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With the Galaxy S III unveiled at last night's Samsung event, the next generation of smartphones now has consumer eyebrows permanently raised as if the wind just changed direction. Feel like defying the herd? Here are ten current or upcoming smartphones that may be worth considering, should you wish to avoid the Galaxy S III …

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Where is the Huawei quad core Ascend D? Probably a bit closer to release than the ZTE...

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they keep growing and growing

in size,so how long before we need a man bag/hand bag to carry then round in?

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The next Google Experience Nexus device most likely to excite my debit card. Tempting though Samsung and HTC phones may be there's nothing quite like having a vanilla Android phone with the latest OS and none of that annoying waiting around for manufacturer customisations to be tested.

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Pirate

Samsung plus CyanogenMod.

I'm betting the CM9 build for the Galaxy S3 will be out about 3 days after the phone hits the streets.

GJC

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HMB

Re: Samsung plus CyanogenMod.

CyanogenMod is absolutely awesome, but counting on a stable, fully functional release that will happen any time soon after launch seems foolish to me.

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Re: Samsung plus CyanogenMod.

Meh. Stable and fully functional are for gurls.

The current Alpha release of CM9 on the S2 is very good, though, about the only serious criticism I can come up with is a somewhat reduced battery life compared to the standard Samsung build. I've no idea how much work it will take to port that to the S3, mind you.

GJC

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Anonymous Coward

Huawei?

the Ascend D1 quad is the more obvious competition than several of the listed handsets, esp as it will more than likely to be cheaper too.

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How did the Lumia get in there.

It's an alternative to having one's testes sliced off with a rusty Stanley knife, but hardly an alternative to the Galaxy SIII.

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Re: How did the Lumia get in there.

I would gladly take the Nokia as an alternative. Samsung Galaxy owners (of all 136 variants) seem to give off the same type of Smug that Prius owners do (or iPhone owners used to before they came too mainstream for it to be meaningful). Very unattractive. For that reason if it was ever a cold day in hell and I got an Android phone it would be HTC etc.

Yours truly,

A Luddite who in disgust of all these big dick (and/or boring) phones, recently hunted down a NOS Nokia 6500 Classic as my main phone. Glorious!

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WP7 does seem a bit "Marmite" doesn't it?

There are those that hate it, and there are those that seem to be being paid to fluff it at every opportunity (there surely can't be any other reason to love WP7, can there?)

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Re: How did the Lumia get in there.

Prius owners have a reputation for breaking wind in a most unpleasant fashion thereby rendering ineffectual their carbon reduction smugness. One day I'll get around to lighting one of their farts in a car park; it WILL make local radio news even if I only singe their clothing with the lance that I carry in my Hummer.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: WP7 does seem a bit "Marmite" doesn't it?

Except there are a lot of people who genuinely like Marmite.

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Trollface

Re: WP7 does seem a bit "Marmite" doesn't it?

Subtle difference. People "like" WP7. People like and *buy* marmite.

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Re: WP7 does seem a bit "Marmite" doesn't it?

My company moved everyone over to Marmite. It bought 144 cases of it, and gave every employee a jar. I tried it and it's GREAT!!! Much better than the other stuff. Everybody I breathe on likes it too. I thank our Head of Procurement every time he drives by in both his Lamborghinis.

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Re: WP7 does seem a bit "Marmite" doesn't it?

The main reason (well until MS shafts all the users when 8 comes out) is updates being out of the hands of phone companies trying to get to force a new phone on you. Sadly only the Jesus phone, BB and WinMo do that now. Even the Nexus seems to keep getting the previous version forgotten about by Google for a few months.

While not a huge issue currently, sooner or late the massive fragmentation, and lack of security updates is going to hit the phone market like it has the full blown PC market. And when that occurs, it'll be nice to have something getting updates.

Am I a bit paranoid on this? probably yes. But hey, WinMo is Marmite. Love it, hate it, makes a good door wedge :P

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Any chance Dirk Vandenheuvel and FatsBrannigan are going to post those reviews claiming the SIII is laggy, as they haven't in the other thread, and this one is nearer the top.

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So what do I get if I want something smaller?

As a fan of slipping my phone into the front pocket of my jeans, which is the best smartphone for me?

The big screens are all very pretty, but it's almost a different class of device to the trouser-able phones I'm used to.

Difficulty - no SOny, MS or Apple.

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

The One S is vaguely reasonably sized. You can still buy quite a lot of 3"-era top-of-the-line models, like the HTC Sensation or its keyboard-y cousin the MyTouch 4G Slide (which is what I have, it's a great phone). And there's always the iPhone, I guess. That's small.

A lot of current midrange phones are smaller than the high-end ones, but of course you don't just lose screen size, you lose some genuinely nice features like good cameras and stuff.

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

The small size+proper resolution screen was what solded me on the Motorola Defy. I don't play games (on my phone). Well, my girlfriend might disagree haha[misogyny]ha.

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

HTC Nexus One?

Small size.

Stock Android (but no official path to ICS or later)

Still reasonably fast

Expandable memory.

Better build quality than Samsung.

Easily available unlocked.

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

Well, my Galaxy S2 lives quite comfortably in my jeans pocket, and the S3 is only a few mm bigger. I might wear baggier jeans than you do, of course.

GJC

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Anonymous Coward

Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

Or what ever you carry around inside your jeans leaves plenty of space for accessories?

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

solded - would rather not have ED than you very much!

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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?

When you grown up and start wearing proper trousers, you might like a smaller phone.

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10 alternatives?

I saw the HTC One X and a couple of wannabees and a shed load of vapour.

