Samsung Galaxy S4 or HTC One or Nokia Lumia 928

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 07, 2013 7:42 PM GMT
    I need some help!

    I will be switching from Sprint to Verizon when my contract ends in August. I am looking at the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One (whenever it gets to Verizon), and the Nokia Lumia 928. My current phone is a Google Nexus S by Samsung. This phone has a single core processor with 512 MB RAM. So, it lags (or completely locks up or shuts off) when I am running multiple apps at the same time. I am looking to upgrade to a phone that can handle multiple apps with a great camera for picture taking. (I take most of my pictures indoors, if that helps.)

    Any advice? Is there anyone who owns one of these phones?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 07, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    If you're going for a good camera, then it's between the S4 and Lumia. But the Lumia lacks in apps. Nokia offers a few really nice image editing apps that let you do the usual retro filters and stuff. And there are a few photo apps from Microsoft too. But it still doesn't compare to the amount of apps available for Android. Also, Samsung went all out with the camera on the S4. So many cool built-in photo effects and filters.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    Last month, I was faced with the exact same decision as you. I did A LOT of reading and I decided to go with HTC One.

    I spent one month using it and the phone is amazing.

    One bad thing I found (compared to my iPhone 4S) was that it had trouble maintaining a 4G/LTE data connection while on the highway outside cities. My iPhone 4S could maintain a 3G data connection very well in the same scenario. However, this could have something to do with my service provider Rogers and not the actual phone itself.
  • madsexy

    Posts: 4843

    Jul 08, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    iPhone 5
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Another vote for the HTC One. It's a joy to use, and the build quality is first-rate.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    mbio saidLast month, I was faced with the exact same decision as you. I did A LOT of reading and I decided to go with HTC One.

    I spent one month using it and the phone is amazing.

    One bad thing I found (compared to my iPhone 4S) was that it had trouble maintaining a 4G/LTE data connection while on the highway outside cities. My iPhone 4S could maintain a 3G data connection very well in the same scenario. However, this could have something to do with my service provider Rogers and not the actual phone itself.


    iPhone5 vote.

    North America in general is a bit too spread out for good 4G/LTE coverage in rural areas. We don't need it to call a tow truck. Carriers deploy next-gen coverage along highways when they run out of metro areas to invest in.

    I still run into areas that don't have advanced 3G coverage.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    The Lumia 928. I have the Lumia 520 which is the cheapest Lumia and I like it a lot. If the low end Lumias are this good, I can't even imagine how the high end Lumias are.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    http://www.popherald.com/articles/26942/verizon-htc-one-leaked-release-image.php

    Have to say, the Lumia camera is compelling.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 11:34 AM GMT
    I have Lumia 920 and have to say am very happy with the performance and the features. Battery life is pretty good as well.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    I haven't touched any of these phones but I do read online webzines for Android. The main problem I see with HTC is that the company has been having significant financial problems; their profits have gone way down. On the other hand, HTC does make quality stuff.

    The Nokia is using the Microsoft phone software; don't go there. For maximum software compatibility and apps availability it's either the iPhone or Android.

    Although the iPhone is hugely popular I think we've entered the days, with both feet, where its market share is dropping and will continue to drop inexorably. It's clearly losing in worldwide market share and in the US it's starting to drop. Given that Android is completely free and any phone maker can download its source code and install it and sell it with their phone it's simply inevitable that Android will kill the iPhone. And with Steve Jobs no longer around to provide his superior marketing savvy it's a certainty.

    http://goo.gl/5PmgQ

    If I were buying a phone with a contract I'd get the S4.
  • somedaytoo

    Posts: 704

    Jul 08, 2013 9:35 PM GMT
    Lumia 920 here. Great phone and the 928 should be even better.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 08, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    For those who have the Nokia Lumia, how has your experience been with the app store? Where you able to find all of the apps that you need or want?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 2:57 AM GMT
    I picked up the Lumia 521 last month, as a second phone for work only. Windows Phone (WP) is actually a pretty decent platform. But it's seriously lacking in quality apps. The app store is filled with apps from questionable developers that are in countries known for hacking/phishing. The only apps I have are the official ones from Nokia, MS, and some of the well known app makers.

    I'd say the biggest flaw is that there are no good alternative web browsers. Internet Explorer on WP is awful. It's so slow, pages don't render correctly on some sites, and it's lacking in features.

    If you're looking for a phone that can do a few extra tricks, then WP is for you. If you're looking for a full fledged pocket computer that can also make calls, then Android or iOS is for you.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    No offense, but I think you need to leave the 'droid Fanzines alone.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/14/android_ux_comment/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/us_smartphone_sales_market_share_stats/

    If it helps, TheRegister hates everyone. Including Samsung
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/samsung_galaxy_s3_explodes_causing_second_and_third_degree_burns/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/sammy_stock_continues_to_slide/
    Looks like HTC isn't alone...



    Lumpynose saidI haven't touched any of these phones but I do read online webzines for Android. The main problem I see with HTC is that the company has been having significant financial problems; their profits have gone way down. On the other hand, HTC does make quality stuff.

    The Nokia is using the Microsoft phone software; don't go there. For maximum software compatibility and apps availability it's either the iPhone or Android.

    Although the iPhone is hugely popular I think we've entered the days, with both feet, where its market share is dropping and will continue to drop inexorably. It's clearly losing in worldwide market share and in the US it's starting to drop. Given that Android is completely free and any phone maker can download its source code and install it and sell it with their phone it's simply inevitable that Android will kill the iPhone. And with Steve Jobs no longer around to provide his superior marketing savvy it's a certainty.

    http://goo.gl/5PmgQ

    If I were buying a phone with a contract I'd get the S4.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    I have the S3 from Metro PCS, and soon to upgrade to the S4 by next week. They just got them on there network. I love the S3. I also like Metro PCS since they dont charge and fees for activation, cancelation, or upgrades and no contract, and the plans start at 40.00 per month for unlimited everything. Yes you pay the full price for the phone up front, but in the long run you save with the monthly service. Of course if you decide to upgrade you can always sell your old phone on Ebay to make up the cost of your upgrade to a new one.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 3:32 AM GMT
    clarksdale97 saidFor those who have the Nokia Lumia, how has your experience been with the app store? Where you able to find all of the apps that you need or want?

