So, What It’s Going To Be? Galaxy S III Or HTC One S?

With the Galaxy S III launch coming in just under two weeks, the HTC One S already on store shelves and the Ice Cream Sandwich update just three days away for the Galaxy S II, T-Mobile customers have some excellent Android choices. Sure, I know at least a few of you wish the Galaxy Note was already available and it will be — soon. For now, the Galaxy S III has the spotlight and rightfully so, it’s arguably the best Android smartphone on the planet. That is, unless you’re a HTC fan.

We know what the Galaxy S III is coming to store shelves with and it’s packing a punch, even so there are still a group of disappointing Exynos supporters angered by the inclusion of the Snapdragon S4 processor. We know that the Galaxy S II is still a formidable device and the inclusion of Ice Cream Sandwich makes an already great device, better. The HTC One S is part of HTC’s trifecta of smartphones hoping to turn the company around and I know I for one, love it.

So I leave you this question over the weekend, what’s your next T-Mobile Android device going to be?

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  • TBN27

    Ifbi were patient and had not upgraded to the Galaxy S II, I would’ve bought the One S because of the screen, construction, performance. Then enclosed battery and lack of memory expansionand lack of NFC after evaluation isn’t important to me. But now, i will be waiting LTE capable phones a year later…actually 2 years later because HSPA+ 42 is very satisfying and the 1900 mhz refarm allows the GSII to get alternative high speed data servicw, then i won’t upgrade until the the latest operating system arrives after jelly bean.

  • Derrick227

    The htc one s but i cant upgrade -_____-. Nor use another EIP

  • duck383

    never owed any Android phone, im really liking the Galaxy S3  

  • Sanman202

    Keeping the find Galaxy SII as the GSIII does not have enough improvements to warrant an upgrade. Also, getting ICS in a few day for GSII. I have the Vibrant also and the GSII was without a doubt a worthy upgrade from the Vibrant. I may hold out until the first LTE compatible devices become available for Tmo. If you have an older device than the GSII then the GSIII is a worthy upgrade. 

    • Aristroker

      Gs2 should become new Tmo flagship phone at 299-349 contract free. Theyre still offering it at 229 postpaid when every other carrier sells sg3 for 199..maybe thats why they havent announced pricing

  • mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    This is so clear, lol.

  • SalesRepTrent

    I love love love my HTC AMAZE! BUT I will be switching to the Galaxy S 3 for obvious reasons. I would grab the One S in a heartbeat if it didn’t have the unibody design. Plus the idea of not being able to have an SD card is off putting as well. Oh well SG3 here I come. :D

  • oker

    And in a few months well be talking abt a new google nexus with android 5.0 JellyBean…(+ why doesnt tmo release sg3 pricing?)…..Next phone will be an iphone

  • tommy

    Android is supposed to be an open source operating system, so what I really want to see, is android on a blackberry and on an iphone. A simply stated request.

    • tommy

      Nokia windows phone too.

  • JG01

    HTC One S is not better than the sensation ( rooted , ICS 4) and the SIII , is not much better than the SII (roooted with ICS 4.0.4). I challenge anyone out there to prove me wrong.

    • JG01

      Before anyone reply, you must know the technology in depth to compare devices. Don’t reply if you just an every day user, you won’t know what you are talking about.

      • Tjbunch1228

        If YOU knew technology, you’d know just how much more powerful and efficient the Krait is vs your Scorpion. The Sensation is a fine device, yes. And perhaps not a worthy successor to it the One S makes. But sure, you are wrong. The One S does outperform the Sensation.

        • JG01

          You are right ! when it has all the BS bloatware. What proof do you have? don’t just read the articles and beleive then,  remember they are marketing materials to promote one product over they other. I own a galaxy S, Sensation, SGII and an iphone 4s. All have been rooted and bloat removed. I look for performance in runing apps and battery life, these are the two main things that users look for. Now I also go far deeper into the systems to see how they handle under the covers, signal quality, data speeds, media playback and context switching between processes at the CPU. There also other factors that effect performance, such as BUS speed, RAM speed, L1 and L2 caches and others. So don’t believe the hype. MOst people buy things without really knowing what they are really getting….it just looks good and they believe what they are so carefully told! it like leading sheep!

