Thinking of making the switch from Droid Incredible

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    Hello everyone,
    I have the original Droid Incredible. It's been a very great phone - ALWAYS reliable, and it does most everything pretty darn well. I'm thinking of switching over to the S III as I'm way past an eligible upgrade with Verizon. I'm just curious to know if anyone here has made the switch from the original DINC to an S III. I'm also considering the new DINC 4g lte, but after reading the specs and functionality on the S III, it looks like it would be a much better bang for the buck. The new DINC looks like my original DINC with 4g and an updated OS. The S III on the other hand has what looks like tons more options and capabilities.

    Just curious if anyone has switched from the DINC to an S III and how's your experience been?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I got the s3 and it's ok nothing special if u have and like ur original Inc why not get the Inc 4G lte its a great phone a little cheaper but u get the same processor just clocked slightly slower if I were u I would go with that don't get caught up in all that other crap..
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    Wife went from DINC 2 to SIII and she thinks it is a much better experience. She originally got the DINC 4G LTE and hated it.

    The SIII is the hottest phone on the planet right now. The flagship Android phone until the new Nexus devices come out. I can only say I love mine, and I've had the OG Droid, a Droid 2, a Thunderbolt, and now the SIII. The SIII is far and away the best piece of gadget hardware I've owned.
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    I had a (Verizon) DINC for a couple of years and loved it......until the dreaaded "low memory" error became a regular occurence. After having to hard reset 3 times in just a few months, I gave up. Now, understand that my phone is provided for work. I called corporate and they said they would send me a 32gb iphone 4s and I "would love it."
    I gave it a fair try for a little over a month and sent it back.

    I now have an SIII.
    First, it is so much easier (for me) to use than the iphone that I can't believe it.
    However, the OS does behave differently than my DINC. It is obviously larger but the screen is beautiful. The screen is also much easier to see in daylight than the DINC. My battery life with SIII is about the same as I got with the DINC and extended battery, which means I barely get through a full day of use. I don't like needing special drivers to connect the SIII to a PC. I used my DINC like a flash drive and that was nice.
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    I use my DINC very often for swapping files like pictures and videos to my computers hard drive... What's this about needing special drivers?

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    I wouldn't say it needs "special drivers," but for some people, downloading an updated driver via Samsung's site is necessary in order to connect the phone to a computer via USB. This isn't the case for everyone. I didn't have to download them on either of my computers. I just plugged my S3 in via USB and it worked just fine. It's no different than any other USB device. They all need drivers in order to work properly. It just seems that with the S3, the drivers aren't installing properly for some people just by plugging the phone in, so they have to download them.
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    Sorry to butt in here but I am just noticing bsweetness that you are a moderator! Congratulations! What a wonderful addition to the DF moderator crew! Lots of smiles!

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    Our S3's connect to our Win 7 computers with no special drivers. Decent download speed to memory too. The phone is awesome. I keep mine on battery save mode. Can't believe battery lifted vs my Nexus.
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    I made the lead from the DINC to the SIII and am VERY pleased with the switch. I was so fed up with the "low memory" issue in the DINC i was constantly clearing cache and un-installing apps to get it to go away. The size difference will take a little getting used to but once you do you will love the device!

    I got the 16gb version and use a 64gb sdxc card :biggrin:
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    If the drivers are not standard on the computers I use, I call them special. I use USB flash drives all over the place, but I have yet to sit down to a computer that would "see" my S3 without downloading and installing the drivers. Now eventually most of the machines I use will have them installed, but it is annoying when I use someone else's and have to wait for a driver before I can transfer a file. Sometimes it is just faster to email it from the phone to the PC and pull it from gmail.

    Other than that, I am VERY happy with the phone.
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    Hm, every smartphone I've ever had has needed "special" drivers to connect to a PC. If that's a complaint of yours for the S3, then you might want to rethink your standards. Otherwise you'll always have at least 1 thing to be sad over...

