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So I narrowed it down to, and yes I thought of Samsung Galaxy S2 but cant afford it because im buying these without contract, so dishing it like 450$ or so, LG Optimus 2x/GX2, LG Optimus 3D, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S

First I want to ask whether there is much difference in quality between LG and Samsung

Now this is my list

LG/Samsung - WAY cooler looking OS for me(colours pop!!!, amazing contrast!!!, love the icons and widgets), but a bit laggy (Cyananogen or something can fix the lag)
- bigger screen (4.0", 4.3" flavours)
- better specs (dual core cept for the galaxy s)
- hardware design is kinda crappy compared to iPhone 4, but I don't hate it
iPhone 4 - LOVE the design ( who doesn't)
- iOS for me now looks boring, sure theres more apps, but Android ain't doing bad at all, far from it in fact
- smaller 3.5" screen, won't be able to afford next iPhone, so im stuck with 4
- single core, not horrible or bad, and don't think ill NEED 2 cores because I don't plan to game

So I won't game on the phone, I will get the apps (for uni and whatnot) that a lot of people get, I would love to show off movies on an Androids' phone awesome high contrast display, but I won't watch much on it, and I don't think I really NEED 2 cores, but hey might as well be futureproof.
What to do, I am kind of leaning on the Android world, but the design of the iPhone is holding me in balance. Also, starting university for financial/business econ major so I'll prolly end up getting a blackberry but not till 5-6 more years. Appreciate your help.
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First off, blackberry = big no-no. And I doubt if RIM will even be around in the next 2-3 years.

Secondly, isn't the SGII around the same price as the iphone4? The SGII is probably one of the best android phones around, it's got an upscale iphone-ish feel with a bigger screen. I urge you to save your pennies and don't skimp and buy the discontinued galaxy s.

I don't think it's a good idea to limit yourself to a 3.5" screen/single core proc, or to the locked down iOS. If you don't like your android phone, you can modify it easily to your liking...it's not as easy on iOS.
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Save up for a Galaxy S II bro, it's worth the money. You can easily squeeze out a good 2-3 years on that beast, especially with its powerful dual-core Exynos processor and modding potential.
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Do you have an OS preference? That's what this really boils down to.

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And I doubt if RIM will even be around in the next 2-3 years.
Highly unlikely they are going anywhere that quickly. Contrary to blogosphere belief, they are still selling a ton of devices. No, they aren't doing well, they aren't growing, but they are far from dead.
    
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This should help make up your mind, I've been having a similar debate, and I'm going Android, hopefully getting the GS2 myself.


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Quote:
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Highly unlikely they are going anywhere that quickly. Contrary to blogosphere belief, they are still selling a ton of devices. No, they aren't doing well, they aren't growing, but they are far from dead.
Blackberry doesn't compete in the same market as Android and iOS. iOS targets teenagers, Android targets young adults, and Blackberry targets businessmen.

The Blackberry Torch is a horrible phone. Its was a Droid that retailed for more than the iPhone 4. The newest Torch is equally bad. Its a Droid 2 retailing for more than the Galaxy S II.

But the Bold 9900 is one heck of a phone. Probably one of the best smartphones in the world, if you go by the original definition of a smartphone. If you want to send off emails, texts, do some social networking, and actually use it as a phone, its second to none. Sure it doesn't have a million apps or a massive screen, but those are really functions you'd associate with a phone.


In that regard Blackberry isn't going anywhere. Its like when the Wii launched, and millions of non-gamers suddenly wanted one because it did things consoles normally didn't do. Just because iOS and Android have tapped into a new market doesn't mean the old one is going anywhere.

In fact, I'd say Apple has more to worry about than RIM. They're the ones competing directly with the 3000 pound elephant that is Android.
    
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How does he manage to review both phones and not once talk about phone functionality?
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Quote:
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3,411,000,000 Net Income in 2011
I think RIM is just fine. They just don't market to the same people as Android/iOS, or even webOS. It's business oriented, and quite good at what it is. I'd steal my dad's Blackberry Bold in a heartbeat if my phone broke.

They aren't doing as well as previous years, but by no means will they be gone. Businesses depend on Blackberry servers for emails/contacts/etc.

As for the functionality, I'd say it's not for everyone. It's fast, and reliable, and has a battery life like no other phone, but it lacks most apps that iOS/Android can offer. I'd still recommend it, since they last a LOT longer than other smartphones.

Throwin' my 2 cents at BB. I'd always pick Android over iOS though. I really just don't like iOS at all.
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In an increasingly Android/iOS consumer smartphone market, RIM is already dead. HP and Microsoft are going to take over the enterprise side where RIM is dominating. HP leads the world in personal and enterprise solutions, Microsoft leads the world in personal and enterprise software. Both have the infrastructure and already have existing relationships with most of the business world, it's only a matter of time before they wipe RIM off of the face of the earth. RIM is going absolutely no where, haven't released a single innovative thing in years and they've done nothing to prevent their marketshare from tanking. HP and Microsoft are in the end stages of revamping their smartphone solution that will, at the end of the day, finally put RIM out of it's misery in its dominating market.


They lost 10% marketshare in 6 months. Yeah...they are definitely sticking around for the long haul.
Edited by quentin - 8/17/11 at 7:52pm
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iPhone 4 for sure. 100%.

- iOS for me now looks boring, sure theres more apps, but Android ain't doing bad at all, far from it in fact

Have you seen the quality of apps? That's the main reason I'd get it. iOS 5 looks amazing and I like it a lot. Ok there are equivalent apps and its not Android's fault, but have apps like doodle jump on both and you'll see what I mean. iOS's version is far superior. I like simple apps like 'Things' for school as well. If you want good apps, get iOS, and if you get android get an HTC. They have the nicest looking stock apps and their stuff is awesome.

- smaller 3.5" screen, won't be able to afford next iPhone, so im stuck with 4
You could just wait a little while longer for the new one. You'll get used to it, but that's not justification. If you want to get a bigger screen, go for it, I find the screen is a perfectly good size for me.

- single core, not horrible or bad, and don't think ill NEED 2 cores because I don't plan to game

No lie, it does lag a little sometimes. Its probably because I have so many jailbroken things running, but anything with 512 is good enough for me, android phones have that much sometimes and 1GB is just amazing. Android is not as optimized and is much laggier in general because of the 'spread' of devices, hardware doesn't make it all up, and the old iPhone still feels buttery smooth in comparison to Android which sometimes lags and crashes, the older device would just take longer to load sometimes. 2 cores has better battery life or so I hear, the iPhone 4 battery life is not very good. I just use wifi, and the battery... sucks.

I'd get the iPhone 4. Hack around with it if you don't mind a boring OS that just works, but of course you can run android on it if you wanted, and jailbreak it just like tweaking Android, but its a lot more closed and a lot of stuff will cause you to restart springboard. I prefer it though. If you don't mind tweaking go for android. I'd get the iPhone 4 for:
Resale value
Quality apps (biggest reason)
Very good support customer support
Fantastic IPS screen
Unbrickable status
Form factor
Plethora of cheap cases, accessories and screen protectors.
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