        • Deon Davis

          Man just give it up, the One S is a better phone period! Yes I understand what your are saying, The S3 is a fine cpu but the S4 is that much better! I have a Mytouch 4g with a ics rom that runs just as smooth as a iphone 4s! But Im not going to claim my S2 cpu is better then a S4.

        • Dumbazz

          Ok your right the rooted S outperforms the rooted Sensation.
          Your logic and reasoning are brain numbing.

      • Mlynch01

        The only advantages the Sensation has is a removable battery and micro sd slot. But the Sensation has less ram (768 as opposed to the 1gig in the One S) and a slower much much more power hungry processor compared to the One S as well. Being a former Sensation head the One S battery life because of the S4 Krait processor is great compared to the Sensation. It more than lasts me through the day and I haven’t missed having a removable battery one bit. I love this phone to be honest and don’t miss the Sensation at all. I agree with David its a great phone and more for people who might feel the Galaxy SIII will end up being too large for them.

        • JG01

          if you root your device and remove the HTC spyware and bloatware, tmobile bloat too. I have about 450 Mb left free, cpu running at 1.4 Ghz( not over heating) and it fast with great battery life. All I’m trying to tell people is , don’t beleive the hype!  If you know technology as I do, it about what you do wiuth your device and how fast it does it. Most people are not into how fast their device as long as there is no lag and the battery last a long time (like iphone). I get no lag with my galaxy S ( single core) and can to same things withit as I do my Sensation.

      • Realcool2000

        Me get new phone, cause company say it work better……UNGA!

      • Dumbazz

        You strive to be the king douchbag right?
        You are,”that guy” whom when leaving a party everyone celebrates.

    • chris meyers

      The One S has an S4 processor, the Sensation only has an S3. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BALLGAME. 28nm processor in the One S. You’re wrong.

    • Max….

      So, yeah maybe it is faster…what are you going to do with that? Play Angry Birds without any lag? Or do some “hard core” gaming. If you really want speed, gaming, and a device that is useful. Get a dam tablet! A 4-5 inch device is not what you are looking for. And the HTC One S is more visually appealing than those plastic devices! I would rather carry a “slow” (which to be honest a HTC One S does it job on gaming, listening to music, and taking pictures just fine) HTC One S than a Samsung product. Also, phones might be useful when you are in the road to check grades (college student), networks, and some gaming nothing more…..come on tell me one thing that a S3 or S2 could do that a HTC One S cant…. 

      • juanmondragon

        2 gigs of ram ;D

        Therefore it can do more multitasking than the one s.

        • JG01

          True, but how many apps do plan to have open at the same time? Remember, the more apps you have open at the same time, they all want to use the cpu , if the OS is not properly tuned, they slow your device down and drain your battery. So when you think about it, how many apps will you have open? how much multitasking will you be doing? you only work in one app at a time. I have the SII (rooted) and I removed all the tmobile and samsung bloatware. I went from having only 200Mb free to having 550 Mb free and I have about 3 -4 apps running.

        • Dumbazz

          Ya twice the ram is way el way overrated.

      • JG01

        You have not looked at the devices in despth to understand what you are really getting for your money. You are just like all the other mainstream buyers out there and don’t really know what they are buying…only that it looks good. Get the facts  and understand them before you talk !  Take this as a lesson in life and apply it to your everyday chores, you will find it will help you.

        • Dumbazz

          Feel superior much?
          Maybe these mainstream buyers are busy having fun and getting laid instead of on being geeky about technology.

        • Max….

          Yeah, lets just say I have priorities. Sorry if I am not all geeky! Indeed this here is me procrastinating on my research paper that I have…so no I am not all mainstream and getting laid. I am a college Pre-Pharmacy major that takes his career very seriously

        • Max….

