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Old 10-25-2011, 07:44 AM
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I need to order a new phone for work this morning, and have a choice between the I-Phone 4S and the new Samsung Galaxy. Also have a choice between AT&T and Verizon. My Verizon service has been great, but I like the feature set when running the I-Phone on AT&T.

Primary use will be browsing the web and e-mail. I'm dead on the fence on this one, and need input from actual users. "Reviews" on the web have been of no help. ;?

Anyone gone from one to the other, and went "WOW"?
Old 10-25-2011, 08:31 AM
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For browsing, the android is a better option because of Flash support. The browser on the Droid 2 is fantastic. Renders pages properly and has very smooth panning/zooming.
My wife had an iphone 4 for Verizon for 2 weeks and 1 thing she hated about the email client was you couldn't have multiple signatures for multiple account. Wait for the Motorola Droid Razr that's coming out in 2 weeks..
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I have a Samsung Galaxy (older one) on the Verizon network, had it about a year..Email seems to work well and I am happy with the bigger, brighter screen over the I phone....
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What email are you using? Gmail works GREAT on my droid. Only downside is no outlook.

And from the looks of it that new motorola droid is going to be a winner.
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Iphone is the first phone that hasnt crapped out on me.... I have had one now for 4 years - and always works .... Not the best for everything - but its a quality device .. I am a Mac fan now
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Android hands down. Had an iPhone for a year and just made the switch. The Android OS is so much better than the iPhone. Samsung Galaxy S2 running Gingerbread, doesn't get much better.
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I have had a Samsung Galaxy S2 on At&t since the day it came out. Its great, not one complaint. It is incredibly fast and has a great display. The size in my opinion is perfect, thats one of the reasons I opted against the Iphone, to small for my clunky fingers. Works great with my email and I downloaded Firefox for browsing. I believe you can sync firefox with your desktop to import bookmarks etc., but I have not done it.
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Originally Posted by paulyjsob View Post

For browsing, the android is a better option because of Flash support.

That is significant. With an iPhone you can browse a lot of the web, with an Android (or Windows) phone you can browse all of the web.

The Galaxy's larger screen is desirable for some folks.

iApple is now pushing/marketing the iPhone toward children under the age of 10 -- so I guess it is easy to use.
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IPhone in my eyes because it is more user friendly plus if you do crack the screen, iphone repair facilities are everywhere not droid. also what does every smartphone compare to? the iphone, why because its the best.
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All I know is IPhone 4 buyers were bragging about features I've had on my Droid 1.0 for 3 years. That is just plain funny.
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I generally like Apple's hardware, but I don't like the company. They're evil and proprietary. For that reason I'll always own whatever the competition is. The good thing about google phones is all the google services. And if you go with galaxy nexus you'll get updates real fast because it's vanilla android and not skinned by the manufacturer.
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I just completed a 15,800 mile road trip. My travelling companion has a I-phone 4 (w/ATT), I have a Droidx 3G (Verizon).. My Droid is MUCH faster at browsing, MUCH faster, the GPS function w/google maps is better, it has a bigger screen, the voice recognition is flawless and usable in all the apps. I'm sure Apple will catch up, but it hasn't happened yet. They both took pretty incredible shots, so I don't see any difference there.
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Originally Posted by maxsajenda View Post

... also what does every smartphone compare to? the iphone, why because its the best.

That is a phenomena only in America. Nothing is compared to the iPhone in Asian countries where the iPhone does not measure up to other smartphones that we don't have in the America.

In America the iPhone was the next step in an outdated cellular infrastructure -- is responsible for getting service providers to upgrade (gen 3 and gen 4). That is why smartphones are, and always will be, compared to the iPhone -- in America.

Fwiw, all MP3 players were compared to the iPod. Now, any MP3 player is referred to as an ipod, tho it isn't technically an iPod.
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Wow, thanks for the input everyone. This seems to support a lot of folks in the IT space that have gone with the Droid, but I'm not too technical of a person, so I desperately needed input from the non-techie crowd.

