Android phones that are not laggy?


Jan 21, 2005
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I am looking at the HTC Legend and Desire. I wonder if they are now iPhone smooth?

Btw, I consider the previous generations of Android phones like Hero quite laggy. And the WinMo Samsung Omnia II very laggy.

I was an iPhone 3Gs user btw.
 

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Smooth typing, zooming, scrolling. Instant UI response. And everything that you would associate with efficient coding and hardware optimisation.
 

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Hi I'm using desire and the phone is not laggy at all. Whether or not it is comparable to iphone I'm not sure since I have only played with friend's iphone and never used one full time.
 

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Hi I'm using desire and the phone is not laggy at all. Whether or not it is comparable to iphone I'm not sure since I have only played with friend's iphone and never used one full time.
Thanks Victor. :)

May I ask why did you go for this phone instead of the others? Like the Motorola or Samsung Android phones or even iPhone?
 

brapodam

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what is "iPhone smooth"?
I think he means no delay with touch and opening programs etc. but that'd mainly because the iphone couldn't multitask. Android phones can get pretty smooth once rooted, especially samsung phones with touch wiz.

Not sure which android phones are the snappiest out of the box though, most of them have good specs on paper but are not optimised properly and so are laggy
 

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most of them have good specs on paper but are not optimised properly and so are laggy
My greatest fear actually, a lot of things looks good on the paper but the implementation is anything but.
 

ziploc

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Why not drop by a Singtel shop and try the Samsung Galaxy S for yourself? This Samsung Android phone is now on exclusive offer by Singtel and they have sample units in the shops for people to play with. HTC Desire however is quite hard to find for trying out unless borrowing from your friend. Btw if you're trying out the Galaxy S remember to ask the shop keeper to power cycle it (off and on) to kill all the background apps before giving it a try. Cheers. :)
 

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My greatest fear actually, a lot of things looks good on the paper but the implementation is anything but.
So what's stopping you from getting an iPhone 4? Android and WinMo are different in that the OS has to be designed to cater to a dazzling array of different hardware, that's why they won't be as optimized as the iPhone. It's like comparing Mac OS to Windows and Linux - if you like Apple's implementation and don't mind their prices, then just go for it.
 

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Why not drop by a Singtel shop and try the Samsung Galaxy S for yourself? This Samsung Android phone is now on exclusive offer by Singtel and they have sample units in the shops for people to play with. HTC Desire however is quite hard to find for trying out unless borrowing from your friend. Btw if you're trying out the Galaxy S remember to ask the shop keeper to power cycle it (off and on) to kill all the background apps before giving it a try. Cheers. :)
I tried the Galaxy S a few times. For the most part, I would say it is as snappy, if not more so than 3GS, and with a gorgeous AMOLED screen to boot. But somehow not a fan of its iPhone wannabe interface, and as far as phone is concerned, Samsung left a bad taste in my mouth.
 

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Most people complain about Samsung after-sales service, which I would say is really quite bad. They stopped updating my phone (Galaxy Spica) at Android 2.1, because "it's old". It's just about a year old. And it doesn't want to provide proper graphics drivers and that is the main cause of any lag on the Galaxy Spica. I've installed OpenGL drivers on my phone and there is really a marked improvement in 3D stuff, especially the Gallery. But either way, phone manufacturers have to stop updating after some time, it's inevitable when they come up with new phones. But for Android, we still can rely on developers for updates.

I see alot of people recommending Galaxy S, it's a very good phone (its specs are really good - and Samsung makes just about the best screens for mobile phones) but I've heard that Samsung screwed it up (as they usually do) and the phone isn't performing as good as it can be. For the best optimised Android phones out of the box, I'd say go for HTC, they seem to know what they're doing better than Samsung (in terms of speed and interface - hey Touchwiz pales in comparison to HTC Sense, but maybe it's just me). But still, if you know how to (or are willing to find out how) root your phone and install custom ROMs made by developers, that's the best when you want speed.
 

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So what's stopping you from getting an iPhone 4? Android and WinMo are different in that the OS has to be designed to cater to a dazzling array of different hardware, that's why they won't be as optimized as the iPhone. It's like comparing Mac OS to Windows and Linux - if you like Apple's implementation and don't mind their prices, then just go for it.
A bit of history, I am a long time WinMo user. As we know compared to other offerings lately, WinMo, for the most parts, simply sucks. Thus I went for the iPhone. It was an obvious choice back then. However Android as a platform is evolving really fast, and to me, the answer is not as straightforward as it one was.

As for Mac vs Windows/Linux machines, I don't think the comparison is accurate. Whatever small advantage in coding and optimisation that Mac has is more or less negated by the lower cost and result higher performance to cost ratio. The main difference IMHO, is about Mac's highly polished package vs customisation offered by Windows/Linux. This IMHO looks more like iPhone vs Android today.

I am generally pleased with the iPhone. My only gripe is its input interface. I am not too much of a fan of touch screen texting. While I realise that is what both of them are, the Android at least has some sort of trackball/trackpad. And for the same price, I can get a 8GB iPhone 3GS and a HTC Desire (no contract). The later has hardware specs more comparable to iPhone 4. The question comes down to user experience and implementation.
 

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Most people complain about Samsung after-sales service, which I would say is really quite bad. They stopped updating my phone (Galaxy Spica) at Android 2.1, because "it's old". It's just about a year old. And it doesn't want to provide proper graphics drivers and that is the main cause of any lag on the Galaxy Spica. I've installed OpenGL drivers on my phone and there is really a marked improvement in 3D stuff, especially the Gallery. But either way, phone manufacturers have to stop updating after some time, it's inevitable when they come up with new phones. But for Android, we still can rely on developers for updates.

