"Fantastic Upgrade from the S II"4.5 starson by intoexploring
Pros: LED, Battery Life, Display, Speed, Customization Options
Cons: S Voice needs work, and this phone is missing the genuine Swype keyboard; the Samsung replica is inferior and infuriating.
Summary: I upgraded to this phone from the original Samsung Galaxy S II HSPA+ model (not the Skyrocket). Almost everything about this phone is an improvement...battery life has been unexpectedly good, and it sure seems to me that it charges faster than its predecessor which I like. CNET didn't appear to like the display on this phone, but again it's a step up from its predecessor and I think it's awesome. With the advances in display technology, I think any display differences among the top phones are hair-splitting, and not anything anyone would notice but a CNET nerd. As such, when deciding among phones these days, the screen really shouldn't be a factor. Moving on, this phone has nearly infinite customization options. I've had my phone for almost a week and I just now learned about 3 or 4 more things I can do with it while reading the CNET review. Being a phoneophile, it's not often that I don't find everything myself within a day or two. I really like being able to customize the lock screen apps and the ability to add a news ticker to it. The only real complaint I have about this phone is that the genuine Swype keyboard is missing and the Samsung iteration is not nearly as user friendly or accurate...but apparently you can download the real thing which I am going to try after I'm finished with this review. I messed around with S Voice just to try it and it was mediocre in its accuracy, but I know I won't use this feature much if at all. In summary, this is a fantastic phone at a great price. Now, I would recommend the Seidio Active case for this phone, it will protect the phone from drops without adding as much bulk as the Otterboxes do. In addition, the ZAGG InvisibleShield HD screen protectors are expensive, but very high quality and worth the money. While it's true that this phone has the scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2, I found with my last phone that the anti-fingerprint coating on Gorilla Glass will rub off with even moderate Swype texting, making the screen look like it's got a hole in it. I would highly recommend the ZAGG protectors.