Considering a new phone...
February 20, 2013 8:06pm CST
I am considering buying a new cellphone, but I'm not sure which to get. I've been looking at the Galaxy Note 2. It seems like a pretty good phone, and I think having the S-pen would be interesting. I've also seen the other features that it offers in regards to software and the such. I am only hesitant as to the fact that it doesn't have a physical keypad. I currently have the Blackberry Bold 9900, which is touchscreen but also has a physical keypad. So I've been able to experience both. And now I've recently heard about the Blackberry Q10, which is pretty similar to the 9900 I have now. But of course, it has a faster and more improved system. Another thing that I've been waiting for is a front-facing camera, which this Q10 will also offer. What are your thoughts? Should I get the Galaxy Note 2, or should I wait for the Blackberry Q10?
24 Feb 13
I think since you've had the experience with Blackberry, maybe try something different now? I think it would be exciting to try new phones. I own a Samsung galaxy s, not exactly as sophisticated as the note, but it's a pretty descent phone. I like the touchscreen and Samsung is a pretty sturdy phone. I dropped mine couple of times. Had a wrestle with my dog since she got it in her mouth and won't give it to me. And it's still working. I've had it for like 2 years. So it is worth it.
25 Mar 13
Thanks for your response. I think that's a good suggestion to try something new. I guess, everything just takes some getting used to. I'm sure I'll learn to like it. I used to be a Nokia user, and then I converted to BlackBerry.. slowly but surely. I'm sure I can do the same for the Samsung. And it's good to know that it's sturdy as I'm often kind of clumsy. Hehe. I will surely give it a try as my contract is almost over, so I can get a new phone under a new contract at a cheaper price.
21 Feb 13
If you can afford it, I would recommend that you consider the Galaxy SIII which is really an impressive smartphone. Intelligent It has the much raved about Retina technology which stays awake when it senses that you are looking at it. Helps a lot when you are reading an eBook, messaging and surfing. Its Smart Call technology is not only impressive but God sent where all it takes to make a call after reading a message or texting half way is simply to lift the phone to your ear and the phone will dial the relevant party's number and connect you automatically. Then, the S Voice technology which literally lets you operate functions simply with your voice, I like the part using my voice to snap a picture. You should have a hands on try at your vendor to understand what I mean. If you are a nut for social networking, I think you will be impressed by the ease of how to share photos with your close friends where it can recognize your friends from photos taken. As for multitasking, I think you will be impressed when you can text and watch video simultaneously without a hitch. As for the Note 2, I felt the better choice would still be the SIII, I am not that particularly in favor of the S pen which can be clumsy and cumbersome at times. As for Blackberry, I was never fan.
25 Mar 13
Thanks for your response.. and the information. I didn't know about those features. My husband actually has the S3, so I've been playing around with it every now and then to see if I want one, too. But now I'm going to try these other features out, especially the Smart Call technology one. That sounds very interesting. I wonder if the Note 2 also has those similar features since it should be running on a similar software..
21 Feb 13
hi there valerievy! I have a galaxy phone (s3) because i do not like how huge note 2 is on my hands. but since i also had an android touch screen before, i think it is all better that there is no hard keys, you just need to be able to get used to using a touch screen phones =) here are some of the features of blackberry (http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry_q10-5274.php) and galaxy note 2 ( http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_ii_n7100-4854.php ) i think the major difference aside from the physical, and the color availability... is that blackberry has its own OS, and it sure is what will limit it, perhaps since a lot of applications are available to the android phones.
22 Feb 13
Thanks for your response. I've heard many good things about the S3 as well. The only reason I'm considering the Note 2 over the S3 is because of the S-pen. I know it seems kind of silly, but hehe.. I have my particular preferences. But I did think that the Note 2 is kind of big as well. It's twice as big as my current Blackberry. The S3 is like the mid-size of my Blackberry and the Note 2. Yep, I think that's why I'm hesitant to even get a Samsung over the Q10.. because I'd have to transition to completely touch screen rather than have a physical keypad and also touch screen. Thank you for providing the links for comparison. I will look at them more closely.
21 Feb 13
Well, it deppends. Do you like your BlackBerry? Do you think is worth to upgrade to the Q10? Or would you prefer to to have a new experience with Android on the Galaxy note 2? Personally I would go for the Samsung. I'm not a big Blackberry fan. I also love Android apps and ease of use. But it's your choice! I hope you enjoy it, whatever it is your final choice!
22 Feb 13
Thanks for your response. I actually do like my Blackberry now. It's getting kind of old and glitchy these days because I would have to say, no one to blame but myself. I'm kind of a clutz at times. Hehe. But I am definitely considering getting an upgrade sometime soon. And I'm just not sure if I should go with another Blackberry, or shift to a whole new kind of phone system. Yet I've heard many good things about the Note 2, which is really making me consider it more strongly.. and your personal opinion to go with the Samsung also adds to that consideration.
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21 Feb 13
Depends, can you afford the the galaxy note now? And how much is the Q10 going to cost you? And if you want to try something new then better get the galaxy. But if you feel comfortable using what you are used to then you might as well wait for the Q10.
22 Feb 13
Thanks for your response. I can actually afford the Galaxy Note 2 now. It is not too expensive if I can get it under a contract with my current network carrier. As for the Q10, I'm not sure yet what the price is.. and whether or not my network carrier will even offer a special contract price for it when it does come out. And in regards to my location, I'm not even sure if we'll get it as soon as it's released. But yea, I do wanna try something new actually. Before my Blackberry, I was a Nokia user. And I was hesitant to shift to Blackberry.. but I eventually liked it. So it'll probably be the same situation with the Galaxy Note 2.
22 Feb 13
Thanks for your response. I will definitely consider the Galaxy Note 2 more strongly now. And I agree that this Blackberry Q10 might not be a sure thing either. At least, the Note 2 is already out, and many others who have it have been saying good things about it.