          The point is… mobile device will NEVER replace the full functionality of my desktop! I find it ridiculous that you guys that call yourself “smart” and go and spend money on either device…as a college student I only use my phone for two things…texting and calling. You are wrong if you think I should go in depth looking at both devices, you know how stupid you sound? Its like arguing about a Jersey Shore. If you really want to look smart go and learn something productive not something useless as mobile devices. Oh and sorry for not having all the time in the world to look at the devices and their full specs

      • matthew pitts

        s2 and s3 can take a external sd card

    • Dumbazz

      You want us to prove your preference wrong?
      That is like saying I like pepperoni pizza prove me wrong.

    • Dumbazz

      Ya because the newer, better processor and more RAM of the S isn’t as good as the Sensation.

    • Todd Radel

      I think I have to agree. 
       I’m thinking about getting a GSIII but I’m not 100% convinced yet, mostly because my Sensation feels like it has a lot of life left in it. OpenSensation ICS is fast and stable.

  • chris meyers

    I’m voting Galaxy Note on the above poll. I’ve decided to wait for the Note in the beginning of July. Reviews are clear that the Note is much better for videos, web browsing, etc, and I still have a virtually brand new S II I can use as my second phone. Also our Note is coming with ICS, so that’s an added benefit. The shape and relative cheapness of the S-III (both cheapness in shape and in perceived design even compared to the S II) isn’t enough of an ‘oomph’ to make the compromise over the Note. I actually prefer the Note’s shape and aspect ratio, and obviously the size. The Note is different enough to be a whole new type of device, which is something that definitely appeals to me as a REAL upgrade, something that changes and shakes things up.

    • Tjbunch1228

      Ummmm the note was included in the poll… Do you internets by banging your head against the keyboard or what?

      • ghulamsameer

        The first sentence of a paragraph is most likely the main topic. The writer will state his thoughts and then explain why with the rest of the paragraph. Welcome to 1st grade.

  • JoJo

    Waiting for the G2 to get ICS and holding on it. Neither phone has that much more to offer than the G2 with ICS other than some gimmicky stuff I will barely use.

    • oakley444

      Stock ics is not going to happen for the G2. There are plenty of semi laggy ROMs to choose from for that on XDA developers. How about another processor and more ram? That alone is good enough for me. (Written from my G1.

      • .A.J.

        While the g2 won’t officially receive ics, the official ics release for the desire HD will help us g2 owners. We should have a relatively fully functioning ics rom by October/November. Even the current ics rooms have improved greatly in the last month. That said I’m still on CM7.2 nightly roms.
        As for a new phone I’ll probably try to hold out for Tmo to put out something with LTE that I can put an officially supported cyanogenmod ROM on. Yes, that’ll likely be a long wait but this G2 is still working relatively well for me. To each his own.

    • JBLmobileG1

      I honestly think these companies who are updating us with ICS around the time they release their newer models are using us as test subjects. That or are upgrading us to buggy ICS versions in hope we want to upgrade to the latest and greatest phone. I noticed how a leaked version of ICS for the HTC Amaze hit the net soon before the HTC One S was released. While it was a good lea. It had its issues like the radio was horrid yet believe it or not the final built released was exactly the same… bugs and all. Funny how the issues with the One S were fixed so quickly. Also being very similar to eachother… well I have a feeling that the Amaze owners were the ICS software testers for the One S and I wouldn’t be surprised if the same goes for the GS2 owners with the GS3.

    • JoJo

      I meant to say I’m waiting for my GS2 to receive ICS not the G2 sorry guys

  • Realcool2000

    wow i leave u guys alone for a couple months and every one on the forum turns into a phone snob….

    ah…the good ol days when an argument was over politics or an offensive screen name……

  • Arvin

    i want the htc one x but that aint happening 

  • Ted Greene

    I’m waiting on a Note, I just missed the larger screen revolution when I got the G2 two years ago and I’m going as big as possible on the next upgrade. I’m not sure if I will get the original in July or wait to see what the second version will bring. Rampant rumors say the GN2 will be released in October with a blazing 5250 dual-core processor (clocked around 1.7 GHz), faster graphics and a 1680 x 1050 screen resolution @ 5.5″.  I think the rumors are pure speculation though, and no one knows Samsung’s plans. Still, Samsung is reported to be mass producing the 5250 currently and it seems a high res, large screen phone (i.e the Note) would showcase the chip’s potential very well. If they choose to increase the already great 1280 x 800 resolution I think they might opt for 900 x1440 which will produce the same 1.6 aspect ratio as the rumored and current Note. I see no reason to go to the rumored extreme. 900 x 1440 will produce 321 dpi on a 5.3″ screen or 308 on a 5.5. The former would be very near the Iphone’s 326 for bragging rights and the latter would still be well above the 300 dpi often quoted as the limit the human eye can resolve (on relatively small screens).

