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A similar phone to the Samsung Galaxy S2?

I'm upgrading from my old Samsung Galaxy S2 (which I loved!) and wondering if there are any similar phones. Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 probably too big for my tastes!

Most Useful Answer maheshkumarg2  Jul. 25, 2013 at 08:20

S2 is the best smartphone in terms of screen size from samsung the later ones are big in size. wish samsung will launch the modified version of it with advance processor and 2/3gb of ram )

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mrew42  Jul. 24, 2013 at 09:15

Galaxy s4 mini - same screen size dual core etc etc.
Aint cheap though.

cowbutt  Jul. 24, 2013 at 11:45

Not sure whether you'd class it as an upgrade or not (in terms of hardware specs, they're probably both modest downgrades), but I'm keeping a keen eye on the Archos Platinum and Acer Liquid E2 ranges. I'm tired of Samsung's firmware bugs and the Archos Platinum in particular is touted as running nearly stock Android, meaning updates should come along more quickly and the device should have a longer supported lifetime. That matters more to me than superfluous hardware, flashy features and expensive "designer" cases.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 24, 2013 at 12:10

Acer Liquid E2 is very cheap right now on Expansys etc... good device, but maybe too big?

Uridium  Jul. 24, 2013 at 16:00

My wife has been looking to upgrade from her GS2 without increasing screensize and it's harder than you'd think. Not many phones with screens 4.3" or less that are as powerful as the GS2 even now (it was ahead of it's time)
Try Galaxy S4 Mini/HTC One Mini or at lower price range Sony Xperia SP are all similar sized phones with a little more power....

krogothnx  Jul. 24, 2013 at 16:30

I'd say try something with a larger screen size anyway. I thought 4.65" on my Gnex would be ridiculously massive (and it was the largest non-phablet screened phone at the time) but actually its a really nice size - and i'd happily go for something with a 5" screen given most of them are otherwise similar sized devices.

MarzBarz  Jul. 24, 2013 at 17:14

Possibly the huawei p2

maheshkumarg2  Jul. 25, 2013 at 08:20

S2 is the best smartphone in terms of screen size from samsung the later ones are big in size. wish samsung will launch the modified version of it with advance processor and 2/3gb of ram )

Stelph  Jul. 25, 2013 at 17:15

Not sure whether you'd class it as an upgrade or not (in terms of hardware specs, they're probably both modest downgrades), but I'm keeping a keen eye on the Archos Platinum and Acer Liquid E2 ranges. I'm tired of Samsung's firmware bugs and the Archos Platinum in particular is touted as running nearly stock Android, meaning updates should come along more quickly and the device should have a longer supported lifetime. That matters more to me than superfluous hardware, flashy features and expensive "designer" cases.

Just to raise a flag of caution, Archos are nortorious at producing new devices very very quickly and not adequatly supporting the ones they have on the market/end up being superceded

On the flip side, the fact that the devices tend to be quite popular does mean that they have quite a good rooting community, but I wouldnt assume that Archos will provide good ongoing support for their products

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 25, 2013 at 18:51

Stelph, I had one of those cheap Archos tablets for a while, and Android updates were out before they hit the then flagshippy phones. Also a few bugfixes etc... So, maybe there's hope?

cowbutt  Jul. 26, 2013 at 07:45

Just to raise a flag of caution, Archos are nortorious at producing new devices very very quickly and not adequatly supporting the ones they have on the market/end up being superceded

On the flip side, the fact that the devices tend to be quite popular does mean that they have quite a good rooting community, but I wouldnt assume that Archos will provide good ongoing support for their products


You're right to raise that flag, and I'm aware of Archos' previous difficulties.

I'm hoping that this time it's different, because the firmware is nearly stock Android, so they won't have to port and test their modifications before making new releases. In other words, something close to the Google Play Edition experience, if not the Nexus experience.

As a backup, though, their most recent devices are using Qualcomm chipsets, and they're regarded as one of the more co-operative manufacturers by Cyanogenmod developers (unlike, say, Samsung). The Acer uses a Mediatek chipset.

mrew42  Jul. 26, 2013 at 08:12

If that's true about being more stock then before then you should be ok. However my experience with Archos has been less than stellar. One update for my Honeycomb 70b IT2 and then nothing. A friend with a 80g9 250gb has had so many problems with firmware glitches etc he's lost all faith and uses a 60 quid lump he picked up in one of the HMV knockdowns instead.
Personally Id be extremely ware

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