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New Smartphone?
I'm sure all you tech savvy guys out there have lots of useful input for me, I'm due my phone upgrade next month and need to decide between a couple of options. I've very limited knowledge so thought I'd see what your experiences have been? The three brands I was looking at where the iphone, an HTC of some variety or the new intel Orange phone (I'm with Orange anyway).

IPHONE:
+ Some of my mates have games on there that look pretty mega. Conversions of popular board games etc...
+ Maybe considering getting an iPad too, assume that would be a good thing to have both?
- Most expensive option of the three looking at tariffs.

HTC/ANDROID:
+ The wife has one and says it's better than an iphone, so who am I to argue?
+ Her camera is amazing, no experience of using an iphones so can't really compare.

INTEL phone:
+ I assume its megafast, don't really know what the other benefits are?

Someone please educate me! Any pointers about iPads welcome too!
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Posted by dode74 on 2012-07-23 10:14:03
Samsing Galaxy S3 here, had it since release and it's superb. Very fast quad core processor, superb screen, battery life is measured in days (I'd not recharged since Friday and was on 68% this morning) and good product support. The size is surprisingly ok - you'd think it would be too big, but it's think enough that the size doesn't really matter. Works easily with any Google app you like (Gmail, calendar etc). I pay £36 a month with Orange and the phone was free. HTC is also a good brand (had a Desire before this) and I would recommend. Doesn't really matter which one as it's all about the OS. HTC One X has got excellent reviews.

I also have a Motorola Xoom (which was free, so I'm not complaining). Nice for e-reading, some games, and watching movies, and I got the WiFi only one as I tether it to my phone for internet access should I need it.
Posted by ultwe on 2012-07-23 10:38:08
Review of the San Diego (Intel)
http://www.reghardware.com/2012/07/04/orange_san_diego_intel_based_android_smartphone_review/


Strongly considering getting it for myself, not 100% sure yet.


I would not buy an iPhone / iPad (This opinion may be biased and based on nothing more than my dislike of All-Things-Apple ;-D )
Posted by King_Ghidra on 2012-07-23 10:52:01
Honestly, I think you can't really go wrong whatever you choose. I have an iphone and I love it. Equally I have mates who swear by the HTC's, and from what I've seen they appear to be excellent too. We live in a glorious age!
Posted by BillBrasky on 2012-07-23 11:01:00
I was very happy with my HTC.

When I got my Iphone 3 months ago... OMG. I had no idea what I was missing.

Apple Iphone 4s with 64GB. It's fast & awesome.

I loved HTC, so agreed there is no wrong answer, but the Iphone is just awesome.
Posted by Fela on 2012-07-23 11:14:43
How much are you considering getting an iPad? If you get that you can run your software purchases on both, which would be a strong point.

If you decide for the iphone it might be worth waiting a few weeks as the iphone 5 is due, which might be more interesting. Even if it isn't it's going to lower the current iphone's price a bit.

The Intel looks interesting, but it's the first I hear about an Atom smartphone over here. That they're not pushing it on all markets is not a great sign IMO.

Regarding Android the Samsungs are certainly better than HTC's, personally I like Sony (+/- Ericsson) since they have a good update policy (just got ICS for my xperia pro) and a few interesting models with slidable keyboard. I absolutely hated typing on that touchscreen.
Posted by blader4411 on 2012-07-23 11:26:07
I would avoid the iPhone 4S, because the iPhone 5 is due out this year, so if you really want an Apple Product you should just wait a couple of months for a better one.

Currently the Samsung Galaxy S3 leads the pack regarding Android, and there are some nice deals for it (as its been released on pretty much every major carrier, leading to competitive prices).

As for the Intel phone, its really not that great (essentially a Dual-Core handset running an outdated version of Android). You're better off sticking with Samsung, or HTC.
Posted by Purplegoo on 2012-07-23 11:27:54
I have an S2. Superior to any iPhone, and I can only assume the S3 is even better.

The only two things the iPhone has going for it is a better screen (smaller but it's more tactile, dunno if the S3 has closed the gap, not done the research) and the nerd game apps. Android can't compete on the nerd app front, since their consumers probably wouldn't pay. ios is probably better if you don't want to do anything with your phone, if you do it's a bit basic.

I've an iPad and an Android phone. They speak via one extra step dragging and dropping stuff on windows so no hardship.

What you should steer clear of is the zealots either way. People (including me) that bang on about the evils / brilliance of Apple. An hour spent reading independent reviews and a further hour in a shop fondling the kit is a big win longer term.
Posted by blocknroll on 2012-07-23 11:46:16
Ive heard equally good things about the S3, i got a HTC ONE V i think it is, my first "smart" phone. Didnt have to pay for it on a £15 a month contract, got 500mb of data bolt on which takes it to about £21 a month. 2 year contract which i dislike but seems the norm. I'm pretty impressed by it, and basically didnt want to pay more than 25 quid and pretty much refuse to actually pay for a phone.
Posted by Christer on 2012-07-23 13:27:40
Hate to break it to you blocknroll.. You always pay for the phone one way or another. 2 years of contract means £21*24 = £504. That's more than the cost of the phone.
Posted by Reisender on 2012-07-23 13:43:44
after a while, i even found out that i can actually call people with my new smartphone
Posted by uuni on 2012-07-23 14:09:54
N9 is very nice, you can watch television through internet and whatnot. Its getting somewhat rare though... Perhaps the Jolla's future-ferraris will be nice also. Boot-to-Gecko is coming next spring. ;-)
Posted by blader4411 on 2012-07-23 14:14:19
Also, if you do decide on an iPhone, you can get this app!
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle/id465213808?mt=8
Posted by blocknroll on 2012-07-23 15:26:27
Christer, of course, but £30 a month for 2 years AND £200 for a phone would be even more ;) and for 2 years before this I was on a £10 a month tarrif as I had a replacement phone just before my previous contract expired ;)
Posted by DukeTyrion on 2012-07-23 16:26:52
Not sure what Smart phones are.

I paid £30 for my phone and I spend about £5 credit every 6 months ... which I think is pretty Smart.
Posted by SvenS on 2012-07-23 17:44:39
I like my HTC One X. Its a bit big before you get used to it though.
Posted by Tzij on 2012-07-23 18:15:15
Both myself and my girlfriend have Droid Razrs(android) and love them. I considered waiting for the iPhone 5, but ultimately decided it wasn't worth it.

I am not an HTC One fan, if you go that route. Primarily because it lacks a micro sd card slot, meaning you have to rely on internal memory. For some, that's not so much an issue. The Galaxy 3 is pretty nice. I've messed around with it a bit.
Posted by blocknroll on 2012-07-23 18:37:29
ummm ive got a 32 gig micro sd card i my HTC one v
Posted by awambawamb on 2012-07-23 18:41:25
I bought a Samsung S2 because of its low price now (sigh)... but the battery lasts two days only :\ get that S3!!!!
Posted by blader4411 on 2012-07-23 23:51:27
A battery life of 2 days is pretty good. What's wrong with charging the phone every night?