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    Thanks for all the thoughts and reasoning behind them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKnewguy View Post
    The S3 is the best selling android smartphone yet. I really do not think you can't go wrong with any of them (although I prefer android). I like the removable batteries and extra storage capacity of many androids. The s3 runs samsung's touch wiz and the razr is motorolla's skin on android. From what I hear the razr's/motorolla's skin of android is very minimal and does not mess with the OS much at all. I am a guy that mods my phones so it really does not make much difference to me what the manufacturer puts on them to start. Android phones allow for incredible customizing, Iphones are more locked down. Some people (like me) will tweak on the phone so the android makes sense. The iphones are great phones too, especially if you are a person who never messes with things or tweaks them.
    P.S. The funny thing about motorolla is they were purchased by google, but google has kept them seperated out of its android development. Google used LG for the NEXUS 4.
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    im sort of a geek, but not a very technical geek - can someone 'splain what this mean that Dave posted

    "The s3 runs samsung's touch wiz and the razr is motorolla's skin on android. "

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatguy View Post
    im sort of a geek, but not a very technical geek - can someone 'splain what this mean that Dave posted

    "The s3 runs samsung's touch wiz and the razr is motorolla's skin on android. "

    thanks

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    Each manufacture adds their own skin and apps to the base Android OS. When you see a NEXUS phone or tablet, that's pure Android, with nothing added.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiotiken View Post
    Each manufacture adds their own skin and apps to the base Android OS. When you see a NEXUS phone or tablet, that's pure Android, with nothing added.
    I formerly subscribed to LAPTOP magazine, which covered mobile devices of all types, and when the first Android phones came out they stated something like: "Do consumers really need a new OS for mobile devices....?"
    Rather than worry about the things you want but don't have, be grateful for the things you don't want and don't have.

    I didn't plan to do much of anything today, but by noon I was almost half done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDgreen227 View Post
    I formerly subscribed to LAPTOP magazine, which covered mobile devices of all types, and when the first Android phones came out they stated something like: "Do consumers really need a new OS for mobile devices....?"
    Now you know, we did!

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    Last year I moved from a Blackberry to an Android. I like the Android, but I REALLY miss having a real keyboard, like my Blackberry. Any Androids out there with a real keyboard? You gotta figure out what you will use it for, then get a phone that matches your needs. For me, the Android gives me instant, easy access to my google calendar, which I need for business and personal use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edlegault View Post
    Last year I moved from a Blackberry to an Android. I like the Android, but I REALLY miss having a real keyboard, like my Blackberry. Any Androids out there with a real keyboard? You gotta figure out what you will use it for, then get a phone that matches your needs. For me, the Android gives me instant, easy access to my google calendar, which I need for business and personal use.
    This is humor.. you can connect a full USB keyboard and other USB devices directly to your Android based phone.

    There are a slew of droid devices, "Incredible" comes to mind with those keyboards you had on the BlackBerry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riptides View Post
    This is humor.. you can connect a full USB keyboard and other USB devices directly to your Android based phone.

    There are a slew of droid devices, "Incredible" comes to mind with those keyboards you had on the BlackBerry.
    I have a friend who was formerly a Blackberry Curve user (as I was) and when she changed to an Android she got one with the slide out keyboard. I tried hers and it was really nice to have a full keyboard but it made the device really heavy and bulky. After 2 months of using the onscreen keyboard on my Droid I am beginning to prefer it to the Blackberry keyboard with one exception: When you turn the device to horizontal position and use the keyboard to compose an email, you can only see about half the text the much smaller Blackberry screen would display.
    Rather than worry about the things you want but don't have, be grateful for the things you don't want and don't have.

    I didn't plan to do much of anything today, but by noon I was almost half done.

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    I'm biased towards android because I like the way it works better, but if you're apple/mac folk you will likely prefer the iphone. Everyone else in my family (wife and older kids) have iphones and love them. I will say they always work and they love them. They're also all mac users, so the similarities suit them. I have a LITTLE programming in my background and am a "tinkerer" by nature (I gues most TBNrs probably are), so apple product have annoyed me for years... I just can't get under the hood, and if I don't like the way an apple product works, well tough. With android, I can get dirty and see what's happening and, if I choose, make tweaks. It functionally seems more pc-like (it has, for example, a file explorer ao I can look around the phone "storage" as if it were a pc hard drive to see what I'm storing and add, transfwr, or delete files... I think newer iphones have some of this ability now, its just less intuitive). Among the greatest advantages of many (not all) android phones is their ability to use an sd card (actually a mini or micro sd), so you have expandable storage that can also be moved from phone to phone to tablet to pc to camera, if you wish. The downside is that android may be a bit less stable due to more options and flexibility.

    I had the Samsung S2, now have the Samsung Note2. The Note is, by far, the best phone I've ever had... love the huge screen (great for my aging eyes... this is my other beef with iphones, screens are too small), best battery life and smoothest operating smartphone (all facets - calls, email, internet, dropbox, music, etc.). The Note2 is essentially the same as the s3, just larger. The S2 was the s3 predecessor, and also a great phone- I only replaced it for size. I think Samsung makes the best phones on the market today, bar none incl. Apple.

    If you decide on an android phone, don't just drop an itunes clone on it... I left itunes behind with my first android phone and have never been happier. I now have music that is much more easily transportable phone to phone, computer to computer, or streaming from the cloud. Amazon is a great source if you buy music online, and you're never limited by apple's atupid device restrictions.

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    Buy the Galaxy S3. Great phone as are the others but for me the deal breaker on iPhone is the battery. The S3 batteries are a "soft battery". On the iphone you have to charge the phone, the S3 just pick up an extra battery and wall charger that charges the battery without needing the phone; swap out the battery when needed. Depending on which RAZR, I believe the same issue applies.

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