iPhone 5 or Galaxy Note 2?

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    Apr 12, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    My past three phones have been iPhones but my current one has really been through the ringer and I desperately need a new phone. T-Mobile launches it's new inventory of iPhone 5's and Galaxy Note 2's tomorrow. I'm getting one of these suckers but can't decide which one. I don't trust the reviews I read online as they all seem biased and you have to wonder who's paying them to say nice things about their product. I'm a big Apple person and both my computers are Macs, but I'm not sniffing Apple's jock like some people do either, so I'm open to other options. I'd love to get some advice on which you guys would recommend and why. Please don't even mention the enormous size of the Galaxy because to me, that characteristic is as much a benefit as it is a headache, so it's a wash in my mind. I just want the best phone.

  • Apr 12, 2013 3:24 AM GMT
    I switched form iPhone to GN2, and I am very happy with it!!! I think it is the best phone I have had so far!
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    Apr 12, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    dakotatnewyork saidI switched form iPhone to GN2, and I am very happy with it!!! I think it is the best phone I have had so far!


    No issues with the size? Does it fit in your pockets okay?
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    Apr 12, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    Which phone you want out of the two that you've picked really depends on what you use your smartphone for and what you expect from it. I am a Mac-owner myself, but I carry an android-based phone (Galaxy Nexus, to be specific). One thing that you should be aware is that the only media content that you've purchased from iTunes that will work on non-Apple devices is music. Things like movies and TV shows are protected by a code planted in by iTunes that basically make them accessible only through iTunes.

    So if you have a lot of videos you've purchased from iTunes that you would want to watch on your phone, and you are a heavy media consumer, then you should definitely stick to purchasing an iPhone 5.

    Another thing to note is that Galaxy Note 2 is a niche device, and is not exactly designed towards average consumers. Yes, the phone is beastly in terms of size, and everyone I know who has this phone - fans AND haters of Samsung - have admitted that its bulk does make carrying around a bit inconvenient. Also, it has a plastic body that a person who is used to the fancier build quality of Apple devices may dislike. I've held it in my hand and, while it does feel sturdy, I have to say, iPhone 5 does feel like the more premium device. With that said, the ergonomics on the Galaxy Note 2 is better, largely thanks to rounded edges that will allow your fingers to wrap around the back of the phone without crossing sharp corners (as you would on the iPhone 5).

    The reason why Galaxy Note 2 is a niche device is because of the combination of its size and S-pen functionality. Average consumers have called the S-pen functionality built into Touchwiz UI over the stock android OS a bunch of gimmicks. On the other hand, there are consumers out there who do find the S-pen to be useful. If you do a lot of content researching & sharing for work, for example, then there are some things you can do with S-pen that will allow you to do part of your work on the phone. Also, Galaxy Note 2 comes with a huge battery (3100 mAh) that you can also swap for another one if you are a heavy phone user. It also comes equipped with microSD card slot for expansion of available storage space.

    Before I finish, I should add here that Android OS has a steeper learning curve than that of an iOS. It will also take you time to get around all the features of TouchWiz and S-Pen. Some people like Android OS because it does give more power to consumers to truly make their phones their own, but some people just prefer everything to be set up for them. If you think you are the latter type of person, then you might want to get an Android device - not just Galaxy note 2, but other great android options such as HTC One.
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    i switched from iphone 5 to note 2 and loveee it
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    LoveAndAffectionBoi saidi switched from iphone 5 to note 2 and loveee it


    What are you getting from the GN that you were not getting from the iPhone 5?
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    iPhone 5 serves me well. I stick with what I know.

    Also, all my other tech is Apple.
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:55 AM GMT
    Youve set your mind on just the 2? Why?
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    Apr 12, 2013 5:06 AM GMT
    Wait for the iphone 5S. I heard they're making it even longer so that you can have another row of icons and even bigger black vertical bars when you run old apps. icon_lol.gif

    Anyways, "best phone" is relative. It all depends on what you use your phone for, and what you expect out of it. The main reason for switching to Android is the freedom to do what YOU want. If you don't mind doing things according to Apple's workflow, then stick with the iphone 5. It will probably offer better integration with your OSX and itunes anyways. Having an Android phone is like having a pocket computer. You have more freedom to do stuff. I think the Note series is pretty awesome. The digitizer is really cool if you do a lot of sketching/drawing/writing/annotating. It's just a bummer that there aren't too many apps that take advantage of it.

