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#89021 25-Aug-2011 09:28
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I have been using a Nexus One since launch and while it's fine, the hardware is annoying at time. The digitizer loses accuracy regularly requiring a power to suspend mode and back on again. And I have just sent the phone back for its second power button replacement (first cost me US$55, this time it's free since it failed within 90 days of the fix).

So I think it's time for a new phone and and the two above look like the best prospects.

I have played with the Samsung Galaxy I and it's quite nice but I don't like the UI. I guess it could have new firwmare installed. I have no experience with the LG but I have had a play with the junior model, the 550 from Telecom. It's a bit laggy (slower processor I guess) and was running 2.2 but the touch seemed accurate and it rotated quickly so I would imagine in the 2X it would be better. The construction seems solid.

The only other option is to wait for the Nexus Prime (3). I like the Google phones because they offer the native Google experience and get the latest firmware.

I also using my Nexus One to view content from Hulu+ and Hulu has not released a version for either of those phones which they might do for the new Nexus (depending upon who makes it) so it might be worthwhile waiting for it.

Those with either of those phones - how are you liking then?

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  #511773 25-Aug-2011 12:34
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Galaxy S II is streets ahead of the 2x. 2x has significant problems - there was a class action lawsuit against LG in the states. That's enough to keep me away from recommending it.

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  #511785 25-Aug-2011 12:41
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The SGS2 experience is fantastic, I haven't even rooted my phone yet, it is completely liveable even in its factory standard guise.

I honestly believe as far as smartphones go it is a purchase you will never regret!

 
 
 
 




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  #511830 25-Aug-2011 13:24
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I just came from a Vodafone store and played a bit with it. It's quite nice albeit large. Looks like a really nice phone. I also looked at the 2X in a 2D store but not much since they had no display models and it belonged to a staff member. It also is quite large and seemed nice but as people have noted, the Samsung seems to be better built or has a better reputation.

I might wait though and see what the new Google phone looks like before committing to a decision.




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#511833 25-Aug-2011 13:29
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Yes, the SGS 2 is surely a great bet when compared to 2x... but all I read online about the Nexus Prime is speculation and leaked HW specs - 1.5Ghz, atleast 1 GB RAM and maybe a GPU under it - well that beasts got some grunt. Wink 

let's see how that shapes up and if it is anywhere close to that configuration - then it is surely a better phone!  

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  #513378 29-Aug-2011 11:44
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I am really interested in this post.  I too have a nexus one (actually on my THIRD). When it works properly I LOVE IT! But a year on and out of warranty after 3 replacements, niggling issues with freezing, touchscreen issues etc I have almost had enough! Just want one that works 100%! That plus the new vodafone plan changes = I am looking at a new plan and phone.  Can you please keep us post about the new nexus and any other options worth a look! thanks

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  #513412 29-Aug-2011 12:36
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I went from an N1 to the GS2 and am loving it. I haven't tried the LG at all so can't comment on that i'm afraid.

It's as if I went from steam powered to internal combustion. Things just happen faster. From installs, through to load times and home screen changes.

Although light, the phone feels solid. Not as solid as the N1, but certainly up to the task. I've dropped mine a handful of times and it seems to be fine, barring some tiny scratches on the body.

The screen is something else. So bright, so clear, so large. It made my girlfriends iPhone4 look fat and bloated rather than thin and svelte like the GS2.

Sound quality is much the same, nothing to be too excited about but I don't consider iPod's particularly awesome either.

Connectivity seems great, seems to hold a connection much better than the N1 although the range on Wifi seems to be a little shorter. Whether or not it actually is in real life I couldn't say.

So far my only annoyance with the phone is that the power button and volume buttons are on the opposite sides of the body. As such, when I pinch the phone to press the power button, and consequently turn the screen off, I invariably press a volume button too. It's just an irritation and I can't seem to remember to hold it different. Shrug.

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  #513447 29-Aug-2011 13:32
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MY new LG Optimus 3D phone just arrived about 30 minutes ago. 

It's lower spec in many ways

Dual-core 1GHz
512MB RAM
2 x 5mp cameras back & 1 x VGa camera on the front
4.5" 3D display - looks slightly larger than on the HTC Sensation. Havn'e turned it on yet. 
Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3)

But it has a the 3D camera / video and the 3D display....so had to have it. :-)  

Should be plenty fast enough. Definitely a better spec than the Nexus One. 

I got the Telecom XT version ("P925G"). I ordered it from Mobicity on Thursday afternoon and it arrived at Noon today. 

 




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  #513711 29-Aug-2011 22:27
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I am hoping to get a HTC Sensation to play with from Telecom. I have been using their Wildfire for the past few days. That's definitely underpowered with too small a screen. And it won't even play Netflix videos smoothly!

The Sensation looks like a better bet. After that I hope they can give me the Samsung also to evaluate.

As an aside I liked bits of SensUI on the Wildfire but that's a cut down version. I wonder full SenseUI is like?

I for my part much prefer the native Google experience so I am holding out for the Nexus Prime and see what its specs are like.




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  #513719 29-Aug-2011 22:40
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Wow a lot of SGS 2 owners here ranting it up. I love my Optimus and after many many hours doing online comparisons I think I made the right choice but.....(sorry Optimus fans there's a but) i'm gonna have to say go for the SGS 2 if your happy to pay for the price difference then it's the way to go.

THe Optimus specs out well as does the SGS but in reality even though I love my phone I wish I had purchased a different one. From day one I had issues with it not doing what it should do. There was / is a design fault with some of the Optimus phones that when it goes to standby you can only get out of it by removing the battery.

A factory reset or reinstall of the OS does not fix this and as we speak my phone is back at LG (international) getting fixed so although they have a fix it's probably not worth the time and effort risking the chance of getting a flawed one and then having to put up with sending it back then not having it can just be a pain in the ar$e.

I just want my toy back waaaaa..........

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