"Welcome to the dark side" is said to new Android or iPhone users? Whichever, I've surprised myself by jumping ship and am now using an Android device as my main phone after using iPhone for many years.
Still getting used to doing things differently but I like it so far. Just wondering if the iPhone 5 is going to be delicious enough to make me want to go back.
I dont have as much time as I would like so am and always seeking new technology which helps me do things more efficiently. My work now involves TV and anime production which means I deal with a lot of movie and images.
iOS requires that I convert video files to a particular format and import that file into the iPhone or iPad via iTunes.
The Android on the other hand is more simplistic - mount via USB and dragdrop without having to waste time converting. The Android even plays native MTS files taken on a HDCAM video camera.
I work with many illustrations too and need to show clients and partners those images - the iPad is too big to carry around and the iPhone screen is too small - the Samsung Galaxy S3 has just the right size screen.
Anyway, I'll cover more things I like about Android and the Galaxy SIII but before that the video review is below - as usual filled with a load of erms and uhms.
Apparently the Galaxy S3 is "designed for humans" - you would think that the tag line is cheesy but this is most probably a marketing technique which I've used in the past.
It's most probably purposely chosen to make people say "chosen for humans?! WTF?!!!" who create a buzz. We chose the name "Chinka" because we knew people would bash the name as it sounded like a male part of the anatomy - just as keikaku - people started to bash it and created a buzz for us. Gullible is gullible indeed. Folks who like to troll are soooo easily conTrolled. I will talk more about how you can get your trolls to work for you too in a later post.
The phone does not work by default after you stick in a Japanese SIM - my case being softbank. My SIM is a black and below are the settings you need to configure when adding a new APN.
パスワード：so2t3k3m2a サーバー： ＜未設定＞
Once you have done this, you will be able to use 3G, send SMS and make calls in Japan with your Softbank SIM. I have not figured out a way to make it send MMS or receive visual voice mails yet.
With some fish n chips on the side.
Been using the Galaxy S3 for about a week now and love it. The freedom to do what I want with the phone is something that I need to help me save time. Its crazy that the mail client in iOS cant event display PNG files!
Being able to bung stuff on the phone and play it without having to convert anything is a big time saver for me.
Up until now, the Android didn't appeal to me that much - most of the Android phones that I've played around with would have jerky scrolling for any application - the Galaxy S3 has smooth scrolling all round just like iOS.
I love how everything is integrated with my Google account - contacts, google calendar, wallet and so on. Another thing I love is when you choose a person to call from the contact list - a menu pops up where I can choose to do a standard call or from Skype. I make a ton of international calls so this feature is most groovesome.
Downers of the Galaxy S3?
Well despite being so integrated with Google services, there is no native way to sync my Chrome Bookmarks with the phone. The battery life is not incredible too - just about lasts for a day. I charge my phone everyday though so no biggie at the moment.
The iPhone has a silent mode switch but for the Galaxy S3 you need to turn on the phone once then keep the power button held down for a second - then hit silent mode from the menu.
I liked to use the volume switch on the iPhone to take photos but I cant do it on the S3.
Design wise... I still prefer the form of the iPhone. I'm also going to miss using the Magpul iPhone case - I have dropped my iPhone too many times to count but the magpul does a great job of absorbing the shock. Most of the cases that I've seen so far for Android phones dont seem functional - only to protect from scratches.
Anyway, I'll still keep the iPhone around as we will be developing more apps and the iPad is something I need when working on the plane so that continues to be used too. If you are an iOS user, have a look at the Galaxy S3 in particular with an open mind - it just may surprise you just like it surprised me ^^
How many of you have switched to or from Android?