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Sorry about making another one of these threads, but I could really use some help with this.

My cap rolled over in April, and by the time my carrier got in the GSII, it was already late July. By that time, I decided to wait until Apple unveiled their next iPhone, and after months of waiting, I'm left disappointed. Now after waiting for Google's unveil, I really don't know what to go for.

I'm just about ready to get a GSII and stop waiting. I'm coming from a 3GS, and have found that I rarely use any apps as I dislike mobile gaming in general (although I've had the chance to use some emulators on android, and I must say, they're awesome). However, I browse the internet a lot, and so I'm leaning towards android with its flash capabilities. Also, the much larger screens on android devices are what I'm really after.

If I had the option to get either the Galaxy Nexus or GSII now, I would go for the nexus because of its display, but that is only a marginal advantage. However, being a 720p screen, most of the content I view will not be the native resolution, ie. youtube and movies (I' not going to fill up the memory with 720p movies, considering that it is not expandable); it might end up being worse than the GSII for that type of content. Also, being in Australia and on Telstra, I have doubts that there is even a chance that I could get the phone before December, maybe even later, and by the time it gets in, it is sure to be significantly more expensive than what I can get the GSII for, probably around $120-$240 extra.

So right now I'm just about going to throw down the money for a GSII, but if it is absolutely worth it, I can wait for the Nexus, or even get a 4S if there's a very good reason to do so (although that screen is just so small). What do you guys think? It is too late to get a GSII? It's about mid-late product cycle by now, should I just wait for the nexus?
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Sorry about making another one of these threads, but I could really use some help with this.

My cap rolled over in April, and by the time my carrier got in the GSII, it was already late July. By that time, I decided to wait until Apple unveiled their next iPhone, and after months of waiting, I'm left disappointed. Now after waiting for Google's unveil, I really don't know what to go for.

I'm just about ready to get a GSII and stop waiting. I'm coming from a 3GS, and have found that I rarely use any apps as I dislike mobile gaming in general (although I've had the chance to use some emulators on android, and I must say, they're awesome). However, I browse the internet a lot, and so I'm leaning towards android with its flash capabilities. Also, the much larger screens on android devices are what I'm really after.

If I had the option to get either the Galaxy Nexus or GSII now, I would go for the nexus because of its display, but that is only a marginal advantage. However, being a 720p screen, most of the content I view will not be the native resolution, ie. youtube and movies (I' not going to fill up the memory with 720p movies, considering that it is not expandable); it might end up being worse than the GSII for that type of content. Also, being in Australia and on Telstra, I have doubts that there is even a chance that I could get the phone before December, maybe even later, and by the time it gets in, it is sure to be significantly more expensive than what I can get the GSII for, probably around $120-$240 extra.

So right now I'm just about going to throw down the money for a GSII, but if it is absolutely worth it, I can wait for the Nexus, or even get a 4S if there's a very good reason to do so (although that screen is just so small). What do you guys think? It is too late to get a GSII? It's about mid-late product cycle by now, should I just wait for the nexus?
Apple probably developed a larger "4. something screen" iphone 5, simultaneously to the 4s... Something wasn't ready but, iphone 5 will be out probably sooner than a full year.

The Galaxy s2 screen is big and good for webbrowsing, deep blacks and all, colors are a bit off. I have a 4.5 in model and even without a case its uncomfortable large.

I would get a 4s, and resell it when the 5 is out. The S2 will most certainly not hold value like a 4s. The screen on the 4s is small, the ppi is great, the camera is great, and the quality of the screen is so far unsurpassed.

Apple just released 5.0 for your 3gs, Personally I think that's the best support in the business. How many Flagship Galaxy S phones even got the marginal upgrade to gingerbread, less than a year later.

To me the 5M camera in the nexus make it a non starter. (now that 8M shooters ARE actually better than 5M, unlike last year)
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Apple probably developed a larger "4. something screen" iphone 5, simultaneously to the 4s... Something wasn't ready but, iphone 5 will be out probably sooner than a full year.

The Galaxy s2 screen is big and good for webbrowsing, deep blacks and all, colors are a bit off. I have a 4.5 in model and even without a case its uncomfortable large.

I would get a 4s, and resell it when the 5 is out. The S2 will most certainly not hold value like a 4s. The screen on the 4s is small, the ppi is great, the camera is great, and the quality of the screen is so far unsurpassed.

Apple just released 5.0 for your 3gs, Personally I think that's the best support in the business. How many Flagship Galaxy S phones even got the marginal upgrade to gingerbread, less than a year later.

To me the 5M camera in the nexus make it a non starter. (now that 8M shooters ARE actually better than 5M, unlike last year)
and I will give you the android opinion!

The GS2 is still considered by many the "flagship" phone, even after the release of the Nexus. It is a fantastic phone and I wouldnt worry about it being mid to late product cycle, as it will be supported for quite a while by samsung and XDA. What it comes down to for me is the difference in form factor. The two are very different from each other, so I would recommend holding the S2 in store to see if you like it.

As for the 4S, lets face it, there isnt a whole lot of draw for you. It is a good phone for those who need what it has, but as you said, the screen is tiny compared to what is out there. I have been web browsing on my ipod touch screen for 2 years now and after screwing around on the GS2, I hate to go back to the 3.5 inch.

