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Hello OCN, once again my iPhone has died and I would love to swap sides to Android for my next phone. Currently I have a 3gs, which was slow and unreliable, and I am looking into the Samsung Galaxy S2 (AT&T version). I realize that the Nexus comes out at some point this year but I need a phone way earlier than that. I am thinking tomorrow or Friday by the latest. Anyways, is the Galaxy S2 a good phone to get my feet wet with Android? Or are there other options that I completely missed? Thanks in advance.
    
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Galaxy S2 is by far one of the best phones currently available if you're on AT&T. It isn't a pure Google Experience phone, it has the Samsung TouchWiz interface overlaid on top (I like both and the TouchWiz is definitely nicer after a long time). However, there are three other options:

Galaxy S2 Skyrocket - The LTE version of the GS2 and I've seen quite a few users clearing 30-50Mbps down in Orlando.
Galaxy S2 HD (or something similar) - Better resolution version of the GS2 and might have LTE (comes out who knows when, lol)
Galaxy Note - 5.3" 720P screen + LTE with same internals/software as GS2 (comes out soon)
     
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The AT&T Galaxy SII uses the Samsung Exynos processor at 1.2ghz versus all the variants using a Qualcomm processor at 1.5ghz. The Exynos is much faster clock for clock, plus the gpu built into the vanilla SII is also much faster. When you combine the the lower resolution (480x800) plus the better hardware, you'll get a much smoother experience with the Galaxy SII.

Skyrocket: 4g, larger screen but same resolution as regular SII (Which results in much less sharper image), weaker Qualcomm cpu and gpu,complaints of lag

Skyrocket II HD: Same as above, but 720p. Also uses same cpu and gpu, which means much more work and will probably be alot more laggy.

Note: Even bigger screen size, but 720p. Uses same hardware as Skyrocket II HD so performance will be about the same.

For me? Go with the regular Galaxy SII. Better hardware and a much better development scene (If you are interested in flashing roms and kernals for increased performance or battery life/features).

Hope I helped a little.
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Thanks guys, the S2 seems to be a good choice then. I am thinking the vanilla version would be best for me, and save me a bit of money. Now here is to hoping that they will grandfather my iPhone's unlimited data plan over to a new plan.
    
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The AT&T Galaxy SII uses the Samsung Exynos processor at 1.2ghz versus all the variants using a Qualcomm processor at 1.5ghz. The Exynos is much faster clock for clock, plus the gpu built into the vanilla SII is also much faster. When you combine the the lower resolution (480x800) plus the better hardware, you'll get a much smoother experience with the Galaxy SII.
Skyrocket: 4g, larger screen but same resolution as regular SII (Which results in much less sharper image), weaker Qualcomm cpu and gpu,complaints of lag
Skyrocket II HD: Same as above, but 720p. Also uses same cpu and gpu, which means much more work and will probably be alot more laggy.
Note: Even bigger screen size, but 720p. Uses same hardware as Skyrocket II HD so performance will be about the same.
For me? Go with the regular Galaxy SII. Better hardware and a much better development scene (If you are interested in flashing roms and kernals for increased performance or battery life/features).
Hope I helped a little.

Uh the Galaxy Note has the same Exynos processor as the Galaxy S2, for your information. But unless your referring only to the AT&T variant, then nevermind.
Edited by SiCkn3ss - 1/12/12 at 5:24pm
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Uh the Galaxy Note has the same Exynos processor as the Galaxy S2, for your information. But unless your referring only to the AT&T variant, then nevermind.

He was I'm sure, as I posted in the OP that I was looking into AT&T.
    
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Yeah, didn't see that. Hopefully AT&T does allow you to grandfather your data plan, without the hassle.
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Yeah, didn't see that. Hopefully AT&T does allow you to grandfather your data plan, without the hassle.

It would be nice. Honestly though, I'm almost 100% positive they will fuss about it saying something along the lines of "It was an iPhone data plan, that won't carry over". Oh well, here's to hoping. thumb.gif I'll be going to an AT&T store after work.
    
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It would be nice. Honestly though, I'm almost 100% positive they will fuss about it saying something along the lines of "It was an iPhone data plan, that won't carry over". Oh well, here's to hoping. thumb.gif I'll be going to an AT&T store after work.

I kept my unlimited plan from the IPhone 3gs tot he Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. You just have to pay full price for it... which to say the least is quiet a lot.
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I kept my unlimited plan from the IPhone 3gs tot he Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. You just have to pay full price for it... which to say the least is quiet a lot.

Bah! That is atrocious. But to be expected I suppose. I knew that it wouldn't be easy.
    
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