thought. So my suggestion is... ..Samsung can have their
flagships available in both AMOLED for the cartoon color lovers, and
then provide S-LCD or IPS for the rest of us"

"I just got the Samsung GS3 and its simply an awesome phone. The
pictures are stunning clear. There is so much ease of connectivity
with everything including Bluetooth keyboard, synchronisation and
putting music in the phone"

"I think I should still go for theiphone 5 that is more consistant
with its unbiased roll out of updates. With each IOS update, the older
iphone's performance seem to be noticeably slower. Anyway. A good
phone with great features like SGS3 do not really need OS updates
anymore especially to me since I change new phone every 21 months when
my contract ends"

"It was a big downer to find out that the LG Optimus G doesnt have a
card slot, the S3 now stands out as the far more COMPLETE phone. IF we
accept the darker pentile displays. I am aware that Galaxy S4 will
likely not have pentile, rather it will use the new matrix from Note
II, but that doesnt solve the brightness and color calibration
shortcomings. So 2 flagships is what I hope for"

"Phone was working just fine, till yesterday. WiFi stopped working and
says obtaining IP address and nothing happens. I've tried every
possible solution found on the internet, still not fixed! idk what to

"I have gone through the trouble of downloading Kies (77.4 Mb). Just
to connect my phone to a PC. That's disgraceful. No wonder, real power
users avoid it. Onto an old laptop I don't use anymore. (I'm not
ruining my PC with that Bloatware). Anyway, when I connected my phone
to Kies I get the following.... This is the latest firmware and
underneath it shows: Current firmware version
PDA:LIB/PHONE:LIB/CSC:LI1 (XEO) Latest firmware edition PDA:LIB/
PHONE:LIB/CSC:LI1 (XEO) It doesn't say anything about 'no longer able
to update using kies"

"Flashing any of the Galaxy range of phones with Odin is quick and
painless. I've done it so many times now I can flash a phone in less
than 10 minutes. That's not boasting, I'm just pointing out how quick
and easy it is. I have successfully flashed at least a dozen phones,
(i9000 and i9300), without any problems"

"A friend got this phone from a carrier (they're raping us here, $500
US difference for a $ 50 a month plan!). I have small hands (my hands
from middle finger to wrist fit in a computer keyboard) and yet I am
able to hold it perfectly and reach all buttons and one handed use
felt fine. This phone looks smaller than it is. It fits in my pocket
too! No bulge either (thin). Screen is great, no probs there. Felt
lighter than it looks. Feels good, like a wide slab and weight all
distibuted nicely. Great audio output on my solo beats headphones and
fast web browsing, He didnt have any HD games so I didnt try that. I
highly reccomend this phone! Im buying an unlocked white 32GB off ebay
and a spare battery to go with it. By the way, N8 user Audio is top
dog using Wolfson DAC"

"Quadrant with power save on, maximum FPS 40 but with it turned off,
it hits 70 FPS. Almost a double performance"

"I think my brain is not engaged and still cant keep pace with the
speed of Android. Guess what? If you go to settings and scroll to
power saving, well I have had that switched ON. If you actually tap on
the setting it brings up a list of the power saver settings, I did not
know you could tap on these settings. It just looks like you switcH it
ON/OFF. This should be made more clearer.. I switched it off and ran
Quadrant and got up to 70 FPS. If you want your device at full power
stuff that setting cripples your device. Thats more like it back up to
speed now. The thing is fair enough it saves battery but no need to
cripple the device that defeats the object of a powerfull smartfone in
the first place"

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs iphone 5 - What users say

"The remote wipe flaw found in Samsung devices apparently can wipe out
any Android device and also black out the SIM card. On WP8 or iOS this
would be solved by an update. However on Android, it goes to
manufacturers. Samsung have sent an update, but others have not,
leaving a very long lag between vulnerabilities and the software patch
coming in time"

"Any body got iphone scratched edition lol I have one"

"Played with the actual phone at the Apple training. Looks just like
the iphone 4/4s but slightly taller. With IOS6 on the older phones. I
dont see how this phone is so amazing.....! I really dont. How ever it
is a money maker for our business due to all the apple fans. But if
people ask me for my recommendation, it is going to be the S3. Hands

