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Old 08-31-2013, 06:05 AM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I'm just now getting a smart phone and dont want to pay the outrageous cost of an S3. I've seen S2's on Amazon and Ebay for about 1/3 of the price of a new S3. My only question is, will there be any issues having a phone that although it's new, runs on 2 year old technology and features? Is the main difference just number of available apps, new features and the New Car Smell effect (i.e. it's new). Will there be performance issues if I get the S2? Any S2 users out there are encouraged to comment.
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Old 08-31-2013, 07:11 AM
 
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What network are you on? Still under contract? Cost of the phone you're looking at? I would consider getting a Nexus 4, it's still a current phone and just had a $100 price drop, $199 for an 8GB, $250 for a 16GB and NO contract.
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Old 08-31-2013, 01:11 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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I'm with T-mobile and yes, still under contract. Tmobile wants $24/month over the next 24 months for a new Galaxy S3 for a total cost of $576. I found some Galaxy S2's on Amazon and Ebay for a little over $250

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: 92037
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The S2 is still a VERY solid device and quite capable of doing most things even the more recent ones do.
About the only downside is that compared with the latest and greatest, the screen size is smaller and you wont get the gadgety new apps they throw into the S4 or HTC one.
But really they are just gimmicky anyway and more concept in design than usefulness.
You will be able to download all the same apps from Play Store as they do.

The other thing you need to be aware of is that the S2 might not support 1700mhz if its unlocked or AT&T branded. So make sure its the branded T-Mobile version.

It will be the SGH-t989 like this
Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy S2 T-mobile Sgh-t989: Cell Phones & Accessories
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Old 08-31-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I'm with T-mobile and yes, still under contract. Tmobile wants $24/month over the next 24 months for a new Galaxy S3 for a total cost of $576. I found some Galaxy S2's on Amazon and Ebay for a little over $250
Once you get out from under T-Mobile, check out Simple Moble, you can get unlimited talk, text and 5gb of data for something like $50 a month.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I'd look for a Galaxy Nexus instead of an S2. It gets its updates from Google instead of Samsung.

Actually, if you appreciate well designed and built hardware, forget Samsung. IMHO, their hardware is kind of junky with all the lightweight plastics.

Instead, go to the Google Play store and buy this https://play.google.com/store/device...d=nexus_4_16gb while supplies last. It's the Google Nexus 4 by LG. The 8GB is sold out, but the 16 GB is currently in stock for $249, down from $349. (They don't say it, but it's possibly a clearance deal, because there are rumors of a Nexus 5 coming soon.)

It's the best deal out there for a brand new high-end phone BY FAR (because Google apparently sells them at or slightly below cost), it's GSM, and it's unlocked. That means it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile equally well.

It also comes direct from Google, so it will have the latest Android version for a long time to come, and there's no contract (or payment plan) from the carrier.

Do it! You can't do better for T-Mobile right now.

EDIT: I hope a link to another forum isn't frowned upon. Here's a link to a recent Nexus 4 discussion if you want more info. It's a nerd/techy forum that I'm a member of, and it doesn't compete with City-Data's non-technical format. http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2339220

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: 92037
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Thegonagle is spot on here. While the S2 is no slouch, the Nexus 4 is really top notch and to Google's specs (Google Nexus lineup) and you could not do much better for a while.
So getting updates from Google directly (as Thegonagle said) vs waiting for an OEM to maybe never support older devices are really a nice benefit to have.

There are rumors (which are usually true) that the N5 is coming soona. Typically when there is a huge offload like this, its for the new device coming in and clearing valuable distribution space.

Keep in mind you will not get T-Mobile's LTE network, although there are hacks to access it via custom ROMs etc.

It is a pentaband device for 3G, so you will at least have that with or without T-Mobile.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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As a SGS2 owner the Nexus 4 is a better phone in all regards.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:06 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I love the S2 so much I have 3 in the family. I use it mostly as a modem and it's been very good for that purpose along with the usual texting, etc.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:33 PM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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Thank you for this thread; I was trying to figure out what to do. I will soon be the proud owner of a Nexus 4 that I just ordered.
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