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Few days ago, a few short weeks prior to the announcement
of the iPhone 5, I decided it was time to make a change. I
wanted to move over to the Android camp and find out exactly
how much I would like it over the trusty iPhone I have been
attached to for the past 6 years.

Today I made the decision to keep my Galaxy S3.

I seem to be enjoying it immensely. And the fact that I am
going to be shopping for accessories next week kind of solidifies
my position on not purchasing the iPhone 5.

...of course this is all based upon the continued information that
we are receiving about the new phone from Apple. With its current
rumored design, I am really happier with the expanded real-estate
that the Galaxy S3 offers. In fact, if the Galaxy Note 2 is released
in the next 30 days I may upgrade to that phone as it has even a
larger screen. Chances are we won't be getting GN 2 by then.

Still working on getting photos ported over. I just ordered an external
memory card for the GS3 which will be here Wednesday. I can then
simply go to my Mac, drop the photos to the card, and then once
inserted in my GS3, its photo gallery should recognize it. At least,
that is how I am being told it should work.

Have been able to successfully set up an iMap account for Mail.
What I delete on my GS3 also deletes across my Mac devices.
Synced my Contacts and Calendars with Google and now they
also perfectly add and subtract across devices.

Is the Galaxy S3 and Android OS perfect? No. Here are some
downsides....

1. The Galaxy S3 is a battery hog. It should be when considering
the draw on its large screen and processing power. However, once
I stopped tinkering with the phone for hours on end, I was able to
get to the point that I could enjoy a full-days charge. You can also
disable all kinds of active tasks that draw on power.

2. Radio signal not as good as iPhone. WiFi reception drops out
at a *slightly* shorter range than it did on the iPhone.

3. Push/Banner notifications are poor. Loved the way the iPhone
sent you an on-screen alert for incoming mail, chat and news. It
does the same on GS3, but not as prominently. I do hear that the
upcoming JELLYBEAN update will address and improve upon this
problem.

4. Apps not quite as numerous nor (sometimes) as good as those
found on iOS. Don't get me wrong, there is a huge amount of apps
in the Google Play Store, but I find that the Android counterpart on
a few apps is not as good as the iOS apps. On the other hand, it
seems apps are cheaper in the Google Play store and there are more
free apps to choose from.

5. Mac users will be frustrated over lack of seamless integration
with their other Apple devices, but as I noted above, there are
workarounds that actually do work. In fact, I enjoy the challenge
of figuring them all out.

So why have I decided to keep the phone?

I like it better than the iPhone. I suppose I have just gotten bored
with iOS all these years. Unless you jailbreak the device (which I did),
you don't have the customization options that you have on Android.

I really enjoy the graphics and animations on the phone. I think
that the GUI is just prettier for everything rather than having an
industrial look like iOS has.

Of course, I love the fact I can just buy a memory card and add
more memory or swap out a battery should the one I have just dies.

Photos and (especially) video looks stunning on the Galaxy. In
fact, the three of us at my job who bought the Galaxy S3 over the
past week did so based primarily on the quality of taking pictures
and watching video. The screen size makes all the difference.

The file system is easy to understand. Everything you download
has its own file that you can easily search or transfer.

I find myself just naturally doing things I suppose I felt inhibited
doing on iOS. For instance, first day I downloaded a free ringtone
app from the Google Store and I was able to set up all sort of
different notifications using movie ringtones that were available.

I love the way it feels in my hand. It doesn't feel like the iPhone
brick. Much lighter due to the fact it's made of polycarbonate
material. Yes, it feels cheaper in construction but I understand
it's still quite durable.

I am still not thoroughly versed in using this phone yet (as there
are just so many options to set up), but to date, I am liking the
amount of customization that can be done. I am also looking
forward to using Samsung TecTiles which allows you to preprogram
specific commands to your phone with a simple NFC swipe.

Android phones come in lots of flavors instead of a single
iPhone flavor. Lots of different screen sizes to choose from.

Personally, I think the iPhone is a better constructed phone
with better hardware performance. It's the perfect phone for those
that want their device to work a certain way right out of the box.
The OS is so simple that you can hand it a total noob and they
would immediately be able to figure it out.

