Originally Posted by nj02vette
The Samsung Galaxy S class phones are less than a year old, how is that outdated?
Galaxy SII, AFAIK
, hasn't made it to the US yet, so any comments on their track record should be reserved. SGS was in EU for months before US release and it wasn't common knowledge about the GPS issue.
Speaking of the GPS issue, how is it that you give them a pass for releasing known hardware with extremely poor performance? Software problems and bugs are enevitable, but easily corrected. But bad hardware can almost never be corrected by firmware updates. A quirky file system that caused bad lag and other issues. Not to mention it being unexcusable for a flagship class phone not getting the Froyo update until 6 mos after other phones did.
Samsung has a proven track record of bad support. This reputation has been garnered over YEARS, not just one phone release. Typically, they release a model, and divert virtually all resources toward new product developement. It's very profitable for them, but the consumers get the shaft.
Again, I'm not anti-Samsung, but would go into any Samsung phone with eyes wide open. Now a Nexus device, however, would alleviate a lot of problems with support. Don't need to worry about support when you have vanilla Google. So the only thing I'd have to worry about would be hardware.
I'm not denying that SGS had hardware issues. But now it's more than an year since it first launched on June last year. Even the US one was first released on late July last year. In wireless technology, that's like eternity. As for the GPS issue, my fascinate locks within 2~3 minutes most of time and its accuracy got better after official Froyo update in Spring. It's not excellent as Motorola but certainly usable. But SGSII seems to have this fully fixed from what I see on international users reviews.
As for Froyo fiasco last year, it was US carriers holding it back and international versions got updated in rather timely fashion. Since they got Nexus S, they got even better in timely update. SGSII already went through several firmware updates to patch small glitches. So they are among the fastest in android updates now. They were not so good in optimizing android OS for best performance with SGS last year. But SGSII is completely different story as it scores over 3100 in quadrant even with Touchwiz UI. Last year, everyone was laughing at their poor quadrant score in stock software. You don't seem to be following their recent moves, improvement.
Every manufacturer has weak spots. HTC is still notorious on battery life, call quality. Motorola is weak on camera, screen. But samsung looks better than others since they addressed GPS, update issues now. So I'm glad that Nexus Prime is made by them.