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Revs
02-11-11, 03:34 AM
As title says. I'm due for an upgrade in a month or two. I've had my 3GS for going on 2 years now and I've been looking at the HTC Desire, but I'm wondering about the Galaxy or other alternatives. My only reason for avoiding the iP4 is the lack of flash and the antenna problems (also, overall I'm not a fan of Apple). I know some of you guys have tried many different smart phones, so please point me in the right direction :)

It must have a good size high res screen, a decent processor and Android OS.

TIA :cool:

betterdan
02-11-11, 05:05 AM
As always, if you want to use or depend on the GPS much, don't consider the Galaxy.

Revs
02-11-11, 05:13 AM
As always, if you want to use or depend on the GPS much, don't consider the Galaxy.

Ah right, I do use GPS regularly. Cheers for the info dude :)

Shamrock
02-11-11, 09:29 PM
htc EVO 4G.

4.3" screen, 1 Ghz cpu, Android, flash, 2 cameras. Now...with that said, you'd have to move to a different carrier than AT&T. Unless rules are different in UK.

Albo
02-11-11, 09:36 PM
What company do you use in the UK?

Albo
02-11-11, 09:37 PM
htc EVO 4G.

4.3" screen, 1 Ghz cpu, Android, flash, 2 cameras. Now...with that said, you'd have to move to a different carrier than AT&T. Unless rules are different in UK.

As far as I know, Apple's contract with AT&T was only for the US. Other companies in Europe could use it, or make contracts with Apple for the iPhone. But then again, I might be wrong.

Bearclaw
02-11-11, 09:47 PM
As far as I know, Apple's contract with AT&T was only for the US. Other companies in Europe could use it, or make contracts with Apple for the iPhone. But then again, I might be wrong.

Yup, that's correct. AT&T was only US.

Revs
02-12-11, 06:56 AM
What company do you use in the UK?

I'm on O2 at the mo. Other than signal coverage there's little to choose between UK service providers as they all offer similar service and prices. A couple of years back you had to use O2 if you wanted an iPhone, but now, most sell iPhones.

I'd snap up an iP4 up if Apple stopped being pillocks and allowed flash content.

Shamrock, I'll check it out, cheers. It looks a similar spec to the Desire.. what's the advantage, just the 4G?

qube
02-13-11, 04:21 PM
Galaxy S II
http://images.anandtech.com/doci/4167/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S%20II_1_575px.jpg


Samsung Galaxy S II
First off we have the Galaxy S II, that was showcased feature by feature. One of the most important things is the Super AMOLED Plus display, which is the successor of the groundbreaking screen the Samsung Wave pioneered last year's MWC.



The screen on the Galaxy S II is a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive unit. Samsung claims that this is the best display technology in the world and surpasses LCD IPS by leaps.

The processor of the Galaxy S II is dual-core and quoted as the most powerful processor in a phone today. It will have great gaming capabilities through an improved GPU. The smartphone uses a Samsung's own Orion system-on-a-chip and yes, it does have 1GB worth of RAM.


Samsung Galaxy S II official photos

The phone is extremely light and thin at just 8.49mm thickness and 116 grams worth of bulk, that's not bad at all, given that the Samsung Galaxy S II has a 1650 mAh battery inside.

1080p video recording and playback have been confirmed just like with the Optimus 2X. The Adobe Flash 10.1 is there to give you the full web-browsing experience.

Finally, the 3-axis Gyroscope and Accelerometer sensors are confirmed as well.

The new UI, or should we say UX (standing for user experience), of the Galaxy S successor looks really interesting and we can't wait to have a hands-on with it. It looks nothing like Android and should be fully customizable. It will feature 4 hubs by Samsung - the Reader, the Game, the Music and the Social ones. In the keynote Samsung showcased them all.


Samsung Galaxy S II official photos

The Reader hub gives you access to Books, Magazines and Newspapers. The Social hub is interesting, though, as it gives you the opportunity to connect to the people in your life via various ways. Mail, chat, video chat, all incorporated into a single app.

Samsung are paying a lot of attention to the security side of things with their new flagship. The main focus is on the things you're now able to do, should you lose your Galaxy S II smartphone. You can remote lock, remote wipe, remotely control your phone - blacklist certain apps you don't want the thieves to have access to. And finally, see your device on a map

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_unpacks_the_galaxy_s_ii_and_galaxy_tab_101-news-2324.php

Revs
02-14-11, 02:36 AM
Wow that looks pretty amazing! So much tech!! :captnkill:

I guess I'll have to wait to see when it's out in the UK, but that does look like the phone to have. Cheers :)

betterdan
02-14-11, 03:44 AM
After experiencing a Samsung phone I would make sure I waited a bit to get it, just to hear any complaints, bugs etc. I would hate to see another problem similar to the GPS fiasco pop up.