"This phone is NOT winter resistant. Nor it's water, dust or shock
proof. I bet using iPhone in extreme winter temperature where the
needle drops to -30 degrees, will be awful since it is made of
aluminum. You may not even hold it unless you wrap it in rubberized
housing. Aluminum absorbs the cold and it shrinks. I wonder what will
happen if it gets frozen. Putting it back to warmer environment
produces condensation because humidity sticks to metal and might
affect internal parts. Polycarbonate and kevlar phones are still

"$200 for the 16GB Black or White, but you have to sign a two year
contract with a carrier. Its the same price for most new smartphones"

"In the US we pay a lot just for cellular service, around $80 a month
for voice/limited data /text/email etc"

"iPhone 5 is already outdated. Making an iPhone5 costs only $ 260, so
why the hell should it be sold at $1200? I have purchased/used 3
Iphones (3g/3gs/iph4) and thrashed after switching to Android like HTC
Amaze, SGS2 and now SGS3. Apple has nothing to convince people to buy
iphone 5, increasing length and using nano SIM is simply not enough to
attract, in reality apple offers same user experience ,
indistinguishable menu's and icons from 3g to iphnoe5, non expandable
memory, total reliance on itunes, no mass storage as always, I can
afford this master piece of apple but don't have single rational
reason to buy it."

"Very disappointed after updated to ios6. Any way to downgrade IOS5?"

"Why my iphone5 got so many problems? Weak signal ,drop call and worst
battery life - surf internet only 4-5 hrs the most. Is my set faulty?
I barely got it a week ago"

"Some love Apples and some love Oranges"

"You gotta admit that the Note 2 and even the S3 has a greater
processing power than the iphone 5 and it also supports Flashplayer
which will greatly increase your web browsing experience and further
enhance the versitility of your phone which the iphone 5 does'nt
support. So why buy an iphone 5? For me iphone 5 is just a piece of

"Whatever iPhones are made of, they must be doing some things right.
Some guy dropped his iPhone in a lake, found it 6 moths later and it
still works! I'm guessing iPhones are either made of Amazinginium or

"Actually its made of that rare Apple patented metal called
Jobzniakium which has a special property of absorbing all money it
comes into contact with"

"All they've really done is keep smoothing the edges of a 6 year old
operating system"

"A perfect phone"

"Everyone wants iPhone for simplicity and these NFC tags do exactly
that. I just put the tag on the car holder and I have it setup so as
soon as you put it in, it automatically starts up Google Maps and I
have another on my car keys to start up Bluetooth so it connects to my
headset with nothing more than waving my phone past it. So I'd
seriously start bugging Apple to get this included in the next iPhone"

"I bought Sony Xperia P last week (30,000PKR i.e appx 320USD), its a
very good phone, but I would still say that iphone is the best. I
hated iphone last year, but now think its spotless. I dont need a map
to find my way round UK for gods sake its well signposted. In seconds
I can be watching TV then putting in calender entry then setting alarm
with NO stress lag or crash or force close over and over again with 64
apps open. Try and crash an iphone, push it over and over again and it
just keeps doing it with no lag or crash"

"Every iOS device I've worked with and the ones I own, have completely
frozen on me, because of an app crash. The only thing that makes iOS a
better experience when it does completely lock up, is that it reboots
way faster; at least faster than my Android devices"

"With my Android devices, none of them have been disabled by an OS
update. My iPad was thrown into recovery mode and nothing I tried -
I've been an Apple developer since 2005 and happy Mac guy since the
System 7 days - on my Macs here, could get it out of it. It wasn't
until Apple's next update that I was able to get it working again"

"The iphone is an object of lust and the IOS just backs that up with
flawless operation. Thats what so good about iPhone"

"Wait for the 128GB version"

"Fact is, when an app crashes, if its Android, it wouldn't crash the
phone. The OS prompts you that the app crashes and asks you to force
close it or send a report"

"iphone 5 sucks in storage. It is going to become something like Nokia
because it relies on its logo, not its technology"

"In Android, the app doesnt have access to the lower level of the OS,
it is executed from a VM called Dalvik VM. Though there will be little
chance that might crash the whole phone together, its probably 5% of
the time or even less"

"It's not the app that crashes. Close running apps, it automatically
frees resources. Then launch your app and it will be stable"

"OH wow! Face call over 3G? Wake up! We are in 2012 not in 2000 when
video calls were already old. What is next MMS?"

