Any reason why I should pay 280 dollars more for 4s vs SG2?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by jojoba, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    So, I need a new phone. While I was initially planning to get a SG3, I've decided I want to go more low cost on the phone now and save money towards a trip I want to make, so the choice at the moment is between a SG2 and iPhone 4S.

    The cheapest SG2 I can get where I live is 280 dollars cheaper than the 4s. Yet, when I read reviews comparing them, they seem to come out pretty equally.

    Reasons why I want android and the SG2:

    I have it on my current phone, and quite like it.
    I love the third party keyboard apps that make typing really fast. I text and email a lot on the go, and I think the IOS keyboard sucks.
    Expandable storage.

    Reasons why I'm a bit tempted to switch to iPhone:

    Seamless integration with my iPad and Air.
    While I quite like Android, I'm also as big fan of IOS.

    I don't feel strongly for or against android or IOS as a whole, and I find that both app stores cover my needs.

    Is there any good reason why I should spend that much more money on a 4s than a SG2?

    My use pattern is calling, texting, listening to music and podcasts, emailing, browsing, navigation (on foot not car), web browsing, note taking apps, Skype, taking and sharing photos.
  2. macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2012
    Middle of nowhere
    I can't go back to an AMOLED screen, especially one with low resolution like the SGS II. I'd much rather have the beautiful high res IPS display of the 4s.

    I'd go with the iPhone since I don't like Android phones but $280 is a big difference in price.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Aug 10, 2008
    I have similar (MacBook & iPod Touch) plus my Android devices

    I did make the switch for Calendar/Contacts to Google instead of iCloud and it integrates perfectly on all my devices

    For iTunes I use an app called isync, this syncs music/podcasts to android, also updates playcounts/last played, works very similar to iOS syncing

    If you dont mind giving up some of iCloud (replacing with google), I find both OS's sync well with OS X, haven't looking recently to see if iCloud can work with Android now
  4. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Why not the galaxy nexus. Its a better phone in my opinion and is about the same size. The extra screen space is used for the soft keys. The software works so much better on it. The screen is much better as well. Text looks so much better.
  5. macrumors 604


    Jan 8, 2012
  6. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Thanks, everyone, this is helpful.

    I already use google for syncing my calendar, because I work in a Windows environment, so I don't mind so much not accessing iCloud on my phone.

    The Nexus isn't as readily available here as the SG2 is, so I would have to pay 175 dollars more to get that. I see that the screen is much better, but the camera is 5mp instead of 8, so I'm not quite sure if it is worth the extra money?

    I have an iPad 3gen so I do most of my media consumption in terms of reading and watching videos on that, so I'm thinking that a better camera might be more important to me than the better screen.

    Is the Nexus worth the extra $175?
  7. macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I would likely agree with these folks.

    That being said, if you are going to go for the bigger cost to get the Nexus, you might as well pony up for the GS3 imo.

    If you can land a Google Nexus phone cheap then that might be your best alternative considering your useage requirements.

    I myself, hate going back more than a year for a new device. Meaning I like the latest and greatest, I find they have more longevity, mind you, there are many others out there who DON'T think like me either (the world is a safer place that way).

    If you use and like maps, regardless of your cost, any google product will be a better consideration. Until Apple gets their **** together.

    Since you are not placing heavy demand on the phone and want something more cost efficient. I would recommend the S2. If you can't pick up a Gnexus Phone.
  8. jojoba, Sep 30, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2012

    thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Yes, that's kind of what I was thinking as well.

    The thing is, I generally tend to feel that way, too, and that's why I'm still a bit torn. Part of me just wants to get that SG3 :D But I use my iPad pretty heavily, and probably for a lot of the things that others would use their phone for, and since I'd have to fork out a bit over $300 more for the SG3, I'm thinking I could put that toward travelling instead.
  9. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    So, I went to the shop to pick up the SG2, but found a Nexus for 45 dollars more, so I got that instead. I just unboxed it so haven't really tested it out yet, but I feel pretty good about the purchase. Thanks for the input!
  10. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    So, I've played around with it for a little while now and set up my apps and launcher as I like them, and I quite like it so far. I think I'll be happy with this phone. I haven't tried to transfer music yet, but if that goes smoothly, I'll be satisfied.
  11. macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    You'll be much happier with the nexus than the s2. The version of touchwiz on the s2 with ICS is bad IMO. The nexus is just a much better phone at this point.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    Congrats on your purchase! Hope you will enjoy it AND the travel you can now do!
  13. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Yes, I'm happy :) The only thing that is annoying me is the location and small size of the 'settings' command in the lower right hand side of the screen (the three dots on top of each other) - it's not always that easy to get to if you're using the phone with one/the right hand. But I can live with it.

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