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#1 +Nik L

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:02

I am currently a happy user of a Samsung Galaxy S2. I've applied Roms, rooted it, customised it to suit my needs - but even out of the box, was more than happy with it. I have now come to a point in my contract where I am due an upgrade, and see myself with a few choices...

1) Get an iPhone. While I am happy with Android, the whole world is still leaning towards iOS as a platform. Apps come out first or sometimes exclusively. Hardware is built with dock connectors (car stereos for example)...

2) Stay with Android and get either a Galaxy S3 or HTC One. Which is better? I genuinely have no idea :(

3) WAIT! See what Apple do next, see if they keep playing catch-up with their hardware, or see if they have another of those "killer" moments that shakes the industry up.

Any suggestions either way?


#2 Neu B

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:07

Wait for WP8 or go with SGS3. As far as apple, it's going to be same crap different day and it will be magical. Not bashing apple, it's just lately that company has been real stupid.

#3 OP +Nik L

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:08

Wait for WP8 or go with SGS3. As far as apple, it's going to be same crap different day and it will be magical. Not bashing apple, it's just lately that company has been real stupid.


WP8 was deliberately not listed as an option. Not that I dislike it - far from it and quite the contrary. However, the app support just isn't there! And that IS apple bashing, seeing as we don't yet know what their next iteration will be.

#4 ApuBo

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:13

If dont mind the Small screen get Iphone 4 (no experience on Iphone's), or want bigger screen get HTC one or SGS3 (I got it, tho its looks cheap but performs Expensive ;)

#5 jerzdawg

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:20

id say you at least have to wait to see what the iphone is bringing to the table in September. at this point the wait isnt that long and your S2 is doing you just fine. who knows if a better android will be announced as well...

#6 OP +Nik L

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:25

I'm in agreement jerzdawg! I'm not committing to an iPhone, or such, but want to see in what direction they want to steer...

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 13:45

I think its worth waiting for WP8/W8 (solid choice) and personally (call me a fanboy =P) I'm really looking forward to a complete, flexible, ecosystem =) (that's not overpriced).

Even if you dont like the Windows ecosystem when comes out, then you've only waited a few months =) (if your current phone is ok, no reason to replace it straight up is there? I'm from aust...so maybe you have to in the UK =p)

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:15

Wait and see what Apple do with the next iPhone. Then if it doesn't appear to be that revolutionary, then go for the Galaxy S3. I swapped from an iPhone 4 to the S3 and i'm really enjoying it. It is super fast and the screen is brilliant, while it may seem big to begin with, after an hour or so you forget all about it. Plus you get all the Android settings for customization which really put IOS to shame.

I've played around with the HTC One and while it is a power house of a phone like the s3. I just found the s3 to be that bit nicer. Plus the HTC One i played around with had terrible battery life. He could barely get through a day without it needing a charge.

When i was upgrading my phone i was torn between the HTC One and S3. What made my mind up was the fact you could replace the battery and it supports MicroSD.

#9 StrikedOut

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:20

Got to agree with +Lingwo.

Regarding theAndroid devices, I have been using HTC for a few years and realy enjoy them but the battery life in the One is know to be very poor. Unfortunately it means I will probably go for the S3 unless something else comes along. Good thing is, 12 months left until my next upgrade.

#10 Javik

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:25

I'd go with the SGSIII personally. There's little innovation coming out of Apple at the moment, just rehashed copying of Android and WP's features, along with Siri which is at best a gimmick.

#11 Ambroos

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:31

Around the next iPhone introduction Sony will be bringing their new phones to the market, including new models with LTE, Snapdragon S4's and a killer camera. It'll be the phone that mr. Bond will use in his next movie ^^

#12 Xilo

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:35

Stay with the SGS2. The SGS3 has an inferior screen (pentile display) and inferior CPU (snapdragon). Specs might be higher, but it would have been better if they went with the same screen and processor as the original SGS2. The iPhone has been stale for a long time.

#13 OP +Nik L

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:47

Lingwo / StrikedOut / Javik: Agreed - I think I prefer the S3 over the HTC.

With reference to apple - I won't give them a hard time. They play catch up for a while, then drop something awesome, then play catch up for a few releases again. We are due something awesome soon, else they will become nothing more than "another player".

Ambroos: I wrote off Sony and that was foolish of me. My wife's Xperia Arc S is an astoundingly good phone for the money, and so yes, their next flagship device will be worth a look...

#14 Paul Ferson

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:47

Around the next iPhone introduction Sony will be bringing their new phones to the market, including new models with LTE, Snapdragon S4's and a killer camera. It'll be the phone that mr. Bond will use in his next movie ^^


I actually really like the Xperia S as it is, but if they're going to be doing better I'm all for seeing it.

As for the original question, I'm inclined to say wait. You haven't said you need an upgrade for your SII urgently, so you could stick with it for a while longer. With the large development community still around it you probably could have a good bit of fun with the phone, even if it is no longer the most powerful. If nothing else, waiting means you'll be able to survey the market before you buy anything. If you want an iOS device you can definitely go down that route but it's worth waiting for Apple's latest and greatest.

Even if you decided you didn't like it after taking it as your upgrade you could sell it on eBay within the first month or so for an inflated price, as people will clamor for them. From that you could buy an Android device of your choice. By the time the next iPhone is out you might have your heart set on one of the Android phones on the market. I've used an SIII but only for a short period of time. The body doesn't feel as cheap and nasty as I expected. It definitely feels plastic-y, but not horrid. I imagine it would be okay really. I haven't been able to get any time with a One X unfortunately, so my opinions on it are nonexistent. I like the sound of the polycarbonate body, but that's not much to go on.

Waiting does seem like the best option. Specs-wise, the SIII is better in some regards and the One X is better in others. The SIII is faster, but in real-world terms both phones are that fast that the differences would be fairly minor. The One X has the better screen and probably a better feeling body, but as someone said above the battery life is meant to be pretty terrible. I suppose it depends on which phone you like the look of better. They're quite equally matched I guess, so choosing one over the other would be a challenge without having held both of them and simply chosen on the spur of the moment. I suppose since you've flashed ROMs to your phone and stuff you might like the one with the bigger development community. I haven't checked which one that is but my guess would be that the SIII has the bigger community. It's just a guess however, based on the SII's development community. From what I've heard the SIII's screen is a challenge to see in bright daylight, but when I used one I was in Northern Ireland, which is dull 364 days of the year, and I could see it just fine.

The competition in the phone market is a great thing, since each flagship device is really nicely polished. Apple's iPhone, HTC's One X and the Galaxy SIII all have their specific merits. I'd wait and see if anyone can change it up a little more. The sII is still a good phone, so good luck with your decision. :)

#15 Javik

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 14:51

I'd tend to agree on that front. Hardware wise there isn't much between the S3 and HTC One X but at this juncture Samsung seem to be a bit more friendly to the Android modding community, and they tend to have better upgrade paths for their hardware, they don't tend to abandon support quite so quickly.