I say you have waited long enough, and you should pull the trigger on something you will like.
     
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It really depends on what you want, its hard to recommend an iphone or android phone without knowing what the user wants.

I was a 3gs user myself, went to Android starting with the Captivate and was impressed with the customization of Android, but was annoyed with the performance of the device.

However several phones later (Atrix, Inspire, Iphone 4, Nexus S)
I landed on the GS2 (international unlocked version) which i bought about 3 months ago. I love it, its one phone I could see myself being happy with for a long time. HOWEVER I will be getting the Galaxy Nexus and selling my GS2, simply because I love design and the fact it will have Ice Cream Sammich months before it touches any other phone, which is a deal breaker considering how revamped ICS is over previous versions of Android (crosses fingers it improves battery life as well).

So it comes down to 2 simple questions you need to ask yourself

1st Question:
Do I want a simple OS that is great and for the most part bug free, with very minimal customization? If your answer is Yes get the Iphone 4s, if No proceed to question 2.

2nd Question:
Is getting ICS RIGHT NOW and getting updates long before anyone else important to me?
If yes get the Galaxy Nexus, If updates and ICS isnt as important the GS2 will be everybit as good as the Galaxy Nexus in most categories.

Pros and cons of the Nexus vs GS2

GS2:
8mp camera
slightly thinner
better ffc

Galaxy Nexus
ICS + updates
curved display?
720p screen
larger screen? (button take up part of the 4.65 inch screen making it roughly 4.3)

Hope that ramble of an answer helps you!
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and I will give you the android opinion!

The GS2 is still considered by many the "flagship" phone, even after the release of the Nexus. It is a fantastic phone and I wouldnt worry about it being mid to late product cycle, as it will be supported for quite a while by samsung and XDA. What it comes down to for me is the difference in form factor. The two are very different from each other, so I would recommend holding the S2 in store to see if you like it.

As for the 4S, lets face it, there isnt a whole lot of draw for you. It is a good phone for those who need what it has, but as you said, the screen is tiny compared to what is out there. I have been web browsing on my ipod touch screen for 2 years now and after screwing around on the GS2, I hate to go back to the 3.5 inch.

I say you have waited long enough, and you should pull the trigger on something you will like.
To be fair on an ipod touch, your not using a 960x640 ips, screen. I have a GS2 and it is great for webbrowsing. But so is 4s, and dare I say it, mobile safari is still better than Dolphin HD, for feel, zooming, and snappiness.

The main thing I'm saying is the OP can save a bunch of $ because the purchase price of the 4s is likely the same, but the resale is going to be MUCH higher... and likely the OP thinks somewhat highly of iphones, he may want the ip5 over the GSII or nexus prime.

And what tech fan who keeps track of AI developments doesn't want to see where siri will go?
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If it was me, I'd get the GSII. I was also pretty let down with the 4s, and I just find that Android is much more fun to use.
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iPhone 4 user, trading for GS2 tonight, get it.
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In my opinion, if you can't wait go with Galaxy S2. If you can wait a month~few months, go with Galaxy Nexus. If you can wait a pretty long time or willing to sell your phone and purchase one, go with Galaxy S3.

Really right now it's display and software vs raw performance.

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It really depends on what you want, its hard to recommend an iphone or android phone without knowing what the user wants.

I was a 3gs user myself, went to Android starting with the Captivate and was impressed with the customization of Android, but was annoyed with the performance of the device.

However several phones later (Atrix, Inspire, Iphone 4, Nexus S)
I landed on the GS2 (international unlocked version) which i bought about 3 months ago. I love it, its one phone I could see myself being happy with for a long time. HOWEVER I will be getting the Galaxy Nexus and selling my GS2, simply because I love design and the fact it will have Ice Cream Sammich months before it touches any other phone, which is a deal breaker considering how revamped ICS is over previous versions of Android (crosses fingers it improves battery life as well).

So it comes down to 2 simple questions you need to ask yourself

1st Question:
Do I want a simple OS that is great and for the most part bug free, with very minimal customization? If your answer is Yes get the Iphone 4s, if No proceed to question 2.

2nd Question:
Is getting ICS RIGHT NOW and getting updates long before anyone else important to me?
If yes get the Galaxy Nexus, If updates and ICS isnt as important the GS2 will be everybit as good as the Galaxy Nexus in most categories.

Pros and cons of the Nexus vs GS2

GS2:
8mp camera
slightly thinner
better ffc

Galaxy Nexus
ICS + updates
curved display?
720p screen
larger screen? (button take up part of the 4.65 inch screen making it roughly 4.3)

Hope that ramble of an answer helps you!
Android phones have better performance than iPhones, such as Galaxy S2, Droid Razr, Droid Bionic, HTC Rhyme, HTC Evo 3D and etc.

8MP is just the size, not the quality, and I believe Galaxy Nexus has a better sensor than Epic 4G Touch. Not 100% sure, but it's not like the Galaxy Nexus has a bad camera, from the pictures I've seen Galaxy Nexus looked good.
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