    You might want to check out this thread and read the article about a guy that switched from iphone to Android (Nexus 4). It might give you a better idea of what to expect.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2913588
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Apr 12, 2013 5:19 AM GMT
    It's hard to say. I have an iPhone 5 and love it but in thinking about switching to an android phone but my friends with android say its really not that great. But maybe the newer ones have improved

  • Apr 12, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    iphone 5; apple is amazing. imessaging, facetime, etc. all free.
  • Rami918

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    Apr 12, 2013 7:14 AM GMT
    Try the BlackBerry Z10, i had an iPhone 4S and switched to blackberry it's amazing the new OS the hardware and everything
    Try it
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    Apr 12, 2013 11:52 AM GMT
    I switched from iphone to GN2, I found the iphone good, but I am really enjoying my GN2. It is easy to navigate, great for easy downloading, and not very bulky in my pocket. Most of my family and friends have galaxy/android phones so that helps, if most of them had iphones I might have stayed with them.
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    Apr 12, 2013 12:09 PM GMT
    The Note 2 is a phablet. Unless you're carrying around a purse or really baggy jeans it is not very portable for what a smartphone should be. You also look incredibly stupid with that thing next to your head, and yes that's what she said. It has sub par screen quality, poor responsiveness at app level, it is built with the cheapest materials available today and i has an ok camera. iPhones are stil the best smartphones to get today.


    If you really want Android, consider the Nexus 4 or the new HTC One. Samsung products are cheap. They only sell because they have a massive marketing budget.
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    Apr 12, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Glad to see this thread. My iPhone is acting up and I'm considering switching to a Galaxy SIII or 4 if it comes out soon or a Note II. Interesting to see comments from those that made the switch.
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    Apr 12, 2013 9:12 PM GMT
    I have a note 2 and love it. I have had Apple products and will not go back to them!

    Try the note and if it does not work out return it within the exchange period.
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:39 AM GMT
    My buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidMy buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.

    He didn't say anything new, and yet I would pick the Note 2 over the iphone. It is a matter of freedom. I like to do things my way, not the way Apple dictates.
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:48 AM GMT
    Dominican_Gent said
    Scruffypup saidMy buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.

    He didn't say anything new, and yet I would pick the Note 2 over the iphone. It is a matter of freedom. I like to do things my way, not the way Apple dictates.


    He mentioned that too. But I really don't want to use my phone as a mini computer. I happen to like the way Apple has designed their phones. It's simple and makes sense to me. I'm not sure I want to spend a lot of time reinventing the wheel by customizing my phone when I can just pick a phone that was designed by experts already.
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    Apr 13, 2013 5:12 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidMy buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.
    iphone and all recent Galaxy phones have the same camera made by Sony. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Not sure why you even bothered to create this thread. If you already own Apple products, just stick with Apple products.
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    Apr 13, 2013 7:48 AM GMT
    Apple products have the drawback of not being open to customization and user control. However this makes them very stable. Android suffers from too much user control, which contributes to, in my opinion, a tax on the systems resources, bloat ware, and a not well meshed system. App wise, Apple just has more developers creating applications...
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    Apr 13, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    Scruffypup saidMy buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.
    iphone and all recent Galaxy phones have the same camera made by Sony. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Not sure why you even bothered to create this thread. If you already own Apple products, just stick with Apple products.


    I thought I was pretty clear in my original post. Did you read it?
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    Apr 13, 2013 3:10 PM GMT
    Wolfrunner18 saidApple products have the drawback of not being open to customization and user control. However this makes them very stable. Android suffers from too much user control, which contributes to, in my opinion, a tax on the systems resources, bloat ware, and a not well meshed system. App wise, Apple just has more developers creating applications...


    Android is the most unsecure platform today. Counting for almost 80% of all mobile malware attacks. Funny because Android is second place after iOS on internet presence. Basically near 70% of all internet traffic comes from iPhones and iPads yet iOS only accounts for a minimum percentage of all malware targets while Android takes pretty much the whole cake.

    Here is the malware graph for 2011 and 2012. Android is a mess.

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    Apr 13, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Neither. Wait for the blackberry q10 to come out
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    Apr 14, 2013 4:36 AM GMT
    Dominican_Gent said
    Scruffypup saidMy buddy who works on computers for a living just stopped by. I asked his opinion and he told me if everyone owned Macs, he would have to get a second job. He said Apple is much more reliable and that lots of viruses are being created daily for the Android phones and the problem is becoming worse. He said iPhones don't have that problem. He said the the Galaxy is cheaply made and not nearly as durable as the iPhone. He said the iPhone 5 has a better camera also.

    He didn't say anything new, and yet I would pick the Note 2 over the iphone. It is a matter of freedom. I like to do things my way, not the way Apple dictates.


    So true and that is why I'm not a fan of apple. I got my Note2 about a month ago and I love it! More features and I can customize it the way I want it.