iPhone 4 owner, seriously considering on switching to Vibrant.


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  1. atn_chargers

    atn_chargers Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hey guys, I'm with T-Mobile but using an unlocked iPhone 4 for now. I am just so sick of not having 3G. I love the way the Vibrant looks, but there are a couple of concerns that I want to address which would make or break my decision to purchase a Vibrant. Hope you Vibrant owners can help me out here.

    Camera quality: The reason why I love the iPhone 4 is the camera. It takes magnificent pictures, even in macro mode. Does the Vibrant's camera compare? I know that it's a 5MP without flash, but do the pictures turn out well? How are close up pics?

    Screen Quality: Another reason why I love the iPhone 4 is that awesome screen. Is the Vibrant's screen better than the iPhone 4's screen?

    Tethering: Will I be able to tether both USB/HotSpot on the Vibrant?

    FROYO: When does Android 2.2 OTA update get released?

    OS: I love the fluid OS on the iPhone 4. Absolutely no lag and runs silky smooth. How is Android on the Vibrant? Are there lag issues?

    No physical buttons: How does the Vibrant's touch-sensitive buttons compare to the Nexus one's? I've played with a Nexus One before and the buttons are stubborn and hard to press.

    Battery Life: The iPhone 4's stand-by time and talk-time is awesome. How does the Vibrant's battery stack up against the iPhone 4's?

    Built Quality: The iPhone 4's built quality is amazing. I've heard the Vibrant feels plasticy. Is it more prone to damage?

    Faster 3G speeds: I've heard rumors that the Vibrant can actually get faster 3G speeds than other phone can. Is this true?

    T-Zone plan: Will I still be able to use my old $5 T-Zone plan on the Vibrant?
     

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  2. SamsungVibrant

    SamsungVibrant Well-Known Member

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    Camera quality is probably better on iPhone

    Vibrant offers a better contrast ratio, but iPhone retina display has higher resolution. This is personal preference, you have to just use both. Expect visible pixels on the VIbrant. Retina display pixels are virtually invisible. The Vibrant displays awesome dark blacks, but it can't produce real true warm whites, an outcome of LED technology. However, I love the Super Amoled, I just wish the resolution was on par with Retina.

    Tethering, yes it is possible, visit the tips and tricks section, read what I wrote there in the how to instructions.

    Battery life on vibrant compared to iPhone, horrible. You will definitely complain about battery life.

    Froyo release date, we don't know.

    OS fluidity on Android? not really, expect many force closes and other problems. iOS is more fluid and polished around the corners.

    Built quality? The iPhone 4 is amazing, it is like a work of art, so sturdy. Vibrant is okay in built quality, has a cheaper plastic feeling.

    Vibrant faster 3G speeds? No this is false. The Vibrant is NOT a true HSPA+ phone. The upcoming G2 is. However, all current phones on T-mobiles network will benefit from HSPA+ towers.

    BEFORE people start screaming at me, I just wanted my reply to be honest. As much as I love the Vibrant, I'm not going to lie about the true differences between the two phones.
     
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  3. Robinelli

    Robinelli Well-Known Member

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    I don't agree the build quality of the IPhone 4 is better. I actually felt the all glass Iphone felt horrible and it is know for being as fragile as a china doll. I've dropped my vibrant running at 4mph SEVERAL times and it is fine! I wouldn't drop an Iphone 4....

    As for the pic quality, I'd say it is in b/t an Iphone 3gs and an Iphone 4.

    As for screen quality, I'd say the same- in b/t a 3gs and a 4. However, it isn't nearly as breakable as the IPhone 4.

    Tethering- YES YES YES! To me that would be a huge reason to switch. None of the regular tethering instructions worked for me but I got an app that works nicely. You can get PDA net or Easy tether if you can't figure out how to manually set it up.

    Another advantage of the Vibrant is the larger screen size! I wouldn't want less than a 4 inch screen ever again!

    The speed I would imagine is faster than an unlocked Iphone off network. I know it is faster than the 3gs unlocked on tmob.

