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iPhone 4 user here, had it for almost 2 years (in June), bored out of my mind with it since I've had nothing but iOS devices for 4 years or so.

I was waiting on the Galaxy S3 to come out, but I'm pretty underwhelmed with it... specs sound good but the design is pretty horrendous.

Anyway, I really like the Galaxy S2 but I'm worried it'll be "old" soon after I buy it - so I wondered whether the Note (presuming it is a phone as well? New to Android rolleyes.gif) would be a better buy if I wanted something more future-proof. The only thing I dislike about the Note is the fact that the screen is enormous (too big for me, small pockets) compared to my current iPhone 4.

I can't make my mind up, it really comes down to whether the Galaxy S2 still has what would be regarded as "good hardware", or if the Note has better hardware.
Edited by LiFTed - 5/3/12 at 8:40pm
post #2 of 17
google nexus hspa+ is the one you want.400$and kept up to date by google directly so no more crap like oh gees i am at android 2.3.5 i own a nice exhibit 2 4g when does t mobile charge me the 20 $ to get a 4.0.4 sorry sir but you need a new phone that wont have a microsd hahaha so basicly i get less of a smartphone but i pay more nice trick lol.
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Definently Note. The screen is awesome. You will not think about phone screens the same way again. The S2 is good too, but it just doesn't have the amount of features the Note has. Also, the Note is not too big at all. I would enjoy it if they made a 6"+ version, and I have medium sized hands. It's not a hasle to carry it or anything, and people do not walk up to you and laugh when they see you talking on the phone.

This guy with an iPhone 4S saw me using my Note when I was in the dentist waiting room, and he tried to show off to me his iPhone.
    
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Hardware wise the 2 phones are nearly the same. Although some would care to argue Snapdragon versus Exynos, its really a wash outside of benchmarks. If the Note is too big for you, then the S2 is essentially its 'little brother.'

As a Note owner, I would recommend getting pants with bigger pockets thumb.gif
 
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Is the Note easy to operate with just one hand (not too heavy, easy to reach all the points on the screen, etc)?

Also, is the Note completely useable without the stylus? I don't particularly enjoy styluses but there are obviously applications where it is more practical.
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Is the Note easy to operate with just one hand (not too heavy, easy to reach all the points on the screen, etc)?
Also, is the Note completely useable without the stylus? I don't particularly enjoy styluses but there are obviously applications where it is more practical.

After the first week or so I rarely use the stylus outside of jotting down some quick notes, to do lists, etc. Nothing on the phone requires you to use the stylus, its just an alternative input there that is especially handy if you like to draw (or if you come from the old school WinMo generation and have stylus separation anxiety).

The phone is not heavy, its actually a lot lighter than I expected. Screen usability really boils down to your thumb- its something you may want to test before making the final purchase.
 
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Is the Note easy to operate with just one hand (not too heavy, easy to reach all the points on the screen, etc)?
Also, is the Note completely useable without the stylus? I don't particularly enjoy styluses but there are obviously applications where it is more practical.

i never did use my stylus .. *note user for 4 months now smile.gif
if you dont mind the size.. get the note! biggrin.gif
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Is the Note easy to operate with just one hand (not too heavy, easy to reach all the points on the screen, etc)?
Also, is the Note completely useable without the stylus? I don't particularly enjoy styluses but there are obviously applications where it is more practical.

It's actually really light. With one hand it's okay, but some points you struggle like if you are holding it in the right hand, you can't easily reach the bottom right and top right corners. I never use it one handed, so I can't really give you much more detail.

It is definitly usable without the stylus. I had to replace my this month, and I was out of it for about a month, just using my Note with my hands. I got used to it and it works fine, but the stylus really speeds things up. For example, typing with Swype and the S-Pen goes SOOOOO fast you would not believe. Something like 40-50 wpm for me (at least I think thats fast).
    
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I have the Note and absolutely love it. I can't go any smaller after using it for a few weeks. You don't have to use the stylus for anything (although it is kind of fun for some stuff).
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The Note is definitely a winner for me.

Had the One X, S2 and Sensation previously. After about a week you begin to wonder how you ever coped with a smaller screen. Really shines when your sat on the bus watching video, it looks stunning.
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