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Old 02-08-2013, 12:29 PM   #26
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And, a very very very important factor to me, which, if that pic is true, the volume buttons will continue to be on the left side!
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You get used to the size real fast.
That's what she said.

But yeah, it's also true of the Note/Note 2.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:45 PM   #28
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This sounds suspiciously like my new phone, however I will likely not be purchasing anything until the fall, so by that point I am hoping there will be new Windows and maybe even BB phones to consider at that point. Any Note 3 rumours yet?

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:46 PM   #29
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This sounds suspiciously like my new phone, however I will likely not be purchasing anything until the fall, so by that point I am hoping there will be new Windows and maybe even BB phones to consider at that point. Any Note 3 rumours yet?
I just got the Note 2.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:00 PM   #30
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No, your USA S3 has 2gb ram.
The first three sites I checked all said 1GB. Guess that's the European version.

Anyway, on getting used to the size: there's getting used to it, and then there are the hard physical limits. A good phone should be manipulable with one hand, imo, for all basic operations, and the S3 is nudging up against that limit in my view.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #31
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I just got the Note 2.
Haha, that's why I'm asking. I am very envious of Note 2 owners. It's a beautiful device and wish I had one, but I am assuming, or hoping anyway, a refresh will be out by this Fall.

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Old 02-08-2013, 02:28 PM   #32
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Note III rumors will start after Galaxy S 4 unveil. Since, historically, the Note hardware is based on the Galaxy S device released prior to it.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:32 PM   #33
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I hope those pictures are wrong. I don't like the SGS3 look.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:39 PM   #34
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That pic linked in the OP could be fake. Or Samsung has changed the design since last December. Or maybe the last December's leak was fake. The leaked pic at that time was this:





http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Exy...ung,19598.html
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:47 PM   #35
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That pic linked in the OP could be fake. Or Samsung has changed the design since last December. Or maybe the last December's leak was fake. The leaked pic at that time was this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Exy...ung,19598.html
Lol I would say that's fake. That leak looks like the previous GS3 fake leak.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:54 PM   #36
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Ugly picture. You need SOME bezel to not look fugly as crap.

Why is it that EVERY fan created picture of EVERY phone since the iPhone is some bezel-less ugly thing? Heck it's been like this even with old non touchscreen phones with the screen stretching to the edge of the device somehow.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:46 PM   #37
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Out of all the S4 rumors, the one that has me the most stoked is the rumored 3100mah battery. If that is true, then this could be great.

I just got an ip5 for work, and man, compared to my GNex, it has amazing batt. life. I love only having to charge it at night.
You might be interested in this.
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Old 02-08-2013, 07:51 PM   #38
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I went from an iPhone 4S to a Note2, I used to think that way but now when I look at every other phone besides the Note... they look puny. You get used to the size real fast.
I had a Note and never got use to having to use 2 hands on it. Using 2 hands on a cell phone imho just doesn't feel natural. I chucked it out the window after 6 months.
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:57 PM   #39
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I had a Note and never got use to having to use 2 hands on it. Using 2 hands on a cell phone imho just doesn't feel natural. I chucked it out the window after 6 months.
There's an option for one handed operation (all the menu's are condensed and uses up only like 60 - 70% of the screen). I don't have the option on and have average sized hands but I can use it fine with one hand operation. I have a petite female friend with real small hands who uses the Note 2 with no issue.
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Ugly picture. You need SOME bezel to not look fugly as crap.

Why is it that EVERY fan created picture of EVERY phone since the iPhone is some bezel-less ugly thing? Heck it's been like this even with old non touchscreen phones with the screen stretching to the edge of the device somehow.
The only thing you need some bezel for is useability, but I have no idea why you think minimal bezel is ugly. It makes everything (monitors, TVs, phones, tablets, etc.) look better.
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On a second look, the pic in the OP and the one from December look similar except the new leak (fake?) is somewhat slimmer.
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OK, there are a few more links in this article. Some specs seem foregone conclusions - meaning they are pretty much known at this point.

http://www.ddaily.co.kr/news/news_view.php?uid=100946

- 5" 1080p new AMOLED screen (the leaked picture seems no longer fake for the size, but no Korean site I've searched show that specific design)
- New 28nm HKMG Exynos 5 (how many cores?)
- New "touch" screen that doesn't require touching. Detects finger gestures above the screen. Doubles as a better proximity sensor to prevent accidental inputs, e.g. facial contacts (Sounds neat and less messy but what about accuracy?)
- Wanted to deploy "true" wireless charging but due to the lack of industry standards Qi will make do this go round.
- Koreans call SOC (System on Chip) AP (Application Processor)
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A 5 inch 1080p screen is fine with me even if it is pentile. I know I couldn't see the lack of subpixels at that density.