For those that don't want to be stuck in the closed Apple
ecosystem, the Android OS offers a great deal of customization.
You can spend hours downloading widgets and arranging your
phone exactly the way you want.

Looks like Apple is attempting to pull the Galaxy S3 from the
market, so if anyone is considering to make the switch, you
may wish to do so sooner than later.

I think the best way to make an informed choice on which
brand of phone you want is to play with them both. AT&T allows
you to buy a phone and return it within 30 days for a $35 restock
fee. That was a price I was willing to play to get may hands dirty
with Android. Much better than simply looking at a displayed phone.

There is no wrong decision on which phone to go with. Both are
stellar phones. It just depends on whether you are the tinkering
kind of person of if you want everything to work out of the box
without intervention.

Of course, if Apple blows the doors off everything on September
12th with a phone that clearly pounces on Samsung, I'll be switching
back.
 

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Ron, that looks like a very fair evaluation of the pros and cons.
I think you have nailed exactly the issues that non technical people have frustrations over when they confront them. i have no doubt you will find solutions and ultimately be happy with it.
enjoy!
 

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How do you manage your music that's on iTunes from the iPhone?
 

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Tony,

I am not going to be much help here.

I never put music on my iPhone. I don't plan on putting any
on the Galaxy. I have a separate iPod for that.

What I would *try* (and this is off the top of my head) is to
simply drag the music I want out of iTunes onto an attached
SD card in its own folder. When inserted into the Galaxy, I
would hope that the music would be recognized.

There are paid softwares that claim to import iTunes music
over as well.
 

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I use the iCloud match thing. So there is music on it but only what I listen to with cloud. If I could
Figure out google music maybe that would. Work.
 

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You just need to install the Google Music program on your computer and then it will upload all of your songs to the cloud. Google Music will stream all of them to your phone.
 

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I've had that and there is always a problem.
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I'd guess 90% is from cds and 5% bought through itunes or amazon.
so of the 5000+ songs I can only get 2229 of them into Gmusic
 

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My solution to the music problem was Spotify. I know it sounds silly, but everything i could ever want is in there, and I don't have to store anything on the device either. I moved away from the owning music thing about a year ago and I have to say that so far i'm very happy. My FLAC collection is almost exclusively for home use and lives on my NAS.
 

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Good news and bad news Tony. Looks like there's a way to batch fix the files:

ennorehling.tumblr.com/post/24142173417/solved-file-marked-as-permanent-failure-on-server

The bad news is that it's a Windows utility.
 

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Quote:
My solution to the music problem was Spotify.


[COLOR= rgb(24, 24, 24)]Dave, great idea, but don't you have to rely on data consumption[/COLOR]
[COLOR= rgb(24, 24, 24)]if you are not connected to WiFi?[/COLOR]



I am on vacation all this week, and have been spending hours

tweaking this phone, researching the best apps, and have even

managed to root my phone to add some cool enhancements.



The more I play with this phone, the more I find myself loving it.



When I turn it on, there is a Google Voice widget staring me in

the face. So, if I need to find something, I just press a button

and speak. Now, I am certain there is an Apple app for that, but

the ability to have it as a widget on your home screen is fantastic.



Have also added a widget to show my top 5 newest email messages

at a glance (though you can pull down the notification screen to look

as well).



I also really love the Swift3 keyboard, which in my opinion, blows

the Apple keyboard away. I want to thank Hanson for helping me

tweak it.



Finally, the haptic feedback is a nice added feature as well. You get

a slight response vibration when touching keys. There was a rumor

Apple was going to incorporate some form of this into their new iPad,

but it never happened.
 

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Ron,
The beauty of Spotify premium is that you can tell it to download tracks to your device so they're available offline. When i'm sitting in an airport and any place with Wifi, i'll download the albums I want to have available offline. The majority of the time however, I do stream via cellular data. I keep about 5 gigs of stored music downloaded for any time i have no reception and it seems to work very well overall.
 

