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Tried it (iPhone 4S). Same experience as when I got the 3G when it first came out. Not impressed, especially with the limitation for customization.

Between the SII and the new Galaxy Nexus, which should arrive here in the states in about two and a half weeks from now, what should I get?
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Tried it (iPhone 4S). Same experience as when I got the 3G when it first came out. Not impressed, especially with the limitation for customization.

Between the SII and the new Galaxy Nexus, which should arrive here in the states in about two and a half weeks from now, what should I get?
I thought the SII was already available here? Anyways, it really all comes down to personal preference, there really are not many differences between them and the ones that are there are very subtle.

Nexus has bigger screen, higher res, ICS, and most likely better battery life (should wait for the reviews for the one though)

The GS2 is faster, but it will also get ICS later (usually around 6 months for an update) and could have some bloatware (you can remove that by rooting though).

Both phones are about the same size, the Nexus just uses its real-estate better to have a bigger screen.

It really comes down to preference. Personally (since I think that you made this thread mostly for opinions rather than just a straight up answer), I am getting the Galaxy Nexus. I don't think that phones are something that you should be playing games on so better hardware is not super high on my list. A phone is something that you buy so that things you do often become more convenient and enjoyable. I use my phone for email, the web, texting and calling, getting weather info, etc. I do not use it for games so there is no reason for me to fret over which phone has the best hardware, I am picking the phone that I will have the most enjoyable time using (ICS looks very smooth and I like the design) and will have a longer battery life so that I do not need to charge it so often since I am on the go quite a bit.

When it comes down to it you just need to ask yourself what you plan on using it for and which one offers that better? They both have a very large screen so if you are getting a phone to look cool then either one will work flawlessly since screen size and phone design are the first thing people notice (no one will ask about your phone's hardware, I promise unless you are actually talking with an educated individual about phones and phone opinions, but then you have picked the one that you think is the best so what does his opinion matter?).
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I'm aware that the SII is already widely available in the US, but isn't its spec is slightly inferior to galaxy nexus?

I plan to use it pretty much the same way you do, plus some games on top of it. Hardware supremacy is not really a big deal for me, as long as software+hardware integration is smooth (like iPhone, but again I know you can customize that by yourself on android anyway), great design, not like iPhone where i misspell words left and right because of my fat fingers, to the point where the autocorrect can't keep up and suggests wrong words (for the context).
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I believe the hardware on the S2 is better than on the Galaxy Nexus. The screen on the Galaxy Nexus is larger and sports a nicer resolution. The S2 will eventually get ICS, so I wouldn't count that as a benefit. Honestly, there's a lot of disappointment surrounding the Galaxy Nexus, but who knows. I don't think you could go wrong with either device.

This site breaks it down line by line for you:
http://10division.com/samsung-galaxy...parison-guide/

Not everything is 100% correct though (I think) as it says the resolution on the Nexus is 1280x800 (but I think it's actually 1280x720.

Still, you'll get the gist of it. The S2 is more powerful.
Edited by Simca - 10/31/11 at 2:42pm
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I will look over the specs of both phones again then, thanks.

Btw, appreciate your app list.
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Galaxy S2 has a better CPU on Sprint and AT&T.
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I went with galaxy sII because apparently nexus isn't using SuperAmoled+, apparently. Also, I don't like the design and curved glass looks cheap.

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I went with galaxy sII because apparently nexus isn't using SuperAmoled+, apparently. Also, I don't like the design and curved glass looks cheap.

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I have slightly curved glass on my HTC Sensation and it's not that bad, you barely even notice it unless you slide your finger along the edges.

But yeah, the S2 has a better screen. Super AMOLED + instead of pentile AMOLED HD.
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I have slightly curved glass on my HTC Sensation and it's not that bad, you barely even notice it unless you slide your finger along the edges.

But yeah, the S2 has a better screen. Super AMOLED + instead of pentile AMOLED HD.
We have a Nexus S at work and any reflection from the lights above make it looks like cheap cheap cheap plastic(The screen). That may just be because most of the phone is but I'm pretty sure the screen is glass... I like the feel on my SGSII in my hands, nice and thin and rectangular, lol ! :-)
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I can definitely see how one might think it looks like plastic. It's definitely glass though.
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