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    Default GN2 now or wait for GS4?

    So heres my situation. I have a droid charge that im tired of. The thing has become frustratingly slow. My line isn't due for an upgrade until Feb 28 but I have my mother in law on our account whos upgrade I could transfer now. I've been really intrigued by the note II and finally went into the verizon store to see it in person and loved it. Was worried about the size but in my big hands my thumb can just reach the whole screen. Seems just the right size.

    But this whole time I have figured with my upgrade being at the end of February I might as well wait it out until the eventual release of the galaxy s 4. Rumored to release sometime between march and may. I know I won't be switching phones for almost 2 years when my next upgrade is available and want the most powerful phone I can get at the time. I know nobody knows the specs for the S4 but its bound to be even more impressive than the note II with possibly a 5 inch screen using new screen technology. My mind is made up between the GN2 or the GS4. And if I get the note II, neither my wife nor mother in law will want to take it when my upgrade come in Feb so I could get an S4 at that time like I expect some to suggest.

    So I guess the question is for people who are more familiar than I am about how fast the industry moves, how much better do you think the GS4 can really be than the note II? And how future proof do you think the note II is? Will someone who wants the best phone available still be happy with the note II 20 months from now without having phone envy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom74 View Post
    So heres my situation. I have a droid charge that im tired of. The thing has become frustratingly slow. My line isn't due for an upgrade until Feb 28 but I have my mother in law on our account whos upgrade I could transfer now. I've been really intrigued by the note II and finally went into the verizon store to see it in person and loved it. Was worried about the size but in my big hands my thumb can just reach the whole screen. Seems just the right size.

    But this whole time I have figured with my upgrade being at the end of February I might as well wait it out until the eventual release of the galaxy s 4. Rumored to release sometime between march and may. I know I won't be switching phones for almost 2 years when my next upgrade is available and want the most powerful phone I can get at the time. I know nobody knows the specs for the S4 but its bound to be even more impressive than the note II with possibly a 5 inch screen using new screen technology. My mind is made up between the GN2 or the GS4. And if I get the note II, neither my wife nor mother in law will want to take it when my upgrade come in Feb so I could get an S4 at that time like I expect some to suggest.

    So I guess the question is for people who are more familiar than I am about how fast the industry moves, how much better do you think the GS4 can really be than the note II? And how future proof do you think the note II is? Will someone who wants the best phone available still be happy with the note II 20 months from now without having phone envy?
    1080p displays will be coming out in all the flagship devices this coming year, heck there's devices with them already. A faster processor and probably a better camera will also be on board, I would wait for the s4 ; worst case scenario you buy a note2 now and the s4 grabs your attention. Wait for s4, if you don't like it then get a discounted note2.

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    Anyone who keeps their phone for
    20 months might have phone envy.
    That being said, I'd wait for the Galaxy S4.

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    The thing is they're two different purposed devices.

    As of right now there's nothing I can't do on my Galaxy Note 2 with a reason of too slow of hardware. Literally it's just fast and I can't imagine experiencing "faster" anytime soon.

    If the S4 had a 1080p Pentile screen, I'd rather stick with my 720p RGB on my Note 2 hands down. Do not buy into the bogus pentile higher resolution claims. Pentile is an abomination and I am so happy that on a whim I researched the Note 2 and found out it didn't use that tech. It's the only reason I pulled the trigger on this phone and man was I happy.

    My honest recommendation? If you can handle the size (which you seem to not mind) and have use for the amazing S Pen, then I would say go ahead and get the Galaxy Note 2, enjoy it and sit on it for a solid year or two, and when it's time for your next phone get the Note 3. It will not only probably not have the shoddy Pentile screen the S4 will likely have (if it goes 1080p) but it will also treat you right with your expectations of a Note. Once you use this phone in your own personal life for a week, you'll never want a non-Note device again. I guarantee it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul-c View Post
    Anyone who keeps their phone for
    20 months might have phone envy.
    That being said, I'd wait for the Galaxy S4.

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    ^^^^ this
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    Welcome to android, there is always something new and improved coming around the corner. If you keep waiting for the next new thing you never will upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trucksmoveamerica#AC View Post
    Welcome to android, there is always something new and improved coming around the corner. If you keep waiting for the next new thing you never will upgrade.

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    I was going to put something along these lines in my opening post knowing someone would say it. Definitely have no plans to wait past the GS4. I just know its release should be close to my lines actual upgrade on feb 28 if I dont take my mother in laws upgrade before then. After having a night to think about it, Im going to try to be patient enough to wait for my date on feb 28 and hope by then there is more info on the gs4. And like a previous poster said, if I know by then that the gs4's screen will be 1080p but pentile I will just get the note II at that point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trucksmoveamerica#AC View Post
    Welcome to android, there is always something new and improved coming around the corner. If you keep waiting for the next new thing you never will upgrade.

