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Dartgod
10-14-2011, 09:02 AM
Ok, so the iPhone 4S is available at Sprint now. I'm due for an upgrade and have a few questions. I'm also considering the Samsung Galaxy S II.


Why the hell does the iPhone not have 4G capabilities? Am I reading that right on Sprint's site?

There is a 16GB, 32GB and 64GB version on the iPhone, all $100 increments. Is the only difference a replaceable microSD chip? Or is that built in memory.

I'm sure the opinions vary here, but if you were deciding, for the same price would you go with the iPhone or the Galaxy or another device from Sprint.


I understand many think Sprint sucks, but I've had a great experience with them for over 10 years so not interested in switching carriers.

BTW, I have an Android phone now, the HTC Hero.

SuperChief
10-14-2011, 09:12 AM
I have the EVO 4G - easily the best phone I've ever owned. Very, very few problems with it at all. I also hear good things (and a few bad) about the EVO 3D, but it's worth a look at, as well. Either way, I'd most likely stick with Android.

Silock
10-14-2011, 09:39 AM
Galaxy S, based purely upon 4g. And I say that as someone who has a 4S arriving at my doorstep in a few hours. Sprint's network is just too slow with 3G.

DaFace
10-14-2011, 09:41 AM
iPhones don't accept memory cards, so the sizes you listed are all internal memory.

Fish
10-14-2011, 10:11 AM
Tough call. They're both pretty sweet phones.

In my experience, 4G is nice and fast, but it drains the ever lovin hell out of your battery, and 4G coverage is still very spotty. That wouldn't be one of my deciding factors.

I'd go with the iPhone if it were me. Mainly because that's what I've had for some time. I'd probably recommend the Samsung for you, for the same reason. The Galaxy S is a kick ass phone.

Bump
10-14-2011, 12:35 PM
I really regret getting the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. It could be a good phone, but the battery life is about 5 hours even when it's not being used. If you are using it, maybe 1 hour at best. And yes I use task manager and shit.

I've had the phone for about 6 months now and just like anything else PC related it's starting to get all slow and even more crappy and it freezes quite a bit while you are doing something.

Again, I know about the task manager and the advanced task manager. But of course, you PC people will probably just tell me that it's my fault because I don't know how to open it up and grab a soldering iron and fix the motherboard and what not.

I'm gonna get the iphone in the near future.

I've never been happier with a computer than I am with my imac, it still runs like the day I bought it and if I bought PC, it would have already crapped itself. I'm done with PC, I'll gladly pay extra for apple products since they are obviously a superior, longer lasting product.

Saulbadguy
10-14-2011, 01:11 PM
I'm with AT&T, and i'm choosing between the Galaxy 2 and the iPhone 4S. My upgrade date is 10/29, so I think whichever one they have in stock is the one i'll upgrade to.

Pants
10-14-2011, 01:21 PM
I'm with AT&T, and i'm choosing between the Galaxy 2 and the iPhone 4S. My upgrade date is 10/29, so I think whichever one they have in stock is the one i'll upgrade to.

What if they have both in stock?

Saulbadguy
10-14-2011, 01:23 PM
What if they have both in stock?

I'm not sure. Haven't even considered that as a possibility.

Maybe i'll just flip a coin.

Pants
10-14-2011, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure. Haven't even considered that as a possibility.

Maybe i'll just flip a coin.

Well, if you want 4G, you should probably get the Galaxy.

Saulbadguy
10-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Well, if you want 4G, you should probably get the Galaxy.

Yeah...but I doubt Topeka will get 4G service within 2 years from AT&T. And if they do, it will suck.

Pants
10-14-2011, 01:36 PM
Yeah...but I doubt Topeka will get 4G service within 2 years from AT&T. And if they do, it will suck.

Doesn't ATT use T-Mobile and isn't T-Mobile 4G everywhere?