    In those rare occasions where it's too much of a hassle to wait 20 seconds for drivers to auto install, then the great thing about smartphones is you can email it to your PC instead. Not trying to flame, just saying that's not the phones fault, drivers are necessary to run any kind of software.
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    I think the only thing theotherchris was saying is that it is annoying. He actually ended his post saying he really likes his phone. I love my phone but there are things that are annoying. Just life's little inconveniences... they happen, we get annoyed.

    And just a little heads up, sometimes when you do install the drivers, you have to install them again. I was beyond annoyed when I was backing up my son's Rezound to the pc before upgrading it to ICS and it wanted to update the driver. No big deal but it wouldn't finish because I kept getting a prompt in the middle of it to add hotspot to my plan. It took me forever before I realized maybe if I restart the pc. Then all was well.

    I love technology, but it does sometimes frustrate the bejeesies out of me.

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    BINGO.
    K1ngr4t, my Droid Incredible did this seamlessly without any input from me. My previous smartphones did as well.
    The S3 does not (and when I have to look up the driver on the internet and then wait for it to download and install on the PC, it takes longer than 20 seconds.)

    So, my answer to the OP's query is that that aspect of the change is annoying....to me.

    YMMV.
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    Hey, fair enough. Not saying I enjoy it, just saying every time I've plugged in a smartphone for the first phone, all of the ones listed in my thing including the Inc2, a little message pops up saying "installing drivers." Occasionally it fails, but I've never had it fail with any device where it then still didn't work.

    Just interesting to me cause I can't consider this a change. If you didn't have to for your Inc then more likely than not you had another HTC phone before that, so the drivers were already installed. And it's all automatic, and only takes a few seconds, so no input required. And no phone is more strict about their drivers than HTC. See now I just want to know how you've never had to install any drivers, because you can ask most users here...it's just a common smartphone practice. By "special drivers," all they're saying is if they didn't auto install, then you have to go to the website to get them. Which is a hassle, but is a rare occurence...
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    My first smartphone ever was the Droid Incredible. I had it for 2 years. It was the coolest phone I ever used. Then the dreaded low memory bug, it was tolerable though. I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S3. It was a little different.

    The UI was not hard to get familiarized with at all. I did miss the friendstream widget, but found third party replacements. The S3 comes with 2gb of RAM, this keeps everything running smoothly. I have the 32gb version, and from what I understand there is no more low space error possibilities. The S3 has ICS which allows you to disable apps that you don't want running, ie bloatware apps. Although with all the RAM it really isn't an issue for me.

    All the other goodies that Samsung has added to the S3 has made this phone a giant leap in surpassing the capabilities of the Droid Incredible. If HTC is a must then the Incredible 4G has these basics ICS options, but for a little more money you get a lot of extras with the S3. The camera was a vast improvement. I am glad with my decision to get the S3.

    I read on the post that some had annoyances with USB drivers. I never use usb as there are wireless options to move files from smartphones to your pc. S3 comes with a great app that gives you two way access from your pc to your S3. It works over wifi and 3G/4G, meaning you can access files on your pc when your away from home.

    I hope this is helpful.
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    And that is the key difference with my S3 over my DINC.
    My S3 has never autoloaded on any computer I have attached to. I have always had to go to the website and it is a time consuming hassle. Most of these workstations don't have wi-fi and a few don't have internet connections. With the latter, I have to go to another station, download the driver, transfer to USB drive, copy from USB to the PC then install.
    Yes, I realize that most people can't imagine a computer that is not connected to the web, but these are old work stations in a variety of places that really don't need to be connected to anything but a piece of equipment.

    It appears that everybody else's S3 auto-installs the drivers directly from the phone. To date, mine has not.

    I have had trade offs with each of my phones.

    I like the S3 more than all other smart phones I have had since my first Windows OS phone in '08.
    If I can figure out how to get it to autoinstall the drivers on a PC, I will be even more pleased.
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