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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Upgraded 2012

I upgraded my phone on Sprint. If my readers remember, I was having a bit of a hard time deciding which phone that I wanted. My choices included the HTC Evo 4G LTE, iPhone 5 (unofficially named currently), Samsung Galaxy SIII, the Motorola Photon Q, or to wait and see what new Nexus phone Google had planned for this Decemeber if one was to be made.

I settled on the Samsung Galaxy SIII and am loving my decision. I rooted the phone and the process was very easy. My Evo 4G (OG) was running Gingerbread 2.3.7 and now I am running Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 and am enjoying the massive changes to the OS.

I joined the Android community back in 2009 when I bought a used Samsung Moment running Eclair Android 2.1. I liked Android but not so much that particular phone. Root privileges  helped me enjoy and bear through the experience while I owned the phone. I upgraded to the HTC Evo 4G a short while later but started with Froyo Android 2.2 on there. I enjoyed Froyo much more than Eclair but more so because of the changes in UI and other new features. Eclair looked ugly to me and the stock browser felt old and outdated whereas Froyo's browser was more clean and up to date with features that made sense. Then Gingerbread 2.3 came to the Evo and I wasn't too thrilled. The same, ugly icons of Eclair came back to haunt me and stayed with me until today when I finally got my chance to leave Gingerbread for Ice Cream Sandwich.

What's my favorite feature? I can't really say. I love the new features such as Face Unlock which allows you to use your face as a way of unlocking your phone, I also enjoy the updated UI and fast feel to it but perhaps that's mostly due to my faster processor. There are many other cool features included in this OS that I'll have to get into in the coming weeks.

Most of my readers should now expect my Android postings to be more about Android 4.0.4, namely, the Samsung Galaxy SIII news rather than others. I will be discussing when new OS updates become available to us and when other cool features and ROMs appear. The scene is still quite new even though the phone has been out for a few months. But the scene will get bigger and we will see new improvements and changes in the upcoming years.

I chose the white one instead of the other purpley looking one. I wish we had more colors, but white is a nice color. I also got the Otter Box case for this phone and I have to say that it is a must. It came with a clip on your belt, it comes with lots of protection as most Otter Box cases do, and it even has a screen protector built into it! It is bulky, but you will never fear if you accidentally drop this phone. I also bought a stylus with the phone, which is my first stylus for a touch screen designed for the human finger so we shall see how that goes too. I bought it because I really wanted to draw with my phone and it seems like it might be able to do that.

All in all, it's been a fun little phone and I'm still playing around with it.

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