I see alot of people recommending Galaxy S, it's a very good phone (its specs are really good - and Samsung makes just about the best screens for mobile phones) but I've heard that Samsung screwed it up (as they usually do) and the phone isn't performing as good as it can be. For the best optimised Android phones out of the box, I'd say go for HTC, they seem to know what they're doing better than Samsung (in terms of speed and interface - hey Touchwiz pales in comparison to HTC Sense, but maybe it's just me). But still, if you know how to (or are willing to find out how) root your phone and install custom ROMs made by developers, that's the best when you want speed.
Haven't had extensive experience with both interface, but generally I am not a fan of custom interface from manufacturer. So I might eventually go for custom ROMs. But it may not be so though, since we have now came a long way since the "dashboard" of WinMo devices from the old.
 

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I am generally pleased with the iPhone. My only gripe is its input interface. I am not too much of a fan of touch screen texting. While I realise that is what both of them are, the Android at least has some sort of trackball/trackpad. And for the same price, I can get a 8GB iPhone 3GS and a HTC Desire (no contract). The later has hardware specs more comparable to iPhone 4. The question comes down to user experience and implementation.
Ah... how about using those fold-able keyboard with the iPhone then? I read that the new iPhone OS allows for bluetooth connections or something (but granted, it'll be troublesome to have to keep taking out the keyboard whenever you wish to reply to an sms). The HTC Desire is also touch screen based isn't it? So wouldn't you be better off sticking to iPhone if touch-screen texting is your only gripe? :dunno:

(And why is Symbian/Blackberry left out of your considerations? Their phones usually has keypads/keyboards. :sweat:)
 

ziploc

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Most people complain about Samsung after-sales service, which I would say is really quite bad. They stopped updating my phone (Galaxy Spica) at Android 2.1, because "it's old". It's just about a year old. And it doesn't want to provide proper graphics drivers and that is the main cause of any lag on the Galaxy Spica. I've installed OpenGL drivers on my phone and there is really a marked improvement in 3D stuff, especially the Gallery. But either way, phone manufacturers have to stop updating after some time, it's inevitable when they come up with new phones. But for Android, we still can rely on developers for updates.

I see alot of people recommending Galaxy S, it's a very good phone (its specs are really good - and Samsung makes just about the best screens for mobile phones) but I've heard that Samsung screwed it up (as they usually do) and the phone isn't performing as good as it can be. For the best optimised Android phones out of the box, I'd say go for HTC, they seem to know what they're doing better than Samsung (in terms of speed and interface - hey Touchwiz pales in comparison to HTC Sense, but maybe it's just me). But still, if you know how to (or are willing to find out how) root your phone and install custom ROMs made by developers, that's the best when you want speed.
Haha that's quite true from what I'd seen on the internet regarding Samsung's infamous firmware support. Not asking TS to get the Samsung, but just suggesting him to try it out to get an idea of how Android phones fare with iPhone. :) For me I'm not too worried about Samsung though, cos as long as there are custom roms available that can last me 2-3 years then it is good enough (after which I'll most probably upgrade already). And I'm not too worry even without custom roms, cos I'm quite contented with the Galaxy S' performance now, and (hopefully) won't need new firmwares as I'm not aftering a phone that has absolutely no lag. But if there are bugs that need fixing then it is a different story, lol. :sweat:
 

giantcanopy

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the one good thing out of having a control freak above that determines what you should like and what not is better integration. thats iphone. and i must say it works great

the problem of too much freedom in android means u can abuse and install some potentially really junk stuffs that does wierd things to destabilise the system.

iphone is pretty affordable actually. most of us purchase by our certain preferences. android can be as stable as you maintain it ( coming from one who loves stressing up my n1, but it is running baby butt smooth )

ryan
 

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Thanks Victor. :)

May I ask why did you go for this phone instead of the others? Like the Motorola or Samsung Android phones or even iPhone?
I shortlisted motorola, samsung and htc. I have very bad experience with samsung, me and my family members have used 3 different samsung phones in the last 2 years and all 3 developed some problem before the 2 year contract was up. End up we had to turn back to the old old nokia phones. I tried the motorola milestone in the shop and didn't like that it only had 3 pages for your apps compared with htc with 7. Later I learned that this was due to a htc UI on android. So after choosing htc over the other 2 it was only a matter of choosing the model. I chose the desire over legend because the price diff was only $100 and the desire has a 1ghz vs 6xx mhz. I figured that higher clockspeed would be useful for future apps.
 

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I shortlisted motorola, samsung and htc. I have very bad experience with samsung, me and my family members have used 3 different samsung phones in the last 2 years and all 3 developed some problem before the 2 year contract was up. End up we had to turn back to the old old nokia phones. I tried the motorola milestone in the shop and didn't like that it only had 3 pages for your apps compared with htc with 7. Later I learned that this was due to a htc UI on android. So after choosing htc over the other 2 it was only a matter of choosing the model. I chose the desire over legend because the price diff was only $100 and the desire has a 1ghz vs 6xx mhz. I figured that higher clockspeed would be useful for future apps.

Motorola still got HPs in the market?? :bigeyes:
Never really notice it.

To me, for Android phones, HTC is a safer buy. ;)
I have tried using HTC and Samsung but not Motorola.
 

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The only phones worth getting from Motorola are the Milestone or Milestone XT.

But I would go for a HTC Desire anytime.
 

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