    As for battery- it's true, you'll miss that LOL. But if you have a car charger and you don't mind plugging it in also at night while you sleep, it doesn't really matter.

    -I should add I bought an iPhone 4 and returned it in favor of the vibrant. So I've played with both side by side.
     
  4. The K-Zoo Kid

    The K-Zoo Kid Well-Known Member

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    Camera: It is great. If you would like, I could upload a few random photos i took around the house of things close up. Flash is not necessary because there is a "night mode" which takes excellent pictures in low lighting.

    Screen: This phone has a Super AMOLED, and while the iphone 4's screen has a higher pixel density, I have played with my cousins iphone 4 screen right next to my vibrant and i actually prefer the vibrant, not only because it is bigger but something about the colors just seem more pure.

    Tethering: If you root your phone (the equivalent of jailbreaking an iphone) it is very simple to send a wireless hotspot, and if you dont root you can easily usb/bluetooth tether with an app off of the market.

    Froyo: 2.2 is said to be released over the air sometime this month.

    OS: There are some lag issues on a stock vibrant, but this can be VERY easily fixed on a rooted vibrant, and froyo is said to eliminate lag.

    Buttons: The buttons have worked very well for me, i thought i was going to accidentally hit them sometimes but that has yet to happen.

    Battery: I don't exactly know how well the iphone 4's battery is, but the vibrant easily makes it through my day. The screen technology is a very energy efficient, because each pixel is it's own separate light source. This means whenever there is black, the pixels in that area are actually off.

    Build quality: I too was concerned about this.. And even though it is made of plastic i think samsung has done a very good job in making this phone. And from what i understand the vibrant has the same screen as the dell streak (gorilla glass)... YouTube - Dell Streak torture tested
    enough said.

    3G: I am not positive how the 3g speeds compare to other phones (because i too came from an iphone on t-mobile :D) but i know that this thing flies. It is a nice piece of hardware.

    T-Zones plan: I am not positive about the $6 plan working.. but you can check this thread out for a lot of info on plans on this phone http://androidforums.com/samsung-vi...nlimited-data-works-tmo-vibrant-galaxy-s.html


    Like i mentioned before, I also am coming from an iphone. I am VERY happy i switched to android, simply because apple is not putting out the best product possible and the way everything is set up on android makes so much more sense to me. Apple is the only company making the iphone, so they do not have competition in that area. There are many companies making android phones and they are constantly competing, so you always get the best when you buy a new android phone because the companies are always trying to beat the other. You sir, get the honor of the most i have ever typed for one post on a forum :D
     
  5. mavictb

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    my good friend has a iPhone4 and we often debate which is the better phone... the iPhone4 edges out the Vibrant on some features like a flash and a FFC and the build is nicer on the iPhone also.
    as for the camera its a tie... wide by side they both take awesome pictures.
    as for the screen... again a tie... it comes down to personal preference here.
    hardware: again a tie they both by normal using with similar apps and games seem to run the same.
    both have at least 1 major flaw... iPhone has the reception issue and the vibrant has a spotty (but still functional) GPS.
    so really what it comes down to is personal preference... I like android... my buddy likes apple... but we both agree that both phones are great.
     
  6. SamsungVibrant

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    T-Zone will work on the vibrant for a few hours to a few days, then you will get a friendly reminder to update your data plan, and it will stop working.
     
  7. melll

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    I agrree with SamsungVibrant on all his points. I still love my Vibrant, and would not switch it up for an iPhone 4 or anything else. But I do agree of all his points and for me its not enough to make me want to switch.

    It has its good points, which over weigh the bad. Which is why I love it.

    You sir rocketragz, need to be a little more realistic, we dont have THE PERFECT phone!
     
  8. Arcadia

    Arcadia Well-Known Member

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    The camera is magnificent, takes great pictures. The screen lives up to the hype, it's bright and doesn't look clarity in sunlight. The iPhone's screen looks good because it's so small. With 4 inches of real estate you see a more full picture.
     
  9. rocketragz

    rocketragz Well-Known Member

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    Not once have I said we have a perfect phone.

