That's interesting. My Droid X just keeps chugging along and I was considering a Sammy. Not a big fan of anything Sammy except for their BD players and I've been worrying about making the wrong choice. The new iPhone has the same size screen as my Droid X. My wife has an iPhone 4S and it's too small for me. I'm just used to a larger screen.
I can't speak for the newest Samsung phones. Mine is the Fascinate, and it's a mess.
I wanted the iPhone, but Verizon didn't have it at the time. I had the opportunity to play with the Samsung Captivate, so the Fascinate was a front-runner. I tried the Incredible and Droid X, but I wasn't really impressed. The Incredible felt WAY too dinky for a smart-phone, and the Droid X felt WAY too clunky for my tastes, so I settled on the Fascinate.
I went in with some family members on the family plan and we all got a Fascinate. In those early days, it worked pretty good, but future updates made mess after mess of the phone. One of the phones is broken, so I don't know what would have happened with it, but two of the phones have "burn-in"... well, they don't actually, but the phone LOOKS like it does.
My main issues with my phone is reliability.
- Mine repeatedly locks up... which sucks when you're trying to do something like answer a call or text someone. One of the other phones experiences this quite often as well, though not as much as mine.
- Mine reboots itself three or four times a day. One of the other phones experiences this quite often as well, though not as much as mine.
- Whether it's due to the lockups or reboots, I will sometimes not know that someone is calling me or sent me a text until some time later.
- The stock Messaging app is ridiculous. I will have someone text me and not know it. I later found that if you get a third party texting app, it will solve the issue. One of the phones is having to use a third party texting app as well... not really for the missing texts, but every time they use the stock one, it will send out 100 texts of the same thing.
- Battery life. The multiple reboots really take a bite out of the battery life... not that it's great without them... because using apps for 10 minutes drains the battery something fierce.
- Notifications. Granted, this is partially the apps fault, and the last couple of versions of iOS 5.x on my iPad haven't been as reliable as it once was, but my phone's pretty bad about them.
I've read multiple other people with this phone experiencing the same issues, and I don't believe the Galaxy SII or SIII has experienced the same amount of issues, so I suspect shoppers of the newer phones may find the Samsung appealing, and I suspect they are good phones. I personally have been tainted by the experience, and would be hesitant to buy another Samsung phone even though I feel I would be safe with the newer models. My iPAD 2 has been a (mostly) wonderful experience... so between that and the ability to sync some of my iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV stuff, as well as other aspects of the user experience, I'm really hoping to work out a way to get an iPhone 5. Though I'm eligible for an upgrade now, it will be a couple of months before I will make a decision given that my monthly bill would increase... and I'm not sure I can justify the added expense.
Your avatar shows a full head of hair. Did Apple not send you the head shaving kit??
They decided to let time do it for me I guess!