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Should I buy an iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S2?

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  • 31% (36)
    iPhone 4s
  • 66% (76)
    Samsung Galaxy S2
  • 2% (3)
    Other (comment - AT&T only)
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post #1 of 79
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Well I'm in the market for a new smartphone and all the reviews for apples 4s and samsungs s2 say that both phones are very good and its really hard to tell which one is better. (most of the reviews are inherently biased..)

I currently own a jailbroken first gen iPhone btw. (i know, its old :/).

I was wondering what you guys think? This forum seems to have people who like Apple and Android.

Also, If there are any other phones to consider, what would they be? (AT&T only)

Thanks so much!
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If you can wait I recommend going for the galaxy nexus which should come out in early novemeber (GSM version just passed through the FCC, and announcement coming on the 18th).

But if you do need one now, then I would personally go with the GSII. Both phones have great screens, though I believe the GSII has slightly better resolution and bigger.
Both have dual core ARMs, the GSII has more RAM, Android is more customizable aesthetically.

I believe that the ATT version of the GSII has an unlocked bootloader, which means you can load up customized ROMs so you can get a much faster and streamlined experience.

It really comes down to which OS version you want.
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One of my main concerns is if the android software can compete with apples software in terms of usability and aesthetics. What kind of customizations are available for android phones?

sorry if this is a dumb question, I have never owned an android phone in my life.
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post #4 of 79
iPhone 4s screen resolution: 960 x 640 (3.5" screen)

GSII screen resolution: 800 x 480 (4.3" screen)

The retina display has more pixels but the trade off is a smaller screen. I personally own a GSII and I know tons of people who have an iPhone 4, and both screens are amazing. I couldn't give an honest answer as to which one is ultimately better in terms of viewing pleasure.

I like my GSII, but it suffers from crashes frequently, and the battery life is shocking. Also my personal experience is that the Android market is is still terribad, it's populated with trash and there are no real decent games for this phone....other than the ones that were stolen from iOS.

I personally think the GSII is a better phone than the iPhone 4, however iOS has a much better app market and quality selection of apps.

With the arrival of the A5 processor, the iPhone 4S beats the GSII in terms of raw power and graphical prowess. In my opinion the iPhone 4S is the clear winner here. Unless you're one of those idiots who is under the impression that iOS is locked down.

EDIT:

Android has a lot of customisation. You can put a new ROM on the phone if you wanted to, which changes the entire function of the phone. You can have animated wallpapers, change themes, customized ringtones ect....

The only couple of things that it can do that a jailbroken iPhone cannot, is act as a mass storage drive (USB drive) and has animated wallpapers. It can also be overclocked......if you really care about such a pointless feature. Everything else, the iPhone can pretty much do, the iPhone has A LOT of customization once jailbroken.
Edited by IcedEarth - 10/15/11 at 12:10pm
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post #5 of 79
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Thanks IcedEarth,

Just so you know, jailbroken iPhones can have animated wallpapers, but personally i find them distasteful.

The USB feature could be helpful though!

Can you get through at least a day without recharging? how long have you had the phone? Would you consider yourself a heavy user?
Edited by Chi1 - 10/15/11 at 12:20pm
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I never really messed with jailbreak enough on my 3GS to discover that feature. They're really well implemented on the GSII though and some really bring out the quality of the screen.

I charge my phone every single night, if I'm at work and it is a slow day (06:30am - 3:00pm) then sometimes it's at about 10% by 3pm but that's with very heavy use.

On a normal day I would say that my battery is at about 30% by the time I go to bed. I have never had an Android phone with a decent battery to be honest. I've had the phone 6 months now.

I love everything about my GSII, it is just a real shame that the apps available through the Android App Market are so bad in terms of quality.
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post #7 of 79
Both are good phones. The number one factor, IMHO, is the OS. Play around with an Android phone at a store and see how you like it. Personally, I like iOS because it's intuitive and has very few technical issues.. Preferences will vary though. Some people prefer the ease of customization with Android. Jailbreaking an iPhone is really easy and reversible, but requires the extra step before getting outside the Apple prison.

I upgraded my 3GS to a 4S and it was well worth it. The screen is outstanding. It actually makes my 3GS screen look awful.

Both are great phones. It all comes down to what OS you want.
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Anyone who things that the Android Market has B rated apps is sadly mistaken. Most of the 'killer' apps on the iPhone are games. Apps on the Android are like uTorrent, Winamp...
    
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Anyone who things that the Android Market has B rated apps is sadly mistaken. Most of the 'killer' apps on the iPhone are games. Apps on the Android are like uTorrent, Winamp...
That may be true, however I use my phone for three things:

Communications

Internet Surfing

Entertainment

I don't need a phone that has uTorrent, I need a phone that will provide entertainment during toilet time.
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