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Old October 12th, 2011, 02:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, I am in the market for a new phone... I was gonna pick up a Galaxy SII but I have decided to wait for the Nexus Prime as it's going to better and run stock Ice Cream Sandwich. But I then started thinking that by the start of next year we will be seeing a Galaxy SIII at either CES of Mobile World Congress and it will be avaliable at around May if not earlier. There are already a few leaks and opinions on what the galaxy SIII will be like and it will be even better than the Nexus Prime.

So my dilema is, Should I get a Nexus Prime when its out (and that will be the best smartphone for around 6 months) or should I wait that time, run my current phone on SIM only and then get one of the new superphones next year like the Galaxy SIII or something else if HTC come out with something amazing? Then if I do that it will be around 6 months till the 2012 nexus, so whatever I do the phone I get will be the best for 6 months... Im just not sure if I want the Nexus or an actual Samsung branded phone like the SIII.

Thing is the Samsungs and HTCs that are released at that start of the years such as the Galaxy SII and HTC Desire (which is what I have now) always seem to be better and more popular than the Nexus phones and they win awards for phone of the year like the Desire did last year and Galaxy SII did this year, and the Nexus devices never do... However they do have a nice stock build of Android, quick updates and fast software.

Sorry that was a lot to take in but what are your thoughts and what do you think I should do?

Any input is welcome, my brain is fried with all this thinking lol.

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look here Nexus Prime REALLY Caught on Video (No Blurrycam Either)

and wait for SGS3 but till that time u could get SGS2 thou
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Old October 12th, 2011, 02:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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why would u recomend waiting for the SGSIII and getting the SGSII in the meantime?
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if you have money and dont care about spending them get SGS2 as it is the best phone on the market atm and thats fact if u care bout money, wait for SGS3 as it will be deffo worth it and no other phone will go close to it imho
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dont try to keep up with technology, u wont go 3 months without the release of a phone that u wish u had waited for if ur buying now, the SGS2 is a great phone, as Twinn said, its definitely the best phone currently on the market.

however, if ur willing to wait, the nexus prime looks pretty solid too, as does the htc amaze.. i'd wait on the SGS3 too, however i saw some specs saying its gonna have a 4.6" screen? im afraid thats just too big for me, 4.3" is seriously the limit, and im a big guy with big hands.. lol
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thanks guys, lol i dont mind 4.6" - but what i am asking is... why would u recomend i get the galaxy s2 now then get the galaxy s3... why dont i just get the nexus prime (as thats coming very soon and will also be better than sgs2) then get the galaxy s3
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its up to u, really.. posting over here at the SGS2 forum, ur gonna get a lot of recommendations to get this phone over anything else, coz truly, it doesnt let u down...i guess why u should get the SGS2 right now over the prime is coz its been tried n tested for almost 6 months now.. unlike the prime, a lot is known about the SGS2, and there's great support here as wel as on xda.. seriously, i was over at the desire S forum for a friend, and its like.. flat, compared to this
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If you're considering waiting six months for an SGSIII then you may as well give up making any decisions now as by then there will be rumours of something even better. That's how this industry goes.

The GSII is pretty mature, has a lively dev community and available now. The Prime/Nexus may be available by year-end but nothing certain will be known until the formal announcement. MWC is mid-Feb, so anything announced then won't hit market until late Spring.
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Honestly, Id say just go for the S2, it won't let you down as others have said. I learned my lesson the hard way in regards to keeping up with technology, and I lost alot of money because of it.
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okay guys, ill probaby get the S2 and then the S3 but only if its a worthwhile upgrade. Thanks a lot everyone
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okay guys, ill probaby get the S2 and then the S3 but only if its a worthwhile upgrade. Thanks a lot everyone
Very good choice, you'll thank us later : ) I am sure most of us (including me) are waiting for the S3 to upgrade from the S2.
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By the time you've waited for the Galaxy S3, the Google Nexus Prime Time or whatever the next Nexus is called will be just around the corner, as will the iPhone 6 and the Motorola R2D2 or whatever all of the new phones are called (not that we get Motorolas in the UK).. there's no point in waiting for technology unless it's literally RIGHT around the corner, otherwise you'll always be waiting..

