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#1 rippleman

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 15:45

I have really loved the iPhone experience. Its an easy to love device. The "less is more" adage is strong with IOS. In my tags I had that I have a 3gs, but have been using a iPhone 4 for the last 5 months. I have used Android 2.2 in the past back a year ago and hated using that phone. It was slow, clunky, confusing, laggy, and just not enjoyable which made me appreciate the iPhone that much more. Well, 2 months ago i switched cell companies. I didn't get a a new phone because was happy with iPhone but learned that the new company takes 10% of your bill and applies it as a credit to a new phone anyways to I decided to get a new phone to try.

I bought a Samsung Galaxy 2X. Dual 1.5Ghz, 1 gig ram, 4.5" screen, and ICS. I can tell you it seems Android has come along way since 2.2. The phone is very nice to use. I still don't like the extreme amount of customization one must do to get it "just right" but over all i am liking it. To be honest, i wish iPhone would just come out with a larger screen and for cheaper but this still is a nice phone. It has a very good value for someone who doesn't have the money for a high end phone. For me, I paid $88 (no contract but have to pay off $162 with 10% of my bill every month) PLUS got back $100 gift card from WalMart.

Just want to piont out that I strongly say that if you a big "webcam" person and like to chat face-face with people, FACETIME from APPLE is VERY VERY much superior to google+ hangouts and skype. The difference is so big I am shocked that google and skype are THAT much behind apple in that area. I cringe looking at anything but facetime now, I can use my iPad for it but just wish the others were as good as it.

Side note: alot of the reviews say the battery is the weak point in this phone, while it may be true, its not a bad battery. I charge nightly, and at end of day I have 20% battery left with moderate usage with maybe only 20 minutes talk or so. I would say its real weakness is looking at the screen at an angle. Not good.

End note: I would love it if this phone had IOS6, but will get used to it eventually. For now though, I am presently surprised at how much I like it.


#2 Shadrack

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 18:30

I prefer Facetime as well. It is a shame that Google+ and Skype are not on the same level. Especially considering Apple was late to the game with Facetime, but they really did "nail it".

I like Google+ hangouts more than Skype. Too bad I can't convince my wife to install Google+ on her EVO 4G. She says it slows it down too much and eats her battery.

#3 OP rippleman

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:28

About a week ago, i bought a galaxy s2 x with ICS and tried to get used to it. I just can't. I love the bigger screen but the phones operation is very cumbersome, its confusingly feature rich, tries to hard, and is a battery hog. It almost feels like they are purposely trying to make things hard to use. Will be going back to iPhone 4. I don't need new, just good.

#4 Beyond Godlike

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:39

What's so complicated about it? I been using Android since 2.1 and its lightyears ahead of iOS imo, even back in the 2.1 day. 2.2ish was buggier for sure, but more feature rich. 4.0+ has been perfect for me. I would suggest though, You dont get the full value of an android device till you root and slap a custom rom on it. Same goes for iOS and jailbreaking. Maybe I like customization/features too much, but i find stock roms always have a little bit of bloat. Run Cyanogenmod 10/10.1 and youll really see android shine..or Buy a nexus.

When i use iOS i find it cumbersome personally, hitting walls where it lacks features is frustrating.

#5 DKAngel

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:42

i find ios lacks features and functionality and it looks like a kids toy, my sgs3 last2 days with moderate use and my wifes sgs2 lasts 1 day with heavy use

#6 Richteralan

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:56

Some daily reminder, There's a LOT of phone manufacturers uses Android. Samsung is just one of them. Most people buy it because of its commercials.

Try some other brand, like HTC, Motorola, LG, or even Sony.

#7 Richteralan

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:01

About a week ago, i bought a galaxy s2 x with ICS and tried to get used to it. I just can't. I love the bigger screen but the phones operation is very cumbersome, its confusingly feature rich, tries to hard, and is a battery hog. It almost feels like they are purposely trying to make things hard to use. Will be going back to iPhone 4. I don't need new, just good.


"Confusingly" feature rich? Tries too hard?

Not sure where to start. It's just you are not FAMILIAR with Android, it doesn't mean it's HARD TO USE.

And you should've asked around about which Android phone you should buy. The Samsung Galaxy II X is an AWEFUL phone:
http://www.gsmarena...._t989d-4468.php

But yes, from your description, you better stay with Apple.