I had an interesting (and by interesting I mean not that interesting) encounter today that made me double think how much longer I'm going to keep my iPhone 4S. It's interesting how you think there's nothing wrong with what you have until you experience something else that's better, and I suppose with how advanced 4G and LTE have gotten it's become a ticking time bomb before I realized that I'm way behind when it comes to phones. My iPhone 4S is a relic now - it's coming up on being two years old. It's shiny and it feels good in the hand, but sometimes the perfect fit regarding hardware doesn't compensate for the internals of the phone.

Here's where my eyes were opened a bit: So my friend and I were driving to a new restaurant that we've heard about but never been to before. We usually take her car because it's newer, shinier, and looks way better than mine - she's that friend with all the cool things, such as a shiny new phone. I didn't know about said new phone until I was having trouble navigating with my iPhone 4S (that's what we do, by the way. We co-pilot for the other one when together because we're both directionally challenged for the most part; also, focusing on a phone that you're holding in your hand while driving is bad) and she said “Oh, you should use my phone.” Last I checked she had an iPhone 4S like I did, and we use the same carrier. Generally when one of us has problems the other one does too.

I said, “I don’t know if your phone will be any better at loading the directions, but alright.” Alright indeed! What appeared on my lap a few seconds later was no iPhone 4S. It was a phone that looked like it ate her iPhone 4S – a Samsung Galaxy Note II. I think my reaction was almost as if she had a baby and didn’t tell me about it; I was under the impression she didn’t want the Note II for the same reason I didn’t. It’s just too big.

“The rep sold me on it,” she said. I knew she was due for an upgrade but she had pretty much sold herself on an iPhone 5… I thought. “Did you know it came with a stylus in the side? Just like my old Centro did!”

“Is that what sold you on it?”

“No. Just look at how much easier you can see everything.” Yeah, I could see the screen was bigger - how can you miss that? “Plus, the battery life has been great. I haven’t even had to use my car charger yet. My iPhone was always attached to that thing.”

“Alright, alright,” I said. Whatever, she likes her new phone. Good for her; bah humbug! But despite what she says, we still use the same network and her phone probably will have about the same amount of trouble as my phone did getting any information. Type in the address, get the directions… bam. There they are. Just like that! In reality I don’t remember how fast they actually came up, I didn’t time it. I just remember sitting there with a look of disbelief. I’m so used to sitting there and waiting in an uncomfortable silence for my directions to pull up. She knew what I was thinking too.

“Pretty fa—“

“Yes I know it’s pretty fast! Don’t rub it in!” We laughed. I asked if she would mind if I poked around a bit with it as this would be the first chance I got at holding one without a bulky security device attached to the back.

While the device was still somewhat uncomfortable to hold, I can admit that it’s not as uncomfortable as I had originally thought it was. It’s workable. It felt light for its size, and it was remarkably easy to see things from a good distance away. Most importantly, however, it was loading websites very quickly. When comparing how quickly PhoneDog loaded on the Samsung Note II compared to the iPhone 4S, the 4S took 19 seconds to fully load PhoneDog’s home page on Chrome as oppose to the Note II’s 5 seconds. Two words: foul wizardry.

As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve become spoiled in many ways. Today, I realized I’ve been spoiled with speed. 19 seconds isn’t that long – really, it’s not. But when you compare it with speeds that you can have, it’s sort of annoying. So now I have to figure out what’s more important – size or speed? Do I really want to keep my iPhone 4S because it’s a convenient size, or do I want to move on to something faster and, of course, bigger? Which one is ultimately more important to me? (And before anybody says anything about getting the iPhone 5, I would like to clarify that I have vowed to move on to another platform for my next device.)

