I have been using Samsung Galaxy S2 from last 5 days. You also know that I have an N8. Keep it in mind, it is also a comparison with Android 2.3.3 with Symbian Anna (PR2.0). So here is my comparison with the two gadgets:
01. As S2 has more power under the hood, it is more powerful than N8. N8 feels slower compared to S2
02. The touch response in N8 needs more pressure on the screen where S2 works on light touch.
03. The camera in N8 is definitely better than S2 in the still picture form. But S2 is not bad either, but not upto the mark with N8 (N8 grabs clearer pictures in low light, with less noise)
04. In terms of video, S2 beats N8 with full HD video - crisp & clear. Mind it, when you record HD (720p) in both the phones, they are the same. (I hope N8 gets full HD with Belle.)
05. The S2 is more of an eye candy. N8 is not an eye candy, but get the works done.
06. When I want to connect a bluetooth device, N8 can done it with only two clicks while S2 needs at least five to do the same.
07. I can connect N8 in my PC & sync with outlook, S2 can only sync with gmail & yahoo & facebook contacts. N8 can also sync with facebook contacts.
08. I can create my schedule in my outlook & sync with that in N8, but to do the same I need to do it in gmail calender.
09. S2's office (polaris) is far more better than N8's (quick office) & can do almost everything I can do in my PC.
10. In terms of android market, most of them are free & free with ads. You'll barely find a program with ads. N8's ovi store supports a lot more programs free without ads. I remember someone told me here "when you buy android, you buy a bilboard." Believe me, it's absolutely true.
11. The ringer is much louder in N8 than S2. I never missed a call in N8 when I'm out in the road, but S2 made me miss quite a few.
12. Same goes for the vibration. S2's vibration is very low compared to N8.
13. That reminds me, I wanted to put my own songs as ringtone in S2. For that I had to wait three days until I got a third party software which let me select something other than the built-in ringtones. Whereas N8 can do it out of the box.
14. The built-in memory in both of the phones are 16GB, but I got 13.5GB in N8 & 11.2GB in S2.
15. I can install any programs in SDcard in N8, but can't do all in S2.
16. I simply love to browse in S2. I downloaded mozilla firefox & it grabbed an awesome 313 (+11 bonus) points in html5test.com whereas N8 couldn't reach 100 even after Anna update.
17. I love the widgets in the market of android. It helped a lot to use my S2 (remember external ringtones?). N8 didn't have a lot of widgets available to use. They don't have shortcut widgets to quickly turn on/off wi-fi, bluetooth, gps etc.
18. The size of N8 is perfect for using anytime. S2 feels bigger in hand (even after five days of use, I don't like the size of it). S2 is good to look at the screen, but N8 is good to hold and use.
19. Both the phones come with HDMI, but N8 has HDMI cable included whereas you have to buy an extra device for S2 to enjoy HDMI directly from your phone.
20. N8's 3.5mm port also works as video port (connect the cable you got with N85), but S2 can only do it with HDMI.
21. The microSD card of N8 in hot-swappable, but S2's microSD card is under the battery (I wonder, why?).
22. Both the phones can get their SIM changed by qwitching into offline, changing the SIM card & qwitching to online again.
23. In-call sound is slightly better in N8 than S2.
24. S2's calender can put to give you multiple alarms for a single entry, but N8's single entry can only give a single alarm.
25. Both the phones have smart dial. Suppose, there is a conact named "Albert Einstein" in my phonebook with the phone number "12345678". If I type "albe" (or 2523), both the phones will find the contact. If I type "1234", S2 will find the contact, but N8 won't. If I type "Eins" (or 3467), S2 will not find the contact, but N8 will.
In the end, I can say that, both the phones have their pros & cons. But in my opinion, I love my N8 as a phone whereas I love my S2 as a mini PC. If you have anymore queries (regarding N8 & S2) you can directly mail me in email@example.com. I'll not tell you to buy anything particular, but I'll be able to help you to understand what do you need. The rest depends on you - what you're gonna buy.
Suhanoo (formerly known as N8 Lover S)
hey guys can i ask something guys..
does your sgs2 heats when it charge and used for almost an hour of gaming?
aji zusaki, 22 Oct 2011Yeah i play hd games like 7days salvation and resident evil mod 3D in my C5-00 while surfing t... moreDoes your cousin use the latest 2.3.5 firmware?
