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ml.sail1
Nov 11, 2012, 12:57 AM
So I have been around iOS for a while now and am about to get my first smartphone, and I am trying to decide between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note II. I like what I am seeing with both devices, however with little experience with android, I was hoping to hear your thoughts compared to iOS.

Basically, I was just wondering if any of you have any experience with the GSNII and your thoughts on the device itself as well as how well android runs on it, taking into consideration the larger screen size?

Thanks.



AFDoc
Nov 11, 2012, 01:33 AM
Don't rely on what people have to say go in and use the note 2 and decide on your own. Gotta make the big boy choices some day, may as well start now.

Random 995K
Nov 11, 2012, 01:46 AM
Well i have an iphone 5 and can say it is brilliant.

stonyboys
Nov 11, 2012, 01:48 AM
Do you like big screens and more freedom? Go with note 2.

Do you like stability and constant speed? Go with iphone 5.

I went with iphone 5 because perfection.

Doublemint
Nov 11, 2012, 02:03 AM
I know this post may not answer your question but I suggest that you try both phones. Get it from a company with good return policy and won't charge you for restocking fee.

serkan
Nov 11, 2012, 05:02 AM
I have tried both and what can ı say is that just go with Iphone 5 . The android system and the screen is ridicilous and the second of all there is a useless piece of sh.t stylus.Second of all when you talk with Note 2 it look like your computer screen is attached to your side of your face and look funny :D My decision would be Iphone 5 all the time.

Skika
Nov 11, 2012, 05:09 AM
Go with the iPhone 5.

aleni
Nov 11, 2012, 06:58 AM
for browsing, videos, music, social meds only = galaxy note 2 because of the bigger screen.

for everything plus the great ecosystem (games and apps in the appstore) = iPhone 5.

i know my choice.. it's the iPhone 5 and its appstore!

joudbren
Nov 11, 2012, 10:18 AM
Guess I'll be the dissenting opinion here as I just bought a Note 2 and after 4 iPhones and a Galaxy 3 (which is going to the wife) the Note 2 is the best phone I've ever owned out of over a dozen through the years. Period.

Too big? Nonsense. iPhones are too small. As you can see, both are ridiculous statements but I'm just making a point. Big is clearly in the eyes of the beholder and use whatever works for you. In my early fifties now, the iPhone screen is too small for ME. Might be fine for you.

And those saying that the Note 2 looks silly up against your head? Again, nonsense. Most folks have cordless phones at home that are substantially bigger than the Note 2 and I don't see anyone complaining about how big those are or feel like an idiot using them. Fact is the Note 2 is very comfortable to hold on a call.

OP, the Note 2 is a wonderful device so try it for yourself. You may in fact decide it's more than you need and that's ok. Just don't listen to blanket statements about one vs the other. Smartphones today are no longer just phones, they're really pocketable computers that can also make calls. To that end the Note 2 excels in every way possible and will be another huge winner for Samsung. I still recommend iPhone 5 to some people especially if they are clearly entrenched in Apple's walled garden and/or need something that is drop dead stupid simple to use and can accept the limitations of IOS.

Other things to consider on the Note 2... you can add your own SD card, Quad core processor, HUGE 3100mAh battery that charges remarkably fast, 2 gig ram, S-Pen, Open file system, Google Now! and Google Nav with maps that actually work, run concurrent apps on a split screen, LED notification indicator, a real notification screen that is infinitely flexible, widgets, bluetooth that can work with devices such as OBD sensors for cars, etc, etc, etc.

Anyhoo, enjoy your phone whatever decision you make. You won't go far wrong with either device. I'm certainly enjoying my Note 2. Cheers!

