Thinking of swapping mu iPhone 4S for a Samsung Galaxy 2 Note

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    Dec 20, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    I work all on Macs though, anyone have experience using the Galaxy and keeping all the syncing etc going? And if you switched from an iPhone do you like the Galaxy better?
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    Dec 20, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    Roguewave saidI work all on Macs though, anyone have experience using the Galaxy and keeping all the syncing etc going? And if you switched from an iPhone do you like the Galaxy better?


    I'm loving the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Was an Apple iPhone 3GS user previously.
    I should have gotten the Samsung Galaxy SII Note.

    I can do way more with the Android/Samsung combination than with iPhone/IOS. And, I was able to cut about $90/month in operating costs by consolidating to the Samsung and Verizon.

    Also, if you buy from Amazon Wireless, you don't pay California State Sales Tax on the retail price of the device, which is a significant factor in the cost/benefit equation.

    Sync is great. I have much more flexibility on what, when, and how much to sync.

    Also, the camera options are way better. The display is brighter, clearer, and bigger than the iPhone.

    Sound is much better as well.

    Also, I bought a cheap 64GB micro SD card and have ginormous storage that I have yet to come even close to filling.

    Samsung and Verizon for San Francisco. It's a good pairing.

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    Dec 20, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    Wow. You're gonna give up all the apps and accessories you got for your iphone? I think those are the factors that make most people reluctant from switching. Also, if you have a Mac, the integration with iphone is pretty seamless.

    Just curious why you're thinking of switching. And why the Galaxy Note? That thing is huge! icon_lol.gif

    Nothing against Android. I love my Galaxy S3. And the Jellybean update is awesome. But I find that most iphone users go through regret/withdrawal as soon as there's an iOS exclusive app that comes out, and all of their friends are using it.

    I suppose you can hold on to your iphone and use it as an ipod touch with wifi.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    My main computer is a macbook pro, and I use a Galaxy Nexus (on jelly bean 4.2.1) - what once used to be a signature android device. To transfer your files from/to your mac to/from your android device, you NEED to install Android File Transfer application to your mac. You can also transfer files via bluetooth, but I've had troubles sending even the simplest files such as documents and photos from my phone to my macbook.

    Syncing that you currently have between your mac and iphone will be virtually impossible if you get an Android device. Before you purchase an Android device, figure out why you want to make that transition. Android is mostly for people who want to customize and make as much use out of their phone as possible with highest level of accessibility via widgets and other features from custom skins. Basically, if you don't need your phone to do a whole lot beyond browsing, gaming, watching videos, and checking emails - all on a 4-inch screen - you don't need an Android OS.

    iPhone 5, despite the outdated OS, is still a very strong competition in the cellphone market. The build quality is simply superb - something you will have most difficulty in finding a comparable product that runs android OS; moreover, you can rely on iPhone 5 to excel on what it can do, whereas same cannot be said for many android devices. I highly recommend that you take an in-depth look into both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy note 2, because either of those phones are for VERY DIFFERENT users. Galaxy note 2 in particular is a niche device, meaning you will either love it or hate it. Make sure to prepare a list of your needs and wants from a mobile device before you decide on which phone you would like to purchase.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    If you switch most apps that have a pay to use service will allow you to email them to switch accounts to a new device. This worked for me with Grindr Xtra.

    iSyncr is an app and program that will sync iTunes and your Android phone and it is free to use.

    I switched from a 4 to the S3 and like it better so far.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    If you transfer files to/from your phone a lot, you can use Dropbox. It syncs across almost all platforms.. Mac OS, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry. There's also Airdroid. Basically, allows you to swap files to/from your phone directly through your wifi network, all through your desktop web browser. Super easy stuff.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dropbox.android
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid
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    Dec 20, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Going for a cheap knockoff?
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    Dec 20, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    Get the S3. It's an amazingly powerful phone with a gorgeous screen.
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    Dec 20, 2012 3:03 PM GMT
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    Roguewave saidI work all on Macs though, anyone have experience using the Galaxy and keeping all the syncing etc going? And if you switched from an iPhone do you like the Galaxy better?


    I'm loving the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Was an Apple iPhone 3GS user previously.
    I should have gotten the Samsung Galaxy SII Note.

    I can do way more with the Android/Samsung combination than with iPhone/IOS. And, I was able to cut about $90/month in operating costs by consolidating to the Samsung and Verizon.

    Also, if you buy from Amazon Wireless, you don't pay California State Sales Tax on the retail price of the device, which is a significant factor in the cost/benefit equation.

    Sync is great. I have much more flexibility on what, when, and how much to sync.

    Also, the camera options are way better. The display is brighter, clearer, and bigger than the iPhone.

    Sound is much better as well.

    Also, I bought a cheap 64GB micro SD card and have ginormous storage that I have yet to come even close to filling.

    Samsung and Verizon for San Francisco. It's a good pairing.



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  • rnch

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    Dec 20, 2012 4:36 PM GMT
    You will regret doing this; IF you do it.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    I use the Galaxy Note II for work. Wonderful phone, but it is gigantic. If you're coming from an iPhone, it will be a huge adjustment. My personal phone is an iPhone, and I wouldn't change that for anything.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    Anybody who leaves from the iPhone family is a traitor and needs to be dealt with in a timely manner... Just sayin' icon_smile.gif lol
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    Galaxy S3 is a great vid camera with a great screen, but other than that, I couldn't stand it. Went to the Razr HD for actual daily use and the Galaxy S3 just sites other than for video use. This capability is so good that I'll still keep the phone around.



