"Almost perfect!"4.5 starson by acro47
Pros: Super fast, big gorgeous screen, great for video, excellent call quality
Cons: Short battery life
Summary: I am a 60+ woman who has walked away from BlackBerry after 5 devices in 10 years. I finally decided I was tired of not having a decent browser or being able to do all the cool things that others can do. My company pays for my phone so I'm free to choose whatever I want, and after being the last BlackBerry holdout, I decided to go Android.Edit 11-1-11:
I've had the S2 for nearly 3 weeks and am very pleased. It's beautiful, with a bright crisp screen. It's a bit large for my small hand but that's OK because it's extremely fast, my call quality is strong and clear, it's great for watching Netflix and reading my daily half dozen news sources, it has a decent camera, and it handles my 150-200 daily work emails effortlessly.
I happen to disagree with that flaky Steve Ballmer who says "you have to be a computer scientist to use Android." As a newcomer, I've found the Android OS to be simple and straightforward, just plain common sense IMO, and I haven't yet had to ask "how do you do this?" Yes, I could afford to spend less time in the Market, but there are SO many great apps!
The only significant negative for me is that the battery life isn't great. However, just about everyone I know with a smartphone of any brand wishes they had longer battery life. I guess that's the nature of the newer technology. I manage OK but have just ordered a second battery which I'll keep charged as a backup.
Of course for all of us, the good or bad in a phone depends on our personal needs. For me, the S2 works extremely well and is a phone I would highly recommend.
Updated on Nov 1, 2011
Instead of saying "short battery life", I'd like to update this to say PITIFUL battery life. I was able to see just how bad it is today. I took it off the charger, went out to deliver my rent check and drop off a package. I was back home in 65 minutes, and my battery life had dropped from 100% to 81%. This is with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS turned off and my display turned way down, as dim as I'm able to see it. If you go to SETTINGS/ABOUT PHONE/BATTERY USE, you can see what's using up your battery. Mine says 62% of my battery use is for the display, which I find astonishing; all the rest is used up for Android OS, cell standby, dialer, etc.
Bottom line: The S2 is still great for what it does, but I got spoiled having BlackBerry phones for so many years, where I could easily skip a day on the charger and never miss it. With the S2, now I can't go anywhere without a charger. I sure hope I never have a long night in the E.R.