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 10:29 AM
I have owned 6 Android phones over the years including the first Note and I have used the Note 2 quite a bit. Just bought an iPhone 5 few weeks ago. Reasons to go with the Note would be the bigger screen, bigger battery, sd card slot and things like widgets and other things the Android OS brings.. Reasons to buy the iPhone 5 would be a higher quality display, more manageable size as its thinner and lighter, better camera, better call quality/speakerphone, won't have to wonder if you will ever get an update, better app selection with higher quality then their Android versions and much more 3rd party accessories. Try them both out.

ml.sail1
Nov 11, 2012, 11:51 AM
Thank you for your help everyone!

Definitely still a difficult decision, however upon thinking about the whole "Apple Eco-System" I think I'm gonna have to go with the iPhone 5. The Specs of both phones were definitely enticing, and my decision wasn't really going to be based of off that (save for screen size). On that note however (pun intended), my main concern was software and how it fared on the 5.5" screen, and it would appear as though android runs pretty great on the Galaxy Note II. So that leaves the whole eco-system side of things, and with my MBP and all of my family's iDevices I guess it would make the most sense to stick with Apple.

joudbren
Nov 11, 2012, 12:35 PM
Thank you for your help everyone!

Definitely still a difficult decision, however upon thinking about the whole "Apple Eco-System" I think I'm gonna have to go with the iPhone 5. The Specs of both phones were definitely enticing, and my decision wasn't really going to be based of off that (save for screen size). On that note however (pun intended), my main concern was software and how it fared on the 5.5" screen, and it would appear as though android runs pretty great on the Galaxy Note II. So that leaves the whole eco-system side of things, and with my MBP and all of my family's iDevices I guess it would make the most sense to stick with Apple.

And that's a reasonable decision to make based on what will work best for you. Cheers!

DanteMann
Nov 11, 2012, 01:25 PM
I have owned 6 Android phones over the years including the first Note and I have used the Note 2 quite a bit. Just bought an iPhone 5 few weeks ago. Reasons to go with the Note would be the bigger screen, bigger battery, sd card slot and things like widgets and other things the Android OS brings.. Reasons to buy the iPhone 5 would be a higher quality display, more manageable size as its thinner and lighter, better camera, better call quality/speakerphone, won't have to wonder if you will ever get an update, better app selection with higher quality then their Android versions and much more 3rd party accessories. Try them both out.

Love how your trying to sound like you're being objective by saying you had all these Android devices, then throw in some facts that can't be denied even by the blindest of Apple followers. Things like bigger screen, bigger battery, and SD Card slot. No shlt the Note 2 has that over the iPhone. But the best part is when you use subjective terms like "better", "higher quality" to describe the iPhone. Then for the Grand Finale of your post you try to end it by suggesting the OP should "try them both out" after selling the iPhone as hard as you can. You're BS disguised as an objective opinion is insulting.

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 01:28 PM
Do you like big screens and more freedom? Go with note 2.

Do you like stability and constant speed? Go with iphone 5.

I went with iphone 5 because perfection.

One thing about the Note 2 is it's the first US Android phone I've ever used with the stability and constant speed like the iPhone is known for. This device rocks (I got mine 2 days ago) I can use a really high end 3D Live Wallpaper and the home screen UI doesn't lag at all! It's amazing with the quad core and 2 gigs of RAM.

The size of the device - big - but once you get used to it you won't want to downsize. Seriously HD videos look the best I've ever seen on a phone. Google Earth, amazing. Web browsing is like on a tablet (or phablet .. rather) Any other specific questions feel free to ask.
I was able to sync my contacts AND my iTunes library to the Note 2 really easily, and it's nice having over 70GB free space on the device (16GB + 64GB SDXC). As for the Apple ecosystem, I don't miss it, it was really nice but the trade off for the Android OS is totally worth it for me to have to use a slightly different music player that essentially performs the same functions. Plus the speaker on this phone is extra loud and clear, more so than any iPhone or other smaller smartphone I've seen. And the screen is amazing. The resolution if perfect, you can't distinguish the pixels AND it gets amazing battery life , best of both worlds.

spinedoc77
Nov 11, 2012, 01:30 PM
One thing about the Note 2 is it's the first US Android phone I've ever used with the stability and constant speed like the iPhone is known for. This device rocks (I got mine 2 days ago) I can use a really high end 3D Live Wallpaper and the home screen UI doesn't lag at all! It's amazing with the quad core and 2 gigs of RAM.

