Galaxy Note 2 or iPhone 4S

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by mikemike690, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. mikemike690 macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2012
    New Zealand
    Hi I'm looking to buy a galaxy note 2 or should I keep my iPhone?
  2. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    With the information provided, I'd say go with the Note II.
  3. jomarr macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2011
    Definitely the Note 2.

    LTE alone makes it a viable upgrade but I think the screen size will take some time to get used to. I bought an iPhone 5 over the Note 2 because of the screen size. But now I think the iPhone 5 is too small although the 4s looks like it's short fat brother next to it.

    S Pen is a great feature as well not to mention battery life is excellent.
  4. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    Easily Note 2 you'll get used to the screen size after a week or two.
  5. BlueGoldAce macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    I have had both the i5 and 4s, and now I have the note 2. Get the note. It is well worth it.
  6. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    1. If you want a simplistic answer then make a priority list of your phone uses - voice calls, texting, music, movies, email, web, navigation etc. If voice calls, texting and (unless you have an irrational hatred for iTunes) music are at the top, stick with the iPhone. If email, web, navigation are at the top, get the Note.

    Rationale: the Note II is mainly a two-handed proposition, so if you're one of these people who can't walk down the street without talking or texting on your phone, it may not be for you. Also, I'm sorry, but music on Android is just not as slick as in the iTunes ecosystem. Not saying it's unusable, but at a minimum you'll have to experiment with several players and sync solutions to find one that works for you. However, for web and navigation, the screen size blows the iPhone out of the water, and Apple Maps is still playing catchup with the fullblown Android version of Google Maps.

    Then, of course, there's the stylus, which is in a different league to the prosthetic fingers you can buy for iOS.

    2. Do you have a large investment in iOS Apps or DRM-protected iTunes movies (iTunes music shouldn't be an issue since they dropped DRM years ago)? Check that any Apps you rely on have decent Android equivalents.

    3. Do you have any philosophical objection to using Google for your contacts/calendars management? Contact & Calendar sync with Google works well with Android, iOS and MacOS. You don't have to use gmail as your primary email - the Samsung email app supports all the usual protocols - but the true Google way of doing it is to let Google check all your email accounts so that you can read them through gmail.

    4. How do you carry your phone? Cut a bit of card or styrofoam to the size of the Note II and see how it fits in your pocket. I have no problem but your wardrobe might vary.
  7. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    There really isn't enough to go on here to say either way.

    -what do you use the phone for mainly
    -how often do you get a new phone
    -have you used android in the past and do you know you like it (i've heard some don't)

    I love my note 2 but it's by no means the phone for everyone. More information is the cost of better advice here.

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