Rotek wrote:I can't say anything about the Sony, but I have a Galaxy S2. Let me give you my thoughts:
I can honestly say it's one of the best pieces of technology I've ever owned. I'm not a phone nut by any stretch of the imagination, but the S2 does everything. Every other phone I've touched since I've had it (nearly a year now, I got it when it was pretty new), say a friend's iPhone or HTC, has felt heavy, slow and useless by comparison. It's incredibly light - the battery weighs more than the phone itself, a fact which still amuses me - the screen is incredible, the touch screen is fast and highly responsive, I've never had it slow down on me, the battery life can last a LOT longer than comparible smartphones, the built in memory is huge (can store over 4000 high quality pictures!) and it's just generally fantastic.
There are just a couple of compaints: the App Store not being as good as Apple's (but that's a given, really), and the on-screen keyboard can be a bit fiddly and imprecise (although if you get used to using Swype - running your fingers across letters rather than typing them out - that's not so much of an issue). Other than that, it's pretty much the perfect phone. I'd recommend the S2 to anyone.
slinger wrote:I recently ditched my iPhone 4 for a Galaxy S2 and the battery life is crap! Unless you put power saving on, knock off 3G, diable updates / push notifications plus email I'm lucky to get 6 hours out of a full charge! Good phone, but absolutely terrible battery life.
Rotek wrote:I can give you my experience with a Galaxy S2 but I don't know if it'll apply to other Androids (although I expect it would, at least the broad strokes).
I have a Mac too, and it was a bit of a fuss to get it to connect to my phone to it, but it was possible. I had to switch on debug mode or something. But essentially that just lets me plug it into my USB port and drag and drop files onto/off of it. Remember, though, that an Android probably won't be able to play songs downloaded from iTunes because the file type won't be recognised. There's probably a way around it, but I don't use my phone for music anyway so it doesn't affect me.
As for apps, you can buy online now. https://play.google.com/store You need a Google account. Again I'm not entirely sure how it works but there should be someway of sorting it. Have a poke around that site and see what you can discover.
Battery life is a whole other ball game. Like I said at the top of this thread, the S2 has got a very decent battery (although it's drained more of late, for some reason, probably because I've had it a while now), so I suspect the S3 probably does as well, but it depends. Look into some model reviews on YouTube or just Google.
Blakey wrote:I ask this because in my research I've found that unlike iTunes where you download apps to the computer, you can't do that on Android and have to download straight to the phone via Wi-Fi/3g, is there a way round this?
leeray666 wrote:I've got a galaxy note. And it's completely replaced my iphone... It's actually made the thing look practically ancient. You know? like how you looked at your gameboy advance after you first got your DS.
I've also got a mac, and it's not a problem at-all. Sure, I'll miss a few of those app store games, but as far as music's concerned, it's really not a problem. I don't know if it plays aac files, but you can easily make mp3 copies in iTunes.
There's two ways to connect (well, actually three) you can either go direct and just go to your settings and connect via usb, or you can use Kies, which is a program not too dissimilar to iTunes in that it has the same sort of set-up. Start up the program, plug your phone in and it appears on the left sidebar and you do the same sort of thing you'd do via iTunes.
You can also do this wireless via Kies air which is an app for the phone.
I'm sure it's pretty much the same with the galaxy SII and the SIII. So, don't be put off, take a leap, give android a chance.
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