Smartphone shootout: Samsung Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Nexus vs iPhone 4S vs HTC One X

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I still think the guy that gave the Xperia S 65% was an idiot, and did not even cover half the features the phone has over others like Playstation Certification and HDMI + TV console or even NFC .

Love my Xperia S
 

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Cue smartphone user flame war!!

"My Orange is better than your Universe!!" etc etc.
 

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Cue smartphone user flame war!!

"My Orange is better than your Universe!!" etc etc.
LOL, Hey I can absolutely see that for some people the Lumia is better than the iPhone or the Nexus is better than the Motorola, but you have to admit 65% is just wrong, well unless its a Symbian(Hey ClintX) or Blackberry :Evul Grin:

And yes, I am sure this is gonna be a start of one long flamewar, and I'll probably troll in here as well.
 
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I still think the guy that gave the Xperia S 65% was an idiot, and did not even cover half the features the phone has over others like Playstation Certification and HDMI + TV console or even NFC .

Love my Xperia S
Agreed... For what its worth the xperia s deserves at least 75%
Mobile bravia engine
PS certification
Hdmi Out?
Neat looking device...
Only gripe its still on GB... While everyone else has ICS
 

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I still think the guy that gave the Xperia S 65% was an idiot, and did not even cover half the features the phone has over others like Playstation Certification and HDMI + TV console or even NFC .
Agreed... For what its worth the xperia s deserves at least 75%
Mobile bravia engine
PS certification
Hdmi Out?
Neat looking device...
Only gripe its still on GB... While everyone else has ICS
In defense of the "idiot" that reviewed the Xperia S (yes, he is one of my reviewers, no I'm not taking this personally :D):

1. The net result of the PlayStation certification is access to Sony's proprietary store. Which isn't of much use unless you plan to spend money on games you won't be able to play on other Android devices. HTC and Samsung have proprietary stores as well an they don't particularly excite us either.

2. HDMI out was mentioned.

3. Mobile Bravia: display + responsiveness score was off the hook (9.6/10).

4. NFC is just a checkbox until it actually gets used for something (in SA).

The big cons were the strange design decisions Sony appeared to have made, and the software. One of my chief concerns was that the device shipped with Gingerbread with the promise of an update in Q2. Promises can be broken, especially in small markets like South Africa.

I'll be watching you on this update situation, Sony. Like a chicken.
 

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In defense of the "idiot" that reviewed the Xperia S (yes, he is one of my reviewers, no I'm not taking this personally :D):

1. The net result of the PlayStation certification is access to Sony's proprietary store. Which isn't of much use unless you plan to spend money on games you won't be able to play on other Android devices. HTC and Samsung have proprietary stores as well an they don't particularly excite us either.

2. HDMI out was mentioned.

3. Mobile Bravia: display + responsiveness score was off the hook (9.6/10).

4. NFC is just a checkbox until it actually gets used for something (in SA).

The big cons were the strange design decisions Sony appeared to have made, and the software. One of my chief concerns was that the device shipped with Gingerbread with the promise of an update in Q2. Promises can be broken, especially in small markets like South Africa.

I'll be watching you on this update situation, Sony. Like a chicken.
I still think 65% is unjust, especially if you look at the 78% that MyBB gave the RAZR esp seeing that this is seen as a much better device than the RAZR. If you look at the comparison chart in this article people would say that this is the worse phone ever made which its not esp if you look at how the users that own it rave about the product. If MyBB gave it is 75% or even a 74% I would not feel so strong about this as I do now.

1: So maybe we should down-mark the Lumia or the iPhone as well seeing that they also access markets thats of no use on Androids? People are screaming that we need access to legal content instead of relying on emulators and pirated content and when a product come out that offers this to us you mark it as not of interest because you can not do it on other products? come on that does not make sense.

2: I am not talking about HDMI as mush as the dedicated UI the Phone use when you plug it into a TV, I would love to have known what that feature offers

4 True its a checkbox but at least its one the phone ticks. Most people use phones with 2 year contracts, and we know a lot can happen in that time, esp with the recent announcement of Standard bank and its NFC debitcards. So its a tick yes but one that is important enough to mention in my view.

