View Poll Results: What are you considering spending YOUR money on?

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  • iPhone

    105 76.09%
  • Samsung Galaxy SII or Other Android

    26 18.84%
  • Mango Phones

    7 5.07%
  1. powerbyte#AC's Avatar
    I've tried everything I have wanted to on the Sprint network...BRING ON THE iPhone 4S!!
    10-11-2011 08:50 PM
  2. CarrieMK's Avatar
    LMAO ... massive iLoads ... too damn funny
    OMG I can't believe someone actually wrote that..
    10-11-2011 09:10 PM
  3. davjaxn's Avatar
    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.
    10-11-2011 10:35 PM
  4. Crystalftw's Avatar
    ...]AnandTech - iPhone 4S Preliminary Benchmarks: ~800MHz A5, Slightly Slower GPU than iPad 2, Still Very Fast[/url]


    it's not always about the benchmark scores btw.... it is however always about ownership experience =)
    Thank you! Off to show my husband. =)
    10-12-2011 01:13 AM
  5. Farmdreads's Avatar
    hells no. What do you think I am, a traitor?
    10-12-2011 02:55 AM
  6. timberga's Avatar
    The lag came when unlocking mostly. The time it takes between pictures is UNBEARABLE. Some apps were laggy(twitter off the top of my head.) Dont get me wrong, it's a nice phone, just not the phone for me.

    If you find your solstice in the SGS2, great. I didn't, and I believe one week is an honest try.

    BTW there's a reason the iPhone is so successful. It's not only because the OS is polished. It's because the device, OS and support system combine to offer the consumer a polished experience overall.
    I just find your experience odd, since I haven't experienced anything you have said.....seems a bit odd, thats all.

    - 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 09:28 AM
  7. CarrieMK's Avatar
    I just find your experience odd, since I haven't experienced anything you have said.....seems a bit odd, thats all.

    - 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.
    Although I couldn't afford it, I did try out the SGS2 in-store and all I can say is wow! It didn't seem to be laggy in the least. Beautiful large screen, quick response. Extremely nice camera, which is also very responsive and sharp.

    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 11:18 AM
  8. davjaxn's Avatar
    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 11:25 AM
  9. Xm_jdm's Avatar
    Nope. Two words.

    Samsung.

    Touchwiz.
    10-12-2011 11:25 AM
  10. buci1er's Avatar
    I just find your experience odd, since I haven't experienced anything you have said.....seems a bit odd, thats all.

    - 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.
    When you take pictures it takes too much time to shoot the first picture, then when you take that picture taking the second one takes too much time. This happens even between shots in "action mode"
    10-12-2011 12:11 PM
  11. DrewBear's Avatar
    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.
    There are now iPhones for every budget, starting with the 3GS for $0 with contract. BTW, that contract is by far the greatest expense in owning any smartphone (iPhone or Android): $720 over 2 yrs.

    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 12:48 PM
  12. CarrieMK's Avatar
    There are now iPhones for every budget, starting with the 3GS for $0 with contract. BTW, that contract is by far the greatest expense in owning any smartphone (iPhone or Android): $720 over 2 yrs.

    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.
    This will be true in the future and is something to consider. However, I am with Sprint, and this is the first time we are getting the iPhone so even with a full upgrade, at this point I still have to pay $199 for it.
    10-12-2011 01:34 PM
  13. CarrieMK's Avatar
    Nope. Two words.

    Samsung.

    Touchwiz.
    I do have to agree with you there. As far as Android skins, Sense 3.0 is the best. I happen to like my NS4G with its "bare bones" if you will. You can customize it from there...especially if you unlock the bootloader and root Yep, you can tell I'll be a jailbreaker!
    10-12-2011 01:40 PM
  14. DrewBear's Avatar
    This will be true in the future and is something to consider. However, I am with Sprint, and this is the first time we are getting the iPhone so even with a full upgrade, at this point I still have to pay $199 for it.
    Ok. So let's say your choice is between the NS4G for $30 or the iPhone 4S for $199. Contract costs the same for either device. The difference is $169 over 2 yrs. How much will you be able to sell the Nexus for in Oct. 2013? Maybe $20, while the 4S will bring in $120?

    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.
    CarrieMK likes this.
    10-12-2011 01:52 PM
  15. CarrieMK's Avatar
    Ok. So let's say your choice is between the NS4G for $30 or the iPhone 4S for $199. Contract costs the same for either device. The difference is $169 over 2 yrs. How much will you be able to sell the Nexus for in Oct. 2013? Maybe $20, while the 4S will bring in $120?

    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.
    Yes, I do have the NS4G already and it was free from Best Buy.

    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.

    Thanks again!
    10-12-2011 02:14 PM
  16. diamonddialogue's Avatar
    The Galaxy S II seems pretty cool. I'd have to say I would go for that if the iPhone was no option.
    10-12-2011 02:14 PM
  17. zackawee27's Avatar
    I wouldn't want the Galaxy S II, its supposed to feel really awkward in the hand. Anyone the battery would die to fast! The screen is huge! Which is also why the iPhone's screen is perfect.
    10-12-2011 02:33 PM
  18. buci1er's Avatar
    I wouldn't want the Galaxy S II, its supposed to feel really awkward in the hand. Anyone the battery would die to fast! The screen is huge! Which is also why the iPhone's screen is perfect.
    Actually, the battery life in the SGSII is quite good. It's comprable to the iPhone 4. Which says a lot. It lets me know that theres the technology to have a bigger screen and decent battery life with quite the powerhouse under the hood.
    10-12-2011 03:20 PM
  19. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Actually, the battery life in the SGSII is quite good. It's comprable to the iPhone 4. Which says a lot. It lets me know that theres the technology to have a bigger screen and decent battery life with quite the powerhouse under the hood.
    Errr.... In my experience, it definitely is not comparable to iPhone 4's battery.. And even if it were, it literally takes hours longer than the iPhone 4 to charge. It takes an insanely long time, even when charging from AC.
    10-12-2011 03:44 PM
  20. buci1er's Avatar
    Errr.... In my experience, it definitely is not comparable to iPhone 4's battery.. And even if it were, it literally takes hours longer than the iPhone 4 to charge. It takes an insanely long time, even when charging from AC.

    Hey, it's not really a blanket statement. My iPhone lasts for 1 whole day on a single charge with the amount I use it. My SGS2 did the same. I do, however, agree with the fact that the SGS2 took SOOOOOOOOOO LONG TO CHARGE.
    10-12-2011 04:05 PM
  21. DrewBear's Avatar
    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 04:40 PM
  22. Lenerdosy's Avatar
    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 05:07 PM
  23. BarronN30's Avatar
    I seen the Galaxy SII in person and it looks very nice but I'm not a big fan of android OS.
    It is nice (I have it on my tablet) but for my phone I would prefer Apple's iOS.
    10-12-2011 05:21 PM
  24. timberga's Avatar
    I wouldn't want the Galaxy S II, its supposed to feel really awkward in the hand. Anyone the battery would die to fast! The screen is huge! Which is also why the iPhone's screen is perfect.
    It feels great in the hand....while I'd prefer a 4" screen 4.3" works.....

    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 11:44 PM
  25. timberga's Avatar
    Errr.... In my experience, it definitely is not comparable to iPhone 4's battery.. And even if it were, it literally takes hours longer than the iPhone 4 to charge. It takes an insanely long time, even when charging from AC.
    I have a feeling you haven't had even a few days experience with a US version of the GSII.

    But I do agree that Samsung's charging is SLOW.
    10-12-2011 11:45 PM
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