SLAG
10-14-2011, 03:52 PM
If you are happy with android may I suggest sticking with that os over iPhone

Ios is very straightforward and user friendly but you are forced to use apples walled garden that is itunes

I personally hate itunes and think it's a resource hog. If you are attached to itunes then the iPhone is for you

Now the Galaxy s ii is a nice device but feels very cheap and Samsung is known for dropping the ball on supporting a device after its release

May i suggest the Motorola photon4g if you're still considering android

Sent via tapatalk from the Photon 4G

Dartgod
10-14-2011, 03:56 PM
If you are happy with android may I suggest sticking with that os over iPhone

Ios is very straightforward and user friendly but you are forced to use apples walled garden that is itunes

I personally hate itunes and think it's a resource hog. If you are attached to itunes then the iPhone is for you

Now the Galaxy s ii is a nice device but feels very cheap and Samsung is known for dropping the ball on supporting a device after its release

May i suggest the Motorola photon4g if you're still considering android

Sent via tapatalk from the Photon 4G
Is that a Sprint device?

I am leaning towards an Android phone but really don't want to leave Sprint. I may consider the EVO as well.

Pants
10-14-2011, 04:06 PM
Is that a Sprint device?

I am leaning towards an Android phone but really don't want to leave Sprint. I may consider the EVO as well.

Here's a good article comparing the two best Android phones Sprint has to offer:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4643/htc-evo-3d-vs-motorola-photon-4g-best-sprint-phone

If you're too lazy to read the whole thing, here's the summary:

I never thought I'd be so torn between two phones on Sprint's network before. The HTC EVO 3D and the Motorola Photon 4G truly have complementary strengths and weaknesses. The EVO 3D has a better display, while the Photon 4G has a better camera. The EVO delivers better WiMAX performance in areas with good signal strength, while the Photon is better in areas with poor reception. The EVO's browser scrolls smoother but renders slower. The Photon has better Flash performance, while the EVO has better 3D performance. The Photon does better on battery while the EVO has a better software layer on top of Android. To make matters worse, there are no good candidates from a third party. If you want the fastest there is on Sprint, these are your only two options.

How do you choose? I think it ultimately boils down to WiMAX reception. If it were me, I'd go for the Photon. Based on where I live I'm at the edge of WiMAX coverage. The EVO 3D can't hold onto a WiMAX signal reliably at my house so I'm constantly falling back to EVDO, while the Photon can hang on pretty well. If you live in an area with great WiMAX reception or find yourself on WiFi most of the time then the EVO starts to look a lot more appealing. If wireless reception is out of the equation then the EVO 3D's only major knock is its poor 2D camera quality, which is still good enough for sharing on the web.

So there you have it. If WiMAX reception matters, go for the Photon, otherwise grab the EVO 3D.
4G reception is not a problem where I live (Overland Park), so it seems I made the right choice when I went with the EVO 3D. :)

Cave Johnson
10-14-2011, 04:09 PM
Well, if you want 4G, you should probably get the Galaxy.

The 4S supports HSPA+, which is about as 4G as most secondary markets (like Topeka) will get for the near future.

Pants
10-14-2011, 04:14 PM
The 4S supports HSPA+, which is about as 4G as most secondary markets (like Topeka) will get for the near future.

Yeah, I forgot he was in T-town. KC is a secondary market too, thankfully we have the Spring HQ here, so we get their 4G. I wouldn't have switched from Verizon if they had it here, but alas.

Der Flöprer
10-14-2011, 04:15 PM
So, with the iPhone do you get out of that stupid 10 monthly charge for 4g service? I don't get 4g out here and I pay for that dumb shit every fucking month.

Dartgod
10-14-2011, 04:18 PM
Yeah, I forgot he was in T-town. KC is a secondary market too, thankfully we have the Spring HQ here, so we get their 4G. I wouldn't have switched from Verizon if they had it here, but alas.
I'm not from Topeka, if you're talking about me.

Pants
10-14-2011, 04:30 PM
I'm not from Topeka, if you're talking about me.

I was talking about Saul. Sorry for the confusion.

Mojo Rising
10-14-2011, 04:39 PM
I went with the SGS2 and couldn't be happier. I love the big screen, I have no issues with battery life and it is very fast.

SLAG
10-14-2011, 05:27 PM
So, with the iPhone do you get out of that stupid 10 monthly charge for 4g service? I don't get 4g out here and I pay for that dumb shit every fucking month.

No
Sprint changed it some time ago that all smartphones 3g or 4G will have to increase the $10 charge for "premium" data

Sent via tapatalk from the Photon 4G

Der Flöprer
10-14-2011, 05:38 PM
That extra 30 bucks a month may get me away from Sprint.

