Posts tagged ‘Sprint’

October 22, 2011

Apple iPhone 4S vs. Samsung Galaxy S II (Nexus Prime)

The leaders in the smart phone battle – Apple and Samsung – have released their latest phones – iPhone 4S and Galaxy S II.  The decision factors for buying a smart phone vary  from person to person but what is the most important aspect of a smart phone for you? Is it aesthetics,  hardware superiority or ease of use? We will try to break it down for you!

1. Aesthetics – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

iPhone 4S has a similar rectangular, glass and aluminium design as that of the iPhone 4.   Galaxy S is taller and wider than the iPhone 4S. It also a bit thinner overall, bottom is thicker than the top, which we think might give a better grasp of the phone.

The iPhone has its customary circular home button, present in all its iDevices, for navigation and control. The Galaxy S has the on-screen buttons and does not have any physical buttons.  The physical button adds to ease of use while the onscreen buttons need some getting used to. The iPhone 4S comes in black and white while the Galaxy S comes in black and grey.

We think the display on both the devices – Apple’s Retina Display and Samsung’s Super AMOLED are very comparable. Text and images should be as sharp as you hope on both the devices. The height and width dimensions on the Galaxy S II increases the display size, but it does come at the risk of being a wee bit bigger to hold.

2. Innards – Lets strip open the two devices

  • Memory  – iPhone 4S has a 512 MB on board RAM and Galaxy S II has 1 GB RAM. This does not account for your on board storage. The higher RAM would account for better performance, although it depends on the implementation of the OS – Android or iOS. The best way is for you to do a hands on test on both phones and try navigation, running Apps, opening and closing apps, running multiple apps at the same time etc to see which one is optimal for you. 
  • Processor – Galaxy S II has a slightly better processor technically, but performance cannot be defined by this alone. For ex. iPhone 4S did better on browser speeds. 
  • Download speed  – Galaxy S II has an added advantage of supporting LTE – the real 4G, but again it depends on if LTE is actually supported in your area. On the iPhone 4S, there have been reports that Verizon and AT&T have better speeds than Sprint. All in all, unless you are watching videos while on 3G/4G (not WiFi), or listening to music, or downloading Apps etc, you shouldn’t worry much about the data speeds. I mostly listen to streaming radio and rarely watch videos on AT&T, and so far I haven’t had any issues.
  • Storage – Ok, this is something most of the users should be concerned about. iPhone 4S comes with storage space of 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB while Galaxy S II with only 16 GB and 32 GB.  Additionally, iPhone 4S comes with free iCloud storage which automatically backs up all your data  to the cloud, we haven’t heard about it being available on the Galaxy S II yet. 
  • Battery Life – Both the phones have about 8 hours of talk time.
  • Camera – iPhone 4S has a 8 MP rear camera with a f 2.4 aperture for high quality images, along with face detection, image stabilization and 1080p video. Galaxy S II has a 5MP camera, supports 1080 p video and comes with panorama support. The iPhone 4 is expected to take quicker photos. I like how the smart phones manufacturers are stepping it up and trampling the camera industry.

3. Features and ease of use

This is something you have to decide by trying out the two phones and their operating systems. The iPhone 4S boasts the new feature rich iOS 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S II boasts Android’s latest software version – Ice Cream sandwich. Take a look at our comparison of the features in both.

Source: Geek.com

October 15, 2011

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint iPhone 4S speed comparison

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

If you have been waiting on news of the best network speeds to help you decide which operator to switch to, iDownload Blog has done the work for you, although your geographical location needs to be considered too. Amongst the three, Sprint seems to be disappointing its users, while AT&T and Verizon are doing much better.

 

September 12, 2011

iPhone 5 on Sprint?

 BY THE APPLE GIRL

Sprint customers, it’s time to raise a glass! Bloomberg reports that you can officially get iPhone 5 on Sprint (yes, no more jail breaking) Sprint is planning to offer Apple’s iPhone 5 next month with unlimited data at a flat fee. If you are a heavy Netflix or a Pandora user like me, then this is going to be a sweet deal. Since Sprint is trying to differentiate itself from its arch enemies AT&T and Verizon, I’m pretty sure the flat fee will be a competitive price! 

AT&T and Verizon charge $69.99 for unlimited voice plans. AT&T charges $15 for 200 megabytes, $25 for 2 gigabytes and $45 for 4 gigabytes of data while Verizon’s rates are $30 for 2 gigabytes and $80 for 10 gigabytes of data. 