Readers, what do you prefer? Are you more concerned about the size of the device or the speed? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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Melissa Doucet
Melissa Doucet speed is more important than size. Now-a-days people don't want a slow running phone.
Anonymous Speed.
Anonymous Size...Size of RAM
Arvind Katiyar
Arvind Katiyar Speed
Giovane Rocha
Giovane Rocha iPhone has the perfect size and it's PRETTY FASTER than any other phone! Please, don't become bigger! (iPhone 5S, 6...) ;)
Nigel Wylie
Nigel Wylie Both
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel Speed. But I don't want a 3.5 inch screen.
Hamad Khan
Hamad Khan Speed
Yasir Rai
Yasir Rai Speed
Brian Walden
Brian Walden ding ding ding! you are correct sir!
Julian Scott
Julian Scott Speed
Clint Gamache
Clint Gamache Both. Why I have a Note 2. Lol
Rob Melone
Rob Melone While size DOES matter, I want speed and longer lasting battery....
Shawn Gergler
Shawn Gergler Both=Note 2
Tibor Magos
Tibor Magos Size and speed !
Louis Agresti
Louis Agresti What good is size if the screen looks dim and oversaturated and Samsung screens suck.
Fernando Ramos
Fernando Ramos Speed
Jessica Rodriguez
Jessica Rodriguez Speed hello I don't have time to get slow down by 3G, LTE all the way baby
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Both on the WP LUMIA 920
Kevin Joseph
Kevin Joseph Speed battery life
David L Walcott Jr.
David L Walcott Jr. neither it is battery life,and convince to use by reception.
Randy Walker Sr.
Randy Walker Sr. Cool story. I prefer a little bigger device and speed is a big issue for me. That is why I purchased a Note II and have had no regret. This phone is awesome and has never let me down.
Hugo Garcia
Hugo Garcia Both but in different quantity, there's no such thing as too fast, there is such a thing as too big, no one wants to carry around a tablet in their pockets, which is what the note is, add an inch more to the screen size and its a tablet
Stand Stueders
Stand Stueders size, baby
Murtaza Rzv
Murtaza Rzv Both
Chris Chen
Chris Chen both. Apple should open its mind. Time changes
Habib Adesina Tobalase Ajiboye
Habib Adesina Tobalase Ajiboye A lot of people fall for the brand of the phone rather than its use. I have used blackberry devices, Nokia, iPhones & Note 2; and the most practical of the bunch has been Note 2. People tried to laugh because of the size of the screen yet they knew nothing about its features. aside the obvious clear big screen, it has functions that gives you the same one-handed operation that you can do with other phones. I remember comparing the weight with the iPhone 4 and it was lighter. It also fits so easily into my pocket. lastly I hate smaller phones because I always end up mistyping something due to the small keyboard, admittedly this phone hasn't totally eliminated that but it has reduced it but the stylus and the keyboard word prediction has made typing much quicker and accurate. If you want trendy over function, avoid the Note 2 but if you're confident enough in yourself to carry a mouse pad and laptop as a phone (as my friend and wife told me respectively) then Note 2 is AMAZING
Josh Billingsley
Josh Billingsley Why can't we have both?. The note 2 does.
Erik Gostonj
Erik Gostonj Speed
Randy B Hoopes
Randy B Hoopes Speed
Thanh Phan
Thanh Phan Design and Apple lol!!
Joseph Singer
Joseph Singer That's an unfair comparison considering you were comparing an iPhone 4S and a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with LTE. Your 4S doesn't have LTE. Bigger isn't necessarily better.
David Smith
David Smith Both, more speed tho
Toni Macon
Toni Macon Speed! #RickyBobby #1stORlast
Allen Kos Mueller
Allen Kos Mueller Speed and battery life all the way.
Malcom Buckhannon
Malcom Buckhannon Both
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper Size of screen
Lashun Manning
Lashun Manning Both
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz my gf said bigger is better
Sam Gullett
Sam Gullett battery life & capacity
Clive G M Crompton
Clive G M Crompton Both
Arcy Valdez Wall
Arcy Valdez Wall Speed
Anthony V Cannata
Anthony V Cannata Both
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon How about functionality. Display size and speed are very superficial.