The Exynos 5 sounds perfect. All I really wanted was some A15 power, but a PowerVR GPU is a bonus.

Keep the other stuff you expect from a Galaxy S device (removable battery and micro SD slot) and that is a winner.
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No, your USA S3 has 2gb ram.
I won't hold my breath, but I really wish Samsung would stop fragmenting their hardware so much. The S3 was slightly better than the S2 variants, but it's still a mess of different internals. The US carrier models have 2gb ram, but the international 9300 only has 1gb ram. The US was on snapdragon but the 9300 is Exynos. The 9300 also doesn't have LTE, but neither does the T999 for T-mobile. The I939 (Chinese version) isn't quite the same dimensions as the others, so they need their own cases.

It's a mess.
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I won't hold my breath, but I really wish Samsung would stop fragmenting their hardware so much. The S3 was slightly better than the S2 variants, but it's still a mess of different internals. The US carrier models have 2gb ram, but the international 9300 only has 1gb ram. The US was on snapdragon but the 9300 is Exynos. The 9300 also doesn't have LTE, but neither does the T999 for T-mobile. The I939 (Chinese version) isn't quite the same dimensions as the others, so they need their own cases.

It's a mess.
The reason for that mess is because LTE for the American market.
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I won't hold my breath, but I really wish Samsung would stop fragmenting their hardware so much. The S3 was slightly better than the S2 variants, but it's still a mess of different internals. The US carrier models have 2gb ram, but the international 9300 only has 1gb ram. The US was on snapdragon but the 9300 is Exynos. The 9300 also doesn't have LTE, but neither does the T999 for T-mobile. The I939 (Chinese version) isn't quite the same dimensions as the others, so they need their own cases.

It's a mess.
Agreed.

One thing I have really liked about my i777 is that since the guts are almost identical to the i9100 that now that its late in its life I still get great development support. I love using the international version's ROM with an international kernel. I wouldn't have had that option for the SGS3.

If the AT&T doesn't offer SGS4 with the same guts as the Int. version I will be very upset.
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The reason for that mess is because LTE for the American market.
What does LTE got to do changing the entire SoC? They should have just stuck to one exact hardware spec for all variants...The only difference should only be the LTE baseband for the intended market.
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What does LTE got to do changing the entire SoC? They should have just stuck to one exact hardware spec for all variants...The only difference should only be the LTE baseband for the intended market.
Qualcomm didn't offer the separate baseband yet at the time of release. I believe the iPhone 5 was the first phone to use it.

The Note 2 did use the separate Qualcomm baseband for all versions.
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Yeah, I think that's too big. I love the screen on my S3, but it is right on the edge of being awkward to use, and I have pretty large hands. Also, 2 GB of memory? My S3 has 16. Is that the spec for a lower-end model of the S4?
^ This

I am also a GS3 owner. I don't have large hands but I agree with your view. I'm surprised someone with large hands has this assessment as well. I feel with just a *little* bit longer fingers it'd be fine.. but there might be more to it than just having slightly larger hands. I have to actually shift/slide the phone in my hand to hit certain buttons.

I think it's made worse by the fact I'm left handed and the back button is quite the stretch for me.

For me, the GS3 is awkward to use, and over prolonged use it starts to hurt my hand.
Perhaps Steve Jobs had it right. For my next phone I'm going to get the iPhone5 or next iPhone if it doesn't have this size bloat going on in the Android market.

I can use a 2nd hand iPhone4S that I received very comfortably 1 handed. To be completely honest it's kind of a relief to pickup and use vs my GS3.
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^ This

I am also a GS3 owner. I don't have large hands but I agree with your view. I'm surprised someone with large hands has this assessment as well. I feel with just a *little* bit longer fingers it'd be fine.. but there might be more to it than just having slightly larger hands. I have to actually shift/slide the phone in my hand to hit certain buttons.

I think it's made worse by the fact I'm left handed and the back button is quite the stretch for me.

For me, the GS3 is awkward to use, and over prolonged use it starts to hurt my hand.
Perhaps Steve Jobs had it right. For my next phone I'm going to get the iPhone5 or next iPhone if it doesn't have this size bloat going on in the Android market.

I can use a 2nd hand iPhone4S that I received very comfortably 1 handed. To be completely honest it's kind of a relief to pickup and use vs my GS3.
Software buttons like on the Nexus are much easier to use one handed than the hardware buttons that Samsung puts at the very bottom of their phones. So if they do remove the hardware buttons it will actually be easier to use one handed.
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