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    Absolutely, I agree.

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    They are two completely different devices.

    You have to first have clarity on what you will use the device for. If it's a smartphone you need then the rumored GS4, along with a host of other great smartphones on the market now, and to be available later, will satisfy your needs.

    However, if you want the features of a smartphone, a display large enough to serve as a mini tablet and eReader, the convenience of an electronic notepad, all packaged in an all-in-one device, then only Note 2 delivers.

    The Note 2 makes possible what no other single device offers. It gives the user, if they desire, the option to own and carry one device to meet their media, creativity, and productivity needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAS View Post
    They are two completely different devices.

    You have to first have clarity on what you will use the device for. If it's a smartphone you need then the rumored GS4, along with a host of other great smartphones on the market now, and to be available later, will satisfy your needs.

    However, if you want the features of a smartphone, a display large enough to serve as a mini tablet and eReader, the convenience of an electronic notepad, all packaged in an all-in-one device, then only Note 2 delivers.

    The Note 2 makes possible what no other single device offers. It gives the user, if they desire, the option to own and carry one device to meet their media, creativity, and productivity needs.

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    Rumor has the GS4 having a 5 inch screen with an s pen which would make them very similar devices. So it would basically be a smaller note. Which I think alot of people would want. But at this point nobody really knows. Going to have to be patient a little longer and wait for more specific details to emerge.
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    Remember if you're trying to upgrade expect the release of the phone on a carriers to be 3-6 months after the rumored date considering their slow history.
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    Waiting is only good if you're not in need of a phone and suffering from phone envy. Or your are trying to justify holding on to your existing phone. If you're in that boat, hold off for the S4.

    However of you are in need of a phone the GN2 is an excellent phone. I held off getting the Note 1 because it wasn't enough specs it seemed a lot of corners where sacrificed. With the Note II that was not the case. Not only did they put the best specs on the phone, the specs are good enough to make the phone relevant for years. I have the Note II and it's hands down the best phone I've ever owned.
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    I'm assuming nobody knows exactly yet but what is the ball park release date for the GS4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heelsandeers View Post
    I'm assuming nobody knows exactly yet but what is the ball park release date for the GS4?
    1st quarter 2013

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    Found a render of the supposedly S4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Droid_Evo_8 View Post
    All this talks makes me feel bad cause i just bought a Note II. The S4 will indeed be bad ***!
    This video reminds me of when people thought the iPhone 5 would be paper-thin, have a holographic keyboard, and shoot lasers too ! xD
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    Great... now I have a tougher decision to make. Looks like my 3gs will have to suffice me a few more months....

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    It may be a while before the S4 is released in the US.

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    at work so I didn't watch the video...

    does it have a s pen?
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    The gs4 will not have an s-pen and word has it its the gn2 that will receive a good many of the gs4's features. And my Gn2 has been flooded with app updates the past few days like it did when 4.1.2 rolled out hopefully 4.2.2 is on its way along with the gs4.
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    You want a Note 2 if you want the largest screen possible and in some cases the S-pen. My guess is not a lot of people ever use the pen though. Hardware wise the Note 2 is not that far off from the S 4. Personally the new software features on the S 4 don't look that interesting and many of them don't appear to work very well unless its pre-release issues. The Note 3 is some time away, probably fall.
    Latest I have heard is April 26th for S 4 release.
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    I'm purchasing the N2 because of the S pen so I can easily take notes in class.

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    Hello sorry for not coming back and giving an update, figured this thread would die and go away. I ended up buying the note 2 shortly after posting this and love it, couldn't be happier. And now that I have seen what the S4 will have to offer I can definitely say there will not be any phone envy. The note 2 is just perfect for me and Im sure I will be happy for the duration its under contract. Im sure at the pace these phones are being released I will be ready for the note 4 by time Im due for my next upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom74 View Post
    Hello sorry for not coming back and giving an update, figured this thread would die and go away. I ended up buying the note 2 shortly after posting this and love it, couldn't be happier. And now that I have seen what the S4 will have to offer I can definitely say there will not be any phone envy. The note 2 is just perfect for me and Im sure I will be happy for the duration its under contract. Im sure at the pace these phones are being released I will be ready for the note 4 by time Im due for my next upgrade.
    Good for you. Enjoy it!

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    Enjoy it. BTW...I USE THE S PEN!!!

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