Bought the perfect phone already, or still don't know what to get?
- When was the last time you bought a smartphone or a tablet?
385 votes (385 votes) Less than a month ago
297 votes (297 votes) Between 1 and 2 months ago
314 votes (314 votes) Between 2 and 3 months ago
376 votes (376 votes) Between 3 and 6 months ago
1008 votes (1008 votes) Over 6 months ago
- When are you planning on buying a smartphone or a tablet?
344 votes (344 votes) In less than a month
404 votes (404 votes) In 1 to 2 months
425 votes (425 votes) In 2 to 3 months
467 votes (467 votes) In 3 to 6 months
667 votes (667 votes) In more than 6 months
2. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i normally go through 2 phones a year. had the SGS1 since launch day and havent looked back. its been powerful enough and had enough ROM development to keep me from getting bored. I would have traded it for the SGS2 had it not been reduced to a crapdragon in the states. So I hold for the SGS3. Unless there is something majorly disappointing about it, I'll be a launch day purchase.. launch day bugs and all! :)
4. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
C'mon, this thing is a beast regardless. What if the GSIII on TMO has the S4?
15. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it wont. they have fixed the issue, which was that the exynos 4210 could not do HSPA+ 42, or LTE. The 4212 quad can do both. The carriers wanted chips that could do that, it was samsung's mistake to not make the exynos originally capable. The one of the few things qualcomm does right is make their chips receptive to just about every signal around.
The S3 chip is not nearly enough of an upgrade to spend my money on. Its barely faster than my single core hummingbird and has a weaker GPU.
23. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
Some people still think they will slap a Snapdragon in our variant but I don't think so. Like you said, as far as I know the Exynos now supports +42 and LTE.
I just hope for capacitive buttons and not on-screen.
37. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
u know.. im kinda torn on the whole button issue. On one hand, when doing media and games, it does make the screen bigger which is a +.. on the other hand, im one clumsy mofo and i can just see myself hitting on screen buttons by accident a lot when im browsing and such. I wish the G-Nexus came to tmobile like we thought it would so i could play with it and find out for sure.
39. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
And me to reply again, lol.
If Snapdragon S3 is bad, how come it scores and performs admirably on Xperia S?
45. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
noooooobody care about sony. lol. If the xperia is so nice, why is sony in worse trouble than before with low sales and layoffs? lol
alright, from here on out, we are going to have a disclaimer. Whenever I open my yap about chips being good or bad, a little voice in your head needs to chime in and say "all claims about this chip are in comparison to other chips release at a similar moment in time, or with a similar base design (A9/A15). All comments are soley the opinion of the speaker, though generally its backed up by solid fact. Please, get over it. Thank you." End message. :) :)
So, when I say the crapdragon S3 is CRAP, i am comparing it to all other dual core chips released around the same time.. The T2,T3, OMAP3, and Exynos.. all 2011 chips which HANDILY destroy it in head to head tests. I also like to compare it to my single core Hummingbird to show just how weak it really is.
When I say the S4 is CRAP, I am comparing it to all other chips that are coming out that are 2012 chips, the A9 4212 exynos quadcore, the A15 exynos 5250, the A15 OMAP4... Qualcom wants to say its "A15 like", well then lets compare it to A15's... where it falls so short its not funny.
Is the S3 better than the S2? yup. Is the S4 better than the S3? of course. Is it better than anything else in its comparison field? HECK NO.
47. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Omg.. seriously..looks like your brain shuts down everytime you try to argue with me correcting you about this.
I can't believe how much nonsense you've piled up in your response.
Now again - simple question - HOW COME SNAPDRAGON S3 PERFORMS SO WELL IN XPERIA S.
It's fast and fluid, backed up with a solid fact figures(benchmark scores).
It's not faster than the Exynos, but it definitely is on pair or better compared to OMAP and Tegra.
If you're unable to give an answer, why don't you just drop it and shut the hell up instead of writing worthless tirades.
62. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I think your.going to cry. I really do. lol. maybe u should actually read the tirade before responding to it. the answer is in there
and again... no one cares about Sony lol. no matter how great the device might be for you, its a fringe device. great cameras and.screens haven't made them relevant or prosperous. I would assume that its severe lack of sales or consumer interest Is part of the reason why it's never included in screen and camera tests... no matter how much you whine about it
the crapdragon s3 is the worst of the 2011 dual core chips. get over it.. if u like it that's great but Im sure as hell not going to change my opinion or not speak my opinion because you don't agree.
freedom is the ability to disagree openly without conciquence.
76. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)
No offense remixfa, but i have to agree with him on this. The snapdragon s3 processor isnt as bad as your making it out to be. Im currently using a galaxy note and previously used an HTC sensation, both running with snapdragon s3 processors. From personal experience, the snapdragon (or "crapdragon" as you like to call it) actually runs pretty smooth. To compare the s3 with a single core hummingbird processor is ridiculous. Im seeing quadrant scores of over 3000 on my note and around 2500 on my sensation both on stock firmware. The s3 doesn't suffice for some tech nerds that care about nothing more than processing speed, but that doesn't mean its not fast or powerful enough to run the os smoothly. I have no complaints whatsoever with s3 and that's coming from a tech nerd.
78. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
I'm laughing at how much of a fool, and a complete joke you're making out of your self.
NO ONE CARES about sony!(as if that has anything to do with my question and the S3 chip)
Samsung LIED TO US about their S3 benchmarks!
S3 IS CRAP!
Seriously, you're pathetic embarassement.
These are the numbers:
Clearly better than the OMAP chip, and don't even bring Tegra 2 in.
Did it ever dawned on you it's HTC's software that is bad?
And that Tegra 2 and OMAP 3 were also laggy on numerous products?
FYI, Sony Ericsson was profitable for 6 consecutive quarters, before the last huge loss. Xperia arc was one of the 5 most successful androids during the two quarters of 2011 globally, and by far the most successful single core.
The fact Sony haven't released a single S3 phone(nor dual core, for that matter) in 2011, you dimwit.
3. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
5 Smartphones in 5 years:
Sprint HTC Touch(Trash phone)
Sprint Samsung Instinct(did what it was supposed to. Sold it)
T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro 2(Trash phone)
T-Mobile Samsung Vibrant(Good phone with problems)
T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S II(Absolute best phone I've had. Completely problem free)
Still rockin' a iPad 1 until Samsung drops a 1080p Quad-Core Note. THAT will be mine.
18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Yeah me too:
AT&T with an unlocked European Nokia N90 (SICK Phone)
Sprint HTC Touch (Trash Phone) lol
Sprint HTC Touch Diamond (Great Phone)
Sprint HTC HERO (Great Phone my first Android phone)
Sprint Samsung Epic 4G (Great Phone, gave to the Wife)
Sprint HTC Evo 3D (Loved the phone overclocked to 1.7GHz)
Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Undisputed best phone I have used)
I am running CNA 1.6.0 overclocked to 1.35GHz with the best battery life I have ever had on an Android phone. A lite day of usage I got 1 day 8 hours with 2 hours of screen on time. A heavy day I get 16 to 18 hours with 5 hours of screen on time. Simply the best phone I have ever used & I have been rooting phones since my Samsung Epic 4G days!
24. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
lol we all have similar phone history...
windows phone to android... (to be continued)
well for me
TMobile - Wing(trash); Touch Pro 2 (amazing)
Sprint - HTC Hero(tolerable), HTC Evo(horrible battery), HTC Evo 3D(great phone)
(continued)... to iPhone 4S (so satisfied)
future - history hopefully repeats itself.... Windows Phone 8 Phone and Tablet purchase plans...
27. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Nice that is cool. Me too, I am waiting for Windows 8 & WP8 to see if they get my business again. lol
28. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
That's awesome. I've thought about running a ROM for better battery life but my GS2 holds up pretty good and I don't wanna de-virginize my phone this time around.
33. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
The ROM I am using on my GNex is about to come to the GS2. They are working on it as we speak. That phone will rule with that ROM.
I can't imagine what type of insane battery life the Samsung Galaxy S II is going to get when Codename Android 2.0 which is built of the recently released ICS 4.0.4.
The functionality you will gain, the STOCK like Android 4.0.4 experience, the overclocking & the battery life will be EPIC on that phone!
PimpStrong I highly recommend you go to www.rootzwiki.com & check to see when CNA 2.0 for the Samsung Galaxy S II will drop. I hear it's going to be within this month!
41. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)
ust can't go without Touch Wiz. I used the GNex for a few days and had to go back. Good lookin out though man.
43. Nicksully23 (Posts: 16; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
You guys should try out Windows Phone. Left Android for it.
Samsung Messager Touch(crappy feature phone)
HTC Aria(Great phone, that was very reliable)
HTC Sensation(Turned in, regret it so much)
LG G2X(Horrible phone, nothing but problems)
Dell Venue Pro(Love WP7, hardware is gorgeous)
75. cncrim (Posts: 530; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
Most the phone on u r list its trouble.... Get a s2 or a note, than give me ur opinions on android ecosystem.
63. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
ooh umm last 5 years..
and definitely more..lol
64. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Buddy, we all want mobile to be a healthy industry. But, to try and do it all on your own.....
70. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, thats just the quick list. I've also bought a few off of craigslist when they were underpriced, played with them, and resold them for a few extra bux. :)
The benefit of working in the industry and being good at my job are that I've won a bit of them.
