| | 02-01-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Author #1
switched to Galaxy S2 from my 9860...
So I know what you guys are thinking, I'm going to tell you the grass is greener on the other side..
Well sorry to tell you but it isn't!
I've had the galaxy s2 for 48 hrs and these are my initial thoughts:
-The battery life is horrendous, you thought blackberry is bad, make a few calls, use google maps 1x, send an email, a gchat and there goes 30%
-It's too BIG (that's what she said, right?)...in order to operate the phone competently while in motion, not necessarily when driving, you need to be able to reach the min/max in the x/y directions of the phone, it's too big to achieve this competently - less you risk dropping the phone. The 9860 was almost too big as well, but this thing is just incredibly wide and tall (but very thin). The iphone 4/4s is about perfect size with a case to manipulate 1 handed (btw, I have medium sized, long fingered hands)
-no interconnectivity, it's like every single app and the phones host os, all exist without knowledge of the others. contacts is fairly well integrated with each other
-too many menus and screens, initially when you fire up the phone you have menus you have access to some apps permanently @ the buttom of the screen, to the left, to the right and the app drawer, you have settings that change, and no anchored permanent keys. I mean it's a phone first right? so anchor some phone controls to the bottom. I spent the first 12 hrs trying to figure out how to remove menus and direction of travel and place everything in one location.
-email/gmail?? what the , what's the difference? wasn't this thing made by google? why can i send mail through both channels?
It's a great platform for apps, tons of apps and they all perform very well, in a vacuum! It's got amazing hardware (speed, memory, cameras, connectivity). Thank god the battery is removable. Thank god the device does not take an eon to boot up. But as a phone and messaging device, it is clumsy and barely adequate. I'm going to try and give it a good solid week to adapt to it. I adapted to the iphone 4s in a few hours.
Mainly my reason for switching was because I'm primarily doing android development now for my company, and I figured I might as well reduce the amount of devices I need to carry. But if this keeps up, I'm going back! BTW, after 48 hrs I still dont' know how to put this thing on silent
If blackberry could some how learn to clean up its memory leaks or at least give the ability of the user to scavenge it back without a battery pull (or a simulated one), improve the speed of the ui and get the app developers to jump ship and start making versions for them, I'm game to come back, immediately