"HD-games" on Nokia 360x640 screen can not be compared with HD-games on S2 Super Amoled Plus screen, even the "same" games look very different because S2 have a better cpu and gpu! (You can play new pc-games on most old computers, but they look very different because the old computer can not handle all that a new computer can, and comparing games on c5 to S2 is like comparing playing the same game on an old and a new computer!)
The Nokia-webbrowser can not even handle full Flash 11, and Flash 11 ads on every webpage "drains" battery, but if you root S2 and install AdFree Android then all these batterydraining Flash-ads are removed from every webpage, or you can simply choose to only activate Flash 11 onDemand if you do not want to root!
I do not have c5, but my N97 mini have a lot worse batterylife than my S2, and the c7 that I tried also have a lor shorter batterylife than S2!
I have preorder the official Samsung Galaxy S2 2000 mAh battery and that will make S2 batterylife even better!
Jo, 22 Oct 2011Why am I not interesting in this phone? The shape or the form factor most likely is the reason...What is wrong with the shape?
It is nice to hold unlike other phones which are bulky and heavy.
Try to hold it first before criticizing.
And don't judge the book by its cover.
aji zusaki, 22 Oct 2011sgs2 battery is not match against my nokia c5-00..lolExcuse me, does your nokia c5-00 have super AMOLED plus capacitive touch screen, Wi-Fi, 1080@30fps video, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, support web flash player and live wallpaper?
Try to have them on your nokia c5-00 and let's see how its battery will match with SGS2 battery.
Yeah i play hd games like 7days salvation and resident evil mod 3D in my C5-00 while surfing the net. My cousin got her sgs2 in korea,and i compare the battery usage,sgs2 is not that great
POCI, 22 Oct 2011Hey is there any posibility that sgs2 get firmware update to android 4.0 codename ice cream sa... moreIce Cream Sandwich have just recently been announced and no new phone with ICS have been released yet, so you will have to wait atleast until early december before ICS is available for S2!
aji zusaki, 22 Oct 2011sgs2 battery is not match against my nokia c5-00..lolDo you stream Flash 11 HD-movies, 1080p, on your c5, do you browse the web or play HD-games for many hours each day?
elaine, 22 Oct 2011Im very disapointed in this handset, buy what your heart whants, dont listen to other people t... moreAnd why should we listen to you not to buy these handset?
If you don't want others to listen to what others are praising about this phone, then what is the point in listening to you?
Do you have any proven evidence?
Maybe you do not know how to use this phone that's why you are disappointed.
Or perhaps you're jealous of SGS2 the best phone of the year!
elaine, 22 Oct 2011Im very disapointed in this handset, buy what your heart whants, dont listen to other people t... moreIt is important to read reviews before buying an expensive phone, and it also important too be able to see those comments that are fake comments written by fans, or employees, of a competing brand that pretends to have problems with the phone!
Anonymous, 22 Oct 2011That's why I said: Why am I not interesting in this phone? The shape or the form factor mos... moreS2 is actually much better than most people think, and S2 does not feel "plastic" at all, and S2 is one of the easiest phones to root and install custom firmwares and is almost impossible to "brick"!
[deleted post]I bought mine almost three months now and never experience any sucks problem.
Speaker is better than my previous Nokia phones, screen is clear and doesn't have any stain, the plastic built is nice to hold in my hand and is shock absorbent unlike the metal iPhone will not absorb the shock making it susceptible to crack.
Maybe you bought a fake one?
Don't be bias, check first your unit if it is genuine before making yak yak!
venili, 22 Oct 2011Why my gs2 keeps restarting? And why the battery back up is too bad?Do you even have the S2, because S2 have no problems with restarting on itself!
Batterylife on S2 is actually one of the best of all phones, but it is probably more fun to use than most other phones and when you use any phone a lot than the battery will "drain"!
gs2 fan, 21 Oct 2011thanks mate that was a great help I can navigate now , but I think its under trial bases so ... moreI bought a lifetime-license for Europe, because I really like it and I will stay with Android and I can use this license on any new Android that I buy in the future, I just need to remember the "licensekey" and Wisepilot will be activated on my new phone, but it can only be activated at one phone at the same time!
Im very disapointed in this handset, buy what your heart whants, dont listen to other people that keeps praising in these handset ,follow your heart whants.
[deleted post]That's why I said:
Why am I not interesting in this phone? The shape or the form factor most likely is the reason...
I am suspicious that this one is not as good as what people said so...
Why am I not interested in this phone? The shape or the form factor most likely is the reason...