What I can see is at the end the big gripe is because it doesn't ship with ICS, well if thats the case why did the RAZR get 78% even with the RAZR schedule looking worse than Sony's Source

I stand by my conviction that the MyBB review of the phone was done by someone with clear bias.
 

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One thing not mentioned in the article is whether the battery is removable or not. Arguably not so important with the average usage cycle of a smartphone, but, I feel better with a phone that has a removable battery. That is why the S3 totally wins over the HTC One X for me, as the One X doesn't have a removable battery.
 

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In defense of the "idiot" that reviewed the Xperia S (yes, he is one of my reviewers, no I'm not taking this personally :D):

1. The net result of the PlayStation certification is access to Sony's proprietary store. Which isn't of much use unless you plan to spend money on games you won't be able to play on other Android devices. HTC and Samsung have proprietary stores as well an they don't particularly excite us either.

2. HDMI out was mentioned.

3. Mobile Bravia: display + responsiveness score was off the hook (9.6/10).

4. NFC is just a checkbox until it actually gets used for something (in SA).

The big cons were the strange design decisions Sony appeared to have made, and the software. One of my chief concerns was that the device shipped with Gingerbread with the promise of an update in Q2. Promises can be broken, especially in small markets like South Africa.

I'll be watching you on this update situation, Sony. Like a chicken.
+1 Not to mention the absolutely SA pathetic after sales service offered by Sony. If you reside in a major city you might, just might be ok. Any where else and you are screwed. In both cell phone shops I co-own we decided to remove all the Sony devices of the shelf. While fan-boys try their best, to push up their beloved toys, I have to sit with the mess if the popo hits the fan. Ok,this is about device capabilities but still one should look a bit at the bigger picture. I personally don't see Sony selling their mediocre phones in SA for much longer. Sad I know but they only can blame themselves for this mess. . .
 

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in this table the Lumia does seem to be wanting in a few areas.... Nokia will have to do better if they want to survive.
we'll so does the iPhone at the price :) but it doesnt really slow sales too much.

i guess as long as it meets a user's individual needs, it doesnt matter all that much, how a phone compares to others... the full phone experience and preference is about more than just specs on paper.

for me, i think i'd prefer to get the S3... coming from BB Torch
 

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You simply can't tabulate phone specifications in this manner. It doesn't take into account a whole raft of key factors that can swing a decision when buying a contract - like chassis feel and overall build quality, screen clarity, app stores (e.g. if you might prefer Play Store vs iTunes or vice versa), local warranty support, value proposition (e.g. with bundled extras, special price contracts etc).. The Lumia with a relatively slower CPU still doesn't feel materially slower than any of the phones on the list, and the body construction and screen is magnificent - on the other hand WP7 has a lot of issues that detract; none of this is factored into the 'shootout'.
 

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MyBroadband has reviewed each of these devices and the table below ranks the devices based on their review score.

have you had a change to use the SIII long enough already for you to score it????

Other good tech sites wait until they have a full UX by spending more time with the phone bofore they can rate it.
Just saying!
 

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One thing not mentioned in the article is whether the battery is removable or not. Arguably not so important with the average usage cycle of a smartphone, but, I feel better with a phone that has a removable battery. That is why the S3 totally wins over the HTC One X for me, as the One X doesn't have a removable battery.
Than and expandable storage.
 
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Not a bad article though I think

MyBroadband has reviewed each of these devices and the table below ranks the devices based on their review score.
Should read "..reviewed some of these devices..." and I think we would all be interested in reading the individual reviews for these phones, perhaps update the table so the phone name links you to the review article.
 