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Re: 10 alternatives?

Xperia S is a fine phone, and easily as good as the Galaxy S3, but in different areas. a MUCH better camera for example, especially in low or zero light.

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Re: Re: 10 alternatives?

Zero light photography... Sounds tricky.

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Re: 10 alternatives?

Have you seen a single camera test of the S III? No? Then I have no idea how you can claim that the Xperia S has a better camera...

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Re: 10 alternatives?

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1259044

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Re: 10 alternatives?

Isn't that called a 'flash'?

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Err..... what about the Nokia 808 PureView, with a camera that's simply astonishing? Out this month. Definitely should be in this roundup IMHO.

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srsly?

it's a complete one-trick pony. It's a tech demo more than it is a phone. The camera is, by all accounts, amazing. The rest of it is just about enough to qualify as a phone. It's no kind of competitor to a GS3. Later PureView devices might be.

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It's not really an S3 alternative though is it?

While I am a Nokia fan I wouldn't say Symbian is a competitor against the latest Android phones. Yes, it has an amazing camera but what else does it have to compete with?

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Re: It's not really an S3 alternative though is it?

Mr. Hards, you're obviously not a Nokia fan if you ask such ridiculous questions.

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Re: srsly?

Have you actually used a Nokia belle phone?

And I don't mean an upgraded N8 from 2008. I'm refering to e.g. the 1.3Ghz 701 with Belle FP1

As for "Later PureView devices"; you probably refer to proposed Windows Phone devices. They will have the same shortcomings as the current ones. Besides by the time a non-Symbian Nokia device will have PureView-technology, Windows Phone 7 will be defunct. So stop living in that pipedream.

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Hi Mr. Litchfield

You forgot that this is El Reg. They typically neglect Symbian/Nokia, deliberatly downtalk it and favor Android devices. They definitely won't look at it with an open-mind.

Some of these Symbian-haters probably have stupid remarks that Belle nicked features from Android while in reality Android (and Symbian too) nicked features from Nokia's Harmattan.

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Though I agree that the new 701 with Belle FP1 is good, I'm very happy with Belle on my N8.

Still one of the best camera's around.

Just the right size and avoids being a slab

still the first and best multi-tasking OS

and a battery-life that makes most other smart-phone users weep - even with a screen-saver. that's on all the time, live widgets etc etc.

Not to mention all the things it does that Android, IOS and Windoze just can't do even now.

Most annoying thing that I can't get - British Airways App for e-tickets. Saying that most other smart-phone users should take a paper one just in case they can't find a charge point!

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Re: Hi Mr. Litchfield

That was a couple of years ago. El Reg is way past denigrating Symbian. It still denigrates Nokia, but for a very different reason now.

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First World problems.

> Most annoying thing that I can't get - British Airways App for e-tickets.

Second most annoying thing that you can't get - a decent haircut in Hoxton.

Most annoying things people in other parts of the world can't get - fresh water, enough food to eat, etc.

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Unhappy

@Manu T - Nokia/Symbian no longer exists.

What you forget is that Nokia's CEO publicly stated that Symbian was rubbish and dead.

This is a terrible shame, because neither of those were actually true when he said it - though the former had been fairly accurate about a year prior.

Now the latter is true, because nobody in their right minds buys an operating system that the manufacturer has publicly declared dead.

Face it, Elop personally killed Symbian. It's all over bar the lawsuits, and unfortunately lawsuits take so long that they can only find blame and never correct stupidity. It's also fairly unlikely that he'll ever be held properly responsible for the destruction of shareholder value he has caused. All we can hope is that he won't be given the opportunity to kill any other companies.

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Re: Hi Mr. Litchfield

As someone who owns and uses on a daily basis both a Symbian S60 handset and and Android handset, both released at not too dissimilar times 2-3 years ago, I would agree with the comment that Android is a more pleasant experience than Symbian is.

Symbian (and the phone I have that runs it) has many good feature - that's why I have it - but unless you're after certain specific things that Symbian does well, it's Android all the way for me.

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Re: @Manu T - Nokia/Symbian no longer exists.

I'm sure he will if Microsoft want him to run another company into the ground then acquire it for a song.

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Er, No Galaxy Nexus?!

No Galaxy Nexus. Its only probably the most directly comparable handset, with the same resolution, ICS 4.0, similar size etc. Also not too big, like I suspect the SGSIII will be (can you hold it in one hand and touch all four corners of the screen?). It will also get Android updates much quicker. I suspect battery life is on par too.

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Re: Er, No Galaxy Nexus?!

Got one, and it does rock. Like the look, like the lack of carrier kruft, like the direct line to the Android devs for getting updates. Even before the SIII came out I didn't want one, but all the new features that it supposedly sports make me think that either Samsung is going to fork Android, or it's just another case of "6 months to never for the next OS update".

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lol

Lumia crap and iPhone 5 vaporware... Really??

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Gentlemen, rest your sphincters

Clearly the Padfone is the winner as it's the only one with any kind of innovation.

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but....

Can i get a screen mounting kit for my sinclair c5 for it?

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Self-tapping screws...

...should be enough to fix it to the bodywork... ;-)

And voice recognition that works, when wearing the full all-weather hoodie tonneau.

Jump leads from the phone for a 5 mile range boost?

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Hardly alternatives

The whole point of the Galaxy releases is that at the date of release there IS no alternative. The review shows only 1 or 2 available devices. And waiting for the next iPhone is moot as usual, since by then there will be at least 10 devices that have progressed beyond. There is always a next iPhone and it is always hardly better than before and iOS is so tiring and dusty already.

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