    • Spanky

      Personally, screens larger than GNex’s/SGS 3’s are not my cup of tea. I’m 6’4″, and I can barely use my GNex with one hand. Anything larger is overkill.

  • jelliottz

    I’m sticking with my Galaxy Nexus. While it may not be perfectly even.with the GS3, it more than holds its own. Pm s, with the speedy updates quickly turned into custom ROMs, it will stay relevant.


    keeping my Gnex and will not get anything else.. until the next gnex

    • Dumbazz

      november will be interesting if google offers phones that can be used on t mobile

  • schtum

    I’ve had two HTC Android phones (G1 and MyTouch 4G), and the battery failed on both of them in under two years, months before I was eligible for an upgrade. Turns out their batteries are only good for about 500 charge cycles, about a year and a half if you charge daily, which was necessary with both of those phones. I don’t know how that compares to the competition, or if the One series uses superior batteries, but it puts a replaceable battery high up on my list of must-haves in a phone. GS3 wins by default. 

    • Dumbazz

      if only you could replace the batteries for like $20 instead of waiting for months for your next upgrade.

      • schtum

        Thanks, Dumbazz, I did replace the batteries. Only cost me $10. My point is that the One S doesn’t have a user-replaceable battery. 

        • Dumbazz

          Aaah well you didn’t communicate that very clearly.

  • Dumbazz

    I am pleased that you included the ice cream sandwich on the samsung galaxy s 2.
    I personally am burned out on how much I’m paying per month and I’m looking forward to going contract free and buying my phone out right instead.
    you can get a galaxy nexus direct from google for only $399!
    For me personally there simply is not enough about the g3 to upgrade.

  • Kal-El

    If T-Mobile got the HTC One-X this would be a battle between that and the SIII but since we got the “mid-tier” HTC then it’s really no contest. I will be picking up the GSIII in August when I get my upgrade.

    • Brubawil87

       The One X can rot. Both have S4 and 1GB RAM. One S has more crisp screen smaller and slimmer profile. And a screen that prolongs batt life vs the LCD in the X.

      • Vim

        I along with pretty much every reviewer out there disagrees with you on the One S screen being crisper.  On the contrary, the IPS Super LCD2 720p HD screen on the X is far crisper than the lower resolution pentile Super AMOLED qHD screen on the S.

        Battery comparisons are a wash.  You’ve neglected to mention that the X has a larger battery to compensate for the greater power draw of its higher resolution display.  So the X has better standby times while the S does slightly better only if you keep your screen lit all day.

        The slimmer profile is a matter of taste, but I do tend to agree that the S is a little more attractive, at least until the displays get turned on.  Once the displays get turned on, the superiority of the X’s display makes me quickly forget about the S’s sleeker look pretty quickly.

  • Mr. Hill

    I just left AT&T (and the iPhone 4S) and came back to T-Mobile a few weeks ago.  Tried out the GSII for a week but realized that I didn’t like the cheaper feeling build quality of their phones.  Plus the screen was just a little too big in my opinion.  

    Switched it out for the One S and couldn’t be more satisfied.  Maybe it’s due to ICS being preinstalled but I don’t know.  One of the things I’ve always disliked about Android was that all the phones seemed to have a slight lag to them and not quite as crisp as the iPhone.  The One S is the first Android that I’ve used that feels crisp and snappy like that.  My past Android handsets had disappointing battery life too but I’m impressed with the One S.  It has been lasting me all day consistently.  The beautiful camera is a plus.

    At first I thought I would be turned off by the 16GB limitation since I have so much music in iTunes but Google Play lets you upload 20,000 songs that you can stream wirelessly from anywhere that you have a data connection.  It also kept my playlists in tact.  The 25GB of dropbox storage is pretty nice too.

