Phones An iPhone user's lightweight Review of an Android phone

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  1. afd, Jun 29, 2012
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    afd
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    Last week I left my iPhone 4 in a taxi, I realised shortly after I got home and phoned the Taxi company, they said it wasn't in the taxi but by this time I was watching it move across a map on Find My IPhone.
    The next day I decided it was the wrong time to buy an iPhone so decided I should buy a cheap 'Droid.
    I went to my nearest three shop and decided on a Samsung Galaxy Mini, they cancelled my Sim, gave me a new one and charged me £70.
    My new SIM was active the next morning and for the first time since November 7th(I think) I wasn't using an iPhone.
    After a week here's my thoughts, all subjective - no facts or figures.

    Pros
    1. It's a lot cheaper than an iphone
    2. It does most of what an iPhone does
    3. I quite like having shortcuts for sending a text or call to a particular person
    4. It feels pretty light.
    5. Turning on Bluetooth or wifi is easier.

    Cons
    1. It looks and feels a lot cheaper than an iPhone.
    2. It's not as easy or as pleasant to use as an iPhone.
    3. Reception is worse than my iPhone.
    4. Battery life is worse than my iPhone.
    5. Using as a wifi hotspot seems much slower.
    6. Connecting to my Bluetooth in car seems more fiddly.
    7. The micro USB lead doesn't charge the phone with my belkin Bluetooth car thing.
    8. I miss the dock connector.
    9. Browsing and email isn't as pleasant, I only use it if I really have to.
    10. It isn't intuitive.
    11. I've lost all my apps.
    12. The screen is much lower quality.
    13. It doesn't play well with Macs.

    I know that a Galaxy Mini isn't a direct competitor to an iPhone 4 but really I'd rather have my original aluminium backed iPhone back. When I moved from a flat to our house I traded in a 4 year old Mini for a new Ford Ka because it was out of warranty, we didn't have a lot of spare cash and I knew I didn't want to pay BMW prices for car repairs (which I could see happening soon). I feel exactly the same now about my iphone as I did then about my Mini and hope the iPhone 5/6 comes out a lot sooner than the October of last year.
     
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    so you are basing Android as a whole off some cheap, POS phone you bought? Come back after you try a REAL Android phone kid. lol, what a joke.
     
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  4. afd
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    Well, Old Man/Woman, I said it was a lightweight review and that the Galaxy Mini wasn't a direct competitor to a 4 or 4S, but still I'm not happy with my phone at the moment, I also think I'd not be much happier if I'd gone Full-Droid and got a Glalaxy S3, but then we're all entitled to our opinions.

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    £70, about $110. I already had a SIM only contract, so I bought a pay as you go phone till the next iPhone came out.
     
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    If you don't wanna sign a contract your better off spending the 350 dollars and get the unlocked galaxy nexus. With jellybean its butter smooth. Expecting the best android experience with a 110 dollar unsubsidized phone is kind of unrealistic. You can't base your experience of android on a phone thats seriously one of the cheapest around.
     
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    I don't know what's more bothering... the fact that you didn't do much to go after your iPhone, or comparing Apples with Oranges.
     
  7. afd
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    for 2/3 months and £70 I can live with the G mini, if it wasn't for the hotspot thing I'd have used my Sony Ericsson K750. Three give me unlimited data for browsing and tethering and I don't fancy browsing on my iPad over GPRS even if Three wasn't a 3G only network.
     
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    He should just compare the iPhone 4 to this 'Droid. They're the same price. I have the iPhone 4, and I've tried the Nexus, and I must say that the iPhone 4 is better than the high-end 'Droids. Also, the 720p iPhone video and audio is subjectively and objectively higher quality than the so-called 1080p HD video and audio from the Nexus.
     
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    I wasn't in much of a state to do much about going after the phone at 2 in the morning and by the time I was the next day the trail would have been cold I'm afraid.
    I thought that comparing Apples to oranges was what happened here?
    My post was more about mourning my 4 than running down an entry level android though.

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    Forgot to mention the camera, I hate the camera. 2007 iPhone much better.
     
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    No wonder you didn't like it, that Mini is a crap bargain basement phone, hell I'd take a old 3GS or even 3G iPhone over it. Can't compare it to a phone like the GS3 or really any of the "modern" phones off your experience, be like comparing a Yugo to a Porsche lol. Not saying the GS3 is the end all be all of phones.

    I actually had to Google that phone, can't believe they actually sell that thing, but I don't know much about the low end/entry level Android market.

    I'm not sure on the Nexus there but being I own both and the 4S I can say that's not true, only the 4S has a very slight advantage in regards to video stabilization.
     
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    No it is not. He bought a 110 dollar prepaid phone with no contract. The iphone 4 with no contract is $550
     
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    Oh, no contract. In that case, he is comparing his iPhone to a cereal box toy.
     
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    ios6 will chew up the jelly bean and spit it out!!

    :apple:
     
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    Forget the phone, real question is did you replace the 'British, not German' Mini with the new style Ka or old '1970's AMC Pacer' style Ka?
     
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    Jesus tap dancing christ.

    You're seriously comparing the iPhone to the lowest budget Android phone out there? That's even worse than comparing the 3GS to the HTC One X and saying that Android is better due to such a comparison.

    This thread is ridiculous.
     
  17. afd
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    It was a BMW Mini (Manufactured in Britain) with the European Ford KA. My original Mini I replaced with a Metro but I'm still too traumatised to talk about that.

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    I'm comparing what I'm able to compare. Should I have compared something I have no experience of? That would have been ridiculous.
     
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    This has nothing to do with Android, in case you didn't notice.
    You're comparing a 700$ phone to a 100$ one. No comment.
     

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