Can't use the "Quote" option on my iPod for some reason, first time it's messed up like this :l
But yeah, the HTC HD2 is an amazing device, 9th one I've had so far (fixing them up/some have died completely) and to think a Windows Mobile 6.5 device can run almost anything in the world is insane! Android, Windows Mobile 4/5/6 Windows Phone7/7.5/8, Meego, Ubuntu, Windows 95/98/XP/RT, any linux distro, and even Mac OSX if you have a specially baked version.
And with the sucky opinion thing on Android, I do agree with you. The majority of users don't know how to root an Android smartphone or do any tweaking, and the default Android look on FroYo/Gingerbread is terrible compared to iOS or Windows Phone. Android IceCream Sandwich and Jellybean are a lot better looking, but people still do prefer mobility without having to tweak it like crap before they can.
EDIT: Link personally removed.
EDIT2: Just noticed that "advertising" breaches the forum rules. Considering posting a link to another forum is technically advertising, the link to XDA has been taken it out. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Anybody had a go with the Samsung Windows phone -- it's about the same size as the Galaxy IIIs and same processor in it.
Just wondering if one could actually load the Samsung Windows OS on to a Galaxy IIIs -- where I am all phones are by law "Unlocked" even if you DO have a contract with any particular provider so we don't need to jail break them.
It would be great also to be able to "Dual boot" a phone --with the ext sd card should be fairly OK to do with a Custom Rom as you can mess around with these apparently on an unlocked phone.
Besides that Samsung really ****ed me, and 10 of thousend other users in The Netherlands with me, with my last Android Phone. The killed it with a softwareupgrade. Acknowledged that they've killed it, and wouldn't repair it due to the fact that "the model was older then 6 months so I would just have to buy a new one". By doing that they lost me as a customer and made an enemy out of me!
Unlocking only means carrier unlocked, and can't actually act as any aid to loading a new OS onto a certain phone. The only phone I know that can run Android and Windows Phone is the HTC HD2, and it's because of the phone motherboard SOC being so compatible with nearly everything, and being a Windows Mobile 6.5 device by default.
Now, "unlocking" and "rooting" are two VERY different things. Now, "unlocking" is basically just baseband/network related; an unlocked phone can run on any cellular network. "Rooting" there fore, means changing the files within the Android OS to allow anything to be run (as in tweaks, root permission apps and custom roms), provided the phone doesn't have a locked bootloader. Considering the Samsung Galaxy S III has a locked down bootloader, loading custom roms is a lot harder (most tweaks and root apps still work on a locked bootloader), but most people over at XDA-Developers have already unlocked the bootloader.
For reference: How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA Developer TV – xda-developers
Also, you can dual boot, and even multiboot on MOST Android devices with enough RAM, and the Samsung GSIII does have enough. Multibooting is done by having your main OS on the phone's "NAND" memory (internal system partition) and having multiple other Android roms on your SD card (I would recommend at least 2GB per ROM). Note that I think you can currently only use 4 roms at the moment on Tassadar's "MultiBoot" kernel.
Haha, not the first in the range of Samsung's phones to run Windows Phone 7/8... there's the whole Samsung Focus series.
As everyone suggested, Lumia 920 seems like a good alternative against you Galaxy S3.
My wife and daughter each have the same Android phone (HTC Inspire) and when my AT&T contract was up last November, I got rid of my much-hated iPhone 3GS and got the Nokia Lumia 920 and I've never looked back or regretted my decision. Our Android phones are just too "flakey", although the latest update improved things a bit.
Both my wife and I just reupped and got the Nokia Lumia 920's. Great phones. I had a Galaxy S before and ROM'd the crap out of it, everything from GB to ICS, rooted debloated, changed icons, tried all the different launchers (ADW, Espire, Launcherpro etc) the wife had an infuse (I did alot of roming on it as well). when it was time for upgrade, I really was pulling for the Note because I was used to Samsung and the Roms were already ready to go. My wife got here Nokia first, and I played with it just a little (she horded it like Gollum, walking around talking about her precious....) Well needless to say I got the Nokia as well. No you can't Rom it, or anything like that, and the app store is missing some things that I liked, but I can say I didn't make a bad choice for sure. It's solid, runs great, has good battery life, no random shut downs (wifes did, they exchanged it. haven't had a problem since) I am kind of enjoying the simplicity of it where I don't have to figure out what happened to my IEMI or backup my EFS folder or any other random crap that I delt with before and damn the camera is freaking amazing!!!
The only thing I don't like is there is no file explorer on the phone itself, that is really the only gripe I have....
That's my 2 coppers on it anyway