    One S gets my vote

    • Brubawil87

       Dude I’ve had iphones before and kept minimal data actually stored on them and every one had been a peice until the 4S. I gave it up before then but apple seems to destroy the ability of an iphone to last through the times with the constant iOS updates that slow any previous model down to a screeching halt because it wasnt designed for it. Where as android will release optimizations for the particular device not just for whats up and coming. Forward thinking. Not acting like there is no prior customer base.

  • Ajohnson8111

    Keeping GSM galaxy nexus forever n ever.

    • Caseybea

       Me too.  I already have awesomeness.   And frankly, anything bigger would be a tablet…    

  • Mfor33

    as an Amaze Owner, none of these phones have anything that makes me jump so neither

    • HelloAmaze

      White Amaze 4G owner here, with the recent ICS release my phone runs better than ever, and after visiting my local TMo store, One owners should feel happy about their purchase, for us Amaze 4G owners, don’t worry you ain’t missing much, and you already have an amazing phone with some better features, One S/SGS3? Nah ill hold out thanks

  • Labontesbuc

    I like my sensation on ICS oc’d to 1.62 Ghz. Just as good as these phones if not better.

    • Anonymous

      yea, keep telling yourself that.

  • GinaDee

    The One S has a sleeker form factor but the atrocious battery and terrible reception swing me over to Samsung’s side.  

    The One S keeps losing signal for no reason in areas my GS2 would work just fine. 

  • Jmstephens7

    It blows my mind on the issues i have every day with my One S, GPS taking forever to locate me, internet slow, WIFI calling stinks, and every other little nit pick, all of this based on my HTC mytouch 4G that actually does all of the above better. It blows my mind ! and its not operator error i did a side by side comparo with my wife’s sim with the same plan Both on 4g. MY touch wins! WHY????

  • Anonymous

    nothing at the moment

  • ExSensationUser

    Okay…WHY has no one spoken of this following problem.  I am on HTC One S number 3 and each have done this. 

    1. My camera lens had a sticker internally – Swapped
    2. My phone was losing signal (1st one never had this problem) – Swapped
    3. My phone seems to be perfect (third time is a charm??)

    HOWEVER…the unspoken!!

    Each of the 3 devices I have had have the same annoying FLICKERING KEYBOARD!  Why?!  And why have no others mentioned this??  I know, after three devices, I am not the only person on the planet having this problem.  When I google, I only find HTC One X issues with a flickering screen.  My keyboard flickers like a bitch.  I thought it was my eyes at first, but there is no possible way.  It is so slight and if you aren’t ready for it, you will miss it.  The best part?  It is ONLY the keyboard, not the entire screen…WTF?!

    **Capitals are inserted to be EXTRA dramatic and to emphasize my anger that HTC has not addressed this…or any of you for that matter!

    Please comment if you are having this issue…THANK YOU!!  :)

    P.S.  I feel that trading my Sensation 4g for the One S was pretty much a sideways “upgrade”.  I didn’t have to use my actual upgrade because the district manager helped me out a bit.  I am not complaining as I do like the phone, but I sometimes miss my carousel and other fun features on my Sensation.


    • poisonoussting

      Nope I don’t have a flickering keyboard.

      what are the symptoms of a sticker on the camera lens?is it the front camera or back ? don’t think I have that either.

      however I never got the new update for ics and i manually checked

      • mreveryphone

        Rooted, put a custom us rom on this bad boy and all issues are gone! This is the most fluid and fastest android phone I’ve ever used, before rooting it now it’s super fast

    • sharklover

      Mine restarts itself almost once a day. Often i have to restart. Bluetooth connects and disconnects. Mine is going back to costco for a S3.

    • Wiiengineer

      download Swype beta from their website directly and your problem will go away, it’s also a much better keyboard than the trace garbage that comes standard with HTC phones now.

  • Raver

    T-mobile lacks in vanilla android devices…..I hate HTC sense! Bough a HTC one S and not using it….using my LG G2X.

    • Raver

      Plus HTC one S camera in low light sucks…..never gets good focus!!!!!!