Sprint’s arrival into the iPhone world is a welcome change for us customers. We may stop paying through our noses for surfing on our phones. 

 

 BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Wow, 5 years later and the iPhone finally makes it to 3 out of the 4 major US carriers 😉

Unlimited data on 4G would even be sweeter but I doubt that will happen with the iPhone 5. Would you really buy a new phone, something that you’ll use for at least 1-2 years and still surf on 3G? There are quite number of powerful Android devices on Sprint such as the Nexus S and EVO (4G & 3D) that allows for you to surf at 4G speeds. 

There are also rumors that T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone 5 as well, but it’s all speculation at this point. Who knows, hopefully the iPhone will be available across all carriers soon. That way when Android still dominates, Apple Girl can’t use the it’s not a fair playing field excuse 😉

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November 8, 2010

HSPA+ vs. 4G

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

AppleGirl’s response to my T-mobile myTouch 4G inspired this blog 🙂

AppleGirl thinks that T-mobile is foolish and didn’t do their research. Again, do you think a major corporation would brand their  network as 4G without doing their research? Technically, T-mobile’s HSPA+ network is really 3.5G. However, phonescoop did a comparison of T-mobile’s HSPA+ network and compared it to Sprinit’s WiMAX and the two are comparable(see the graph below).

Honestly, AppleGirl should be happy that HSPA+ speeds are so good because it’s rumored that Apple will not adapt to LTE (4G) technology until sometime in 2012.  However, according to gigaom AT&T may not purse HSPA+ and deploy LTE directly. If that is true, does that mean the iPhone will have slower speeds as compared to the myTouch 4G :)?

AppleGirl, How’s the best of both worlds looking now? Maybe you should stick to your FaceTime over WiFi 🙂

Source: phonescoop, gigaom

 

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, I was calling T-Mobile bullish for comparing Qik with Facetime. If they didn’t have their brains wrapped around the buzz words (FaceTime, 4G, high speed) and were smart enough, they would have compared the same video chat software on the two networks!

Now that you have raised the HSPA+ vs 4G talk, I think T-Mobile is writing rules to its favor, and so are all the other carriers. The network may be quite fast, but it’s the ITU who decides what a 4G network is. And ITU’s definitions for a true 4G technology are LTE –Advanced (Release 10) and 802.16m or Wi-Max Release 2. And when we say 4G we are talking downlink rates of 100 Mbps (not the meager theoretical 29Mbps that T-Mobile is bragging about) That said, I think AT&T, Verizon (who are pushing to LTE) and Sprint (already on Wi-Max but not on Release 2) are closer to the ubiquitous superfast 4G network than T-Mobile is.

At the end of the day, all you should really care about is if you can get those speeds where you live, work and hang out and not if T-Mobile is giving you an extra 200 Kbps speed (compared to Sprint)! So if I were you, I would first check if your  area is covered with HSPA+ network. If T-Mobile says that it plans to cover your area after a year,  then the purpose is lost.

GoogleChic, here’s a picture of a rumored LTE iPhone. Imagine FaceTime on Wi-fi, except that I don’t have to be on Wi-fi 😉


November 4, 2010

T-mobile takes a jab at AT&T!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

The new T-mobile myTouch 4G commercial is just to funny to pass up. I’ve been saying this ALL along! Who wants to FaceTime on Wifi “from the aiport”. Reality check, you can video chat with the myTouch 4G on T-mobile’s 4G network.  Forget AT&T and the iPhone :)! By the way, Wirefly is offering the phone for only $79.99!

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

What’s with these mudslinging ads these days? T-Mobile claims 4G speeds on a HSPA+ network, but AT&T calls them out for claiming 4G speeds (according to them, HSPA isn’t really 4G (LTE, WiMaX)).  With the definition of 4G up in the air, what’s funny is that the brawl went down on Facebook. Sprint did not want to be the quiet dog in the room. So Sprint President Matt Carter claimed saying“Halloween is over–it’s time for T-Mobile to stop dressing up like their favorite super hero–Sprint 4G.”

GoogleChic, I hope you noticed the real culprit here. Yes! They are actually fighting over the iPhone and the customer base that it comes with. Not T-Mobile’s MyTouch 4G or Sprint’s Evo 4G 🙂

GoogleChic, doesn’t MyTouch 4G use Qik to make video calls? Here’s your reality check: Qik is available on the iPhone as well. So there you go, iPhone has the seamless, awesome user experience Facetime to use on Wifi and Qik/Fring to use over 3G. If you still have any doubts about the best phone for video calling, you should leave those behind. Because iPhone has the best of both worlds.