It's like now, if the Galaxy S2 does everything you want then get it. If you just want the latest and greatest phone, wait for the Nexus Prime as it's probably going to be released in time for Christmas..
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Yeah i think ill get the 2s when i can upgrade (in 29 days ) then get the s3 in 6 months if its worth it... But if in 29 days when I upgrade the Nexus prime is here ill consider that instead of a S2. maybe lol... Anyhow I agree i shouldn't wait 6 months for a phone lol
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By the time you've waited for the Galaxy S3, the Google Nexus Prime Time or whatever the next Nexus is called will be just around the corner, as will the iPhone 6 and the Motorola R2D2 or whatever all of the new phones are called (not that we get Motorolas in the UK).. there's no point in waiting for technology unless it's literally RIGHT around the corner, otherwise you'll always be waiting..

It's like now, if the Galaxy S2 does everything you want then get it. If you just want the latest and greatest phone, wait for the Nexus Prime as it's probably going to be released in time for Christmas..
haha, my thoughts exactly i dont usually ever try to keep up with new tech coz its just impossible these days. i bought the SGS2 in may, as it looked to be a great phone, and at least spec-wise its been able to remain on top for 5 months, thats impressive as long as it does wat u want, and ur happy with it, it should be good.. im not even thinking of upgrading at the moment
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lol thats the thing, my htc desire does everything i want and its fast i just want a new phone after having the desire for ages, plus im due an upgrade very soon. also my desires battery life is very bad now so i need something fresh
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lol thats the thing, my htc desire does everything i want and its fast i just want a new phone after having the desire for ages, plus im due an upgrade very soon. also my desires battery life is very bad now so i need something fresh
If the Desire is good enough for you and you "just want a new phone" you really might as well wait for Prime.

Otherwise you might decide that the Galaxy S2 is good enough for you and you just want a new phone again when the Prime comes out! At least the Prime will be top dog for longer if you got that, so you're less likely to get bored with it.
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yeah true lol, i am someone that loves the newest best thing always but i realised a few years ago i waste far too much money buying all the new things even tho they are not massively better so i may just wait and get the prime lol, its gonna be so good anyway
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yeah true lol, i am someone that loves the newest best thing always but i realised a few years ago i waste far too much money buying all the new things even tho they are not massively better so i may just wait and get the prime lol, its gonna be so good anyway
Same here.

When I got the Desire it was absolutely amazing, really really fast, tons of features (first Android phone), etc.. then after a while I got bored and rooted it, which made it a lot faster, gave me more space etc.

I thought the Desire was plenty fast enough for me until I got the SGS2.. which is just something else.
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Yeah Desire was my first Android too - It was amazing when it was first out, very popular, won T3 phone of the year.. That was last year. this year its EXACTLY the same, Just with the SGS2. And I can imagin its like 3 or 4 times faster than the desire, and bigger and nicer, thats why i wanted one finally but as the nexus is just around the corner and will be better i am eyeing that up lol
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Rumours from my Samsung Rep are that the SGS3 will have a quad-core 1.8ghz processor, 4.6" touch screen and 12MP camera.. they're the only rumours i've heard so far. SGS2 is by far the best phone on the market at the moment
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Yeah im fully aware that the SGS2 is the best you can get at the moment... I was going to get it when it was first out but I hadnt had my HTC long so i decided to wait. but now i can upgrade i am thinking:

The SGS2 is the best now, but in just 1 month the Nexus Prime will be here and it will be even better, so I thought I should get the nexus, however it may not be as good as the SGS2 in real world performance (but probably will) and may not be as popular (but again probably will). But then there is also this rumoured SGS3 which will be the best phone of next year most likely so i am now thinking, should I just get the SGS2 now (which will be cheaper than the nexus anyway) then in 6 months sell it and buy a SGS3? Or should I just get the nexus now and keep that, I do like to have all the latest stuff to a certain extent but i think ill wait for the nexus. I really dont want to over analyse my decision because then i will have no idea what i want out of a phone, i will just be getting what everyone says i should and whats newer. just a really hard choice lol!
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in just 1 month the Nexus Prime will be here and it will be even better
Better in some ways maybe but not all. There will be no option for expandable storage for example, and that lovely hi-res display may not play nice with all existing apps.