The size of the device - big - but once you get used to it you won't want to downsize. Seriously HD videos look the best I've ever seen on a phone. Google Earth, amazing. Web browsing is like on a tablet (or phablet .. rather) Any other specific questions feel free to ask.

There is the tiniest bit of lag, especially noted when turning the phone on, it's only a millisecond versus what my naked eye can only describe as instant with the iphones. Also same tiny lag when going to the phone app. Other than this though it's blazing fast, after you open whatever app you are opening.

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 01:31 PM
Love how your trying to sound like you're being objective by saying you had all these Android devices, then throw in some facts that can't be denied even by the blindest of Apple followers. Things like bigger screen, bigger battery, and SD Card slot. No shlt the Note 2 has that over the iPhone. But the best part is when you use subjective terms like "better", "higher quality" to describe the iPhone. Then for the Grand Finale of your post you try to end it by suggesting the OP should "try them both out" after selling the iPhone as hard as you can. You're BS disguised as an objective opinion is insulting.

He wanted opinions and thats MY opinion but thanks for the insults kid

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 01:42 PM
There is the tiniest bit of lag, especially noted when turning the phone on, it's only a millisecond versus what my naked eye can only describe as instant with the iphones. Also same tiny lag when going to the phone app. Other than this though it's blazing fast, after you open whatever app you are opening.

Hmm, the "SAMSUNG" animation is smooth for me, the "AT&T" animation on boot is a little slow, but its playing how its supposed to. UI is totally smooth for me, maybe it'll be a little faster with a static wallpaper but it isn't any less smooth, appears to be working at 60fps like it should. The Galaxy S3 felt a little laggier than this device (US version). I don't have more than 5 pages of apps, either. Phone app launches smooth for me, not even a millisecond lag ... maybe a microsecond but I can't tell ;)

spinedoc77
Nov 11, 2012, 01:49 PM
Hmm, the "SAMSUNG" animation is smooth for me, the "AT&T" animation on boot is a little slow, but its playing how its supposed to. UI is totally smooth for me, maybe it'll be a little faster with a static wallpaper but it isn't any less smooth, appears to be working at 60fps like it should. The Galaxy S3 felt a little laggier than this device (US version). I don't have more than 5 pages of apps, either. Phone app launches smooth for me, not even a millisecond lag ... maybe a microsecond but I can't tell ;)

Not when booting up, but when pressing the power button to go to the lock screen. It takes about half a second for the lock screen to pop up. It's pretty vanilla, I haven't rooted or added much software yet. It's really not a big deal at all, but it's not "instant" either.

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 01:53 PM
Pretty hit or miss for me, most of the time its nearly instant, and other times it can take up to close to half a second for me. :D

spinedoc77
Nov 11, 2012, 01:56 PM
Pretty hit or miss for me, most of the time its nearly instant, and other times it can take up to close to half a second for me. :D

Yeah I'd say that's about the same with me, it does vary.

BoxerGT2.5
Nov 11, 2012, 02:33 PM
The usefulness of the things you can do on the note is amazing. Didn't think I'd use the S pen much but I actually like it.

OceanView
Nov 11, 2012, 03:10 PM
Do you like big screens and more freedom? Go with note 2.

Do you like stability and constant speed? Go with iphone 5.

I went with iphone 5 because perfection.

The Note II is stable my friend.
No issues what so ever.
It's the best phone out there today Period!

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 03:13 PM
Loving the note, just installed flash because I can. Already downloaded a custom keyboard (swift keyboard). This device is highly recommended!