"I am going to spend $1800 for a remote control looking phone. By the
way, do I get a TV with it? for that price I should"

"I thought about apple the same before I got my hands on HTC one X, my
friend had one of those. All I had was an Ipad 3 that time. I tried so
hard to win the comparison we did between these 2 items. He was able
to beat me easily. Believe me apple is a great brand for easy use
(elders and old people) but 4 us (young generations) Android items are
the best"

"My son is well pleased with his iphone5. Fast, great graphics, some
of the apps have updated to IOS6 already and camera is better than 4s,
SIM smaller as now its a namo sim but free from service provider,
overall so far so good"

"Apple maps auto-cache actually saves double the data of Google maps
offline mode"

"The app approval process is easier for Android. Developers issue more
updates (with bug fixes) more quickly on the Android platform"

"When I used Android and it crashed, it CRASHED - the phone froze on
whatever screen and became a ligthed paperweight until I pulled the
battery and started over. When my iPhone crashes, the only thing that
happens is that the app I was using closes suddenly, and that's it. I
won't argue that iOS crashes more often, but with iOS its much less
tiresome and annoying, because while an occasional app may crash, the
phone never does, while android does that quite often"

"My Nexus One and Asus Transformer (Android tablets) are more stable
on average than my iPod Touch and iPad, or any model of iPhone I'v
used for development for that matter. But having said that, there are
some really bad Android phones out there that will make all iOS
devices look like good; but all consumers should do their research
before buying"

"Once you go with Apple, it's hard to turn back"

"Converted from Windows XP to Mac OS X 2 years ago. Now I am reluctant
to switch back to windows. Why? OS X is simpler and easier to use
(after you know how to use OS X) But that does not mean that OS X is
the best OS. I think windows is still the best"

"This reminds me the antenna issue with iPhone 4. Apple executives
holding different Samsung / Nokia phones in different ways and were
telling people, 'see all phones drop signals, its normal', hahaha...
if it was normal, why did they add dual antenna in 4S?"

"Two of my friends bought iPhone 5 and both had to visit the iStore
twice to replace their handsets"

"I bought an OPPO finder last week in China (black color), and found
that the phone is not bad (for half the price of my iPhone 5). Comes
with Android 4.0 and amazingly thin. Build quality on par with iPhone
5 (both made in China). OPPO finder feel real nice in the hand and the
size is about perfect, my iPhone 5 screen size is still a little too
small in real life usage"

"How can dual core with a very high price compete a quad core for half
the price? Apple is so expensive. You can even buy an hectare of
property in our province for that price"

"Got my eyes on Lumia 920 now"

"If its scratched then WHY are you not just returning it to Apple? you
have 14 days to return for full refund"

"What I like the most about this is, it's velocity, it is very fast.
IOS6, it's sublime. Thanks Apple for this masterpiece"

"Been using iphone5 for 2 days. Cool phone and very user friendly. BUT
always have to keep it boxed cause scratches easily"

"Iphone 5 feels like a slim remote control. I'm very disapointed with
Apple. I have been an apple user since 2010 but now it makes me sad to
see that a mobile that costs that much has scratches and feels stupid
in my hands"

"Both platforms have their pros and cons. Android for superphone/
computer like functionality and iphone for simplicity of use and it's

"As for os updates are concerned, the rest is assured that the iphone
you invested money with will have upto date updates as long as it's
supported, thats not the case with Android phones, unless you use a
custom ROM"

"I bought the phone yesterday. Butterly smooth. But I'm getting purple
haze while taking photos"

"I specifically hate how Androids save contracts. When you save a
contact it goes straight to phone mem. now you loose them if you
accidentally factory reset ur phone"

"Comparing Apple to Android phones these days is problematic since
Apple have decided to go thinner and lighter when everyone else has
decided to go bigger and heavier to accommodate all the tech that
iPhone users don't get. If you compare a S3 to an i5, the S3 is like a
top-flight Corvette and the i5 is like an NSX Type-R. The Corvette
would blitz it in a straight line, the NSX would kill it in
manoeuvrability. Unfortunately the NSX, for all its brilliance, never
took the same evolutionary path as other cars in its class, so like
the iPhone it just doesn't offer the same things others do"

"Maybe I had made the wrong decision to go for the iPhone5, thinking
that it's an upgrade to my 4S! To me, it feels more like a downgrade
in a way. Maybe I should have waited for the Samsung Galaxy Note2"

"And now I notice there is a WiFi connection issue - my friend told me
it's a problem with iOS6, and one of the things I can do to make WiFi
work better is to turn off security, which is crazy!!!"

