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HTC One, S4 or Note II?

Upgrade coming soon but don't know which to go for!

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 21:52

Play with them all, see which one you prefer. Also, depending on how soon "soon" is, the Note 3 will be out later this year.

On a more biased note, I can't really fault any aspect of the Note 2. The size isn't an issue (as long as you're a normal sized, adult human being) and the display and battery life are both extremely good. Not to mention the fact it's quick as hell and will happily overclock to 1.92Ghz if you're feeling like even more speed (and why not, you've got a massive battery anyway :p).

shuwaz  May. 6, 2013 at 22:00

I have, but I can't decide.

I really, really like the HTC One and it will probably be the one I go for but the S4 just has those few extra advantages. Then the Note 2 has the nice big screen, pen input and that heavy duty battery.

However I have a feeling the HTC One will depreciate quicker than the others... and resale value is a factor for me.

I love my Nexus 4 but the Android stock launcher is pants, I'm running out of space with most of my 16GB taken up and the phone had a freakish crash yesterday. Normally I would pull out the battery but with this I was just stuck. I tried a few times during an hour to resuscitate it but nothing. I left it for a few hours, forgot about it and then the phone rang and it was fine.

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 22:48

I have just seen a 1 week old SGS4 go for €500 and a 5 days old One for €500! The One is €50-€70 cheaper new in Ireland!
I had a Note 2 for 3 weeks and a One for 16 hours (LOL)... I'd go for the Note - exactly for the reasons you list. The SGS4 I have no interest in at all. Not even bothered to try the dummie in the store.

shuwaz  May. 6, 2013 at 22:51

Aww nuts! I hate these decisions.

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 22:56

Aww nuts! I hate these decisions.

Don't I know... I spent months now with a very buggy/laggy N9.
I loved the HTC One, but Android's just not for me. The One's camera is excellent in low light especially, and the sound beats everything this side of the classic N91. But frankly: I'd still go with the Note 2. It's ugly, but it offers a lot more overall - up to and including tweaks, hacks, mods... E.g. it's still not possible to kill Blinkfeed - a feature that annoyed me within 15 minutes.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 23:16

I thought blinkfeed was disable-able, I took your word for that when the One was announced haha :p!

I'd leave the S4, it's just not very exciting, IMHO. No doubt it's a damn good piece of hardware, but it just doesn't have that spark of interest for me. Maybe that's just me being me though...

I honestly can't praise the Note 2 enough, I think it and the One are the only Android phone which I've heard Jan praise since...errr, well...ever!

If it was my money, here and now, it'd still be the Note 2. That big display and not worrying about battery life (and Micro SD card slot, to a lesser extent) just make it more of a complete package for me than the One could ever be. The One seems like an Android iPhone; beautiful, smooth, but not a tech geek's device.

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 23:28

I thought blinkfeed was disable-able, I took your word for that when the One was announced
Yeah... blame me. I blame the many incorrect blogposts and tweets that claimed it can be disabled. It cannot! I visited dozens of "how to" articles - all nonsense. They all just say: don't set it up, and assign another homescreen as default. Pffft. That is not the same as "disabling" it. Moreover, they all say if feeds aren't set up, it won't use system resources...
ah, well... impossible to prove if you can't compare it with a One that has Blinkfeed completely disabled/uninstalled/frozen... I checked: without any 'feeds' there were still some Blinkfeed processes running. I really don't see the point. A Flipboard widget does the same much much better. But hey...

JanSt / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 23:32

The One seems like an Android iPhone; beautiful, smooth, but not a tech geek's device. I kind of agree. I guess I know what you mean... Although I have to say: jailbreaked, an iPhone offers as much as any Android device - if not more... Minus the ROMs.
I'd take ANY Android phone over a non-jailbreakable iPhone. I'd take a jailbreaked iPhone over any 2 Androids... But that's just me.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 23:49

I thought blinkfeed was disable-able, I took your word for that when the One was announced
Yeah... blame me. I blame the many incorrect blogposts and tweets that claimed it can be disabled. It cannot! I visited dozens of "how to" articles - all nonsense. They all just say: don't set it up, and assign another homescreen as default. Pffft. That is not the same as "disabling" it. Moreover, they all say if feeds aren't set up, it won't use system resources...
ah, well... impossible to prove if you can't compare it with a One that has Blinkfeed completely disabled/uninstalled/frozen... I checked: without any 'feeds' there were still some Blinkfeed processes running. I really don't see the point. A Flipboard widget does the same much much better. But hey...

I guess you could root it, install a file explorer and delete whatever APK runs Blinkfeed. Though that's a pretty extreme measure to have to go to just to remove a glorified widget.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 23:51

The One seems like an Android iPhone; beautiful, smooth, but not a tech geek's device. I kind of agree. I guess I know what you mean... Although I have to say: jailbreaked, an iPhone offers as much as any Android device - if not more... Minus the ROMs.
I'd take ANY Android phone over a non-jailbreakable iPhone. I'd take a jailbreaked iPhone over any 2 Androids... But that's just me.

My wording wasn't perfect, I don't think. I'd take a JB iPhone over an non-rootable Android device and a rooted Android device over any iPhone.

I guess that's why we have options though :)

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