F123D
Nov 11, 2012, 03:35 PM
Got an iPhone 5 on launch day and returned it shortly after. Besides being taller, it's pretty much the exact same phone the past 2 years. iOS has become stale and boring with little no innovation. I also hate the way notification center is implemented on the device. (If it weren't for jailbreaking, I don't know how I could've managed).

With the Note II, besides the screen, expandable storage, battery, SPen features, etc, etc.. I'm able to customize the phone to fit into my daily life. Calendars, appointments, emails, tasks, notifications, all configured the way I want. With the iPhone, you're forced to adapt to their limited features and options.

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 03:46 PM
Anybody with a Galaxy Note 2 ... connect to WiFi and watch this video in HD!!!!! Amazing!! iPhone doesn't come close (I compared them). Wow!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh29_SERH0Y

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 03:50 PM
Got an iPhone 5 on launch day and returned it shortly after. Besides being taller, it's pretty much the exact same phone the past 2 years. iOS has become stale and boring with little no innovation. I also hate the way notification center is implemented on the device. (If it weren't for jailbreaking, I don't know how I could've managed).

With the Note II, besides the screen, expandable storage, battery, SPen features, etc, etc.. I'm able to customize the phone to fit into my daily life. Calendars, appointments, emails, tasks, notifications, all configured the way I want. With the iPhone, you're forced to adapt to their limited features and options.

Its interesting how when iPhone users switch to Android, it's always because they want a change and feel iOS has become boring. When Android users switch to iPhone it's usually because they want a phone that actually works. They either have one that lags, has problems or in my case, just tired of watching other phones get updated while their new phone sits on an older version of Android. You never hear of someone getting rid of their iPhone because it lags or doesn't work right.

Zwhaler
Nov 11, 2012, 03:57 PM
Honestly I was waiting for an Android phone that is truly seamless, the Note 2 is the first device I've come across that doesn't have compromise in the smoothness of the user experience on Android, whereas many other phones (even the Galaxy S3 US Version) definitely had noticeable lag that made the iPhone seem superior. I'm glad I switched when I did because I'm totally digging the customizability, custom keyboards, SCREEN, battery life, speed, and storage.

onthecouchagain
Nov 11, 2012, 04:02 PM
Its interesting how when iPhone users switch to Android, it's always because they want a change and feel iOS has become boring. When Android users switch to iPhone it's usually because they want a phone that actually works. They either have one that lags, has problems or in my case, just tired of watching other phones get updated while their new phone sits on an older version of Android. You never hear of someone getting rid of their iPhone because it lags or doesn't work right.

That's like asking, "you ever hear of someone getting rid of their Android because it isn't customizable enough?"

All you're doing is highlighting different strengths of OSes. How illuminating, I guess?

And you're just a hair away from uttering the infamous and inaccurate mantra of "it just works." I shudder. Anyone who espouses that notion, in my opinion, cannot be taken seriously.

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Honestly I was waiting for an Android phone that is truly seamless, the Note 2 is the first device I've come across that doesn't have compromise in the smoothness of the user experience on Android, whereas many other phones (even the Galaxy S3 US Version) definitely had noticeable lag that made the iPhone seem superior. I'm glad I switched when I did because I'm totally digging the customizability, custom keyboards, SCREEN, battery life, speed, and storage.

Well done. Today, if you do your research, you can find Android devices that get updates, do not lag, and much more.

The major problems of Android from yesteryear have either disappeared entirely, been addressed by different Android lineups (choices are a wonderful thing!), or are so up to par with the competition as to be non-issues.

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 04:04 PM
Anybody with a Galaxy Note 2 ... connect to WiFi and watch this video in HD!!!!! Amazing!! iPhone doesn't come close (I compared them). Wow!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh29_SERH0Y

Looks fantastic on my iPhone 5 over LTE, thanks!