Micah Ryan Caffey
Micah Ryan Caffey Speed and battery life
Michael Dussert
Michael Dussert Bigger isn't always better. It's how it performs! :)
David M Tadros
David M Tadros speed!!!!!! s4 and not 2 r to big!!!!!
Nick Olyver
Nick Olyver speed and confience
Sharizan Little Pupu
Sharizan Little Pupu speeeeeda
Carlos Guerrero
Carlos Guerrero Both
Kenny Kenwad Holder
Kenny Kenwad Holder Speed. size matters not.
Matt Penner
Matt Penner Battery life
Keiah Billingsley
Keiah Billingsley Both
Tim Miyashiro
Tim Miyashiro Start with a non-laggy OS and that's a start.
Jeff Seaver
Jeff Seaver Both
Anthony Evans
Anthony Evans Both why I am getting a note 3
Ryan Carterét
Ryan Carterét Honestly, most smartphones nowadays are all plenty fast, to the point where it's hardly noticeable after a few days. I don't want a phone nearly the size of my iPad Mini, 4" to 5" is plenty large for my needs. I have the iPhone 5, and am a rather avid Apple fanboy, but I'm willing to give Android another try with the HTC One or a Nexus device.
Rafael Guzman
Rafael Guzman Both
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski iphone?...oh wait.
Jun Xu
Jun Xu Speed and smoothness of OS :)
Joel Paskings
Joel Paskings Speed and battery life
Scott Weiner
Scott Weiner The Note II is the best phone I've every had. It's perfect in nearly every way. We'll have cases coming out for it very soon. www.dbacases.com
EB Bassett
EB Bassett At least 4.5in and blazing speed
Nitish Bhardwaj
Nitish Bhardwaj speed
Richard Quintanilla
Richard Quintanilla Speed Fluidity and a good battery
Marc Brooks
Marc Brooks Battery life and working GPS.
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. How about both? Lol these questions.
Deb Casper
Deb Casper Speed plus battery life
Josh Jordan
Josh Jordan Size, speed, and battery.... If we had a 5"-5.5" smartphone with a 10,000mah battery, boasting a 6-8 core processor with 2-4gb of ram I would be in heaven...
Melissa Wynemia Kritzell
Melissa Wynemia Kritzell Both.
Dee Ross
Dee Ross Both + Battery. A fast 3.2 inch screen just means that what you can't see is happening fast.
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez Well David I don't know about that..I been using the note2 for a while now & it can get laggy from time to time. All in all good phone, great battery life.
Angel Manuel Garcia
Angel Manuel Garcia Battery Life and Speed. Do not understand why people crave bigger and bigger phones/phablets
Jonathon Gillis
Jonathon Gillis Speed / Battery life.
Chiky Scares You
Chiky Scares You speed and battery :)
David Barton
David Barton I get both on my HTC One X. I couldnt go back to a smaller phone. Any newer Android flagship device will provide both speed and size.
Roy Groh
Roy Groh Speed!
Joshua K. Bane
Joshua K. Bane Speed!
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski both and thats why im getting the s4.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Speed
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez Speed...gotta have that horsepower under the hood
Geoff Sauder
Geoff Sauder battery life
Michael Basaldúa
Michael Basaldúa Fluidity!! :-)
Khalid Dris
Khalid Dris both
Jay Dowda
Jay Dowda speed
Mac June
Mac June Size....#MovieOnTheGoWatcher
Kyle Lacoste
Kyle Lacoste speed
French Twist
French Twist battery life.
Jason Vargas
Jason Vargas Both on the S4
Tyler Frodl
Tyler Frodl Speed
Dietrich Brown
Dietrich Brown Speed
Josh Stavins
Josh Stavins Both and thats y I have the note 2
Pavan Nerella
Pavan Nerella Both
Francis Short Jr
Francis Short Jr true lte as well as a good os
CeeGii Borels
CeeGii Borels Size, whats the point of speed if i constantly need to zoom in on things Besides we all know BIG and SLOW wins over SMALL and FAST, if you know what i mean
Anthony Charles Boyd
Anthony Charles Boyd speed
Damon Lee
Damon Lee how about huawei ascend mate 6.2 LOL
Brandon James
Brandon James sppppppppppppeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddd
David Barton
David Barton Both!
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Lisfredys Hiraldo Veloz Jr. both
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Brian Dominguez Speed

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