Pros I guess works okay as a phone. Just not as anything else. And I DO mean anything.
Cons Nothing works consistently. Email works 5% of the time. Facebook and any other internet applications the same. Text has a regular error -- a size error and then a download button, but nobody has ever successfully downloaded those text (google it).
Summary Terrible phone. I bought this because I hate iTunes, but I've learned that it's better to have a reliable device (iPhone, most other phones that aren't this one) than to have better software. Software is great, but if your phone simply does not work then it really doesn't matter how great the software is. If your device can't connect to email or the internet or receive texts, then your device is a lemon, and that's what I have in the Samsung Galaxy II. I've never written a device review in my life, but I'm writing them for this one, because I really wish I had read a review like this before I outsmarted myself and chose this worthless rock over the iPhone. I'm no apple fanatic, and in fact I bought this because i wanted to get off the Apple products, but man, what a huge mistake. Huge huge mistake. Don't make the same one. I can only blame myself, and I'll probably crack and go buy an iPhone soon. Dont make the same mistake as me.
Pros big screen. fast on wifi.
Cons hard to connect to bluetooth headset without it being unlocked. battery goes fast.
Summary I ended up putting a protective case on it, but then it would not fit into any holster. i finally found a "Bulldog Cell Phone Concealed-Carry Holster" at cabelas" it is bigger, but did the job. the holsters are made for small guns, but work perfect for these phones. Holsters also come in pleather. my phone also has a hard time connecting to my bluetooth headset.
Pros Big screen. That's about it.
Cons 1. Restarts itself randomly.
2. Wifi connects randomly even after I've turned it off, consuming battery life.
3. Mail app CONSTANTLY ALWAYS HANGS. I've kept fully up with ALL updates and update regularly.
Not enough space to provide all cons.
Summary Worst phone I've ever had. In addition to the cons above, there are others:
4. Screen unacceptably unresponsive
5. Making a phone call WAY too complicated
6. Not even a LITTLE intuitive
7. Constantly adds little "updates" with Android updates that screw up the small amount of things on the phone that DID work properly before the update
8. Battery life is **** poor and pathetic (PPP)
9. Part of 8 above is attributable to all the "features" that turn on on their own (wifi, 4G) when I don't need them and have SPECIFICALLY turned them off
In short: I can't imagine that if the 2S sucks this bad that any of its successors will suck less.
I will never buy a Samsung product again.
Pros Screen, Touch Sensitivity, Speed, Storage, pre-installed apps, Battery Life
Cons Reception; I also have a few issues with some of the in-phone features, but they are more an issue with the Android version and probably more a personal preference and really not the phone's fault
Summary This phone is great. I know the S3 is available, or at least will be very soon, but I needed to replace my old piece of crap LG Apex that I couldn't stand any more.
The S2 is an awesome phone. First the screen. It's beautiful. Great colors and brightness and a good size. I play games and watch videos on it and they look great. And the touch sensitivity is right on. It's easy to scroll and move around on without having to apply much pressure.
Now speed. The processor/ram of this phone is so much better than my old one it's like having a laptop in my pocket. I can have 3 or 4 apps running at a time, including a game with no noticeable slowdown or lag.
There is ample in-phone storage for pics/videos you take, apps, music, etc. I believe it's 2GB. Also there's room for an SD card which I have all my music on.
There is a plethora of pre-installed apps on the phone. In fact, the only apps I've downloaded so far are games. There was one Us Cellular app called Daily Perks which I found annoying and uninstalled.
Battery Life... I've had the phone for a little over a month and I can go over 24 hours without charging even with playing games, listening to music and using the GPS all in the same day. If I only used it for texting/calls, I can almost get 48 hours between recharges. I've heard that this awesome battery life doesn't last, but US Cellular will let you get a new one for free, so I'm not worried.
Now for the con, which is pretty big. I only get spotty reception in my house since I live in a valley, so reception is pretty low. My old LG Apex would get 2 bars in my window sill, but this phone barely gets 1. And what's worse is, my old phone would keep trying to send a text if I hit send when i had no signal so when it did get some reception, the text would end. The S2 gives me a network error or the message just simply fails. That in itself is annoying, but to add to it, sometimes it tells me the text failed to send, when in fact, it did send. Frustrating to say the least.
All in all, this phone is a winner. I'm hoping to be able to get my hands on a S3 to play around with it to see how much better it is than this one, but otherwise I couldn't be happier with this.
Pros Nice looking screen. that's about it.
Cons BUGGY. Features turn on and off by themselves. Wifi Calling setup must be redone every few days. Phone called a friend BY ITSELF when I was asleep and the cats were locked in another room.
Summary DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE. It is expensive, and then you are locked into a buggy piece of s**t.