"What's wrong with Apple? My brand new black iPhone 5 came with a
scratch along the side, the touch screen is not as responsive as my 4S
- sometimes have to press a few times before it react"

"Mono recording is better for mobiles. I had Sensation and N8 and
stereo video audio on mobile devices is crap"

"You can run a lot of apps or almost all Android apps with jb'ing your iphone"

"I completely disagree with the speed test against S3. A rooted S3
with JB and also an active ad killer app, S3 is the fastest, totally
lag free. I also saw the speed test in youtube. I wonder that s3 had
updated or not. Trust me, Android can be very best, unless you follow
some rule, for an example, if you don't clear your ram and kill
applications on every 10 minutes, you will find at least 20 to 30
applications constantly running in the back which is awesome and
ridiculous at the same time. To me, I love both of my phones, they r
good and efficient, because I run them efficiently"

"Apple only allows the things on iStore to be leased under license, it
still does not belong to them, same like music on iStore"

"Apple going after Android however, is quite straightforward, Eric
Schmidt was on the board, he saw IOS, Android for phones suddenly
magically transformed from Blackberry clone to iOS clone. Steve
blocked Eric from iPad, and Android suddenly magically slowed on
tablets unlike in smartphone case"

"It's important to note that other phones have serious issues but they
don't get covered by the media"

"The screen doesn't fit for HD games"

"I've had the iPhone 5 for about a week and a half, and I'm still
annoyed about the dock connector thing. But it's a small problem, and
in retrospect I was wrong to allow myself to become overwhelmed by
dock-based frustration. That's because, in all other ways, the iPhone
5 is the best phone ever to grace the earth. It beats every single
rival on just about every metric you can think of, including speed,
battery life, and especially beauty and workmanship"

"I have the Galaxy Nexus and have had Jellybean running on it for
about a month. I think most of your problems stem from the horrible
Providers in the US (Verizon, AT&T)"

"International version only has bands 1,3,7 of LTE which means you get
no 4G service from most operators and no 4G service at all in many
countries. No matter how fast the processor is, you are getting no
real improvement"

"Unlocked 16 GB version reached Egypt. But it costs about $1400
without the protecting case. With this price I can buy 2 SGS3s with
their acessories. Disappointed"

"If you want to buy a Smartphone with a whole package, the Samsung
Galaxy S3 is for you"

"The only thing that came out of apple this year was from samsung's pocket"

"As far as I know, phones running on Jelly Bean are working great with
no lag at all"

"Well yes, Android has malware, but if you are smart enough, you will
not have problems. You don't need to use 100 applications. And it's
safe if you don't use the stock browser. Google Android is attacked
because it's very famous. I think in the near future other OS'es will
be attacked as well"

"I finally convinced myself to drop Blackberry and give the latest
iPhone a try and Im severely disappointed. I cant get more than 4
hours battery life, the phone scratches easily and looks 2 years old
after just one week! As dated as the Blackberry is, its so much more
functional than this piece of crap"

"Once you pay for an app, it is recorded in the server so you do not
have to pay again, even if you lose all your apps you can just
reinstall them for free on an iphone"

"To my shock, I found few scratches below the phone. I thought this is
only 1 in a million but went through sites and found this problem is
worldwide. Went back to the shop the next day and had a replacement.
But when I got back home, guess what! scratches and a dent. Whats goin
on? Returned and refunded. I will be using my reliable 4s for now and
may check other phones. Will be avoiding apple for sure"