      • skpal

         You sir are an idiot. HTC One S has one of the best camera on the market. Sense 4 > Stock Android 4.0. I have used both. And Stock android has shortcomings..

        • tmo_rep

          I have to agree with you and Ian.  It amazes me the lack of intelligence society has evolved to…

        • Spanky

          I respectfully disagree. No bloated overlay, especially Sense, will ever come close to stock ICS.

    • Ian Harrington

       Umm wow not the bright bulb in the bunch are you

    • Ian Harrington

       Umm wow not the bright bulb in the bunch are you

  • Guest

    Probably keeping my SGSII…which has already had ICS for months.

  • Krca21

    Ditching my G2 and getting a GSIII in October when my upgrade is avail. Spilled coffee on it and the external speaker hasn’t worked for eight months. It’ll be nice to have a phone that rings.

    • ddonnie

      Why not fix the speaker? Just curious…

  • Max….

    There is no way in hell! That I am buying a Samsung product! I rather get an iPhone than some Samsung plastic device! HTC One S might not be the “fastes” but it has a great build quality over any Samsung device

  • Lando


  • Glenn Wimberly

    I went from the GSI to HTC One and am very happy. :I don’t have any keyboard problems but used the stock keyboard a week or so before going to Swiftkey beta-3. No battery issues yet, not limited by Dropbox since Google Music has more than enough or Google Drive if you must. Was going to wait for GSIII but didn’t like Sammy’s cheap feel and the Kies software updates that never happen. Remember how good my Google Nexus felt and wanted HTC’s build quality. Sammy in the past had probllems with reading the memory cards and loading music on them.I know the GSIII might be faster or the Blaze or Amaze but if I need that kinda speed then I should use a Alienware Computer.

  • Enoel69

    Even though i voted for the GS3 in the above poll…i would have rather had my vote for an HTC One X like device with same 4.7″ 720p HD ISP2 screen with a bigger replaceable battery and a mcro SD card expansion slot. Common HTC get with the program…WE NEED A DEVICE THAT DOESN”T SELL  YOUR CAPABILITY SHORT. ..STOP OMITTING VITAL SPECS and GET THAT DEVICE ON ALL MAJOR CARRIERS. NO EXCLUSIVE NONSENSE…GO THE ROUTE OF SAMSUNG n APPLE. IF U WANT TO SELL MARQUEE DEVICES STOP SHOOTING URSELF ON THE FOOT AND UNLEASH IT TO ALL WHO WANT IT.

  • kar120c

    galaxy nexus.

    • Dvaughn88

      Not one of the options….try again

  • charlieboy808

    Hmm… My Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant 3G) is running ICS no problem, well a few problems, but nothing really major. Will it be as bad ass as the SGSIII? Probably not, but do I need it? No. Do I want it? Hells yes. The fact that I have made my original Galaxy S device run for this long is impressive and I hope to expect the same out of the SGSIII if and when I purchase it.

  • Sean Buckwheat Nanahcub

    Is there going to be an official price anytime soon? Best Buy already has preorder up for AT&T and Sprint. Would love to be able to use my best buy card for this phone. 

    • Spanky

      AT&T has actually announced the preorder on June 6, with an expected shipping date of June 21. $199 with a 2 year contract. It’s on the front page of their website.

      Unfortunately, my 7 year tenure with T-Mobile is coming to an end in about a month, when the contract on my wife’s line ends. As I’ve mentioned many times on this forum, the data speeds in my area are simply unacceptable (0.3 – 0.5 Mbps downstream), especially with AT&T’s LTE availability. I’ll consider coming back to T-Mo once it rolls out LTE in NYC (provided that my area gets it), but right now, it’s time to look elsewhere.