BigMeatballDave
10-15-2011, 05:17 PM
That extra 30 bucks a month may get me away from Sprint.Extra $30 for what?

teedubya
10-15-2011, 05:21 PM
I had a Samsung Charge and hated it... had a Motorola Droid V1 and loved it... I just moved to iPhone 4S and holy shit it is fast. The screen is smaller than my Samsung Charge, but I got tired of the phone crashing when taking video or photos... and the GPS sucked on teh Charge.

I love the iPhone 4S, so far.

lawrenceRaider
10-15-2011, 05:34 PM
I really regret getting the Samsung Galaxy Indulge. It could be a good phone, but the battery life is about 5 hours even when it's not being used. If you are using it, maybe 1 hour at best. And yes I use task manager and shit.

I've had the phone for about 6 months now and just like anything else PC related it's starting to get all slow and even more crappy and it freezes quite a bit while you are doing something.

Again, I know about the task manager and the advanced task manager. But of course, you PC people will probably just tell me that it's my fault because I don't know how to open it up and grab a soldering iron and fix the motherboard and what not.

I'm gonna get the iphone in the near future.

I've never been happier with a computer than I am with my imac, it still runs like the day I bought it and if I bought PC, it would have already crapped itself. I'm done with PC, I'll gladly pay extra for apple products since they are obviously a superior, longer lasting product.

Moron much? Android has as much to do with PC's as a Mac or iOS.

Jawshco
03-08-2012, 09:29 PM
I've had an iPhone 3GS for a couple years. Recently my contract expired and allowed me to upgrade my phone. So I decided to switch to the Samsung Galaxy S2, and I upgraded my wife's Blackberry to the iPhone 4S. Here are my observations of the two:

Samsung Galaxy S2: The first thing I noticed was that the S2 had a bigger, brighter screen, and a much louder speaker than my iPhone. However, both the sound and video quality was grittier. The four keys on the bottom were fairly convenient in comparison to the iPhone home key, but the multiple home and app screens seemed a little tedious and messy to me. The iPhone seems much smoother and stream lined in comparison.
After using it for a few days - the 4G, doesn't seem much faster than the iPhone's 3G. Plus, the Galaxy S2 eats up it's battery like crazy! It's far worse battery-wise than my previous iPhone, and oddly heats up like crazy when I'm surfing the web.
Another negative is that the apps on Galaxy S2 crash far more often than those on my previous iPhone. Even the web browser crashed, which I've never had happen with my iPhone.
On the positive side, the Droid market rocks and the free on-board GPS with Google voice is a lot closer to bonefide GPS system than the lousy iPhone equivalent (which is what really sold me). I can mount my Galaxy S2 in my car and use it almost exactly like a normal GPS system without paying for another device and a monthly service. This is a huge selling point for me. Not to mention that the GPS is far more accurate on the S2 than on the iPhone.
It does allow for some flash but the fact that many website are now adding secondary mobile pages makes this less relevant than before.
I hate the way the keyboard functions on both the Galaxy and the iPhone (especially when posting to sites like these), but I would have to give the edge to the iPhone (which causes me to swear far less).
Lastly, the voice recognition system that is advertised for the Galaxy S2 is highly inaccurate. It does not work as advertised! You can use the voice function to write a message within the body of a text, but it does not interact with your contact list to make calls and texts like the adverstisement on this video shows. Forget about this being as good as Siri, it doesn't even function as well as the voice recognition system on the 3GS.

On the iPhone 4S, I noticed that the newest OS is a lot more like the Droid's- including a pull down menu. While it's true that Siri is a bit overrated, she does work unlike the equivelant voice action system on the Galaxy S2. Still the lack of a bigger, better screen and better sound, and lack of a decent on-board GPS system and the boring design of the 4S- is keeping me away. However, if the iPhone 5 has a Galaxy-type of screen then I'll be switching to that without a second thought.

All in all, I'm not satisfied or overly impressed with either phone. I'm keeping the Galaxy S2 but I would totally understand why someone would choose the 4S instead.

Dartgod
03-09-2012, 10:54 AM
Get the SwiftKey-X app for your keyboard. Well worth the two bucks I paid for it.