"Its your iTunes account and your credit card or itunes voucher is
linked to that account. All your purchases stay on your account. You
can change your iphone everyday but when you sync it to your itunes
account, all copied back to your new fone. Once you bought an app, its
yours forever. Two things, you only copy across what you wish. If an
app you dont like but bought, you can untick it and it wont sync, plus
if you buy an iphone 3 or 3g some later, apps may not work on that
lower spec hardware"

"So impressed with ip5, no stress with it but not saying 4s is a slow
device. This is even faster. Android phones have always been a
terminal for advertising since day one"

"Most free games have Ads? All you have to do is pull down the
notification bar and turn data off. Then they are truly free. But
Apple doesn't want to allow free games because it's impossible to get
a cut from a free game"

"So far, over past week had 42 updates. Most are to fit into 4inch screen"

"HD 720p display. The best display is provided by Sony and Htc
Example: Sony Xperia S, Htc Rezound etc"

"Gaming on ip5 is better than s3 because the SGX543MP3 is stronger
than MALI-400MP"

"Mono audio recording in videos"

"Its too tall. I've had S3 and eye tracking does not work when you
want it. Its too at bedtime"

"NFC is non existent in UK"

"Only Siri makes Iphone look cooler. Samsung for example has phones
that range from phones with better battery capacity to phones with
built in projectors to waterproof ones"

"Apple is too rich to die but if they don't change, they'll end up
like they were in the early 90s"

"I've the Black iPhone 5, it does scratch easily, the white one is
much better for casual user; not for businessmen"

"I live in Indonesia and there are no phone discounts here by the
provider (telkomsel). I pay full price for each device I own and it
comes completely unlocked and open. With that said, I have always
enjoyed the latest Android update within days or weeks of its US

"Many blindly buying iphone 5 just for showmenship without even
knowing its software applications suitability to geographical
locations. eg: Apple maps is not reliable and not accurate outside the
State. NANO sim wouldn't be available in most developing countries
before later part of 2013. likewise full LTE network services wouldn't
be available in India before another 3 to 5 years time"

"4G Services being launched in India (Airtel & Reliance) is the half
evolved TDD-LTE where as all major manufacturers including Apple and
Samsung have better evolved FDD-LTE. Hence 4G capability of these
devises is useless in India"

"1,440 mAh non-replaceable Lithium Polymer battery? Galaxy NoteII has
got a 3,100 mAh user replaceable Lithium Ion battery. What a great
dump to all ip5 admirers"

"I bought one on monday and sold it by wednesday. Its terrible, feels
cheap and games have black boarders because they dont fit in the
stupid skinny screen. Later bought One X which is better in every way"

"You will find some difficulty in faster text typing on iphone 5,
while others will enjoy freedom of finger movement on GNII"

"Have been an iPhone user for years but totally disappointed with
iPhone 5, especially with iOS 6"

"Smaller screen can also help to save more battery life"

"After calling it's maps as the most beautiful and powerful EVER,
Apple now adds new section for alternative mapping software in the App
Store. How pathetic"

"In my country it is sold at 1000euros. thats 1200$ and people are
buying them like crazy. I will wait for iphone5s"

"Recently I visited several Apple Stores in UK and found all the
iPhone 5s had gotten scratches on their edges after 3/4 days of use in
the shop. Whether it's black or white, every iPhone 5 had scratches. I
am really shocked"

"From my experience, in terms of Anodized Aluminium unibody, HTC is
the best. They've made the standard of Anodized Aluminium unibody by
making legendary HTC Legend, Desire HD, Desire S, 7 Mozart, One S and
so on. Apple should have learned from them"

"The iPhone 5 is a real disaster, I already own an iPhone 4S and the
construction quality is not comparable, the 4S wins in every aspect, I
saved more than $1000 on a separate bank acc just to buy the iphone 5
but I won't and I'll wait till a fixed version is out"

"Amazing how seamless it is. Really have not used anything like this
before. No stutter, not even a hint of it. Perfect speed. Maybe in the
future new apps and redesigned (fancy) UI stuff will slow this down..
maybe not? Its very snappy. I can open a game so much faster than

"Warning to all users who want to downgrade their IOS 6 to IOS 5. Do
not try to do so as IOS 6 is still a Beta version. What's shown on the
YouTube for IOS 6 downgrading are proof to be untrue. It will only
give u errors & kill ur device. Keep what u have now and wait for
Apple to resolve the problem. Wait for Apple's official announcement"

