So a couple of weeks ago I made the switch. The first generation iPhone I’ve been using for four years has finally been retired off and I now own a shiny Samsung Galaxy SII. Having weighed up the Galaxy against the iPhone 4S for a couple of months, O2 kindly settled the dilemma for me by making the SII available for free. A couple of weeks on and now I’m going try and list my thoughts and experiences as someone who is very much an Apple user.
First to be discussed is the hardware. I love it! The phone is more comfortable to hold than any iPhone I’ve ever held. The back plate is grippy and consequently the phone feels much less likely to slide out of your hand than any of the iPhones. The screen is bigger than the iPhone’s but lacking the pixel density that makes Apple’s 4 & 4S look so nice. Inside the phone matches the iPhone with a dual core processor and beats it with 1 GB of ram. Battery life is very good; I unplugged the phone 13.5 hours ago and still have over 80% battery. The availability of a micro SD slot is also useful making up to 32GB more memory available.
On to the software. Android is aesthetically very pleasing and intuitive to find your way around. The main difference from the iPhone is that the software is built in multiple levels with most of it coming from Google but a significant amount being added by Samsung themselves. While in some circumstances it may be great to have different people writing a choice of keyboards for the phone it definitely means the OS feels less integrated than iOS. There is also occasionally the odd snag which does remind you that you’re not on an iPhone. The other day I attempted to turn on the Wi-Fi and ended up having to reset the phone.
On the whole I’m very happy with my new phone. The iPhone 4S would not have been worth the extra £300. I still hold the view that Apple products are worth paying for under the right circumstances; for day to day computing I’d still not want to be on anything other than a mac. The difference is I use a computer for over 8 hours on a working day. A phone should never be required to take up that much of your time.
So there’s my views on my latest phone. Not an iPhone but still very good.
If you are using this post to inform your own buying decisions be aware Samsung and Apple will both be releasing new phones in the next few months.