It does look interesting though and I do love the Super Amoled screen on my Vibrant.

Revs
02-15-11, 06:46 PM
I've decided to play it safe and get an HTC Desire HD :D Should be here before the end of the week. I'll post with my findings!

http://bigphonefight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/iphone-4-vs-htc-desire-hd.jpg

Roadhog
02-15-11, 06:55 PM
nice pick

snowmanwithahat
02-15-11, 11:20 PM
I've decided to play it safe and get an HTC Desire HD :D Should be here before the end of the week. I'll post with my findings!

http://bigphonefight.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/iphone-4-vs-htc-desire-hd.jpg

Awesome choice... pretty much the GSM version of an HTC EVO with a nice processor die-shrink (more power effecient) and slightly newer software. A very very solid choice.

Revs
02-17-11, 07:51 AM
The phone just landed. Very impressed so far. The screen, despite not being AMOLED, is superb. Awesome res and plenty of contrast. It doesn't scroll as smoothly as the 3GS but its not an issue. Froyo will take some getting used to but thats half the fun :D

Thanks for the input, peeps!

nekrosoft13
02-17-11, 09:20 AM
Galaxy S II
http://ima ges.anandtech.com/doci/4167/Samsung%20Galaxy%20S%20II_1_575px.jpg


I wouldn't get that, big change they screwed up GPS again, samsung being super slow when it comes to upgrades.

Revs, look at HTC and Motorola phones, never had issues with either, plus they are good with updates.

My next phone will be Motorola Atrix, not sure if there is UK carrier for it.

nekrosoft13
02-17-11, 09:22 AM
The phone just landed. Very impressed so far. The screen, despite not being AMOLED, is superb. Awesome res and plenty of contrast. It doesn't scroll as smoothly as the 3GS but its not an issue. Froyo will take some getting used to but thats half the fun :D

Thanks for the input, peeps!

great choice, HTC rocks.

Revs
02-17-11, 09:55 AM
I've not paid any attention to Motorola for years. I'm sure they're better now, but back in the day they were bloody awful. Saying that, so were Samsung.

It seems despite my 3GS being 18 months old I'll still be able to get over 200 on fleeBay, which is nice :D

nekrosoft13
02-17-11, 11:23 AM
razr series and the whole clam phones gave bad name to motorola, with new android phones, atrix, droid x etc... things have changed for them

crainger
02-18-11, 01:12 AM
Nice one. I was gonna get a HD but they are exclusive to Vodafine here and Voda sucks the big one right now. Very poor coverage and capacity. I ended up with an iPhone 4. Out of the Droids I could get the iPhone was unfortunately the only one that did suited, Gaxaly S had hardware and lower build quality. regular Desire had an old screen and all were too big. Maybe next time for droid? ::(:

Revs
02-18-11, 03:03 AM
Well, I've had a good few hours playing with teh phone last night and the more I get used to it and get things how I want, the more I like it. It's like moving in to a new home. You know everything's here somewhere, you just need to find it and put it where you want :p

The OS is better than I'd been expecting. Very well thought out and perdy. Everything's nicely customisable, the widgets are great and browsing is a whole new experience with the higher res. screen. The only real drawback that I've found so far is the battery life. After a few hours of messing it was down to 30%, but to be fair, with that huuuuge bright screen it is to be expected.

Other bits; the camera is superb for it's size, the built-in speaker is really poo, but the sound quality through my headphones is superb. It can play Flash!! and unlike my 3GS it can actually use the 3G network without the 'No Service' bullsh.

Great phone!

snowmanwithahat
02-18-11, 02:36 PM
Glad you like it. Android really is a lot better than what most haters make it out to be in terms of how "ugly" it is. For a real techie it's treat being able to customize something to the extent that it allows.

As far as battery life I can expect ~10 hours of moderate use, 24 hours of never touching the thing, or 4 hours of wifi teather + gps + playing pandora (I actually did this a few times on ski-trips.... 3 hour car rides while my sister and roomate are using the connection to tether, using GPS, and we had it plugged into my car for music).

Revs
02-19-11, 05:34 AM
I've not tried it yet, but I'm pretty sure (like with the 3GS) that if you turn off wifi and 3G, the battery will last a good few days. The 3GS would last about 5-6 days if I did this and just used it for calls (no playing with it).

BTW, the sensors on this thing are in a totally different league to the 3GS. Very fast and accurate, no having to look a pillock while you're stood their waving the phone in a figure 8 motion :lol:

nekrosoft13
02-19-11, 11:43 AM
My Atrix shipped!

Sazar
02-19-11, 12:05 PM
My Atrix shipped!

Need reviews when you get it :D