"Its a happy shopper product built in a cheap chinese factory, sold at
Rolls Royce prices"

"A massive bug in the system where the operating system uses cellular
data instead of connecting to wi-fi. Across the country, people are
getting hit with big monthly bills from their cellular provider for
unsuspected data usage. One user burned 1.8 gigabytes of data over
five days on his iPhone 5 despite being connected to wi-fi 75 percent
of the day"

"It's amazing how something very normal is a disaster when it happens
on an iPhone"

"Benchmark data suggests that the A6 can dynamically overclock itself
to up to 1.3GHz and downclock to just 500MHz, depending on workload"

"I have a Samsung tab which I like, but I hate that region by region.
Firmware upgrade & in Australia we are most of the time last. At least
with Apple you don't have that stupidity. Also with Apple care my
iPhone has been replaced on its 23rd month as the home button became
not as quick as before. So I would say the customer service is good"

"With Android, that blue cursor when typing is not user friendly at all"

"Apple 'added authentication chip' to iPhone 5 cable to stop
third-parties making cheaper versions. Then charges you $30 for its
own adapter"

"iPhone 5 introduced in-cell display, merging two layers into one,
improved speed incredibly and stretched battery life yet in a body
that's thinner. They changed material so that in three drop tests, by
ANDROID users, it beated SGS3 in each one. The iPhone 5 is one hell of
an advancement over the iPhone 4S"

"Iphone 5 is the recycle of Iphone 4s. Specs are like the specs of old
model Samsung GS2. I was expecting Iphone 5 would be 4.3 to 4.6in in
display and a Quad Core since it is too expensive than Samsung GS3"

"The new iPhone, which is capable of connecting to 4G LTE networks,
will increase security risks. For example, Rob Enderle, an analyst at
Enderle Group, said the ease of sharing photos with the new device
could lead to pictures of unannounced products "[finding] their way
out of the company more frequently"

"The iphone 5 camera edges seems more distorted and I hate the bottom
position of the headphone socket"

"Cracked my screen already just from the table. Its not very sturdy at
all. Apple store said it will cost e170 to fix, I've made a huge

"The iPhone 5 unerwhelmed me; it's time for a new phone, but it just
doesn't feel like one"

"iPhone 5 is not bad, but not the best for the price"

"Almost every iPhone owner who's honest does realise the UI on ICS and
Jellybean is much nicer and more modern than the flat old UI on IOS.
20 reasons not to buy iphone 5

1. Poor maps
2. Small screen
3. Wifi problem
4. Too prone to scratches
5. Unusual lines while trying to type a message
6. Camera with an unusual purple color on the pics taken
7. No more access to youtube
8. No more access to google accounts
9. No more google search engine
10. Have to use a silly case to protect its very fragile body
11. Same old boring UI
12. Nothing new but a silly thing called lightning for charging the
phone and a panorama for pics
13. No turn by turn
14. No eexpandable memory
15. No video calls over cellular
16. No flash for streaming videos
17. Escaping light from the phone
18. Too light , seems like a toy when hold
19. No xvid/divx
20. Too expensive for a half baked Os"

"The benchmarks were only done on the US S3 with dual core Snapdragon,
obviously the iPhone 5 gonna thrash it. But the S3 that's been on top
of the tables is the Quad Core Exynos international version which
benchmarks have shown on the Jellybean that it will be about 20%
higher than ICS. The S3 still has a Hell of a lot more potential
performance under it's hood when it gets more optimised. So don't
expect to be bragging for much longer when it gets Jellybean very
soon, and the Note2 will make it look like even more of a little kids
plaything when it's released"

"I have the iphone 5 and the galaxy S3 now. The S3 is a bit big, not
too easy to use but a super smart phone. The more you use it, the more
you will get to know what u like and make it more easy to use. I have
never seen this on any mobile phone or computer or laptop. The back
cover is a cheep plastic but with $10 you can get a new one"

"I will use the iphone 5 for a dinner or a meeting, look cool but I
want to use a real mobile phone for other things, I will go for the
Galaxy S3"