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Hanson said:
Good news and bad news Tony. Looks like there's a way to batch fix the files:
ennorehling.tumblr.com/post/24142173417/solved-file-marked-as-permanent-failure-on-server
The bad news is that it's a Windows utility. 
yikes, what?
"the answer is (drumroll): Bad VBR headers.
I suspect these are created by bad MP3 encoders, in my case by LAME3.99r.
To fix this, you can install Foobar2000 (still the best multi-format Swiss army knife of a music player),
and perform “right click on the file -> Utilities -> Fix VBR MP3 header”. After you rewrite the file,
Music Manager will detect that it has changed, find it to be no longer broken, and upload it.
You’ll want to open up %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleMusicManagerFailureReport.txt
and scan this for all the files that MusicManager complained about, then fix the MBR headers on those. "
 

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Sam,

I was just waiting for that response. Couldn't resist..huh?
You gotta give credit. Samsung has taken a bite out of Apple.

The Galaxy is a successful phone.

There has got to be a good reason even if this announcement
wasn't made today.

...and looking on the Android forums it seems a lot of G3s
have been bought from former iPhone owners based on the
rumored specs.

So, there is truth in the announcement after all even though
it might not be completely.
 

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Quote:

Matthew Panzarino ‏@panzer
Breaking: Device just introduced beating sales of year old device everyone knows is about to be replaced. News at 11.

Because this happened every year, so of course it's not newsworthy. Oh wait...

First it's "Android will never overtake iPhone".

Then "Android as a whole, but not a single device".

Now it's, "but that's only because people are putting off their iPhone purchase".

"We'll see"
 
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Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein /t/323457/iphone-user-goes-to-the-samsung-galaxy-s3#post_3969839


[COLOR= rgb(24, 24, 24)]Dave, great idea, but don't you have to rely on data consumption[/COLOR]
[COLOR= rgb(24, 24, 24)]if you are not connected to WiFi?[/COLOR]



I am on vacation all this week, and have been spending hours

tweaking this phone, researching the best apps, and have even

managed to root my phone to add some cool enhancements.



The more I play with this phone, the more I find myself loving it.



When I turn it on, there is a Google Voice widget staring me in

the face. So, if I need to find something, I just press a button

and speak. Now, I am certain there is an Apple app for that, but

the ability to have it as a widget on your home screen is fantastic.



Have also added a widget to show my top 5 newest email messages

at a glance (though you can pull down the notification screen to look

as well).



I also really love the Swift3 keyboard, which in my opinion, blows

the Apple keyboard away. I want to thank Hanson for helping me

tweak it.



Finally, the haptic feedback is a nice added feature as well. You get

a slight response vibration when touching keys. There was a rumor

Apple was going to incorporate some form of this into their new iPad,

but it never happened.
 

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Ronald Epstein said:
Sam,
I was just waiting for that response. Couldn't resist..huh?
You gotta give credit.  Samsung has taken a bite out of Apple.
The Galaxy is a successful phone.
Panzer posted that early this AM, it was just a matter of time until it was relevant here.
I am sure the Galaxy is a nice phone. The one thing I hate about it is the thing that so called Fandroids love to tout: the monster screen. I believe that isn't worth the hype and is actually a detriment to its design. Others are welcome to try it for themselves but if asked that is the response I give. Again if someone likes it, more power too em.
Hanson: You continue to have a pretty twisted view of what you think I believe, I reference what I posted in the Apple forum:
I'm not a member of an Apple cult. I use the tools that work best with minimal fuss. I i investigate options and compare the experience to what I currently use and note the tradeoffs. If the pros outweigh the cons I switch. I dont make excuses for deficiencies on either side. When asked for advice I give it honestly given my specific uses and needs, not based on 'wouldnt it be cool if' or 'this product might be made to do thi better in six months'. I don't assist family members with tech problems that have been solved for 5+ years. End of story for me.
If you can find anything that I have posted that even remotely compares to the ramblings you put above, you are welcome to rub them in my face. Here's a hint: I've started the thread for at least the last 4 years worth of Google I/O, so that would be a great place to start. You are welcome to your fantasy idea of what you think I say, do, and mean, but they are pretty far from the mark. As always, you are welcome to your own opinions but not your own facts.
 

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