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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rklrkl
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2005-07-06

It seems to me that a lot of these S3 plus points can be replicated with free or cheap apps added to a vanilla Android 4 phone. Or if you're technical, a rooted phone with a custom ROM actually provides a lot of these and a *lot* more configurability than the S3 does.

For me, the perfect phone or tablet is:

* Rooted running CM 10.1. The configuration options blow every other mobile OS away. If you're using CM on a tablet, the Paranoid Android variant goes even more berserk with custom phone/phablet/tablet modes not only globally, but also per app if you want. +50 points for the flexibility of CM over anything else.

* NOT running any manafacturer's custom launcher/skin. None of these custom layers provide an enhanced experience, so I'd give -50 points immediately to any device not running vanilla Android.

* Not costing hundreds of dollars more than rival top-end phones. S3 may be top of the hill in terms of hardware specs, but the Nexus 4's introduction with only slightly worse specs has shown it up to be overpriced for those specs.

There you go - the stock S3 now scores 100 points less than a rooted vanilla Android 4 phone :-) Guess what? Samsung have been *awful* with the CM devs for the S3 phone, showing that the S2 giveaway to devs was a pure publicity stunt. Things are so bad with CM on the S3, that devs are now telling people not to use it on the S3 (too many things broken because of Samsung's lack of co-operation)!

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It seems to me that a lot of these S3 plus points can be replicated with free or cheap apps added to a vanilla Android 4 phone. Or if you're technical, a rooted phone with a custom ROM actually provides a lot of these and a *lot* more configurability than the S3 does.


Exactly. For me, a fully-loaded custom ROM gives a lot more value than NonSense, Bloat-o-blur, etc. Plus, when Keylime Pie is announced in May and starts rolling out to Nexus devices, those of us who own these devices can upgrade to it immediately, or whenever we want. If you're using a FrankenAndroid device like the S3, you're going to be stuck with 4.x until at least January 2014, and you'll probably be lucky to ever get anything greater than 4.2. I really wouldn't mind much of vendors would give people the OPTION of sticking with stock and quick upgrade paths, but most don't.

So, yeah... you can have your shitty vendor bloatware. I'll stick with unlocked vanilla, thank you very much ;)

One thing I WILL agree with him on is the gimped hardware on the Nexus devices. (No SD card slot, no removable battery, no LTE, etc) Google really needs to step it up and give people more options in the hardware department. Can I get a Nexus 7 with HDMI out, PLEASE??

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

One thing I WILL agree with him on is the gimped hardware on the Nexus devices. (No SD card slot, no removable battery, no LTE, etc) Google really needs to step it up and give people more options in the hardware department. Can I get a Nexus 7 with HDMI out, PLEASE??


-Blame MS for lack of SD
-Blame the consumer for lack of removable battery
-Blame the carriers, and economics for lack of LTE

Seriously, if you want these things you're welcome to go to those phones whose manufacturers have paid the respective extorsion fees. I'm quite happy with the cheap Nexus 4, thank you very much.

Seriously what is it with people and LTE? It is only a way to eat more battery and hit your download limits more quickly. The other points I can understand griping about...

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