Linked by Alexey Eromenko on Fri 1st Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Many people think that all Androids are equal and it's a race to the bottom where the cheapest vendor wins. This could not be farther from the truth. For me, it all began half-a-year ago, when I bought the Samsung Galaxy S III and was absolutely stunned by it, then exploring and comparing it with other Androids. Now that Google has fired a shot across the bow with its low pricing for the unlocked Nexus 4, where does that leave Samsung and its flagship handset?
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WTF
by _txf_ on Mon 4th Feb 2013 19:44 UTC
_txf_
Member since:
2008-03-17

Shortcut to screen brightness in 2 clicks (this is simple to implement, very small, yet super-useful feature, as I tend to change screen brightness very often, and this is super-easy with the S III)vWhy hasn't Google done it? Because Samsung UI team does a better job of human User eXperience (UX) testing. This is why I value it so highly, and can easily justify another $20 or so on this feature alone. [+4]

bombastic user experience claims aside, there have been power toggles since froyo, or the market, since forever...

Better icons (TouchWiz UI theme) [+3]

I find them hideous. Too colourful and don't fit well with most third party icon palettes.

Launcher: Samsung clearly divides between applications and widgets. Much easier to navigate and start applications (than vanilla Google Android 4.0). [+3]

Has this guy even used vanilla? There IS a tab separating them....

Samsung gestures (screen-shot, double tap, ...) [+3]
I can swipe my hand over Galaxy S III screen, like a scanner, and it will take a screenshot. This is very cool!

Most people don't need to take screenshots that often. However all sorts of roms have incorporated this and JB has the capability.

Extra codecs : *. wma, *. wmv (Microsoft Windows Media Audio/Video; I'm surprised, that Samsung intervened so deeply in the OS. Sadly none of the Androids support the older MPEG2 format, *.mpeg ) [+3]

Who even uses wmv,wma these days?

S Beam - I call it "The Kiss of the Galaxy!" It allows transferring pictures, videos and music between Galaxy S III phones simply by touching them, in several seconds.

how about non galaxy-sIII? wifi-direct?

If you don't believe me, just use the Samsung Galaxy S III for a month, then try the vanilla Google Android for a few days. You will understand the difference very quickly. You will not want to go vanilla.

I don't, because I have done so, and feel completely the opposite way

CPU Quad-core +1 (potential of HEVC/WebM2 decoding, future-proof)

Seeing as even quad core ARM cpus choke on 1080p h.264, HEVC is definitely not going to happen (not to mention the battery drain)

Edited 2013-02-04 19:55 UTC

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RE: WTF
by Hatts on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:13 in reply to "WTF"
Hatts Member since:
2013-02-04

I think it's pretty clear the author did not actually have a N4 to compare it against, the article is full of inaccuracies.

He says the N4 doesn't have corning Gorilla glass, but it does, it has Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

He talks about the N4 running 'vanilla Android 4.0' when it's actually running 4.2. I don't know why he's calling it 'Samsung Android 4.0' instead of TouchWiz, it's actual name.

He counts 50GB of storage from dropbox as a plus and ignores the 50gb of storage N4 users get from box.

Having a quad core processor is a +1 for the S3 but not for the N4.

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RE[2]: WTF
by bentoo on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:17 in reply to "RE: WTF"
bentoo Member since:
2012-09-21

No bias here. ;)

BTW, can someone explain how leaving the screen ON (Smart Stay?) save battery power?

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RE[2]: WTF
by Alexey Technologov on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:51 in reply to "RE: WTF"
Alexey Technologov Member since:
2007-03-16

I think it's pretty clear the author did not actually have a N4 to compare it against, the article is full of inaccuracies.


I think I made it pretty clear, that the comparison was vs. Galaxy Nexus (with Google Android 4.0), not the Nexus 4.

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RE: WTF
by Alexey Technologov on Mon 4th Feb 2013 20:44 in reply to "WTF"
Alexey Technologov Member since:
2007-03-16

"Launcher: Samsung clearly divides between applications and widgets. Much easier to navigate and start applications (than vanilla Google Android 4.0). [+3]

Has this guy even used vanilla? There IS a tab separating them....
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Yes, and the separation in Google Android is not complete. You still can cycle between Apps and Widgets on Google, which is confusing, but not on Samsung. Sammy made this right.

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RE[2]: WTF
by _txf_ on Mon 4th Feb 2013 21:05 in reply to "RE: WTF"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

" [q]Launcher: Samsung clearly divides between applications and widgets. Much easier to navigate and start applications (than vanilla Google Android 4.0). [+3]

Has this guy even used vanilla? There IS a tab separating them....
"

Yes, and the separation in Google Android is not complete. You still can cycle between Apps and Widgets on Google, which is confusing, but not on Samsung. Sammy made this right. [/q]

you can turn it off. But either way it really isn't that big a deal. Not something that can make you proclaim that one launcher is so much better...

Edited 2013-02-04 21:08 UTC

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RE: WTF
by Lobotomik on Tue 5th Feb 2013 10:20 in reply to "WTF"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Completely agree! I have a Nexus 7 and a Galaxy Note 2 and I like plain Jellybean a lot better.

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