  • Nativeson1977

    Ok I understand bad devices showing up every now and then, but anyone complaining about the one s is insane. Does it offer more than G2. g2x or any other device for that matter…. hellz yea. I’ll admit that I was upset about not haveing a external sd but its a great performance boost and unless your just trying to you want need that much local storage. plus wait a bit and you will find every manufacturer moveing that direction. I DO HATE NOT BEING ABLE TO REPLACE BATTERY. that’s just stupid and HTC I wouldnt make that a habbit. Even stock its fast. rooted and OCed @ 1.89. last year’s devices have no chance. I have no issues with mine and have done all kinds of mods that cause undue stress and no hiccups yet. Anyone who would ever pay money for a neutered IPhone is a fuktard anyways I like my freedom and think its the most retarded thing ever to set a phone up with ITunes wich is so lame… let me sync real quick….apple so borrowed from active sync and even screwed it up worse than it already was..

    • MWill

      If they wasn’t going to have an SD card slot, then they should have put a decent amount of memory in the phone…I will wait til the Nexus come out in Nov!

  • mingkee

    Unremovable battery in One S is enough to disqualify.

    • jordanjay29

      Worse yet, lack of MicroSD slot + unremovable battery makes the One S a nonissue. Why can’t OEMs make their phones for their customers, rather than for reviewers?

  • SG3-TheNewFlock

    Why is there even a debate over the HTC one series vs. Galaxy S3?

    The OPTION to upgrade your battery (or have an extra one handy) + add more memory (via sdCard) ALONE makes me want the S3.

    What happens when the HTC battery goes bad?  You go find a tech to swap it out for an arm and a leg?!

    Yeah yeah yeah, pros and cons blah blah blah…we’ll all see cuz by this time next year, maybe earlier, the GS3 will have outsold the ENTIRE HTC series easily by two or three fold!

    HTC did make a nicely designed phone (but with a loss of what people want) and if you don’t like Sense you can change the rom (I don’t like TouchWiz either!  LOL)  but com’on, they came off one of their worst years and they’ll STILL be playing catch up after this.  Blah blah blah, but the iPhone doesn’t have a swappable battery or sdCard slot…yeah?  If there was an iPhone that COULD, everyone would get the one that COULD.

    • chris meyers

      Reasons? The S III looks cheap. Bottom line. Nothing personal, no offense intended, but it looks CHEAP. In the new shape, same Samsung build quality, etc etc. Another reason? The screen. Pentile is cr*p, and that’s all there is to it. Now Samsung might not have the technology yet to produce 720P RGB plus AMOLEDs, but they will probably by next year, and then it should be decent. I’ll take the One X true 720P any day over the S III. These are just two points, but it comes down to a quality comparison. I just feel like the quality of the S III is suspect, especially in comparison to the S II (from which it should have had massive improvements), and especially the One X. Now I’ll be getting a Note to tide me over until next year, because at least the large screen size and the stylus, and the better aspect ratio and shape can make up for the shortcomings in the S-III for this year, but the S III is a no go for me. And I would take a One X any day of the week if it were offered on T-Mobile.

      • Dvaughn88

        Well it isn’t so forget about it. Unless you want to wait for the 1900 re-farm in your area and buy the One X unlocked to use with T-Mobile.  The options are SIII or One S.  So which would you choose.

      • tekmonkey

        many people bitched that the SGS 1 looked and felt cheap.  I still use mine today and its a very solid phone.  I’ve dropped it many times and its still going strong.  Just because something is made out of plastic doesn’t make it cheap.

      • mingkee

        720p resolution has hidden the shortcomings of pentile well.
        Asian characters looked bad with NS (480p pentile), but they look much better on 720p pentile (Galaxy Nexus). See it yourself.

  • lcnichols

    Other. BB10!

  • Stephan Brubaker

    I want neither. I really wanted the One S but after hearing all the complaints and seeing that it got the short end of the stick versus it’s brethren I’ll pass and the inability to replace the battery really killed it. The SGIII is too cheap looking. It has no personality or style. It just looks like a big screen wrapped in plastic covering. 

    • Fifthblindmouse

       whaaaa! sniff sniff

  • vsukid

    Yeah I must be uber slow because I’m not seeing how the SIII looks cheap. What look cheap I mean a screen males up half of the phone… whatever I feel most people are just fishing for complaints when it comes to the SIII.

  • Zekegeek

    I’m leaning towards the free one s because of the fathers day sale that is coming.