October 29, 2010

Want a white iPhone 4?

BY THE APPLE GIRL  

GoogleChic, this one is for you. You are going to love the video 🙂

Amidst all the white iPhone 4 drama that’s going on these days (Rumors about Apple cancelling the release of the white iPhone and purging it from Apple’s online store), here’s a new take on the white iPhone 4 by folks at JLE Productions. Apparently, JLE doesn’t think it can make money using an Android phone!

If anyone has been waiting for the past 5 months to get a white iPhone, geez.. stop being a wannabe and go get the black one! If you are so desperate for the color, here’s a white cover option you could try. Or you could try the white Evo 4G (which is actually half white. I think Sprint is one eye blind) or the My Touch 3G. Because “they apparently does” 😉

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC  

ROFL!! AppleGirl, you’re absolutely right, I loved the video!

By the time the white iPhone 4 comes out iPhone 5 would have launched, it’s now scheduled for Spring of 2011!

I like how AppleGirl is telling you white iPhone fans to get a cover, did you know you have to operate on your iPhone in order to get it that way? It’s not really a “cover” (check out the pics below).

The better alternative is  for $8.49 you can get a white decal from Amazon and make your dreams comes true 🙂

September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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September 7, 2010

Android web usage climbs, Apple’s slip!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Check out the pretty graph below. While Android web usage steadily climbs, iOS drops (and this includes the beloved iPods and iPads).  Maybe, Apple’s investors should take a look a closer look and study the Quantcast chart and invest wisely!

I’ll leave you pondering with this thought. “In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn’t going to be enough to stop it.”

Source: Android Central, tgdaily

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, its funny you should leave us pondering with that thought! It aptly describes Apple as a leader and Android as follower. Is’nt that the trend? Android following Apple’s innovative smart phone solutions, and the the bevy of handset makers, copying every single curve on the iPhone. GoogleChic, Do Galaxy S phones look like the iPhone to you? 🙂

Your chart indicates that iOS web consumption has been going down while Android web usage is going up. Are you telling me that Apple has miraculously got the web consumption down while still selling more devices than the Android? I would say that is ingenious.

Now here’s a thought for you to chew on. 10 users could each be using 1 unit of data on their iPhones and a single Android user could be using 100 units of data. With all the tethering allowed on  Android phones, I won’t be surprised if this is true. Does that indicate that Android’s market share is bigger than Apple’s?


August 26, 2010

Best of the Galaxys

It seems like news about the Samsung Galaxy S just keeps on coming. The latest Galaxy S phone, the Fascinate and the last to release on Verizon is now the new hype and is predicted to release sometime in September.


So what’s the difference between all of the Galaxy S phones, other than the obvious fact that it’s on different carrier’s?

Here’s the breakdown and our take on each phone.

Common Features
1 GHz processor
Super AMOLED screen
5.0 Megapixel camera
Android 2.1 (Eclair)

Samsung Epic 4G – Sprint
This is the fully loaded version of the Galaxy S. It sports a full QWERTY keyboard and has a front facing camera, which none of the other Galaxy S has. In addition, it sports a flash as well.
Our take:  The best Galaxy S phone for corporate users who prefer a keyboard to hack out those office emails.

Samsung Captivate – AT&T
The best Android device on AT&T. This phone has a more industrial boxy feel. The downside to this phone is that it’s missing a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for users that prefer something other than an iPhone; maybe users that are  stuck on AT&T because your other half has to have the to die for iPhone and you can’t switch providers! (sound familar anyone?)
[Update]: RadioShack is offering a free Samsung Captivate with a 2 year contract with AT&T. This is an awesome deal if you choose to stick with AT&T.

Samsung Vibrant – Tmobile
The higher end Android device on Tmobile. This Galaxy S is also missing a flash, otherwise no complains here; nice phone on a very affordable provider.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for parents to buy for their kids that are begging for that iPhone but you just don’t want to pay that hefty bill. Probably since they’re milking you dry already between the food they eat and the clothes that they want to buy 🙂 This is a steal for parents especially if you caught the 1 cent deal that Amazon was running!
Samsung Fascinate – Verizon
The last to arrive and our favorite. It lacks the front facing camera but it does have a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for everyday users. This phone is powerful and lightweight (since it doesn’t have the full QWERTY keyboard). It supports Exchange for your office needs, and playful enough for your after work needs thanks to all the apps offered in the Market.

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