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Spacecadet
27th June 2012, 13:20
Samsung Galaxy S3 or a HTC One X?

or

A cheaper mobile then get a tablet later on?

or get the top end phone and get the tablet anyway

or wait for one of these to come out with a better spec

ASUS - Mobile- ASUS PadFone (http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/)

gingerjedi
27th June 2012, 13:22
S3 and a Nexus pad for me.

AtW
27th June 2012, 13:23
Wait for S4 - it will be a LOT better.

northernladuk
27th June 2012, 13:24
I just got the S3 this week. They guy that sits next to me has the HTC One X. Apart from the colour, One X white, S3 blue, they look remarkably similar. Both eye poping HD screens, super fast and the like. I followed the crowd like a sheep, he took a chance and got his 3 weeks earlier at £5 cheaper a month and some other extras thrown in. My providor wouldn't budge.

Kinda think he might have done the right thing. Everyone oooo's over the S3 because they have all heard of it but once that dies down I am sure the £5 + benefits would have been nice.

Saw a review comparing them along the lines of 'What's the difference' rather than a side by side spec check. Ended up saying both fantastic and the difference is akin to comaring differences of a Ferrari and Maclaren F1 cars by a guy that only needs a Mondeo.

They are very big phones. Not everyone likes that.

NorthWestPerm2Contr
27th June 2012, 13:25
Samsung Galaxy S3 or a HTC One X?

or

A cheaper mobile then get a tablet later on?

or get the top end phone and get the tablet anyway

or wait for one of these to come out with a better spec

ASUS - Mobile- ASUS PadFone (http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/)

Your a contractor/business man

Get a Blackberry as your main phone then get some other phone as a gadgety one. I have BB 9900 as my main phone - all emails, texts, calls go through that. I have an iPhone 4s purely for fun - browsing, apps, games, FreeAgentCentral app for expenses, movies, camera etc.

northernladuk
27th June 2012, 13:26
Your a contractor/business man

Get a Blackberry as your main phone then get some other phone as a gadgety one. I have BB 9900 as my main phone - all emails, texts, calls go through that. I have an iPhone 4s purely for fun - browsing, apps, games, FreeAgentCentral app for expenses, movies, camera etc.

Phew, at least there is a contract you have that you might see to the end..... :eyes

NorthWestPerm2Contr
27th June 2012, 13:27
Phew, at least there is a contract you have that you might see to the end..... :eyes

:yay:

Not gonna repeat it again. This time next year we will see who is right!

Oh and I tried to terminate my Orange contract half way through once, but realised it would cost more than it is worth!

northernladuk
27th June 2012, 13:28
:yay:

Not gonna repeat it again. This time next year we will see who is right!

Oh and I tried to terminate my Orange contract half way through once, but realised it would cost more than it is worth!

And therein is a valuable lesson for you.... it's always great when the sun is shining.

SimonMac
27th June 2012, 13:30
or wait for one of these to come out with a better spec

ASUS - Mobile- ASUS PadFone (http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/)

Didn't Motorola experiment with the Atrix so it was a phone and a tablet/netbook and it was a disaster?!

Bunk
27th June 2012, 13:31
Your a contractor/business man

Get a Blackberry as your main phone then get some other phone as a gadgety one. I have BB 9900 as my main phone - all emails, texts, calls go through that. I have an iPhone 4s purely for fun - browsing, apps, games, FreeAgentCentral app for expenses, movies, camera etc.

Or just get a proper phone in the first place and forget about the Blackberry.

I had a play around with a colleague's S3 last week, the screen is amazing and it's lightning quick but as mentioned, it's a big phone. I think I could just about deal with the size but you should check it out in your hand first.

SimonMac
27th June 2012, 13:32
Phew, at least there is a contract you have that you might see to the end..... :eyes


You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to northernladuk again.

:tantrum:

gingerjedi
27th June 2012, 13:33
Your a contractor/business man

Get a Blackberry as your main phone then get some other phone as a gadgety one. I have BB 9900 as my main phone - all emails, texts, calls go through that. I have an iPhone 4s purely for fun - browsing, apps, games, FreeAgentCentral app for expenses, movies, camera etc.

That sounds like an expensive solution to a problem I don't have, anyway I'm a disguised employee not a businessman. :D

darmstadt
27th June 2012, 13:36
My S3 has been sitting in the Post Office since Monday but will pick it up tomorrow and compare it to the Nexus I have in front of me. Also need to order another one so will probably go for the X and then I can compare all 3, whoopie....

Clippy
27th June 2012, 13:42
Samsung Galaxy S3 or a HTC One X?

or

A cheaper mobile then get a tablet later on?

or get the top end phone and get the tablet anyway

or wait for one of these to come out with a better spec

ASUS - Mobile- ASUS PadFone (http://uk.asus.com/Mobile/PadFone/)

Thinking of changing my phone too and not wanting to pay over the odds for a new model, am thinking of going for a HTC Sensation which has now started to come down in price.