    • davedsone

      I was too.  Then they RAISED the price of the phone.  SO, not free, $50-$100 more than it was just a week before, 6-8 weeks to get your money back, unless you get rejected.  I have been pretty steady with T-mo even through the whole ATT process, but this feels like they actually DON’T want me to buy the phone.  Why play games?  What is the point?  I may just buy something cheap on ebay and go with the WalMart family plan.  Chasing the next hot phone is getting pointless.  Well, maybe after this NEXT one.  

  • Rjj621

    I’m going S3, I’ve mostly stayed with HTC phones but I want something of a bigger upgrade over my Sensation and the One S isn’t it. Not offering more memory and an SD slot killed that phone long before launch for me. 

    • Heck Saints

      I’m in the same boat, I have the Sensation.  I am looking for more bang for my buck.  Right now Galaxy S III is in the lead and as much as I love HTC (had all HTC phones almost, including G1) I love what Samsung is doing. 

      The only issue I have is that only a few days after the Galaxy S III drops there will be the Google I/O and I’m sure we will get an idea of the upcoming Nexus and Jellybean.   My prediction is that Samsung saved their big guns for the new Nexus phone.  We will see a crazy awesome phone with a crazy awesome OS revision.   Just my 2 cents.

      • Justlee7

        I’ll tell you this about Jellybean. When it is released the HTC One S will get it WAY before the GS3 does, if the GS3 get’s it at all. HTC understands where Google is going, and they stripped down Sense to not be as bloated as before, So you get ICS that is just skinned. Where as Samsung did not, and TouchWiz is as bulky as ever, which equals a much longer time to upgrade the OS.

        If you guys don’t want the One S for legitimate reasons like lack of SD card, I can completely understand, but I would skip the GS3 and wait for what comes out this fall with the new Nexus line.

  • Burke985

    i Want a note i got to play with an international S3 and the screen on my S2 was brighter so looks like the Note for me 

  • Abtexas83

    my htc one s was at 12% battery at 12:32am after unplugging it around 2:30 pm… and this is with emails.. web surfing and downloading (trying then deleting) new apps.. thats pretty dang awesome! it has gone longer (and also shorter) depending on signal etc.. but all together no complaints there. measured 17 megs a sec down and 6 up this morning.. this is also very awesome! screen is very beautiful.. phone looks modern.. its thin and fits well in the hand.. runs smooth.. seems some people are having issues but mine has had NONE.. im sure the SIII is a great phone…. but 4.8 screen…… prices are much lower for tablets now so why should my phone get bigger and bigger every year.. its just too much.. plus it looks like they paid no attention to making the phone look good… i mean its ok… but its stuck in 2010… i like MODERN. silver, black sleek, forward thinking, MODERN.. maybe the next model but not this time..


    you know that’s been my question since I saw all the news here on the website I thought of the S one which is very good but then this SGSIII is the most amazing phone I’ve heard so far and I can tell a 16GB will do the job for me hoping tosee this one at 199.. the 32GB and 64GB im pretty sure they will be not over the rice but of course way too expensive and people would love to get their hands on those too.. I’m just hoping for the screen to be as hard as the one from the TP2 which was a pretty hard one to break. and that this phn brings whole new ideas and hoping to see people rooting it and cooking rooms that would unlok its potential to the fullest. I will miss my qwerty keyboard phone.. I’ve always voted for qwerty ones no matter what OS they were running  as long as they werent cheap phones. if you kno what I mean…

  • Abtexas83

    although no SD card slot does kinda suck… but hey! its all about the CLOUD these days baby.. SD cards, their importance is sliding..  i printed a psychology paper with no cords or external memory needed.. but it still is nice to have one in the phone, just in case..

    • freeparkking

      No, it should not be all about the cloud these days. The US is massive, and there are still massive areas with crappy data coverage (even in major metropolitan areas). Then, even if you have a great connection, Tmobile limits your data connection severely enough that you could blow your monthly allotment in less than 10 minutes on 4G. What about wifi? Great at work and home, but those arent the only places I go. Most public transportation does not have wifi, and finding it for free is getting harder. Give me true unlimited data and a completely reliable connection, then I’ll be willing to throw everything in the cloud.

  • Abtexas83