Ive been offered a nokia 710 (didnt need it, have the hd7) an LG optimus and mytouch4g but I didnt want to downgrade from my galaxy. I also just won a pair of nokia monster over ear headsets. frikkin awesome sound quality.
I am dying and praying they have an SGS3 contest. If i dont get that, there will be hell to pay. :) Im also trying to weesle a OneX if one comes to Tmobile and is offered as a champion device.
There is a reason I know so much about all these OS's :) :)
5. Dameon (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
currently using a dell streak. had it for almost 2 yrs. my contract will be up in dec but i think i am up for an upgrade just not sure what i want. im waiting to see what windows apollo will bring to the table or if i wanna upgrade before then to something
7. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
i think in my own opinion perfect phones only last for six months or so because we are always hungry for the next model,and if i had a lot of money i cold buy a new phone every week.
36. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Pretty close. At least monthly for sure.
8. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)
Just bought an IPhone 4S/VZW last month. Nothing shocking there, but here's why. (Stepping onto soapbox) - Android phones concern me. When I think about the proliferation of the devices and its open-source context, all I can think of is Skynet from the Terminator movies. That being said, that is not entirely the reason I got an Iphone. I did it because its the only phone on the market that can hold its value. I paid $200 and it'll be $200 for the rest of its days (or until its successor). Android phones come out every 4 days, and each launches at $200+ and ends up being a penny within weeks (sic). I also have a real issue with 4G pricing. Stop touting phones that can connect o the world and stream 'my life' and then tell me to keep looking down at a bandwidth counter. 4G does not have to be that expensive any more than unlimited 3G needs to be at the price point it sits at. It's out of control (thanks to the Telco's).
If you want unlimited bandwidth and a phone that will stay valued and relevant for at least the 2 years your under contract for - what unit would it be? Logically, for me - the Apple IPhone 4 (and I always swore I'd never get an Apple product).
14. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
If you want to keep an eye to finances (resale) and you're not a cutting edge tecky guy, it makes sense, I'm with you.
19. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
you can keep your unl data on a 4g phone with verizon fyi
a rooted phone holds more value than an unrooted one, but you are correct about the Iphone.
as much as i hate the phone it holds value because there is someone out there who always wants one
9. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)
Torn between my Razr and my Nexus. Razr would win if it had ICS. Using Razr currently due to Nexus defect (it apparently has something loose in it and reboots when shook), waiting for my IT manager to get me a replacement Nexus.
67. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6675; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
RAZR will get ICS Motorola says. their in testing process so it takes time for any phone from any manufacturer to get the update. get the RAZR MAXX have better battery life than the NEXUS and original RAZR
10. lamaboy (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
I had a Droid X from the day it came out until this last Friday when I upgraded to the HTC Rezound. I must say that the X served me well but I love the Rezound. The resolution is awesome and I love the processor speed and the LTE. It's like night and day between the two. I figure I may have this one for about a year then I'll upgrade.
I'm still waiting on the ICS update :(
16. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Glad to hear it. Alas, I waited too long on that HTC Rezound deal but now I'm anticipating for the HTC Incredible 4G release coming in later this month. I pray for HTC One S specs.
11. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
I'm dying to upgrade my Blackberry but don't know what to buy yet. I'm trying to wait for the GS3 but I'm sure it will take 3 more months if not more. I'm pointing to the One S for now and I'm also considering the GS2 if I find a good deal, I don't need the absolute latest one.
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
My recommendation, wait for the S3 announcement in may, if its worth it then wait for release (a month latter worldwide according to rumors) if you don't like it One S is a good phone
One S seems to be a nice option even tho I like Samsung
61. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
That seems to be a plan, I will probably do that, I'm too curious to see the S3, I guess the Apple like secrecy works lol.
12. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)
1st: 2nd gen iphone
2nd: Samsung Galaxy S 2
3rd: Might try a Windows Phone but still undecided
This years smartphone wars well be really interesting this 4Q. let the hunger games begin
13. shnibz (Posts: 160; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)
My Galaxy Nexus is Amazing! Best phone I have ever had but I wish the Razr Maxx was available when I purchased this. (Wasn't even announced yet)
17. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
Currently own a rooted HTC Rezound (so far the best spec phone on Big Red) and love it!
RARELY force closes (i blame facebook, not android) and is super fast.
Traded in my Galaxy Nexus to get my rezound because the Nexus is pure garbage (two manufacturer warranties in this week alone).
Holding out for the Droid Fighter?
32. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
thumbed down by Nexus users? sad...
54. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
oh snap! thank god I use friendcaster most of the time
71. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i go back n forth. friendcaster works better most of the time, but some things just work better on the official app.
20. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
I just stick with one series; I'm sticking with the Google Nexus.
21. beefsupreme (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
still using my old bb storm 9530. its alright i guess but i'm just waiting until verizon gets something good enough to force me to upgrade.
22. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
My first smartphone was the LG GT540 Optimus, the first in the Optimus series, that thing was a piece of crap, terribly slow, resistive single-touch screen, 320x480 256.000 color screen and the batter lasted only 7 hours standby on 3G because of an error.
My second and current smartphone is the Nexus S(i9023).
I would have bought a Galaxy Nexus but couldn't afford it so the Nexus S was pretty much a cheaper alternative.
I like everything about the phone except that at some points it tends to get a bit slow.
I've tried the Galaxy Nexus and the only thing I have a problem with about it is the size, I find it to be way too big
29. tiberius183 (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Been Sprint-loyal for years now, currently rocking an EVO 3D, and have had no issues with the phone at all. Lately, though, the network has been pissing me off as far as data speeds go. First noticed it at a party when a bunch of us were sharing YouTube vids, and everyone's played instantly, but mine just kept buffering, buffering, buffering... With that being said, I'm unsure of whether or not I'm going to ride things out with Sprint and see if this Network Vision makes a difference (EVO 4G LTE = SEXY), or jump ship to AT&T (I can get on a shared plan with family members to minimize cost; oh, and One X = sexy...not as sexy as the EVO 4G LTE, IMO, but sexy enough...)
30. -box- (Posts: 3858; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Got the Lumia 900, but that was for novelty's sake and because my fiance's Torch is on its last legs. I'm getting the 808 PureView once it's on pre-order for the English version.
34. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
As soon as the S3 hits I'll make my decision. things I want to see on the S3 for me to buy it
-No buttons, on screen ones please!!!!!
-An Improved camera, not just MP but a really good lent.
-NFC chip(Really Important to me)
-High Resolution HD
-Better Battery Life!!!! cmon we need more hours don't we? RARZ max makes many ppl envious
-A pretty touchwiz (Touch Wiz was better Looking than Regular Gingerbread but with a better looking ICS I expect an even better Looking TW)
-Some extra Tricks
I'll consider a S3 that as many of this covered as possible otherwise.....
40. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
GS3 has a ton of expectations, don't it? GS2 set the bar high for Sammy.
44. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
yeah, I want a device worth it, I mean we have the note that turned into a quite interesting device. and The G-nex that also set new standarts and we have the S2 witch was an awesome device, so I expect they mix things up in there and give us a S3 worth of its Name
and also battery life, making a new standard in what to expect should be top priority on this year, the year of the better battery life devices
72. remixfa (Posts: 14056; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The S1 set a high bar, the S2 smashed it, now we are all dying to see how they topple that. People get excited for a new iphone just to have a new iphone. Nerds get excited for the new galaxy because they seem to be ushering in the new high end of handheld power with each release.
The only problem is, there is no way this thing lives up to expectations. Though I hope it goes past them, i know better.. lol
38. snowgator (Posts: 3275; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
What will be a surprise to no one, I am truly excited for WP8. I am sure by November/December I will be going through "new gizmo" withdraw. However, even as much as I dig WP, I will say this: ICS is freaking fantastic. I expect big, HUGE jumps in functionality with WP Apollo, and will not settle for anything less than great. I want to see some big time advantages to it. If not, there will be a ton of Android options out there, and I may start having a wandering eye.....
46. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
android may keep growing too. I wonder if we will see an android PC soon with Jelly bean 5.0, and they can make more improvements to the OS, the swipe standard growing within every app (that gets updated) is really nice and easy so things are becoming more interesting in the android side
42. dejahu (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)
Oh the dreaded phone history, let's see how the world has changed.
Blackberry 8830 (World Edition) - Alltel - An unbelievably great phone, special place in my heart for this one.
HTC Touch 6900 - Alltel - First touch screen and built for oompa loompa sized hands. Not so pleasent of an experience.
Blcakberry 8330 Curve - Alltel - Added a camera and a forgettable experience with blackberry.
Motorola Droid A855 - Verizon - First CDMA Droid, we all know the gem this one was when it hit the market. Great marketing too on this device.
Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy I) - Verizon - My favorite device for many reasons. AMOLED was a nice addition, but really opened my eyes to the wonder of Samsung. Rooted this thing to the ends of the Earth.
HTC Incredible 2 - Verizon - Had it for awhile and was immediately impressed with how much they improved upon the original Incredible. Great battery life was a welcomed change.
Blackberry 9930 (Bold) - Sprint - Best blackberry ever made, but once I had the itch with Android, I feel like I'm using an abacus and everyone has TI-89 calculators.