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Captivate-->SGS 2 -->Nexus 5 -->SGS 5 -->HTC One M8 on the way

I've had the SGS 5 for a little over a week and it's got some great features, but one 'flaw' I just can't live with. My issue with the SGS 5 is the lag. Its just not as fluid of an experience and I was hoping I could get past it, but it just drives me crazy. I think the Nexus 5 w/ ART ruined me on that front. So I'm off to try the M8.

I have 'turned off' all the bloat and features I don't use, ditched the stock launcher for Nova and still the thing has a hard time promptly opening apps, waking up and scrolling.

However, here are the good and bad in my xp...

-Feature packed (this is a con too for me)
-Light weight.
-Perfect size IMO. Nice in hand and in pocket.
-Battery life. For me it has been great. Waaaay better than the N5 with custom kernel(s).
-Water resistant.
-Fingerprint scanner. (I just love this for some reason :P)
-Svoice. works well for me and is pretty accurate.
-Email app works well with Exchange account.

-Touchscreen to sensitive or not narrow enough. issues when taking pics and pressing the menu buttons. probably my fat fingers (not really that big).
-Headphone jack cracks with some headphones when moving. (super annoying)
-Too many features. Probably took me 2 days to stumble upon and turn off all the BS...and this isn't my first rodeo.
-Settings menu chaos. WTH Sammy???
-Hardware key is nice for real estate, but I believe it adds to the 'lag' perception. On my device it's like .5 sec for response after pushing. A full on "<push> one thousand" count.
-General lag in zones.
-Just not as overall responsive as you'd expect from a device with these specs.
-ART buggy with TouchWiz in my experience.
-Locked down and not looking like that will change anytime soon. This wouldn't be a big deal to me if the lag wasn't an issue. But because it is, I can only imagine what the experience will be like in a year or two.
-Feel like TouchWiz has to be too aggressive with memory which also diminishes the experience. Apps that shouldn't have to cold start, do. Just my brain trying to make sense of something and probably technically wrong.
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Originally Posted by nizbot View Post
Pretty much agree on all accounts. I hate TW and I'm not willing to waste the time on custom roms that I did on my S3. Mine is likely to go back next week, maybe if they come out with a developer version I'll get it.

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Off topic but does anyone know if best buy does the at&t next program?

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Off topic but does anyone know if best buy does the at&t next program?

Sadly, they do not. Just 2-year contracts. They do Sprint Framily, are about to start Verizon Edge, but no Next yet.
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I got to unbox the sprint one first at my job and then the ATT one and theyre both cool, ofcourse the sprint version doent have carrier branding while mine has that dumb att logo in the back. I've got to admit that while I understand why we have the usb 3 cables now I still hate the way they look. The device is back cover is so ugly so a nice case fixed that for me but the screen camera and internals are what made me have to get this phone still very very nice and I am enjoying it although I still love my S4 because it was designed so well.
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Originally Posted by JayRolla View Post
First impressions touchwiz still feels like it's made for women or children. Not my cup of tea.

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Hey I resent that being a CM user since I had a Motorola Cliq
AT&T Galaxy S5
Other devices:
Nexus 7 2013 Edition stock
Original Kindle Fire running CM10

Android History:T-mobile: Motorola Cliq ran CM7 --> HTC Amaze ran CM9 --> AT&T: Samsung Galaxy S3 tried just about every ROM on this site
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