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Should I get the iPhone 4S or Samsung Galaxy S II?

by interxavier / June 24, 2012 1:32 AM PDT

I'm considering buying a new phone in a month as my current phone is starting to fall apart.

No, I did not make a typo. The S3 is still not available in my area unlocked but I'm okay with the S2. I'm purchasing either phones unlocked as I don't live in the US. The iPhone 4S 16 GB sells for $712 in my area, while the 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S II sells for $520.

I'm a moderate user, so 16 GB should suffice. My primary usage will be on music, apps, and e-mail (Microsoft Exchange and Gmail). I will do a little web browsing from time to time. The battery life is also important, although this might not trouble me much given that I am a moderate user.

Which one should I get? Which phone is better with music, apps, and e-mail (MS Exhange and Gmail)?`

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Actually when you wrote Exchange, I thought
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2012 1:36 AM PDT

I wonder if they tried this yet. Have you?

Microsoft may have been tossing obstacles at the other platforms to get an edge on their upcoming WinRT (8) based phones.

If good to great Exchange integration is needed, I can't reccomend the stock Apple or Android. And so far I have yet to find a great simple app to sync calendar, contacts with groups and all that is Outlook on these platforms.

And yes, many are wondering why it's taking so long.

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Experience with exhange
by interxavier / June 24, 2012 1:43 AM PDT

Do you own either phones? What is your experience with Exchange for each phone?

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I have many Androids
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2012 1:53 AM PDT

And folk around the office have the apples. To call this working with Exchange is a bit of a long shot. Calendaring is a mess where we push and pull from a google calendar, and the stock contact manager has no groups that sync with Exchange.

From your reply I see you don't have access to either so I'm glad you know that the supplied apps are a source of complaint from those that first see them.

If all you need is email, that can work. If you want the rest, you may be hunting for better apps.

You can bet I wonder too how this didn't get fixed. But my bet is MSFT is working on it in their phones.

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by interxavier / June 24, 2012 1:58 AM PDT
In reply to: I have many Androids

Thanks, I need the email for exchange because of school. I wanted to cross-link my school email to my gmail but the IT department decided to disable all IMAP servers for security reasons, which is why they turned to MS Exchange. No one but Microsoft gets the blame for all this mess.

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Email does "work"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2012 2:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

But all the other exchange features or rather what you see in Outlook is where it starts falling apart. Research apps such as noted at and notice that many require you have Outlook on your PC?

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The problem may be...
by Pepe7 / June 24, 2012 2:28 PM PDT
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...related to *which* precisely of the MS Outlook calendar features via exchange you need, or quite possibly how the company chooses to implement it on the back end. FWIW, my wife, brother-in-law and several friends all have either a 4 or 4S and work for different companies running MS Exchange. All of them use the calendar functions w/o issues. My wife had a couple of factory resets early on for other problems with email not showing up, but her calendar is what she sees in Outlook. The truth is it does work for some people, just not everyone.

Also, it is painfully easy to set up different email accounts on both of those phones/ecosystems. You could quickly have gmail going on either one, and it could be separate from your school email address. I think for what you need to do it's a wash, other than price.

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Prefer iPhone 4S
by shoopt / June 25, 2012 7:52 PM PDT

Both cell phones are very good in their class.
Samsung Galaxy 2 model provides you approx all the features you need but iPhone 4S is superior than Galaxy S models as per my perception.
Galaxy S II provides Google play from where you can download million of applications where 4S provides you of iTunes that empowers you to get all your required apps.
Additionally Apple devices provides you i Cloud by which you can easily synchronize all your machines in real time.
Apple 4S provides you additional features which will be lacking in Galaxy II like the SIri and ratina display.

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