"Android has the chance to beat Apple and get NFC into mainstream like Japan"

"I just slide lock down on side of iphone and it mutes all sounds
except in emergency if someone needs to contact you, then go to bed
with podcast playing"

"Most people are on two year upgrade cycles because of the contract
process anyway. So what in the world is the incentive for a carrier to
update a phone? Smartphones are full blown computers that just
happen to be able to make phone calls. That means they have all the
issues that regular computers have, including bugs and security holes.
I personally am not interested in seeing my phone get hijacked to be
part of some botnet. And if there is a software bug, I expect it to be

"After reading all the scratch issues, I was very worried. I ordered a
black one so it should have been even worse than the white one. I can
confirm that my phone is sparkling black, not a single scratch or a
dent anywhere at all. My partners one is white and hers was also
perfect. Body is perfect and black looks amazing in person"

"Its now a perfect weight. Doesnt feel too heavy anymore like the 4S
was. I didnt mind the weight of the 4S, but now I have seen and felt
the lightness, its unbelievable"

"The general speed, my goodness this phone is fast. Just when you
thought the speed of the UI and apps were already as fast as possible,
Apple proves me wrong. Flicking about the apps, is just butter smooth
now. I can close it faster than before. Awesome"

"Display; it really is nicer now. I am not an expert by any means, but
I have looked at a lot of screens in my time with phones, (all
iPhones, HTC Desire/ONE X, SGS 2, Nokia E6) but this is very nice"

I've had the black iPhone5 for two weeks but after 3-4 days the edges
started to rub off with a silver colour coming through"

"UK, TMobile customer and only getting 3.45Mb/s downlink but hell fire
ip5 browser is fast. Its displaying wiki pages instantly"

"My classmate also gets that kind of haze in his Cybershot Camera when
he faces the lens in the sun, He said it's normal and he also has this
in his DSLR. But I never have such issue. I also have Sony cybershot
camera. I have taken pictures from several gadgets like Galaxy Note,
ipod touch and Galaxy Tab 7+., did take pictures against bright light,
but never had such an issue"

""I quite like the Motorola and Nokia phones due to come out, but it's
the OS that holds me back. I'm waiting to see how WP8 runs"

"I have a Galaxy S3 with a custom ROM and the camera module from a
GNote2. I also get a slight purplish hue with a strong light source
which is barely noticeable. I have tried to reproduce my co-workers
iphone5 results but could not even come close. I don't remember seeing
this on my stock firmware though. Apple will not be able to keep up
with LG, Sony, or Samsung. It is hard to keep prices down when you
don't actually build/manufacture your own parts"

"You like BT filetransfer? first jailbreak your iphone, second get
your BT file transfer apps on Cydia and transfer your files (idevices
to idevices) so simple"

"Bluetooth used in iphones is not that same ordinary bluetooth that is
used in other phones. It is used only for calling and listening to
music via car stereo etc. Other than that u cant transfer any file
like picture, video or music"

"Too much control over what you can do. They don't want people
transferring files over Bluetooth because if one send a music track to
another iPhone over BT, then there wont be any necessary for that
person to go after buying that same track paying for it"

"If you dont like to jb your iphone, you can buy Shake2u apps for file sharing"

"If you want a basic feature like Bluetooth file transfer, you risk
losing your warranty if Apple find out you Jailbroke your phone"

"We were lucky that the US courts didn't side with Apple, because if
Apple had their own way it would be illegal to Jailbreak"

"In South Africa, IPhone 5 works perfect"

"Well, from the specs it seems that the Note2 has more power horse. I
put my hand on Note One and have a note 10.1 and both are fast (like
there is no lagging at all). You can get the advance of the S-pen,
google market, the Quad-core CPU with 2GB of ram and that beautiful
5.5' screen and great USB connections as well as the SD-card slot"

"Android users even dont know why they need Quadcore CPU on their
phones. My old Nokia N9 has a single core CPU and I bet it can beat
Galaxy S3 (2gb ram & quad core cpu) on multitasking and web browsing.
Android is laggy and always will be because Android is linux OS that
runs Java. Android 5 will need Intel core i7 to run and still will be

