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  Reply # 429109 20-Jan-2011 10:15 Send private message

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My brother-in-law has an iPhone 4 with a screenguard but no case, and he thrashes the hell out of it.  It looks like dog-tucker on all sides, and is starting to have call-quality issues.


My wife keeps her iPhone 4 in her handbag, and its holding out well. Granted, it has a screen protector and silicone case.


And yes, pictures of the iPhone and Galaxy S screens really don't do them justice; and you can't really make a call on the OS until you've seen how customizable Android is, and how convoluted iOS is!! :-P


Oh, I know Android is customizable. Thats one of the things that both attracts and scares me about the platform :-)
By "scares me", I mean that I want a device that is pretty capable without customization, not one that requires customization to reach that state. I'm sure thats possible. I just need to choose wisely.

Also, I'm not sure I'd call iOS convoluted. In terms of functionality, I find it pretty good to use... with the exception of SMS messages always being alerted by a modal dialog, and that it currently requires jailbreaking to provide Wifi hotspot support (although that may change with 4.3). 

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  Reply # 429111 20-Jan-2011 10:18 Send private message

ArtooDetoo:
The SGS will set you back around $800, the iP4 around $1100 (depending on where and when you buy). I doubt though that you'll be able to buy an iP4 without signing up to a plan.


Buying an iPhone off plan is certainly possible, even if it means buying from the Apple store (which last time I looked had a 1 week lead time). And there were reports late last year of retailers finally selling them off-plan here.

And the $800 price tag for the SGS (when you can get it, which seems pretty regularly), may even swing my decision to get it over my current Android frontrunner (Nexus S). 

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dclegg:
ArtooDetoo:
The SGS will set you back around $800, the iP4 around $1100 (depending on where and when you buy). I doubt though that you'll be able to buy an iP4 without signing up to a plan.


Buying an iPhone off plan is certainly possible, even if it means buying from the Apple store (which last time I looked had a 1 week lead time). And there were reports late last year of retailers finally selling them off-plan here.

And the $800 price tag for the SGS (when you can get it, which seems pretty regularly), may even swing my decision to get it over my current Android frontrunner (Nexus S).?


Good luck with whichever route you choose dclegg. It's a great time to be in the market for a smartphone, and remember, the new iP5 will likely be out in June with redesigned antenna and more/better fruit so keep your eye on the rumour sites for Apple's 'must-have' additions.

Cheers,
R2D2




Galaxy S has gone to its new owner. HTC Sensation has gone to its new
owner. Now using Galaxy S3. Eagerly awaiting release of the Note 3.

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  Reply # 429116 20-Jan-2011 10:37 Send private message

ArtooDetoo:
Good luck with whichever route you choose dclegg. It's a great time to be in the market for a smartphone, and remember, the new iP5 will likely be out in June with redesigned antenna and more/better fruit so keep your eye on the rumour sites for Apple's 'must-have' additions.

Cheers,
R2D2


Yeah, I thought about holding out for the iPhone 5, but after last years disastrous launch, I'm not sure its worth risking having to possibly wait until Oct/Nov before we get it here (I won't be wanting one on a plan).

Thanks for all your help and advice (and others in this thread too).

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