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Phone Comparison: EVO 3D, Nexus 4G, Atrix, T-bolt, SGS2
NOTESSome manufacturers use different model names for different carriers:
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes in International, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T Skyrocket HD versions.
- The LG Spectrum is almost identical to the LG Nitro HD.
- The Sprint Epic 4G Touch & T-Mobile Galaxy S II are similar to the 4.27" AT&T Galaxy S II.
- The HTC Sensation is like the HTC EVO 3D except: no 3D, 768MB RAM, 640x480 front camera, and 1520mAh battery.
Choosing a Phone
Over the two or more years you might have this phone, you may spend $2,000 or more so get the one you want. Androids are evolving so quickly that no phone stays on top more than a few months. Start by considering the basic features.
4G - Speed Thrills
Make sure you get 4G (or LTE). Monthly plans are often just as much for slow phones as fast ones. You may have this phone a long time. Don't get one that is already slow. To turn 4G on:
Tap Home > Menu > Settings > Wireless > 4G.
To add a 4G icon to a home screen: Long-press an empty spot on a home screen then tap Shortcuts > Settings > 4G.
Get the right size for you
What is the Right Size Phone? Only you can answer that question. Android phone comes in sizes from 2.5" to 5.3". A survey of 5,000 phone owners found that Only 9% Want a Screen Under 4". See what feels right for you. Don't let anyone tell you the one size phone you are to buy. See the Sizing Chart: What is the Right Size Phone?
The iPhone 4S still lacks a Notification LED for incoming or missed calls, emails, texts, Facebook or calendar events, etc. Most Androids not only have a Notification LED but the Flashlight Alerts app can also turn the camera LED into a notification LED.
A microSD card is about $50 for 32GB. 16GB microSD costs $20 or less. Get a "Class 10" microSD for fast 10 MB/s speeds. The 64GB microSDXC cards are under $200 and are supported by microSDXC compatible phones such as the Galaxy S II and Droid Bionic. The App 2 SD app frees up space on your phone by moving apps to your SD card.
Apple will replace an iPhone battery for $85 but you lose your phone for 2-3 weeks. Android replacement batteries are typically $30-$50. For most Androids, you can pop off the back cover and put in a spare battery. Better yet, get an extended life battery.
Flagship Android phones typically have 1 or 2MP front cameras for HD video chat. That coupled with 4G gives you a amazing clarity. Android Qik, Skype and ooVoo give you free unlimited video calls over WiFi, 3G and 4G. Apple Facetime is still only VGA and only over WiFi.
LCD Displays is nice but Apple use LED backlights that are always on with an LCD layer blocking light to produce colors. Organic LED phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II don't need backlights so blacks take almost no power because the LED's are off. The iPhone may get an LED display but not this year.
DLNA Mirror Video to TV's
DLNA allows you to show whatever is on your phone on your compatible TV, Blu-ray player, PS3, or Xbox so you can watch HD movies or make presentaitons right from your phone. The iPhone 4S only works with Apple TV.
Full Facebook Sync
Most Android owners take for granted that friend's photos, status, messages, phones, events, birthdays, emails, and notifications are automatically updated from Facebook. Incoming calls pop-up with updated Facebook profile photos. Facebook-iPhone integration may not be coming any time soon.
Much of the web including this site rely on Adobe Flash for multimedia but Apple does not allow a Flash app on the iPhone. Unfortunately the HTML5 standard to replace Flash is still not finalized. But you will have Flash now.
Near Field Communication (NFC) allows instant payments, keycard, ID, and instant Bluettooth pairing and WiFi setup. Android NFC can share a contact, photo, song, application, and video or pair Bluetooth or WiFi devices. See the Google NFC Demo.
USB Host (USB-OTG) let's you connect a USB Flash Drive, mouse or keyboard directly to a Galaxy S II. Video.
Multitasking: Compare Multitasking, Android Multitasking, Apple Multitasking Cards/Video.
Inductive Charging: Powermat, Enerergizer Wireless Charger, and Duracell myGrid are wireless charging accessories based on Nikola Tesla's induction patents.
Apple iPhone: Apple User's Guide to Android - Engadget - Disappoints - Why Apple went after Samsung - Five years of iPhone
BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860: GSMArena - Engadget - PhoneArena
Motorola Atrix: Motorola - ATT - Amazon - PhoneArena: Atrix-Thunderbolt-Pre 3
Samsung Nexus S 4G: Sprint - Phone Arena: Nexus S, Nexus S 4G
Samsung Galaxy S II: Engadget "...might well be the best.."
- - Sprint Epic 4G Touch - T-Mobile Galaxy S II - AT&T Galaxy S II
- - BGR: Already Upgraded - Engadget Comparison - PhoneArea - S2 Benchmarks
- - S2 vs. LG 3D, Sensation - S2 Specs - 10 million S II's this year
Samsung Galaxy Nexus: International, Verizon, Sprint, aka AT&T Skyrocket HD
Motorola Photon 4G: Announced - PhoneArena - Thisismyntext - Engadget - Motorola - Users Manuals
Samsung Droid Charge: Samsung - PhoneArena - Benchmarks - Charge vs T-bolt
HTC Titan II Phonearena
HTC Thunderbolt: HTC - Verizon - Amazon - PhoneArena - Tbolt-Inspire-EVO3D
HTC Inspire: HTC - ATT - PhoneArena
LG Optimus 3D: Engadget - cnet Specs - Benchmarks
LG Spectrum is almost identical to the LG Nitro HD.
HTC EVO 3D: HTC - Benchmarks - 3D demo - Phone Arena: EVO, EVO 3D, Pre 3
Droid Bionic: Specs - Hands-On - Quadrant Tests - Verizon - User Manual - Bionic vs. GSII - Specs
Samsung Infuse: - PR - ATT - Samsung - cnet - PhoneArena - Infuse-SII-LG3D
Samsung Galaxy Note: Engadget - Hands-on - GSMArena - PhoneArena (comparison) - TechRadar
Atrix 2 - Specs - Review - Comparison
Motorola RAZR Has NFC Chip
PDAdb.net Atrix, Thunderbolt, EVO 3D, LG 3D, Nexus 4G, Pre 3, Veer Comparison
HP Veer official page - HP Pre3 official page
Samsung Galaxy S 3: Features - PCMag: 2GHz - Battle over Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 6 to use Sharp's p-Si LCD display for launch next year
Sell your old phone to Gazelle
See our sister site, TiPb, and the Apple User's Guide to Android for much more on the iPhone 4S. Also see the Android Getting Started Guide for more on Android features.