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 Smartphone reviews... HELP!

I am looking at getting a different phone. I currently have a BlackBerry Torch, and I like it, but I would prefer more app selection, and the option to tell it what to do with my voice.

Does anyone know what is REALLY different about the Iphone5 from the last versions? Also, what can you tell me about other popular phones... the best operating systems, reception, app choices, voice commands, etc. I don't really know much about researching phones!

Also, I live in Saskatchewan, and I have heard from a few people that their Iphone 4S drops calls a lot on the Sasktel network. I live in a small town outside Saskatoon, so I would be on Sasktel, and need good reception. Anyone have experience with the Iphone, or any others on the Sasktel network? The only time I drop a call on my BlackBerry is if I'm out of a service area.
Thanks!
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 21 Sep 2012 10:51 AM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
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The BIGGEST differences between the iPhone 4S & 5 (for you anyways, as a first-time iPhone buyer) is the larger screen (longer, not wider, so you can get an extra row of apps on the screen) and a significantly more powerful processor. In my books, those two things are more than worth the extra cash itll take to get the newer model. The connector also changed, so 99% of all of the accessories out there wont work with the iPhone 5 without an adaptor (or might not work at all, depending on the accessory).

In my opinion, with phones its always worth it to get the latest model, ESPECIALLY with iPhones. Its more likely to run their latest phone operating system smoothly, which is important as time passes and Apple upgrades their OS on older models. Plus, then you get every new gadget and feature of the latest operating system that was just released.

As for coverage in Saskatchewan. I dont know that youll get a whole lot better than Sasktel. Rogers coverage is truly pathetic.
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 21 Sep 2012 7:39 PM
 9 Jul 2005
 Around, SK
LadyAurora
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It's not just iPhone 4S dropping calls in SK. It's all of them. Sasktel is in the process of building more towers to deal with the demand. Also, as far as coverage, you won't get better here than Sasktel. They are an industry leader and almost all the towers are theirs to begin with. Additionally, the dropped calls were in places with higher demand. Calls were being dropped at peak times. Plus, their Unlimited Data plan rocks.
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 22 Sep 2012 12:38 AM
 24 Jul 2008
ImASecret
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Thanks ladies! I agree that I won't find better than Sasktel... I was just wondering about the Iphone reception, as I had heard it had issues... although the last couple months my phone has been having issues getting service off and on too, so I guess it makes sense that it is the tower issues.

Any thoughts on any of the other smartphones on the market (Galaxy S III, HTC, etc.?) Would you still recommend Iphone over them? Also, can you tell the Iphone what you want it to do with your voice?
Thanks again!
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 23 Sep 2012 7:59 PM
 9 Jul 2005
 Around, SK
LadyAurora
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Honestly, I've never tried Siri. But that is supposedly how you tell it to do stuff with your voice. So, I really can't comment on that.

There are lots of reasons for and against all phones out there. There are some sites that will give you a better breakdown of iPhone versus some Android phones. Android phones can be more customised, but they're also usually running all different kinds of Android OS's. A lot of it is personal preference.
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 24 Sep 2012 12:06 PM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
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With regards to other smartphones for most people who wouldnt call themselves technically inclined or a sophisticated user, its almost always better to stick with the market leader (that being an iPhone). Android is a more complex ecosystem of phones, with each manufacturer having their own customizations made to the phones, different levels of compatibility, etc. They all generally work the same, but unless there is a specific feature that you REALLY want to have (like the ability to have a larger screen, the Galaxy S3 has a 4.65 screen vs. iPhone 5s 4 screen) youre probably better off having the same phone everyone else has, as sort-of lame as that sounds. Plus, with the biggest phone ecosystem out there, you are virtually guaranteed to have the best selection of apps out there; Android is and probably always will be behind Apple in terms of app availability, and big apps will almost always be available for iPhone first, or perhaps forever.

I say this as a devoted Windows Phone user, a kind of phone most people dont even know exists. smile
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 24 Sep 2012 8:53 PM
 9 Dec 2010
Nom Nom Nom
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I love my Galaxy S3. I would never go back to another iPhone unless it was has a remotely comparably powerful processor. The things I can do with an android outweigh the coolness factor of an iPhone. My camera is fantastic and I can take a ton at once. I love how if I'm listening to music, I can watch a Youtube video, stream Netflix at once without having to close any of my other apps like Apple products make you. They all run in the background. It is a really superior product and I highly recommend it!
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 25 Sep 2012 3:46 PM
 2 Jan 2010
 Edmonton, AB
Jay Merryfield
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Here's a pretty good iPhone 5 review. It's pretty in depth.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/09/iphone-5-a-little-bit-taller-a-little-bit-baller/
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 29 Sep 2012 1:51 PM
 25 Oct 2009
vwdarling
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I disagree with Android being a "more complex ecosystem of phones" - it was easy for a beginner (me) to learn and can only be complex if you want it to be (ie, to satisfy the needs of those who want to really customize their phone).

My Blackberry croaked a few months ago and I was trying to decide if I wanted to wait for the new iphone or go with Android. What I like about iphone is that I don't really have to do anything, just learn their OS and use it, but what I didn't like about them was how proprietary they are like not being able to use universal connectors just to charge them or having to use itunes (which I don't like) to load stuff on the phone. Also the screen is too small.

Anyway the iphone wasn't going to be released for a while so I decided to get an HTC One S and I LOVE my phone and I was so happy that it was available when I needed a phone. The OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) was so easy to use and customize all my panels. More apps are becoming available for Android now which is great, as well as easy drag and dropping of files like music and movies when you plug it into a computer using ANY micro USB (can you believe I'm still using my old Blackberry charger to charge my new phone so now I have a charger for my car & work). It takes great photos and the screen size is more than enough for me... I was considering the Samsung Note before but that just looks silly when held up next to your ear, it's so big!

Now, after all this crazy stuff with Apple's crappy Maps app, I'm so glad I stuck with Android because I love all my Google services & how well they integrate with my phone. Those are my 2 cents smile
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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