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Summary Had mine since day 1. Believe it or not, this is my first smartphone and I couldn't be more pleased.
Call quality is excellent. Calls are clear and seem to cancel some of the background noise.
Beautiful screen. Screen is vibrant, bright, and clear.
Fast. This is perhaps the only piece of electronic equipment that responds on command. No lag.
Intuitive. Android is easy to use. Having never used a smartphone there isn't a significant learning curve.
Light-weight. Some may complain that the build quality is lacking, but I appreciate the light-weight design. Light as a feather compared to the iPhone 4.
Phone lock. Known issue with the lock screen. You can bypass without PIN, etc.
Battery life. Relative to other smart phones it may not be bad, but it will take getting used to charging every night.
Still relatively new so some issues may arise that haven't already become obvious. Until then I can recommend this phone without reservation.( you can see best deal suggestion for this Galaxy S II at www.flixya.com/blog/3862424/Samsung-Galaxy-S-II ) Good Luck Cowboy!
Pros - Awesome AMOLED screen
- Good sized screen, not to small, not too big
- Thin and light weight
- Google integration
Cons - Battery Life
- Software glitches causing poor user experience
Summary I was quite disappointed in Apple's ability to keep up and the lack of an iPhone 5 so I decided to get the SGS2 after reading many great reviews. I needed a bigger screen as my eyes were having trouble with the iPhone's screen size and the SGS2 was realy awesome there. But, since I've had it for 2 weeks I'm missing my iPhone now.
First, I had moved all my data to Google (gmail, contacts, calendars, tasks) in preparation for the move and once I synced the SGS2 to my google account all my data came over without a hitch. But, in order to get tasks synced I needed to set up my google account with Microsoft active Exchange instead of the standard method. Well, The SGS2 doesn't support that as a standard option and I ended up resetting my phone to clear the default settings and manually set up exchange. This worked fine for my work account but It would not work for my Google account. I messed with it for hours and after no luck I went searching on the internet forums. After some research I found this is not a new problem for the SGS2 and there doesn't seem to be a solution out there. I ended up resetting the phone again and going back to the standard Google setup. I found an app (Gtasks) that would pull my tasks from my google account so I was feeling pretty good.
My next software issue was with the clock. Poor design of the alarms made me pick a day of the week for a one-time event and it defaulted to today, meaning that when I set my first alarm for tomorrow morning to get up for work it picked today instead of tomorrow and I didn't get an alarm and was late for work. I'm looking for a better clock app now...
Next, I noticed some of my calendar appointments were not showing up on my phone. I tried multiple things to fix this with no luck. I ended up deleting my Google account from the sync and then adding it back again which fixed the problem (temporarily?) but with a nasty side effect. Now I have the original Google sync account and the new Google sync account in settings and I can't get rid of the first one. I'm not sure what would happen if I picked it when creating a new calendar event, so I'm trying to be careful and pick the second one consistently. This is horrible. I'm wondering if I need to reset the phone again to fix this. I hesitate now as I have HOURS of work into setting it up how I want it and a reset is not appealing.
Next on the software list is the security issue with the lock screen. Yes, I know if I set it to reset immediately that's the workaound, but what a pain. That coupled with the powersave mode that when activated sets my screen to timeout in 15 seconds means I'm always having to swipe my pattern to unlock the phone again. What a PAIN.
Speaking of power saving mode. I originally though this was a cool feature and set it to come on when the phone got to 30% battery. That worked fine but what I found is once it came on it doesn't come off... meaning it resets your settings and even if you turn powersave off you have to go back into settings and set things back to how you had them before powersave (i.e. I like one minute screen timout normally but 15 seconds on powersave. I have to reset this each time powersave turns on).
And, talking about powersave leads me to my final issue with this phone. Battery life SUCKS. I could easily get 2 days (i.e. 48 hours) with my iPhone 4, but I'm lucky to get 16 hours with the SGS2. I usually unplug the phone at 5:30 in the morning and by 8pm I'm looking for the charger cord again. Yes, I know it has a bigger screen, faster processer, 4G, etc but this is not enough battery life for me. I need at least a whole 18 hours worth.
Bottom line: Cool phone on paper, great screen; but the user experience is not as good as an iPhone.
Pros Super AMOLED is just great, even on direct sunlight
Cons Too light, leaves the impression it is not a phone!
Summary I haven't seen better Android phone, and is also not so expensive too.
Pros Superb Super AMOLED+ screen, blazing fast. One of the better Android phones, and an almost completely up-to-date OS, for another 2 weeks anyway!
Cons The free AM/FM radio built into the international version is just "missing" on the AT&T version. I've heard the hardware is still there, but AT&T had Samsung gut the AM/FM Radio app so people will pay $10/mo for "AT&T Radio".
Also, Galaxy S2
Summary A powerful phone that may NEVER live up to expectations because of AT&T. Is there nobody in media today to hold AT&T's feet to the fire over so MUCH of their total BS: free apps removed in favor of "for pay", apps the user can't remove, slow pace of OS upgrades if at all. And that doesn't even discuss the dropped calls, overcrowded network, and glacially slow 4G roll-out....Part of my "cons" missing:
Updated on Oct 16, 2011
Samsung told me that basically it's up to AT&T to decide IF the AT&T Galaxy S2 *ever* gets an OS upgrade. You know, the same AT&T with the poorest record of Android upgrades of all major U.S. carriers?
"Top of the Line"on by icebox4u
Pros Smooth, fast, and capable.
Cons Not the best casing (being plastic), but this is typical of Samsung.
Summary A great phone.. Way better than the Infuse, in every way. Top of the line for AT&T. I've had a blast playing with this phone for the past week. I will be making my purchase tomorrow.