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You think? I'd wait until we see how HTC and the other big players counter such a spec before jumping to hasty conclusions?

You are over-thinking.... if you need a replacement now then it's either the GS2 or the Prime/Nexus by your own admission. If you can afford to wait until (probably) Q2 2012 then do so. I'll guarantee that by then the decision won't be any easier as there'll be a slew of new hardware to drool over.
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yeah ur right, ill probaby get the nexus i think but as u said it may be a nightmare with existing apps :/
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yeah, u guys are definitely overthinking just get wats available now thats really good.. and dont think about wat future releases will make u regret ur current choice. as slug said, there's always gonna be newer "better" stuff coming out.. and as i said before, its impossible to keep up however, seeing that the new nexus (galaxy nexus?) will be out next week, u might as well check that out before making a decision.. but dont go overboard thinking of phones that are gonna be released next year! :P
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Sorry to jump in on this thread, but I too am in a similar position. I have the Desire which I got when they first came out. Great phone (at the time) but I'm a bit disappointed with the available memory, even after rooting with SURoots Rom.
The Galaxy s II seems streets ahead of the Desire in all departments so I'm really tempted and will be going the the Carphonewarehouse tomorrow to have a bit haggle.
Can I ask, will the 16Gb version be enough for me or should I go for the 32Gb version. The reason I ask is that I don't want to be caught out like I was with the Desire last year. I thought it was enough at the time but 6 month later found out it wasn't. Is the 32Gb version able to use all/most of its built in memory for apps or is it just storage space.
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get the 16 then a 16gb sd card thats what id do, then u can use that 16gb internel for apps. how are u gonna haggle? only usually the networks give into that lol... and what network u on?
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get the 16 then a 16gb sd card thats what id do, then u can use that 16gb internel for apps. how are u gonna haggle? only usually the networks give into that lol... and what network u on?
I'm currently on the 3UK network, but since they stopped sharing masts with Orange the signal is crap around here.

My intention is to sell the Desire on Ebay and pay off the contract with 3UK, so I should make a bit of a profit (going off Ebay prices).

As for the haggling, I like to play the phones shops off against each other, I just tell them what XXX is going to give me and can you beat it, usually works even if its a load of freebies thrown in. In the current economic climate everyones after your custom so they should be prepared to give a bit, after all their profit margins are probably way over the top anyway
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ahh okay, yeah 3 are crap here too since orange roaming stopped - i say cancel and go with orange, or vodafone, they are both great, of course get whats good 4 u but i think those 2 are better than t-mobile and O2
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thanks for the quick update, when you say use the 16Gb internal for apps and get a big card for storage, will the S II allow me to use all of the built in memory for apps? 16Gb should get an awful lot of apps, my desire has a paltry 500Mb for apps
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yeah it will allow you to use as much as u like for apps, and i also have the desire. despite having 512MB internal memory you can only use 148mb for apps. it really annoyed me and its still not great even with an apps 2 sd ROM - why dont you wait for the nexus prime rather than get a SGSII? thats what im gonna do
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Hey guys, I can upgrade my phone (1 year old HTC Desire) from next week...

I was thinking of getting the Galaxy Nexus when released as it's going to have a nicer, bigger screen and run Ice Cream Sandwich straight away but it only has a 5 megapixel camera and it has no SD card slot which is really annoying! If you don't know already the specs of the Galaxy Nexus are as follows:

1.2 GHz dual-core TIOMAP CPU
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battery with a capacity of 1750 mAh
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As you can see the SGS2 and Galaxy Nexus specs are very very similar.