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 04:23 PM
The major problems of Android from yesteryear have either disappeared entirely, been addressed by different Android lineups (choices are a wonderful thing!), or are so up to par with the competition as to be non-issues.

No they really haven't. Only the phones running JB with project butter are a truly smooth experience. How many Android phones are running that though? 2 out of 150? Androids fragmentation is still by far it's worst problem. Brand new and expensive phones running outdated versions of OS. I really liked my S3 but seeing the Sprint version getting upgraded to JB while mine is still on ICS with no word on an update except sometime next year really left a bad taste in my mouth. They both have the same hardware and software, that's completely unacceptable and a huge flaw with Android still. You can say just buy a Nexus 4 all you want but there are many of us who aren't on a GSM carrier and can't buy one.

F123D
Nov 11, 2012, 04:33 PM
Its interesting how when iPhone users switch to Android, it's always because they want a change and feel iOS has become boring. When Android users switch to iPhone it's usually because they want a phone that actually works. They either have one that lags, has problems or in my case, just tired of watching other phones get updated while their new phone sits on an older version of Android. You never hear of someone getting rid of their iPhone because it lags or doesn't work right.

Which is why I haven't made the switch until now. Google has made significant improvements year after year to their software. What exactly has apple done? 5th row of icons? Magical..

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You can say just buy a Nexus 4 all you want but there are many of us who aren't on a GSM carrier and can't buy one.

You can blame Verizon for that.

kaybeenz
Nov 11, 2012, 04:36 PM
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Well done. Today, if you do your research, you can find Android devices that get updates, do not lag, and much more.

The major problems of Android from yesteryear have either disappeared entirely, been addressed by different Android lineups (choices are a wonderful thing!), or are so up to par with the competition as to be non-issues.

I think that this is exactly the reason why some gadget geeks, who have notoriously short attention spans and constantly crave the latest toys, claim that the iPhone has become "stale", or "boring", or "lacking in innovation". Android phones went through A TON of crappy mobile devices in the last 2-3 years and arguably, took until this year to hit a home run with the S3 and the Note 2. The iPhone, on the other hand, was already smooth as butter as far back as the 3GS and so, subsequent updates have been seemingly incremental as it has basically been a matter of tweaking and improving on an already great device.

This is why I still hear of people happily using their 3GS, or 4 (which is by now more than two years old but still commanding a great price for a used one). On the contrary, try finding a happy user of an Android phone from two years ago. Or worse, try selling one on Craigslist.

Android phones have had to improve by leaps and bounds because they badly needed those kinds of improvements. But make no mistake, Android handset manufacturers would never have tried so hard if there wasn't the iPhone standard to meet and beat.

Competition is a good thing.

onthecouchagain
Nov 11, 2012, 04:38 PM
I think that this is exactly the reason why some gadget geeks, who have notoriously short attention spans and constantly crave the latest toys, claim that the iPhone has become "stale", or "boring", or "lacking in innovation". Android phones went through A TON of crappy mobile devices in the last 2-3 years and arguably, took until this year to hit a home run with the S3 and the Note 2. The iPhone, on the other hand, was already smooth as butter as far back as the 3GS and so, subsequent updates have been seemingly incremental as it has basically been a matter of tweaking and improving on an already great device.

This is why I still hear of people happily using their 3GS, or 4 (which is by now more than two years old but still commanding a great price for a used one). On the contrary, try finding a happy user of an Android phone from two years ago. Or worse, try selling one on Craigslist.

Android phones have had to improve by leaps and bounds because they badly needed those kinds of improvements. But make no mistake, Android handset manufacturers would never have tried so hard if there wasn't the iPhone standard to meet and beat.

Competition is a good thing.

100% agree.

F123D
Nov 11, 2012, 04:43 PM
Agree as well. I did enjoy selling my old iPhone 4 for $350. Got to love that apple mark up.