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okes, not to make this a personal thinng... but I come to this site for local tech info/news, not cell phone reviews

should I need an in depth review on a mobile device (and any other device for that matter) I will head over to a respectable review site. Again, no offense please... :)

If you want a full 15 page review where you going to get solid info on a phone, head over to www.gsmarena.com A one page article on a new phone on the market is hardly acceptable in this day and age imho.

when I see a cellphone review on mybb I dont even bother clicking it. each to their own I guess :)
 

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in this table the Lumia does seem to be wanting in a few areas.... Nokia will have to do better if they want to survive.
we'll so does the iPhone at the price :) but it doesnt really slow sales too much.

i guess as long as it meets a user's individual needs, it doesnt matter all that much, how a phone compares to others... the full phone experience and preference is about more than just specs on paper.

for me, i think i'd prefer to get the S3... coming from BB Torch
It came to my attention that the reason why the Lumia 900 was said by the iPhone 4s's Siri to be "the best smartphone ever" was because of the total value proposition that the phone gave to customers.

The iPhone is over priced. The Lumia might not be the best in all the features but at the price that it is being offered at, it is surely worth it.

These phones are not competing on specs only, they are competing on price as well.

Get the basics right and you are on the right track - you don't have to have the best specs. You have to be the best overall.

This is why the Lumia is indeed "the best smartphone ever" right now.
 

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okes, not to make this a personal thinng... but I come to this site for local tech info/news, not cell phone reviews

should I need an in depth review on a mobile device (and any other device for that matter) I will head over to a respectable review site. Again, no offense please... :)

If you want a full 15 page review where you going to get solid info on a phone, head over to www.gsmarena.com A one page article on a new phone on the market is hardly acceptable in this day and age imho.

when I see a cellphone review on mybb I dont even bother clicking it. each to their own I guess :)
This is what is so great about the internet, you can decide which articles to read or not to read as you have done - even if you go directly to the forums to make this comment, however....

not sure where on gsmarena (which is a great site) the local prices is displayed nor the availability of the SIII in SA. I am sure that any respected tech head would do it research on more than 1 site. I say they must continue to make the information local to us. Thanks BB!
 

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This is what is so great about the internet, you can decide which articles to read or not to read as you have done - even if you go directly to the forums to make this comment, however....

not sure where on gsmarena (which is a great site) the local prices is displayed nor the availability of the SIII in SA. I am sure that any respected tech head would do it research on more than 1 site. I say they must continue to make the information local to us. Thanks BB!
gees dude, twist my words more please :rolleyes:

I simply pointed one review site where you can get an in-depth 10 page quality review. (yes there are more... duh) That kind of thing does not exist on mybb. A one-pager might work for some people, but the problem with a one-pager is that it doesnt cover enough to allow the person to make an objective opinion. A one-pager, more than anything, lists the specs and then the subjective view of the reviewer.

so while local sites have their place for local prices, release dates by local carriers etc etc, they are not a replacement for a specialized site where in-depth reviews are carried out only on mobile devices. rather, they compliment the bigger sites with these in-depth reviews. they work together. But again, most people tend to not do enough research/too lazy to know that.

mybb one pager vs gsmarena in-depth review

^^ example for you right there.
 
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have you had a change to use the SIII long enough already for you to score it????

Other good tech sites wait until they have a full UX by spending more time with the phone bofore they can rate it.
Just saying!
Other good readers actually look at the table to see whether the phone has been scored before criticising.

Just saying.

Should read "..reviewed some of these devices..." and I think we would all be interested in reading the individual reviews for these phones, perhaps update the table so the phone name links you to the review article.
A valid point. It does read better... I'll make the change.
 

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It came to my attention that the reason why the Lumia 900 was said by the iPhone 4s's Siri to be "the best smartphone ever" was because of the total value proposition that the phone gave to customers.

The iPhone is over priced. The Lumia might not be the best in all the features but at the price that it is being offered at, it is surely worth it.

These phones are not competing on specs only, they are competing on price as well.

Get the basics right and you are on the right track - you don't have to have the best specs. You have to be the best overall.

This is why the Lumia is indeed "the best smartphone ever" right now.
Actually the only reason why Siri said that, was because the law of averages. It used Wolfram Alpha for the answer and Lumia 900 had 4 reviews vs virtually thousands for other devices, of course the one with the least amount of reviews will win... every time.
 
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