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Which Android phone is comparable to the 4s?
So the 4s is my first smartphone and I'm pretty happy with it. At work they replaced my old Nextel with a Samsung Exhibit 2 4g. I was eager to mess with it because the only Android experience I have is with my Nook.
Well I'm pretty shocked at how much this phone sucks next to my 4s. Im pretty sure its Gingerbread and this is a midlevel phone at best but I was still expecting better. There's a lack of fluidity for the touchscreen. It lags. Also web pages (mobile versions) don't render with the proper proportions like on the 4s. If I had started out with one of these I wouldn't have known better but Apple has ruined me.
So I'm assuming there's a better Android option out there. Who's used something that they thought gave the 4a a run for its money? Does ICS come without the problems noted above?
- 05-03-2012, 07:45 AM #2
I switched to the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx for about a month and a half when it first came out in the end of Jan from my iPhone 4. It was a top tier device, giving the Galaxy Nexus a run for its money in every area except it was on Gingerbread and was waiting for ICS, vs the Nexus had ICS. The iPhone 4 mopped the floor with the Android device. Speed, UI smoothness, memory management, reliability, even the keyboard, and I tried about 4 different ones on the Android, they all sucked for accuracy and correction/prediction. Finally I couldn't take it anymore, added another line for $10 a month, bought a dumb phone on Craigslist, and got an iPhone 4S, which is in another class from Android. The only thing I miss every once in a while is the LTE ( refuse to call LTE 4G, at best it is pre 4G, vs anything else available currently is simply 3G, true 4G is LTE-A, etc.) and even that is only for large DL, like huge apps, other wise in web surfing, pic posting, Internet radio, are all actully better on the iPhone due to I believe far better hard wear. Even the massive screen on the Android was worse than the iPhone, and not just because of retina. The screen was just too big to be comfortable to hold and use with one hand, and I'm 6'4". I really think a 4 in screen is about ideal, but I'll take smaller rather than larger. If I want a bigger screen I'll use my iPad, or my computer, or even my TV.
Hands down, I see no comparison between the iPhone 4S and any current Android device.
- 05-03-2012, 07:47 AM #3
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- 05-03-2012, 09:00 AM #5
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- 05-03-2012, 09:44 AM #6
I would say anything "top tier" from HTC. More specifically, the One X. Granted, specs wise, the One X blows the 4S out of the water, but Android absolutely NEEDS crazy high specs to even remotely run as superbly as iOS. Even then, it's still wonky.
But, I don't care what they say for PR purposes, HTC will never support their devices like Apple does.
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- 05-03-2012, 09:46 AM #7
It all depends on the user, iPhone you have a little more control with but as far as performance, androids will be buggy because it's an open based software but a more stable software on a phone would be almost any HTC phone. I've always loved the quality and stability in Sense. Samsung is so good on the other hand, touch wiz is pretty crappy. Even with the galaxy s II. So I'd just say go for a galaxy nexus because it doesn't have a overlay, it's vanilla android and created directly from google and android.
- 05-03-2012, 09:52 AM #8
- 05-03-2012, 09:58 AM #9
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- 05-03-2012, 02:19 PM #13
I get what your saying but there's so much more that goes into how a device performs. Since when has anything Apple had the most power, speed or variety? Look at the ho hum specs that Macs offer compared to Windows boxes for instance. I see the same thing being true when comparing Android to Apple.
- 05-03-2012, 03:07 PM #14Since when has anything Apple had the most power, speed or variety?Look at the ho hum specs that Macs offer compared to Windows boxes for instance. I see the same thing being true when comparing Android to Apple.
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- 05-03-2012, 03:36 PM #15
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- 05-08-2012, 06:04 AM #17
Like other posters have stated, it really depends on what features are MOST important to you. I personally believe that the iPhone 4S has the BEST mix overall features (except for data speeds and screen size).
HTC One X - Best screen I've ever seen on ANY phone. (LCD2)
Samsung Galaxy S3 - Best overall hardware (not out until june)
Galaxy Nexus - Best user experience. (pure google UI, no skins)
Droid Razr Maxx - Best battery life (it has a terrible screen but an HD razr maxx is coming)