Now that a new chronicle of Apple’s iPhone has once again sucked a oxygen out of a phone market, what can phones using Google’s Android handling complement do to recover people’s attention?
For a past few weeks, I’ve been perplexing dual such models, a Samsung Galaxy S II (as sole by ATT for $199.99 with a two-year contract; Sprint and T-Mobile offer larger-screen versions) and a Motorola Droid Bionic ($299.99 with Verizon Wireless with a two-year sign-up). To facilitate things, a Galaxy S II tries to sell itself on style, while a Bionic emphasizes speed.
At 4.13 ozs. and .35 in. thick, a Galaxy S II is lighter and thinner than a iPhone 4S; we initial suspicion it would be heftier once we popped in a battery, afterwards satisfied that was already installed.
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The Bionic is not so svelte (5.57 ozs. and .43 in.), and a bony contours make it feel chunkier still compared to a neat Samsung. Both models underline 4.3-in. screens, almost roomier than Apple’s 3.5-in. display.
But while a Galaxy S II connects to a quick “HSPA+” use ATT labels as “4G,” a Bionic taps into Verizon‘s most speedier LTE wireless. Averaging 5 tests, a Verizon phone downloaded information during 13.5 million pieces per second (not most slower than my Fios tie during home) and uploaded during 4.2 Mbps; a ATT contender managed 2.9 Mbps down and 1.4 Mbps up.
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Faster is always better, so a competition goes to a Bionic, right? Not so fast. The Bionic doesn’t have a unlucky battery life of Verizon‘s initial LTE phone, a HTC ThunderBolt we tried in March — after 24 hours of standby, it had 70 percent of a assign left, hardly reduction than a Galaxy S II’s 73 percent and vastly improved than a ThunderBolt’s 57 percent — though it still chews by a battery faster in daily use.
In my worst-case test, personification a Pandora Web-radio app with a shade bright over mobile broadband, a Bionic strike a low-battery warning after about 4 hours and 45 minutes; a Galaxy S II took another dual hours and 20 mins to strech that alert.
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Both phones surveillance 8-megapixel cameras, and lower-resolution cameras above their screens for video calls. When we took time to solid a shot, both constructed pointy photos; for relocating subjects, a Bionic exhibited reduction shiver lag, even if it still couldn’t keep adult with my 14-month-old toddling around a room.
The weakest partial of any phone is a program any manufacturer and conduit spackled onto Android. A few of these additions yield useful options (you can wizz in or out of pages on a Samsung by planting dual fingers on a shade and sloping a phone), though others (the Samsung’s occasionally self-unlocking close screen) deliver 0 or disastrous value.
And by stability to pre-load their own, common applications that users can’t simply uninstall, ATT and Verizon misuse a certain naive arrogance.
Meanwhile, both phones risk apropos yesterday’s tool too quickly.
Never mind a iPhone 4S; on Tuesday, Samsung denounced a Galaxy Nexus and Motorola introduced a Droid Razr, any of that could make a Galaxy S II and Droid Bionic demeanour obsolete. On a same day, Google introduced a 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” chronicle of Android, that should do a same for a 2.3 “Gingerbread” recover on these dual phones. But conjunction ATT nor Verizon have committed to delivering that program for them.
I’d collect a Galaxy S II over a Bionic. But initial we wish to see both carriers make gripping adult with Google’s program a aloft priority than force-feeding their possess apps to their subscribers.
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