It's about a year since it was released, I believe, but the specs just about still hold up compared to newer phones.

Wrt, the Asus PhonePad, that looks like a decent bit of kit but when I was in the market for a tablet earlier in the year, I was considering an Asus Transformer but heard a few horror stories regarding their reliability so decided against it.

BTW, hello all. :wave:

northernladuk
27th June 2012, 13:44
I had a play around with a colleague's S3 last week, the screen is amazing and it's lightning quick but as mentioned, it's a big phone. I think I could just about deal with the size but you should check it out in your hand first.

Some of us already know big things will fit in our hands ;)

SimonMac
27th June 2012, 13:49
Thinking of changing my phone too and not wanting to pay over the odds for a new model, am thinking of going for a HTC Sensation which has now started to come down in price.

It's about a year since it was released, I believe, but the specs just about still hold up compared to newer phones.

Wrt, the Asus PhonePad, that looks like a decent bit of kit but when I was in the market for a tablet earlier in the year, I was considering an Asus Transformer but heard a few horror stories regarding their reliability so decided against it.

BTW, hello all. :wave:

I have the Sensation XE and I rate it very highly

Spacecadet
27th June 2012, 13:51
Thinking of changing my phone too and not wanting to pay over the odds for a new model, am thinking of going for a HTC Sensation which has now started to come down in price.

It's about a year since it was released, I believe, but the specs just about still hold up compared to newer phones.

Wrt, the Asus PhonePad, that looks like a decent bit of kit but when I was in the market for a tablet earlier in the year, I was considering an Asus Transformer but heard a few horror stories regarding their reliability so decided against it.

BTW, hello all. :wave:

The first batch of Transformers suffered a bit from reliability but that was fixed.

I did own one for a couple of weeks it was almost perfect. Unfortunately the wifi was complete shite so I had to send it back
The only other niggle is that copying from USB to internal storage was rather slow. Still faster than an iPad manages though :p

Spacecadet
27th June 2012, 13:55
Or just get a proper phone in the first place and forget about the Blackberry.

I had a play around with a colleague's S3 last week, the screen is amazing and it's lightning quick but as mentioned, it's a big phone. I think I could just about deal with the size but you should check it out in your hand first.

The size seems ok to me - it's only marginally bigger than my current phone

Spacecadet
28th June 2012, 12:08
Finally made up my mind... I'll be getting the Samsung.

What swung it was the keyboard, which looks better laid out on the Samsung compared to the HTC.

The extra GB of RAM won't hurt either, plus the samsung looks like it will be steadier than the HTC when laid flat on a desk

moggy
28th June 2012, 12:20
Some of us already know big things will fit in our hands ;)

surprisingly small hands for a contractor..

Spacecadet
28th June 2012, 12:22
surprisingly small hands for a contractor..

your or his?

And if it was his hands you were referring to then... actually no, I don't want to know

FiveTimes
28th June 2012, 12:22
Finally made up my mind... I'll be getting the Samsung.

What swung it was the keyboard, which looks better laid out on the Samsung compared to the HTC.

The extra GB of RAM won't hurt either, plus the samsung looks like it will be steadier than the HTC when laid flat on a desk

go easy with the Samsung - chap i know has had his phone a week or so, dropped it on the floor and screen cracked.
I don't think they are very durable.

NorthWestPerm2Contr
28th June 2012, 12:27
your or his?

And if it was his hands you were referring to then... actually no, I don't want to know

Blackberry and iPhone

Best combination

Durbs
28th June 2012, 12:33
I had to make my upgrade decision today as my contract expired and the O2 dude was trying to steer me towards the One X or S3. Both look good and I was tempted for a second but then said I'd wait until the iPhone 5 and WP8 handsets come out. Guy just sighed and said, "yep, thats what everyone is doing".

Instead I went on a rolling 30 day contract for my current iPhone 4 @ £13/month with all the calls and data I need :happy

NorthWestPerm2Contr
28th June 2012, 12:36
I had to make my upgrade decision today as my contract expired and the O2 dude was trying to steer me towards the One X or S3. Both look good and I was tempted for a second but then said I'd wait until the iPhone 5 and WP8 handsets come out. Guy just sighed and said, "yep, thats what everyone is doing".

Instead I went on a rolling 30 day contract for my current iPhone 4 @ £13/month with all the calls and data I need :happy

Technology wise Samsung and HTC appear to be ahead of Apple, it is just the sheer number of apps, simplicity and branding which makes Apple top dog.

Durbs
28th June 2012, 12:49
Technology wise Samsung and HTC appear to be ahead of Apple, it is just the sheer number of apps, simplicity and branding which makes Apple top dog.