    Edit: Hmmm, the embed doesn't look as good as what I see on my youtube page.
  • Machina

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:26 PM GMT
    I have the Galaxy Note II and it is simply amazing. The size of the thing took a couple of days to get used to, but now I wouldn't trade it for anything and have a real hard time picking up other smaller devices, and not longing for the real-estate of the bigger display.

    The Quad-Core and the Jelly Bean OS keep things buttery smooth and I have yet to have a single freeze or crash after nearly 2 months of use.

    It was stupidly easy to root and there are so many ROMs being developed that you can easily find something which suits you.

    The Camera is simply stunning especially when you take 1080p video!

    I upgraded from an old EVO 4G which was definitely showing its age as it couldn't keep-up with even common tasks anymore.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention the battery life. I have had it off the charger for over two days of moderate to heavy usage before I have had to plug it in and recharge it. Throw a 64 GB SD Card in there for music, movies, etc. and you will have yourself quite the entertainment powerhouse. The sound from the internal processing circuitry and head-phone jack are excellent!


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    The white version looks fantastic!
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    And foolishly, I'm looking at the Note 2 for web, and vid camera. This is so much easier than lugging my big Canon Rebel T4i around.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    I have the S3 and I switched from an iPhone 4. I haven't looked back since but I do debate whether I should've gotten the Note2 instead (even though it wasn't out when I bought the S3). It is huge but you'll likely adjust to it. The first few days of using the S3 I thought it was huge too but you get used to it and now I'm envious of the Note2 users.

    Bigger is better. iPhones, even the 5, look so tiny now I don't even understand how I used to look at them. The only problem is that it's now much harder to discreetly cruise shady websites from your phone in public. It's great having the bigger screen but I swear people can read the Grindr profiles I'm viewing from the other side of the train.

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Machina saidI have the Galaxy Note II and it is simply amazing. The size of the things took a couple of days to get used to, but now I wouldn't trade it for anything and have a real hard time picking up other smaller devices and not longing for the real-estate of the bigger display.

    The Quad-Core and the Jelly Bean OS keep things buttery smooth and I have yet to have a single freeze or crash.

    The Camera is simply stunning especially when you take 1080p video!

    I upgraded from an old EVO 4G which was definitely showing its age as it couldn't keep-up with even common tasks anymore.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention the battery life. I have had it off the charger for over two days of moderate to heavy usage before I have had to plug it in and recharge it. Throw a 64 GB SD Card in there for music, movies, etc. and you will have yourself quite the entertainment powerhouse. The sound from the internal processing circuitry and head-phone jack are excellent!


    ht_samsung_Note_II_kb_120829_wg.jpg

    The white version looks fantastic!


    "The Camera is simply stunning especially when you take 1080p video!"

    The entire reason for having it and a very good reason at that.

    Many or most of my recent vids on my youtube page was using the S3 and a few were the Canon T4. I no longer know which was which.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/scotth3886
  • Machina

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:51 PM GMT
    freedomisntfreeThe entire reason for having it and a very good reason at that.


    I just watched your 1080p capture entitled "Dream Cruise 2012", and it is excellent! I love the old 'vette roadsters sitting side-by side to your left and that awesome green '67 fastback next to the sexy '69 cougar. Looked like a great time at a great show.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:56 PM GMT
    I've had bad luck with the Galaxy Nexus and would either stick with Apple or switch to the HTC DNA.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    Galaxy 1 here and an Ipad 2. OS sucks balls compared to android. There is really no comparison.

    People claim the apple store has more apps, but I've found anything I wanted the android store not only offers the equivalent, but often more choices and for less money.

    Android offers way more customizing and unique options too. I convinced one of my friends to switch from an iphone to a galaxy 3 and he loves it and said he wouldn't go back.
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    Dec 20, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    Wow interesting opinions. I just got an smaller iPad for a gift and am loving it. and when I switch to my iphone, I feel like it is such a tiny box. The main thing I am worried about is the update/syncing. I love the fact that entourage for Mac, iCal, and Address book just update throughout all my devices. I already use dropbox for docs, but it's more the auto syncing I was wondering about.

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    Dec 20, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    Apparently I have to download Windows 10 to sync my computer with USB connection to my new Samsung GalaxyS III. Forget that noise. I'll just my other phone for pics. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 21, 2012 3:00 AM GMT
    Machina said
    freedomisntfreeThe entire reason for having it and a very good reason at that.


    I just watched your 1080p capture entitled "Dream Cruise 2012", and it is excellent! I love the old 'vette roadsters sitting side-by side to your left and that awesome green '67 fastback next to the sexy '69 cougar. Looked like a great time at a great show.


    Thank you. And this one with the 67 GTO on my left and the 67 Firebird on the right of my 63 Grand Prix. Guess what happened when the light turned green? Yes, boys will be boys regardless of age.

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    Dec 21, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidI've had bad luck with the Galaxy Nexus and would either stick with Apple or switch to the HTC DNA.


    I'm also looking at the HTC DNA for my 2nd phone, but would still like the larger screen like the Note 2
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    Dec 21, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    Roguewave saidWow interesting opinions. I just got an smaller iPad for a gift and am loving it. and when I switch to my iphone, I feel like it is such a tiny box. The main thing I am worried about is the update/syncing. I love the fact that entourage for Mac, iCal, and Address book just update throughout all my devices. I already use dropbox for docs, but it's more the auto syncing I was wondering about.

    This might be useful..
    http://lifehacker.com/5801473/how-to-sync-android-with-your-mac-as-seamlessly-as-an-iphone