So my question is should I get the galaxy nexus or the SGS2? Or should I wait for the SGS3? However the SGS3 is about 6 months away at the earliest so ill only wait that long if its gonna be really really good and worth the wait.

I know i am probably going to get most people saying go for the SGS2 as its what you all have but I want to make sure I make the best decision.

So what should I get, and if i do decide to get the SGS"... Is it still a good time to get it and is it still gonna be 'the best' for a while longer?

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Old October 20th, 2011, 08:47 AM   #34 (permalink)
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prepared to wait? Til like January at the most.
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It is true the spec is very very similar. if you get the nexus, after 6 months the s3 going to come out and when you compare to the spec its going to make you feel bad. whereas the spec of s2 is still a little better than the nexus aside the ICS OS and screen. if i had money, i would get the s2 and wait for the s3. since the s2 community already mature in handling a lot of problems where as the nexus barely have anything tackle or problem encounter yet to be solve. and ICS i'm sure the s2 will have it.
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Merged with your other upgrade thread as much of the info is related.
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I am not typing that again omg lol (the post I just made died in your merge).

Anyways I recommend you get the S2 rather than wait.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 10:18 AM   #39 (permalink)
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even to the nexus has a lovely 4.65" screen and its 720p res... you still think i should get the SGS2?
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even to the nexus has a lovely 4.65" screen and its 720p res... you still think i should get the SGS2?

The SG2 is a killer phone and look at the amazing support on here and Xda for it. That's always the problem with getting a new phone as soon as release.

I'm keep my S2 for 2 years or more depending on what's available and where I will be I may not be in the UK next year
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yeah youre right actually, i got the HTC Desire 6 months after it came out and I love the Dev community and the support for it on XDA. I guess the SGS2 will be the same as its this years best phone (Like the Desire was last years)
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yeah youre right actually, i got the HTC Desire 6 months after it came out and I love the Dev community and the support for it on XDA. I guess the SGS2 will be the same as its this years best phone (Like the Desire was last years)
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:21 AM   #43 (permalink)
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so u deffo think the sgs2 over the nexus?
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so u deffo think the sgs2 over the nexus?

I would say yes, you wont go wrong with it, I can honestly say the S2 is the best phone i've ever had. for me the Nexus looks too thin
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yeah i think the s2 is the best, but for how long is the question, its been out 6 months. it happened last year. i got the best phone at the time (the HTC Desire) when it had been out 6 months, and very quickly better phones came along. I just wanna try and avoid that happening again, something tells me its best to buy when released and not wait 6 moths :/ but i dont know
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yeah i think the s2 is the best, but for how long is the question, its been out 6 months. it happened last year. i got the best phone at the time (the HTC Desire) when it had been out 6 months, and very quickly better phones came along. I just wanna try and avoid that happening again, something tells me its best to buy when released and not wait 6 moths :/ but i dont know


But its always gonna be like that as soon as you get one(even on release), something else maybe better will pop up would pop up.


Put it this way you get a Nexus find a bug or something you dont like, it could take a few months before someone finds a fix or app to make it better. Whereas Right here and now look at all the Roms etc out for the S2 for you to play with. And if you did get an S3 in a years time, think about all what you would of learned on the S2 to take forward
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According to these benchmarks, the SGSII blows the Nexus, and other handsets, out of the water... even though it's running Gingerbread.... on half the benchmarks.

The article goes on to say, that ICS will improve the SGSII's performance by 30-40% which means that it is the clear winner.

See here:-

Samsung Galaxy Nexus benchmarked, shows much improved browser performance in Ice Cream Sandwich

Added to this is the news that the Ice Cream Sandwich code is to be released soon and things are looking even better for the SGSII.

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yeah im deffo thinking im gonna get the s2, will it get ICS officially though or just thru a ROM?
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