Welcome to the iMore Forums Create Your Account or Ask a Question Answers in 5 minutes - no registration required!
Results 1 to 17 of 17
Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By JustMe'D
  1. Thread AuthorThread Author   #1  
    edd
    edd is offline
    edd's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    154 Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1.1

    Default 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?
  2. #2  
    Disturbed_Angel's Avatar
    iMore Beginner

    Posts
    98 Posts
    Global Posts
    440 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1.1

    Default

    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.
    I enjoy technology from many sources.

    @Disturbed0Angel on Twitter, and instagram.com/disturbedangel86 if you like Hawaii Sunsets and Coffee pics.
  3. #3  
    ghostface147's Avatar
    iMore Genius

    Posts
    3,396 Posts
    Global Posts
    3,475 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    10B329

    Default

    Android will always be laggy due to it's design. However there are some really good android phones out there. HTC One X, Droid razr maxx, galaxy nexus are a few that come to mind.
    blah blah blah witty signature blah blah blah
  4. #4  
    JustMe'D's Avatar

    Posts
    17,080 Posts
    Global Posts
    17,290 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0.4

    Default

    Which Android phone is comparable to the iPhone 4S? In terms of simplicity, popularity & support, arguably none, but in terms of power, speed and variety, take your pick.
  5. #5  
    Budde2's Avatar
    iPhone Newbie

    Posts
    12 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Disturbed_Angel View Post
    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.
    I have both iPhone 4s and the galaxy nexus with ics and the galaxy IMO smashes the iPhone you can't say one is better cuz it all is on the user and what they like they are both amazing phones but android is way more capable than any iPhone now and in the future

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
  6. #6  
    Sancho90's Avatar
    iMore Intermediate

    Posts
    134 Posts
    Global Posts
    163 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1

    Default

    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.


    Sent from Sancho's Brain
    (iPhone 4S, Tapatalk)
  7. #7  
    EmceeGeek's Avatar

    Posts
    1,471 Posts
    Global Posts
    1,535 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    5.1.1

    Default

    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.
    32GB iPhone 5S 32GB iPhone 5 64GB iPad 3 LTE 15" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz 21" iMac 2.9GHz i5
  8. #8  
    pkcable's Avatar
    iMore Specialist

    Posts
    1,457 Posts
    Global Posts
    30,765 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    iOS 5.1.1

    Default

    I'd say Galaxy Nexus would be your best bet.
  9. #9  
    Budde2's Avatar
    iPhone Newbie

    Posts
    12 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by EmceeGeek View Post
    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.
    +1 I agree that ios is more stable but it is also limited to what you can do with it Android you can email some one a 30 min video iPhone not even 4 min video can be emailed I can do so much more on my GN than I could ever dream of on my 4s. Not that I don't love my 4s I just like to be able to move around my phone and not what some one else let's me do on the phone I just paid 850 for

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
  10. #10  
    cardfan's Avatar
    iMore Guru

    Posts
    1,921 Posts
    Global Posts
    5,545 Global Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Budde2 View Post
    +1 I agree that ios is more stable but it is also limited to what you can do with it Android you can email some one a 30 min video iPhone not even 4 min video can be emailed I can do so much more on my GN than I could ever dream of on my 4s. Not that I don't love my 4s I just like to be able to move around my phone and not what some one else let's me do on the phone I just paid 850 for

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
    You really email 30min videos? Well ok..
  11. #11  
    kch50428's Avatar

    Posts
    10,197 Posts
    Global Posts
    11,074 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    You really email 30min videos? Well ok..
    Maybe something at less than 640x480 30fps.

    I saw the headline of the thread and thought to myself this was a question of "what brand of textured soy protein tasted most like real beef"... smh.
    Keith - iMore Moderator - The Mobile Nations/iMore Forum Rules
     iPhone5 on VZW;  iPad(2012) - wifi with BadElf for GPS
    "When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." -- Socrates
  12. #12  
    Budde2's Avatar
    iPhone Newbie

    Posts
    12 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by cardfan View Post
    You really email 30min videos? Well ok..
    Well my wife does to me of my kids when I go over seas or cross country

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
  13. #13  
    sherlock's Avatar
    iMore Guru

    Posts
    1,635 Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0.6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    Which Android phone is comparable to the iPhone 4S? In terms of simplicity, popularity & support, arguably none, but in terms of power, speed and variety, take your pick.
    <clears throat>

    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.
  14. #14  
    JustMe'D's Avatar

    Posts
    17,080 Posts
    Global Posts
    17,290 Global Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0.4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sherlock View Post

    I get what your saying but there's so much more that goes into how a device performs.
    Of course.
    Since when has anything Apple had the most power, speed or variety?
    That was my point. In terms of power, speed & variety, any typical Android device could equal or best an iPhone.
    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.
    I agree and specs alone do not equate to superiority. Apple products are elegant, well-built and simple to use. Android products are arguably for the techie types. People who like tweaking and stuff of that nature whereas Joe Public would be overwhelmed and frustrated by all of the settings etcetera. Anyway, I tried to give the OP a personal comparison of what was asked, at least I tried to.




    Just Me, D
    (Tapatalk - iPhone 4S)
    sherlock likes this.
  15. #15  
    sherlock's Avatar
    iMore Guru

    Posts
    1,635 Posts
    iOS Version
    7.0.6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    Anyway, I tried to give the OP a personal comparison of what was asked, at least I tried to.
    As always you did a fine job of it too.
    Thanked by:
    JustMe'D (05-03-2012)
  16. #16  
    AJ_Watson's Avatar
    iPhone Beginner

    Posts
    96 Posts

    Default

    Pretty much everyone after the Droid X2.
    Semper Fidelis my fellow "Teufel Hunden"
    1/9 Ooh Rah
  17. #17  
    bbui4's Avatar
    iPhone Newbie

    Posts
    12 Posts
    Global Posts
    116 Global Posts

    Default

    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).

    Android Equivalents:

    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)

Posting Permissions

B