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 04:54 PM
I think that this is exactly the reason why some gadget geeks, who have notoriously short attention spans and constantly crave the latest toys, claim that the iPhone has become "stale", or "boring", or "lacking in innovation". Android phones went through A TON of crappy mobile devices in the last 2-3 years and arguably, took until this year to hit a home run with the S3 and the Note 2. The iPhone, on the other hand, was already smooth as butter as far back as the 3GS and so, subsequent updates have been seemingly incremental as it has basically been a matter of tweaking and improving on an already great device.

This is why I still hear of people happily using their 3GS, or 4 (which is by now more than two years old but still commanding a great price for a used one). On the contrary, try finding a happy user of an Android phone from two years ago. Or worse, try selling one on Craigslist.

Android phones have had to improve by leaps and bounds because they badly needed those kinds of improvements. But make no mistake, Android handset manufacturers would never have tried so hard if there wasn't the iPhone standard to meet and beat.

Competition is a good thing.

Yep, agreed. Not to mention there are new Android phones every month all trying to one up each other so the pace is much faster with Android making iOS seem like its too slow.

spinedoc77
Nov 11, 2012, 05:04 PM
I think that this is exactly the reason why some gadget geeks, who have notoriously short attention spans and constantly crave the latest toys, claim that the iPhone has become "stale", or "boring", or "lacking in innovation". Android phones went through A TON of crappy mobile devices in the last 2-3 years and arguably, took until this year to hit a home run with the S3 and the Note 2. The iPhone, on the other hand, was already smooth as butter as far back as the 3GS and so, subsequent updates have been seemingly incremental as it has basically been a matter of tweaking and improving on an already great device.

This is why I still hear of people happily using their 3GS, or 4 (which is by now more than two years old but still commanding a great price for a used one). On the contrary, try finding a happy user of an Android phone from two years ago. Or worse, try selling one on Craigslist.

Android phones have had to improve by leaps and bounds because they badly needed those kinds of improvements. But make no mistake, Android handset manufacturers would never have tried so hard if there wasn't the iPhone standard to meet and beat.

Competition is a good thing.

Definitely good points. Now that Android and even Windows in many ways have far surpassed iOS it will be interesting to see how Apple responds, especially now that Forstall is out. Competition is awesome, we are the ones who benefit.

onthecouchagain
Nov 11, 2012, 05:14 PM
it will be interesting to see how Apple responds, especially now that Forstall is out.

Indications point to changes primarily having to deal with aesthetics. I'm sure there will be other improvements, but I can't imagine too large of an overhaul.

michaeljohn
Nov 11, 2012, 05:18 PM
It's funny how I thought I couldn't live without things like widgets and a file manager yet I am finding things like Siri and how my iPhone works with my Apple TV much more useful. What does iOS really need to add to make it better? Widgets? Quick settings?

cynics
Nov 11, 2012, 05:36 PM
It's funny how I thought I couldn't live without things like widgets and a file manager yet I am finding things like Siri and how my iPhone works with my Apple TV much more useful. What does iOS really need to add to make it better?!Widgets? Quick settings?

They don't have too but it be nice. Or someone get an jailbreak out....

4.1 introduced Google now....I prefer Google cause of offline dictation, Siri is useless texting in a weak signal area. Don't really use either though....

4.2 introduced Miracast support. You can buy the box to adapt to older TV's or use miracast enabled TV's. Fact is since its now the industry standard you'll be paying and connecting an ATV to a Miracast enable TV one day.

Its like MHL, you need to buy all sorts of adaptors to connect an iDevice to a HDMI. Which you have to do with Android unless it has HDMI out already. But most modern Android phone have MHL/USB ports, which you can get an adaptor for older TV's or if you have an MHL enable TV you can just plug it. If you do the later the MHL supports 1080p, 7.1 surround sound, charges the connected Android device via the TV, and the TV's remote will play, pause etc video playing from the phone. Another industry standard Apple can't be bothered with due to margins.