I totally agree, much as I love Apple kit, I've been reading and watching loads of reviews of the latest gen Android devices (well the S3 and One X) and they are far ahead of the 4S in both hardware performance and features.

Problem is, being stuck in the Apple ecosystem means i'd lose loads by changing from iOS to Android or WP.

Tons of purchased apps, accessories, chargers, docks, music, tv programs, movies, books, iCloud shit etc etc would be down the pan. For that reason i've gotta hedge my bets on the iPhone 5 being a blinder - and nothing out there suggests it wont be, as long as its comparable in performance to HTC/Samsung's latest offerings then that'll be fine.

gingerjedi
28th June 2012, 12:54
I totally agree, much as I love Apple kit, I've been reading and watching loads of reviews of the latest gen Android devices (well the S3 and One X) and they are far ahead of the 4S in both hardware performance and features.

Problem is, being stuck in the Apple ecosystem means i'd lose loads by changing from iOS to Android or WP.

Tons of purchased apps, accessories, chargers, docks, music, tv programs, movies, books, iCloud tulip etc etc would be down the pan. For that reason i've gotta hedge my bets on the iPhone 5 being a blinder - and nothing out there suggests it wont be, as long as its comparable in performance to HTC/Samsung's latest offerings then that'll be fine.

Thanks, Steve. http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/260825/thumbnail/smiley%20wth%20halo.gif

Spacecadet
28th June 2012, 13:03
I totally agree, much as I love Apple kit, I've been reading and watching loads of reviews of the latest gen Android devices (well the S3 and One X) and they are far ahead of the 4S in both hardware performance and features.

Problem is, being stuck in the Apple ecosystem means i'd lose loads by changing from iOS to Android or WP.

Tons of purchased apps, accessories, chargers, docks, music, tv programs, movies, books, iCloud tulip etc etc would be down the pan. For that reason i've gotta hedge my bets on the iPhone 5 being a blinder - and nothing out there suggests it wont be, as long as its comparable in performance to HTC/Samsung's latest offerings then that'll be fine.

El Reg had some news this week about Apple changing the connector for the next iphone to something smaller/slimmer

northernladuk
28th June 2012, 13:03
I totally agree, much as I love Apple kit, I've been reading and watching loads of reviews of the latest gen Android devices (well the S3 and One X) and they are far ahead of the 4S in both hardware performance and features.

Problem is, being stuck in the Apple ecosystem means i'd lose loads by changing from iOS to Android or WP.

Tons of purchased apps, accessories, chargers, docks, music, tv programs, movies, books, iCloud tulip etc etc would be down the pan. For that reason i've gotta hedge my bets on the iPhone 5 being a blinder - and nothing out there suggests it wont be, as long as its comparable in performance to HTC/Samsung's latest offerings then that'll be fine.

Hope you haven't got too much hardware, gonna be expensive to replace all them when it comes out! :D

No doubt it will be blinder, they all are as they constantly leapfrog each other.

NorthWestPerm2Contr
28th June 2012, 13:27
Hope you haven't got too much hardware, gonna be expensive to replace all them when it comes out! :D

No doubt it will be blinder, they all are as they constantly leapfrog each other.

Rumour has the iphone 5 will have a bigger screen and more powerful processor, 4G compatibility and a better resolution. Hardly enough to convince me to upgrade....

doodab
28th June 2012, 13:31
I'm still using a 3 year old HTC, no point upgrading for incremental improvements when it does everything I need. I'm waiting for real leaps forward like holographic projection, teleportation or some sort of replicator that can conjure a gourmet dinner or screwdriver out of thin air.

NorthWestPerm2Contr
28th June 2012, 13:34
I'm still using a 3 year old HTC, no point upgrading for incremental improvements when it does everything I need. I'm waiting for real leaps forward like holographic projection, teleportation or some sort of replicator that can conjure a gourmet dinner or screwdriver out of thin air.

I am just waiting for a phone that will shoot out lethal laser beams of energy street fighter hadooken style.

gingerjedi
28th June 2012, 14:30
I'm still using a 3 year old HTC, no point upgrading for incremental improvements when it does everything I need. I'm waiting for real leaps forward like holographic projection, teleportation or some sort of replicator that can conjure a gourmet dinner or screwdriver out of thin air.

Have you been reading the Apple rumour mill? :wink

Spacecadet
28th June 2012, 15:12
I'm still using a 3 year old HTC, no point upgrading for incremental improvements when it does everything I need. I'm waiting for real leaps forward like holographic projection, teleportation or some sort of replicator that can conjure a gourmet dinner or screwdriver out of thin air.

I was pressured into swapping phones with the Mrs on the basis that my old phone worked fine and hers didn't!
Had we not swapped then it would have been me switching to a sim only contract instead of her. The phone was a HTC HD2 which I rooted and upgraded to Android. The community on XDA Devs for that phone is amazing in what they produce and I would have happily stuck with that phone for a few more years.