    Yeah it has all of the most popular apps and the most popular games. It doesn't have as much as droid, but it has more than what I thought it would have.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 3:33 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidNo offense, but I think you need to leave the 'droid Fanzines alone.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/14/android_ux_comment/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/us_smartphone_sales_market_share_stats/

    If it helps, TheRegister hates everyone. Including Samsung
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/samsung_galaxy_s3_explodes_causing_second_and_third_degree_burns/

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/08/sammy_stock_continues_to_slide/
    Looks like HTC isn't alone...



    Lumpynose saidI haven't touched any of these phones but I do read online webzines for Android. The main problem I see with HTC is that the company has been having significant financial problems; their profits have gone way down. On the other hand, HTC does make quality stuff.

    The Nokia is using the Microsoft phone software; don't go there. For maximum software compatibility and apps availability it's either the iPhone or Android.

    Although the iPhone is hugely popular I think we've entered the days, with both feet, where its market share is dropping and will continue to drop inexorably. It's clearly losing in worldwide market share and in the US it's starting to drop. Given that Android is completely free and any phone maker can download its source code and install it and sell it with their phone it's simply inevitable that Android will kill the iPhone. And with Steve Jobs no longer around to provide his superior marketing savvy it's a certainty.

    http://goo.gl/5PmgQ

    If I were buying a phone with a contract I'd get the S4.


    I have no problem with the I phone, ive never owned one but my brother in law just got his sons old one, considering its "free" is the only reason he has it. He likes my S3 better. If the Iphone came with a 5 inch screen I would get one. But they are to small. for me its all in the screen size.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    clarksdale97 saidFor those who have the Nokia Lumia, how has your experience been with the app store? Where you able to find all of the apps that you need or want?


    That's going to depend which apps are most important to you. I have a Lumia 920 and have been really happy with it. FB, and twitter are integrated into the OS and provide basic functionality. They also have official apps. The FB app is was written by MS on behalf of FB. Twitter has a good app, and there are also high quality 3rd party apps.

    My bank (BBVA Compass) also has a really high quality app. Office, One Note, FidMe, and the major news (USA) outlets have quality apps. Though the Lumia 920 has a superb camera, I like to use Camera 360 (a 3rd party camera app). It give you more features than the stock camera app and works really well with the Lumia camera.

    Here Maps (formerly Nokia Maps) provides good navigation. I bought Navigon though when it was half-priced, which is a superb app. SimpleCalendar is also a free calendar app that works really well. It think this is what the stock app should have been. The devs are still working on it though, so I use a mix between this app and the stock app.

    I found everything I've needed. I'm not an Instagram hipster, but there is Instance and another one (I can't remember the name) that are high quality Instragram apps, according to what I've read. Don't know much about that since I don't use that.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 09, 2013 9:40 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidNo offense, but I think you need to leave the 'droid Fanzines alone.

    'droid Fanzine or otherwise, the data is still the same. Here's the data from the source; 75% Android versus 17% iPhone, and Android's market share is up 79% since last year. The writing is on the wall.

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24108913
  • selim

    Posts: 158

    Jul 09, 2013 10:37 AM GMT
    My phone is Xperia Z with 4 core processors and the camera's definition is of 13.1 million/mega pixels, not bad!icon_smile.gif
  • madsexy

    Posts: 4843

    Jul 09, 2013 4:22 PM GMT
    Lumpynose said
    RobertF64 saidNo offense, but I think you need to leave the 'droid Fanzines alone.

    'droid Fanzine or otherwise, the data is still the same. Here's the data from the source; 75% Android versus 17% iPhone, and Android's market share is up 79% since last year. The writing is on the wall.

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24108913

    Any point in time a trend does not make, particularly with seasonality and new release events. Also, Samsung's % rise is still a blip on Apple's radar comparatively. You missed the last sentence, which is the most important, about the invincible iPhone:
    Apple iOS marked its largest ever first quarter volume on the strength of its iPhone shipment volumes, yet the operating system posted a year-over-year decline in market share and lower year-over-year shipment growth than the overall market. Although demand remains strong worldwide, the iOS experience has remained largely the same since the first iPhone debuted in 2007. That appears ready to change as online rumors and speculation predict a massive overhaul of the user interface when iOS 7 debuts.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    I'm a little tempted to get the S4 Active or Xperia Z. The waterproof feature is freakin nuts! icon_biggrin.gif





  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    Lumpynose said
    RobertF64 saidNo offense, but I think you need to leave the 'droid Fanzines alone.

    'droid Fanzine or otherwise, the data is still the same. Here's the data from the source; 75% Android versus 17% iPhone, and Android's market share is up 79% since last year. The writing is on the wall.

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24108913

    And this tells you Apple is about to walk away from the mobile market? Because they aren't the most popular???

    Like they should have stopped selling mac desktops a decade ago?

    Srsly? That's how you choose your phone???
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2013 3:22 AM GMT
    Nokia Lumia. 41mp camera.


    http://m.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/09/nokia_1020_leak/

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jul 10, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    41MP is crazy. At that point, you might as well get an actual camera.

    Or

    Instead of getting a smartphone trying to be a camera, you can get a camera trying to be a smartphone!

    #GameChanger

    White-1_5_1.jpg