"My current usage of constant messaging and news reading lasts me 2
full days. Turning LTE on (where it's unavailable) drains battery
unnecessarily, so I'm testing with it OFF"

"In UK we want NFC to pay for small items like newspapers and snacks"

"If folk really want NFC, they would ask at point of sale and reject
iphone for Android or Nokia"

"Blacks look blacker. Colours look more rich. Very happy with new
screen. Videos fit perfectly. Earphones, they are now very nice. Sound
richer and bass is not tinny anymore, still stays clear when you turn
it up"

"I never liked their business model anyway. Another drawback of ifail
5, I shall now blame the sun for the faults of Apple. But "never"
should I blame Apple"

"Iphone5 build quality, it feels like a piece of Jewelery in your hand"

"I think most of your problems are with Verizon, not with Android"

"WiFi speed, it now connects to WiFi at greater distance which for me
now means the whole of my house. and its speeds are quick like its
hooked up via ethernet"

"No spin about it! When taking shots, never point the lens into the
sun! It's basic photography knowledge. You will get Lens Flare and
Chromatic Aberrations when you point ANY lens at the sun"

"Apple files for a Purple lens flare patent. They will be working hard
to ensure that white, black, green, red and yellow lens flares are
available soon, innovation takes time"

"Personally I love my Nexus tablet (my SGS11 can go rust on ebay) and
I've been looking quite openly at hardware for my personal phone
replacement (work phone can't be iOS due to lack of linux/bsd itunes)"

"With my business device being Blackberry, until about 18 months ago
when I went Droid. It's like the old days of Nokia firmware updates -
oh you can't have that feature because your carrier hasn't worked on
it yet?"

"I do have one follower who had Nexus S about a year ago and he did
NFC stuff with tags. I always remember him telling folks to buy 2 tags
for each operation. You enter bedroom at night and bedside clock
activates and ringer shuts off. But you need another tag so that when
you leave bedroom it returns to the state it was before you entered
the bedroom in"

"I don't understand why people think that iPhone is the only hightech
gadget in the planet. Obviously there are many brands / models to
choose from. Only mobile cameras that are getting up there with DSLR
are, Nokia 808, Lumia 920 and Pureview"

"I also have an Iphone 4S and use both phones. I also wanted to say
that my service for 2 phones is cheaper than I paid for one phone on
AT&T about 2 years ago"

"Not all the apps fit perfectly yet, and a lot of people would mention
MAPS as an issue, but I have used it, it was accurate, and the 3D
thing is off the hook"

"I decided to jump for Android a few days after playing with the i5.
The galaxy S3 is a great piece of device, though I'm still struggling
with the UI after a couple days of usage. I would say if you are like
me, a long time iPhone user who wants something more refreshing than a
longer screen, switch to Android for a year. Samsung did a fantastic
job with the S3. Give it a try, if you don't like it, switch back to
iPhone next year. You do not miss much from the i5"

"Had the 3GS, 4 and 4S. The 5 was quite a letdown - very little
innovation, very minor upgrade from the 4S. The build quality was
superb at first glance, but the phone is too light - yes, lighter is
not always better. Soon you will realize the 5 is much more prone to
scratches than the 4/4S. The anodized aluminum chipping issue is very
real and your new 5 will look older than my 4S in no time. I'm fine
with the iOS6, I even like the new map - the 3D view is just

"My goodness, this is the most important feature of the phone to me.
Some tests I did on my iPhone 4S using speedtest.net's app, got a
speed of around 3-8Mbps DL and around 0.65 Mbps UL. From the same spot
with my new iPhone 5, I ran the test again. Brace yourself! DL - 52.74
Mbps UL - 27.48 Mbps. I dont know if this is great, good bad
whatever.. but for me, this is amazing. It smashes my broadband ADSL
2+, which is hard to comprehend"

"I have run speed tests, and in general been using the crap out of it
with many things running at the same time (syncing dropbox, screen
on), and even downloaded heaps of apps. It is now 1AM and came off
charge at around 7:00pm (so about 5h 45 minutes so far). Battery has
69% left. This leads me to believe that at almost maximum discharge
(bar playing a hardcore game) it wil last at least 15-20 hours. When I
start using the phone normally after the excitement calms down, I
expect easy 24-36 hours"