Clippy
12th July 2012, 23:14
Thinking of changing my phone too and not wanting to pay over the odds for a new model, am thinking of going for a HTC Sensation which has now started to come down in price.

It's about a year since it was released, I believe, but the specs just about still hold up compared to newer phones.

Wrt, the Asus PhonePad, that looks like a decent bit of kit but when I was in the market for a tablet earlier in the year, I was considering an Asus Transformer but heard a few horror stories regarding their reliability so decided against it.

BTW, hello all. :wave:


I have the Sensation XE and I rate it very highly

Ordered yesterday and due early next week - can't wait.

Down to £247 now (http://direct.asda.com/HTC-Sensation-XE-Mobile-Phone-with-Beats-Audio/008721455,default,pd.html) if anyone else is interested.

Paddy
13th July 2012, 03:52
I'm still using a 3 year old HTC, no point upgrading for incremental improvements when it does everything I need. I'm waiting for real leaps forward like holographic projection, teleportation or some sort of replicator that can conjure a gourmet dinner or screwdriver out of thin air.

With a battery life of five minutes.

Old Greg
13th July 2012, 06:41
I was pressured into swapping phones with the Mrs on the basis that my old phone worked fine and hers didn't!
Had we not swapped then it would have been me switching to a sim only contract instead of her. The phone was a HTC HD2 which I rooted and upgraded to Android. The community on XDA Devs for that phone is amazing in what they produce and I would have happily stuck with that phone for a few more years.

Doh! Never have a better phone than the missus. What is this? Amateur hour?

NorthWestPerm2Contr
13th July 2012, 08:48
With a battery life of five minutes.

Will be Nuclear powered duh

SimonMac
13th July 2012, 08:55
Ordered yesterday and due early next week - can't wait.

Down to £247 now (http://direct.asda.com/HTC-Sensation-XE-Mobile-Phone-with-Beats-Audio/008721455,default,pd.html) if anyone else is interested.

Hopefully it will come with ICS already installed, its a big jump from 2.3.5

BoredBloke
13th July 2012, 09:19
Didn't Motorola experiment with the Atrix so it was a phone and a tablet/netbook and it was a disaster?!

I'm one of the few who have an Atrix - As a phone it's pretty good although it is over a year old now. I got the media dock with it, but have never bothered hooking it up to a TV or anything. It has a HDMI port out and has a couple of USB ports for charging your Ipod and the like or connecting a USB drive to it. A good feature of that bit of kit is that it switches the phone automatically into clock mode, making it into a useful bedside clock....

I have the external keyboard and mouse and it will work as a very slow webtop PC when plugged into a monitor or big tv, which essentially turns my big stupid TV into a smart TV.

I'm, considering buying the car dock for it, as the sat nav is quite good but useless without something to mount the phone in the windscreen. I know you can buy holders but the one I tried pushes too hard on the volume switch and turns the volume off. If you turn it round then you can't charge it. Sat nav batters its battery so charging is a must! The car dock automatically starts the san nav function also.

I never bothered with the laptop dock, mainly because I have a fast laptop. But I wouldn't say its a disaster. It gets a much better reception than the Iphone 4 my wife has and I use my Atrix for a hell of a lot more than she uses her Iphone for. The laptop dock is supposed to work with the new Atrix also, meaning that it should perform better as a laptop since the HW on the phone is better.

At the time when I bought it, the S2 was being released. Both phones are dual core and very similar in spec. The S2 has a better screen but I didn't like its size and it looked too thin. This thing is smaller and more sturdy looking. I'm pretty glad with the choice I made. There are times when it does things that annoy me, but generally its a reliable bit of kit. Battery life is pants though, but I tend to keep it on the charger at work and it's docked at night (charging)

SimonMac
18th July 2012, 17:31
Ordered yesterday and due early next week - can't wait.

Down to £247 now (http://direct.asda.com/HTC-Sensation-XE-Mobile-Phone-with-Beats-Audio/008721455,default,pd.html) if anyone else is interested.

You got your new toy yet?

darmstadt
18th July 2012, 18:33
Well I had an HTC One X delivered at the weekend and am quite happy with it so far that I probably won't go back to the Samsung Nexus S that I have. Frau D. has the Samsung Galaxy III and I've compared some of the features and basically there's bugger all to tell them apart except the Samsung has a slight bigger screen and a button on the front. The only things I don't like are:

- the bloatware, you didn't get that with the Nexus, as you can't uninstall it
- its a sealed unit so you can't upgrade or change the battery, nor can you add any extra memory
- it uses a MicroSIM and my Nexus had a normal size one which makes it really difficult (practically impossible) to go back to the old phone in case of problems