I've got a window in which the phone has to be requested, so I can't wait for the Motorola, but it sounds like the new Galaxy is the way to go if I choose not to go with the iPhone.

By the way, the Galaxy is evidently 4G, and I was told that Apple won't support 4G, instead deciding to stay with 3G.

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i phone here. dont know nothing about no stinking android.
For all of you smart phone shoppers out there on the fence, a word from a cave man using a smart phone. This thing is great, you never have to worry about being tied to a desk again or worried about that critical email. You have to do a simple contract while on the run you can type one up and email it easy. Checking weather, the news, watch sports, old reruns of I love Lucy, this think does it all. You will never have to wish you had a book to read, this thing will do it. This i phone has it covered. Super easy to use and dont worry about the size you will get used to storing it (the screen size is main factor on why they are so big).
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Originally Posted by maxsajenda View Post
IPhone in my eyes because it is more user friendly plus if you do crack the screen, iphone repair facilities are everywhere not droid. also what does every smartphone compare to? the iphone, why because its the best.
It has nothing to do with being the best. Apple could put out a complete piece of dung, price it at $400, and people would line up for it.

The reasons for the comparisons is because Android and Apple are #1 and #2 in market share - should we be comparing Android to Symbian instead?

Incidentally, how much is a new screen if you crack it? I do like the idea of a replaceable screen, so hopefully one good thing will come out of competition and some of the android devices will either get tougher screens (like GorillaGlass) or make it easily replaceable at a reasonable cost (not $200).

My daughter is 6, and she has no trouble navigating on a Samsung tablet, which also runs Android, so I'm assuming an android phone will be no problem for her in a few years.

I use my Android smartphone to read email, show driving routes, send text messages, checker weather & sports, download free ebooks from my local library, watch streaming videos, track airline flights, and when the battery died, I bought another battery and replaced it. Not sure you can change the battery on all Apple products.
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i phone here. dont know nothing about no stinking android.
For all of you smart phone shoppers out there on the fence, a word from a cave man using a smart phone. This thing is great, you never have to worry about being tied to a desk again or worried about that critical email. You have to do a simple contract while on the run you can type one up and email it easy. Checking weather, the news, watch sports, old reruns of I love Lucy, this think does it all. You will never have to wish you had a book to read, this thing will do it. This i phone has it covered. Super easy to use and dont worry about the size you will get used to storing it (the screen size is main factor on why they are so big).
Dunno if I could watch I Love Lucy reruns, but other than that my Droid can do all you mention. Again, the screen is bigger, but the overall dimensions are the same as the I-phone. I know there are videos I can't watch on my I-Pad (which I love BTW), doubt you can see those on your I-phone either
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I switched to the iphone and love it. I'm sure it doesn't do everything the droid phones do but it's very simple to use and offers just about everything you need.
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One thing the droid does way better than iphone is calling.. I have a widget (does iphone have those yet?) on my Droid home screen with the most common phone numbers I dial. 1 step dialing.. No going to contact, searching, etc.. It just seems to work better as a phone. The iphone is simpler because apple more or less told you what your home screen has to look like. All my most used apps, shortcuts, and widgets are right on my home screen and 90% of the time, all I need is right there.
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I think you tend to see IT/geeky people lean toward the Android not because non-geeky people do better with an iphone, but because geeky people can readily compare the two phones. As a result, those that can compare often lean towards Android. those that are non-technical get whatever their friends have. That doens't mean it's a bad way to go, and the iphone is not a bad phone.

For instance, a geek can tell you my 2 year old Evo has an 8mp camera. He can also tell you that the iphone 4 had a 5mp camera, and only the brand new 4s finally got an 8mp camera. Apple will soak you another $100 to go from 16gb phone to 32gb, and another $100 to go from 32 to 64. The Evo came with a free 8gb card, and for $27 I bought a 32gb card. Try replacing the memory card on your iphone.

The guy that loves his iphone can tell you they are cool phones.

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