    IMMFO:

    build quality is good and phone looks better than ip imo
    Screen is awesome + size
    Battery life is normal
    Android os great
    once we get 2.2 phone will be even better.
    Mic is exceptionally good
    Hold signal
    3g fast

    Cons:

    Front facing camera would be nice
    Camera flash would be nice even tho some claim its fine
    Battery could be improved (maybe froyo help), but typical of these phones and not limited to galaxy
    Lag issues.
     
  10. melll

    melll Well-Known Member

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    Well I got front facing camera on my vibrant! So there. International version has it, no clue why the US wasnt included! But us Canadians have it.

    So you can cross that out of your cons list :p
     
  11. HadouGhost

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    Some say yes, some say no. At the worst you'll have to pay 20 a month for internet but its well worth it on the vibrant.

    I would like to mention I've owned an Iphone 3gS, and an Iphone 4. Some people have had problems with their vibrants, no different than people having problems with their Iphone 4.
    While i do appreciate ''Samsung Vibrants'' contribution on the forums, please take his postings with a grain of salt. as they are fueled by anger and ignorance.
     
  12. atn_chargers

    atn_chargers Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you so much for all of your informative responses. Based on your personal reviews, it seems like the Vibrant is a great phone. The only thing that is holding me back now is this:

    "T-Zone will work on the vibrant for a few hours to a few days, then you will get a friendly reminder to update your data plan, and it will stop working."

    Can someone confirm this??? I previously had a Nexus One and had no such message or reminder. If this is indeed true, I don't think it's the phone for me. I have kept my $5.99 T-Zone plan for about 5 years and I don't want to lose it.
     
  13. rocketragz

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    yeah i agree. it's ridic US version doesn't have it.

    jerk! :)
     
  14. HadouGhost

    HadouGhost Well-Known Member

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    Thats like me saying ''I've paid $1.50 for a gallon of gass for 4 years, if gas prices go up to 3 a gallon, this fuel isnt for me''

    Times change man, sorry to say it like that but its the truth. Dont let having to pay a tiny bit more for internet on your phone hold you back.
     
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    LMAO, I remember when gas WAS $1.50
     
  16. Oyasumi

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    I remember when we thought that even that price was expensive. Kids today, sheesh.

    On topic, for me and my phone the battery has good days and bad. Eight hours in and I am at 50%. I have made no calls, no web access, no games or movies. Just texting. I make sure to press the power button as soon as I am done to put the screen to sleep to help conserve power. Two days ago I was abusing the heck out of the services and the battery lasted me all day, easily.

    Some days are better than others for me with the battery.

    I cannot contribute to any of the rest of the discussion as I have no experience with the other product.
     
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    atn_chargers Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    For your information, I get perfect 3G speeds on my nexus one for about a good 2 months, then I switched to the iphone 4. So I will be paying more for something I could already have with the nexus one?
     
  18. HadouGhost

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    I didnt mean to sound harsh, wasnt my intention.

    How come you dont stick with the nexus one? Its still a good phone.

    There have been reports of people getting the $10 dollar data plan to work but who knows. Maybe you'll get lucky and your tzones will still work. got a friend with a vibrant? pop your sim in his. hell if you lived near me, i'd let you use mine.
     
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    atn_chargers Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Ok cool. I've never had a phone that didn't work on my t-zone plan. Hope this isn't my first! *fingers crossed*

    I just don't like how the Nexus One looks. That brown/bronze is unappealing to me.
     
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    He/she would have to use the vibrant with the sim in for a few hours to a couple days, then he will get the notice to update. It will work at first, only to get a notice later. Heck I might be wrong, for his/her sake, hopefully I am!
     
  21. HadouGhost

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    yeah heres hoping. for all you know it may work. maybe more so that he's getting it off contract
     
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    Deleted a few posts that were out of line... please consider this as a warning for all.

    Discuss the topic and not the person.
     
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    I have no idea. If you really wanted to keep that plan maybe you should go back to your Nexus One which is also a great phone that is supposed to get excellent 3G speeds on T-Mo just like the Vibrant.

    If you like your iPhone4 a lot and want to also get 3G connection, perhaps you should really consider switching to AT&T.
     
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