I am looking around for a new phone and have recently been researching the Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy S is a beautiful high-end phone, but of course like any other device, it has its problems.
However, it seems like every review I read is being trolled by an Apple fanboy who claims the Galaxy S is the worst phone ever and the iPhone 4 is perfect. Yes, the Galaxy S has its problems, and yes it is in the same class as the iPhone 4 so comparing them is justifiable; but these people are often posting with inaccurate information and full of of bais just for the heck of dissing other phones and praising the iPhone. Maybe they need to make them selves feel better for having to use a bumper to hold their phone. (Yes, I know not everyone with the iPhone 4 is facing that problem… but this is my rant – leave me alone.)
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This phone is horrible…
Posted by: BillGatesKillsKittens
OMG this phone sucks! The 4.0 inch screen is so big, I can barely hold it. The phone lags on startup. It doesn't come with a stylus. The camera quality is horrible. Google steals all your data. And it won't dance on command.
If you want a real phone you should get the iPhone 4 – Apple even gives out free cases to everyone!
Anyway, I've read a bit about the Galaxy S and I think the most interesting thing is that Samsung is managing to release it on all the major US carriers at around the same time (t-mobile as Vibrant, att as Captivate, not sure of the name on Verizon and Sprint is getting a 4G version of it).
That being said, what I've read says that Samsung's UI overlay on Android is not that good. Apparently of all the overlays, HTC's is the best, but stock Android would be better. But all the manufacturers insist on adding their own crap which you cannot delete without rooting it and/or installing a custom ROM. So much for Android being an open platform. It may be "open source", but after the manufacturers are done with it, it is not an open platform. Just like the average iPhone owner won't jailbreak it, the average Android owner (unless you have a Nexus One with stock Android) won't root/install a custom ROM-and then their phones are stuck with the manufacturer's restrictions.
…And that's my rant…Android as installed on most phones is not really open either…
Just let the fanboys live their dream!
All operating systems have advantages to offer but I agree, Apple fanboys are very persistent!
Personally, when I recognise such a behaviour, I just never try what they praise.
Its been years that iphone are on the market and I have never touched one!
And it feels nice…
P.S. Thanks Karen for the Android closed architecture info.
@Karen: Really? All the reviews I read praised the TouchWiz UI ontop of Android.
@Karen: The reviewer seems to be on the fence about TouchWiz. He states there is nothing wrong/annoying with the TouchWiz nor does it detract from usage. Rather, he just feels it doesn't add any value that the normal Android interface does not have.
That said, I have read reviews (can't remember their links off the top of my head) that have prasied the TouchWiz. I suppose it is subjective.
Then again, I really couldn't care cause I would root my phone and get rid of all the junk if I ever get one .
(TouchWiz makes the Galaxy S look very much like the iPhone, no?)
Personally, I just don't understand all the hype Apple products always get and tend to dismiss it all as "Steve Jobs has a cult and its members are all brainwashed". But then, I've never actually used an Apple product my whole life.
Though I tell you what, if there's only ONE thing I like that has "Apple" in, it's Apple Pie. Yeah, I just HAD to say something stupid to change the tone :P
@Ashraf-here's another review. Not negative, but lukewarm on the Samsung UI. Likes the ATT Captivate best of the Galaxy S variants.
@Karen: You know, I like ATT's non-iPhone design and metal back best also. However, Verizon's version has flash and Sprint's version has a hardware keyboard… so bleh. I really dislike T-Mobile's Vibrant's iPhone look not because I hate how the iPhone looks but I hate the fact that it is a blatant copy of the 3G/3GS design.
That said, http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell…..phone/4274 seems to like the TouchWiz. However, as a general trend I am seeing, most reviewers would just prefer Android without any custom topping.
On the brightside, though, many reviews may not see the TouchWiz as being necessary, but most don't see it as taking away from the phone either. So while not a HTC Sense, it isn't like the MotoBlur either which really hurts the Droid X.
Lots of opinions out there. It's good to have such a great choice among smart phones!
Here's another article (written by an iPhone user who tried the Captivate for several days, but seemed relatively balanced to me. http://www.tipb.com/2010/07/26/iphone-4-vs-android-captivate/
I agree it is a good article. However, no offense to the writer, but the article didn't reveal much. The writer had some good points, but lacked depth is quite a few areas. The writer missed out on some keys fact such as the iPhone 4 has a front facing camera, the Captivate has a stronger GPU, the Captivate has a bigger screen but smaller resolution, the Captivate has v3.0 bluetooth vs iPhone's v2.1, the Captivate is lighter, iPhone 4 has 16/32 GB while the Captivate has 16 GB internal with option of an extra 32 GB external, and the Captivate has radio. A comparison on the differences between the Apple app store and Android app store and the different methods how Apple handles phone security and how Android handles phone security would have been nice.
(I only know all the above cause I have done a lot of research on this topic :D.)
That said, I agree with the writer on his main conclusion: The main deciding point between all these similarly spec'ed high-end phones is (or should be) the OS. And iOS is a great OS, but Android looks like it will be giving it a run for its money.
In my (humble) opinion, this article is a lot better comparison.
I'm both amused and bemused by this business of "high end" phones, seeing as how my Nokia 3310 is 10 years old and actually makes telephone calls. A Phone That Phones is surely about as "high end" as it gets. As distinct from an iPhone which, er, can't.
Years ago, my publilshing company (in the UK) was one of the first to use Apple Macs. They were the bee's knees (working with the then revolutionary desktop publishing software Quark XPress.) It seemed at one stage you couldn't move an inch without hearing about Quark this or Apple Macs that.
But then, people bought for function, not form. And labels were something you removed: ready to wear clothes were OK, but Ready to Read? C'mon. You really would need to lack confidence in yourself -- to be pathologically inadequate -- to want to own something as the sole means via which you could pathetically assert how rich / how cool you were.
Times, of course, have changed. Now the same inadequates get TV coverage desperately queuing for the latest Apple offering-- and, because criticism of Apple is an attack on their own expensively-won self-esteem -- or exert what few brain cells they have peppering forums with supportive letters for a multi-billiion commercial operation from which they derive no profit whatsoever. . .
Only (in their eyes) gilt by association.
It's sad but it's also incredibly trivial. I can understand Ashraf's annoyance but can't in all honesty say I'm that bothered about it. Fads and faddists have always come and gone. As will Apple and its supporters' club.
As to my experience: Apple was perfect for us as a product of its time at that time. Since then, it hasn't been. We don't have a single Apple product in our family.
Right. I'm off to catch up with a BBC Afternoon Play broadcast on Radio 4 recorded in superb clarity by my Cowon S9 MP3 player. Eat yer heart out, iPod.
In my (humble) opinion, this article is a lot better comparison.
That is a much more in-depth review as you noted. I only skimmed it, but it did seem to cover all the bases. Of course, I've already made my choice…but I still like to keep on top of new developments.
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