View Poll Results: What are you considering spending YOUR money on?
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Samsung Galaxy SII or Other Android
- 10-11-2011, 07:50 PM #126
- 10-11-2011, 08:10 PM #127
- 10-11-2011, 09:35 PM #128iMore Intermediate
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Much like Mac VS PC, it's not only the hardware, but the OS. iOS is just such a pleasure to use. I have used Android OS and, yes, there are some great settings and features but the presentation and execution is just not for me. I, like many Apple users, am about the complete experience and Android is more about the parts as I see it.
Ice cream sandwich will likely be a great update but at the end of the day iOS wins with it's cohesion and simple, yet powerful, interface and feature set.
- 10-12-2011, 12:13 AM #129
- 10-12-2011, 01:55 AM #130
- 10-12-2011, 08:28 AM #131
- Never had lag locking/unlocking
- Don't get the "time between pictures" comment, taking pictures or in the gallery?
Not attacking you, or defending the device, just think accurate descriptions should be posted. If you prefer the UX of iOS thats a totally different statement than what you said previously.
- 10-12-2011, 10:18 AM #132
As far as the iPhone is concerned I can only go by one that a friend of mine owns. It is very nice as well. I own an Android and have owned them in the past because quite honestly, I simply can't afford the iPhone and it appears that just about any apps you get cost you. Also, if you wait about 3 or 4 months after release you can get a very comparable Android device for $50 or less with Sprint with a full upgrade, the latest example being the NS4G. There are Android devices for every budget. Sure, some may perform better than others obviously (a $300 phone is obviously not going to perform as well as a $700 phone) but ownership overall is just more practical for those who have to count their pennies.
Now, if I can win one on behalf of my son and if I like his well enough and since you can jailbreak them, then I very well may give the iPhone 4S (or maybe IP5) a try when I get my upgrade.
- 10-12-2011, 10:25 AM #133iMore Intermediate
- 135 Posts
I just checked out the Galaxy SII online and it looks really nice. I held a Galaxy S for the first time at Best Buy the other day and man, did it feel cheap. Very plasticy and light. But not light in a good way. I was very surprised by how chincy it felt. Does anyone know if they changed the build quality or materials for the SII?
Still, if it is the phone of choice for someone else out there then great! The most important thing is that we are each happy with the money we spend on these things.
- 10-12-2011, 10:25 AM #134
- 10-12-2011, 11:48 AM #136
There are hundreds of thousands of free iOS apps. You can spend as much or as little as you like on apps. I'll bet that if you go through all the apps you currently have loaded on your Android phone today, you'll be able to find a free equivalent in the Apple App Store.
Finally, you need to consider the high resale value of iPhones. You can still sell a 2 yr. old (kept in good condition) iPhone 3GS on gazelle dot com today for $120. That goes a long away to offsetting the $199 needed to buy the iPhone 4S on contract. You can't do that with a 2 yr. old original Droid.
- 10-12-2011, 12:34 PM #137
- 10-12-2011, 12:40 PM #138
- 10-12-2011, 12:52 PM #139
The real difference is ~$70 over 2 yrs. or less than a dime per day. How much more efficient will you be with the iPhone vs the Nexus? Only you can say whether that's worth 9 pennies per day. Just something to think about.
P.S. Just noticed that it looks like you already have the NS4G, so this question may be moot for you. Hopefully it'll help other folks, though.
- 10-12-2011, 01:14 PM #140
Again, you have given me a lot to think about. The more I can learn, the more educated a decision I can make. My son already wants one and will likely have to wait until December for Christmas or Spring because we don't have an upgrade available we can use until Spring Was hoping to come up with the money to buy him one outright and would have gotten him one of the older models but Sprint is just now getting it so that is not an option.
- 10-12-2011, 01:14 PM #141
- 10-12-2011, 01:33 PM #142
- 10-12-2011, 02:44 PM #144
- 10-12-2011, 03:40 PM #146
So many factors affect battery life. If you use your phone in an area with erratic cell signals and the phone searches for a signal often, battery life will be terrible. The only way to make a true comparison would be to test the two phones in the same location doing exactly the same tasks for the same amount of time. AFAIK, no one has done that.
I think it's fair to say that the SGS2 seems to have the best battery life among top-line Android phones. So if you're partial to the Android ecosystem, it's probably as good as it gets.
I agree the most important first step is that a phone can last a full day's use without needing a recharge. I really can't imagine anyone using the latest smartphones in a semi-significant manner who doesn't recharge every night. But my Palm Pre+, for example, can't last a full day if I use it even moderately for common tasks. That stinks.
- 10-12-2011, 04:07 PM #147
I am considering it. Telus has all their pre-orders out of stock for Iphone 5 and my BB Storm battery is almost dead now and its only been on for 7 hours with less than a dozen texts/checked emails so I gotta get a new phone. Its been a toss up between the 2 for a while now but theres no ETA on when the Iphones will be back or the release of the SGS2.
- 10-12-2011, 04:21 PM #148
- 10-12-2011, 10:44 PM #149
The battery is top of the line for Android, but I still feel with my typical usage patterns its not good enough, but I think it would be great for lots of people.
The iPhone's screen is far from perfect....WAY TO SMALL....ie. like reading web pages on it.
Keep in mind I went from the iPhone (well really tons of smartphones before it) -> iPhone 3g -> 3GS -> 4.
- 10-12-2011, 10:45 PM #150