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Now before you jump to one phone, please read the post.

Wanting to upgrade from my HTC G2, and I want to stay on my carrier (Simple Mobile, which runs on T-Mobile) due to the new $40 plan they have...any of the big carriers (AT&T/Sprint/Verizon) just cost too much per month, so they're out of the question.

Either phone will be expensive for me, as it'll have to be off-contract, although I may consider switching to T-Mobile (officially) since they have a $50 plan with what I want, so the GSII could be quite a bit cheaper.

I realize I'd only get EDGE with the iPhone when using it with T-Mobile, but having run my phone on 2G (to play with it and see how it compares to 3G), it's something I can easily deal with - I live in the city with Wifi hotspots all over, and rarely use data other than for text-based browsing (don't stream videos on the go, download huge items, etc.).

There's two main reasons why I'd be getting the iPhone - accessory base (you can't deny that there's so damn many Apple-device-only accessories) and then I could get a Android tablet without worrying about it being redundant (as was the case when I tried out a Streak 7 - even with Honeycomb - while I had my G2). Yeah, I could get the GSII and an iPad, but I want something I can fit in my pocket, and a 7-inch tablet does just that.

On the other hand, I'd be getting the GSII for the screen size and quality. Don't care for mobile gaming or anything of the sort, so extra power/specs/whatever don't matter to me. NFC is nice, but I doubt it'll be implemented as well as I'd like anytime soon, so that's irrelevant. It being lighter/thinner is nice, but I've got a G2 with an Otterbox case for it and I still don't find it "too" thick.

Camera quality of one or the other isn't too important, as either is better than my G2's, and that's enough for me (especially since I already have a nice point-and-shoot).
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Well, there is no unlock for the unreleased iPhone 4S yet, so I would not go that route. Also because we dont even know what the baseband looks like yet or if an unlock will even be possible.
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G s ii
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Galaxy SII. You wont look bad once you use it.
    
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Well, there is no unlock for the unreleased iPhone 4S yet, so I would not go that route. Also because we dont even know what the baseband looks like yet or if an unlock will even be possible.
Sorry, can you explain that more? Not really familiar with unlocking, I'm just assuming that you could pop in a T-Mobile SIM and register the proper APN to make it work like you can with the regular iPhone 4.

Also, to those saying the GSII - mind explaining why particularly?
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Sorry, can you explain that more? Not really familiar with unlocking, I'm just assuming that you could pop in a T-Mobile SIM and register the proper APN to make it work like you can with the regular iPhone 4.

Also, to those saying the GSII - mind explaining why particularly?
You can't do that with an iPhone 4 without an unlock. The baseband is locked to a specific carrier then you need a hack to unlock the baseband, this hack only exists for older iphone 4's that have not updated their basebands.

So in short, the 4s will be locked so you can't use it on tmobile without an unlock. And no one knows yet if it can even be unlocked since the phone is still unreleased. And EDGE speeds suck too.
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You can't do that with an iPhone 4 without an unlock. The baseband is locked to a specific carrier then you need a hack to unlock the baseband, this hack only exists for older iphone 4's that have not updated their basebands.

So in short, the 4s will be locked so you can't use it on tmobile without an unlock. And no one knows yet if it can even be unlocked since the phone is still unreleased. And EDGE speeds suck too.
Wait, so newer iPhone 4 models can't be unlocked at all?

And between using Opera Mini and Tapatalk, EDGE is perfectly fine for me when outside of a Wifi hotspot...which, in the city, isn't often.


In any case, I guess I'll wait and see whether there will be any hope of unlocking it when it comes out...if not, I'll more than likely get the GSII, since I'm not interested in getting an unlocked iPhone 4...unless I can get it for dirt-cheap, which I doubt.
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Galaxy S II.
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Galaxy SII for sure. I'm sure if you could hold a Galaxy SII in one hand and an iPhone 4S in the other it would be a no brainer.

I was really looking forward to the iPhone 5 with a larger screen and 4G, but I won't even consider the downgrade to an iPhone 4S from a Thunderbolt with 4G and a 4.3" display.

Besides, you're pretty much looking at HSPA+ (4G) on the Galaxy SII vs. EDGE (2G) on the iPhone 4S.
    
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I think the Galaxy SII has the most accessories out of any android phone on the market... theres tonnes!
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